Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum

3 cups sliced yellow onions
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat leafed parsley
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
21/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Nell likes to use Panko crumbs)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
½ cup milk
1¼ red wine (Nell always uses wine she likes to drink, not cooking wine)
6 ounces thin sliced bacon
Good quality olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut onions in half, then slice.

Coat the bottom of the pan with 1T olive oil, or a mixture of olive oil and butter.

Heat pan on medium high heat.

Add garlic until fragrant, then add onion slices and stir to coat the onions with the oil. Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook for about 20 minutes, stirring only occasionally, enough so they don’t burn.

Add wine to pan and cook five more minutes.

Add the thyme, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chicken stock, and tomato paste to onions and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion/wine mixture, breadcrumbs, herbs, S&P, and eggs.

Mix lightly with a fork.

Add milk.

If mixture sticks to bowl, add a little more milk.

Put a sheet of parchment paper on a baking pan.

Wet hands and shape into a rectangular loaf.

Spread the ketchup evenly on top.

Arrange bacon slices across loaf, overlapping the slices slightly and tucking them under to avoid curling.

Bake until bacon is crisp (about 1 to 1 1/4 hours) and the meat loaf is cooked through (160 degrees).

A pan of hot water beneath the loaf may keep the top from cracking.

Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Serves 6 to 8


As autumn washes over coastal Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters anticipate a relaxing off-season. But when murder shatters the peace, the craftiest bunch in town must unravel a killer’s deadly scheme . . .

After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can’t stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . .

The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victim’s hidden fortune—and her murder . . .

Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Dolores—while preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!

Includes a knitting pattern

Praise for Murder Wears Mittens

“A beautifully written mystery full of warmth and surprises.” —Nancy Pickard, New York Times bestselling author

“I was utterly charmed by the Seaside Knitters and their cozy community.” —Bestselling author Laurien Berenson

More praise for the Seaside Knitters Mysteries

“Add a cup of tea, a roaring fire, and you’ve got the perfect cozy evening.” —New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen

“Goldenbaum’s plotting is superb, her characters are richly drawn . . . and her prose is seamless.” —Richmond Times Dispatch

“The Seaside Knitters are a wonderful group of friends who care about each other, and readers will care about them, too.” —New York Times bestselling author Nancy Pickard

“A delight and a treasure—as engaging and unpredictable as a gorgeous New England afternoon.” —Award winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Invites you once again to imagine yourself in a charming, if homicidal town.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A charming debut . . . an ideal beach read.” —Publishers Weekly