Quail Veronique with Mary McHugh

Quail Veronique
From Cancans, Croissants, And Caskets

Serves six.

6 quails
3 tbsps. flour
2 ½ tsps. salt
½ tsp. white pepper
5 tbsps. butter
¾ cup dry white wine
¾ cup seedless green grapes
4 tbsps. blanched, sliced almonds

Mix the salt and pepper with the flour.
Dip the quails in the flour, salt, and pepper.
Brown the quails in the butter in a deep skillet.
Add wine, cover, and cook for about fifteen minutes over low heat.
Add grapes and almonds.
Cook until quails are tender, about five minutes.

“Sounds lovely,” I said. “What’s veronique?”
“It means it’s made with green grapes. Light and delicious. The chef browns the quails in butter, then cooks them in white wine, adds the grapes and almonds, and cooks them some more until they are tender and incredibly good. You’ll love it.”

— Page 149

About the book:
You can’t tiptoe when murder’s afoot…

It’s Bastille Day in Paris. The Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini—are all set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything is magnifique…until a very important patron goes belly-up on the top deck.

On the heels of their French debut, murder takes center stage. The five daring dancers will need to step lively to stop the crafty killer fast…or their grand finale will turn out far more explosive than the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower…

About the author:
Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a BA in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has worked for as a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan magazine, an articles editor at Woman’s World magazine, and at Holiday magazine, Bridal Guide, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and The New York Times travel section. She has written over a dozen nonfiction books in the fields of humor, memoir, and self-help. She loves to tap-dance and to travel – two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series. A member of Sisters in Crime, the Mystery Writers of America, and the International Tap Association, she lives in the metropolitan New York area.

Please visit her at www.marymchugh.org or on Goodreads.