Katherine Hall Page, Agatha Award-winning mystery novelist


Many of Katherine's recipes are available in her cookbook, Have Faith in Your Kitchen,
plus some additional material.

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Here is one of Katherine's recipes from her new book, The Body in the Casket!
(All the recipes reference Heaven or Hell — read it to find out why)

Himmel Und Erde (Heaven and Earth)

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 pounds Russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 apples, roughly 1 pounds, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes more.

Add the apples and continue to simmer until the potatoes are done (check with a sharp fork) and the apples soft.

Drain, reserving a little of the water. Put back on the heat and stir briefly to dry.

Add the butter and mash. Faith relies on her old-fashioned potato masher. Add the honey, lemon, salt, and pepper and stir vigorously for a fluffy result. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit of the water.

You may also serve the dish with crumbled crisp bacon and fried or caramelized onions on top. Granny Smiths or other tart apples give Himmel und Erde a nice sharpness, but any apples are fine. Nutmeg and thyme also give it a different sort of flavor as a change from the basic recipe. Garlic too.

Serves 4-6

My friend Andrew Palmer, who is a wonderful cook, suggested this dish when I was asking for foods with some mention of heaven or hell in the name. A traditional German farm dish, it is a find. We’ve been having it as a side dish with pork, roasted chicken, and sausages. Cabbage in various forms has been a fine additional side.

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