Jessica’s Favorite Foods

My main character in the Jessica James Mysteries loves banana-nut pancakes from the Blind Faith Cafe.

When I was in graduate school at Northwestern, I was a regular at the Blind Faith. It opened was opened my first year there by a philosophy school drop-out named Ivan Newell and fellow dog-lover, Fran Welch. Thirty-five years later, the vegetarian café is still going strong.

Jessica loves to eat, and so do her friends. Here are recipes for some of their favorite foods.


Jessica loves gluten free pancakes and of course anything with wild huckleberries, a Montana delicacy. Coyote beings with her eating a big hunk of huckleberry coffee cake.

In Wolf, the Pope devours Syrniki, Russian Cheese Pancakes, and Vanya snacks on Vatrushka, Russian Cream Cheese Buns.

RUssian cheese buns

In Coyote, Madge brings Kimi Nathan’s Fry Bread Tacos to the jail.

Fry Bread Tacos

Nathan’s Burger Station is a must visit if you’re ever in Browning, Montana. Be sure to try the Fry Bread Tacos and a “crushie,” a slushie with soft serve ice cream.

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What do your characters like to eat?

Author: Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver is the award-winning (and best-selling in Oklahoma!) author of The Jessica James Mystery Series, including WOLF, COYOTE, FOX, JACKAL, and VIPER. Her debut novel, WOLF: A Jessica James Mystery, won the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for best Thriller/Mystery, and was a finalist for the Foreward Magazine award for best mystery. Her second novel, COYOTE won a Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery. And, the third, FOX was a finalist for both the Claymore Award and Silver Falchion Award. JACKAL was a finalist for a Silver Falchion and a Mystery and Mayhem Award. The first novel in her new middle grade mystery series, Kassy O'Roarke, Cub Reporter, is out soon. And she has an Agatha Christie inspired historical mystery, MISS LEMON'S MYSTERIOUS ASSIGNMENT AT STYLES out in March, 2020. When she’s not writing novels, Kelly is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and the author of fifteen nonfiction books, and over 100 articles, on issues such as the refugee crisis, campus rape, women and the media, animals and the environment. Her latest nonfiction book, Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from the Hunger Games to Campus Rape won a Choice Magazine Award for Outstanding title. She has published in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and has been featured on ABC news, CSPAN books, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs. Learn more about Kelly and her books.

7 thoughts on “Jessica’s Favorite Foods”

  1. Oh, yum! Those sound wonderful! My character doesn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen (it’s been turned into her office, anyway), but luckily her dad likes to pamper her with food.


  2. I’m quite hungry now, thank you very much! The huckleberry thing is fascinating – we don’t have them here, and when traveling to MT to visit a client, I always enjoyed seeing all the huckleberry products in the airport gift shops. Those cream cheese buns look delicious! My protag and her partner love pastries made in a local bakery by Lithuanian immigrants, as well as fresh, homemade pasta. Yum!


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