Thursday, June 9, 2011

To Havarti and to Hold

What a great week. We have three authors on our blog with new releases.  What fun reading for the summer! 

Congratulations to:

Julie Hyzy on the release of Grace Interrupted, the second in her Manor House Mystery series.

Click here to read a review from
the Chicago Sun-Times

Click here to order the book.

Click here to visit Julie's blog and
learn how you can attend her book launch party!

Wendy Lyn Watson on the release of A Parfait Murder, the third in her Mystery A La Mode series.

Click here to read a review
from A Criminal Element.

Click here to purchase the book.

Click here to visit Wendy's Web site and
Scroll down to the end of this post
to learn how to enter her contest!

Riley Adams (aka Elizabeth Spann Craig)
on the release of Finger Lickin' Dead,
the 2nd book in her Memphis BBQ Mystery series.

Click here to read a review of Finger Lickin' Dead from Mason Canyon's Thoughts in Progress. Click here to read Diane's review at the Book Resort.

Click here to purchase the book.

Click here to enter Riley's contest!

And now to food.

I like easy. I'm pretty sure you all know that by now.  I shared today's recipe in LOST AND FONDUE and I absolutely love it.  People are getting ready for graduations, vacations, father's day, summer. Little morsels can be a perfect snack or enhance a meal or a party.

As you also know, I'm always trying to find a way to use cheese creatively. Havarti (a semi-soft Danish cow's milk cheese) has the texture of a Monterey Jack, so it skewers well. It tastes wonderful with meat. It tastes delicious drizzled with honey. So I put all three together (substituting the honey with honeydew). Delish.

Tidbit: Havarti has a buttery aroma and has teensy little holes -- not quite Swiss but airy. When left at room temperature, it softens quickly. It melts like a dream. It was named after the farm where it was created, north of Copenhagen: Havarthigaard.


½ honeydew melon
4 ounces Havarti cheese
4 slices prosciutto ham

Slice the honeydew into bite-sized pieces, about one inch squares.

Cut the Havarti into thin strips about a half-inch thick and one inch square.

Cut the prosciutto into strips about three inches long and one inch wide.

Wrap a piece of prosciutto around a piece of honeydew and a piece of Havarti.  Using a toothpick, spear the three items together.

Easy and tasty!


BTW, just in case you want to order the second in A Cheese Shop Mystery series (which had its debut a month ago), click here: LOST AND FONDUE

If you'd like to read the first chapter, click here: SNEAK PEEK

If you'd like to see the book trailer, click here: BOOK TRAILER

And always smile and...say cheese.


  1. Hi Avery! This looks so light and refreshing and tasty for our hot weather! Going to a picnic today and wish I'd read this post in time to shop! I'll definitely be making this soon...

  2. Thanks, Elizabeth/Riley. These would be great for a picnic. I hope you're enjoying your new launch week. I wonder why we call it a launch. Because books are shipped? Anyway, enjoy. Love the cover and title! What fun.


  3. Your title for this post cracked me up this morning! Love it! And I always love easy appetizers. I sometimes thing appetizers are the best part of a meal. These look perfect. Thanks for sharing and for explaining Havarti. I knew I liked it. Now I know why!

  4. That's a great summer appetizer! And not too terribly high in calories either!

  5. Hi, Julie and Meg,

    Glad you like the title, Julie. Got another thumbs up on Facebook for it. LOL It's on the list for book 5. Book 3 is Clobbered by Camembert and Book 4 is To Brie or Not to Brie. I couldn't resist this title when making this little morsel.

    Meg, you're right. It's not high in calories and yummy (if I do say so myself)


  6. Hard to believe but there was a time when I didn't care for cheese. Havarti was the one that changed my mind. Such a nice mild cheese. This appetizer sounds great, Avery!

    ~ Krista

  7. Oh boy! This appetizer makes me want to party.

    Thanks, Avery. You never disappoint!

  8. Hmmm. Havarti and honey? That sounds really wonderful ... I'm having folks over next weekend for some porch-sittin', and that might have to be on the menu!

  9. Krista, I agree. I didn't know the cheese before and loved the mildness.

    Mary Jane, sounds like you might want to hop on over to Wendy's house for that party!


  10. Delicious idea for summer entertaining, Avery. You have the best suggestions for cheeses as meals and snacks. Congrats again to Riley, Julie, and Wendy on their new releases -- and your own new release LOST AND FONUDE!

    Off to find Havarti :)
    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  11. Avery,
    Our lovely Emily is taking these to a wedding shower tomorrow...thanks for a timely and lovely idea!!