Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway from Victoria Hamilton, author of A Deadly Grind


Please join me in welcoming Victoria Hamilton to our blog. We're so pleased to have her with us today. This week, she's debuting her Vintage Kitchen Mystery series with A Deadly Grind


GIVEAWAY! See the final comments on this blog post to find out who won Victoria's drawing for a copy of her new book A Deadly Grind.

Now take it away, Victoria...

~ Cleo Coyle

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When I developed the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series I knew it was a great fit for me, as an author, because I love the subject matter at the heart of the series. I adore kitchen collectibles and have a moderate collection of vintage Pyrex, old utensils, Depression glass bowls and old cookbooks. My heroine, Jaymie Leighton, loves the same things…of course! Every book in the series will feature a vintage recipe reworked for the modern cook.

In a sense it’s what we all do every day that we cook, right? We make over recipes to work for our own likes and dislikes, and our skill set.

Well, May, for me, is strawberry month, but there are only so many strawberry pies and shortcakes you can consume before you need something that will last a little longer in the kitchen. This is an adaptable recipe that will keep nicely. Good enough for company, or a tea party! In fact, Jaymie may make this for the Victoria Day weekend "Tea with the Queen" event held in Queensville, Michigan. Unless she finds some other recipe first…and that’s a hint!


A snapshot of vintage wares
from Victoria's kitchen.

Strawberry Banana 
White Chocolate Loaf

Adapted from the recipe for Strawberry Banana Loaf, a Jean Paré recipe from Muffins & More of the Company’s Coming cookbook series. Publication date is 1983.

Yield: 
One 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf. 

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

¼ cup cooking oil

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup mashed strawberries

½ cup mashed bananas

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup rolled oats

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp salt

¾ cup white chocolate chips 


Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pan and set aside.

2 - In mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Stir in oil, sugar, strawberries and bananas.

3 - In separate bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4 - Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to moisten. Add white chocolate chips.

5 - Turn into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6 - Cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan to cool on rack.

7 - Wrap well (I used wax paper because it doesn't stick) and allow to ripen 
one day. 




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Now, I found the loaf moist and delicious as is, but if you would like a spread, instead of butter, try this!


Strawberry
Cream Cheese Spread


Directions: Blend an eight (8) ounce package or tub of cream cheese with two (2) tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and some fresh strawberries, creaming by hand or in a blender. I added a few finely chopped strawberries to the mix after the blending, because I like how it looks and tastes with a few pieces of strawberry.

Spread it on slices of Strawberry Banana White Chocolate Loaf, or raisin toast!

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You can read more about Jaymie Leighton and her collections in A Deadly Grind, the first book in the new Berkley Prime Crime Vintage Kitchen Mysteries cozy series, by visiting Victoria's website here.



Meet the Author 

Victoria Hamilton is the new incarnation of a nationally bestselling romance author. She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. Besides writing about murder and mayhem and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria loves collecting vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups. 

You can find out more and read an excerpt from A Deadly Grind by visiting Victoria at http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com.

Check Victoria out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton

Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

Victoria's Blog: http://vintagekitchenmysteries.blogspot.com


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Thanks again to Victoria for joining us today. To find out who won her giveaway, hit the "comments" button below and scroll to the end.

74 comments:

  1. I'm up to my mystery-loving eyeballs in strawberries right now so your recipes are as welcome as a new cozy series! I look forward to trying both! If I win can I get the Kindle version?

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    1. I'll certainly see if that is possible, Sarah!! Hope you like the bread.

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  2. I ♥ mysteries and food.

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  3. I adore vintage kitchen goodies too, and I collect cookbooks! My favorite pieces are my mixing bowls with spouts on each side-you just can't find them anymore and I think the spouts are indispensable! I look forward to reading your series, and, of course, I'd love to win. Thanks for the opportunity! Katreader@hotmail.com

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    1. Katreader... I just bought a vintage Hamilton Beach white bowl with the spout on the side!!

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  4. Sounds like a great new series - I love culinary mysteries, but especially those that include recipes, not just a food theme.

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    1. Got a recipe in my book, Deborah! Hope you like it. I'll be sharing the photos of the cake from the bok on my blog and Facebook page soon.

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  5. I love looking for new recipes but am now limited to non fruit and non gluten items.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Gluten free is difficult... but there are a lot of recipes out there for that need!

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  6. I love the vintage kitchenware also, always picking up something at the thrift store, yard sales, antique malls. It makes me happy to have an odd mixture of plates to choose from to eat meals.
    bleakney750@yahoo.com

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    1. If I could... I'd have a hundred different designs for plates if I could. Loooove antique malls... I'm going to an antique mall and tearoom for my upcoming birthday.

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  7. I love vintage cookware and cookbooks, too. I have many of my grandmothers things. And I'm on the lookout for an original hoosier. I was fortunate to receive an ARC of a Deadly Grind which I'm reading right now. I LOVE it. I even took it on the charity motorcycle poker run we went on yesterday. (Yep, I'm that geek sitting there in her leather reading a book and waiting for the next leg of the trip.)

    Beverly aka Booklady

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    1. LOL... you've made my day, Beverly the Booklady!!

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  8. The cover caught my attention as I have a grinder somewhere in my storage room which hasn't been used in a very long time. Will have to check out your work.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the book... I have a grinder for my Hoosier cabinet!

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  9. I simply cannot wait to read this book. Is there really such an event in Queensville Michigan? Is there really such a town in Michigan?? I need to go google it. In case you couldnt tell....I live in Michigan.

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    1. Nah, Queensville lives in my imagination... but there should be!

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  10. Can't wait to read this!

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  11. I love vintage stuff! Sounds like an awesome mystery. The recipe sounds good too! May have to try it!
    Krista

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    1. It is good... like ordinary banana bread but wiht a fruity twist!

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  12. Yum, there is always a last basket of strawberries that needs to be used. I love Pyrex bowls, and have lost sets (twice),due to the kitchen gods conspiring against me and my own clumsiness. I like the idea of your new mystery series.

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    1. Thanks, Gayle... I've found Pyrex to be nearly indestructible!

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  13. I think is so cool to have Vintage theme book. I Love vintage things. Just wish I could aford to buy them. Great recipe my kids love the Strawberry cream cheese spread.

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    1. I find vintage things cheap... I've got a complete set of Primary Colors bowls that would normally sell for about 80 dollars, but I bought it one piece at a time for about 20!

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  14. How wonderfull, I have a lot of collectable kitchen items as well as cookbooks. I cant wait to get my hands on this new series!

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  15. Yes, saw A Deadly Grind offered in the May catalog of Bookrak. I like the combination of vintage and mystery. Good Luck with this series. Should appeal to many readers, especially me and my sister and mom.
    Also, I collect bookmarks. Pick me! Hillsidewalker@comcast.net

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    1. Hope your number comes up, Anonymous!! LOL.

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  16. I pre-ordered a copy Victoria! So excited to receive it!

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  17. That recipe looks so good. I'll be trying it soon!! Thanks.
    I love the vintage items. It's like being in the kitchen with my grandmother. I have many of her small tools and use them often. A few that don't work well any more are on the wall, like her nutmeg grater that holds a few nutmegs in an attached basket.
    I'm going to Amazon right now to pre-order A Deadly Grind.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it... I still have a few of my mother's old kitchen things, and her old handwritten recipes I'll be sharing online!

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  18. really like your strawberry reciepe as our Dixon strawberry stands are open. Been waiting for this book since your started teasing us about it and now come tuesday. ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net.

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    1. I feel like I've been 'teasing' forever... LOL! Hope you enjoy both the recipe and the book.

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  19. Welcome Victoria! I can't wait to read your new book. I love the recipe and will try it. My grandmother left me all her old kitchenware stuff. I have vintage cookbooks and bowls. They are still packed up and one day when i get a larger kitchen with lots of cabinets i will be displaying them. elisanabby at gmai dot com

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    2. Lucky, lucky, lucky to have old pieces handed down! Those are the best.

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  20. So love finding new authors, so thanks to Cleo for having you here. Since I love her books, am sure I'll love this series, too. Hope there's a little romance involved! The recipe sounds great. Will have to give it a try when we next have some company. I'm not all that into vintage, other than some favorite piece that belonged to my Mom and Grandmother.

    Sue P.
    suepete12@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Isn't Cleo the greatest??

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  21. The recipe sounds great. Love the photo of the gadgets. I need that red bowl, have the rest of the set but that bowl was broken long ago by my Grandmother. It is her set that I have. Wish I still had my Mom's egg beater.

    Can't wait to read this book, I just know that I will love it!

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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    1. The red bowl can be hard to find in good condition because it is the most useful size. I got it for a song!! Now I'm collecting Depression glass bowls.

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  22. The basis of your series sounds delightful. I look forward to reading the first and many more. Now, if I can manage to win a copy, so much the better!
    libbydodd@comcast.net

    Is it wise to have us list our email addresses in such a public place?

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    1. Libby, if you want to redo your comment minus your email, I'll still be happy to include you and ask for the email after if you win... wouldn't want anyone to feel uncomfortable. I usually advise folks to list their emails like victoria (at) victoriahamiltonmysteries dot com, so the spammers can't auto grab them.

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  23. I love cozy mysteries and have added your new series on my wish list. Can't wait to read them. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    I have to make the Strawberry Banana White Chocolate Loaf. I love baking and this loaf sounds delish.
    I love cookbooks and have cookbooks I bought in the 60's but no longer have room to put out. I also love old kitchen gagets and do find them at yard sales or estate sales as well as glass ware.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hope you like the loaf... it was wonderful! It's hard to find room to store everything, isn't it?

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  24. Love vintage anything...and mysteries...this recipe sounds awesome. Thanks!!

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  25. I had to laugh at the photo of the "vintage wares" in your kitchen. Those rectangular pyrex dishes were wedding gifts to us 35 years ago and I use them every day! I hadn't realized they'd become vintage ;) I also have a similar egg beater that was my mom's which has been dated 1935. Good luck with the new series! I look forward to reading it! If I'm a winner, I can be contacted through our website; I don't like to post my e-mail address.

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    1. Good luck, Marilyn! Some of the refrigerator dishes I have were my mom's from the 1950s/60s!

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    2. The refrigerator dishes I have were my mom's, from the 1950s!!

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  26. Welcome Victoria. I love strawberries. I guess you can call me a straw-a-holic or something like that. I love cozies and mysteries as well. My email is KristenHowe@neo.rr.com.

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  27. Your recipe sounds yummy. I'm definitely going to try it. I'm looking forward to your book coming out, I'm definitely going to read it whether I win one or not. My e-mail is kaye.killgore@comcast.net. Thank you.

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  28. Yeah!! One more series to read. Sounds like a good book. Can't wait to read it. I never win, but I'll leave my email anyway: rgp1950@yahoo.com

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    1. Good luck THIS time, Anonymous!! LOL.

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  29. Sounds like a great new series. Btw love your teapot!
    Opheliaskisses21 at yahoo dot com

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  30. Thanks... I bought the teapot last year on a daytrip!

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  31. Wow, nice recipe! *drool* Please enter my name in the draw to win this cool book.

    carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  32. My mother gave me some beautiful, vintage cake stands that adore. Perhaps the funniest vintage kitchen item I have came from my grandparents. My tee-totaling father gave me a "spaghetti storage container" that belonged to his parents. It was a cocktail shaker. :)

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    1. LOL!! That so funny, Janel! I love vintage cake stands, but they do take up storage space!

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  33. Your book is on my Amazon Wish List. I am looking forward to reading it. Believe it not, I also have all of the items in your vintage kitchen picture.

    lynettek51survey@gmail.com

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    1. Wow, Lynette... of course, that's just a fraction of my collection, even though my collection is kept reasonably small for storage reasons.

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  34. I can't wait to read your book. I am constantly looking for new authors. I love cozies. I love recipes, which is funny because I don't cook at all.

    Lisaheffley@att.net

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    1. Hey, lots of non-cooks read cookbooks! AND watch the Food Network... LOL.

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  35. So glad I found you through Cleo Coyle. I will check out you new book.

    Patty
    welcra@comcast.net

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  36. I just found this link through Cleo!

    Strawberry season happens more at the end of June where I am but I will be printing this off to make when the time comes! Esp since my kitchen should be done the renovations by then (one weekend at a time!)

    Will be checking out your book Victoria and congrats on the release this week!

    If I can still get in on the draw:

    mamatalista@gmail.com

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  37. Hey, all,

    Thank you for making me feel so very welcome on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. It was a whole lot of fun to share the day with you all.

    The winner, chosem by random number generator from among 34 entries, is (drum roll, please) Allessea!!

    I'll be sending a signed copy of A Deadly Grind, along with a crafted bookmark, out to you as soon as my darned box of books arrives!!

    Again, thanks, all, and a *special* thank you to Cleo Coyle for her gracious guesting!

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  38. Victoria - Thank you so much for being our guest this week! I'll announce your winner in a separate blog post before midnight tonight. In the meantime...

    Allessea - As Victoria mentioned above, you are the winner! Contact Victoria at this e-mail address: vicoriahamiltonmysteries dot com - and Victoria will send A DEADLY GRIND to you so you can...

    Read with joy!
    ~ Cleo

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  39. Hello, all,

    Well, as sometimes happens, the stated winner did not contact us, and so I have drawn another winner... misskallie2000, who I am contacting today. Congrats, and I truly hope you enjoy the book!

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