Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Inherit the Word, the 2nd in A Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!






INHERIT THE WORD is out!! 
This is the second in A Cookbook Nook mystery series.

Also out today, ICED TO DEATH by our very own Peg Cochran. Congrats, Peg!!!!  Click on the title to learn more.

And we  have a winner from last week's book giveaway.

Libby D!!!

I'll be contacting you to find out which book you 
wish to receive. Congratulations!! I'm still having more book giveaways through this month, so check out the rules below...

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I feel like I've been promoting for a decade right about now, with DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT out last month and now INHERIT THE WORD. It's quite a challenge to keep my head on my shoulders and my mind clear!

From the back cover of Inherit:

When tempers get too hot to handle, someone’s bound to get grilled.  

Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, with the intention to relax and help her aunt, Vera, run the local culinary bookshop and café. But it’s hard to follow a simple recipe for relaxation when murder gets thrown in the mix…

The Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition which pits local amateur chefs against one another to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: Grilled Cheese. But with competing chefs bearing grudges from past years, more mouths are running off than salivating.

The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Soon a local diner owner (and Jenna’s “second mother”) is suspected of bumping off the competition, and Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned…

Praise for the series:

A delectable tasty mix of characters, crime, and cookbooks.”
New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle



I hope you'll check it out. 

In the meantime, today I'm sharing one of the recipes from the book. It was inspired by an appetizer my mother made. I gave that history to Jenna, the protagonist in the series. Her mother used to make these delicious appetizers. Her mother did all the cooking, which is why Jenna needs to ramp up her kitchen skills. She turned the is scrumptious little appetizer into a grilled cheese, and was quite pleased with herself!

Enjoy.

PS  This is the recipe I mentioned in my newsletter, if you receive that! 




Shrimp Swiss Cheese Melt
(Makes 2 sandwiches)


4 slices bread
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 teaspoon Bouquet Garni (or tarragon or parsley)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt to taste
4 large shrimp, diced
4 large asparagus, cooked to tender
4 slices Swiss cheese

For the asparagus:
Bring an inch of water to boil in a saucepan. Snap off the ends of the asparagus and cook, covered, in boiling water for 2 minutes. Pour off the water. Keep asparagus covered for 2 more minutes. Rinse in cold water. Slice in half and then cut into in thin strips. Set aside.

For the shrimp salad:
Remove the tails and dice the shrimp. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise, cream cheese, chives, spice, lemon zest, and the shrimp. Taste and add salt if desired.


To assemble:
Use the remaining mayonnaise and spread on each slice of bread. Place all 4 slices of the bread, mayonnaise side down, on a cutting board. Spread the shrimp-cheese-mixture on 2 of the slices. Lay out the asparagus on the other 2 slices. Top each with Swiss cheese. Place the two sides together.




If cooking on a stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Set the sandwiches on the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the sandwiches, using a spatula, and cook another 2-4 minutes. You can compress the sandwich with the spatula. Turn the sandwich one more time. Press down with the spatula, and remove from the pan. Let cool about 2-3 minutes, and serve.

For the book giveaway this week, leave a comment with your email included. If you tweet or share on Facebook, tell me in your comment and you'll be entered TWICE. 

I'll give you your choice of one of the Cheese Shop mysteries, including the latest DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT, or a copy of FINAL SENTENCE, the 1st in the Cookbook Nook mysteries. I'll announce the winner next week. Good luck!

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31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shrimp recipe. Eating shrimp and crab is suppose to help with arthritis. Fun eating whether it helps or not. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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    1. Barbara/Bobbi - I agree. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods. I know it can be high in cholesterol, but it's not like I'm eating a ton of it and every day. It's a treat!

      Daryl / Avery

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  2. Why would you ruin perfectly good grilled cheese by adding shrimp to it? (Yeah, not a fish fan here.) carstairs38@gmail.com

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    1. Aw, Mark, you're missing out. :) That from one fish lover.

      Daryl / Avery

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  3. Why would you ruin a perfectly good grilled cheese by adding asparagus (to me that is on the same level as liver - uneatable! ) Well, to each their own. :) Looking forward to your Cookbook Nook series.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Ha. Karen and Mark, you should send me your favorite grilled cheese choices! No asparagus, check. No shrimp, check. What do you like? By the way, I bet something like broccoli or other green veggie would do the trick.

      Daryl / Avery

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  4. No thanks on the sandwich. I'm allergic to shellfish. But, yes, please, to the book. No allergies there. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Wow, this sandwich is definitely not striking the notes I'd hoped. It truly is one of my favorites and Jenna's, too. :) To each their own. Maybe it has something to do with growing up by the ocean and near San Francisco, where shellfish and fish are so fresh and delish.

      Daryl / Avery

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  5. It looks really good to me. I could also see experimenting with different cheeses but the asparagus and shrimp mix sounds tasty. Maybe because I have lived in SF Bay area 25+ years, see this kind of thing all the time.

    And the book sounds yummy too!

    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. See, Sally? I think it might be a location thing re: flavors. We coastal girls like shrimp! :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  6. Congrats on Inherit the Word, Daryl! How exciting, you busy woman, This recipe made my mouth water. Thanks for that ... must go eat shrimp and cheese, now!

    Hugs,.

    MJ

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    1. Thanks, MJ. I am busy. But I like busy. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  7. It looks like a good sandwich but I can't make shrimp because my boyfriend is allergic to it.
    sgiden at verizon.net

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    1. Sandy, bummer. I understand allergies. Especially the anaphylactic kind. Definitely have to keep your distance. How about substituting chicken breast?

      Best,

      Daryl / Avery

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  8. Daryl - Lunch is on, and this looks delicious to me! Shrimp can be bland, but you've jazzed things up beautifully in this sandwich with all the wonderful flavors, including the asparagus, which I love paired with lemon--a flavor that goes so well with seafood, too. Thanks for sharing and happy congrats on your busy two months in a row of releases. Lots of pressure but exciting and wonderful, too.

    XOXOXO
    ~ Cleo

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    1. Thanks, Cleo. Some shrimp can be bland, but if you get it fresh from the right seller, it has so much flavor! Glad you love all the pairings and thanks for the good wishes. Pressure? What pressure! LOL

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  9. I read your exciting cozy--INHERIT THE WORD --and found it such a fun read for all the literary references and food references. Still wonder about the lost husband. Anyway, have tried a couple of your grill cheeses and found them to be delicious. Especially the pear one. I think this shrimp one looks luscious. Always annoys me when certain judges on the TV show CHOPPED always say "no cheese with fish!" They are SOOOO wrong. Going to try this sandwich for sure!!

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    1. Ronna, isn't that funny about cheese with fish? It's amazing. I talked with an Italian woman who said that it's a long-standing tradition no cheese with fish because fish turned so quickly or something. I adore cheese and fish. Bad me, right? I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed Inherit the Word. Tell a friend. LOL

      Daryl / Avery

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    2. I am glad to see some one else feels the same way I do about fish and cheese. I also saw where CHOPPED said that. Had me wondering if others felt the same way. Nice to know I am not the only one. :-) Cindy

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  10. Can't wait to make this grill cheese and shrimp sandwich.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  11. Cindy gmajm@hotmail.com That recipe for grilled cheese and shrimp sounds really good. I have become a lover of fish and seafood because I have a health condition, Diverticulitis. I need to be very careful of what I eat and fish and seafood are easy to digest. Always looking for new ways to prepare and serve them. Will betrying this soon.

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    1. Cindy, take care of your health. That's a tough one. Easy to digest things are difficult in so many ways. As a gluten-free person, I truly understand food issues. Glad you like this one.

      Best,
      Daryl / Avery

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  12. Well...since I had the flu I have had a visual problem with food. Looking at the picture made me slightly nauseous. I love shrimp but right now cheese and shrimp sound terrible to me.
    I shared on Facebook and. Iamshortanote@yahoo.com

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    1. Melody, so sorry you're sick. I can't imagine anything worse looking than a moist salad when you're sick. Soup. You needed a soup recipe today. Hang in there.

      Daryl / Avery

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  13. I love seafood! Shrimp, lobster, haddock, cod and salmon! Had salmon cooked over an open fire on a cedar plank in Seattle and it was absolutely delicious! The cheese and shrimp salad sandwich looks wonderful!

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  14. sounds like an awesome recipe....will have to try it!! thank you for it & the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  15. shared giveaway on my FB wall: www.facebook.com/cyn209

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  16. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    I'd probably skip the shrimp, but the asparagus sounds good! :)

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