Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE release week + book #giveaway from author @AveryAames


It's out! It's here!  The 7th Cheese Shop Mystery: 
FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE


It's release week for Sheila and me!  
I hope you've ordered, pre-ordered, or hope to get to a bookstore this week! 
Good reading for all.  Congrats, Sheila!


To celebrate, I have a give away below! 

FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE is the 7th in the series. What's it about?


The whey to a woman’s heart is murder...

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s Fromagerie is ripe with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest from the past—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation. 
Since any love for Lara curdled long ago, Charlotte isn’t surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one sticking to Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a gamey pall on the festival’s future.
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And, now, here's a delicious recipe that I created for For Cheddar Or Worse. You know there are recipes in all the books, right? And did you know that there has been a quiche recipe in every book since The Long Quiche Goodbye?
When I am in recipe-making mode for a book, which means I wrack my brain trying to figure out new and fun recipes to include, I try to imagine tasty items, but sometimes I have to force the issue. Now Charlotte, of course, is always thinking quiche since she offers those in the shop on a daily basis. So I, channeling Charlotte, decided upon quiche, too. I love when Charlotte and I are in synch. 
I love the texture of quiche. I love the combo of flavors. 
For this experiment...I had a ton of carrots in the refrigerator, just sitting there staring at me one day, and I knew that I needed to do someone with them. I'd recently made a carrot cake. I didn't need another.
Carrot quiche, I thought. Hmm. What would pair well with carrots? This time I scoured my cupboards and found pine nuts and thought, yes! Nice texture with toasty flavor. Perfect!


 Pine Nut Carrot Quiche

(serves 6)


1 frozen 9-inch ready-made pie shell (regular or gluten-free)
1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups shredded carrots
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. dried sage or 1 Tbs. fresh sage, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup milk
2 large eggs



Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Remove pie shell from the freezer and thaw for ten minutes. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove crust from the oven to cool.
 [Of course you can make your own pie shell if you wish...this was just the easy way!]

Chop the carrots. I used my Cuisinart to shred really small. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan on medium-high. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic powder (or garlic cloves, chopped), carrots, salt, white pepper, and sage. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Stir in pine nuts.


In a small bowl, mix Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. In another bowl, whisk milk and eggs together.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture on the cooled piecrust.  Top with half of the carrot-pine nut mixture. 
Add 1/2 cup cheese mixture and then remaining carrot mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture.








Don’t worry – I didn’t forget the milk mixture. First, place the pie pan on a sheet pan. 


Carefully pour in the milk mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes. Check. If necessary, cook another 5-10 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before cutting.




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Now I have to knuckle down for recipes to include in my next Cookbook Nook Mystery, GRILLING THE SUBJECT.  Barbecue is the theme. I think I'm going to have fun! Don't you love the festive cover? 


By the way, do you get my newsletter? Are you part of the fan club? There are fun puzzles, special pictures, tidbits, and giveaways. One of my fans won this prize just a few days ago. Five more won books and mugs! 

Sign up today so you don't miss out in the future. I won't inundate you with mail. Just announcements about when special things are happening, like the release of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, release parties, giveaways, and more!  Good luck.



TODAY'S GIVEAWAY!

Leave your name and email so I can contact you if you WIN, and tell me if you like to attend festivals and such!  I'll be giving away a SAVOR THE MYSTERY MUG. Winner will be picked Friday, the 5th.








Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!


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75 comments:

  1. Love attending festivals, for sure. And I love this quiche recipe and the book! Liz Stark EMS591@aol.com

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  2. I love food festivals! Although they all have similarities, there's always something unique and delightful. From Stockton's Asparagus Festival to Gilroy's Garlic Festival, pears in Courtland, and Crawdads in Isleton, I am a big foodie. Thanks for the recipe...oh, hey...Quiche Festival!! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Kathleen, thanks for the tips on other places for festivals. Love it! You are definitely in the know. ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  3. I'm starting your book today and Sheila's is next. Festivals are fun, but I haven't been to many. suefoster109@netzero.net.

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    1. Hi, Sue, my sweet reader pal! You are definitely up on your cozies! ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  4. We got to a lot of street fairs and festivals during the summer.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, what fun! Summer must draw lots of tourists, then. ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  5. A tisket, a tasket, a kitty in the basket.
    This sounds like an inspired quiche. I can almost taste it.

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    1. Oh, sweet. Libby, I love that! I'm going to use it, okay? Great way to share the cover with readers.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  6. I enjoy attending fairs and festivals. So many to choose from. What a delectable recipe. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, thanks so much! I'm glad you like the ingredients. It is really savory.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  7. There is one particular festival which I look forward to enjoying each June. The Bread and Honey Festival which is so special. Thanks for your lovely feature. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, that sounds so delicious! Honey tasting would be so much fun!

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  8. I love festivals...our two favorite food festivals are the popcorn festival and the sweet corn festival. Our favorite festival overall is the Renaissance Festival, though.

    eeyoregirl2009ATaolDOTcom

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    1. Teresa, popcorn festival! Wahoo. What fun. I bet that is tasty! I used to love going to the Renaissance Festival. I'll have to find one around here.


      ~Avery / Daryl

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  9. Haven't been to a festival in a number of years but since hubby seems to be doing well (crossed fingers) I think we'll try to make it to some this year. Will have to try this recipe. Thank you, scesjps@yahoo.com

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  10. Love quiche. I don't go to many festivals because of the crowds. It's hard to find a close parking space and I can't walk long distances and then be able to travel through the festival. thanks.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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    1. Mary, I'm sorry to hear that, but there are certainly plenty of fun things to do without lots of walking. Wishing you well.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  11. Congrats on the releases. And thanks for another great recipe. I don't go to festivals as much as I used to. Don't really like the crowds anymore and hubby can't handle the walking and standing. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Grandma, I totally understand. As I said to Mary, there are lots of fun non-walking things to do to keep busy. Enjoy!

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  12. I like fairs and festivals but don't go as much now as I used to. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  13. I love festivals! Unfortunately I don't get to go very often.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. Amanda, they require a full day, no doubt. It's hard to make the time.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  14. I love food and wine festivals. Great way to try new foods and wines. Love the quiche recipe. It's so different.
    Margaret Rushton
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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    1. Margaret, I really enjoy a wine festival, too. There's something so relaxing about the atmosphere.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  15. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)February 3, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    I haven't been to a festival for some time. The last one was the Greek Festival held every October here. I definitely enjoy them as long as it doesn't get too crowded.

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    1. Pat, a Greek festival would be tasty. I bet the music was fabulous!

      ~Avery / Daryl

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    2. Pat, congrats. By random number generator, you are the winner for today's giveaway! I'll contact you by email! Say cheese! ~ Avery/ Daryl

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  16. I don't really attend any festivals like wine or food tasting. I like to go to the state fair and attend festivals the surrounding cities offer during the summer and fall. Each city usually have fireworks at the end. I see a lot of fireworks. Crossxjo@hotmail.com

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    1. Crossxjo - aren't fireworks the best? I love them. I smile like a kid!

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  17. Your recipe sounds very tasty! I grew up near Fernandina Beach, Florida and every year they have a Shrimpboat Festival, so of course there were a lot of seafood. It was great! I'm looking forward to trying your recipe and reading your latest book. Ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  18. I'm playing catch-up with Tthe Cheese Shop series, but I love it. -- janb614@aol.com

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    1. Janet, I'm so glad to hear that!!! Thank you.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  19. What an awesome giveaway and recipe. Gonna try the recipe next week. Kim Gayheart kimberlygayheart@ymail.com

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  20. I love to go to food festivals and try out new foods. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Elaine, you bet. I like to keep my fans happy. ;)

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  21. I Love attending all kinds of festivals for there different crafts, food & some have musical guests. Love the mug, I could use a new one, Thanks for the chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. Linda May, a crafts festival is always fun. I used to go at Thanksgiving each year.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  22. I enjoy festivals and making it a family tradition. Rhonda Urick rhonda_sue@hotmail.com

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    1. Rhonda, it's always fun to include the family.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  23. I really enjoy your books.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  24. I really enjoy your books.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I miss all the festivals I attended in Indiana. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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    1. Barbara, I'm sorry to hear that. Where did you move? Have you looked for new festivals to try? Wishing you luck.

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  26. I enjoy attending festivals, but sadly can't convince my husband to go with me very often.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Sue, it's interesting how different couples can be sometimes. My husband would do food festivals, but what we liked to do most was go to the movies. ;)
      ~Avery / Daryl

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  27. I make quiche a couple of times a month, but it's usually pretty basic: cheese (monterey jack, pepper jack, swiss or a combination), eggs, bacon or ham, green or yellow onions, cream and a crust. I've never even considered pine nuts or carrots, but I must admit they look/sounds quite tasty in your quiche, Daryl. :-) I like festivals (if they're not too crowded), but don't get to very many. Happy book release!!! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. I think basic quiche is great! Adding onions, scallions, etc. make it so yummy! ~Avery / Daryl

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  28. I'm not crazy about festivals. They're usually too crowded. We did go to the Street Eats Arizona Food Truck Festival this last weekend. It was okay, but the prices were rather high for most of the food trucks. Anyway, I love the cover of your new Cookbook Nook book! It looks like Tigger is growing up.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. You know, Elaine, those food trucks can really jack up the price! I like when they have "small" tastings for moderate prices. ~Avery / Daryl

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  29. I don't go to too many festivals. I don't like crowds or crowded parking lots either. Besides, when I do go, I tend to buy tthings I really don't need.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, isn't that funny? Impulse buying is a big thing at festivals! :)

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  30. We host wine and food pairing events. Mini festivals in a way. Cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. At your winery, right? You rock, Margo! :)

      ~Avery / Daryl

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  31. I love going to festivals but with since i've had my two kids I get out less and less. When we do get out I love to sample as many different foods as I can.
    utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. Brittany, it's true. When my son was growing up, we went to festivals 'he' would enjoy. Not adults. LOL

      ~ Avery / Daryl

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  32. I love festivals! I grew up in Louisiana and there are lots of festivals with great food.

    rachaelb2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Rachael, I bet there are! New Orleans is like a walking food festival ALL THE TIME. ;)


      ~ Avery / Daryl

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  33. I attended my first Casey County Apple festival in 2014. I loved it!!! saracarver07@gmail.com

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    1. Sara, I think an apple festival would be tasty! ~ Daryl / Avery

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  34. I love festivals, we have a lot in North East PA. Garlic, Bacon, Celtic, wine and beer to name some. Great food at them all. ( We are still looking for a Cheese festival.)

    J_A_M_5672@yahoo.com

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    1. Wow, Joann, that is a lot! I bet the bacon one is well attended. I would love a Celtic one. I went to one that had lots of dancing and music. ~ Daryl / Avery

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  35. almost finished with the book. should have a review ready tomorrow. i am definitely enjoying it. thanks for the recipe although i am sure i will not make it. if it takes more than 3 or 4 items i get lost, lol.

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    1. Kay, I'm glad you're enjoying the book! Yay. As for recipes, you sound like my Jenna from Cookbook Nook Mysteries. She likes simple recipes, too. Most quiches are simple, just a few items. I find the best way to work with a recipe is the dry and wet. (Dry: flour, seasonings, nuts) (Wet: eggs, milk, cheese.) There are usually only a few items in each. Then that makes 2 portions that mix. Get it? Good luck! ~ Daryl / Avery

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  36. I do like to attend most festivals. Here in Louisiana there are always plenty to choose from! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

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    1. Jill, I think Louisiana is a wonderfully colorful area! Enjoy! ~ Daryl / Avery

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  37. Hi, all! Say congrats to Pat D, who won the mug by random number generator pick! More to come this month, so stay tuned! ~ Avery / Daryl

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  38. I would love to win your mug. My husband and I love festivals and fairs.

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