Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day of Secrets is out! + book giveaway + grilled cheese with olive tapenade #recipe


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It's out. DAY OF SECRETS, my second stand-alone suspense, released last Friday.


Got your copy?


See below for some great reviews and the blurb and a giveaway.


From Daryl aka Avery

But first...one must eat, and I know my protagonist Chase Day would LOVE this meal! Grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, easy food are his kinds of foods. Comfort food. He needs comfort in this book. A cup of yogurt or scoop of cottage cheese just won't do it, know what I mean?


GRILLED CHEESE WITH CHOPPED OLIVE TAPENADE



I love grilled cheese sandwiches, as many of you know. I've been making them for years, and even more because of writing the Cheese Shop Mysteries and then the second in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, Inherit the Word, where it featured a grilled cheese cook-off contest! 

I've tried my hand at grilled cheese with apples, pears, shrimp, jam. There are so many things that taste great with cheese! 

What I do have to admit is how much I love my panini maker. It really melts the cheese perfectly. Yes, over the years, I've cooked these delicious sandwiches on a grill or in a sauté pan, but sometimes the cheese didn't cook all the way through to where it oozed out of the sandwich. That's what is great. The oozing. The panini cooks from both sides. Cheese oozes!

The other thing I love about making these sandwiches is a tip I received from a cheese mavin a few years ago. She said to spread the inside of the bread with cream cheese. It helps the cheese melt, I think, because it acts like a "conductor." Don't quote me on that.

No matter what, this is an easy recipe. I used a jar of olive tapenade that I found at Trader Joe's. So delicious!

Enjoy!


 (Makes 4 sandwiches)

Ingredients:

8 slices of bread (regular or gluten-free)
8 tablespoons of butter (1/2 cup)
8 tablespoons of cream cheese
4 ounces of Mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly, more if desired
4 ounces of white Cheddar cheese, sliced thinly, more if desired
½ -1 cup chopped olive tapenade (I used a premade tapenade and drained the olive oil.)
Ground pepper
Salt
Orange wedges for garnish


Directions:

I used a Panini maker. You can use a griddle or sauté pan.

If using a Panini maker, turn it on right now, to heat up. Don't worry. It won't "burn."

Meanwhile, butter the outside of the bread, using a tablespoon per sandwich. And then spread the cream cheese on the insides of the bread, using a tablespoon per slice. Top one slice with Mozzarella and white Cheddar.

Top the other side of the bread that has cream cheese only with a large portion of olive tapenade (2-4 tablespoons). Put the sandwich together and press to secure. 

Slip onto the preheated panini maker. [If you don’t have a panini maker, now’s the time to heat your griddle or sauté pan, medium to medium-high.]  

Cook the sandwich in the panini maker for 3 minutes until the grill marks are a warm brown. [If you’re making this on a griddle or in a sauté pan, cook for 2-4 minutes a side, until the bread is a nice golden brown. You might want to put a lid or piece of foil over the sandwiches to increase the heat and make the cheese ooze.]

Slice in half diagonally and garnish the plate with orange wedges or serve with a crisp green salad.





Back to my new release DAY OF SECRETS.

As I said above, got your copy?

BUY NOW

Great reviews:
  • “The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
  •  “…a roller coaster of a ride that had my heart palpitating.” ~ Dru’s Book Musings
  • Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” ~ Escape with Dollycas



And 50 plus more on Goodreads and Amazon!

A mother he thought he’d lost. A father he’s never known. An enemy that wants them dead.

At the age of five, Chase Day became an orphan. For thirty-one years, after a rebellious youth, he did his best to turn his life around and build a normal life—first as a Naval officer and then as a history professor at a boutique Bay Area college. Now, all that changes when he finds his mother, whom he thought had perished in a fire, dying from a gunshot wound. In her last breath, she urges him to find and protect the father he never knew. Where has his father been? Why has he never made contact? Can Chase discover why his family is a target before an unknown enemy destroys him?

By the way, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you can see some very exclusive things in the Savor the Mystery Club on my website!  Deleted scene, 2 live interviews, a photo journey and more! Sign up now. NEWSLETTER LINK.

Also, if you missed my virtual release party, sorry. Sparky was there to say hi to everyone! Isn't he just the happiest greeter?





GIVEAWAY: 

Leave a comment if you'd like to win a trade paperback copy or e-book copy of DAY OF SECRETS! Tell me if you've even heard about this book yet. From a friend? From me?  From an ad? 
I'll pick the winner by tomorrow night. 
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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.











GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
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FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
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GIRL ON THE RUN
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DAY OF SECRETS

my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.
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48 comments:

  1. I'm excited to say (type) that I heard about this book from you, and I can't wait to read it :) Wishing all who enter this giveaway great luck! EMS591@aol.com

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  2. I heard from you on Facebook. Can't wait to read it. I love print books.

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  3. i've been seeing the FB posts on this and really want to read it (annefitza at yahoo dot com)

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    1. Anne, great to hear from you! Welcome to MLK. :) ~ Daryl

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  4. Thanks for the grilled cheese tip and I love olives but never thought to put them in a sandwich like this. Yes. I heard about Day of Secrets via your Facebook posts and I downloaded an ARC via Netgalley to review but love to get a more permanent copy. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Grace, terrific. I'm so happy with all the responses of those who have read via NetGalley! ~ Daryl

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  5. I have heard about the book from you!! Congrats on the new release, thanks for the opportunity to win!

    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. JH, you bet. Nice to see you here. ~ Daryl

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    2. JH, by random number selector, you've won this giveaway. I'll contact you for your information. Best, ~ Daryl

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  6. I heard about it from you - look great. jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. JCook, thanks for letting me know. ~ Daryl

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  7. Hi Daryl, I definitely would want a dead tree version if I'm chosen. Right now I'm bothering the main branch of two different counties to order your book. While doing that I'd love to be your lucky winner.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Nora, I am so sorry to hear "dead tree" version. Sigh. But that's what it is. May more trees continue to grow! ~ Daryl

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  8. I heard about this book in your newsletter. I can't wait to read it. I also love grilled cheese. This recipe looks awesome.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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    1. Candace, enjoy the recipe. It is delicious! ~ Daryl

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  9. Best wishes on your new book baby!
    I've heard about this from you in various places.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks, Libby. I hope lots of people will want to read it. :) ~ Daryl

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  10. I have heard about the book. I've seen posts about the book on Facebook and participated in your release party.
    Thanks so much for the chance!

    jackielizn at gmail dot com

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    1. Jackie, hi! Nice to see you here. ~ Daryl

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  11. I heard about the book from your newsletter. The grilled cheese is delectable. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, you bet. It is a tasty treat. (The sandwich and the book! LOL)

      ~ Daryl

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  12. As my Mom would say "This grilled cheese recipe is to die for!" I've got to get a panini maker! I've already got a copy of your wonderful book, so don't sign me up!

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    1. I truly love my panini maker, Celia. Makes it so easy! Thanks for your wonderful review. ~ Daryl

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  13. I learned about the book from your newsletter and would love a print copy.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Taurus. Nice to have you visit MLK. ~ Daryl

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  14. I have heard about this book..on Goodreads and on the Cozy Mystery Facebook page. It's on my TBR list....and I'd love to win! aut1063@gmail.com

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    1. Autumn, good to know you heard about it on a variety of venues. Thanks for telling me. ~ Daryl

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  15. I love grilled cheese but bread isn't on the diet right now. Darn it. Adding tapenade sounds delicious. I have definitely heard about your new book! I have it on my nook to read as soon as I finish up my library books!
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. You know, Pat, I bet this would make a great mock-fondue. Melt all the cheeses, sprinkle with olive tapenade, and eat with celery sticks! ~ Daryl (I'm going to try it.)

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  16. I receive the newsletter and the news about your book. Your grilled cheese is so enticing and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, Glad you like the grilled cheese. They are so easy and so satisfying! ~ Daryl

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  17. That grilled cheese looks amazing! Yes, I have heard about this book (from you, Daryl) and plan to read it as I love suspense novels and enjoyed your previous one. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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    1. Marla, thanks for telling me! :) ~ Daryl

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  19. I heard about this book from you. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Telling by the comments, Jana, I guess I've been pretty good at getting the word out. :) ~ Daryl

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  20. This recipe looks really good! I love all kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches. I would like a paper copy of your "Day of Secrets" book if I win! I heard about this book from you. I receive your newsletters and I heard you talk about it in your video chats, also on facebook. Thank you for the giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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    1. So good to see you here on MLK. Thanks for your response. ~ Daryl

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  21. I've heard about your book from you and I would love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  22. Seen it on Facebook. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I love grilled cheese---so maybe I'll try this recipe very soon. I heard about your new book on facebook.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  24. By random number selector, JHolden won this giveaway. Congrats. Thanks to all for chiming in! ~ Daryl

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