Showing posts with label #bookgiveaway. Show all posts
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Coconut Cupcakes from Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room #bookgiveaway from author Vicki Delany

Today we welcome Vicki Delany back to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. You may also know her as Eva Gates. She's written police procedure and caper series, stand-alone Gothic suspense, and cozies but today she's introducing a brand new series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries with a hardcover book giveaway. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the draw, US entries only please.
After you’ve engaged in a shopping frenzy at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, located at 220 Baker Street, West London, Massachusetts, be sure and pop next door for afternoon tea at Mrs. Hudson’s.
Head baker Jayne Wilson does a marvelous job of crating the perfect, fully-traditional afternoon tea. You might even be lucky enough to get one of the special Sherlock tea pots and matching cups.
Occasionally, for a special occasion, Jayne is forced to reply on her business partner Gemma Doyle for help in the kitchen. 
A kitchen is not my natural environment, but the following afternoon found me in the back of the tea room as ordered, ready to help out.
“It would look more appealing if you mixed the offerings up a little,” I said.
“No, Gemma, it would not.”
“We can tuck the circular sandwiches around the scones, and the square sandwiches in with these small brownies, that way you’d have consistency of shape.”
“I don’t want consistency of shape. I want sandwiches on the bottom tier, scones in the middle, and the tarts and cookies on the top. That’s the way afternoon tea has been served since time immemorial.”
“Actually, afternoon tea isn’t a long-standing tradition. It’s generally considered to have begun around 1840 when Anna, Duchess of Bedford…”
“Gemma, stop talking. Butter that bread. The smoked salmon spread and the chicken salad are already prepared. The cucumbers, watercress, and herbs are sliced. All you have to do is put the sandwiches together. Follow the assembly instructions I prepared, and cut them according to the design I printed out for you. When they’re ready, cover them in plastic wrap. Got it?”
“I am capable of making sandwiches.” I glanced around the busy kitchen. “Do you have a ruler?”
“What do you need a ruler for?”
“It says here that the cucumber sandwiches are to be two inches long by three quarters of an inch wide. A ruler would ensure accuracy.”
“Roughly, Gemma. Roughly is good enough.”
“Very well.” I set about cutting the crusts off the white sandwich bread slices laid out before me. Jayne began rolling out the dough for another batch of strawberry tarts. The tea room had been exceptionally busy all day, she said, meaning they’d had to serve some of the food she’d prepared for the big group due to arrive at four. At the moment, Jocelyn was washing dishes and Fiona was arranging pots of tea for a table of six who’d just come in.
I was rather enjoying this making of sandwiches. Like a well-oiled machine, I went down the row buttering the crustless slices of bread (lightly), back up the row adding an ice-cream scoop of chicken salad, down the row sprinkling on pretty, green herbs, back up the row putting the tops on, and finally slicing them into triangles.
“Those have got to be the neatest sandwiches I’ve ever seen,” Fiona said.
“Thank you,” I said. Next up: the smoked salmon spread, which would be rolled into pinwheel shapes.

Jayne often makes a mini-version of these cupcakes so go in the top tier of the tray. As dictated by tradition. 

·         1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
·         2 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
·         6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
·         1 1/3 cups sugar
·         2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
·         3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
·         1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·         1 1/3 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut

1.      Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

2.      Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse shredded coconut in a food processor until finely ground, and whisk into flour mixture.
3.      With and electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in whole eggs, whites and vanilla, scrapping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of coconut milk, and beating until combined after each.

4.      Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling eat three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven; turn out cupcakes onto wire racks and let cool completely. cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature , or freeze up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

5.      To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread a generous dome of icing onto each cupcake, and, if desired, garnish with flaked coconut. Store at room temperature until ready to serve.
Icing: Use your favorite buttercream vanilla icing. I like to use a splash of coconut milk rather than plain milk. If you don’t normally add milk to your icing, you can cut down slightly on the butter and replace with coconut milk.


Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers, author of twenty-four crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.  Under the pen name Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin. 

Her latest is Elementary She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane (March 14, 2017). 


Vicki is the past-president of Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Bony Blithe and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

Visit Vicki at Facebook:  Vicki Delany & Eva Gates (evagatesauthor) and twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shrimp Scampi recipe plus #bookgiveaway from Linda Wiken, author @LWiken

I love seafood. Born and raised on the West Coast and of Scandinavian heritage, it's not a surprise. I won't charm you with some of my favorites...ok, I'll just mention the pickled herring in white wine sauce in passing. Love, love, love anything to do with salmon, scallops, and shrimp.

So, I went to Shrimp Scampi for a birthday dinner I hosted a couple of weeks ago. I'd forgotten how easy this dish actually can be, once you get past the de-veining (if not already done) and I also like to remove the stomach, that black thread that resembles a vein only on the other side of the little suckers.

After that, it's a snap.

I actually tried a mish mash of recipes this time, adding some tasty fresh green onions and basil, along with a topping of Parmesan Padano cheese, grated on the spot. Also, I cut down on the amount of sale because I had only salted butter on hand while the recipe called for unsalted. It turned out really well but I also like it the previous plain way. So, your choice of what to do.

Here's what you'll need:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined
 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves; 2 grated, 2 thinly sliced
2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. white wine
1/4 c. butter
pinch of Kosher salt
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Here's what to do:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 tbsp. olive oil, grated garlic, and salt. Add prepared shrimp, tossing to thoroughly coat. Chill, uncovered, for up 30 to 60 minutes.

2. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium and cook the shrimp, about 1 min. per side, until pink but slightly underdone. Use a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.

3. To the remaining oil, add sliced garlic and red pepper, stirring for about 1 min.  Add wine and lemon juice, cooking for about 2 min. Add butter and cook until sauce thickened and butter is melted.

4. Add shrimp and any juices to the skillet and toss for about 2 min., until shrimp are fully cooked.

5. Transfer to a plate, top with basil, green onions, and parsley. Grate fresh cheese overtop.

6. Serve with rice or pasta and your favorite veggies. A fresh bread slice or roll is perfect for sopping up all the sauce.

Yay! It's Release Week for ROUX THE DAY, the second Dinner Club Mystery!
And, I'm celebrating with a book giveaway today. To be entered in the draw, leave a comment about your favorite seafood dish, and be sure to leave your email addy! A winner will be drawn on Friday midnight.   

ROUX THE DAY, A Dinner Club Mystery is now available in paper and as an e-book.

The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book.  
Recipes included!

Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rosemary Barbecue Seasoning #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber + GRILLING THE SUBJECT book #giveaway

Rosemary barbecue seasoning recipe
GRILLING THE SUBJECT Giveaway. See below

But first!

From: Daryl aka Avery

Throughout this year, I have been perfecting my barbecue skills. I had to because Grilling the Subject was coming out in August and it contained barbecue-style recipes: a variety of sauces, barbecue "muffins", Cowboy cookies, and more. I had so much fun taste testing.

But here's one of the reasons I love to barbecue. I don't have to stay in the kitchen to cook. Oh, sure, prep is in the kitchen, but then I get to sit outdoors and read. If you cook slowly, like you have to for ribs so they don't char to smithereens, you get a lot of down time. I adore down time. Reading, sipping wine, thinking about the day, plotting my next murder -- fictional murder,  in a book, not in real life.  Heh-heh.

I find that sitting outdoors really clears my head. I hear the birds. I hear the wind whispering through my wind chimes. I enjoy the changing colors of flowers and such. And Sparky loves it. He doesn't read, but he gets to watch bugs, hug his favorite ball, you get the idea.

For your viewing pleasure, a few photos to help you breathe easier.

By the way, I'm learning a new type of gardening. Succulents. I'm not very good at it yet. I think I overwatered at the beginning, but I'm getting the hang of it. You're supposed to ignore them!  I'm pretty good at ignoring things when it suits me.   LOL

Today, what I'm sharing is the barbecue seasoning recipe that is my go-to recipe. I use it all the time. You can make the dry part of the "seasoning" ahead of time and keep sealed. You add the liquid at the very last. The spices alone will keep for a long time. Enjoy!

ROSEMARY Barbecue Seasoning

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon orange rind
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice (do not add until ready to use)


Mix all the seasonings until blended. {This may be stored for quite a while.}

**Do NOT add the lemon juice until ready to use that day. [If you don't have lemon juice, use orange juice.]

For Ribs:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Set your choice of meat (I use 1 ½  to 2 pounds of baby back ribs, but chicken or pork chops will do) on large sheet of foil. Set on top of a long flat baking pan.

Mix the dry seasoning with the lemonade (juice). Rub the wet seasoning on the top of the meat and wrap the foil tightly around it.

Set the baking pan in the oven for 2 hours and bake slowly.

Remove from the oven. Remove the ribs the foil.

Then, if you'd like, the ribs can be either be grilled on the barbecue to add extra flavor or broiled to crisp up.  (About 10 minutes - 5 minutes per side.)

The meat will pull apart with your fingers.


Just because I want to and I am the "boss of me," I'm giving away a copy of 
Leave your email in the comments so I can contact you, in case you win. 
And tell me, do you like to sit outside?

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

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GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
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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, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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