Showing posts with label Bibliophile Mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bibliophile Mysteries. Show all posts

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome, Guest author Kate Carlisle! BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERIES


Séance Sundaes from Kate Carlisle, Author of 
PERIL IN PAPERBACK
Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mystery series. The latest Bibliophile Mystery is PERIL IN PAPERBACK, available now wherever paperbacks or ebooks are sold. The Bibliophile Mystery series follows book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to restore classic texts to their former glory, and to solve the contemporary murders that are linked to each book.

PERIL IN PAPERBACK takes place in the mountains outside Tahoe, at a weeklong house party hosted by eccentric billionaire Grace Crawford. Grace, like every good hostess, wants to be sure that her guests don’t get bored, so she has arranged a few surprises. Games… multi-course meals prepared by a fabulous chef… a séance… and to top it all off, she’ll do a reading from the tell-all book she’s written that reveals her family and friends’ darkest secrets.

But on the first night of the party, during the séance, a storm hits and the lights go out. Heavy footsteps pound outside the door. A glass shatters. At first, Brooklyn Wainwright thinks it’s all part of the show. But when the lights flicker back on, one of the guests is dead.
 
And now they’re all trapped by the snowstorm with a murderer… and a corpse.

When I was invited as a guest here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, I thought about that séance, and I asked myself, If I were dead, what would tempt me back from the dead?

The answer, of course, is chocolate. More specifically, brownie sundaes with a special kick of heat that might just jolt your heart back to life. I served these recently to a foodie friend – a woman with a very sophisticated palate – and she said it was the best dessert she had ever eaten. She was shocked when I told her that it started with a box mix. What can I say? I don’t cook!

Séance Sundaes with Resuscitation Brownies and Hot-as-Hell Hot Fudge

Resuscitation Brownie ingredients:
Your favorite brownie recipe… mine was a box of Duncan Hines. You can make yours from scratch if you want (show off)
1 t cinnamon
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
Half of a 12-ounce bag of dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses

Mix the brownie ingredients as normal, then stir in the cinnamon, minced jalapeno, and the Hershey’s Kisses, each cut in half. (You could use dark chocolate chips, to save yourself the trouble of unwrapping each Kiss and cutting it in half. However, I have a soft spot for Hershey’s Kisses, since they were responsible for saving Brooklyn’s life in ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE.) Bake according to package – I mean recipe – directions.

Hot-as-Hell Hot Fudge Ingredients:
Half of a 12-ounce bag of dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
2 T butter
¼ t cayenne pepper
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t vanilla

Melt the Kisses and butter in a double boiler. Or if, like me and the rest of the regular world, you don’t have a double boiler, then melt them in the microwave on low power at 30-second increments. Stir in cayenne and sweetened condensed milk. Heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

To make the Séance Sundae, put a warm brownie in each bowl. Top with ice cream, hot fudge, and chopped nuts.


Enjoy!  So who likes what on a sundae???

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Welcome, guest author Kate Carlisle with Asian Chicken Salad


Guest Author Kate Carlisle with Asian Chicken Salad




Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mystery series, which launched in 2009 with HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER. The latest Bibliophile Mystery is ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE (Bibliophile Mystery book 5). The Bibliophile Mystery series follows book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to restore classic texts to their former glory, and to solve the contemporary murders that are linked to each book.

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit Mystery Lovers Kitchen again! As always, I’m wildly intimidated by having a blog full of cooks judge me based on my recipe. It tastes good, I promise, but please, judge me based on ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, the latest book of my Bibliophile Mystery series. I’m much more comfortable being evaluated based on my mystery novels than I am based upon my kitchen prowess.


I only love cooking as a spectator sport. An armchair head chef, if you will. My true sport is eating, and I’m a champ. Wherever I travel, I find delicious food.

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world, which is why I chose to set the Bibliophile Mystery series there. I love heading north to “do research.” (That’s what we call it these days. I love my life!) One of the greatest things about San Francisco is its multicultural atmosphere. The whole world is in that one city.

Chinatown is one of the most well known neighborhoods. If you haven’t been there, you really need to go. You turn a corner, and suddenly, you feel like you’re in Asia. Vibrantly colored silk kimonos hang from clothes racks along the sidewalk. Elegant and whimsical figurines peek out at you from behind delicate ceramic vases in the window displays you pass. And the food! Oh, the food! The Asian restaurants in SFO are the best in the country. Which is why you’ll never find a salad on the menu that uses bottled teriyaki sauce. But hey, it’s good!


Asian Chicken Salad ala Kate Carlisle

½ head of cabbage, sliced thin
½ C bottled teriyaki sauce
1 C cooked chicken, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 large carrots, shredded
4 green onions, julienned

Mix together all the ingredients, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve cold. Even better if you make it an hour or two ahead.



Have you ever been to San Francisco, or to another city with a Chinatown? What’s your favorite thing to order when you go to an Asian restaurant? Are you pro-sushi or anti-?


By the way, I’m holding a contest right now on my website. Two lucky members of my mailing list will win this 513-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the beautiful cover of ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE! 


Visit www.katecarlisle.com and join the mailing list for your chance to win!