Showing posts with label French Bistro Mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label French Bistro Mysteries. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lemon Blueberry Pie #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber



From Daryl aka Avery:

This pie can't compare beauty-wise to the gorgeous pie our guest Kim Davis shared on Sunday. That was truly exceptional. All her baking is beautiful, as are her photos. But the flavor of this pie is fabulous, so "get over" my imperfect crust LOL and enjoy the flavor!

Memorial Day: I don't know about you, but on Memorial Day (which is coming up in a few days), I like to enjoy traditional fare with family and/or friends. Hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob, chips and dip, fruit salad!  I like the same foods for the Fourth of July—food that makes me think All American.  After cherry pie and apple pie, the pie that makes me think American is lemon pie. 

Lemon pie also makes me think of my mother. She liked all things lemon—frozen lemon pie, lemon chiffon pie, lemon cupcakes, lemon bars, margaritas. (Okay, those are made with lime!) My mother was a hoot. She loved to throw parties. She loved having her friends around her. She loved her family. She loved to work and play golf and read. I look back now and think, wow, I had no idea I was so much like my mother. 

Memories...

Which brings me back to Memorial Day. May we honor those who have fallen!

From Wikipedia: (some of which I knew, but some of which I didn't know. How about you?)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces. (Knew that.) The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last  Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War, 1868, established as a time to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. (Did not know that.)  By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate traditions (which were celebrated on different days) merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor ALL Americans who died while in the military service.

Thank you to all those who served or are serving! I love our country. We are blessed.

Lemon Blueberry Custard Pie

1 unbaked pie crust (I made mine gluten-free)

Filling:
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour (I used gluten-free sweet rice flour)
3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 full lemon)
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
1 ¾ cup fresh blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.)

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour (*or gluten-free flour if necessary), lemon juice and lemon zest. 

Beat in the egg yolks, then add the milk and mix until incorporated.

In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This takes about 3-4 minutes. 


Gently fold the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Scatter blueberries evenly over the top. You might want to push a few down. The pie will be full!

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45- 50 minutes or until the filling is set.

TIP: Cover the pie with foil after 30 minutes to avoid too much browning!!!

* Remove pie from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. May be served room temperature if you want to make the pie earlier in the day.












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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!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN
a stand-alone suspense
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order




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.
Click here to order.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oatmeal Applesauce Cake, gluten-free #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber



FROM DARYL AKA AVERY:

I just had a new suspense come out - DAY OF SECRETS.  And on Monday, I turned in final edits on A DEADLY ECLAIR (the first French Bistro Mystery).  So I'm riding high!!



Or am I?  That means I now have time to write another book. And another. And another.  In which order? Sometimes, as an author, if you don't have a schedule, writing can be chaotic. You start one thing, then put it down and pick up something else, and never finish anything!

So I love a schedule. I love order. Like James Patterson, I might have dozens of ideas in my head, but without a team of writers to carry out the plan, I have to focus on one project at a time. One!

My next deadline? Turning in the first draft of book #2 for the French Bistro Mysteries.  After that, I've set a deadline to finish Cookbook Nook #6, which I will most likely have to self-publish. That's okay. I want to tell at least one more of Jenna's stories.

After that, here's my schedule:

  • Finish a proposal for a new cozy mystery series (and hopefully sell based on this proposal)
  • Write draft of a new suspense
  • Self-publish ACCIDENTAL MURDER (another stand-alone suspense) 
  • Write draft of a women's fiction
  • Pray publisher requests third book for French Bistro Mysteries.  (Yes, this is a task! I pray a lot!)
  • Write draft of a second book for Chessa Paxton, who starred in the stand-alone GIRL ON THE RUN.


And so on.

You see how the list can grow? Yipes! Plus, any new contract might set the whole list on its ear! But if I don't have a schedule, I would go bonkers. Maybe I already have?  How many authors like to have this many casts of characters running around in their heads? LOL

If I am nuts, then it means it's time for applesauce cake. I love this cake because it brings me peace and joy. It's so easy to make and it really satisfies my sweet tooth without being TOO sweet! It's great with a cup of coffee while I'm contemplating the next big thing!

For this cake, I used a mixture of gluten-free flours including oatmeal flour and garbanzo flour. It makes it hearty and packed with protein. They "whey flour" that I use ensures that the cake will remain moist.

*For those who can bake using regular flour, substitute out the gluten-free flour(s) and omit the xanthan gum.

Enjoy!



Oatmeal Applesauce Cake
Gluten-free
Serves 6-9

¼ cup canola oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup applesauce (or ½ cup applesauce and ½ banana, mashed)
½ cup Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
½ cup oatmeal flour
½ cup garbanzo bean flour
1 cup sweet rice flour
2 tablespoons whey flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum

Crumble Topping (if desired):
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup gluten-free flour
2 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9” square pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the canola oil, vinegar, milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add in the applesauce (or applesauce and mashed banana) and chopped apples and mix until incorporated.

Add in the oatmeal flour, garbanzo bean flour, sweet rice flour, and whey flour. Then add in the baking soda, baking powder, and xanthan gum. Mix until incorporated.

Pour into the 9” pan.

Make the crumble topping (if desired).  In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, gluten-free flour and butter. Dice until the mixture resembles small peas. Scatter the topping on the cake.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Let cool for 20 minutes in the pan. Let cool completely.

(If you didn’t make the crumble topping, frost with vanilla frosting, if desired.)

*(BTW, if you forget the soda, powder, and gum, it tastes like a “bar.” Yes, I did this!  Guess I was too busy attending to my project list!  LOL)


The topping!






The bars - um, I forgot all the rising things.
They were tasty but not what I'd expected!  LOL



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Plus check out my website.



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!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN
a stand-alone suspense
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order




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.
Click here to order.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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


Image of Book cover
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. 
Leave your email so I can contact you.



Savor the mystery!

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Friend Daryl and Avery on Facebook
Follow Daryl on Twitter
Follow Avery on Twitter
Follow both of us on Pinterest
Plus check out my website.



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!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN
a stand-alone suspense
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order




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.
Click here to order.


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