Showing posts with label Hallmark Channel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hallmark Channel. Show all posts

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #sleuthers @hallmarkchannel

Tonight all the cooks in our kitchen will be busy watching DEAD OVER HEELS: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris on the Hallmark Channel! Her True Blood series was wildly successful on HBO, now Aurora Teagarden is appearing in Hallmark movies. And we're thrilled and honored to have her in our kitchen today!

CHARLAINE: I know how lucky I’ve been to have such good experiences with having my work adapted to the small screen. After the first time (“True Blood”), which was a huge learning curve, my expectations became more realistic, and I learned to enjoy what before me, rather than having a peek through rose-covered glasses. Or camera lenses.

Of course, Hallmark is the direct opposite of HBO, and it’s been a very different project for me. I was terrified when “True Blood” came on the air. Now I am much calmer, and I understand it’s not personal if people don’t care for the filmed version; or if people like the television show better than the books. Viewers come to sit in front of their television sets with different expectations, just as readers open a new book with some preconceived notions about what they’re going to find.

What you won’t find is a duplicate of the book. Even very faithful adaptations  (“Game of Thrones” for example) veer away from the writer’s timeline for all kinds of considerations that don’t matter at all to the writer.

I have enjoyed watching the Hallmark productions because I find in many ways, they’re very true to the Aurora Teagarden books. I have a very soft spot in my heart for Aurora, my first series protagonist, and I always will. It’s been a joy writing two more books about her life and mystery-solving.

I know a lot of people (like me!) enjoy having a snack while they’re watching their favorite show, and maybe enjoying a little social media at the same time. So here’s a favorite recipe of mine, given to me by Anne Veach many years ago. It’s the hint of curry that gives this great dip its distinction. Just serve it with your favorite cracker (Ritz Crackers, the classic, are a favorite here).

ChaCha Chicken

1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1 c mayonnaise
2 t curry powder
1 t salt
6 cups chopped chicken
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
2/3 c sweetened dried cranberries
1 c salted almond slivers

Whisk together cream cheese and next three ingredients. Stir in chicken (I minced mine in the food processor), pineapple, and cranberries. Spoon into a plastic wrap-lined round cake pan; cover and chill at least 8 hours. Invert and remove wrap. Gently press chopped almonds onto sides of salad, a step I forgot for the shower!

And here’s a sneak peek at the new cover for October’s Aurora book, SLEEP LIKE A BABY. I hope you enjoy it; it’s been so much fun to get back to my writing roots with conventional mysteries.

Enjoy the show!

Thanks so very much for visiting Charlaine! We'll be tweeting throughout the movie--and there will be prizes! Will you join the fun?  Today, Sunday March19 9est/8c! #SLEUTHERS 

And leave your email in a comment to be included in a giveaway for a $25 Visa gift certificate to celebrate the movie, the blog, the author! Hooray!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Happy Book Day (and Birthday) Cake from Cleo Coyle

The past few days have been a little hectic around these parts. New York hosted its first Super Bowl. And Hallmark Channel hosted its first annual KITTEN BOWL, which was done in association with our nearby North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.

If you missed the Kitten Bowl, click here
to see some fun highlights. 

Sunday was also
Groundhog Day...

s you may have heard, Punxsutawney Phil,
the famous fuzzy forecaster, saw his shadow,
which means six more weeks of winter.
Maybe. Maybe not...

Of course, Monday sure did look like winter.
We had a heck of a snowstorm...

Yes, that's a GREEN cab you see in my photo above.
No worries. New York still has its traditional 
Yellow Cabs.
But recently the city approved these green cabs.
They're called "Boro Cabs" and are licensed to pick up
fares in New York's surrounding boroughs,
including Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

On Sunday, I also celebrated my birthday. Don't ask which one—suffice it to say there were lots of candles!

Now today is release day for four of my co-bloggers. From the bottom of my heart, I wish them all a very...

Happy Book Day!

If you’d like to learn more about 
today's new releases, 

click on the live links below:

 Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames 
Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette 
Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
A Fatal Slip by Meg London (Peg Cochran)

As for my recipe today, I am taking a day off from contributing one myself and focusing instead on telling you about the delicious birthday cake that was baked for me by Red Ribbon Bake Shop, a Filipino bakery here in Woodside, Queens. 

There are not many Red Ribbon shops in the USA, but if you’re lucky enough to live near one, I highly recommend their cakes, which are wonderfully light and never overly sweet. The cakes themselves are chiffon (this is traditional in their cuisine) and the frosting is usually whipped cream based.

This is the approach they took with their Black Forest Cake. If you'd like to reproduce it, here are the basics...

Red Ribbon's
Black Forest (Style) Cake

The Red Ribbon cake is made up of 3 chocolate chiffon layers. The chiffon cake is a hybrid of the sponge and the genoise. This cake is very light and quite common in Filipino and South-East Asian cuisine. Learn more about chiffon cakes here

Brush the layers liberally with liqueur. To pump up the volume, you can even soak the layers in a shallow bath of liqueur. Traditionally, one would use Kirsch (cherry brandy) but light rum can be used instead (or other liqueurs). 

Use a whipped cream frosting and after you layer it on, scatter sliced up maraschino cherries between the layers. Decorate the middle of the top with a pile of bittersweet chocolate curls and place more maraschino cherries around the edges. Lightly press more chocolate curls around the outsides.

I hope to create my own version of this cake in the future. Until then, as I've often said, the eyes eat first, and I am happy to share a piece of my birthday cake with you that way…

Eat (and read) with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.

To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.

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(with mini plot summaries)

The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
13 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 

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