Showing posts with label Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Show all posts

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kate Carlisle's Deviled Easter Eggs

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. Kate's Fixer-Upper Mystery series is being brought to the small screen by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, starring Jewel and Colin Ferguson. The second movie, Concrete Evidence, debuts tonight at 9 EST/8 CST. Kate and the whole gang at MLK will live tweet during the broadcast. Join the party by following #FixerUpperMystery!
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Thank you for inviting me back to Mystery Lovers Kitchen! I'm delighted to celebrate with my friends here the debut of the second Fixer-Upper Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on my book, CROWNED AND MOLDERING.

Contractor Shannon Hammer works on plenty of hot properties but is about to tackle her first cold case...

When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon's new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that is the town's namesake. Of course, Mac needs help returning the run-down place to its former glory, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands busy. But the renovation grinds to a halt after the remains of a missing young woman are found.

Fifteen years ago, locals assumed Lily Brogan had simply run away. Now Shannon knows she must pry the right secrets and clues from Lily's problematic past, and bring the guilty to justice, before an old murder sparks a new killing...

I thought you might enjoy a few pictures from my visit to the set of Concrete Evidence.

I felt giddy when I saw Lighthouse Cove—from my imagination—on the side of a police car.

And…. Action! Deputy Tommy is behind the board. This is the first scene that I watched being filmed.

The amazing cast: Jason Cermak (Tommy), Erin Karpluk (Jennifer/Jane in the books), Jewel (Shannon), me (me), and Colin Ferguson (Mac). They welcomed me warmly, despite working 15- to 20-hour days.

One of the crew members had a pink leather tool belt—a nod to Shannon's pink tools in the books???

Jewel is lovely and perfect in the role of Shannon.

The charming Lighthouse Cove waterfront. One of my favorite scenes was filmed here.

I wanted to share a recipe inspired by the book. Buuuuut… "moldering" doesn't exactly sound appetizing. So instead, I decided to share a seasonal recipe. What could be more perfect for mystery readers than deviled Easter eggs? (cue evil laughter)

Kate Carlisle's Deviled Easter Eggs

12 hard-boiled eggs (I did them in my pressure cooker because they're easier to peel)
¼ cup + 1 tbsp mayonnaise
¼ cup whipped cream cheese with chives
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp lemon zest
½ tsp minced fresh dill
4 oz smoked salmon

Peel the eggs, then slice them in half lengthwise. Put the yolks in a blender with the remaining ingredients, except the salmon. Blend. Carefully spoon yolk mixture into the egg whites. Roll a small piece of salmon and press it into the top.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Things You Learn at a Garage Sale

Today, we're joined by Kate Carlisle, author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, which will be coming to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel next week. So just for fun, she's going to join us TONIGHT to live tweet during the premiere of The Art of Murder, a brand-new Garage Sale Mystery. Then she'll be back again next week for the premiere of Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery, which is based on Kate's book, THIS OLD HOMICIDE. 

And we're so excited that we're giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky winner today. Enter by answering Kate's question below and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you.

Welcome, Kate!

Thank you so much for inviting me to guest blog—two weeks in a row—here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen! Having a book turned into a TV-movie has been a wonderful whirlwind, and it's especially exciting to hear from all of the new readers who discovered me because of all the hoopla. And now a double-bonus from MLK—two guest blogs, and two fun evenings of live-tweeting while watching Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' latest premieres.

Life is good.

In honor of tonight's movie premiere theme, I wanted to share a random factoid that I learned at a garage sale: wiener schnitzel is not pork. When you make schnitzel using pork cutlets, it's just schnitzel. Wiener schnitzel is made with veal. Which kind of blew my mind because "wiener" and "pork" seem to go together. But the hostess at the garage sale was from Germany, and I'm not brave enough—or stupid enough—to argue with a German woman about schnitzel.

So here is an authentic recipe for German schnitzel, but please, whatever you do, don't call it wiener schnitzel.

2 lb thinly sliced boneless pork chops, about ¼-inch thick
½ C all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
3 eggs
½ C plain bread crumbs
Clarified butter (ghee) for frying
1 lemon

Pound the pork chops to tenderize them. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper. In a second bowl, beat the eggs. In a third bowl, place the bread crumbs. Dredge the pork chops in flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs.

Melt the clarified butter (also known as ghee) in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. I found mine at Trader Joe's, but I also saw it in the international foods section of my supermarket. If you can't find any, you can use a combination of regular butter and vegetable oil.

You need enough so that the butter or oil comes halfway up the sides of the chops. Cook until well browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Drain on paper towels and serve with a lemon wedge. (Also served here with dressing.)


Do you like going to garage sales? If so, share one of your most successful buys, something you use all the time. Remember to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win the $25 Visa Gift Card!

Be sure to follow Kate ( and MLK ( to join the fun tonight at 9 pm EST/8 pm CST, for the premiere of The Art of Murder: A Garage Sale Mystery!