Showing posts with label Jewel Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jewel Bay. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chocolate-Cabernet Sauce #recipes

By Leslie Budewitz

We're continuing the celebration of BUTTER OFF DEAD, the third in my Food Lovers' Village mysteries, which came out July 7. 

Way back before I joined the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen crew, the killer cooks invited me to share a recipe as a Sunday guest. I shared this one. But it’s such a classic, and so perfect for summer, that I thought it only fitting to share again.

Plus, it’s in my new book, BUTTER OFF DEAD.

A few years ago, a friend gave my husband and me a bottle of Chocolate Cabernet Sauce. It came in a tall skinny bottle, and I suspect it had been a gift the recipient didn’t know how to use, but when it comes to weird food, we’re easy marks. We dumped it over ice cream, cheesecake, and strawberries. We polished it off and went back for more, only to discover that it was no longer available.

So I went on the hunt. And while the version we created is thicker than the original syrupy concoction, it’s just as flexible, and even yummier.

Erin first discovered this at the annual Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art Festival. Jewel Bay loves festivals—everything is tastier on a sunny summer day, amid a crowd of folks who love good food, music, and art. But not until the dark of winter, in the depths of despair over an unsolved murder, an old secret, and a romance on the rocks does Erin discover its truest value: Chocolate tastes like everything we love and long for.

Chocolate-Cabernet Sauce 

Perfect on top of ice cream or cheesecake, after a hard night of sleuthing.

Here in the Northwest, Tillamook Ice Cream—made from the offerings of the happy cows in the Tillamook Valley of western Oregon—is extremely popular. We dumped this sauce on their vanilla ice cream—they make three varieties, old-fashioned, French, and vanilla bean. And then we discovered their Oregon Hazelnut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Ooh-la-lah!



1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon
½ pound semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces for easier melting (Erin likes Scharffen Berger’s baking bars)

Heat the cream, butter, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate and wine, and stir until smooth.





Makes about one pint. Store the sauce in a pint jar in the fridge. To serve, scoop out what you need into a small bowl and microwave for just a few seconds.


From the cover:

As the national bestselling Food Lovers’ Village mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana try to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival. But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer dims the lights on a local mover and shaker …

In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival, popping with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin must find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. And as the anniversary of Erin’s father’s death in a still-unsolved hit-and-run approaches, her own beau isn’t so keen on her leading role.
 
But the closer Erin gets to shining a spotlight on the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program…


Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. 

Connect with her on her website, onFacebook, or on Twitter.



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cocktails with the Murphy Girls #cocktails #bookgiveaway

by Leslie Budewitz

Raise a glass with me to celebrate the launch today of BUTTER OFF DEAD, the third Food Lovers' Village Mystery!

Summertime and the living is easy...

Well, it’s summer, glorious summer where I live, but it’s February in Jewel Bay, Montana, and Erin and her pals are excited about the new Food Lovers’ Film Festival they’ve created to warm up the chilly midwinter. It’s a celebration meant for the locals, but hey, no one in Jewel Bay ever minds if a few tourists show up as well.

But you can’t serve food and drink that you haven’t thoroughly tested, right? Certainly Fresca and Erin never would. (I confess, over the years, I’ve gotten less concerned about that and my guests may be guinea pigs now and again.) So Erin, her sister Chiara, and Fresca test some cocktails one evening in Fresca’s living room, with surprising results.

The recipes in my Montana mysteries often feature huckleberries, a tart, wild berry much like a blueberry. Other mountain states, east and west, claim them, but of course, out here we tend to think that the real thing grows only in Montana. As Erin likes to say, “If it’s made in Montana, it must be good.” (Frozen berries can be mail-ordered for the mountain-challenged.)

Cheers!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of BUTTER OFF DEAD, out July 7. OH MY GOSH -- that's TODAY!!!  

And it's also release day for Lucy Burdette's FATAL RESERVATIONS! Food critic Hayley Snow sets aside her knife and fork when her dear friend Lorenzo the tarot card reader is accused of murdering his flaming-fork-juggling nemesis. If Lorenzo could read his own cards, he might draw The Hanged Man. He can only hope that Hayley draws Justice as she tries to clear him of murder.

Huckleberry Martinis


  

Commercial huckleberry-flavored vodkas are available, but Erin prefers to make her own. This drink is similar to a Cosmopolitan.

To make the huckleberry vodka:

3 ounces vodka
3 ounces huckleberries, fresh or frozen

Pour vodka over berries in a mason jar or mortar; mash the berries with a fork or a pestle and let sit at least one hour. (The berries can be steeped up to a week.) Strain before using. Makes 3 ounces huckleberry vodka.


To make the drink: 

3 ounces huckleberry vodka
2 ounces triple sec
1 ounce lime juice
1 cup ice cubes


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty or your hands are cold. Strain into two chilled martini glasses.

If you prefer a sweeter drink, add ½ teaspoon simple syrup to each drink.

Serves 2

Huckleberry Margaritas

Serve on the rocks or blended, with salt or without.



To make the huckleberry tequila:

3 ounces tequila
3 ounces huckleberries, fresh or frozen

Pour tequila over berries in a mason jar or mortar; mash the berries with a fork or a pestle and let sit at least one hour. (The berries can be steeped up to a week.) Strain before using. Makes 3 ounces huckleberry tequila.

To make the drink: 

3 ounces huckleberry tequila
2 ounces triple sec
1 ounce lime juice
1 cup ice cubes for on the rocks, two ice cubes for blended
lime wedges

On the rocks: Combine ingredients, except lime wedge, in a cocktail shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty or your hands are cold. Strain into two glasses. Serve with a lime wedge.

Blended: Add first three ingredients to blender with two ice cubes. Pulse and pour into glasses. Serve with a lime wedge.

If you prefer a sweeter drink, add ½ teaspoon simple syrup to each drink. For salted rims, shake salt onto a saucer. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass and dip the glass into the salt.

Serves 2

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of BUTTER OFF DEAD, third in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, out July 7.  (Open till noon, Thursday, July 9; please include your email address.)


From the cover:

As the national bestselling Food Lovers’ Village mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana try to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival. But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer dims the lights on a local mover and shaker …

In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival, popping with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin must find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. And as the anniversary of Erin’s father’s death in a still-unsolved hit-and-run approaches, her own beau isn’t so keen on her leading role.

But the closer Erin gets to shining a spotlight on the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program…


Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. 

Connect with her on her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.