Showing posts with label Kate Carlisle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kate Carlisle. Show all posts

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Welcome guest author Kate Carlisle + book #giveaway

Homemade Garden Rolls ala Kate Carlisle, Author of Eaves of Destruction

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 latest book in the series is EAVES OF DESTRUCTION, available November 7. Read Chapter 1 for free at


Take it away, Kate!

I'm always honored when Mystery Lovers Kitchen invites me to spend the day with you, but slightly intimidated, too, because the truth is, I don't cook much. More now than I used to, when we lived closer to lots of restaurants, but I tend to carefully follow recipes written by someone else. Since I'm an author, I have an overdeveloped sense of respect for other people's intellectual property, which means I don't want to share someone else's recipe on a public forum like this.

So… every time I come here, I create a brand new recipe inspired by two or three recipes I find online.

Are you impressed?

My goal each time is to create a recipe that is somehow inspired by my latest book which, this time around, is Eaves of Destruction, Fixer-Upper Mystery 5.

Shannon is hired by rival homeowners who will do anything to win Best in Show in Lighthouse Cove's annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour—until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and plenty of suspects come out of the woodwork. It's up to Shannon to nail down the details and build a case against the killer.

Home and Garden Tour… Home and Garden Show… Homemade Garden Rolls!!!

This recipe was inspired by a very clumsy homonym. Hey, I'm a writer. That's the way I roll—pardon the pun.

Homemade Garden Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Peanut Dipping Sauce:

¾ cup peanut butter
½ cup hot tap water

3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp Tabasco
2 cloves garlic, minced

Whisk together all ingredients. Add more hot tap water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.

Garden Rolls:

10 spring roll wrappers (aka rice paper)
2 small avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
½ carrot, cut into matchsticks
½ cucumber, cut into matchsticks
¼ red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
½ cup bean sprouts
4 green onions with tops, sliced or cut into matchsticks
½ cup cabbage, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh basil, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro, sliced
Cooked and diced meat, if desired (pork, chicken, or shrimp)

If you don't like any of the vegetables mentioned above, then use whatever you like. This really is an "anything goes" kind of recipe. One very popular herb used in spring rolls is mint, so you might want to try that, too.

Fill a shallow bowl that is wider than the spring roll wrappers with warm water. Lay one wrapper in the water for 15 seconds, then move it to a wet plate. Place approximately ½ cup of mixed vegetables and meat, if using, on the side of the wrapper that's closest to you. Roll once, keeping it as tight as possible, tucking in the filling. Fold the edges of the wrapper toward the center, then continue rolling like a burrito. The rice paper feels delicate, but it's stronger than it seems. Just be careful not to let it stick to itself. You'll get the hang of it quickly.

Set aside and cover with a damp towel while you continue to wrap the rest of the garden rolls. No cooking is required. Serve with peanut dipping sauce.

Note: you should be able to find spring roll wrappers or rice paper in the Asian/international section of your grocery store. If not, you can buy them online. This is the kind I used:

Have you ever made spring rolls before? If so, how did they turn out? If not, does this recipe inspire you to give it a try?


Kate is offering a copy of DECK THE HALLWAYS, the #4th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series plus a Fixer-Upper Mystery measuring tape to one commenter. Remember to leave your email address (even cryptically) so we can contact you if you win.   

Remember you can touch base with Kate here:
and on twitter:  @katecarlisle

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!
Read free excerpts of Kate's books at

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 15, 2017

Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie ala Kate Carlisle


Although Kate Carlisle is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, it's her second ongoing series—the Fixer-Upper Mysteries—that are coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this month.

One of my books is coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries tonight. Celebrate with me! Framed for Murder: a Fixer-Upper Mystery, will air at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, and will star singer/songwriter/actress Jewel in the role of Shannon, a contractor who specializes in restoring Victorian homes to their former glory—and in solving the murders that happen within their walls. Actor Colin Ferguson will play Shannon's love interest, Mac. He's a wonderful choice!

I'm delighted to celebrate with you here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. We'll be live-tweeting during the show, so follow us both:

About the Fixer-Upper Mysteries: In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, California, the best man for the job is a woman: Shannon Hammer, owner of Hammer Construction Company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Shannon discovers not only skeletons in her neighbors' closets, but murder victims, too!

The producers at Hallmark hope to bring all of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries to the screen—four books so far, with more to come: A High-End Finish, This Old Homicide, Crowned and Moldering, and Deck the Hallways. You can read free excerpts of all of the books on my website,

In honor of this career milestone, I've created a recipe that I'm calling Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie. The first time I served this, everyone remarked on how flaky the crust is. The trick is to make sure that your shortening is very cold. I had mine in the refrigerator overnight. I'll have a printable version of this recipe available in the Secret Room at

Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie

1 C all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ C vegetable shortening, very cold (refrigerate overnight if you can)
2-3 Tbsp ice cold water

Preheat the oven to 450. Whisk together the flour and salt, then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until the pieces are about the size of lentils.

Add ice cold water 1 Tbsp at a time, stirring gently, just until the dough holds together. Too much water will make the crust hard. Too little will make it fall apart. Roll it out on a floured surface until it's about four inches larger than your pie plate (two inches on each side). Pinch dough around the crust to form little hills and valleys. Loosely tent aluminum foil around the edges of the pie crust. Line the bottom of the crust with parchment paper, and then weigh down with pie plates or something that's oven-proof and substantial but not too heavy. You're trying to keep the crust from ballooning up, but you don't want to smoosh it completely.

Bake the crust for 7 minutes, then carefully remove the aluminum foil. Bake for another 7-10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

¾ C sugar
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 C cold water
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
Juice of two lemons
2 Tbsp butter, cubed
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp lemon extract
2 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
1 can cherry pie filling

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, and salt. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until it thickens and begins to boil, then turn the heat to low and continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, stir, and return all to the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for two more minutes. (I took a break from stirring to take this picture, and the world didn't fall apart.) Remove from heat.

Add the lemon juice, butter, lemon zest, lemon extract, and food coloring if using, and stir them in very gently. Cool to room temperature without stirring anymore. Spread into precooked crust and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Spread the cherry pie filling over the lemon filling.

1 C heavy whipping cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whip the cream alone until it thickens and is spreadably solid. Whip in the remaining ingredients. This will give you more whipped cream than you need to do something artistic like I did with my pie, so if you like lots of topping, just pile it on and enjoy!

This pie is perfect for the Fixer-Upper Mysteries because it's a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and it packs a big punch! If you had to pick a food that best describes you, what food would it be, and why?

We're giving away a $25 Visa Card to one lucky winner today. To enter, leave a comment with your email address so we can contact you if you win. Good luck! And don't forget to live tweet with Kate and the authors of Mystery Lovers Kitchen tonight during the movie! See you there!

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!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kate Carlisle's Favorite Cookbook (plus Asparagus Recipe)


Kate Carlisle’s Favorite Cookbook (plus Asparagus Recipe)
By Kate Carlisle, author of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY

Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Find Kate online at

Time and time again, I turn to a cookbook that I bought from a sale rack at the local bookstore. Just a lucky find. It’s a thick old thing that would normally intimidate me. (I don’t cook much, so I tend to stick with friendly little cookbooks with lots of pictures and words like “quick and easy” on the cover.) But it was on sale, so how could I resist?

It’s become my go-to cookbook because this thing has recipes for just about everything. It’s 20 years old by now, with food stains on many pages and notes scribbled in the margins. “This one is delicious!” or “Yum!” or “Under no circumstances should you ever attempt this one again.”

In my latest Bibliophile Mystery novel, A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, Brooklyn Wainwright is asked by her sister Savannah to restore a leather-bound cookbook/journal she’s planning to give to her ex-boyfriend, an obnoxious celebrity chef. Brooklyn immediately sees that this book is a treasure. It was handwritten during the Revolutionary War by Obedience Green, an indentured servant who may also have been a spy. In the margins of this cookbook, in addition to notes about the recipes, there are strange symbols that could be a secret code.

Then the obnoxious chef is murdered, Savannah is discovered hovering over his body with a bloody knife in his hands, and the priceless cookbook is… gone. Vanished. Is it possible that a 200-year-old conspiracy had something to do with his death?

In my go-to cookbook, I recently tried a recipe called Chinese Asparagus. “Yum!” I wrote. Then I decided to modify it… and I’m proud to say, I like my Asparagus Sauté even better. It’s colorful and delicious!

Kate Carlisle’s Asparagus, Cashew and Cranberry Sauté

2 lb asparagus, sliced ¼ inch thick
1 T cornstarch
2 T cold water
1 C chicken broth
1 T soy sauce
1 T dry white wine
1 t maple syrup
2 T sesame oil
1 T olive oil
½ C cashews
½ C dried cranberries

In a small sauce pan, mix together cornstarch and cold water with a whisk. Add broth, soy sauce, white wine, and maple syrup. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Simmer until slightly thick, about one minute.
In a wok, heat both oils until shimmering. Add the asparagus and cashews. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the sauce and cranberries. Cook for one more minute. (Note: If you want to make this a complete meal, sauté shrimp along with the asparagus and cashews, then serve over white rice.)

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Thank you, Kate, for a delish posting!  As always, delightful.   ~ Daryl aka Avery

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome, Guest author Kate Carlisle! BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERIES

Séance Sundaes from Kate Carlisle, Author of 
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???