Showing posts with label Lee Child. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lee Child. Show all posts

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcome Guest Blogger - Kaye Barley


What can I say about Kaye Barley? I just love her to pieces. She's one of the most kind, upbeat, and supportive readers out there. I "met" Kaye on the Dorothy L. listserv way back when... gosh, I can't even remember how long ago that was ... and was extremely excited to find out she planned to attend Bouchercon in Baltimore - her first Bouchercon ever. That meant I would finally get to meet this lovely lady in person. And I did.

Kaye is so great. She reads everything it seems, cozies (yay!), thrillers, suspense, you name it. And she's an avid and loyal fan. Just get her talking about Lee Child...

At the last Bouchercon, in Indianapolis, I was lucky again to meet up with Kaye quite a bit. She won a spot at the MWA-sponsored Hot Ticket events and there wasn't a person who won who was giddier or more grateful than Kaye. She's the best. She hosts a fabulous blog - Meanderings and Muses where she hosts more authors you can imagine an where I've been fortunate to guest.

Please welcome Kaye Barley!
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I'm a huge fan of Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, and quite honored to be invited as a guest. Many thanks to my sweet friend Julie for the invitation. Who, by the way, just celebrated her wedding anniversary - Happy Anniversary, Julie!

But I'm not much of a cook, truth be told.

Which does cause me to ponder from time to time a question which has no obvious answer. WHY do I have all these cookbooks?

I am addicted to cookbooks. I have a few favorites from way back and always seem to use the same old standbys over and over. And yet, I keep buying new ones. Silly, really. Especially when it's now so easy to get any recipe you could possibly want by browsing the internet. Including all the scrumptious mouth watering recipes I find right here. Lord knows, I could use the shelf space for something besides all these cookbooks I rarely use; like mystery novels, for instance.

Anyway.

Where was I?

I'm not much of a cook.


But, I do love to bake.

I love all the fun specialty pans put out by Bundt (especially the mini-bundts), and love trying new cake recipes. It's not unusual for me to bake a cake every week when I'm on a roll. But right now we're going through the hottest summer ever here in Boone. And we do not have A/C; few homes here in these mountains have A/C, actually. So, no way am I going to turn on the oven for an hour to an hour and a half until this weather breaks. Check back in February, when we have several inches of snow on the ground. If we haven't lost our power, there's probably a cake in the oven.

But just because it's too hot to bake, the urge doesn't go away, nor does the craving for cake (another addiction, I'm afraid).

Donald reminded me that there's a cake I used to make all the time, but haven't in awhile for some reason. AND it only stays in the oven 15 or 20 minutes. Hooray! Perfect!

It's the ultimate summer cake recipe 'cause it's quite light, and topped with luscious fresh fruit. Let your imagination take over and top this torte with whatever is in season and makes your heart sing. It's easy, it's quick, it's delicious and it's pretty. What more could a gal ask for in a dessert?

My friend Gigi gave me this recipe many years ago. Gigi? If you're out there - we still love this torte, sweetie; Thank You!!


German Fresh Fruit Torte - Obsttorte mit frishem Obst

Grease torte pan carefully, then flour.



Beat 3 eggs on high speed till very foamy.
Add 5 Tbsps. warm water while beating.
Add 1 cup sugar - beat vigorously.
Turn mixer to slower speed and add 1 cup of flour, and 1 tsp. baking powder.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (or almond, or rum).
Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 15 or 20 min., till top is lightly golden. Remove to cooling rack immediately.
When completely cool, arrange fruits of your choice as desired.
Use Dr.Oetker (found in your local grocery store) clear glaze over the top.
(if you'd rather make your own glaze, you're on your own - I never have, but I'm sure there are recipes on-line, or even in one of those cookbooks I have . . . )
Top with a big dollop of whipped cream.
yum.


Thanks again, ladies of Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. I loved being here!

Kaye Barley is an avid mystery fan. Kaye and her husband Donald, along with their corgi Harley Doodle Barley, live in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. She is also mistress of the Meanderings and Muses blog - http://meanderingsandmuses.blogspot.com/ - where many writers and fans from the mystery community stop by to play and chat about a wide variety of topics. It's also where Kaye rambles and meanders about whatever might cross her mind on a given day, be it a giggle or a rant.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bouchercon Excitement


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I'm taking the day off from recipes and instead choosing to talk about celebrations. As in - let's have Cosmos!

As my blog-sisters have already so kindly announced, at Bouchercon this weekend I was awarded both the Barry Award and the Anthony Award for State of the Onion in the Best Paperback Original Category. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am wildly excited, and there were times during the ceremonies Thursday and Saturday nights that I could barely breathe, let alone talk.



This is right after the Barry Award ceremony concluded. I seriously never imagined winning. I was ecstatic just to be nominated. Really, really. Having never been shortlisted before, I didn't know if people were lying when they said "It's enough of an honor just to be nominated," but they're not. That is totally true. I was so happy to have been nominated and I worried for the coming of Bouchercon, because that meant my nominee status was about to end.


But then the unexpected happened and they called my name. Wow. What an incredible feeling.


Before I go any further, I want to say thank you to everyone who has ever read any of my books and commented favorably on them -- whether it be to a friend, or in an Amazon review, or on Dorothy L., or online anywhere. Thank you. There were enough people who liked the book to vote for it and I am completely blown away by this. I never expected to win. Never.





I'm telling you - this was so totally unexpected.






But, in the spirit of good food and ... spirits... let's talk about celebrating. Do you have a go-to celebratory treat? My husband and I go to Cooper's Hawk restaurant when we're in the mood to celebrate and we might go there tomorrow night. (Kid-related stuff prevents going out Monday.) Cooper's Hawk is a local, very cool restaurant, and it's definitely a go-to ... both for special events and for when we just need a great evening out. So, tonight!




My celebratory drink is the Raspberry Lemon Drop which I posted here a while back. When I can't get that, I opt for a Cosmo.




Can I take a commercial break here and tell you how great the women on this blog are? Daryl was at Bouchercon all weekend and Saturday, on our way to Lee Child's party, she told me to take today off from posting a recipe (thank goodness... I'm still totally nuts in the head!) and she took a boatload of pictures when I was too stunned to even realize pictures should be taken. The shots on this blog are ones she took (or had taken with her camera). Is she a doll or what? Everybody around Bouchercon wasn't calling her Daryl, or even Avery. They were all calling her The Cheese Shop Lady. Isn't that cool?

I had no Internet access whatsoever for the whole trip, so Daryl texted Cleo with all the news, and then Cleo updated this blog. Thank you Cleo! That was the nicest congratulatory post! I love these women. I know you all do too. What a great group!





Here's a picture Daryl took at the party. Lee Child looks fabulous, of course. I did that "smile too hard" thing ... oops. But hey, what's a couple extra chins when you're having so much fun, right? LOL

Anyway, I wanted to share my excitement with everyone on this blog, and I wanted to also share some fun pictures. You'll recognize a few familiar faces and names, I'm sure. I posted pictures of the actual awards (they're *gorgeous*) on my other blog: Here.


The weekend was as fabulous as it gets. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if Curt and the girls could have come down. Indianapolis is close enough ... only about three hours away... but my youngest had a marching band parent event that night and we couldn't both be in both places...


But, no complaints. This was my best Bouchercon ever. Just a wonderful, fabulous event and so incredibly well run. Jim Huang, Mike Bursaw, Austin Lugar, and so many others did an amazing job. (I hate to name names because I know I'll inadvertently leave people out.) This was a great Bouchercon because there were so many new, innovative ideas. So many great opportunities. Loved every minute!

So, without further ado, here are some photos:



With Sheila Connolly who has guest-blogged here. Sheila writes the Apple Orchard mysteries, and as Sarah Atwell, the Glassblowing mysteries. And she's got a new series coming out too!





From L to R, Neil Plakcy who writes the award-winning Mahu series (Mahu Surfer, Mahu Fire, Mahu Vice), Rosemary Harris whose Pushing Up Daisies was nominated for an Anthony for Best First Novel, me and Hank Philippi Ryan whose Prime Time won the Agatha for best first and whose Air Time was recently released and is on the IMBA bestseller list. (Along with Face Time in pb!)



Here I am with Chris Grabenstein whose The Crossroads won an Anthony for Best Children's/Young Adult.
I love Chris. He's great and so much fun!
This is Gigi Pandain (oh, I know I'm spelling that incorrectly), me and Daryl smiling for the camera.




Thanks for listening. Thanks for supporting me and for all the great and exciting good wishes and thanks for being part of this blog!
Hugs,
Julie