Showing posts with label Peach Kuchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peach Kuchen. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Comment-to-Win Release Party (with Recipes!) for Krista, Sheila, and Peg

I always enjoy announcing new releases from my fellow crime-writing cooks, and today it's a trifecta! Please join me in celebrating new releases from Krista Davis, Sheila Connolly, and Peg Cochran.

Win Their Books!

Our comment-to-win contest is now over and our three winners will receive a new release from our authors featured below, courtesy of our very kind publisher Penguin. To see the winning announcement click here.

And now...let's review the CASE FILES of these new releases and the delicious recipes the authors brought to share with us for today's release party refreshment table.

Read with joy, my friends!

~ Cleo 


SUBJECT: Krista Davis

GUILTY OF: Sweet Revenge 

DETAILS: Revenge is sweet indeed in this delicious new release from Krista, the 7th in her Agatha Award-nominated Domestic Diva Mysteries series...

The Diva Frosts a Cupcake

THE STORY: Sophie Winston and her BFF, Nina Reid Norwood, share a sweet spot for animals. So Sophie is delighted to help when Nina cooks up Cupcakes and Pupcakes—a fundraising event for animal shelters.  All the local bakeries will be selling treats, with the profits going to pups and kitties in need. But Old Town is in for a whole batch of trouble when a cupcake war erupts between two bakeries… 

Tongues wag and tempers rise when a partner leaves Sugar Baby Bakery and unveils her competing cupcakery, Sugar Mama, precisely as the fundraiser gets under way. Just as it seems nothing else can go wrong, Sugar Baby’s sole remaining employee is found dead. Suspicion falls on the feuding owners, but the scrumptious new guy in town is also raising some eyebrows. Now Sophie and Nina have to sift through the clues and discover who isn’t as sweet as they seem…

ALL UNITS, APB: Includes recipes and entertaining tips and rumor has it this author will be guilty of launching a 2nd mystery series later this year...

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Krista's Refreshment Table

Rrroaring Cupcakes!

Click here to get Krista's recipe for these adorable spice cupcakes with caramel frosting and see her step-by-step photos on creating this kid-pleasing creation.


SUBJECT: Sheila Connolly

GUILTY OF: Doing in Do-Gooders

DETAILS: In this intriguing new release from Sheila, the 4th in her Museum Mysteries series, Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, relies on the generosity of philanthropists. But when someone starts killing benefactors, it’s Nell’s turn to come to their aid...

Monument to the Dead

THE STORY: When Nell reads the obituary of a former board member, Adeline Harrison, she makes a mental note to send flowers and doesn’t think twice about it—until FBI agent James Morrison shares his suspicions about the nature of Adeline’s death. It turns out that a number of other members of the local cultural community have died in the last few months, under similar circumstances. 

Soon Nell uncovers what seems to be a plot to rid Philadelphia of harmless, elderly philanthropists—but why? If she can figure out the killer’s motive, she has a chance of stopping the misanthropic murderer before another do-gooder is done in.

ALL UNITS, APB: Sheila is also guilty of writing the Orchard Mysteries, County Cork Mysteries, and more...

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Refreshment Table

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie!

Click here to get Sheila's recipe for this amazing summer cooler of a pie. According to Sheila, this recipe is fast, easy, pretty, and it tastes great. "I was describing it to the check-out woman at the grocery store when I was buying the ingredients," says Sheila, "and she was ready to make it on the spot. Yes, it's that good." 


SUBJECT: Peg Cochran

GUILTY OF: Turing up the Heat

DETAILS: In this tasty new release from Peg, the 2nd in her Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series, gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer... 

Steamed to Death

THE STORY: Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she’s using Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds. Having such a high-profile client is definitely good for business, but when Felicity is found murdered in her sauna, things start getting too hot for Gigi to handle.

The list of suspects is a mile long, and Gigi’s best friend, Sienna, is at the top. Refusing to let her friend get blamed for a crime she didn’t commit, Gigi is determined to hunt down the real killer. But, as the case reaches a boiling point, Gigi will have to be careful or she could be the next one getting burned.

ALL UNITS, APB: Includes delicious--and healthy--recipes. Peg is also guilty of writing a second mystery series under the name Meg London.

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Refreshment Table

Peach Kuchen!

Click here to get Peg's recipe for this mouth-watering dessert. "This is one of my husband’s favorites," says Peg, "I made it for him while we were dating. (Yes, the way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach!)"

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Happy reading,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

When You Need a Treat - Peach Kuchen!

By Guest Blogger Peg Cochran / Meg London

Giovanna “Gigi” Fitzgerald, the amateur sleuth in my Gourmet De-Lite series, (coming in 2012 from Berkley Prime Crime), provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients.  Gigi, however, does not believe in being deprived and thinks it’s fine to treat yourself occasionally as long as it’s something good.  (Sorry, but Twinkies don’t qualify!)

Most people would agree—dessert of any sort is a real treat!  While the following recipe for Peach Kuchen isn’t even remotely low-calorie, it definitely is good!  This is one of my husband’s favorites—I made it for him while we were dating.  (Yes, the way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach!  

I’ve made a few changes—I prefer to bake this in a decorative glass pie plate (10”) because I think it looks prettier (otherwise substitute an 8 x 8 inch pan), and I exchanged half the white sugar for brown.  It’s very easy to make once you get the hang of it.

I think you’ll agree, this version of Peach Kuchen (kuchen is cake in German) is worth every single calorie!  And if peaches aren’t your thing, substitute a pint of washed and stemmed blueberries for a real treat!


2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbs. White sugar
1/2 c. butter
6 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and halved OR 2 - 15 oz. cans peaches in lite syrup, drained (better to use canned peaches than fresh ones that aren't quite ripe or are mealy)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. heavy cream

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 Tbs. sugar into a large bowl.  Cut in butter by pinching between your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  (I use my food processor to do this - like making pie dough but without the water.)

Butter, cut into flour mixture.

Press the flour/butter mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate.

Place the peach halves on top of the crust in a nice pattern.  Mix together the remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the peach halves.

Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.  While the peaches are are baking, whisk together the egg yolks and sour cream and heavy cream in a medium bowl. Pour over the peaches after the 15 minutes are up.

Baked peaches, right out of the oven
Baked peaches, topped with batter

Return the dish to the oven, and bake for approximately 30 minutes more, until nicely browned on top.  Cool slightly before serving.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bon Appetit!!


Peg Cochran grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City.  After college, she moved to the City where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse.  When her first daughter arrived, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter was born

After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from NJ as she likes to joke).  Somehow Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.

Her greatest love though has always been writing—particularly mysteries!  She has two cozy mystery series debuting from Berkley Prime Crime—the Gourmet De-Lite series set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in the quiet countryside.

As for pets—she has a schizophrenic cat (really) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier Reggie who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds.  But you know what they say:  If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!