Showing posts with label bonbons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bonbons. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FUDGING THE BOOKS IS OUT + bonbon #recipe + book #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber

Whee!! Hope you'll pick up your copy. It's been earning some great reviews.

"This is a sweet treat of a mystery, full of genial characters and 
leading to an emotionally satisfying conclusion."
~Kings River Life Magazine

Also, our very own Peg Cochran has a new one out, too. 


In the opening chapter of Fudging the Books, there is a mention of chocolate cherry bonbons. One of my fans read the excerpt I posted on my website and said, “Boy, I hope that recipe is in the book.” Well, oops! It’s not, but I have an explanation why not.

When I write A Cookbook Nook Mystery, I try to include all sorts of delectable cookbook titles and food. After all, foodies are my readers. However, I must admit that sometimes I dream up a tasty treat because that’s what I want to eat at the time, and I don’t have the recipe. That's right. I write fiction. However, I've learned a really good lesson.  I included a recipe for 5 mac 'n cheese in The Long Quiche Goodbye (the first Cheese Shop Mystery) and someone begged me for it. I whipped that puppy up in a matter of hours and sent it off to her. That recipe went viral! 

So I now browse cookbooks and the Internet looking for delicious ideas and then add them to the story. And I keep notes when I "create" a fictional recipe - notes of what inspired me to think of  the treat.  That helps when a fan begs for a recipe. 

This recipe is so easy that my protagonist Jenna Hart, an avid reader and former ad executive who has come home to Crystal Cove to help her aunt open a culinary bookshop and café, can make them. FYI, Jenna isn’t much of a cook, but she is a foodie! She considers herself a gourmet. So she is learning, with the help of Chef Katie and her Aunt Vera, to make one easy recipe at a time.



1 5 oz. bag dried cherries
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons coconut flour
extra cocoa for coating (about 4 tablespoons)


Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Process for about 1 minute. It will still appear that there are hard “chocolate chip” chunks in the mixture, but when you scoop out the mixture, it will be a sticky paste. That’s good.

Roll the mixture into 10-12 walnut-sized balls and set them on parchment paper. Remember to smooth them by rolling between your palms.

Then put the extra cocoa into a shallow bowl, and roll each ball in the cocoa. Shake off the excess cocoa. Note: This can get messy, but it’s fun!

You can eat these right away, or set them into the refrigerator to let them get firm. They'll keep in the refrigerator for at least a week, maybe more…if you can resist!

About Fudging the Books:

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.
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Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

NOTE: This is not about “real pirates.” Pirate Week is a fun romp where folks dress up like pirates, climb rock walls, go whale watching, and take in Pirates of Penzance or hunt for missing gold doubloons.


I have updated my website.  Check it out. Easy to navigate. 
It's easy to sign up for my newsletter on the home page, too. FYI, yesterday, 
I gave away a fun treat to a few lucky winners plus a librarian 
because they were signed up to receive the newsletter. 
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I'm still doing a blog tour. A few more to go, so make sure you check them out via my calendar so you can enter those giveaways!

I will be on a radio show on Saturday, Suspense Radio. Tune in! There's a link on my news and events page. 


Today's giveaway, as a thanks for being my fans, one of you will have your choice of the first three Cookbook Nook Mysteries + some fun swag. Leave a comment, with your email (cryptic, if you must) so I can contact you!  

And tell me...what recipe have you tried from my books or from those posted on Mystery Lovers Kitchen?  

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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FUDGING THE BOOKS, #5 Cookbook Nook Mystery, is available for order: order here.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's #bookclub week w/ #recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp Bonbons from @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

It's book club week! Hooray! Yay for book clubs and people talking about books and people sharing books. I love it.

Momentary pause for another Hooray! For Victoria Abbot's new release: 
THE WOLFE WIDOW! Love this series!!!!

Back to book club week:

For one book club this week, I'll be giving away a shipment of bookmarks and swag, so make sure you leave a comment about your book club and your email so I can contact the winner!

I've included a few book club questions below for my upcoming book, STIRRING THE PLOT, the 3rd in the Cookbook Nook mysteries. It comes out in less than 4 weeks: September 30. It has a Halloween theme, but it is NOT a paranormal. It's a traditional cozy with recipes. On my website, I have book questions for all of my books. Check them out!

But you've come to Mystery Lovers Kitchen, where authors, who love to cook up crime, share recipes. So here's a recipe that is perfect for your next book club.

When I write or go to a book club or talk to a book club, I want sweets. I love them. Don't you? There's something about sugar (and chocolate) that makes the brain kick into gear.  Shhh, don't tell anyone. It's our secret.

These goodies are easy to make. Just a few ingredients. Why am I telling you that it's easy? Because Jenna, the protagonist in the Cookbook Nook mysteries, is an avid book reader and a foodie, but she doesn't know how to cook. She never learned. Her mother did it all while Jenna and her siblings were growing up. Once Jenna entered the business world of advertising, she had no need to cook. Dinners out. Lunches on the go. When she lost her husband in a tragic accident and decided to return to Crystal Cove to help her aunt open a culinary bookshop and cafe, Jenna jumped at the chance. Now she's determined to learn how to cook. She's in love with cookbooks. But she needs recipes to be simple.

In Final Sentence, the first of the Cookbook Nook mysteries, I share a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp Bonbons. I, personally, had never really made candy before. Fudge, sure. Easy. Rock candy? Oh, yeah. String, sugar. Simple. But bonbons? I had to learn a whole technique: how to roll them AND how to keep from eating all of them in one sitting!


1 c. peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped Rice Crispies
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips (dark)
2 tbsp. paraffin

Beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and Rice Crispies (gluten-free, if needed).

Form into small balls, smaller than walnuts, and place on a tray lined with waxed paper.

Set the tray of balls in the refrigerator while preparing chocolate chips.

Melt chocolate and paraffin over hot water (not boiling).

Remove the balls from the refrigerator. Reshape so smooth and round. Dip bonbons in chocolate mixture (using 2 forks to handle * super easy). Return the bonbons to waxed paper. Cool completely.

Store in airtight container.

PS Lucy asked, so I'm adding this, so that no one is worried about paraffin. It will go right through your system with no ill effects. (per Internet searches). You could substitute beeswax. Paraffin is used in lots of Easter candies, too. 

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Here's an additional recipe that you might enjoy. I blogged about it a bit ago. It's from the 2nd Cookbook Nook mystery: INHERIT THE WORD.

Peanut butter crunch cookies. Click on the picture for the link to the recipe.

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Stirring the Plot
Trouble is brewing, with a dash of murder...

Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster…  Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

Book Club Questions

Note: I am available to talk with your book club by telephone or iChat or Skype or FaceTime.  Please email me to arrange a date and time. CONTACT ME LINK

1. The Winsome Witches are throwing their annual luncheon to raise money for literacy. Do you belong to any volunteer programs? Do you, like the WWs, aim for one big blowout of an event or do you feel it’s better to stretch the events over the course of a year?

At the opening faire, Jenna learns that a lot of people are superstitious. She isn’t; not really. But as spooky occurrences increase, she finds herself a little bit more so. Are you superstitious?

3. When Aunt Vera claims to lose her power to see the future, Jenna scoffs. Do you know anyone who is psychic? Does it bother you that they are or you are not?

4. Jenna’s relationship with Rhett is heating up. His past isn’t entirely brought to light yet. Should she or shouldn’t she?

5. Jenna might not be superstitious, but she certainly is suspicious. When she coordinates events so that she might overhear a conversation, do you feel she has overstepped her boundaries?

LINK TO MORE QUESTIONS (on my website).

Hey, if you are up for some fun, here's a link to a book club survey with 9 questions that should take you all of about 15 seconds to do. I'll reveal the results next week! Here's the link: SURVEY

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And now for

For the release of STIRRING THE PLOT,  I'm doing a number of giveaways. Books, mugs, stuffed kittens!  On Facebook, on Goodreads, and in my newsletter. Make sure you're signed up for my newsletter and "like" me on Facebook or Goodreads, where information about the giveaways will appear.

Here's a picture of the one coming up for the launch of STIRRING THE PLOT -
for mailing list/newsletter fans only! This will go to US fans only, but I'll be giving away sets of the first two books in the series to all, including international fans.

Remember, today leave a comment about your book club so you can enter to win "swag" for the club! (Don't forget your email so I can contact you.)


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Days of Wine and Roquefort 
is out!
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Inherit the Word
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