Thursday, April 28, 2011

SAY CHEESE, one week

I'm traveling this week.

There's a big conference near Washington D.C. called Malice Domestic.

Tons of mystery authors and fans gather.

There are panels, special presentations, awards. It's a bunch of fun. But it makes for a short week to prepare food. Especially coming on the heels of a vacation week.

Add to that a book launch ONE WEEK FROM TODAY -- yep, one week -- LOST AND FONDUE comes out. Needless to say, I'm a little hyper. [Marketing, traveling, more marketing. Oh, yes, and writing book 4 in the series...]

(A hamster on a wheel has nothing on me! Whoa, am I spinning backwards? LOL)

So I decided to make something easy and light over the weekend. It's an appetizer that is so sweetly delicious yet tart that you can pop a dozen in your mouth over a period of an hour. Try...I dare you...try not to.

I've waxed poetic about the beauty of appetizers before. I love them. Done right, with enough selection, and you can make a meal out of them.

So here's this week's quickie. And I'll add a few links below for others. Make a meal. Make two.
And as we head forward into spring.



{Per person}

3 pitted dates

1 ounce goat cheese

1 sprig basil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 dash nutmeg


Slice dates in half. Fill each with 1/3 of the goat cheese. Set on a plate drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Set a sprig of basil in the center and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Simple and delicious!

OTHER APPETIZERS [click on the links]:

Fig & Pancetta & Goat Cheese [pictured on right]



And just in case you want to order the second in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, click here: LOST AND FONDUE

If you'd like to read the first chapter, click here: SNEAK PEAK

And for a lark, if you'd like to see the book trailer, click here: BOOK TRAILER


  1. Congrats on your upcoming book release.

  2. So excited for your release! Woot! This appetizer looks scrumptious--I bet the flavor of the dates and goat cheese is amazing.

  3. Congrats on the upcoming release. The appetizer looks really yummy.

  4. Read about this but no clue how to make for feta-crazy husband. Finding recipe was on my to do list. Thanks for shortening by one.

    Best of luck with book and travels.

  5. OH!! I love the flavor combos in your appetizer recipe. I'll be making that this weekend. Thank you! And BIG CONGRATS on LOST AND FONDUE hitting the stands next week. I can't wait to read it.

    I hope you have a wonderful time at Malice, Avery. Take some time out on that hamster wheel and pop some champagne. With an Agatha nomination for Best First Novel (for THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE), you certainly deserve it!

    Saying Cheese and Cheers!
    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  6. Thanks, Cleo. I just might do that. I'm looking forward to seeing so many friends and readers!!

  7. Woo-hoo, see you soon, Avery! Hey, Cleo and Elizabeth - I finally managed to get onto our site but couldn't leave a comment the last couple of days. For some reason, the Internet and I don't get along when I'm on the road.

    Just ran into Dru in the lobby! Hey, Dru!!

    Looking forward to a fun weekend. I second Cleo's suggestion - win that Agatha, Avery, and let's pop some Champagne!

  8. Hey Avery... big shot now with best new novel. I will be posting your interview at midnight tonight! Now that you are a big shot Agatha Award winner, I will be contacting People magazine and trying to sell the photo you are allowing me to post of Pom Pom Barbie... I mean Pom Pom Avery!

    And the Blue Cheese garlic Fondue was wonderful!!!