Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cookbooks Are Fun

From Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames

As many of you know, I've got a new series coming out:  A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY.  July 2. Just weeks away.

The first is titled FINAL SENTENCE. 

The series features Jenna Hart, who is leaving the high-powered world of advertising to return home to Crystal Cove to help her aunt open a culinary bookshop and café. Hint: Jenna is a reader and a foodie. She loves books and food. But she's not a cook. Not yet. For a confident woman, she's not very confident in the kitchen! So her aunt and good friend, the chef of the café, introduce her to simple recipes. Good food with few ingredients. So for the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing some of Jenna's adventure in getting comfortable in the kitchen.

I love a potato. Any which way I can get it.  Fried, mashed, baked. These little goodies taste like baked potatoes and potato chips. I found the recipe in a cookbook COOKING WITH SADIE AND FRIENDS.

It was being sold at Guava Gouda and Caviar. All the proceeds from the cookbook goes to Hawaii Canines for Independence. Don’t you love things like that? C'mon, isn't that dog (Sadie) on the cover adorable?

Savory Baked Potato Slices


2 brown russet potatoes (the cookbook used red potatoes)
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
2-4 teaspoons chopped rosemary
salt & pepper


Turn oven on to 400 degrees.

Rinse and slice the potatoes thinly. Lay the potatoes out on two  baking sheets. 

Brush well with olive oil. Tear the sprigs off the rosemary and toss the stems. Chop the rosemary. Sprinkle rosemary over the potatoes. 

Season with salt and pepper.

Set the trays in the oven, one on a low shelf and the other on a higher shelf. Bake 10-12 minutes and switch the trays to the opposite shelf.  Bake 10-12 minutes longer.

Using a spatula, remove the potatoes. Serve at once.

Savor the mystery!

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Daryl Wood Gerber also writes as Avery Aames, 
author of the Agatha Award-winning,
nationally bestselling CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY SERIES 

The 1st in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series is coming July 2013!!
You can pre-order the book HERE.

The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series is out
You can order the book HERE. 

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  1. I love cookbooks. Even if the recipes are out of date or the ingredients unobtainable (I think it was the Boston Cooking School that removed the recipes for squirrel and possum from later editions), each one tells you something about the time when it was written, and what people ate.

    Can't go wrong with potatoes! And a food processor with a slicing blade would make this a snap.

    1. Sheila, people don't still eat possum and squirrel? :)

      And the food Jenna would have to be very CAREFUL with that kind of appliance. I'll have to have her aunt talk her into using that. LOL Not that she's a scaredy cat. She's not. But she prizes her fingers.

      Daryl aka Avery

  2. You can't go wrong serving potatoes and rosemary is perfect with them. That salmon looks delicious on the plate, too, by the way!(Agree with you on the cookbook cover, an adorable doggy, what a great cause.)

    1. Thanks, Cleo. Isn't the dog cute?

      The serving this for my family. So good for you. A quick broil on the BBQ. (Even in winter). Lightly brushed with olive oil. Skin side down on the grill first. (Medium warm grill, not too hot). 4 minutes, flip and 4 more minutes. Comes out right ever time. I use a Weber and have it and the "med-hi" temp.



  3. Looks yummy Daryl/Avery! but are you sure July 2 is only weeks away? that would scare me! xo

    1. Weeks as in 12. I didn't enumerate. Feels likes "weeks" away. I know...if you're going to be literal it's months away. LOL But there's so much to do between now and then. Sleep? What does that word mean?

      Daryl aka Avery

  4. Yes, potatoes in any form. Yummy! And the baked equivalent of chips? Perfect!
    The dog is very cute.

  5. Perfect! And perfectly easy too. My kind of potato.

    Thank you, Avery.

  6. This sounds like such a cute cookbook! =)

    I **love** potatoes too....!

    1. Melissa, what's so much fun about these compilation cookbooks is that everyone submits a recipe he/she loves! Lots of good energy.


  7. Love recipes like this. Are they meant to be soft or crispy?


    1. Krista, some were soft and some were crispy. It was a combo plate. Really delish.

      Daryl / Avery

  8. Great organization the cookbook supports (lived in Hawaii for two years), and super simple, tasty recipe. I too will take potatoes in any form - eat them all the time. Add some simple baked rosemary chicken as well. Same thing - use pieces, and brush with olive oi, rosemary, salt and pepper, and bake. Or do a garlic, lemon juice, olive oil chicken with onions.

    1. Thehouseai,

      I agree. Love simple baked rosemary chicken. That's another thing Jenna is learning to make. No fear will be her motto come book two, Inherit the Word. So much fun writing her. It takes me back to my days of learning to cook.

      Daryl / Avery

  9. I just made those potatoes (without the rosemary since my beau can't abide it) AND Sheila's pork loin with apples and onions ( but with turkey tenderloin. I laid the potatoes in the serving dish and then added the apples/vegetables and the meat and sauce in the last step of Sheila's recipe. Fabulous combination!