Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Inherit the Word, the 2nd in A Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!

This is the second in A Cookbook Nook mystery series.

Also out today, ICED TO DEATH by our very own Peg Cochran. Congrats, Peg!!!!  Click on the title to learn more.

And we  have a winner from last week's book giveaway.

Libby D!!!

I'll be contacting you to find out which book you 
wish to receive. Congratulations!! I'm still having more book giveaways through this month, so check out the rules below...

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I feel like I've been promoting for a decade right about now, with DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT out last month and now INHERIT THE WORD. It's quite a challenge to keep my head on my shoulders and my mind clear!

From the back cover of Inherit:

When tempers get too hot to handle, someone’s bound to get grilled.  

Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, with the intention to relax and help her aunt, Vera, run the local culinary bookshop and café. But it’s hard to follow a simple recipe for relaxation when murder gets thrown in the mix…

The Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition which pits local amateur chefs against one another to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: Grilled Cheese. But with competing chefs bearing grudges from past years, more mouths are running off than salivating.

The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Soon a local diner owner (and Jenna’s “second mother”) is suspected of bumping off the competition, and Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned…

Praise for the series:

A delectable tasty mix of characters, crime, and cookbooks.”
New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle

I hope you'll check it out. 

In the meantime, today I'm sharing one of the recipes from the book. It was inspired by an appetizer my mother made. I gave that history to Jenna, the protagonist in the series. Her mother used to make these delicious appetizers. Her mother did all the cooking, which is why Jenna needs to ramp up her kitchen skills. She turned the is scrumptious little appetizer into a grilled cheese, and was quite pleased with herself!


PS  This is the recipe I mentioned in my newsletter, if you receive that! 

Shrimp Swiss Cheese Melt
(Makes 2 sandwiches)

4 slices bread
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 teaspoon Bouquet Garni (or tarragon or parsley)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt to taste
4 large shrimp, diced
4 large asparagus, cooked to tender
4 slices Swiss cheese

For the asparagus:
Bring an inch of water to boil in a saucepan. Snap off the ends of the asparagus and cook, covered, in boiling water for 2 minutes. Pour off the water. Keep asparagus covered for 2 more minutes. Rinse in cold water. Slice in half and then cut into in thin strips. Set aside.

For the shrimp salad:
Remove the tails and dice the shrimp. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise, cream cheese, chives, spice, lemon zest, and the shrimp. Taste and add salt if desired.

To assemble:
Use the remaining mayonnaise and spread on each slice of bread. Place all 4 slices of the bread, mayonnaise side down, on a cutting board. Spread the shrimp-cheese-mixture on 2 of the slices. Lay out the asparagus on the other 2 slices. Top each with Swiss cheese. Place the two sides together.

If cooking on a stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Set the sandwiches on the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the sandwiches, using a spatula, and cook another 2-4 minutes. You can compress the sandwich with the spatula. Turn the sandwich one more time. Press down with the spatula, and remove from the pan. Let cool about 2-3 minutes, and serve.

For the book giveaway this week, leave a comment with your email included. If you tweet or share on Facebook, tell me in your comment and you'll be entered TWICE. 

I'll give you your choice of one of the Cheese Shop mysteries, including the latest DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT, or a copy of FINAL SENTENCE, the 1st in the Cookbook Nook mysteries. I'll announce the winner next week. Good luck!


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  1. Thanks for the shrimp recipe. Eating shrimp and crab is suppose to help with arthritis. Fun eating whether it helps or not.

    1. Barbara/Bobbi - I agree. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods. I know it can be high in cholesterol, but it's not like I'm eating a ton of it and every day. It's a treat!

      Daryl / Avery

  2. Why would you ruin perfectly good grilled cheese by adding shrimp to it? (Yeah, not a fish fan here.)

    1. Aw, Mark, you're missing out. :) That from one fish lover.

      Daryl / Avery

  3. Why would you ruin a perfectly good grilled cheese by adding asparagus (to me that is on the same level as liver - uneatable! ) Well, to each their own. :) Looking forward to your Cookbook Nook series.

    1. Ha. Karen and Mark, you should send me your favorite grilled cheese choices! No asparagus, check. No shrimp, check. What do you like? By the way, I bet something like broccoli or other green veggie would do the trick.

      Daryl / Avery

  4. No thanks on the sandwich. I'm allergic to shellfish. But, yes, please, to the book. No allergies there. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. Wow, this sandwich is definitely not striking the notes I'd hoped. It truly is one of my favorites and Jenna's, too. :) To each their own. Maybe it has something to do with growing up by the ocean and near San Francisco, where shellfish and fish are so fresh and delish.

      Daryl / Avery

  5. It looks really good to me. I could also see experimenting with different cheeses but the asparagus and shrimp mix sounds tasty. Maybe because I have lived in SF Bay area 25+ years, see this kind of thing all the time.

    And the book sounds yummy too!

    1. See, Sally? I think it might be a location thing re: flavors. We coastal girls like shrimp! :)

      Daryl / Avery

  6. Congrats on Inherit the Word, Daryl! How exciting, you busy woman, This recipe made my mouth water. Thanks for that ... must go eat shrimp and cheese, now!



  7. It looks like a good sandwich but I can't make shrimp because my boyfriend is allergic to it.
    sgiden at

    1. Sandy, bummer. I understand allergies. Especially the anaphylactic kind. Definitely have to keep your distance. How about substituting chicken breast?


      Daryl / Avery