Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cheese Popovers & Cheese Shop Book #Giveaway from @AveryAames

We've been having a special giveaway this past week for Thanksgiving. 

We now have over 2000 Facebook followers and a horde of regular viewers of our blog. 

To thank you all, we have been giving away a book a day, through tonight. Winners will be announced on Thanksgiving! Check back to see if you won!

I'm giving away a copy of your choice of  Cheese Shop Mysteries to celebrate the upcoming launch of AS GOUDA AS DEAD, which debuts February! Say cheese! If you already have all of the Cheese Shop Mysteries,  I'll even give you a choice of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries,  including STIRRING THE PLOT.

Leave a comment with your email so you can be entered to win!

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And now, to savor the season, I'm offering a tasty treat.  One of my specialties on Thanksgiving. Cheese Popovers. For all you gluten-free people who cannot eat the stuffing, this is a great alternative. I've provided both versions of the recipe for regular eaters and celiacs! 

They pop up beautifully and satisfy any palate.

And they're so easy to make. I did purchase a special popover pan for them, but you can use a muffin pan and the yield will be 12 instead of 6. 

Cheese Popovers
Gluten-free OR Regular recipe
Read ahead to see the difference

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided

¼ cup milk (I've used both 1% and 2% milk)
¼ cup water
2 large eggs
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour 
[To make regular popovers; substitute out the GF flour for regular; omit the xanthan gum]
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon dried thyme

6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese (you'll need more if using cupcake pan)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide 2 tablespoons melted butter among the wells of a 6-cup popover pan, brushing each to coat. Place popover pan in oven to preheat. [If you're using regular cupcake pan, use a little more melted butter so they are all well lubed.]

In large bowl, whisk together the milk, water, and eggs. Gradually whisk in remaining tablespoon melted butter.

Add the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, salt, pepper, garlic salt, rosemary, and thyme. [As noted in the ingredients, to make regular popovers; substitute out the GF flour for regular; omit the xanthan gum]

Whisk until batter well combined. Carefully remove hot popover pan from the oven and ladel the batter evenly among the popover cups. (They’ll be about half full.)

Sprink each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes until puffed and golden. Do not open the oven during baking time. Remove popovers from pan. Using a small knife, make a small slit in the side of each popover to release the steam. That will keep them from deflating. [Baking time if you're using cupcake pan is much shorter; 15-18 minutes.]

Serve immediately.

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  1. Those look delicious!
    jenne.turner at

  2. A cheese popover, a cup of coffee, and a good cozy mystery book. What more can a girl ask for?!?!?! Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving.
    llblalock @ prodigy dot net

  3. Those cheese popovers sound delightful and would go beautifully with hot tea and a copy of Stirring the Plot! Thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Rebecca, so glad you approve. ;)

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Daryl / Avery

  4. The Cheese Popovers looks delicious! My family and I have gone gluten-free for 3 years now, and it is hard to find tasty recipes. Thank you for the recipe.

    Please enter me in the contest. I would like to have the Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook Mysteries), please.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I forgot to add what I enjoy most on the Thanksgiving table. Before going gluten free, the home made rolls were heavenly! Also the pecan pies were yummy. Now it would be the turkey. :)

    2. Jen, I agree, it's hard to find some fun "decadent" foods for Thanksgiving that are GF. Glad to help. I love the turkey, too. And the mashed potatoes.

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Daryl / Avery

  5. I enjoy the gathering of friends and family (no really!)

    1. Connie, I do, too! Right now, I have two little sleeping boys in the other room. Sparky is anxiously awaiting their wake-up time. :)

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Daryl / Avery

  6. Those look very good. Thank you.

  7. Both of the books sound great and the recipes sound yummy. Thank you for the contest and Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Popovers are a real treat. Never had them with cheese. Thanks for the recipe. AND--we readers are so very thankful for this web page, full of good books, tasty treats, giveaways, and a great group of authors. Happy Thanksgiving yo all of you��

    1. Ronna, that is so sweet. We're thrilled to have all of you reading us, sharing with us. This blog has been a blessing in my life!

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Daryl / Avery

  9. I have all of your books. Can I get the next cheese book if I win?

  10. Replies
    1. One of my favorite things and so easy!

      Happy Thanksgiving
      Daryl / Avery

  11. Excellent popovers recipe and books!

  12. Looks delicious! I love regular popovers, but have never tried to mix it up! Happy Thanksgiving to you all and thanks for the chance to win!