Sunday, March 20, 2016

Welcome, Eva Gates!

A very warm welcome to our friend, Eva Gates. You might know Eva as Vicki Delany. She writes the Lighthouse Library mysteries and the Year Round Christmas mysteries. Her next book, Reading Up a Storm will be in bookstores on April 5th.

Don't miss Eva's giveaway! Eva is giving a signed ARC of the first book in the lighthouse library series, By Book or By Crook, to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment to enter. US and Canada entries.

Eva Gates’s Everything in A Pot Chicken

Talk about quick and easy and delicious. I love this on a cold winter night. The recipe isn’t really a recipe, just a guideline for things you can use. Adjust amounts according to how many people you have to feed. I always make at least enough for two meals as it keeps well in the fridge for a few days. The amounts here are for two people

4 chicken thighs

2 large potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

1 tbsp. chipotle chilli powder (or ordinary chilli powder)

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. dried thyme

1 tsp ground coriander seeds

2 tbsp. olive oil

Mix the chipotle chilli powder, cumin, thyme, and coriander in a small bowl.

Remove skin from thighs and season with salt and pepper

Peel sweet potatoes and potatoes (skin can be left on the regular potatoes if you like) and chop into chunks

Peel and slice onion into thick slices

Peel and roughly chop garlic

Place vegetables and chicken in roasting pan

Drizzle with olive oil

Sprinkle spice mixture on vegetables and chicken and toss well

Arrange so that chicken pieces are on top of vegetables

Roast at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how well done you like the vegetables. Toss once during cooking time.

Other vegetables could be parsnips, carrots, or winter squash. I even like a couple of large tomatoes, quartered.


Eva Gates is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Berkley Prime Crime, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, featuring Boston-transplant librarian, and highly reluctant sleuth, Lucy Richardson. The third book in the series is Reading Up a Storm, coming April 5th. Eva is the pen name of Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers, author of the Year Round Christmas mysteries the first of which is titled Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. Find them at Facebook: Vicki Delany & Eva Gates, and twitter: @vickidelany

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Eva is offering a signed ARC of the first book in the lighthouse library series, By Book or By Crook, to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment to enter. US and Canada entries. 


  1. Welcome to Eva! The book sounds wonderful; and love this chicken & vegetables recipe.

  2. I love this series. seascapelife at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks, Eva for the chicken recipe. I enjoy reading your Lighthouse Library mysteries! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  4. Love your books! Thanks for the recipe, looks great!

  5. This recipe sounds good. I have some potToes I need to use so I'll try it.

  6. I would love to have another series to dive into!! Love this recipe too!! Sound delicious :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I love this Lighthouse Library series, I'm a Lighthouse Fanatic, anything to do with Lighthouse I'm there. Thanks for this amazing chance. Linda May

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  9. I will have to add this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. I like roasting vegetables but I've ne ear done them in the same pan as the chicken.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  11. The recipe sounds great and easy. I love this series and can't wait to read the new book!

  12. The recipe sounds delicious , and I would love to start this series !

  13. Love these books!

  14. Like the title & would enjoy reading the book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win it and for the recipe.

  15. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance