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

  16. The recipe looks delectable and the book extremely intriguing. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. The Lighthouse Library cozy series sounds great! Thank you for this chance.

  18. Yum! I love that there are sweet potatoes in this recipe -- it looks absolutely delicious.

  19. First off your book sound like it will be a great read and second thank you so much for making my dinner plans. I was just looking up chicken thigh recipes to make tonight.

  20. What a great cover and sounds like a great read. Would love to win, thanks for the chance. And this is the perfect recipe to use the chicken and sweet potatoes I just happen to have.

  21. Loved the first two books and cannot wait to see how she resolves the scheduling issue ;)

  22. Loved the first two books and cannot wait to see how she resolves the scheduling issue ;)

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  24. Lighthouses are quite a favorite, add a library, and murder... I'm really in! Thanks, Eva/Vicki, for a reading adventure I'm looking forward to. Thanks, Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, for all the recipes. I've gained...lots!
    Forgot email...

  25. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win. Jlsbookclub (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com

  26. First I want to tell you thanks so much for the easy making dinner hubby will be making that this week for us. It looks so good and he loves leftovers as my mom and I go out on Wed for dinner then we go to her house and do crafts. I am disabled so she also helps me on any sewing etc . Second love lighthouses used to live in Ca. and going down Hwy 1 was so neat to see the lighthouses. I lived in Half Moon Bay and we could hear the horn and loved the ocean. Also this is going to be added to my list of TBR in print thank you for the time and the wonderful recipe. My mom(who is actually) a good friend will also love it as she is a widow.

  27. This sounds like a great book to add t