Sunday, May 1, 2016

Welcome Kathleen Bridge!


Please join us in welcoming Kathleen Bridge to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Kathleen writes the Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries. The second book in the series, HEARSE AND GARDENS will be out on Tuesday, May 3rd. Don't miss her great giveaway! See the bottom of the post for details. 

And no matter what you wanted for breakfast when you woke up this morning, I guarantee you'll want French toast after reading this!

In my Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery series, my protagonist, Meg Barrett, doesn’t like to cook, she’d rather refinish an old piece of furniture, spend time in her garden, or catch a killer. On the other hand, Meg’s retired homicide detective father is a gourmet home chef and I’m sure he’d approve of my recipe choice. Make sure to check out Meg’s father’s recipes at the back of my new mystery, Hearse and Gardens.

When I was asked to do a guest post on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, my mind instantly went to one of my family’s favorites that I first had at a bed and breakfast in the Hamptons. I serve it with thick center-cut slab bacon--the bacon tastes great when it meets up with the orange brown sugar syrup on the plate. Yum.

Orange Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

1 8 oz. Package of cream cheese
Orange zest from one orange
¼ cup powdered sugar
Juice from 2 large oranges - approx. 1 cup
½ cup of light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp. milk
8 slices of brioche or white bread
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. butter

Cream cheese filling: In a small bowl mix ½ of the orange zest and powdered sugar into the softened cream cheese. This can be done the night before if you prefer a more orangey flavor. 

Orange Brown Sugar Syrup: Add orange juice, brown sugar, and remaining orange zest to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, stirring often for approximately 5 minutes. Reduce to lowest heat.

In shallow bowl whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Spread a generous amount of the cream cheese mixture between two slices of white or brioche bread. Do this four times. Melt butter in large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Dip each cream cheese sandwich into the egg mixture, turn, then add to frying pan one at a time. Turn when lightly browned.

Serve with warm Orange Brown Sugar Syrup.

Serves 4

Hearse and Gardens, A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery by Kathleen Bridge, May 3, 2016. A Hamptons interior designer deals with skeletons in the closet in the new mystery from the national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses.

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Kathleen has very generously offered to give away a copy of her book for kindle or in paperback via Amazon to a US winner or an Amazon gift card to a Canadian winner. To enter, leave a comment with your email address so Kathleen can contact you! Good luck!


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  2. Wonderful blog today thanks, this sounds really good.
    Penney penneyw(AT)

  3. OMG - that recipe is to die for! Have put both of your books on my wish list.

  4. Yummy recipe, thanks for offering the giveaway, lilflynracer at

  5. Yummy recipe, thanks for offering the giveaway, lilflynracer at

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  7. LOVE the cover! on my "ooh! i want to read this!" list

  8. Fabulous French Toast recipe; and the book sounds amazing!

  9. OMG, What a yummy recipe. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  10. Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to reading the books!!!

  11. I love any type of French toast, and this recipe looks great. Congratulations on your new book! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  12. I share a dislike of cooking with your protagonist. But admit the French Toast recipe sounds good enough to try since I have problems making some thing "new" for breakfast. I'd like a paper version of the book, if I win.

  13. Sounds like a great series.

  14. Sounds like a great series.

  15. Congrats on the book. I love books that have a cat on the cover. Love the recipe, maybe someday I'll feel like making it for my husband if he's good.

  16. I have this book on my wish list.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  17. it is always so exciting to meet a new author & series. So hoping for an early reading start
    Della at

  18. That recipe looks so good. I am always glad to find a new author.

  19. Really looking forward to this book!

  20. Recipe looks good just like the book.

  21. This looks incredible...please tell me it has no calories! The cream cheese essentially makes it a health food, right???, I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of this series. Looking forward to the next!

  22. I read Better Homes and Corpses last week and LOVED it!!! I am really looking forward to Hearse and Gardens!!!!

  23. I am addicted to mystery novels. Especially when they involve recipes.
    I would love to read your book.

  24. Looking forward to another new book by Kathleen!! 2 more days!

  25. That sounds amazing. I love the first book and am sure this one will be just a great.

  26. Looks fantastic!