Sunday, June 26, 2016

Welcome guest Maya Corrigan aka Mary Ann!

Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan lives in Virginia, an easy drive from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the setting for her Five-Ingredient Mysteries: By Cook or by Crook, Scam Chowder, and Final Fondue. The fourth book in the series comes out in 2017. Her novel, The Art of Deceit, won the Daphne du Maurier Award and the New England Readers’ Award for unpublished Mystery/Suspense. She has taught courses in writing, detective fiction, and American literature at Georgetown University and NOVA community college. She loves hearing from readers.

PS  She's offering a GIVEAWAY below.  Check it out and leave a comment!

Take it away, Maya aka Mary Ann!

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Thank you, Daryl, for hosting my guest post on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, my go-to site for great recipes.

The third book in my Five-Ingredient Mystery series, Final Fondue, comes out on June 28th. David Sax writes in The Tastemakers, his book about food fads, that fondue is a conjurer of the past. The past permeates Final Fondue. The Chesapeake Bay town where café manager Val Deniston lives with her widowed grandfather is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding. As Granddad readies his old Victorian house for weekend visitors to the town’s festival, he finds a fondue pot, reminisces about fondue parties of the 1960s and 70s, and whips up fondue to greet the houseguests. One of the guests is murdered while eating chocolate fondue. As Val delves into the pasts of the houseguests in search of a motive for the murder, her own past catches up with her. Two men she knew as a cookbook publicist in New York show up in town, complicating her love life and her attempts to identify the killer.

The following recipe for chocolate fondue doesn’t require any special pots or a lot of time, thanks to a device not available in homes when chocolate fondue was first popular—the microwave. Readers of the first two books in my series, By Cook or by Crook and Scam Chowder, know that Val’s grandfather, AKA the Codger Cook, slashes her recipes down to five ingredients. With only three ingredients, this recipe is simple even by his standards. All the books in the series contain Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes.

Chocolate fondue makes an elegant dessert for a dinner party and an easy after-school snack for children.



Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients
¾ cup heavy cream
12 ounces of good quality semisweet chocolate or milk chocolate, chopped fine
Optional: 1–2 tablespoons cognac or liqueur or for a kid-friendly version -- orange juice!

Mix the cream and the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the cream and chocolate at half-power, stopping the microwave every 30 seconds to stir the mixture. When the chocolate is melted (usually after 2-3 minutes), whisk in the optional liquid.




Pour the chocolate into a small pot or bowl on a stand over a lit candle to keep it warm. (If you have a vintage fondue pot, don’t use the alcohol burner that comes with it because that creates too much heat and may burn the chocolate.) You can also serve the fondue in an ordinary bowl and reheat if necessary at half-power for 10-20 seconds in the microwave.

Serve with your choice of fresh fruit, dried fruit, angel food or pound cake, ladyfingers, cream puffs, cookies, or marshmallows.

Serves 6. Reheat leftover fondue in the microwave at half-power, stirring every 30 seconds.



GIVEAWAY!

To enter a giveaway for a signed copy of Final Fondue, leave a comment with an email address. A U.S. winner will get a signed mass-market paperback and international winner will get a Kindle copy. To enter, comment below with your favorite comfort food and your email address so I can notify you if you win. Good luck!


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96 comments:

  1. My comfort food is warm, homemade tortillas dripping with butter. Every morning my grandmother would scrub the kitchen floors and counters and then would make tortillas. She would give us dough to play with (we would make little animals or people and then she would bake them) and while we played she'd make the day's tortillas. Before she was done she would roll up a tortilla dripping with real butter.

    My grandmother has been gone for over 20 years but anytime I miss her too much I make tortillas and feel her love.

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  2. My comfort food is warm, homemade tortillas dripping with butter. Every morning my grandmother would scrub the kitchen floors and counters and then would make tortillas. She would give us dough to play with (we would make little animals or people and then she would bake them) and while we played she'd make the day's tortillas. Before she was done she would roll up a tortilla dripping with real butter.

    My grandmother has been gone for over 20 years but anytime I miss her too much I make tortillas and feel her love.

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    1. Mary, Comfort food is so often tied to warm moments with family. Thank you for sharing yours. --Maya

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  3. My favorite comfort food is roasted brussels sprouts - reminds me of the holidays (especially since it's the side dish served at every major family holiday celebration), and it's both nourishing and delicious. EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Holiday dishes are often comfort foods. Thanks for sharing yours. __Maya

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    2. Holiday dishes are often comfort foods. Thanks for sharing yours. __Maya

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  4. My favorite comfort food is strawberries dip in chocolate,
    Wonderful review it sounds very good.
    Penney' penneywATsbcglobal.net

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    1. Penney, Thank you for sharing your comfort food and for your kind words.--Maya

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  5. My favorite comfort food is home made family meatloaf recipe with mash potatoes.
    Your book series sounds wonderful and I look forward to reading them ! Love the recipe.🌷

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    1. Meatloaf and potatoes--I'll bet a lot of people have fond memories of that dish. Thank you for your kind words.--Maya

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  6. My favorite comfort food is a grilled cheese sandwich with soup, or mashed potatoes. I remember when fondue was the thing, even went to a fondue restaurant with my sister a few times. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Sally. I also remember when fondue was popular and nearly everyone got a fondue pot as a wedding gift.
      Thank you for commenting.--Maya

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  7. I don't really have a favorite comfort food, just what ever I have on hand at the time.

    Nancy
    nlb1050(at)yahoo (dot) com

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    1. "Whatever I have on hand" is also my favorite dinner. Thanks for commenting, Nancy.

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  8. The go to favorite in my house for comfort food is my Tuna, Noodle, 3 Cheese Casserole with peas and corn added. Granted neither I or my partner need the gazzillion calories it has in it. But there are days where it NEEDS to be made for dinner.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. amy guillaume lindermanJune 26, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    my comfort food is bread pudding with caramel sauce! this book looks so good! i have so much fresh fruit right now....i want my boys to try it in fondue!

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  10. My favorite comfort food is rice pudding just the way my mom makes it.
    tuckman (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Nora, Amy, and Kathy, It's hard to beat pasta or puddings for comfort food. Thanks for commenting.--Maya

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