Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good food, fun travels, & GRILLING THE SUBJECT book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

I have a giveaway below!  Don't forget to leave a comment!

When I was writing GRILLING THE SUBJECT, I had the best time testing recipes. Sure, I did a lot of barbecue sauces and a lot of grilling,  but I made some side dishes and desserts, too, that were really delicious. 

Here are some names of recipes I've included in the book:

Beef and Pinto Beans Chili
Gluten-free Cowboy Cookies
Grandmother's Spoon Bread
Spicy Chocolate Fudge
Jenna's Mother's Turkey Meat Loaf
Spanish Rice
and more...

Think I had a good time eating? You bet.

So let's talk about research. It's not always about the food. Sometimes it's about the location. Sometimes it's about the events that I include in my books. 

Most recently, I visited the wine country (Napa Valley) and Lake Tahoe (with family) where I toured the areas, took pictures, and talked to locals. Okay, yes, I wine tasted, too. I learned so much more than I thought I could, even though I'd visited both areas numerous times. It's amazing when you ask questions how eager people are to answer. 

Oh, and recently I went to a Renaissance Faire in Los Angeles. A few of you who have listened to my live chats on Saturdays on my Facebook author page know that I've been thinking about the next "event" to include in an upcoming Cookbook Nook mystery.  All of them have a theme. [Grilling the Subject features the Wild West Extravaganza.] Well, I think I've settled on the Renaissance Faire for the next book. It was so much fun. Boisterous. Colorful. Filled with quirky characters. Characters you'd love to hang out with...or kill.  LOL

Here are a few photos of my travels and adventures to whet your appetite.


Lively dancers.

The weapons seller.

Shop keepers. They loved being photographed!

NAPA VALLEY - premier wine country, where I might be setting a new series.

Yes, there's really a castle. A winemaker built it to house his operation. There's a torture chamber, too!

The caves.

The incredible view!

LAKE TAHOE (where my stand-alone suspense Girl on the Run is set)
Emerald Bay packed with boats! So many tourists up with me, taking pictures.

Boats, everywhere!
Bears are real in Tahoe, but there is a lot of artwork for bears, too.

The Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Gorgeous!

And now here is my corn salad recipe! Enjoy! And don't forget about the giveaway below.

 Before making the salad, cook the corn.

To cook the corn, bring a skillet of water to boil. Add a pinch of salt. Put the corn in the water and boil for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for 3 more minutes.  Remove corn from water and let cool on a cutting board. When cool, cut the corn off the cob. I like to pinch the tip and cut downward.

Corn tomato salad

(Serves 2 as a side dish, and 1 as an entrée)

2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
1 ear of corn, cooked, kernels sliced off
1 celery stalk, diced
½ teaspoon white or black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Mix the tomatoes, corn, and celery in a large bowl and add the pepper, salt, and lemon juice.
This may also be served as a salsa!


I'm giving away a copy of Grilling the Subject to one commenter.  
Tell me one of your most entertaining adventures! 
And remember to leave an email address (cryptic if you want) 
so I can contact you if you win!


Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery is out! 
Click here to order.

the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery.
Came out in February 2016

Click here to order.

When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
To order: CLICK HERE.

$2.99 in e-books everywhere. Print is available on Amazon.


  1. One of my most entertaining adventures = Disneyland during Halloween, any year. Always a blast and a sight to behold.

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  3. An entertaing adventure for me was a trip out west with my mom. We visited several states and I actually took the time to enjoy being there. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  4. Napa sounds like an awesome place to use in your book!

    1. It will definitely become a go-to place for research. :) ~ Daryl

  5. Going to California from Wisconsin in a semi! My husband was a truck driver. Quite the adventure, in the Rockies, scary, a flood in the desert, a muddy slippery road that washed out and the lights of Vegas ahead.

    1. Wow, that's a haul! (Forgive the pun). And what an adventuresome weather pattern you hit! Yipes! ~ Daryl

  6. Tasty summer salad...thanks for the recipe! Your travel pictures look great! One travel misadventure was for work...we carried on our workshop materials and checked in the rest of our luggage. It was -30F in Quebec City in February and my luggage did not arrive until day 3 from Toronto. Workshop attendees remarked I must really LOVE wearing this (one) distinctive red & black wool suit!

    1. HAHA. Sorry, Grace, but I totally understand. I arrived at a golf vacation with my golf clubs and no new clothes for 3 days. ~ Daryl

  7. I spent a week on a ranch in Montana. We spent a lot of time on horseback riding in the mountains. The day I had to drive back to the airport it was snowing like crazy. All the trucks were pulling off the highway and I kept going doing about 25 miles an hour because I was afraid that if I missed my flight I might have a problem getting another one.
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  8. My favorite trip was from Philadelphia to Orlando, visiting cities & places up & down the coast.

    1. The east coast, with all its original USA history, is so enticing! ~ Daryl

  9. I used to love taking my nephews to Disney World when they were young. I wish I could go back, but it wouldn't be the same without the kids, anyway.

    1. Carol, there are lots of couples who go to Disney World just to have their own fun. Try it! You'll like it. ~ Daryl

  10. amy guillaume lindermanAugust 17, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    just tagged along with hubby on his business trip to Chicago. the kids and i had fun navigating our way around town on the trains. was afraid we'd get lost, but had a fun time!

    1. I haven't been to Chicago in over 12 years. Would love to return. ~ Daryl

  11. My husband would say our most entertaining adventure was an excursion on our last cruise. Between the snorkling and beach adventure, I managed to consume 8 margaritas. It's a good thing I'm a happy drunk.