Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Things You Learn at a Garage Sale


Today, we're joined by Kate Carlisle, author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, which will be coming to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel next week. So just for fun, she's going to join us TONIGHT to live tweet during the premiere of The Art of Murder, a brand-new Garage Sale Mystery. Then she'll be back again next week for the premiere of Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery, which is based on Kate's book, THIS OLD HOMICIDE. 

And we're so excited that we're giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky winner today. Enter by answering Kate's question below and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you.

Welcome, Kate!

Thank you so much for inviting me to guest blog—two weeks in a row—here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen! Having a book turned into a TV-movie has been a wonderful whirlwind, and it's especially exciting to hear from all of the new readers who discovered me because of all the hoopla. And now a double-bonus from MLK—two guest blogs, and two fun evenings of live-tweeting while watching Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' latest premieres.
   

Life is good.


In honor of tonight's movie premiere theme, I wanted to share a random factoid that I learned at a garage sale: wiener schnitzel is not pork. When you make schnitzel using pork cutlets, it's just schnitzel. Wiener schnitzel is made with veal. Which kind of blew my mind because "wiener" and "pork" seem to go together. But the hostess at the garage sale was from Germany, and I'm not brave enough—or stupid enough—to argue with a German woman about schnitzel.

So here is an authentic recipe for German schnitzel, but please, whatever you do, don't call it wiener schnitzel.

Schnitzel
2 lb thinly sliced boneless pork chops, about ¼-inch thick
½ C all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
3 eggs
½ C plain bread crumbs
Clarified butter (ghee) for frying
1 lemon

Pound the pork chops to tenderize them. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper. In a second bowl, beat the eggs. In a third bowl, place the bread crumbs. Dredge the pork chops in flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs.



Melt the clarified butter (also known as ghee) in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. I found mine at Trader Joe's, but I also saw it in the international foods section of my supermarket. If you can't find any, you can use a combination of regular butter and vegetable oil.



You need enough so that the butter or oil comes halfway up the sides of the chops. Cook until well browned, about 2 minutes per side.



Drain on paper towels and serve with a lemon wedge. (Also served here with dressing.)

 

Do you like going to garage sales? If so, share one of your most successful buys, something you use all the time. Remember to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win the $25 Visa Gift Card!

Be sure to follow Kate (twitter.com/katecarlisle) and MLK (twitter.com/mysteryloverskitchen) to join the fun tonight at 9 pm EST/8 pm CST, for the premiere of The Art of Murder: A Garage Sale Mystery!

110 comments:

  1. I definitely like checking out garage sales. Many years ago, I found/purchased an old porcelain teapot (and I collect tea sets) - gorgeous and in perfect condition. EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Oh wow, I love beautiful old teapots. Good job, Liz!

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  2. We don't have time during the year to do garage/yard sales. We do them as we travel on our yearly vacations. We've traveled from Cape Cod down as far as Colonial Williamsburg and as far west as Luray in Western Va.

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    1. ooops forget the email addie: NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (d0t) com

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    2. That's a fun way to while away some vacation hours! And you get to really see how people live in different parts of the country.

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  3. I love garage sales. I dvr'd all the movie mysteries as I just was notified. Thank you!

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  4. I absolutely love garage sales. A few years ago, a local women who makes custom fabric decorations from her home had a garage sale. I bought multiple pieces of decorator fabrics in French Provincial patterns for $1 a yard. They perfectly matched the colors in my home, and I have enjoyed finding uses for them. I also love finding vintage kitchen pieces and glassware. marciataylor@windstream.net

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    1. I had a neighbor once who was a quilter, and when she had a garage sale, there were lines around the block!

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  5. I don't garage sale anymore, but when I did I came across a glider rocker like my mother used to have , for only 10.00 ! I still have it today ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. Aw, that's precious! Do you think of your mom every time you sit there?

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  6. Lovely to see you here, and we're so looking forward to out tweetfest this evening (and next week too!). I love both garage sales and fixer-uppers.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila! I'm both excited and nervous!

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  7. I don't go to many garage sales, but when I do, I enjoy them. I really like the antique Terrier porcelain teapot I found at one.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I have found some great out-of-print books and extra dishes to match my collection at garage sales. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Now you're speaking my language, Grace. I love to look for old, rare books at garage sales. Sometimes you find a real treasure.

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  9. I'm looking forward to attending the rummage sales and garage sales this spring! Church sales are the best! I have found lovely leather pocket books, coats, I award my wardrobe every spring and fall! And the kids get into the fun of a good time finding a good toy or game.too!

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    1. Almost always lots of great kids' clothes and toys. I love that we recycle them by passing them along.

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  10. There used to be a quaint little house that was transformed into a Bed & Breakfast, down the street. The owners eventually passed away and the family sold the property. They held a huge garage sale and my husband and my husband and I bought MANY things. We had been fascinated by the place for years. Rumors it was haunted!!! I bought very old cast iron muffin and pop over pans. They are wonderful and I use often. I swear we have heard those pans rattling around the kitchen at about 3a.m.!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oooh, you just gave me a shiver! I might have to use that in a book someday. ;)

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  11. Oneponychick66@hotmail.com. sorry forgot

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  12. I like garage sales. I got almost new looking roll top desk for $30 at one. When I got it home, there was a hidden drawer inside and end up finding old letters that someone wrote back and forth to a gentleman I believe in WW 2. Plus there was an old twenty dollar bill. I tried to return this stuff to the people I bought it from but they already have moved.
    Unfortunately don't have the desk anymore or letters. Ex-boyfriend took these items :-(

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  13. I haven't been to a garage sale in a while, but I do like going to them. You never know what treasure you may find. I love the recipe. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Winter isn't the best time of year for garage sales... but it IS the best time of year for schnitzel! ;)

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  14. Nine years ago I found an old, old, wooden magazine holder. Some light sanding. A coat of paint to match my kitchen decor. Picked up a couple of flower transfers and I use it in the kitchen for cookie sheets and muffin tins. It sits at the end of the counter near my work station. It is especially appreciated now. Two years ago seriously damaged my knee and have a hard time bending. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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    1. What a clever idea! I've never heard of someone using a magazine rack for that purpose, Della. You're very creative.

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  15. You never know what treasures will be found at garage sales. I look for pristine toys for the grandchildren who live here and visit every weekend. I found a bike which was $5 and still is used and enjoyed. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I love garage sales. I often find full skeins of yarn so I can crochet afghans to my hearts content without spending a lot of money. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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