Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kate Carlisle's Deviled Easter Eggs

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. Kate's Fixer-Upper Mystery series is being brought to the small screen by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, starring Jewel and Colin Ferguson. The second movie, Concrete Evidence, debuts tonight at 9 EST/8 CST. Kate and the whole gang at MLK will live tweet during the broadcast. Join the party by following #FixerUpperMystery!
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Thank you for inviting me back to Mystery Lovers Kitchen! I'm delighted to celebrate with my friends here the debut of the second Fixer-Upper Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on my book, CROWNED AND MOLDERING.

Contractor Shannon Hammer works on plenty of hot properties but is about to tackle her first cold case...

When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon's new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that is the town's namesake. Of course, Mac needs help returning the run-down place to its former glory, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands busy. But the renovation grinds to a halt after the remains of a missing young woman are found.

Fifteen years ago, locals assumed Lily Brogan had simply run away. Now Shannon knows she must pry the right secrets and clues from Lily's problematic past, and bring the guilty to justice, before an old murder sparks a new killing...

I thought you might enjoy a few pictures from my visit to the set of Concrete Evidence.

I felt giddy when I saw Lighthouse Cove—from my imagination—on the side of a police car.

And…. Action! Deputy Tommy is behind the board. This is the first scene that I watched being filmed.

The amazing cast: Jason Cermak (Tommy), Erin Karpluk (Jennifer/Jane in the books), Jewel (Shannon), me (me), and Colin Ferguson (Mac). They welcomed me warmly, despite working 15- to 20-hour days.

One of the crew members had a pink leather tool belt—a nod to Shannon's pink tools in the books???

Jewel is lovely and perfect in the role of Shannon.

The charming Lighthouse Cove waterfront. One of my favorite scenes was filmed here.

I wanted to share a recipe inspired by the book. Buuuuut… "moldering" doesn't exactly sound appetizing. So instead, I decided to share a seasonal recipe. What could be more perfect for mystery readers than deviled Easter eggs? (cue evil laughter)

Kate Carlisle's Deviled Easter Eggs

12 hard-boiled eggs (I did them in my pressure cooker because they're easier to peel)
¼ cup + 1 tbsp mayonnaise
¼ cup whipped cream cheese with chives
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp lemon zest
½ tsp minced fresh dill
4 oz smoked salmon

Peel the eggs, then slice them in half lengthwise. Put the yolks in a blender with the remaining ingredients, except the salmon. Blend. Carefully spoon yolk mixture into the egg whites. Roll a small piece of salmon and press it into the top.

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