Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What the heck is Chayote? + Day of Secrets #giveaway


From Daryl aka Avery:

Special today - DAY OF SECRETS is back in US stores for $1.99 (e-book). Just today. It's my special price to celebrate the "International BookBub" sale that is also just today all over the world (other than the US). What fun!


To celebrate with you, I'm giving away a copy of DAY OF SECRETS (paper) to one commenter who will tell someone that the book is on sale today or tell someone that the book has some great reviews or tell someone that they know I have another cozy mystery coming out in November, A DEADLY ECLAIR. Can you do that? It's share and tell day! Leave a comment below.

In the meantime, have you ever gone to the store and seen something unusual in the veggie section and thought what the heck is that and what do I do with it?

Last week I found something called a chayote. It was so "cute" that I had to have it. I purchased it and came home and searched the Internet for its properties. It was in the squash section so I figured it had to be that family.

According to Wikipedia:

Chayote (Sechium edule) is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash. Globally it is known by other names including christophine, cha-cha, pipinola (in Hawaii), pear squash, or choke (in Australia and New Zealand).


Next, I searched how to cook it. A couple of different recipes recommended slicing it thin. Some suggested peeling it, but I didn't find that necessary. If you were to grow chayote, you might have to wash your hands after picking it because it's "sticky" off the vine, but sold at the store, that stickiness is gone!

This recipe is a compilation of a lot of recipes I found, so I can't attribute it to any single one. 

Take it away, Chayote!


1 chayote
1 medium shallot
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano (dried) (I used bonne herbs from Penzeys)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 slice tomato cut into bits
6 shrimp
Parmesan cheese, if desired

Cut the chayote lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices. (Discard ends)

Cut shallot into slices.

Heat butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat until foam subsides.

Add shallots and herbs and spices; sauté over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove shallots to a plate.

Add chayote slices; sauté 3 minutes then cover and cook for 8 minutes, until tender. (You might want to flip them at 4 minutes. I did.)

Add in the sautéed shallots plus the tomato bits and the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp is ready, about 5 minutes.

Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


To celebrate with you, I'm giving away a copy of
DAY OF SECRETS (paper) to one commenter who will tell someone that the book is on sale today or tell someone that the book has some great reviews or tell someone that they know I have another cozy mystery coming out in November, A DEADLY ECLAIR.  Can you do that? It's share and tell day! Leave a comment below. And leave your email so I can contact you if you win! You can be "cryptic" if you want. I won't share it with anyone. 

Savor the mystery!

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  1. Not sure I can get chayote in NE Ohio but willing to try. :) Have already shared the news about Day of Secrets on Facebook and have told my daughters about both books - they are avid readers too.

    1. Susan, great to hear. Not sure if you'll find it in Ohio, either, but maybe. A specialty grocery? ~ Daryl (If not, use zucchini for this recipe)

  2. I will be very happy to share the information on Day of Secrets as it sounds so wonderful. And being a stand alone book is great for anyone who does not care for books in a series. I love the sounds of your next new series, the French Bistro series. I have lived all if your cozies and I am definitely ordering Gurl on the Run as well. I will share with all of my reader friends.

    Winning a copy of your book would be wonderful. Thank you. Cynthia
    ceblain AT tmlponline DOT net

    1. Cynthia, thanks so much. You're right. There are people who don't like series because they want to read about different characters all the time. ~ Daryl

  3. Sorry for typos. I just had cataract surgery five days ago and had complications and still cannot see.