Sunday, December 24, 2017

Last Minutes Christmas Eve appetizer by guest Vicki Delany, #recipe, #giveaway



Today, on this special Eve of the year, we're delighted to welcome our friend Vicki Delany who quite appropriately writes the Year-Round Christmas Mysteries. Besides having a delicious and easy recipe for a mouth-watering appetizer, in case you're caught off-guard, Vicki is also having a draw to give away a copy of  the latest book in this series, HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SLAY! Read on....


If you think your Christmas week is busy, consider Merry Wilkinson. Merry owns Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, a decor and gift shop in Rudolph, New York, your Year Round Christmas Destination.

The shop is busy all year round, but everything climaxes on Christmas Eve.  In the days leading up to Christmas, Rudolph is packed with holiday-loving tourists, many of whom are so busy enjoying all the winter festivities they forgot to finish their shopping – until Christmas Even.  Not to mention the other Rudolph shop and business owners, who also suddenly remember that they still have gifts to buy.

Last year, Merry invited everyone in her family and several friends for dinner, forgetting that she isn’t much of a cook and that she lives in a very small apartment. 

“If you don’t have plans for Christmas dinner,” I said without thinking, “I’d love to have you join us. My brother, Chris, will be home, and Mom and Dad and some of their friends are coming to my place.” Christmas was now three days away. Not only did I not have enough plates for twelve guests—now thirteen—I had forgotten to order a turkey or a roast; I had not thought about chairs or dishes in which to serve the sides. I would be working until three on Christmas Eve, the same time as all the other shops closed.
“I think I’m already invited,” Alan said. “When your mom heard that my parents are visiting my aunt in Phoenix this year, so my brothers aren’t coming home, she said I would be joining them. It wasn’t a question. She didn’t tell me we were going to your place.”
“I’m thinking pizza,” I said, “or Chinese. On paper plates on laps. While Mattie tries to climb into said laps.”
“Sounds absolutely perfect.”
“My dad won’t think so.”
                                                     We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany

This year Merry intends to plan ahead, but just in case that doesn’t happen, this warm appetizer is perfect for Merry, and anyone else, who needs something super-fast and easy to put together for those last-minute visitors who bring a few other guests, because “you won’t mind”.


Vicki Delany’s Last Minute Warm Cranberry Brie Appetizer

 
Ingredients:

½ cup crushed whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 shot of rum
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 (8oz) Brie
2 tbsp pecans


Method:

Combine first four ingredients. Peel off top rind of Brie. Top brie with cranberry mixture and sprinkle with pecans.  Bake at 500 F for 4 -5 minutes.



Serve immediately with sliced baguette or crackers.


The town of Rudolph celebrates Christmas all year round. In the third book in the series, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, it’s Christmas in July and the town is preparing for the semi-annual Santa Claus parade when Santa will arrive by boat to begin his summer vacation at the lake.  But someone else shows up unexpectedly, and brings murder with him. 

Vicki Delany /Eva Gates is one of Canada’s most varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S.  Her latest book is Hark the Herald Angels Slay, a Year-Round Christmas Mystery from Penguin Random House. Look for The Cat of the Baskervilles, the third in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane in Feb 2018 

Vicki is having a draw for a signed copy of  HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SLAY! Just leave a comment along with your email address and your name might be drawn for this really fun read.


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