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


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


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.


  1. Great appetizer; and I'd love to read the book. Wishing you an early Merry Christmas!

  2. This would be a nice Christmas surprise! Thanks.
    browninggloria at hotmail

  3. Thanks for the quick appetizer recipe. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Looking forward to The Catif the Baskervilles! MerryChristmas 🎄

  5. Merry Christmas.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  6. Yummy appetizer, thanks for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book! Merry Christmas!

  7. Enjoyed the post. Looks to be a great read. Thanks for the recipe. Will have to try. And thanks for a chance to get the book sooner.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  8. Looks yummy!!! Merry

  9. Enticing recipe. Vicki's books are entertaining, captivating and special. Merry Christmas. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Thanks for the recipe which I would eat with the baguette. my favorite snack food. The book sounds intriguing and perfect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Better get your baguettes early everyone. I just went to the specialty bakery here in Ottawa where I'm spending the holiday and they are sold out. Merry Christmas to everyone.

  12. We plan on taking a baked brie item to our family's gathering. Very similar to this recipe!

  13. Merry Christmas! Thank you for the brie appetizer recipe. I think it'll be a hit at our family's Christmas gathering on Christmas Day. I'm all for Christmas year 'round so I'm looking forward to getting to know the people & happenings in Rudolph.

  14. Yum! I love baked brie, and I bet it tastes amazing with cranberries. Thanks for visiting Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and sharing your recipe with us!

  15. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious. And, thanks for the opportunity to enter for the chance to win a copy of your book, too.
    Merry Christmas. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  16. Think I'll try your brie appetizer for New Year's Eve. Looks delicious! Happy Holidays! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  17. Love this recipe & series. Thanks for sharing the recipe & the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. You can never have too many quick appetizers. This one looks yummy.

  19. You say Brie, but the container says Camembert, not that it makes much of a difference.
    It certainly looks pretty.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  20. I think I just found the perfect use for a can of cranberries left over from Thanksgiving!

  21. Great recipe! I would make this for any gathering. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. I love baked Brie. This looks amazing and yummy! Thank you for shati! jusjan94 at gmail dot com

  23. Yum! That practically has me drooling! I'll add this for New Year's Eve. We usually do hot appetizers and finger foods. Thank you! Meg85242 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. It will fit in perfectly but must be served as soon as it comes out of the oven

  24. Fun, festive, quick and classy. I love that in foods I can serve. And the book series sounds like it would hit the spot perfectly, too!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  25. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing the recipe!

  26. Merry Christmas! I think the Warm Cranberry Brie Appetizer sounds yummy and be delicious eating while reading HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SLAY. :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  27. Merry Christmas from my house to yours...thank you the chance.