Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How to make lemon-infused oil + book #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

I received some lovely infused oils for Christmas a year ago, but I ran out of my favorite lemon-infused oil in about 6 months. I used the others (one with herbs, another with lavender), but I always missed the one with lemon the most. So I decided to search for a way to make it. I wasn't sure I could accomplish the task. What I did have on hand was the empty bottle with its perfect spout and lemons.

Well, success!  This recipe is so easy!!  I have used the oil on vegetables and fish and chicken. If you have a lemon tree, even better.  I don't. Mine bit the dust about 2 years ago. I'm not sure what I did wrong. Maybe because it was confined in a pot?? I replanted it in the garden, but that didn't save it...

Or did it? I see a sprout of a lemon tree coming up where I'd planted the tree. It's about three feet tall. One long stem. Will it ultimately prevail and become a full-fledged tree? I'll keep you posted! 

Don't you love resilience?

Giveaway below!

How to make lemon-infused oil

2 lemons
8 ounces olive oil

Scrub your lemons quite thoroughly before peeling them.  Peel your lemons avoiding any of the white pith. (This is hard to do, but you can do it.)

Place the lemon peel with the olive oil into a saucepan and cook over a very low heat (simmer) for 10-15 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil. You want the flavors to infuse slowly.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool down completely.

Take out the peel and pour the oil, through a funnel, into a glass jar or bottle. Seal with a cork.

I used the oil to grill chopped zucchini and added a few herbs. Yummy!

Last week I did a cover reveal for the upcoming release of PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery. I'll be telling you more about that release in the weeks to come.


I'd like to reveal the cover for the 2nd in the French Bistro Mysteries, SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION. I'm so excited about this release. It will debut in July. The month before (June), the paperback version of the first in the series, A DEADLY ÉCLAIR comes out. Whee!  

Busy year for me!

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.

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Pressing the Issue, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mysterywill come out Feb 20 in ebook and print on demand. You can order the ebook now and the POD on the day of release. PREORDER NOW 


To celebrate all this good news, I'm giving away to one commenter her choice of any of the first 5 titles in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries or the first title in the French Bistro Mysteries. Tell me whether you've ever been to a baking festival or contest, and if so, what did you do or enter?

Savor the mystery!

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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  1. I have never been. A friend entered triple chocolate cheese pie. I gave her the recipe that I got from Joanne Fluke. She won. I heard about it from another person. I thought it was funny. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

    1. Triple chocolate cheese pie? I can just imagine! Thanks, Sue. ~ Daryl

  2. I've never entered a baking contest but I've been to one. I'm proud to say my granddaughter was brave enough to enter a 4H baking contest & she placed 2nd! I was so excited for her I bought her a KitchenAid mixer to help with the cake she chose to bake, a Lady Baltimore. For two weeks we had samples of Lady Baltimore cakes every day!

    1. Wow, Linda. A Lady Baltimore. Poor you to have to sample and sampel. :) ~ Daryl

  3. I'm not sure if this counts, but I've entered my blondie batches in my local county fair in the past, and have won 1st and 2nd places :)

    1. Of course that counts, Liz! Congrats. They sound delicious! ~ Daryl

  4. No, I've never entered a baking contest. I remember those from when I was a young girl and we went to the fair. My daughter is a great cupcake baker. Her cupcakes are so delicious and I've helped her out when she has a big order for a wedding or party. I mostly wash the dishes. LOL

    1. Kay, yum. I wish I were a better frosting maker. :) ~ Daryl

  5. I've never entered but have been to the county fair for the different baked dessert entries. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Doward, county fairs can be so much fun. The aromas. Yum! ~ Daryl

  6. I have entered at the local fair (Colt Show) and won first place for my breads and Grand Champion for my potato bread one year and my Breadmaker Brioche another year. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Wow, Raquel, a master breadmaker. Go girl! ~ Daryl

    2. Raquel, you won this giveaway! I'll contact you via email. Congrats.

  7. Yes, I entered pickles. No, wait, that was Aunt Bee.

  8. I have never entered because I know I don't have the talent but I enjoy attending and seeing the delectable entries. A friend can bake anything and wins each year. So creative. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, isn't it amazing how we each are granted different talents. I bet you like visiting your friend on occasion (hoping she bakes). :) ~ Daryl

  9. I have never entered or attended such competitions. However, I love watching the cooking and baking competitions on tv.
    I have also never used an infused oil in my cooking. Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for the simple recipe.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. Lil, you are most welcome. I like watching the competitions on TV, too. ~ Daryl

  10. I have in a roundabout way. A couple of years ago where my daughter works had a cooking competition. You could bring in any recipe you wanted and co-workers voted for the best. I fixed her dish and she won. I also have a lemon tree with one just about ripe lemon.