Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SIFTING THROUGH CLUES is out + #recipe + #book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

It's out!  Sifting Through Clues, the 8th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out today. To celebrate, I'm giving away a book today, including a choice of Sifting Through Clues! Winner picked Friday. Leave a comment below...

This savory scone recipe is in the book, but I have to share it here just in case you don't get the book.  Even if you don't, please tell a friend or librarian.

I adore scones. They're so easy to make. And so tasty. The white pepper in this recipe gives them a real zing. They’re a perfect addition to any tea or breakfast. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use 2/3 cup milk, less one tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon vinegar. Let the mixture stand for about five minutes.

Forgive me for being brief...I'm doing lots of PR including a blog tour and giveaways on my Facebook page, etc., and I've got another deadline. Can you believe it? Busy, busy. But that's what authors do nowadays. Write and pitch, write and pitch.  And eat.  Luckily, we eat. And I bake.

Savory Cheddar Scone

(Makes 8)

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
3 large eggs, divided (2 for recipe, one for egg wash)
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup chopped chives

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl or food processor, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and white pepper. Cut in the butter.  The mixture should be the size of peas.

In a small bowl, whisk 2 eggs with the buttermilk.  Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Stir in the cheddar and chives.

Turn the dough—it will be sticky—onto a well-floured board. Knead gently. Divide the dough and roll each into a circle about 3/4-inch thick. Cut each circle into 4 triangles.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining egg. Brush the egg on top of the scones.

Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and serve warm.


I'm giving away winner's choice of ANY Cookbook Nook Mystery 
to one commenter, 
including Sifting Through Clues.
Tell you pre-order books? Why or why not?  
Leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

The latest Cookbook Nook Mystery (#8), available in paperback and e-book.

What's it about?

Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!

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A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, the 2nd French Bistro Mystery.
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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st French Bistro Mysteries, in all formats.
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SIFTING THROUGH CLUES, the 8th Cookbook Nook Mystery.
Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before her friend Pepper’s goose is cooked. 
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WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES, the 7th Cookbook Nook Mystery.
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FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery by Avery Aames.
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
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GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense.
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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DAY OF SECRETS, a stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. An enemy that wants them dead.
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  1. Taylor R. WilliamsApril 24, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Sure would love to win - you write great books - thanks for the contest - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  2. Sometimes I pre-order books but it depends on what my bank account looks like. I'm retired on a fixed income now so I have to be careful with my money. It's difficult when I love to read so much! cornpeassmile-4atoutlookdotcom

    1. Desdemona, I hope you'll mention my books to your librarian. I totally understand a fixed income. ~ Daryl

  3. I love scones and have a great recipe for basic ones, but I've never been happy with my cheese scones, so I can't wait to try this recipe! And I'd love to win one of your books.

  4. I am a fan of this author and I would love to win!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Yes, I will pre-order books because if I can get them early all the better. I think the scones look delicious and am going to try this recipe. Thank you for it. Yes I would love to win your newest book.

    1. Hi. You didn't leave an email address. Hope you'll stop back to do so. ~ Daryl

  6. I pre-order books if I'm getting e-books. If I have a bunch that are coming out in TP, I'll let my indie bookstore know so she can order them for me. But if they come out in mm paperback, I just wait for her to get them in the store, and she gives me first dibs on cozies. kkcochran (at) Hotmail (dot) com

    1. Kristin, love that you talk to and order from your indie bookstore! ~ Daryl

  7. I preorder a lot. I’ve read most of your books. I miss the cheese shop family. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

    1. Sue, you've been a stalwart fan. I miss them, too. Sigh. ~ Daryl

  8. I usually ask the library to get books. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Riley, I'm thrilled when my fans ask their librarians for books. So helpful. ~ Daryl

  9. I don't normally pre-order books, I don't really know why I don't. I usually wait until I'm ready to read them and then get them.

    1. Teresa, that's very efficient. I pre-order and then they stack up on my TBR pile. :) ~ Daryl

  10. I have not pre-ordered book, yet. The cookbook nook series has me changing my mind. Thank you for all the gluten-free recipes. Thank you for the opportunity to win your newest book. This series is great!

    1. Madamhawk, you are more than welcome. I have lots of GF recipes in my books and on my website and here, on MLK. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  11. Congrats on the release! Depending on how my budget is holding up, I do a combination of pre-orders, purchases and the library. I just learned how easy it is to recommend a book to my library. Costco sometimes has a Kennsinara cheese (combination of gouda and parmesan) that would be delicious in those scones. Thanks for the giveaway. sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Sally, Costco has some great deals on cheeses! I often buy big hunks there. ~ Daryl