Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Shredded Grilled Cheese Sandwich #recipe w/ book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

To celebrate the second week of my new release, I'm offering another BOOK GIVEAWAY today.  Yes, it's SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE, or winner's choice of any Cookbook Nook Mystery. Leave a comment below.

I'm so excited to tell you about this new release. If you missed the announcement last week, it's SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE, the 9th Cookbook Nook Mystery. I didn't think I'd write more than five book in this series, but I am continuing on because I'm having so much fun developing the characters, their lives, their loves and heartaches. The characters have become like family to me.  And in this "new normal" of quarantining, it's nice to have "family" around.

So why the title and what kind of recipes are there? Well, let me share the brief blurb and you'll get the idea:

The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.

Um...around that dead body? Shredded paper.

And Food Bowl week? There's plenty of shredded food, like shredded pork sandwiches, bird's nest salad, shredded grilled cheese sandwiches, and yes, shredded coconut desserts, like the one I shared last week.

So here's the shredded grilled cheese sandwich recipe. So simple. So tasty.

Shredded Grilled Cheese
(Makes 2 sandwiches)

4 slices bread
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cream cheese
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
6 ounces parmesan cheese, shredded

Butter each slice of bread on one side. Spread the cream cheese on the other side of the bread. [Note: The cream cheese side is the inside of the sandwich; the butter side is the outside.]

In a small bowl, mix the shredded cheeses.

To assemble: Top two slices of bread, cream cheese side up, with shredded cheddar cheese and half of the parmesan cheese. Set the other slice of bread on top of the sandwich and press slightly.

If cooking on a stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Set the remaining parmesan cheese on the skillet. Set the two sandwiches on top. Cook the sandwiches on the skillet for 4 minutes, until golden brown. You can add more parmesan on top and flip (sort of messy), or lift out the sandwich, sprinkle extra on the pan, and then flip. Flip the sandwiches, using a spatula, and cook another 2-4 minutes. You can compress the sandwich with the spatula. Turn the sandwich one more time. Press down with the spatula, and remove the sandwiches from the pan. Let cool about 2-3 minutes, and serve.

If cooking on a panini or sandwich maker: Set the remaining parmesan cheese on the griddle. Set the 2 sandwiches on the cheese -- you can add more parmesan on top, if desired -- and slowly lower the top of the sandwich maker. Cook for a total of 4 minutes. Remove sandwiches from the griddle and let cool 2-3 minutes, then serve. Beware, the insides might ooze out the sides. If the lid is too heavy, you might want to consider resorting to the stovetop method.


Are there mystery series that you love to read where the characters start to feel like your family? I'm giving away a copy of SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE 
or winner's choice of any Cookbook Nook Mystery to one commenter.
Leave a comment to enter and remember to include your email so I can contact you. 
I'm picking a winner tonight.
All the buy links are on this one page of my website: HERE


I'm giving away books -- both cozy and suspense --  daily while we're in quarantine, so if you follow me on  Facebook, look for the daily giveaways! 
Today is day 8.


Also, don't forget to order the first book in my new  
Fairy Garden Mystery series, 
A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, coming June 2020 
in trade paperback and e-book.

You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE
Plus I've posted a few of my fairy gardens.

And here is my latest Aspen Adams novel of suspense...

Order FAN MAIL, the second in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE

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  1. There are several cozy series that I read where I wish the characters were real, because I would love to hang out with them. I love this series. Thank you for your generosity, this chance to win and the recipe. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Robyn, lovely to see you here. I agree. There are a few characters I wish were real. ~ Daryl

    2. Thank you Daryl. :)

  2. Yes, and this is one of them. Can't wait to see what everybody's up to. Thanks for the giveway. Take care, Carol. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Well, there are some series that I wish the characters were family - Krista Davis’ Diva series is my favorite. Looking forward to reading this new book in your series. Thanks for being so generous,

    1. Book_wyrm, I agree. I love Sophie Winston! ~ Daryl

  4. A wonderful series. Characters that I think about often. Thanks for this recipe and the book giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Jim Qwilleran and KoKo and YumYum felt like family to me! My all time favorite series

  6. Love the series - can't wait to read the new book.


  7. i get invested in several series and am always excited to read new stories about them. wskwared (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake series makes me think of friendships that I have which feel like siblings. The more comfortable, the funnier, is my feeling.

  9. Lots of series make me wish the people in them were family, or at least really good friends!

  10. Your characters all come alive in your writing. I think I know them personally.

  11. Love grilled cheese and this book sounds good too!!

    1. Dakota, I adore grilled cheese sandwiches! ~ Daryl

  12. Great review thank you, I'm looking forward to this. I have a lot of cozy series that I read where I wish the characters were real.

  13. I LOVE grilled cheese(toasted cheese)sandwiches! Gonna definitely try this recipe! I always have shredded cheese on hand. YUM! Ty for the chance to win! ladyofshalott03(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. This is a great series and I'm anxious to try the new grilled cheese recipe. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  15. Joe Grey, Dulce, and all the other kitties in the Joe Grey series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy are like family. Thank you for the recipe. I love grilled cheese!

    1. Mel, I haven't read those. I'll have to look them up. ~ Daryl

  16. This is a great series. I can't wait to read the new one.

  17. There are a lot of characters for any books that I read that feel like family. I cheer for their , Cry for anything that bad has happened to them, and laugh at anything funny they’ve done.
    This grilled cheese looks and sounds like the perfect comfort food for right now.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

    1. Christine, the laughing sure helps, doesn't it? ~ Daryl

  18. What makes a good cozy mystery series is where I like the characters a lot and want to transport myself into a book. I've come across many books like that. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

  19. There are too many to choose from I can find a character or more in every book that reminds me of someone or myself. I am making this Grilled Cheese sandwich today definitely comfort food! Thanks for the recipe and chance to win a book.

    1. Tea, isn't that funny how they can remind you of someone? I have a few "composite" characters, taking a bit from this person or that. ~ Daryl (Shh, that's a secret.)

  20. Ooo, cheese inside and out! A crunchy delight!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Yep, Libby, it has a crunch. I love this one. ~ Daryl

  21. Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop Mysteries is one series where the characters are like family to me. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, but have never used shredded cheese or had some cheese on the outside. Looks & sounds so yummy.
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  22. Yes there are. I even feel a kind of mourning when they are no longer there. suefoster109 at gmail dot com