Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Celebrate Ringing in the New Year w/ Spiced Apple Pie Sundae w/ nuts #recipe & Farewell Book #Giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber -


From Daryl:

 Yes, it is my farewell. My swan song. Krista Davis exited the blog a few weeks ago, and like Krista, I have so much on my plate that it is time for me to bid farewell to the blog, as well. 

 This has been the most incredible 10+ years journey. If you read Krista's post, then you know the story. We started this blog with the idea of sharing recipes to entice foodies to find our books that featured culinary delights.With the original talents of Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, Elizabeth Spann Craig, and Cleo Coyle, we were able to make the blog sing. And it worked. The blog became a hit. Our fans are stalwart. Our guests are delicious.

Over the years we have added the incredible talents of Sheila Connolly, Mary Jane Maffini, Lucy Burdette, Vicki Delaney, Essie Lang, Peg Cochran, Denise Swanson, Leslie Budewitz, Maddie Day, Leslie Karst, and Maya Corrigan.

And in January you will be introduced to two new talents. Lucky you! 

Please know that I will miss you, but I will be back. I've already been told to expect to be a guest, and I will gladly and readily participate. Thank you, one and all, for being so supportive. It has meant the world to me.


Now...what do you serve for dessert for New Year's?  It has to be something luscious. Something extravagant. Something that pairs well with champagne. I found this recipe in Ventura Blvd., a magazine that I receive monthly. It features all sorts of stories about our neighborhood, but there are often recipes included, and the picture of this sundae had me at "hello." I had to make it and knew I would be sharing it with you.

Spiced Apple Pie Sundae with Macadamia Nuts

Inspired by recipe in Ventura Blvd. Magazine November 2020


Serves 4


3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts

4 apples, peeled, cored, and diced (Fuji, Jazz or Honeycrisp)

1/4 cup brandy (Courvoisier)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon crushed pink peppercorns

3 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided

1 quart of vanilla ice cream

1 jar caramel sauce


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large saucepan on medium-high. Add nuts and cook until light brown, about 2 minutes. Remove nuts from pan and cool.


Add apples to same pan and sauté until light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add brandy to pan and reduce until almost dry, about 2-3 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon butter and spices. Lower heat and cook until aromatic and apples are tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and cook until dissolved and apples have a caramel color.  Remove from heat and cool.


Meanwhile, chop the nuts. In a small bowl, combine nuts with remaining brown sugar.


Set out 4 serving dishes.  Place some nut mixture in the bottom of each dish, reserving some for garnish.  Add scoops of ice cream. 


Spoon caramel sauce over ice cream and top with caramelized apples. Garnish with a sprinkle of nut mixture. 


BTW, if someone does not want their portion, simply wrap with saran and freeze. You can have seconds tomorrow.  But I bet you won't have to do that!  Heh-heh.


This is my last one. Tell a friend. I'm giving away a choice of these books, 
 all three published this year to one commenter.  Winner's choice.  US and CANADA only.  
Leave a comment and tell me do you have anything planned for New Year's?
Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.  
Fairy Garden Mystery series, 
in trade paperback and e-book and audio.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE.

Don't forget to order the 9th book in the  
Cookbook Nook Mystery series,  
in trade paperback and e-book.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites on 
my website, HERE

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

Order COLD CONVICTION, the 3rd in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE

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  1. It’s the end of an era. I’m so happy to have found this site and I thank you for all the wonderful recipes, ideas, and friendships you’ve brought over the years. As for New Year’s Eve, I’ll be doing the same thing I do every year, stay home alone with my cats. This year I’m not even going to stay up to ring in the new year. Although I will say good riddance to 2020.

  2. My husband and I spend it with our pets, and take the dogs on a walk after midnight. The only two must-haves for me are champagne and a locally made beer cheese.
    Best to you aa you stay busy with your series.

  3. Just going to spend new year’s with my family and go to see Wonder Women 84.

  4. We are sorry to see you go, but understand that life changes and that there are only so many hours in a day. Please know you will be missed.

    Oh my goodness, you got my taste buds at full attention and it's only 6:30 in the morning. The recipe for Spiced Apple Pie Sundae with Macadamia Nuts sounds to die for and would definitely make a New Year's celebration special even if for just the two of us.

    I had to post this in Pinterest in both giveaways and recipes because I know I will be making this one - and soon. It has just about all my favorites in the ingredients - the most versatile apple, caramel, ice cream, one of my favorite spices - cinnamon, and the most yummy and special (due to price) nut - the macadamia nut.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your wonderful books. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Thank you for all your posts, including this one, and may the future be nothing but bright and successful for you!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Kay, you will NOT be disappointed with this recipe. I loved the macadamia nuts on it, too. Yum. Hugs to you and thanks for being a stalwart reader. ~ Daryl

  5. I love Carmel sauce! Made some to go over brownies for Christmas. I like the macadamia nut version. May have to give that a try.
    We are staying in for New Year’s. Trying to keep the bad germs away. Seems like more and more people I know have been sick. We are older and can’t take the chance.
    I’d love to win some books.
    Happy New Year 🎆 and a healthy one to you all 💝

    1. Oliver, you do need to be careful. It's just not safe out there and certainly not without a mask. Be safe and read. :)

  6. We will miss you! We don't go out for New Year's. Usually, just a nice dinner at home. I would love to win Shredding the Evidence. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Riley, I can't remember the last time I went out for New Year's Eve and certainly won't this year. :) I like being home and watching old movies.

  7. Daryl - It has been a pleasure and honor blogging with you over these past 10+ years. We will all dearly miss your regular posts and joyful presence here at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, but we look forward to your visits in the future to catch us up on your life, work, and new book releases. (Not goodbye but farewell for now...) Take care, be well, and have a happy and healthy new year! xoxo

    ~ Cleo

    1. Cleo, thank you so much. It has been a joy working/writing/celebrating with you and all my pals. Wishing you and Mark great successes in the years to come, too. With lots of love. XOXO

  8. Thanks for all the delicious recipes you have shared. Nothing special planned - just a quiet evening at home. Happy Holidays!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  9. Thanks for your wonderful books and recipes which are always very special. For New Years we will watch a movie at home and toast the new year. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, it's been lovely seeing your name week in and week out. Be well and safe. Enjoy the movies! And more books... XO

  10. You will be missed, and know you will still be around. Many hugs to you! Our plans are pretty low key this year. Spending the day relaxing, reading and eating "junk food" and watching movies. We will also play our family dice game and watch the ball drop on tv to ring in the new year. Thank you for the chance.

    1. Lily-Ann that sounds like fun. I'm not sure what a family dice game is but sounds fun. I love playing Yahtzee. :)

  11. I'm so sorry to see you go, but glad you'll be doing guest spots. My plans for the new year include, jammies, a book, my dog, and an alcoholic beverage.

    1. Brenda, that sounds like a perfect new years eve. :) Give your dog hugs from Sparky.

  12. That Sunday sounds good. I’m glad you’re coming back as a guest.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  13. Your talent and creativity is wonderful. Whether allowing us to enjoy a delectable recipe or get involved within the pages of a memorable story we enjoy this time spent. New Years at home with the family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, thank you so much for being such a regular reader of MLK. I've always appreciated your presence. Happy new year.

  14. Thank you so much, Daryl, for inviting me into Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Like other MLK bloggers and fans, I will miss your posts, your recipes, your help with Blogger glitches, and your sunny disposition. All the best as you move on. Happy 2021!

    1. Maya, it has been a pleasure working with you and I know I'll be reaching out in the future. Our last get together...can you believe it was March?? Right before all this or in the midst... Amazing. Be safe. Happy writing.

  15. So sad to hear that you are leaving but I wish you well in whatever comes next for you. We never do anything big for New Year’s and this year is no difference. We will be spending the evening with friends of ours (we all have antibodies) and it won’t be a late night. Happy New Year!
    Michelle Gross

    1. Michelle, thank you so much. I appreciate your support over the years. Wishing you a happy time with your antibodie-d friends. :)

  16. Staying home reading! Love your books and recipes!!