It’s time to SAY CHEESE!! because Avery Aames is my guest today!!
As I ramp up for the release of As Gouda as Dead next week, all I can think about are easy things to pop into my mouth to keep my energy going. Little snacks. Mid-morning. Midday. You probably don’t realize how much publicity authors have to do to promote a book. Lots! Blogs, book sigings, social networking, giveaways, newsletters! It’s enough to make me want to give up writing… NOT. I couldn’t. I can’t. I have to write. There are too many characters in my head. They keep popping up. And stories. So many stories. So to write, I must eat!! Sigh. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I sacrifice. 🙂
This is perhaps my all-time favorite comfort-food appetizer. It simply melts in your mouth. The wine adds just a hint of a kick! For a gluten-free option, which I make for myself, I use gluten-free pasta and gluten-free bread crumbs. Everything else is good to go! Say cheese!
P.S. Timothy O’Shea’s Irish Pub, which is the fictional “origin” for this recipe, is featured in As Gouda as Dead.
MACARONI AND CHEESE APPETIZER
À la Timothy O’Shea’s Irish Pub
2 cup dried macaroni, cooked to tender (about 4-5 cups cooked)
1 clove garlic chopped
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup grated cheese (equal parts Cheddars, Gouda, Monterey Jack)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Pasta may be made a day ahead. Note: Do not forget to drain and set aside. You do not want the pasta to be “wet.”
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and cornstarch. Cook about 1-2 minutes. It will boil and thicken. Stir constantly.
Add milk and wine, stir, and let boil to thicken.
Remove from heat and add mascarpone cheese and grated cheeses.
Pour sauce over drained macaroni. Stir well. Fill 6-8 appetizer-sized ramekins with the mixture. Top with bread crumbs mixed with the Parmesan cheese.
Turn oven on to broil. Set the ramekins about 4 inches under broiler. Broil for 5-6 minutes until crisp.
About This Author
As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio.
As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California.
Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.
“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com
Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber
Daryl Wood Gerber
Avery Aames is touring right now with Great Escapes Book Tours!
In addition to sharing more recipes and the blogger’s reviews she is also hosting an I Love A Mystery Secret Code Game!
Check out all the stops and don’t miss out on the fun!
January 26 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
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January 29 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
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February 1 – Traveling With T – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
As Gouda as Dead
(CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY)
6th in Series
Release Date: February 3, 2015
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK43E
Someone is cheesed off . . .
Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.
Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!
Providence, Ohio is the place for lovers in this 6th installment of the spectacular series.
But murder plays havoc with a certain couples plans and they are not taking it laying down. Charlotte is very determined to catch the killer and get her plans back on track!
Avery Aames continues to make this series better and better. We have Charlotte’s crazy bachelorette party, all the shops are doing something special for Lover’s Trail Festival, the Providence Players are performing Love Letters, and there are several weddings planned. Nothing in the planned events included a murder! But before Charlotte’s party ends a phone message changes everyone’s plans.
All our favorite characters are back and they are all busy as can be. Charlotte’s assistant, Rebecca, is even trying out for the play as is Deputy Devon O’Shea. The mayor, Charlotte’s grandmother, is directing the play and heading up all the festival plans. Fromagerie Bessette is hosting a special wine and cheese tasting. There is also a crazy woman filing complaints about noise pollution and running around town threatening people. Through it all Charlotte and Jordan just wanted a happy wedding day and then they went and found that dead body.
Readers like me have been looking forward to this wedding too so I really wanted this culprit caught so the happy couple could start their years of wedded bliss together without a murder investigation to hold them back. I was amazed at the number of suspects and as each one was crossed off the list I was wondering what we were missing right along with Charlotte. The pages of this book were flying.
The author has a gift. She blends her vivid descriptions of the most yummy cheeses, seriously you can almost taste them, with a mystery that is so vivid it almost jumps off the page. The chapters are like potato chips, you can’t read/eat just one. I gobbled up As Gouda as Dead and now I am ready for some more please!
Avery is giving away 1 Cheese Shop Mystery (Winner’s Choice) with some fun swag!
I am giving away my review copy!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Comments on “Cozy Wednesday with Avery Aames – Author of As Gouda As Dead – Giveaway too!”
I am reading the Cheese Shop Mystery series so I have been looking forward to the newest book! Thank you for the giveaway!
This book sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Great series looking forward to this one!
Looks great, thanks for the chance to win 🙂
I love reading the recipes in these books. Always different and tasty. The story is great too.
I “like” your page on FB.
Cute titles for the series.
I’m pretty sure I read the last book, but I didn’t think Charlotte and Jordan were at the point of marrying. Was there a bit of a jump ahead by the characters between books?
A great series…..
I really must play catchup with this series, I loved the first few.
Being that I am from Ohio, I love reading any book that includes Ohio in it. I would love to be able to have a copy of this book to read.
Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite foods! Congratulations, Avery…this is a wonderful series!
I can’t wait to read this! One of my favorite series!
A wonderful book and great series. thanks.
So, my sister is bipolar and says her head is full of voices all of the time. Is that kind of the same thing as all of your characters? My head is so quiet. And, when I hear/see something, it is usually facts and figures. I’m a science type of person.
Love this series and discovering new cheeses.
Love Avery’s books. Great series.
Love this series
I never really thought of macaroni and cheese as an appetizer—-but I’ll take it any way I can get it.
Avery/Darryl, this combination of cheese sounds divine!
I’ve started this series and have a lot of catching up to do. I did get a craving for cheese while reading, lol. Thanks for the recipe it sounds great, I have got to try this.
Hi Avery when did you know you loved cheese and what was the first cheese you liked?
Love your recipes and mysteries!
Oh, this sounds like a fun cozy, weddings, romance and murder!
I love this series and am looking forward to reading this one.
Congrats on the new title! I think the mac and cheese appetizers would be a big hit around here! Thanks!
Congratulations on your new release. Looks like a fun read!
I LOVE this series!!!
congrats & continued success to Averu!!!
Your Mac and Cheese recipe sounds delicious. Can’t wait to read your new release!
This looks like an amazing series and I am the neighborhood “chef”, so a cooking series is perfect. Can’t wait to start reading.
It’s a lot of work promoting a book. Of course you have to eat ;-). Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway.
THis sounds like a great series. I’m not a big cheese eater, but my husband can’t make it through the grocery store without eating some of the individually wrapped cheeses. We always end up with a handful of empty wrappers at the register. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Love the cheese series and the recipes are a bonus. Met the author a few years ago and a fan ever since!!!
Wow, there are so many lovely comments. Thanks, Lori, for a terrific review. I know I’m not supposed to read them or even believe them, but this one made me smile ear to ear. Re: when did I know I liked cheese? Pretty sure it was at birth. I’ve grown even more in love with it since I started writing this series!! There are so many Goudas, Cheddars…nutty, fruity, earthy…yum! Re: the wedding. If you missed Days of Wine and Roquefort, you might have missed the proposal. 🙂 I didn’t jump ahead. Promise. I really like my stories to make sense, book to book. Say cheese to everyone! Savor the mystery. ~ Daryl / Avery
Mystery and cheese. what could be better. Congratulations on the new book.
So much do I love a good mystery and food together. Does not get any better
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
I had some Dubliner this week in my exploration of cheeses as I follow along the tour.
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