From A Cheese Shop Mystery by Avery Aames
Hi, all, Charlotte, here. I'm back to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
It's the middle of the month, and well, I've got a little breather because my author Avery has finished edits on our second story (Lost and Fondue - see the cover to the left?) She's also finished the first (make that twelfth) draft of our third story (Clobbered by Camembert - no cover yet).
Avery and I are having so much fun. Nowadays, she sees me as a collaborator. I actually told her that I was blogging here with the rest of my fictional friends, and she thought that was a fine idea. No secrets between us. :) She suggested that I offer a few recipes that might help all of you through the holidays, cookies and desserts, and such.
BTW, cheese and a platter and a nice cutting knife make terrific holiday gifts. Avery was in visiting her editor just last week and she took in a platter of three cheeses, including Rogue River Blue (one of my all-time favorites) and Mimolette (which so few know about and is absolutely delicious with the most incredible orange color), and then Jordan's favorite cheese Vermont Clothbound Cheddar. Avery included some crackers and Dalmatian fig jam and, well, the sales group for the publishing company went nuts for the treat. All purchased this time at Murray's Cheese in New York City.
Anyway, rather than provide any mystery for you today, here are a few recipes [THEY ARE LINKS TO RECIPES ON AVERY'S WEBSITE, JUST SO YOU KNOW, click on them, you'll see...] and some photos. I hope you enjoy. The holidays are such a lovely time to enjoy family and friends and good food and laughter.
BTW, the twins, Amy and Clair, made me an ornament out of cheese boxes. Isn't this one on the right adorable? An empty box, a little paint, a little glue and glitter, and voila. My good friend Meredith helped them.
Oh, did I tell you Meredith gets a leading role in Lost and Fondue? She's decided she wants to convert the old abandoned
Ziegler Winery into an institution of higher learning. My stomach is doing a little flip-flop at the idea. The Ziegler Winery...well, let's just say, there are rumors.
But no more talk of that. The Book won't hit the bookshelves until May. For now, happy thoughts about Santa Claus and stockings and surprises under the tree!
Merry, merry to all!