Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Holidays. Say Cheese!

Written by: Charlotte Bessette
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!

Charlotte

17 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to May, Charlotte! And thanks for sharing the delicious pictures with us!

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  2. Charlotte, you make me want to try a zillion different cheeses every day. Thanks for the recipes!

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  3. Everyone, make sure you know those are links. I'll tweak the post a bit. I'm new at this. You all are such pros!

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  4. What a mouth-watering blog! Thanks for the recipes, Charlotte and good luck with the collaboration! I'm really looking forward to reading your next adventure.

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  5. I'm so glad the series is a success. Your second installment will be a treat and the continuation of Charlotte's brother's romance will be interesting. Have a great holiday, Avery, and come back for another interview at Writers Who Kill!

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  6. What a wonderful cover. I can't wait for May!

    And thanks for the recipes!!

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  7. Erika, EB and Harbinger,

    Thanks for joining me today! And thanks for all the good wishes. I hope you enjoy the treats. And I'm glad you're looking forward to what happens in my family's lives. I am, too, just so you know. :)

    ~Charlotte

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  8. Rumors? What kind of rumors? Charlotte, stay away. I'm telling you, there's probably trouble brewing at that winery!

    ~ Sophie Winston

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  9. You have such great ideas, Charlotte! I wish you could teach my Charlotte Adams something about food! For some reason, I think I must get offline and have a cheese snack (room temperature old cheddar) right this minute.

    MJ

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  10. They all look delicious.

    I'm going to check out Murray Cheese' place. I like that they have cave tours.

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  11. Murray's is a great place, Dru. We have cave tours coming in Providence. Jordan is going to start them. And he's trying to talk me into creating a cave below the Cheese Shop. What do you think?

    Thanks, Sophie, I must beware!

    Enjoy the cheese, MJ.

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  12. what a cute idea for empty cheese boxes!!! Love the recipes, as well!!

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  13. Looking at these pictures makes me hungry

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  14. All that cheese talk made me hungry. Love the cover of book 2.

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  15. May! What a tease you are. Happy Holidays to you too Charlotte (and Avery, of course).

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  16. A tease. Yes. I am a tease. But my boyfriend thinks that's okay...sometimes. I do love to tease with photos about food. It's sort of a passion...and possibly an addiction? LOL

    Best to all and thanks for chiming in. I'm hungry now, too.

    ~Charlotte

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  17. These recipes look truly delicious!! I can't wait to try them, thanks so much for posting this!

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