Thursday, December 7, 2017

SEASONS READINGS + French Bistro book #giveaway


By Mimi Rousseau, owner of Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau in Nouvelle Vie, an enclave of Napa Valley

For author Daryl Wood Gerber, French Bistro Mysteries

Bonjour. Or should I say, Joyeux Noël?

At Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau, the bed-and-breakfast that neighbors the bistro--both of which are now mine, eek!--we are getting ready for the onslaught of visitors that come to Napa Valley during the holidays. Why do they come? Because there are so many festive things to do.

The wine train will embark on an all-new musical and interactive journey -- yes, interactive -- to Santa's Workshop! Magical wristbands will enhance the experience. In addition to wine, you can enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and more.

Or you can go to Yountville, which is very near to my sweet Nouvelle Vie, and see the town transformed into a magical winter wonderland using thousands of tiny, energy-efficient twinkling lights. Isn't that wonderful that everyone is becoming so energy conscious? During the day, you won't want to miss the art galleries!

If you're celebrating Hanukkah, you might want to take in the Judd Hill Hanukkah Hootenanny! I kid you not. Hootenanny. You can sip current vintages and specialty wines, enjoy beef brisket sliders, a latke bar (honestly...I've never heard of such a thing - fabulous, right?!) featuring Judd's secret recipe, and more. This is a fundraising event, and we all like to support those, don't we? Especially at this time of year.

If you stop into Bistro Rousseau, expect a delicious meal. We'll start the menu with caviar or smoked salmon on blinis, the traditional apéritif. The French particularly love oysters, so you can expect those, as well. Of course, they aren’t cheap, but they are wonderful at this time of year. Now, snails (escargot) might not be eaten as often in France as people believe, but at Christmas, they shine. Especially in Burgundy, home of the “escargot du Bourgogne.” We'll serve them as an appetizer with parsley and garlic. Yum!

Of course, we’ll offer the traditional turkey with chestnut stuffing, but we also like to include a choice of other fowl, like pheasant or goose. I'm thinking roasted goose with crispy skin à la Jacque Pépin. What do you think? It's the honey that makes it sizzle.

For dessert, we will be splurging with a variety of desserts, including my favorite, bûche d' Noel. We will serve it in the typical way as well as gluten-free! And why not? I think everyone should enjoy this luscious dish!

By the way, many of my customers ask me what is the one technique everyone should know. Other than to know how to make the five mother sauces, I suppose it should be how to sharpen your knife in the proper manner.

Do you have an addition to my menu? My talented chef and my best friend Jorianne have already offered their two cents. Fire away. I'm all ears!


GIVEAWAY

Today, my author Daryl is giving away a copy of A DEADLY ECLAIR, the first in this series, to one commenter. We all know giving and receiving books is one of the delights of the holiday season. Leave a comment and your email (cryptic if necessary) so she can contact you if you win.  She'll pick a winner on December 9th.

 

Blurb:

Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro has seemed beyond her grasp ever since she was chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Fortunately, her best friend Jorianne introduced her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker, who invested in the promising restaurateur’s project. So Mimi works the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own. Now, Mimi is throwing the inn’s very first wedding—the nuptials of famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison.

This wedding will be the talk of the town, but anxious Mimi is sure the bride’s puffed-up expectations will collapse, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner. By the evening, things are looking sweet again…until the next morning, when Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth.

All the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven if Bryan dies. So it’s up to her to éclair—er, clear—her name before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber’s scrumptious series debut.

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as
the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!


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53 comments:

  1. Mystery and dessert. Yum fontainegabby at yahoo dot com

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  2. Sounds wonderful. I love giving books for Christmas.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Sounds yummy, except for the oysters and escargot, but the book? Ooo la la! bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Desserts, mystery, and Christmas all rolled up into one book! Sounds wonderful to read during this holiday season. Thanks for the chance. pammc008@gmail.com

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  5. Books are da bomb diggity! Every Holiday & Birthday my eight children get at least one book 📚
    Happy Holidays~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Can't wait to start this new series! Hopefully after the holidays when life settles down!
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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  7. Just about anything with out dairy. I used to make so many French dishes but no more. Cheese, butter and milk are off my menu. Being allergic to milk is not fun at all.

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  8. I am excited to read this new series. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Steelers4Sandi at Yahoo dot com

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  9. Sounds delightful and perfect. Merry Christmas! elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. i love chestnut stuffing. My aunt used to make it every year for thanksgiving. I would maybe add a couple of soups to the starters. Maybe potato leek and French onion.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  11. This series sounds wonderful! I would love to win the first book in the series to get me started, also I love autographed books! mlduffer at att.net

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  12. A lovely series which I would enjoy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I wish I were in that town - it sounds lovely.!!

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  14. I'm anxious to meet "Mimi" and try some of her recipes.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  15. I like the Napa Valley setting of the book. Mimi sounds delightful and would really like to read "A Deadly Eclair", sounds like a great start to a new series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful book. I just got this on FB. I have been reading the Cozy Mysteries and love them but have noticed there are so many more like that. I LOVE Eclair's, but they don't love me (if you know what I mean). I am not the baker or cook in my family my husband is and he makes a MEAN Sweet Potato PIe. Hoping to get to reading some of these books. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Would like to know where I can buy these books. jwash54@gmail.com

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  17. I have to say, the French desserts sound way more appealing to me than the main courses. But this book sounds awesome! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  18. Thank you for the chance to win this book.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  19. What a fun series! ckmbeg@gmail.com

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  20. Wow, so many fun things to do & tasty foods to try. I especially want to go on the wine train.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Well, all, I'm having the most difficult time "replying" to all of you. Not sure what is up with Blogger. GRRR. Just want to say thank you for chiming in this morning. Tell a friend and I'll announce a winner on Friday. Merry, merry. ~ Daryl

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  22. This sounds so yummy! I can't wait to read it?? ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  23. Great menu. Nothing to add. It's perfect!
    quackers502000@yahoo.com

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  24. Perfect book to win for Christmas. lkrussell127@gmail.com

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  25. God gave me such a love of books that I always have one I'm reading. Love the light hearted ones with a touch of murder mystery and close knit friends..your books touch all the bases......terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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  26. I have read so many good reviews of this. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(athomail)

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  27. Sounds great--I love reading cozy food mysteries. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. Your books seem so fun and a good mystery. Thank you for the chance. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  29. I love to give books as a secret Santa. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Well, I'm still having trouble replying to each and every one of you and I'm SO SORRY! Love all your comments. Thanks for chiming in. ~ Daryl

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  31. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance
    Pandaluver32 at Yahoo dot com

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  32. Would love to read it. Thanks so much.
    kellyreece@hotmail.com

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  33. I can't wait to start this series. Love Daryl's books. Thank you!!
    tami.norman@gmail.com

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  34. Love the menu.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  35. Thank you for the giveaway! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  36. Now I'm hungry, but maybe not for an eclair.

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  37. My husband would love the oysters and we would both try the escargot. I'm all for trying new dishes - as long as they are cooked. I would love to try a Paris-Brest. It sounds heavenly. Don't think it's French but this recipe for Green Bean/Shoepeg Corn Casserole I think would be a nice side dish. Better than just just plain old green beans. :)

    Green Bean & Shoepeg Corn Casserole
    Serves 8
    Ingredients
    1 can French style green beans, drained
    1 can white shoepeg corn, drained
    1 can celery soup, undiluted
    1 ½ cups grated Mild Cheddar
    ½ cup sour cream
    ½ cup chopped onion
    1 can water chestnuts, finely chopped
    1 roll or tube of Ritz crackers
    1 stick of butter, melted
    Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
    Place drained green beans in casserole dish.
    Top with drained shoepeg corn.
    In bowl mix celery soup, cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions and water chestnuts until combined. Spoon on top of veggies in casserole dish.
    Crumble crackers in bowl and drizzle with melted butter. Stir to coat crackers. Sprinkle over top of cheese mixture in casserole dish.
    Bake in a 350 degree oven uncovered for 40 minutes.
    Thanks for the blurb and the chance to win a copy of A DEADLY ECLAIR.

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  38. Sounds wonderful. I love the Hanukkah Hootenanny, especially since that's my holiday.

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  39. I would love to read this cozy! I am a fan of this author!

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  40. Oops: lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Another series to add to my TBR list. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. This sounds like my kind of book. I would love to win this. Hopemitch (at)yahoo (dot) com

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  43. Sounds like a winner for a new series. I would love to win. kim7corn(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  44. I so enjoy getting in on a first book of the series!
    LibraryLady80 at gmail dot com

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  45. Mary Lynette MillerDecember 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    This series looks great. Merry Christmas...nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  46. Love this author and can't wait to read this new series!!

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. This series sounds like fun. Especially since I'd rather read about French food than eat it. I'd bring mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon. Merry Christmas! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. This book has been added to my wish list. Merry Christmas! Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  49. Happy Holidays! This book is sitting on my “to read” shelf from the library. However, I’d be thrilled to win a copy and send it along to a friend. I already have someone in mind. Thanks for the opportunity to win-win! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  50. Since the holidays are always full of the foods we indulge in, the books about sweets and great foods just make it more tempting, but oh what fun to indulge...terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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  51. Thank you so much. I can't wait to read this wonderful books.

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