By author Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
From Jenna Hart, in Crystal Cove:
I've been in Crystal Cove for a few months now, and I'm loving it. I feel like I fit in. I love the ocean, the sunshine, the fog. I love the smell of the surf. I especially enjoy browsing the shops in town. I've found some fabulous restaurants. One, Mum's the Word Diner, serves some of the best comfort food around: meatloaf, hashed browns, soup, grilled cheese sandwiches. [Just an aside, but the woman who runs the place isn't the nicest of women; she's sort of Martha Stewart, only edgier if you can imagine! LOL]
Did I mention that I've also been inspired to cook more? I'm not much of a cook. A five-ingredient recipe was about all I could do when I first came to town. When I was growing up, my mother did all the cooking. I did the taste testing. At least I've graduated to ten-ingredient recipes. Baby steps, right? I am a foodie. I adore a gourmet meal, so I'm determined to become a great cook. I know it'll take time, but I've got plenty. I'm barely thirty. I've been delving into the cookbooks at the Cookbook Nook, the culinary bookstore that I run with Aunt Vera. I've plucked my favorites and am just getting around to putting them on a new bookshelf in my cottage. In honor of the Grilled Cheese Festival --
Did I tell you about that? I don't think I did. My mind is whirling lately. We're so busy. Tourism is booming, and the shop is thriving. Anyway, we're hosting the Grilled Fest in Crystal Cove. This year, it'll feature grilled cheese. We'll have cook stations in the shop, and people can come watch the contestants vie for the top prize. The winner for the last eight years has been the woman who runs Mum's the Word Diner, the one I mentioned before. I know the other competitors would really like to see her lose. We'll have to see what happens. Things could heat up fast! Last year, she and the runner-up got into a spatula fight. It went viral on YouTube. Too funny!
Do you foresee trouble before it happens?
By the way, my author is offering a giveaway today of the book that came out last month, DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT, the 5th in a Cheese Shop Mystery series. She writes that under the pen name of Avery Aames. So leave a comment with your email address, so she can contact you if you win, okay?