My first signing is tomorrow, at a fabulous history and mystery book store called Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park, IL. My anthology copies arrived two nights ago and my husband suddenly wants to buy up a bunch for his poor coworkers! He is so funny, and I love him so much for this and so many other things.
I am surprisingly uncomfortable about the signing. I don't know how to be Amy the author of a short mystery for adults. If it was one of my YA stories being published I can rely on my YA knowledge and credentials and have something to talk about. With this one, I am not sure who to be!
Luckily, my character loves vintage cookbooks (big surprise). I've decided to hand out recipe cards with a favorite holiday cookie recipe or two, and my book information on the back. I'll even include my librarian book I cowrote with friend and awesome cook Kim.
I have several cookbooks devoted just to the holidays, including a Pillsbury pamphlet "Holiday Classics IV" from 1985. I saw this picture, and thought is that a cake? Well, yes, but that's not chocolate...
Frosted Liver Pate
1 lb. braunschweiger (anyone know what this is?)
1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil leaves
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened.
3 drops hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon mayonnaise or salad dressing
Chopped fresh parsley
In large bowl, combine braunschweiger, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, onion, 1 garlic clove and basil leaves; beat until smooth. (is that possible?) Mound mixture on serving plate. Cover, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
In small bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining minced garlic clove, hot pepper sauce and 1 teaspoon mayonnaise; blend well. Frost liver with cheese mixture...and I'm stopping there. I'm sure none of you were actually going to make this anyway.
I won't be including that recipe on anything I hand out.
Merry Eating and holidays to all!