Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Celebrating a New Series Release

Two weeks from now!
September 7th is the release date for Buzz Off!
Under my pen name, Hannah Reed.

And the local bookstore is planning a big party to celebrate. Door prizes, a fabulous dinner based on the book, mead (honey wine) tasting. The invites are going out. Everyone is welcome (with advanced registration). Eve and Norm from Martha Merrell's Books & Cafe in downtown Waukesha, WI created the menu.
  • Chilled pear soup with wild clover honey and fresh basil
  • Mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette
  • Glazed chicken breast with salsa and jack cheese
  • Diced golden potatoes with sweet peppers
  • Roasted beets, carrots, and squash
  • Apple gingersnap crunch with whipped cream
The fresh garden salsa and the apple gingersnap crunch are from the newsletter in the back of the book.
Here's the dessert recipe, created exclusively for Buzz Off by local librarian, Heidi Cox:

Apple Gingersnap Crunch

This is the best! It includes sugar and honey.

1 cup gingersnap cookies, crumbled
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter
4 apples, cut into chunks
½ cup honey
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup pecans, chopped

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Mix cookie crumbs, ½ cup sugar, flour, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly but holds together when pressed. Spread half over the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish and pack down lightly.

Mix together apples, honey, and cinnamon. Spread in pan. Add pecans to remaining cookie mix and spread over top.

Bake 50-60 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is well browned.


Since the  Cozy Chick's community is spread out all over the map, I know most of you can't physically come to the celebration, but please join me in spirit.


Linda McDonald said...

I'll join you in spirit Deb! Wish I could be there in person though. It sounds like a great time with a yummy menu. I think celebrating a new series is a great cause for celebration! Wishing you all the best for the new series.

Lover of Books said...

Congrats on the new series! I am copying that one down. Sounds way too good!

~ Babs ~ said...

Deb congrats on the new series and I for one will be waiting to read the book. Wish I was closer to attend but, I will be celebrating in spirit. Everything sounds like fun and yummy food so do share how it all goes:).
All the best!!

tonya kappes said...

Congrats! That's great!

jbstanley said...

What a fun launch party! I really wish I could come and taste that fab menu.


groovyoldlady said...

Sounds so classy and yummy. When I release my first book, I'll probably just go with pizza and soda and chips because it's a YA!

Ok...My word verification is "pretypo". Does that mean Blogger knows I'm going to srcew-up before I atcually do?

Harbinger said...

I can't wait for the 7th and will most definitely be there in spirit!

And this recipes looks so good, I can't wait to try it.

Booklady said...

Sounds like loads of fun. Wish I could be there. Looking forward to reading the book.

Chèli said...

I may just have to make Apple Gingersnap crunch for my spiritial visit to the release! At least, I'll have the same goodies!

Cheli's Shelves

Barbara said...

Great news! Very happy for you.

~Sia McKye~ said...

What a lovely way to welcome a book. It appeals to the senses.

Congratulations on your new series.

I'm definitely copying this recipe!

Trollbaby said...

Congratulations on the new series debut and what sounds like a great opening party! I wish I could be there to help you celebrate but I will definitely be there in spirit and am awaiting delivery of my pre-ordered copy of Buzz Off. I can't wait to get started on it!

Dru said...

You're going to have a terrific launch party and I will be there in spirit.

Kaye said...

Here's wishing you much success with the new series. Have fun at the party!

The Apple Gingersnap crunch recipe sounds totally yummy!

Nanc said...

This recipe sounds wonderful! it will soon be apple season here so I'll be saving this one...though I may try it with peaches as they are here now!!
I'll be celebrating your release while recovering from back surgery...your book will be in my pile!
blessings and have a wonderful time!

Kathleen Ernst said...

I'm looking forward to your new series. And the recipe sounds wonderful!

Heather Webber said...

I'll be there in spirit, Deb! And I'll be the proud owner of Buzz Off the day it's released. Can't wait!

Andrea C. said...

The recipe sounds yummy and I am super excited for the new series. I have had the release date on my calendar for a while! :)

Vickie said...

Definitely in spirit! YAY!!! I wish I was visiting my SIL now instead of over 4th of July week this year or I could be there. Dagnabbit!