Blog Tour: As Gouda As Dead by Avery Aames – Review, Recipe & Giveaway

27 Jan


It is my extreme pleasure to welcome Avery Aames to the blog today. Avery is one of my all time favorite cozy mystery authors and her Cheese Shop Mysteries top my list of favorite series.  I love the new book, As Gouda As Dead.  A full review will be posted later today.  In the mean time, Avery has a wonderful recipe to share with us.  You can also win a copy of her latest book by commenting on today’s post by February 1st (be sure to leave some way for me to contact you) and by visiting the The Great Escapes Tour Page for a chance at a grand prize.  Now for Avery’s delicious recipe.


Want to make your Valentine (or yourself) a delicious breakfast? My brain is focused on Valentine’s Day because in the newest Cheese Shop Mystery, AS GOUDA AS DEAD, the town is celebrating with a Lovers Trail event. Cheese tasting, wine tasting, chocolate tasting. Yum! But man and woman do not live on these alone. So how about pancakes…with cheese?

My grandmother used to make the best pancakes and waffles. I remember how light they were. I also remember sitting at the dining table, a roll cart with the griddle on it standing beside my grandmother. While we ate scrambled eggs and bacon, she would make the sweets. She served them with warm syrup—never cold, heaven forbid!

Where does the cheese fit in? The pancakes are already hot; the warm syrup would enhance the heat. All you have to do is place a thin slice of the Gouda on each stack of pancakes and decorate with figs. Of course, if you’re not a fig lover, you could always adorn with strawberries or other favorite fruit!


(Serves 2)


Pancake Mix [Use grandmother’s pancake recipe below]




4 ounces Gouda cheese, cut into 12-16 very thin slices

4 ounces maple syrup

4-6 figs, stems removed, and then sliced



Make the pancake mix according to directions.

Warm the maple syrup by heating a pot filled with water. Set the syrup carafe into the boiling water. Turn off the heat.

Heat griddle to 400 degrees. Put 12-16 dollops of pancake mix on the griddle. Cook to desired color of golden brown. Flip. Top each with a piece of Gouda cheese. Cook until the underside of the pancake is desired color of golden brown.

Set the pancakes on two plates. Top with sliced figs. Drizzle with warm maple syrup.


Grandmother’s Pancake Recipe 


1 ½ cups flour

3 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoons sugar

1 ¼ cups milk

1 egg

4 tablespoons butter, melted



Mix together the milk, egg, salt, baking powder, sugar, and butter. Blend in the flour until smooth.

Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Pour about ¼ cup pancake mix, using large spoon or ladle, onto the griddle. Let pancake heat to warm brown and flip with a spatula. Brown the other side. Serve hot. 

*Note this recipe is not gluten-free. To make it gluten-free, substitute 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour of your choice and keep the rest of the ingredients the same.


As Gouda as Dead

by Avery Aames

This story had so many things I love...
~Brooke Blogs 

gouda as deadAs Gouda as Dead

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 3, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425273319




Someone is cheesed off . . .

Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.

Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!


Daryl Wood Gerber 0218 100dpi


About This Author

As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. 

As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. 

Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery

“They” blog on as well as




Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber


Daryl Wood Gerber

Avery Aames

Purchase Links 
B&N Book Depository

Tour Participants

January 26 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 27 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 29 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 31 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

February 1 – Traveling With T – Review, Recipe, Giveaway


As Gouda as Dead
by Avery Aames

Say Cheese!

As part of her Great Escapes Book Tour
Avery Aames is including an
I Love A Mystery Secret Code Game!

Here’s how it works:
1 – Collect the Secret Code Word at each of Avery Aames Escape Blog Tour stops.
Check out Avery’s delicious recipe on Each Blog Stop
to collect the Secret Word for that stop.

2 – At the end of Avery’s blog tour, put the words together and
form the Secret Code Sentence.

Then Click Here and insert the Secret Code Sentence in the form with your name, email address and mailing address.

3. One Lucky Winner will receive a Fabulous Prize Package including an autographed copy as As Gouda As Dead, an I love A Mystery Tote and fun swag!

4. 10 Runner’s Up will receive a
Cheese Shop/Cookbook Nook kitchen jar opener and recipe cards.

All winners will be randomly selected from all entries submitted.

Winners will be contacted via email and the prize will be sent to the address you provided on the form.

Have fun and get searching!


I LOVE A MYSTERY SECRET CODE GAME: The 2nd of the 7 words in Avery’s I Love A Mystery Secret Code Contest is




Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


19 responses to “Blog Tour: As Gouda As Dead by Avery Aames – Review, Recipe & Giveaway

  1. suekey12

    January 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I can’t seem to find the word for the contest in the post. Will it be in your review later today?

    • bevarcher

      January 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

      It’s there now. Somehow it wasn’t showing up at the end of the post like it’s supposed to – I don’t know if it’s wordpress or my computer, but it won’t even let me highlight it and bold it like I wanted to do.

    • darylwoodgerber

      January 27, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      The second word is “is” 🙂

  2. Patricia

    January 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations, Avery! Those pancakes would be wonderful, today.

    • Patricia

      January 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Forgot my email… patucker54 at aol dot com

  3. jagjhd

    January 27, 2015 at 9:49 am


  4. Jeanetta

    January 27, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for the review and secret word. I am reading the Cheese Shop Mysteries and can’t wait to read the As Gouda As Dead. myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

    • darylwoodgerber

      January 27, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying. Daryl aka Avery

  5. Sara Grotz

    January 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I can’t wait to try these pancakes. My son isn’t a big breakfast eater, but pancakes are one of the few things he will eat int he morning. Thanks for the recipe. =) mamamoongrrlie at

    • darylwoodgerber

      January 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      My son was always a dinner from the night before for breakfast kid. 🙂 Daryl aka Avery

  6. holdenj

    January 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    The pancakes and especially the figs look delicious! What a great, savory way to dress up breakfast food! Thanks for the recipe and chance to win.

  7. Jo Anne V

    January 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    love the pancakes

  8. Ruth Nixon

    January 27, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    We have pancakes for breakfast before Chuch and since we are cheese lovers must try this.

  9. suekey12

    January 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Mmmmm That pancake recipe looks good! I’ll have to try it. Thanks for posting THE word.

  10. Barbara Tobey

    January 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Cheese on pancakes? I must not be very daring, but then I don’t like fruit on them either. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

  11. Kaye Killgore

    January 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love this series, the pancakes sound yummy

  12. jagjhd

    January 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I guess my Jan 27 comment is still awaiting moderation. But just in case, here is another.
    I just had a McD’s triple cheeseburger! I’m bad.

  13. Dotty Kelley

    January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    What an interesting recipe. One doesn’t think about cheese, pancakes, and figs as going together.

  14. Jess Dimovski

    January 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Great series to read


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