For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames – Recipe, Review + Giveaway

For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames - Recipe, Review + Giveaway

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For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames – Recipe, Review + GiveawayFor Cheddar Or Worse on February 2, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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In the new Cheese Shop Mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of As Gouda as Dead, an extra-sharp tongued cheese critic is cut down during a summer cheese festival.

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.

Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.



At times, I Need Quick and Easy Food!
By Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber

I don’t know about you, but I hate when I’m met with a MOUNTAIN of mail, email, laundry, and other chores. Or a looming book deadline. Or a new book release—like right now for FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE. Or a wealth of blogs to write, release parties to throw, and…

Gack! In a nanosecond, I’m not breathing. My vision blurs. I can barely remember my name. Ever felt like that?

So I’ve decided whenever I have that kind of day…week…month…I need an easy dinner. One of my favorites is soup. With everything in it. This one was inspired by one of my Facebook pals: Diane Davis. My Facebook pals have been very helpful giving me ideas for meals, tips for cooking, tips on gardening. They’re great!

What are your go-to easy foods?

(Serves 2)

1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
1 cup broccoli, diced
1 16 oz. carton your favorite mushroom soup
1 cup white Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
6 crustini toasts for decoration


Cook chicken breast in oven, wrapped in foil, for 45 minutes. Remove and cool, then dice. [May be made days ahead. If frozen, thaw to room temperature.]

In saucepan, bring 6 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt to boil. Dice the broccoli and toss into boiling water. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Pour off water and replace lid for 3 minutes. Drain broccoli again. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, pour in mushroom soup. Bring to gentle boil, turn down to simmer. Add chicken and broccoli to the pot. Cook 3-5 minutes until ingredients are hot.

Add the white Cheddar cheese and seasonings. Stir until incorporated.

Pour into individual soup bowls. Garnish with paprika.

Serve hot with crustini or crackers.

NOTE: If you need to eat gluten-free, then make sure you use a gluten-free mushroom soup, and it goes without saying that the crackers or bread should be gluten-free, too.

For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames is the seventh book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. I love cheese. I love cozy mysteries. And I love this book. 🙂 During the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Charlotte is attending a brain trust featuring some of the who’s who in the cheese world. When Charlotte and her hubby Jordan discover a dead body though, the days of cheese learning are off…and Charlotte can’t help but try to solve the murder mystery on her own.

The author does an amazing job of plotting a believable murder mystery. The whole time I was reading For Cheddar or Worse, I was wondering whodunit and couldn’t figure it out. That is the earmark of a good mystery to me. Add in the scrumptious cheese talk throughout, and I was sold. I like the characters and the plot was well done. Even if you have not read previous books in the series (I’ve only read one) you can still thoroughly enjoy this cozy mystery. For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames was a delicious tale that satisfied my hunger for a superb cozy mystery.

There are two awesome giveaways with this book tour! The first giveaway is exclusive to readers of Brooke Blogs:

Giveaway #1:
Avery aka Daryl is giving away 1 copy of winner’s choice of CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY, including FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE. Leave a comment for your chance to win! Winner will be chosen randomly from all comments. Giveaway ends January 31st at 11:59PM EST.

Giveaway #2:
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Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


27 comments / Add your comment below

    1. It is my pleasure! So happy to have the chance to read a fun mystery with Charlotte and the other characters in Providence. The recipe sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it with my readers.

  1. I went through a cozy kick last month, and I wish I had this one. I adore a good, well written mystery, and I can’t resist cheese either. The Chicken Cheese soup recipe looks easy and delicious. Thanks!

  2. I’m really looking forward to reading these books. I know I will enjoy them. They both sound so good. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. In my freezer there is always something I can heat up in the oven when I don’t want to mess with much. Pop in some fish or something, toss the noodles in the pot, and I’ve got supper. I love this series and am looking forward to reading For Cheddar or Worse. Thanks for the chance to win.

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