Friday, March 8, 2019


I'm so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 3 in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries
by Libby Klein

Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .
Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancΓ©e, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.
Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .  
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

No-Bake Passion Fruit Chili Cheesecake

I wouldn’t normally make a no bake cheesecake, but I wanted to give the recipe Poppy used during the competition. This no bake version uses gelatin instead of eggs. Mini spring form pans enable the cheesecake to set up quickly. You could make one big 8 or 9-inch cheesecake if you’d rather. You would just need to let it chill for several hours to be firm enough to cut.
Use rubber or latex kitchen gloves when cutting chili peppers – remove gloves and don’t touch anything the gloves have touched when you’re finished. ~ Libby
Cheesecake Filling:

1 envelope Knox plain gelatin
3 Tablespoons cold water
¾ cup frozen passion fruit pulp, thawed (you could also use fresh passion fruits, pulped, and strained.)
*1-2 chili peppers
1 can dulce de leche (or sweetened condensed milk - about 1 ¼ cups)
16 oz cream cheese, softened
Almond meal – a few tablespoons to dust the bottom of the spring form pans. You could also make yourself a crust if you want, but Poppy just made the cheesecake without a cookie bottom.
Rubber kitchen gloves
*I used red serrano chilis for a gentle heat. If you want more of a bite you can use habaneros.

Passion Fruit Jelly for the top:

1 envelope Knox plain gelatin
3 Tablespoons cold water
4 oz passion fruit juice
¼ cup sugar

1. Put on your rubber gloves. Seed and chop your chilis. Don’t touch anything. Don’t rub your eye or scratch your face. When your chilis are chopped very small, add them to your passion fruit juice. Clean up the area and equipment you used and throw away your gloves.
2. Mix the gelatin with the water and let it bloom. Then, microwave the gelatin for 20 -30 seconds so it melts. Add it to the passion fruit juice and peppers.
3. In a mixing bowl, whip your softened cream cheese until it’s smooth. Doing this now will help the finished batter not be lumpy. When the cheese is fluffy and smooth, add the dulce de leche (or sweetened condensed milk.) At the lowest speed, beat for 1 to 1.5 minutes until the mixture is well-blended. Add in the passion fruit juice, fold or beat at the lowest speed until the mixture is incorporated.
4. Sprinkle the bottom of your spring form pan/s with almond meal. Enough to cover the bottom and make releasing the cheesecake easier.
5. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top. Smooth out the surface because what it looks like now is what it’s going to look like later. It isn’t going to move. Refrigerate until set. 3o minutes for minis. Several hours for a large cheesecake.
B. Passion Fruit Jelly for the top:
1. Mix the gelatin with the water and let it bloom. Then, microwave the gelatin for 20 -30 seconds so it melts. Add in 1/4 cup of sugar and microwave another 40-60 seconds to melt. Keep your eye on it so it doesn’t boil over. Using oven mits or a towel, remove bowl from microwave. Add the 4oz passion fruit juice that you thawed and set aside.

2. When this mixture is nice a cool, it doesn’t have to be cold - but it can’t be warm- and the cheesecake is cold, gently pour the passion fruit liquid on top of the cheesecakes. Chill for another 2 – 4 hours. 

3. When you’re ready to serve, use a butter knife to gently go around the inside of the spring form pan to help release the cheesecake from the liner. The cheesecake should come off the bottom easily because of the almond meal.



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I am so excited to have finally read RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER. The first two books in this series, CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER, and MIDNIGHT SNACKS ARE MURDER are among my very favorite reads. Author Libby Klein truly has the gift for transporting readers into her stories as though we are living them ourselves.

Wonderfully written with a plot that not only grabbed, but held my attention, there is so much going on in RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER that it made it impossible to put this book down. Everything that makes for a great mystery is covered. Murder, mayhem, sabotage, deceit. Protagonist Poppy is hit with it all and more! I had no clue whatsoever who the who of this whodunit was until it was revealed.

And, I dare anyone to read a Poppy McAllister book and not laugh. It simply can’t be done. Author Klein herself has a wicked sense of humor to be able to produce the tears in the eyes, snorts she gets out of me. I have two words for you. Aunt Ginny! Prepare yourselves. πŸ˜‰

Last but in no way least, Klein includes wonderful recipes! Poppy has to eat gluten free because of health issues, so creating delicious Paleo treats is her thing.

Honestly, if you haven’t read the Poppy McAllister Mysteries, you’re missing out. You can read RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER as a standalone but grab up all three books in the series and prepare for some of the most enjoyable reading you have ever had!

About the Author

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. The book sounds great. I love cheesecake but don’t think I’d try one with chilis? Happy Friday!

  2. What an intriguing recipe! I've never eaten passion fruit and wouldn't have ever thought of using peppers in a cheesecake, but it sounds like it would be very good.

    Thank you for your review on "RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER" by Libby Klein. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book which is on my TBR list. Love the cover!
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  3. I've grown to really like this series!

  4. Thank you so much, Lisa. This is one of my favorite reviews ever! Thank you for sharing it.

  5. I enjoy your reviews and find information helpful.Thanks for the chance.

  6. Looks Great πŸ‘ Thanks for Sharing this book with us 😍❤😍

  7. Thanks for the recipe - book added to my TBR list!

  8. We like savory as well as sweet cheesecakes, so thanks for the recipe! Added book to my list!

  9. WOW this sounds like a great book. And I'm glad to know it can be read as a stand alone novel. I've not read the others in the series yet. Will add them to my ever growing TBR list.