How to Make Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee from Cleo Coyle's Dead Cold Brew

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Cold Brew Coffee is a smooth and refreshing beverage. The flavor is outstanding, never weak or watery as many iced coffees can be. Cold Brew is also insanely easy to make. 




Although there are many recipes for Cold Brew, our favorite is this Mason Jar Method. The jar’s lid seals the coffee in an airtight lock, keeping it fresh as you steep it—and after you filter it. This process is easy, practical, and (best of all) inexpensive. So let’s make some Cold Brew! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Bonus Recipes from Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery SHOT IN THE DARK

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6 Secrets to Making The Perfect Patty Melt -- A Holiday Buzz recipe from Cleo Coyle

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A recipe from Cleo Coyle's 2012 New York Times bestselling
Coffeehouse Mystery: Holiday Buzz. This recipe post was originally
published by Cleo Coyle on Feb. 19, 2013 -- and again on Jan. 9, 2018
at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

Patty melts are absolutely delicious and (IMO) even better than burgers. The traditional version is made with juicy ground beef, but you can certainly mix it up with ground turkey or chicken. The only drawback to making these instead of burgers is an extra step or two in the process, which is why I make them extra-large—eight big ounces per patty melt. No, I do not eat the whole eight-ounce sandwich myself, and that's the point...


The Perfect Patty Melt
Cut this mondo patty melt in half, and you’ve got dinner for two. Cook two of these big boys, and you’ve got dinner for four.

Less sandwiches = less work. 

And less work always helps me eat with joy! ;)


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How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting without Butter or Cream by Cleo Coyle #Dairyfree

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This "buttercream" frosting has no butter or cream, yet it tastes like a chocolate fudge dream. So what's the mystery ingredient to this frosting? It's one that vegans and vegetarians may have guessed by now...avocado.

If you've never used avocado as a substitute for butter in baking, I can tell you that it's a lot of fun to play with...

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How to Make Italian Christmas Panettone Pain Perdu by Cleo Coyle

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A popular breakfast in New Orleans, pain perdu literally means lost or wasted bread. Traditionally it's made with thick slices from a crusty French loaf that's gone stale, but our readers may remember this special version of the dish from our Coffeehouse Mystery Holiday Buzz.
Holiday Buzz:
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Our amateur sleuth Clare Cosi cooks it up on Christmas morning for her longtime love interest, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. Because of her Italian heritage, my husband and I knew Clare would use panettone to make her pain perdu

If you've never tried panettone, a slightly sweet Italian yeast bread enjoyed during the Christmas season, look for it in boxes like the one in my photo above. Boxed panettone can keep for months, but once it's out of its wrappings, this delicious bread goes stale fairly quickly. When that happens, simply follow my directions for a festive French toast--either for breakfast or dessert. See both serving ideas in my recipe directions. And...

May you eat with comfort and joy!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

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How to Make Holiday Pernil: Crispy-Skinned Roasted Pork Shoulder by Cleo Coyle

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Easy to make yet impressive to serve, this slow-roasted, crispy-skinned pork shoulder is a beloved treat in many Latin American homes, especially during the Christmas season. 


Like a stunning holiday turkey, a roasted pork shoulder will wow your dinner guests. They’ll think you worked a lot harder than you did because there’s no basting, just pop it in the oven and turn it a few times.

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Years ago, my husband and I shared a smaller version of this recipe. This is a bigger and better version, perfect for large gatherings or more intimate ones--with plenty of tasty leftovers.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Feliz Navidad! 

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Brown Sugar Pecan Topping: A Lighter Version of the Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish (No Marshmallows)

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Buttery mashed sweet potatoes baked with a crunchy-sweet pecan topping is a beloved American side dish for Thanksgiving. One of the earlier places I saw it published was a 40-year-old cookbook celebrating heritage recipes from Georgia--and that recipe likely had its roots in the "sweet potato pudding" published in the first American cookbook, circa 1796.

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With the countdown now on for the big feast, I'm happy to share my version of this show-stopping recipe. It's just as decadent in flavor, but uses less butter, sugar, and flour (you won't miss it!). And if you make it, I promise you will absolutely...

Eat with joy!


~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Cheddar Corn Spoon Bread: A No-Fail American Souffle from Cleo Coyle

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This no-fail "American soufflé" is incredibly easy to cook and makes an impressive comfort-food side dish for fall and winter dinners, especially roast chicken or turkey.

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My husband (and partner in culinary crime writing) finds it hard to stop eating this one, and so do I.

May you, too, eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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The Secret to Crispy-Skinned Roast Turkey with Videos by author Cleo Coyle

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This herb-butter recipe makes one beautiful bird with crispy, golden brown skin and meat that's full of flavor. The secret to the skin is butter--oil alone won't do it. And the key to flavoring the meat is placing the herb butter in the pocket beneath the turkey skin and right next to the breast meat. 

When you apply herbs and seasonings only on top of the skin, the skin is flavored but not so much the meat underneath. This method allows the herbs and seasonings to penetrate the meat--and the butter helps to keep the meat moist, as well. 

If you've never done this, it's a technique worth learning because the flavor it imparts is wonderful!

May you too cook with love and eat with joy...


~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Our Brave Little Kitten and Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes from author Cleo Coyle #dairyfree

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Because my husband and I dearly love our rescued New York strays, I'm dedicating this post to our hero cat Punkin. His rescue story is one Marc and I will never forget because he saved his whole family one cold fall night. We're also sharing a special "Punkin" cupcake in his honor, one that actually taste like a slice of pumpkin pie. 


🎃 These Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes also make a delicious and relatively healthy dessert for the fall holidays. They’re low in calories and packed with nutritious, fiber-rich pumpkin. My version of the recipe is also dairy-free, and I'm happy to share the details. But first the story of our Brave Little Kitten... 

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Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecan Syrup by author Cleo Coyle

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I am such a fan of Pumpkin PancakesAdding pumpkin is a great way to bring extra fiber, nutrition, and flavor to the breakfast table. You can top them with my Warm Butter Pecan Syrup or try the healthier topping idea I've also included in the recipe.

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Happy autumn, everyone!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



How to Make Meatless Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes: A post for my Dad (Tony Alfonsi) by Cleo Coyle

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I swear this 2-hour meatless sauce will fool anyone into thinking it was simmered for 6-hours with meat. The rich depth of flavor is amazing and well worth a Saturday afternoon making it the way the "old timers" did. Even if you make it only once in your cooking life, the experience is one you'll never forget.


For those of you who've made pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes, you know the very smell of the sauce cooking is like nothing else on earth. With all my heart, I wanted to experience that little piece of heaven again to bring back some very sweet memories of my father, Antonio "Tony" Alfonsi...

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