How to Make Virgin Sangrias and Virgin Mojitos while Amusing Your Cat by Cleo Coyle

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Got overripe fruit? Waste not! This virgin sangria is a nice way to make use of it.

Why virgin? A white wine sangria is delicious, but on a workday, I prefer that my fingers hit my laptop keyboard rather than my forehead, which means no firewater until the day is done. 

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A virgin sangria is also a good idea for households with kids because it can be converted into an adult beverage at the time it's poured, which means one pitcher can conveniently serve drinkers and non-drinkers.


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Tips on Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs + A Tribute Comment Giveaway to Our Good Men

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Behold two deep-fried, bacon-wrapped 
hot dogs. Frighteningly delicious!


In this post, Marc and I are sharing tips on making bacon-wrapped hot dogs, on the stove or on the grill...


As authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, Marc and I know the value of really good Joe! In that spirit, we hosted a special week-long Father's Day Comment Celebration giveaway. 

We thank you all for sharing your memories and thoughts...about a good man in your life. You wrote about fathers, husbands, grandfathers, stepdads and those you admired (or once admired and loved) as good fathers. 

GO TO THE VERY END OF THIS POST TO SEE ALL THE COMMENTS AND ADD YOUR OWN...

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Light Strawberry Shortcake Muffins and a Virtual Vacation Drive with author Cleo Coyle

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This is one of my favorite summertime muffins. It has the taste of a strawberry shortcake but with less fat and calories, making it a lovely breakfast or coffee-break snack. 
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To enjoy my full blog post, which includes a fun, little virtual vacation drive with me through New York and Long Island to a Strawberry Festival, click here or on the Read More link below, and...

Let's go driving!

~ Cleo



No-Guilt Pizza Poppers: My Taste of Pizza Without the Carbs from Cleo Coyle

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We've all heard of jalapeno poppers, but the inspiration for this Pizza Poppers idea came from another source, namely an Italian company that came up with the idea of on-the-go pizza served in a cone. 

Yes, a cone!

Honestly, when my husband, Marc, and I first learned about this, our jaws dropped. Once we got over the shock, however, we began to have fun thinking up ways to write it into one of our Coffeehouse Mysteries


To find out how we wrote the pizza cone idea into one of our murder mysteries, click here or on the Read More link below. You'll also see big, colorful photos of our Pizza Poppers recipe.

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To download our Pizza Poppers recipe now in a free PDF, click here, and with low-carb joy!

~ Cleo Coyle








Grand Opening Giveaway at Cleo's Jazz Space!

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Visit our new VILLAGE BLEND JAZZ SPACE by clicking here

Congrats to our winner, Coffeehouse Mystery reader Jane Lathem!

Jane entered our giveaway by leaving a comment at our new Village Blend Jazz Space, an online version of the relaxed jazz supper club featured in her bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery DEAD TO THE LAST DROP.



CAN I STILL LEAVE A COMMENT? 

YES! THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER,

BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US...

COMMENT HERE
(The fun "Our Locations" Page of the site)

OR HERE
(The general "Welcome" page of the site) 


Marc and I truly enjoy hearing from our readers, and we invite you to continue sharing your thoughts on our new site and our ongoing tales of mystery from our Village Blend Coffeehouse.

To see the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE Jane won from Cleo click here




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Lime Meltaway Coolers: A Beautiful Cookie for Summer Parties from Cleo Coyle

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Lime Meltaway Coolers are a delectable cookie, beautiful for party trays and they freeze wonderfully, too. 

You can use any lime to make this cookie, but Key limes will give you the very best flavor. So what's the difference between Key limes and the larger limes that I see in my grocery store? Keep reading and you'll find out! 

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


An earlier version of this recipe post was chosen as a "Top 9" of over 4,000 foodie posts from around the world by the editors of Foodbuzz (6/2011).

Insanely Easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake with a Special Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

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With three generations of women featured in our Coffeehouse Mysteries, we often hear from mothers who pass our books to their daughters, as well as their own mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers! To celebrate the many generations of women who read our books, my husband and I are delighted to host this special week-long Mother's Day Celebration giveaway.
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I am also baking up this insanely easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake, slightly adapted from a recipe that came to me from a Coffeehouse Mystery reader, as well as a mother and grandmother, named Shirley Jackson. May you bake with love and eat with joy! ~ Cleo 


"Coffee. The favorite drink
of the civilized world." 
--Thomas Jefferson
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Congrats to our Special Giveaway Winner: 

 Jennifer Vick 
of Virginia!


Although this giveaway is now over, we have two more still running so you still have a chance to win the Thomas Jefferson quote mug, premium coffee, Coffeehouse Mystery tote bag, and more...


Our new Spring Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter has all the info on our Special Giveaways (still open!) with wonderful prize packages. If you are not yet a subscriber, sign up now and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with links to the Spring Newsletter. To sign up, click here.

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Smashed Baby Red Potatoes from Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

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This crowd-pleasing side dish uses delicious young potatoes with skins left on for better health and flavor. The recipe is incredibly easy to make, too. 

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
Learn about their books 
by clicking here and here.

Our Coffeehouse Mystery readers may recognize these Smashed Baby Reds from our recent bestseller DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. 

Assistant chef Luther Bell cooks them up for customers of the new Village Blend Jazz Space, a relaxed supper club co-managed by our amateur sleuth Clare—who soon feels more than the heat of the kitchen when she becomes a prime suspect in capital crimes of kidnapping and murder...



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~ Cleo


P.S. For the Roasted Garlic Gravy recipe that pairs beautifully with these potatoes, click here. And don't miss the Mini Meat Loaves

Sticky Honey-Chili Chicken from Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

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This one-skillet stovetop dinner has a quick marinating process and a fast final glaze that is fantastic. The heat of the jalapenos is nicely controlled by the honey, which keeps the spice level to a pleasant warmth. The cumin lends an earthy flavor, and the lemon juice brings brightness to the balance. This recipe, which also includes garlic, delivers great nutrition, too. 

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Our readers may recognize this dish from our recent bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. Sticky Honey-Chili Chicken was one of the highly popular "Chalkboard Specials" made by assistant chef Luther Bell at the new Village Blend Jazz Space, a relaxed supper club co-managed by our amateur sleuth Clare—who soon feels more than the heat of the kitchen when she becomes a prime suspect in capital crimes of kidnapping and murder… 

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

Mini Meat Loaves from Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

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There is nothing like meat and potatoes for a simple, satisfying comfort food dinner. Assistant chef Luther Bell knew it, which is why these Mini Meat Loaves became the anchor for one of his most popular "Chalkboard Specials" at the Village Blend Jazz Space, a relaxed supper club in our bestselling culinary mystery DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. 
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Our amateur sleuth Clare helps to manage the club, until she becomes a prime suspect in cases of kidnapping and murder, perplexing mysteries she must solve to save her good friends and her own skin.



Speaking of mysteries...

There is a mystery ingredient in these Mini Meat Loaves, one that many home cooks already know about. Used as a binder instead of your typical bread crumbs or torn bread slices, this mystery ingredient produces a lighter little loaf of meat with a fluffier texture, like the very best meatballs, yet with enough meat in each serving to satisfy hungry humans.


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~ Cleo


A Better No-Churn Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!) Chocolate, Coffee, and Vanilla Flavors

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"No-churn" ice cream is easy to make, takes little room in my freezer, and does not require reading appliance instructions (huzzah!). It's also economical and the way its frozen, in 9 x 5 bread loaf pans, even reminds of of the amazing gelato shops of Italy.

While many no-churn recipes exist online, they are not all equal. I experimented with the most common recipe until I found my own version--one that actually delivered an outstanding, easy-to-make, no-machine ice cream. 
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of all 3 flavors: Chocolate,
Coffee, and Vanilla.

In this post, I explain why my approach works and share directions for making Chocolate, Coffee, and Vanilla flavors.

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May you eat and read with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

P.S.  To see my separate post on how to make No-Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, which includes great tips on how to work with vanilla beans, click here

No-Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!) plus Tips on How to Work with Vanilla Beans

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While vanilla extract may be convenient, vanilla beans truly bring recipes to another level, and this one is no exception. It's outstanding. 
If you've never worked with vanilla beans, no worries! My recipe includes tips (and photos) showing you how to work with them, and I link to places online where you can buy them fresh and have them delivered right to your door.











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To keep reading this blog post, click here or on the Read More link below and eat with joy...

~ Cleo Coyle, author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries