Banana Splits for Grown-Ups with an Easy Microwave Recipe for Magic Shell Chocolate from Cleo Coyle

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Behold my "Coffeehouse" version of the classic American banana split: a fun, fast way to fancy up the famous kiddie sundae for the adult table. 

My post not only shows you how I make this beautiful "dinner service" presentation, but also gives you a recipe and tips for making your own magic shell chocolate--a great way to create chilly chocolate treats for summertime eats.


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Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Easy July 4th Fireworks Flag Cake plus 3 Tips on Frosting Any Cake by Cleo Coyle

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The red, white, and blue American flag cake is a fun July Fourth tradition in the USA, enjoyed at backyard cookouts throughout the land. This Fireworks Cake is my version of it. 


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There is a wonderful "wow" factor to it, especially after you cut it, yet it's easy to create, practically a klutz-proof design, making it a great project for families with children. 

To see my entire recipe post, scroll down or hit this link or on the "Read more" link below. 

To download the free PDF right now, click here and have a delicious July 4th, everyone! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Tips on Making Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on your Grill or Stovetop from Cleo Coyle

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



My husband and I first heard about the "Danger Dog" via a friend in Los Angeles, where the recipe has made its way north from the street food of Tijuana, Mexico. 

Esquire magazine actually put the "bacon-wrapped hot dog" on its list of "Sixty Things Worth Shortening Your Life For." What number was the bacon dog? Hard to believe it but #1. (To see the entire list, click here.)


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some great tips on making
bacon-wrapped hot dogs on the
grill or in the fryer, scroll down or

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How to Make Queso Fundido - The Billionaire Mexican Cheese Dip by Cleo Coyle

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To my American ear, fundido sounds a little like an advertising slogan invented by a group of Mad Men trying to sell tortilla snack chips. "Party with our queso fundido. It’s fun, fun, fun!" 
Cleo Coyle, who sees
the fun in fundido,
is author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries

The truth is, fundido in Spanish means melted; consequently, queso fundido means melted cheese, and if you’ve sampled it, then you may agree it’s about the best cheese dip on the planet. That's why we included it in the recipe section of one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries Billionaire Blend (first edition published December 2014).


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Originally served in Northern Mexico and the Southwestern US, queso fundido has culinary roots that take it back to campfire eating. The recipe in this blog post is the version my husband (and partner in crime writing) and I enjoy. We hope you do, too. 

Eat with fundido joy!
~ Cleo 

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Chocolate Chip Millennium Falcon and Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cleo Coyle

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A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning Victorian Main House (the Norman Rockwell over the fireplace, the original Indiana Jones whip in the glass case). 



To say I enjoyed my work would be the understatement of the century. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a died-and-gone-to-heaven trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.



Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food; thus, I give you the Millennium Falcon Chocolate Chip Cookie along with the recipe to bake your own. 

Crispy on the outside, these cookies are also delightfully Chewy on the inside (yes, puns are my business, too!). And they truly are out of this world. :)




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May the Force Be with You (Always!)

~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries








Matt Allegro’s Italian Fried Shrimp with 2 Dipping Shots for Mother’s Day from Cleo Coyle

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If Matt Allegro were going to cook a Mother’s Day feast for you (or your mom), my husband and I are pretty sure these Italian fried shrimp would be on the menu, along with his two favorite dipping shots. We're happy to share Matt's very personal recipe with youyou'll see what we mean by "personal" as you read his directions!


Matt Allegro - Coffee Hunter
(in avatar form). 
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avatars 
of more Coffeehouse Mystery 
characters, click here.
May you eat with joy...and if Matt Allegro is cooking for you, we know you will!

~ Cleo Coyle

* * * *

For readers who are new to our bestselling series of Coffeehouse Mysteries, Matt is a globetrotting, half-Italian coffee hunter (and occasional playboy) who dearly loves his octogenarian mother—the woman who owns the century-old Greenwich Village coffeehouse where our series is set.













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Seven Minute Apple Doughnuts for Passover by author Cleo Coyle

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These quick and easy Passover apple "doughnuts,"
made from matzo cake meal are absolutely delicious,
like a cross between a hot apple pie and an apple croissant.

Friday evening at sundown began the feast of Passover, a Jewish holiday rich in tradition. Like so many cultures around the world, the foods eaten (and not eaten) during this eight-day holiday help define, explain, and celebrate it. 

The Seder, for example, a dinner eaten on the first night, includes specific foods in the telling of the Exodus story. Nice post about "The Seder Plate" here.
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One of the most important and ubiquitous foods of this holiday is matzo (aka matza or matzah), basically an unleavened cracker. While it's part of the ritual of this holiday, it's also a wonderful ingredient for cooking, and I've used it in this recipe. 

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How to Make ANGINETTI - Italian Lemon Cookies by author Cleo Coyle

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In my big Italian family, these light lemony cookies with a sweet glaze often made their appearance during the holidays. With colorful sprinkles added, anginetti make wonderful cookies for celebrations, and the bright lemon flavor is a nice way to welcome spring. 
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Because the dough can be formed into many traditional shapes, the cookies are fun to make with children. Even the littlest ones will be able to add the colored sprinkles. 

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My Billionaire Baileys Irish Cream and Caramel Nut Fudge by Cleo Coyle

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Yes, this is the very buttery caramel fudge (with an Irish Cream kick) that my amateur sleuth used to bribe a New York Police Department Bomb Squad lieutenant in one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries Billionaire Blend.


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"A highly satisfying mystery"
--Publishers Weekly

*Starred Review  --Kirkus
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Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries





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How to Add Delicious Dietary Fiber to your Cornbread with Spelt Flour by Cleo Coyle

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Spelt flour comes from an ancient grain with more dietary fiber than all-purpose flour and a lovelier, more mellow flavor than whole wheat flour, which is why I like to incorporate it into my baking. 

As you can see in the photo above, spelt also brings a rustic, darker look to baked goods, along with a slightly nutty flavor note that’s quite tasty.

To learn more about the ancient grain of spelt and get my delicious recipe for Spelt Cornbread, click here to read the rest of this blog post. Or download my recipe right now as a free PDF by clicking hereand may you...

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Fully-Loaded Irish Colcannon by author Cleo Coyle

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As mystery writers, murder is our business. As cozy mystery writers, so is word play. And that is primarily how this dish came about. 


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Back in 2009, my husband and I were writing Roast Mortem, a book that pays tribute to the FDNY, which has a long history of Irish pride. During our collaboration, we joked about what might happen if we "loaded" the colcannon. 

Wait a second, we thought, why not fully load it—like a baked potato?!

Marc and I then put the recipe together much like New York City puts its cultural communities together...


We started with a basic Irish colcannon of cabbage and potatoes; added an Italian kiss of olive oil and hug of warm, sweet garlic; and finished the dish with an American-style flourish of gooey melted cheddar and smoky crumbled bacon. 

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries





Irish Oatmeal Cookie Muffins for St. Patrick's Day from Cleo Coyle

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Packed with the nutrition and fiber of oatmeal, these muffins taste like a fresh-baked oatmeal cookie, redolent with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. They're fantastic with coffee or tea, and they'll help curb your appetite between meals. 


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While Irish Oatmeal works great in these muffins, you don't have to use steel cut oats. I often use plain "old fashioned" Quaker oats for this recipe.

Learn about the differences between these two types of oats in my full post. Just scroll down, or click here or on the "read more" link below, and may you always...

Eat with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries