Italian Easter Pie Palmiers: Little Heart-Shaped Quiches by Cleo Coyle

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Every year at Pasqua, my beloved Aunt Mary would make her Easter Pie. This rustic pie was amazing to me because it was so satisfying yet so simple. She called it a pizza, but Americans would recognize it as closer to a white calzone.

I recreated the taste of her pie for this very special recipe of Little Heart-Shaped Quiches. aka Italian Easter Pie Palmiers. To get the recipe, scroll down or hit the read more link below...

Frito Shepherd’s Pie from Cleo Coyle #glutenfree recipe

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Our readers may recognize this pie from our latest culinary mystery, Billionaire Blend. In the book, Detective Mike Quinn tells the story of solving a homicide with members of the NYPD Bomb Squad (historically known as the Italian Squad). 

When the case is done, members of the squad take Quinn to a pub for a night of Frito Shepherd’s Pies and Irish Car Bombs (the kind you drink). Well this is the very pie that Detective Quinn enjoyed. To get the recipe, scroll down or hit the "read more" link below...

Meet Cleo Coyle: Book Signing and Coffee Tasting (Free Event)!

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Free Signing 

and Coffee Tasting!

The talented married couple who write the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries will be making a rare appearance. They will be giving a talk about creative writing and the creation of their long-running series, signing books, and joining readers for a free coffee tasting, including a very special "Billionaire Blend," courtesy of One God Woman coffee shop. 

The event starts at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 26, at the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, Pennyslvania, then moves down the street to One Good Woman for a coffee tasting and where Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop will have books for purchase and signing.

NOTE BOOK SIGNING OPPORTUNITY: If you cannot attend and would like Cleo Coyle to inscribe a book (or books) for you personally, Deb and Jay of Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop will take your order, see that Cleo personally signs your book, and send it out to you. Contact them at or call them toll free 1-866-692-5424.

YOU MUST RESERVE A SEAT: Although this event is free, reservations are important to allow for plenty of seating, refreshments and books. Please let Deb or Jay of Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop know your plans by calling toll free 1-866-692-5424 or emailing their shop at to make a reservation(s) and/or place an order. Books from both the Coffeehouse Mystery series and the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series will be available.

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Event hosted by:

Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop
Mechanicsburg, PA

One Good Woman
Coffee Shop

Cleve J. Fredricksen

Directions to the library, where the event starts,
may be obtained by going to their website by 
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Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop at 1-866-692-5424.

Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins (with ricotta!) for St. Patrick's Day by Cleo Coyle

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These pistachio muffins are outstanding. The batter tastes like pistachio ice cream, but I use a secret ingredient to bring nutrition to the muffin: ricotta cheese. Ricotta adds substance without heaviness and moistness without the high calories of extra butter or oil.

Click here to download a PDF of this recipe now. Or read my entire post and enjoy my video from a past St. Patrick's Day Parade. To read more, scroll down, or click here... 

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecan Sauce for Mardi Gras from Cleo Coyle

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Making pancakes for Mardi Gras is an old tradition, which is why I'm sharing one of my favorite pancake recipes with you this week: Pumpkin PancakesThe pumpkin brings nutrition, fiber, and great taste to these pancakes. You can top them with my Warm Butter Pecan Sauce or try the healthier topping idea I've also included in the recipe.

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Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

How to Bake the $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie by Cleo Coyle

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In this post, I share some of my favorite urban legends with you, including one that involves food: the legendary $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I also share some tips with you on getting the most out of any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yes, even a notorious one. 

If you'd like to download the recipe in a free PFD, click here. To read my entire post, scroll down, or click here and...bake with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Easy Chinese Dumpling Dipping Sauce for the Lunar New Year by Cleo Coyle

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Because eating dumplings is a tradition for the Lunar New Year, I'm sharing an easy dumpling dipping sauce recipe with you this week, along with a few great tips for getting the best out of your take-out or frozen grocery store dumplings. 

Click here to get the easy recipe right now. OR read my entire post and join me on a fun trip to New York's famous Chinatown (videos included). To read my full recipe post, click here or scroll down...

Kona Coffee: Advice on Buying and Drinking the Champagne of the Coffee World by Cleo Coyle

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For those of you feeling blue now that the holidays have past, let me assure you that you are not alone. In reply, I offer a short, happy word: Hawaii. Say it with me now... Hawaii...Hawaii...Hawaii...

White sand beaches, translucent turquoise waves... Are you ready to go? I'm sure you are, and I am, too. Unfortunately, too much work and a non-existent vacation budget have grounded me for now. Instead, I'm opting for a much less expensive kind of trip, a culinary trip to paradise via a thousand perfect sips of Kona coffee, one of the rarest and highest quality coffees in the world. To read more, scroll down, or click here or on the read more link below...

My New Year's Champagne Vinaigrette with actual Champagne by Cleo Coyle

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Are you having champagne this New Year's Eve? Why not reserve a small amount for your salad? Most champagne vinaigrette recipes use champagne vinegar. I prefer to use actual champagne. My recipe will work with either fresh or leftover bubbly. Whether it's fizzy or flat makes no difference, it's delicious.

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Ham Salad: A Great Use for Leftover Holiday Ham by Cleo Coyle

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Ham Salad made fresh is absolutely delicious. Yes, it's a little old fashioned, but sometimes the old recipes are the best, especially with new twists. My husband and I like to eat our ham salad on water crackers with slices of jalapeno and oil-cured olives. Frankly, it's good enough to feed guests with a glass of wine or champagne. Just call it "American Pate" and serve it with a little smile. To download our recipe now in a free PDF, click here

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How to Make Eggnog Muffins with Eggnog Glaze by Coffeehouse Mystery author Cleo Coyle

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This is a very pretty and yet very easy recipe Get it right now in a free PDF document that you can print, save, or share by clicking here or on the PDF image pictured to the right. 

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Canele - How to Make the Little Caramelized French Cake

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Billionaire Blend:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
*Star Reviewed* - Kirkus
Top-9 National Bestseller
Pictured above are caneles (aka canneles). Some have called this little caramelized French cake a handheld version of creme brulee. Crisp on the outside with a soft, moist, almost custard-like cake on the inside, they are made from a kind of crepe batter flavored with vanilla and rum. The batter is poured into special canele molds that have been brushed with butter and beeswax to promote crusty caramelization as they bake in a hot oven. 

My Coffeehouse Mystery readers may recall them from Billionaire Blend. No spoilers here, but Clare Cosi (my coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth) will never forget the day she enjoyed a plate of them at a cafe with a hot, fresh cup of coffee.

To learn more about making this delicious little French cake, scroll down or click here or on the Read More link below...

A Free Audiobook Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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For Christmas Week 2013,
I'm sharing a public domain reading
of this beloved English holiday story,
which is also part of a long tradition of telling
ghost stories at Christmastide.



So turn the lights low,
watch the firelight twinkle,
and let the theater of your mind
enjoy this classic by Charles Dickens,

Merry Christmas to you!
May God bless us,
every one...

~ Cleo 

Baileys Irish Cream Poke Cake from Cleo Coyle

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Baileys Irish Cream and coffee are a natural together. Who wouldn't enjoy a wee spot of Irish whiskey in their weekend morning coffee, blended with real Irish cream from real Irish cows? 

FYI - On my facebook Wall, readers asked about
the cup in my foodie photo. I call it my "Downton Abbey" cup.
It's not an antique. It's (happily) affordable bone china made by
The Johnson Brothers (click here for more info).

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Fun, Nutritional Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped, Maple-Splashed Butternut Squash

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My "Nuts on Horseback" are pictured above. Each little package of bacon-wrapped, maple-splashed butternut squash offers a wonderful combination of flavors and textures (sweet and salty; soft and crispy) perfect for family snacking, cocktail canapĂ© trays, or a delicious amuse-bouche before a fall or winter dinner. So what inspired this recipe?

Cleo Coyle is author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries,
which are set in New York's
 Greenwich Village.
As you know, I’m usually referred to as "that coffee nut," but I’m nuts about other things, too, including the mounted cops of New York. And, no, I am not referring to them as "nuts on horseback." One mounted police officer recently saved a great many lives when he helped stop a car bomb attack in Times Square. Him I’d call a hero on horseback.

Other cities (including Philadelphia, Boston, and San Diego) have retired all of their police horses, but New York is still employing them. The main reason is that mounted cops can go where cars can’t, such as the city's parks and pedestrian malls, including the one in Times Square.

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3 Dessert Shooters with Video Tips for Layering Drinks by Cleo Coyle, author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Impress your guests with these beautiful, layered holiday dessert drinks, great served with coffee or espresso. My tips in this post will help you pour perfectly pretty drinks every time. Download the recipes fast by clicking here for a PDF or read my entire post by scrolling down or hitting this (read more) link. May you...

Drink with joy!
~ Cleo

Key Lime Coolers: A Top 9 Foodbuzz Recipe from Cleo Coyle

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Key Lime Coolers are a delectable meltaway cookie, beautiful for holidays trays and they freeze very well, too. 

To download the recipe right now in a PDF that you can print, save, or share, click here. To see the full post and learn the taste difference between Key Limes and Persian Limes, scroll down or hit this "read more" link. (You can use any lime to make these delicious cookies.)

~ Cleo Coyle, author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

This recipe post was chosen as a "Top 9" (of over 4,000 foodie posts from around the world) by the editors of Foodbuzz (6/11).

Blue Velvet Cupcakes and a Cupcake Menorah for Chanukah Week from Cleo Coyle

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Like red velvet cake, blue velvet carries a wonderful hint of cocoa. This is a beautiful cupcake for birthday parties and baby or wedding showers. Because blue is also the color for Chanukah, I used this recipe to make a cupcake menorah last year--and, no, unlike the oil, they did not last eight days! To get the recipe right now in a PDF document click here, or hit the "read more" link to see my recipe post. Whether you are celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Yule, I send you the warmest wishes for these cold, dark months...

May your own holidays be bright!

~ Cleo Coyle