Bourbon Hot Dog Bites: A Shockingly Tasty Super Bowl Recipe by author Cleo Coyle

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Whenever my husband and I make these babies, we cannot stop eating them. Seriously. These bites are shockingly tasty. That's why they make fantastic party food. Of course, the bourbon keeps things spirited, too! 
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The bites can be served as shown or you can use a little slow cooker to keep them warm throughout the evening. You can also substitute small meatballs or brats for the dogs and even change up the bourbon.

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Eat with plenty of joy!

~ Cleo


Comic Book Carbonara: A Graphic Novel Pasta

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When I first met my husband, he whipped up a fantastic spaghetti carbonara that has since become part of our menu. Because Marc is part Italian, I assumed his recipe came from his family's kitchen. Not so.
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Marc informed me that he found the recipe in a 1980's comic book. To continue reading this post, scroll down or click here

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And may you eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries






How to Make Champagne Vinaigrette using real Champagne

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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. My recipe uses actual champagne!


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The 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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How to Turn Candy Canes into Pink Peppermint Syrup by Cleo Coyle

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Got candy canes? Then you can make this excellent pink peppermint syrup. It's delicious stirred into hot cocoa, coffee, and tea; drizzled over ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes; and splashed into holiday cocktails.


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Enjoy the recipe, everyone, and have
a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!


~ Cleo 



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Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars by Cleo Coyle

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Pecan pie bars are an impressive treat to display on holiday cookie trays, and this is the very best recipe for them. I know what you're thinking. Given the many recipes that exist out there, how could I possibly have the best one?
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Eat with holiday joy! 
~ Cleo






Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting from author Cleo Coyle

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The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is one of the most popular candies in America by sales, and it's easy to see why. The marriage of chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in culinary heaven, and you are cordially invited to their delicious reunion in this amazing cake. 

All you need is a few ingredients, including a handful of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. So go ahead and pinch a few from your trick or treat Halloween stash. The kids won't mind, especially after they take one bit of this incredible cake. To get the recipe right now in a PDF document click here. To read my entire recipe post, scroll down, or hit the "read more" button.

~ Cleo


How to Make Candy Apples with Honey (No Corn Syrup!) and How to Spike Candy Apples for Adults

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Candy apples have been a favorite of mine since childhood, and they make a nice novelty dessert for adults, too. For this recipe,
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I experimented with a combination of ingredients until I was happy with the end product, which is why there is no corn syrup in this recipe. Instead, I used honey and cinnamon sticks, which brings a more sophisticated flavor to the candy coating. 

I’m also sharing a fun, spiked version of my recipe that’s even more grown-up. It swaps out cinnamon sticks for cinnamon schnapps! 

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Whether you eat your apples with spirits or without, I wish you a very...Happy Halloween Season! 


~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries







How to make TWINKIE RUM BABA from ONCE UPON A GRIND by Cleo Coyle

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The rum baba is basically a yeast or sponge cake fortified with an easy-to-make rum syrup. I grew up with an Italian version that included pastry cream in the center. That's why the Twinkie makes a great shortcut to a festive dessert, and a fun conversation piece for holiday trays.

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Of course, you don't have to use Twinkies. You can always substitute thick slices of pound cake, brioche, or even challah. But don't skip the whipped cream, it's a must for full enjoyment of this dessert. 

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Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Dairy-Free Honey Apple Cake (no milk, no butter) from author Cleo Coyle

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Cleo Coyle's
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For Rosh Hashanah,
a sweet New Year!



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L'shanah tovah!

~ Cleo

Tale of the Virgin Mojito and My Cat Mr. Fellows' Bad Nip Trip by Cleo Coyle

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Mr. Fellows. One of my many
rescued New York strays.
Nip free and lovin' it!

Why I drink Virgin Mojitos!

I'm a cheap drunk, meaning very little coin at the bar will get me loopy.

I'm sure this isn't much of a revelation to anyone aware of my passion for the most classically sobering of beverages (i.e. coffee, which I normally take via an IV drip beside my writing desk).


Cocktails are a special occasion thing for me, not part of my daily routine, which is why I came late to the mojito. The drink, which is basically a Cuban mint julep, has been trendy for some time now, but I only got around to trying one a few years ago. 

Well, let me tell you, it was love at first sip! But as I continued to drink them, a pattern emerged. 

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A short time after drinking my little Cuban friend, I started feeling annoyed, antsy, even argumentative. Was I imagining it? 


I couldn't help thinking of one of our rescued stray cats. My husband and I took in Mr. Fellows when he was a very tiny kitten. He loves us. We love him. And he's about the most pleasant, even-tempered, genuinely happy feline in our house. BUT...get a little catnip into this puss and he starts to growl and proceeds to pick fights with every furball who passes his paws.

So I'm thinking maybe Mr. Fellows and I have something in common! Sad but true... 




Easy Italian Honey-Glazed Peach Crostata with Fresh Ginger Whipped Cream from Cleo Coyle

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A crostata is an Italian dessert tart, usually made with jam or fruit. This is my easy version of a rustic, free-form crostata with a healthful, shimmering filling of honey-glazed peaches. I make this crostata every year in late summer when ripe peaches are plentiful. 
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How easy is this recipe? Very! I'm using a pre-made, boxed pie crust.

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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