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! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
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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 souffl├ę" 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. 


­čÄâ 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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How to Make Dairy-Free Whipped Cream and Beat Breast Cancer (Vegan Recipe for Mother's Day)

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The many beautiful
faces of Nancy.
I must thank a dear friend for inspiring this post: Nancy Prior Phillips...

Nancy and I met via her longtime enthusiasm for the books I write with my husband: The Coffeehouse Mysteries and Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. She is an amazing mom and has been an incredible inspiration to me (and many others) in her fight against breast cancer.

Nancy bravely posted on facebook throughout her chemo treatments while showing off a variety of nifty-looking wigs. She's kept her spirits up through radiation and recovery, and we all think she's amazing. (You can friend Nancy on facebook by clicking this link, and I'm sure she won't mind my saying so!)

Nancy also recently developed an allergy to milk products, more specifically casein, and she's quickly learning about clever solutions. When she told me about this one, which is also a vegan solution for dairy-free whipped cream, I tried it and loved it.

Although I don't have a dairy allergy, my late mother, Rose, who fought colon cancer, developed an intolerance to lactose late in life, and I probably will, too. If she were still with me, I'd be tickled to whip this up for her. Since I can't do that, I'll whip it up for you (with thanks to Nancy) and you can bet that we both sincerely hope you will...

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Happy Mother's Day!

~ Cleo Coyle

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

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In Spanish, fundido 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. 

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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, which is why it's traditionally served bubbling hot.  

The recipe in this blog post is the version my husband and I enjoy. That's why we included it in the recipe section of one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries Billionaire Blend (first edition published December 2013). Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! May you... 


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Eat with fundido joy! 
~ Cleo 

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Star Wars Day Cookies (and Skywalker Memories) from author Cleo Coyle

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A special post for Star Wars Day (aka) 
May the Fourth Be with You Day!

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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, sprawling Victorian Main House, pictured above. (Over the fireplace you'll find the Norman Rockwell, and in that glass case Indiana Jones's leather whip.)

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


Crispy on the outside, CHEWY on the inside.
Out of this world cookies for Star Wars Day
Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food, which is why I'm sharing an out of this world cookie recipe for Star Wars Day, one that's crispy on the outside and delightfully Chewy on the inside. (Yes, puns are my business, too.) 









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May the Force Be with You (Always!)

Cleo Coyle
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How to Make Chocolate Chip Cobbler by Cleo Coyle

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Liquefied chocolate bubbles up through this baked cobbler like a Willy Wonka primordial swamp. While still warm and magnificently gooey, spoon it into bowls and serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. Now that's eating with joy!

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Our Secret Family Recipe: Butter on a Stick by Cleo Coyle

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Marc, my beloved husband and partner in crime-writing, never knew his Great Aunt Felicity, but he grew up hearing about her fabulous secret recipe. Today we're sharing it with all of you: Butter on a Stick! 

Like puff pastries, croissants, and pies, Butter on a Stick can be made sweet or savory. And you’ll be amazed to learn that something this amazing is a no-fuss treat. Butter on a Stick is so easy, you can prepare it with your kids, or (better yet) have those little freeloaders make it for you!


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