Why City Chicken on a Stick has No Chicken: A New Look at a Century-Old Recipe by Cleo Coyle #NationalFoodOnAStickDay

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Behold the "mock drumstick" of our (baked not fried)
City Chicken, smothered in a delicious pan gravy.
A century-old recipe bringing comfort food joy...

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ne hundred years ago, when you couldn't afford real chicken, "City Chicken" was a tasty alternative, a way to enjoy mock fried chicken drumsticks using meat scraps (pork, beef, veal) from the butcher. 
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Different regions have their own take on this dish. Some deep fry the mock drumsticks, others have no breading. My husband's mother prepared it, "Pittsburgh style" (breaded, sautéed, baked, and served with pan gravy). And that is the very recipe I'm sharing with you today, which also happens to be National Food on a Stick Day. City Chicken definitely qualifies.

AND since my husband (and partner in crime writing) has been craving it lately, I thought it was about time I aided and abetted his desire to...

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo


Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins with a Royal Tara Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

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Cleo Coyle, who likes to wear
and eat green on March 17 is
author of The Coffeehouse
Mysteries
Here in New York City, our St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the largest and longest in the world with over 3 million spectators. Hot coffee is a must for me and my husband on those cold March mornings when we line up with our fellow New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world to watch the parade. 

Portable food is also a good idea, especially when it’s green, which is why I developed a special St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffin using ricotta cheese.  Why ricotta? 


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PDF of this recipe.

Because even though everyone is Irish on March 17, and New York owes a huge debt to its Irish immigrants, I've got Roman roots, just like St. Patrick (more on this later in the post).

As for the recipe, this sweet, soft Italian cheese is a fantastic ingredient for making tender, tasty muffins. The ricotta gives the muffins a nice substance without making them dry or heavy, so they're satisfying as well as delicious. Try them warm, right out of the oven, split open and slathered with butter or cream cheese, aahhh...

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Why you MUST try this IRISH WHISKEY ROOT BEER FLOAT from Cleo Coyle

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An ice cream float with whiskey? YES! The Whiskey Root Beer Float is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. It's astonishingly delicious, and my husband and I highly recommend it for your happy hour joy. 


While you might not think of serving a kid's ice cream float to adults at a cookout, or to dinner-party guests as an "impressive" dessert, Marc and I are about to give you good reasons to consider it.

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How to Make Perfect Coffee Bacon with Maple-Espresso Glaze by Cleo Coyle

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WARNING: Once you start eating this beautiful, smoky-sweet bacon, you won’t be able to stop! One strip evokes the glorious flavors of a pancake breakfast—the sweetness of maple syrup, the earthiness of coffee, and the unctuous richness of smoked meat. 

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Our readers may recognize this treat from our latest Coffeehouse Mystery Dead Cold Brew, in which a shocking inheritance leads to murder and our amateur sleuth Clare's attempts to save a dear friend's bacon. As for this bacon, you can download the recipe now in a free PDF by clicking here

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Easy Kahlua Brownies by Cleo Coyle

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For the love
of chocolate...
and coffee!

Most culinary experts agree that chocolate and coffee are a perfect match. The reason? Both are made from roasted beans, so when you add coffee to chocolate desserts, it enhances that deep roasted flavor, making the chocolate taste richer and more intense. That’s one reason why Kahlua brownies are so popular. The other is the "spirit" of the rum in the sweet coffee liqueur, which brings the party with the flavor.

Unfortunately, retaining that flavor is tricky. Many recipes instruct you to add Kahlua to your batter, but during the baking, much of the taste and spirits are cooked away. Today’s easy recipe shares how Marc and I make our Kahlua brownies. Here's a hint. We were inspired by the affogato...



Affogato, which means "drowned" in Italian, is a deliciously easy dessert in which Italians simply pour a shot or two of hot espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) over a scoop or two of gelato or ice cream.

As for the brownies, get our easy recipe by scrolling down or clicking here or on the "Read More" link below. May you bake with love and...eat with joy!


Coffee-Marinated Steak by Cleo Coyle

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Here’s a simple recipe for making an economical cut of beef taste like a richer dish. The 
cooking process can overly dry thinner or less expensive cuts of meat. A coffee marinade imparts a wonderful, earthy character to the meat while also plumping it up, keeping it moist throughout the grilling process. And if you cook it on the stovetop like this...



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The process will yield amazing pan drippings, which you can use to make a fantastic coffee gravy. 

That's what our amateur sleuth Clare did in our 2nd Coffeehouse Mystery Through the GrinderAfter sizzling up these steaks in a cast iron skillet for a special dinner date, she whipped up a Hearty Coffee Gravy, perfect with her side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes. (Both recipes are included in Through the Grinder.)

As for the coffee-marinated steak, you can download the recipe now in a free PDF by clicking here. Or continue reading this post by scroll down or clicking here or on the "Read more" link below...

Cinnamon Stick Tea for Your Sore Throat, Cough, and (Yes!) Brain Functions from Cleo Coyle

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In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is a cure for phlegmy coughs, and I can testify that it works. Brewing up fresh cinnamon stick tea always gives me relief, and its spicy-sweet flavor is delicious, too. 

Yes, I know you can brew cinnamon tea from store-bought bags, but the flavor is not as powerfully good as fresh-brewed from sticks. AND there's an added benefit to brewing from sticks...


Boost Your Brain with
the Scent of Cinnamon


Fresh brewing cinnamon tea from sticks fills the house with the fragrance of cinnamon, a scent you can't get from brewing quickly in bags. And the scent of cinnamon has been linked to improving cognitive brain functions (attention span, recognition memory, response speed, and working memory).

Finally, cinnamon itself is packed with health benefits. Among other things, it's a potent antibacterial agent (great for that sore throat) and it has an anti-inflammatory effect, too, partly thanks to cinnamaldehyde (a substance found in the spice). One recent study showed that cinnamon can reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.

So let's get that water on and start our tea brewing. To continue reading this post with tips on choosing your cinnamon, scroll down, click here, or on the "Read more" link below...

The Best Oatmeal Muffins with Easy Maple Glaze by Cleo Coyle

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Oatmeal muffins are a fantastic way to curb the appetite. The oats bring fiber and nutrition to recipes and a satisfying feeling of fullness when eaten. BUT oats are a tricky ingredient to incorporate into a muffin without ruining its texture. 

That's why I call these "The Best" Oatmeal Muffins. Because I spent a very long day perfecting the darn things! I started with "Not So Great," went to "Okay," then "Pretty Good"...

My Oatmeal Muffin Experiments!

Finally, I arrived at this recipe, the absolute best! Great texture, flavor, and beautiful high peaks for pretty service. The maple glaze glosses the muffin tops with a buttery-caramel sweetness that pairs perfectly with the muffins below it. A great breakfast or coffee break treat, these muffins will wow your taste buds...


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Pennsylvania Dutch Noodle Casserole from author Cleo Coyle

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While growing up in Pennsylvania, my husband and I both traveled many times through Lancaster County, which is traditional Pennsylvania Dutch country. 

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This plain yet delicious casserole was common in our families. Our mothers made different versions. Now we make our own, and that's what we're sharing with you today. Because, as the Amish proverb says...



So let's get cookin'!

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail and 10 Lucky Foods for the New Year

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Behold the Pomegranate 
Champagne Cocktail.

Why pomegranate? Because pomegranate is one of the foods believed to bring good luck in the New Year. That's why my recipe for you today is a beautiful Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail, along with tips on how to open, de-seed, and enjoy this highly healthy fruit. But first...

Did you know that many cultures believe you can eat your way to a better tomorrow? Keep reading this post to see a fun list of 10 "Lucky Foods" to start 2017 right.

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Free Audiobook Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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For the 12 Days of Christmas ,
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...


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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...


Caramel and Sea Salt Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies for #ChocolateChipCookieDay from author Cleo Coyle

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With rich flavor notes of buttery caramel and sea salt, these Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies are truly little treasures.
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My readers may remember them from my recent bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery Once Upon a Grind.

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May you eat with chocolate chip joy!

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries