Coffee Shop Doughnut Muffins and a New Mystery from Cleo Coyle

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Queen's Cookies for Mother's Day (Biscotti di Regina) + 2 Giveaways from Cleo Coyle

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The name of this rustic, Italian cookie is perfect for Mother's day. Biscotti di Regina (Queen's Cookies) are light, sophisticated treats with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Like coffeehouse biscotti, they are made for the glories of dunking, which is why they're a delicious breakfast treat with coffee and a unique addition to afternoon tea.

Italian families sometimes serve them before or after dinner. They can be eaten as an appetizer with cheese and wine, or added to a dessert tray with fine chocolates, coffee, and sweet liqueurs (like these). 

However you enjoy them, these versatile little cookies are fit for a queen...and the queens of our hearts for Mother's Day!

(I always think of these rustic
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How to Make Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee from Cleo Coyle's Dead Cold Brew

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Cold Brew Coffee is a smooth and refreshing beverage. The flavor is outstanding, never weak or watery as many iced coffees can be. Cold Brew is also insanely easy to make. 




Although there are many recipes for Cold Brew, our favorite is this Mason Jar Method. The jar’s lid seals the coffee in an airtight lock, keeping it fresh as you steep it—and after you filter it. This process is easy, practical, and (best of all) inexpensive. So let’s make some Cold Brew! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
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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. 


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 a version of this recipe in one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries Billionaire BlendHappy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! May you... 



Eat with fundido joy! ~ Cleo


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WIFE vs. HUSBAND: Cleo Coyle asks, "Is it Sauce or Soup?"

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So I was cleaning out the refrigerator—an interesting exercise in culinary archaeology—and I mentioned to my husband, Marc, that I’d found six whole tomatoes in the crisper, and they were in no shape for a salad or garnish. "I hate to throw them out, so if you want to do something with them, be my guest..."

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6 Secrets to Making The Perfect Patty Melt -- A Holiday Buzz recipe from Cleo Coyle

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A recipe from Cleo Coyle's 2012 New York Times bestselling
Coffeehouse Mystery: Holiday Buzz. This recipe post was originally
published by Cleo Coyle on Feb. 19, 2013 -- and again on Jan. 9, 2018
at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

Patty melts are absolutely delicious and (IMO) even better than burgers. The traditional version is made with juicy ground beef, but you can certainly mix it up with ground turkey or chicken. The only drawback to making these instead of burgers is an extra step or two in the process, which is why I make them extra-large—eight big ounces per patty melt. No, I do not eat the whole eight-ounce sandwich myself, and that's the point...


The Perfect Patty Melt
Cut this mondo patty melt in half, and you’ve got dinner for two. Cook two of these big boys, and you’ve got dinner for four.

Less sandwiches = less work. 

And less work always helps me eat with joy! ;)


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How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting without Butter or Cream by Cleo Coyle #Dairyfree

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This "buttercream" frosting has no butter or cream, yet it tastes like a chocolate fudge dream. So what's the mystery ingredient to this frosting? It's one that vegans and vegetarians may have guessed by now...avocado.

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How to Make Italian Christmas Panettone Pain Perdu by Cleo Coyle

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A popular breakfast in New Orleans, pain perdu literally means lost or wasted bread. Traditionally it's made with thick slices from a crusty French loaf that's gone stale, but our readers may remember this special version of the dish from our Coffeehouse Mystery Holiday Buzz.
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Our amateur sleuth Clare Cosi cooks it up on Christmas morning for her longtime love interest, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. Because of her Italian heritage, my husband and I knew Clare would use panettone to make her pain perdu

If you've never tried panettone, a slightly sweet Italian yeast bread enjoyed during the Christmas season, look for it in boxes like the one in my photo above. Boxed panettone can keep for months, but once it's out of its wrappings, this delicious bread goes stale fairly quickly. When that happens, simply follow my directions for a festive French toast--either for breakfast or dessert. See both serving ideas in my recipe directions. And...

May you eat with comfort and joy!
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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! 

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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!


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Cheddar Corn Spoon Bread: A No-Fail American Souffle from Cleo Coyle

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This no-fail "American soufflé" 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
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