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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!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

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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! 

~ 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 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
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. 


🎃 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...

Eat with (everlasting) joy, and have a...

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. 

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
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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
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries







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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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...

O
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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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.

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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.)

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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...