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

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For the first time in 258 years, New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade has been postponed. Our solution? We're going to celebrate online with all of you!  

Cleo Coyle, who likes to wear
and eat green on March 17, is
author of The Coffeehouse
Mysteries
. To learn more, 

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Enjoy this special recipe post, some beautiful pics from past parades (below), and leave a comment to be entered in our March prize package giveaway, which includes a signed copy of our latest Coffeehouse Mystery Brewed Awakening, a sturdy canvas tote bag, and a bone china Royal Tara Irish Blessing coffee mug!

As for this recipe, portable food is always a good idea on St. Pat's parade days, especially when it’s green, which is why I developed the recipe for these Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins. 

Now let's get our green muffins on!

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Our readers may recall these outstanding muffins from a scene in our new Coffeehouse Mystery, Brewed Awakening, a culinary murder mystery where a batch of these fresh, warm muffins played a role in helping our amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, flee a frightening situation. Her baristas used these tasty treats, along with a hot pot of Kona, to lure away an entire floor of witnesses, allowing Clare to escape to safety. To learn more click here.

As for the recipe...

If this muffin were a book, I would title it A Tale of Two Pistachios. The finely ground pistachios give the batter its pale green color. They also distribute the pistachio flavor through the batter (like an almond or chestnut flour), so there’s no need to add artificial pistachio flavoring. 

At the same time, the roughly chopped pistachios give your mouth a contrasting experience, providing bursts of crunchy nut flavor like a good pistachio ice cream. In fact, that's exactly what this batter tastes like, so if you like pistachio ice cream, you will enjoy these muffins immensely. And there's no guilt involved because of a special ingredient: ricotta cheese! 

This sweet, soft Italian cheese brings nutrition and incredible moistness to these muffins without adding high calories that would come from using more butter or oil. The ricotta also 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...

May you bake them with joy! 

~ Cleo


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Cleo Coyle's Shamrock πŸ€ Green 
Pistachio Muffins 

Makes 12 muffins 

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 

1-1/2 cups sugar 
2 large eggs 
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/3 cup milk (whole or reduced fat) 
1 cup ricotta (whole milk or part-skim) 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (measure after sifting)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup whole pistachios (measure after removing shells)
1 teaspoon green food coloring (optional for shamrock shade) 


Directions: 

Step 1 – Prepare pistachios: Remove the shells by hand and measure out 1 cup of whole pistachios. (I use natural, dry roasted California pistachios, available in most grocery stores.) 

A - ½ cup should be roughly chopped. You can pulse them once with a food processor or grinder or simply place them in plastic bag and bang away with a meat hammer or another fun smashing device. 

B - The remaining ½ cup of whole pistachios must be ground finely using a food processor or blade grinder. *See my tips at the end of this recipe for getting the best results on this. 

Step 2 – Make batter: Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs, vanilla, milk, ricotta, and salt. Add sifted flour, baking powder, and the finely ground and roughly chopped pistachios from Step 1. (See note below on optional addition of food coloring.) Blend all ingredients only enough to make a smooth batter. 

Optional: To make your muffins "wear the green" for St. Patrick’s Day, add 1 full teaspoon of green food coloring when adding the final ingredients to your batter. This will turn the batter a shade of shamrock green. 

IMPORTANT: Resist the urge to continue adding food coloring and playing with the dough’s shade. Every time you work that batter, you are developing the gluten in the flour and ruining the muffin's texture. Add the food coloring once and let it go or your muffins will be tough instead of tender.

(See photo below) The batter on the left was made a shamrock shade with green food coloring. The batter on the right is au naturel.


Step 3 – Prepare muffin pan and fill cups: Preheat oven to 375° F. Line muffin cups with paper holders. Fill each muffin cup to the very top with batter. This will give you a nice, rounded muffin top. You can bake the muffins naked or add a sprinkling of some roughly chopped pistachios.

Step 4 - Bake and cool: Bake the muffins about 25 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (with no batter on it). Allow pan to cool for a few minutes and transfer the muffins to a cooling rack. Do not allow muffins to stay in the hot pan or the bottoms may steam and become tough. 

(See photo below) I topped this batch of muffins with a sprinkling of roughly chopped pistachios, but these muffins are just as good with plain tops. If you want to try something deliciously decadent, finish the baked and cooled pistachio muffins with cream cheese frosting...oh, baby!


*TIPS ON GRINDING NUTS: 

When a recipe asks you to finely grind nuts, you are creating a "nut flour," which can give a lovely flavor to any dough or batter. But be careful not to ruin that wonderful flavor by over grinding. Make sure to pulse the grinder or food processor, running it in short bursts. And be sure to stop the grinder as soon as the nuts are pulverized. Why do this? Grinding without pause will create a high RPM on the blades and the friction will overheat the nuts and burn them, imparting a scorched taste to your finished product. If you over-grind, you’re facing the same issue. So pulse, baby, pulse. Do not over grind, and...eat with joy!  





Now that we're all set for the 

Eating of the Green,  here's a bit about wearing it...



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New York's St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of our favorites. Both the New York Fire and Police Departments march in large numbers, and the spectators are often dressed as colorfully as the marchers. If you've never seen it in person, put it on your bucket list. The New York "wearin'-of-the-green" experience is worth its weight in a pot of gold!

While it may be postponed this year, the dark clouds will soon part, and our spirits will rise with those stout Irish hearts once again. πŸ€










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Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

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185 comments :

  1. Welcome to our online party! We hope you are enjoying our books, recipes, and newsletters. Let us know your thoughts below, and thanks for stopping by today.

    May you read (and eat) with joy!

    ~ Cleo
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    1. Happy St Pat's to Cleo,Jack,Claire,Mike,Pen,
      Alice and of course,Marc
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    2. Love your recipes and of course your books. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

      flatbus

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    3. I don't know which is yummier: the mysteries or the recipes. Obviously, more investigation of both is required! Hope St. Patrick's Day includes a bit of blarney, a shamrock (or even better, a four leaf clover), and time to enjoy a great book...I have some suggestions!! Franski

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    4. adayada........Thank-you for always making me smile. I am always happily surprised to see your wonderful newsletter in my email. the pics of St. Paddy's Day were great and the muffins made my mouth water. A cup of coffee and a pistachio muffin for breakfast? Heaven! Thank-you again.

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    5. As always your recipes make my mouth water. Can't wait to try this one for my hubby's St. Paddy's Day birthday.

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    6. I love the festive green! Thank you for sharing your recipes, writing, and joy! k_e_har

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    7. These sound wonderful! I'm making the more of a cupcake than a muffin decadent version. I'm leaving the nuts off the tops of the batter, then adding a cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of nuts on the top. I'm leaving the green food coloring out of the batter, but adding just a touch to the frosting. Happy St. Patrick's day to all! nancy.k

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    8. Started reading Brewed Awakening today. Didn't want to put it down. The cupcakes sound delicious and easy to make! I downloaded it and might make them tomorrow. Thanks! Chaas99

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    9. So sorry to hear they postponed the parade. Thanks for the recipe. I love pistachios. Can't wait to get the new book!

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    10. These are the greenest muffins i have ever seen,can't wait to make them!!!

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    11. I love St. Patrick's Day and anything green. Love your books and always try the recipes!

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    12. Love the ricotta addition. Looking forward to trying these, they sound great and you can never go wrong with pistachio anything.


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    13. Thank you for the great recipes and for keeping the spirit of St. Patty's Day! Love all your books galinam

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    14. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Can't wait for the next book in the series! sura@oz

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    15. The mug is beautiful. I love your books. I usually make Irish soda bread, but I believe this year I will try the muffins. annette.m

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    16. Love the Pistachio Muffin recipe, perfect for St. Patty's Day.. thank you for sharing it with us! annielo

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    17. Cleo I love your books and recipes but not you give a ways I usually can't find them when I get transferred to that multi-page blog. The mug is lovely and I sure hope I get it. thank you.shortre

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    18. The recipes are an added bonus to these wonderful books. The muffins look delicious! Cindy campanyc1

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    19. I just discovered your website--have read most of the latest books and am going to find the first and read all from there---love the looks of your recipes and can't wait to try some of them!

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  2. These muffins look amazing! I can't wait to make them! krmatto

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  3. Your food always looks delicious! I hope I wi . Denise.m

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  4. I don't bake but I would purchase a half dozen of those green treats.
    Love your "something for everyone" newsletters.
    judydee22..

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  5. So excited to make these muffins. They look delicious! dianale

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  6. These muffins are amazing! Mysteries and muffins, what more could a girl want?! Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity! jstone2

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  7. Oh my gosh, those muffins look delicious, I love pistachios! I'm looking frward to baking these. kittygi

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  8. Can't wait to try these muffins. bmccall

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  9. A delicious recipe-good for the heart and soul! Thanks for sharing it with me!

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  10. Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day get-together.

    grjade

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  11. All the experts say to eat more green foods. These are my kind of 'green' food.
    Phdrago

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  12. Delectable muffins and wonderful books are my cup of tea. Thanks. saubleb

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  13. St. Patrick's is my 2nd favorite holiday after Christmas and these muffins will go well with both!! Yum!! Thanks!!

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  14. My husband might like these but I do not like pistachios!
    janesta

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  16. What a delicious St. Patrick's day treat!

    Snichol

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  17. This muffin recipe looks yummy. Because the St. Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled here in Toronto, Ontario, we must find other ways to celebrate the Irish! mgsheph

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  18. I am looking forward to try this recipe for my family.

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  19. These absolutely look amazing and can’t wait to try them...and that mug is beyond awesome so hopefully I’m entering it...

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  20. Your muffins look delicious!!! It is always a pleasure to receive your fabulous newsletters and recipes. The chance to enter your generous giveaways is an added pleasure! fitzpatrick

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  21. Pistachios aren't very affordable here, but I'm going to splash out for this recipe :) Can't wait to bake these for my favourite people!
    I'm re-reading the series a second time after devouring Brewed Awakening, taking the time to bookmark all the recipes I'm determined to try. I love that this site has even more treasures!
    c.j.mccal

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  22. My husband loves pistachio muffins. These sound delicious and will be a wonderful treat for him when he comes home from the hospital.
    waags68

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  23. These sound heavenly! I LOVE pistachios and pistachio ice creamπŸ˜‹
    Thanks!
    monagar

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  24. These look delicious. The ricotta is such a clever addition. Will be trying these soon.

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  25. Love pistachios but I cannot bake! So I will love from afar!
    Email: Ashley.f

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  26. They sound amazing, can't wait to try them. Email: themisf

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  27. Oh yum. And they look so pretty - love the green. turtle6

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  28. Green has always been one of my favorite colors! flyingj

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  29. these look great love all you books love the green

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  30. I love pistachio pudding and ice cream! These muffins sound amazing too! Can’t wait to try them! Joanneb

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  31. Perfect for that special brunch! Thank you.

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  32. I love both pistachios and muffins, so these would be very tasty in my book! jsmith3

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  33. Hi this is Lois. I love pistachios. I need to try this receipe. Rainloi

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  34. Those look yummy and I just happen to have some pistachios on hand! Great pics as always. I think it's a good idea to delay or cancel a few things right now, better to be safe. But we can still enjoy the book, the muffins and the fantastic giveaway. Thanks!
    sallyco

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  35. Yum. Muffins and coffee and St. Patty's Day!!

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  36. I love that you make your recipes so easy to follow! TgrJade

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  37. Aloha...and sure wish we had a Village Blend here in Honolulu ! Those muffins look delicious - I'd be buying a dozen ! Happy St. Pat's Day !

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  38. I am excited for another recipe that uses ricotta. I make my own from goat milk I get from my niece. Cant wait to try this. laurie.

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  39. Love the stories and the recipes! Happy St Pat's day.

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  40. I love your books, and pistachio muffins! The mug is beautiful! Thank you for the recipe, and this chance to win! areewek

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  41. The pistachio muffins look delicious and the mug is absolutely lovely! Down here in Baton Rouge we are postponing the "Wearin' of the Green" parade and Shamrock Run until the health situation is cleared. We enjoy a parade anytime of the year!
    dmcasse

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  42. I'm a librarian and our school just closed effective immediately so making these in the morning lovind@

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  43. Thanks for the tip on grinding the pistachios and Why. I'm most likely to follow tips when I understand the Why of them..
    thedama

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  44. I love pistachio anything!
    amy4kod

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  45. this sounds so goo! thanks for sharing. jcook22@yahoo.com

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  46. Those muffins look AWESOME!!Pistachio is a favorite flavor of mine. I used to make a dynamite pistachio bundt cake.
    lindalou64

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  47. These muffins look look delicious. I just started reading your books and I've really enjoyed the first two. Happy St. Patrick's Day! kathycl

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  48. Such tempting recipes! Luckily, the novels are calorie free. An early Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. mochfly

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  49. I really enjoy the recipes from other countries. There is always something new to try. greenwav

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  50. tccd1989 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Yummy looking muffins.

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  51. Pistachio is one of my fav's, definitely going to make these!barbbo

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  52. Yum! Another perfect recipe to enjoy with a mug or two of coffee! Thanks for two terrific mystery series and so many wonderful recipes. Happy St. Patrick's Day!! bskts4m

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  53. Oh my, I love the "Coffeehouse Mysteries", pistachio muffins and St Patrick's Day! My late husband was Irish and I have an Irish tattoo on my ankle in honor of him. A Claddagh, Celtic knot and shamrocks. It's colorful and beautiful.
    dalec29.

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  54. Well, I've got to download this recipe for my collection!! It looks amazing. The St. Patrick's parade looks like fun. Thanks for the chance and the great recipes.

    marthal

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  55. The recipes are mouth-watering and I am anxious to read the book.

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  56. These muffins look like they are amazing! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win....joanie1

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  57. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Will definitely bake these. I have read and enjoyed all of your books.
    Jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I have the pdf of All your recipes now, yay! Can't wait to try them. I just l♡ve these kind of mysteries!
    wrinkle

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  59. Sorry to hear the parade is being cancelled, maybe the muffins will compensate in some way.

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  60. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Those muffins look wonderful. I'll have to make them and take some to share at work. I'm not Irish but I'm absolutely fascinated with the culture.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. Pistachio is one of my favs!!! Definitely gonna try this! Katrinadehart@

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  62. Begorrah, Happy St. Pat's to my favorite detective in a fedora!! Egoehne egoehner(at) roadrunner(dot) com

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  63. Yummmmm... I'll have to try these! aliciaf....

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  64. Ooooh, another great recipe to go with another great book. Thank you for writing intelligent mysteries that I really enjoy.
    kmdh54@c

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  65. Sorry to hear about the parade but thanks for the muffin recipe. Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

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  66. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!πŸ’š☘️ Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! They look delicious!

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  67. Thanks for the recipe! I would love a signed copy of Brewed Awakening! almaj80

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  68. I don't think I've ever eaten a pistachio.
    The recipe sounds delicious so it will be
    a treat to try a new food. Love the mug.
    Went to Ireland about 10 years ago and
    enjoyed the trip immensely. thanks for
    the chance to get something to remind me
    of that trip. txmlhl@

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  69. Those muffins sound amazing. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    kaye.kill

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  70. The muffins sound simply amazing! Happy St. Patrick's Day! general

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  71. cottonp
    I am addicted to your coffeehouse mysteries as well as anything with pistachios. It has been a favorite flavor of mine since childhood (many years ago) and being Irish was a plus.In fact as a child everything had to be "geene" (green) including ice cream!! I am looking forward to making them! cottonp

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  72. Love your books. It would be wonderful if they were available in audio form for those who cannot see well enough to read the paperbacks.

    amanda

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  73. You know I am a huge fan of your books, but really your recipes are catching up!!
    I am trying to decide right now if I should try the muffins or chocolate chip cookies for a St. Pat's party I am going to. It's almost as tough as waiting for your next book LOL. The Irish in me is loving that tea cup. Tea does taste different out of a china cup. Hope you two enjoy the day and stay healthy. bobnton

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  74. Oh these muffins look wonderfully yummy! catwoma

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  75. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I have lovely memories of going to the parade in New York City in 1978 (when I was a young bride!) We were actually in Dublin last year. It would be fun to win that mug!

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  76. I have fallen in love with your books and recipes.
    HAPPY ST PATTY'S DAY. So sorry to hear they have canceled the big parade. Somehow it just won't quite be the same.

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  77. Ridgway I love your books and enjoy the recipes that you put in them.

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  78. The muffin recipe sounds like it out of the world. Hope to make them soon
    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    jsmith207@

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  79. The muffins look tasty and festive. I'm always interested in your giveaways too. I bought brewed awakening already but I would be happy to win a signed copy and the package and gift the copy I already have to to a friend. Happy St Pat's.
    Bjhart68@

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  80. Can't wait to see your next book! Always enjoy reading them! lwallin

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  81. Missing my St. Patrick's Day activity also...but diving into a good mystery will help.
    tcanada1961

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  82. What a great newsletter! Our daughters have insisted that their dad and I quarantine ourselves for at least 2 weeks. (We're 80 and 84.) I know they are right, but it's hard to drop everything. I'm making the best of it and getting a lot of yard work done. Think I'll make your pistachio muffins! marthaj

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  83. waltkba I have a lot of sympathy for MarthaJane. My adult children are doing the same thing. Your books and recipes are incredible and I look forward to each new addition to the Coffeehouse Mysteries.

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  84. Those muffins look delicious and cute. I love your books and just finished Brewed Awakening. angelaj

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  85. I love pistachios...so these will be perfect! Thanks for the recipe and Thanks for the giveaway! DewGirl

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  86. Karen Halsey khalsey@roch
    These look awesome. Thank you for the recipes you post and your giveaways.

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  87. How exciting! I just may add coffee to the batter. LOL. God Bless.
    Tammy
    Tamzcou

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  88. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Cleo/Marc and Alice! Thank you, for another wonderful post (always a pleasure to read). Cheers to your health!
    patucke

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  89. Happy St Patrick's Day I used to love it in Houston, Texas which is the biggest one I have so far been to...thank you for all the recipes. Think green...

    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  90. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Almost lol. Those muffins look absolutley delicious. I will definitely be trying them that's for sure.
    christi

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  91. The muffins look delicious. I wonder how they would taste if made glutenfree.
    debby23

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  92. I don't know that I've ever tried pistachios. These muffins look tasty though!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  93. These muffins are so cute! Such a fantastic bright green. You always have such tasty recipes. khpinel

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  94. When I was little, I was freaked out by pistachio anything because of the color! Now I love pistachio everything! These look so good. I am not crazy about baking, so I'll have to make my daughter who loves to bake make me some lol. first 7 of email christy

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  95. I love the muffin recipe; can't wait to try them. They look amazing! ringo_94@hotmail (dot) com.

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  96. I love the recipes and reading your books..... And I adore the coffee. Your series is one of the few that hasn't ended nor taken a disappointing turn. I've loved this series since you first started it and I've been reading the books about the same amount of time I've been with my husband. Sometimes he wonders who I'm more committed too!
    Jayne362

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  97. Can't wait to bake these muffins. They look so festive. Can't wait to read the book.
    Watershell

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  98. LOVE pistachios, these muffins look amazing, love the green but especially glad to try something using the pistachios!

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  99. The muffs look yummy! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    term03@

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  100. These muffins look so good! Have to try this recipe soon.

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  101. Love, love, love your stories about people who have become my friends.

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  102. These muffins look sooooo good!! I usually have my husband buy me one at the bakery. I am disabled and unable to bake, etc. Thank you so much for this chance. I have printed some of your recipes and my husband has fixed them for dinner but he is not much of a baker.

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  103. Lori Cimino
    I loved reading the latest book. It was a rich story full of great details and some great characters. celtic_

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  104. Ricotta is on my grocery list just for these muffins. I was planning to make these for my co-volunteers at our regional Girl Scout Museum on St. Patrick's Day. Green for St Patrick, green for Girl Scouts, delicious recipe, how could I miss. Unfortunately, the Museum will be closed to "minimize social interaction", so I guess will have to eat them at home. lroth@pc

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  105. One of my favorite book series to read.

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  106. Pistachio ice cream is my favorite! Thank you for the
    "Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins with a Royal Tara" recipe. Can't wait to bake this for my family's St. Pat's holiday!

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  107. I see a trip to the "big box store" in my future for a large bag of shelled pistachios! Thank you!
    mrsclau

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    1. I love pistachio-flavored anything, the ricotta is an interesting touch- I usually use applesauce instead of oil in my muffins. Definitely will be baking up a batch of theseπŸ€πŸ˜‰

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  108. Love the books. Reading Coffee House series. Looking forward to starting the Haunted series. Always looking for new recipes and your books/website/newsletter are definitely one of my go-to sources.

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  109. The Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins recipe sounds good. Actually yummy. I will be downloading the recipe.
    Since my ancestry is part Irish, Scottish, English with a touch of Dutch and being Irish myself, I would just love to win this Irish prize pack. I do know my ancestry goes back to Queen of England(not the current one) and possibly before.
    I'm also an avid reader and would love to read and review paperback format of your book(s).
    I do hope I win. Love this Irish Blessing Mug and Prize pack.
    I love nuts but for some reason never tried Pistachio nuts. Guess now I will have to try them.
    I Really Want To Win.
    Thanks for opportunity to win.
    Crystal

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  110. These look so festive and fun. I can't wait to try them. Love the Coffee House series. Have a great weekend! canbymo

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  111. I love the Coffeehouse mystery series and have read every one. With each new book, it's like visiting with family. I can't wait to make these muffins. Pistachios are my husband's favorite. He's going to love them.
    I was lucky enough to be in NYC in 1980 and was able to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade. It was cold that day but so much fun.
    scarlet

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  112. Yum! Thank you for a low fat, no food coloring alternative.
    Cunning

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  113. I have enjoyed reading your Coffeehouse series from the very beginning. The wonderful recipes are fun bonus. Looking forward to next great read. Mo@heedl

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  114. (mkpark1) I love the Coffeehouse mysteries. Getting ready to read A Brew to A Kill. Going to make the muffins this weekend. Look so good.

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  115. (kdegenn) I love the coffeehouse books! The muffins look amazing!

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  116. Sadly, all of our St. Paddy's Day events have also been cancelled (better safe than sorry, though)! I am going to make theses cupcakes for the family this weekend...they will love them. Thanks!! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  117. Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover? You don't want to press your luck!
    LΓ‘ sona naomh Patrick! (Gaelic for "Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!) d268all

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  118. These muffins look so yummy! jan_hea (first 7 of email)

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  119. An Irish mug for Irish coffee, served with shamrock green muffins; can't get any better than that!

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  120. Over the years I've had fun trying out various "green" foods for St. Patrick's Day. These muffins look like fun! The inclusion of ricotta is a great idea, as so many muffins are a bit heavy in terms of oil. I was already set to try them, and then you suggested going decadent and topping with cream cheese icing.......only my favorite guilty pleasure! Now I need to get the ingredients immediately. Why wait till the 17th?
    neenalu

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  121. What a great recipe. I would never have thought to put ricotta cheese in muffins. I am going to have to make some for my mom. Her birthday is on St. Patrick's day. Thank you for the great recipes and all the great books you write :)

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  122. lsmith4: Can't wait to try the Green Pistachio Muffins! I love the Coffeehouse Mystery series. The Haunted Bookshop series is great too. I'm looking forward to some great reading.

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  123. Thank you for sharing the yummy and festive recipe! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    First 7 of email...farmerm

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  124. Who doesn't love pistachio muffins. The perfect St Patrick's day treat.
    Sand198

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  125. Yumminess and thanks for the entry! Tari H barbie1......

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  126. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!! ��☘️��☘️��
    brennan
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  127. These sound and look amazing! I love pistachios but never thought to make muffins with them. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  128. The Pistachio Muffins sounds heavenly; I'm planning to make them. Thank you for these wonderful recipes and books!
    susiese

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  129. Thank you for the great books you write and the lovely link to the riverdance video, it was great to watch. I always make the chocolate ricotta muffins for me and my daughter, they are the bomb! ����

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  130. Greetings from Texas. As always, love the your books and still recommend them to everyone. Cleo recipes are always a favorite here. I am new to grinding nuts for baking, so I really appreciate the tips for grinding. Also, your mouth watering photos entice us to try our hands to make them. Catherine Lane @: catherine_1of3lanes@yahoo.com

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  131. Hi and Happy St. Patricks Day. I was sad to hear that the parade has been postponed. Can't wait to get a hold of your new book and the new recipes. kindle1

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  132. Love your recipes & books! Coffee & Pistachio Muffins sounds like a perfect match. Please keep the great mysteries & great recipes coming. cmeier2

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  133. These muffins look wonderful. I love pistachios and these sound yummy. Thank you.
    ash500@

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  134. Green is my favorite color and pistachios are my favorite nut! Clare Cosi is my favorite sleuth, too!
    danolia

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  135. Taylor R. WilliamsMarch 14, 2020 at 1:16 AM

    Muffins, a book, a beautiful mug - all sound great ! trwilli

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  136. Enter me please. sarahmom335 at yahoo.com

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  137. We always try to bake something green for the 17th, and pistachios usually feature in some way. sawinla

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  138. These muffins look lovely. Since my grandchildren are out of school for 2 weeks, I think I’ll make these muffins with them when they are with me during the day.
    skforre

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  139. Happy St. Patrick's Day! The pistachio muffins look so yummy and fun. Looking forward to trying them.
    diannekc

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  140. That picture of those muffins makes me want some right now! No pistachios in the house, though. Bet I could hit the grocery and be in and out so fast even the Covid-19 wouldn't know I'd been there. Stay well everyone. annerow

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  141. Pistachio gelato is one of my favorites, so I am looking forward to trying these ASAP! The use of ricotta is inspired indeed. Thanks for this yummy recipe! brenda@

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  142. I've been scouring Pinterest looking for something sweet to make for St. Paddy's day and this is just the ticket. Can't wait to make them. jo.ann.

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  143. OMG. These muffins look amazingly delicious! thank you for sharing this recipe, that is going right in my favorite recipe box. Reading

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  144. I can't wait to try this recipe! I'm stuck in my apartment after eye surgery and I've been listening to your books. I love them! yvonne.r

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  145. Cleo, thank you for sharing with us over the years your fun and wonderful reads and all your yummy recipes!

    Erika

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  146. Thanks for the great pictures of past St Patrick's Day Parades! The city cancelled ours too (last weekend) but some of us gathered for a tiny tribute anyway!! Love your recipes and especially your books! kjkoukl

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  147. I love every one of the Coffeehouse books! One of these days, I'll convert the recipes to gluten-free & get the FULL experience! joaniec

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  148. Love the Coffee Shop series and the Haunted Bookshop series. Can't wait for more Jack and Pen!

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  149. I LOVE your Coffee Shop series- have shared them with my daughters! Next up, Haunted Bookshop series! reclmn@

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  150. These sound so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe and having the contest. madamha

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  151. Those green muffins look great! noahcpa

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  152. Pistachio muffins - yummy! LOve ricotta and all nuts. Definitely will try!

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  153. I love pistachio torte so I was delighted to see your pistachio muffins! I really enjoy your books and recipes! Thank you for the chance. The cup looks beautiful and the bag too.donakut

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  154. I can not tell you how much I enjoy reading your books. You have made a bad situation into something that is less painful. ilenepaulabryson@aol.com

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  155. The pistachio muffins look like they would melt in my mouth. They look moist and very delicious. Being part Irish my husband and I would love to have the mug. simtim7

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  156. Oh wow! This is awesome!I love y'alls books!!! nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  157. Those look delicious! I love pistachio!
    dallasb

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  158. oh my what a wonderful recipe for those muffins. thank you. we love pistachio's. Thanks for the very generous give a way. I have a lot of Irish myself.
    quiltin

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  159. What a great recipe! I sure did miss not celebrating St. Patrick's day this year. Katheri

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  160. This recipe looks very interesting - and green! Will try it anyway because my husband loves pistachios!!

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  161. I love your books and recipes. Each book is so gripping i always look forward to it. Thank you for everything you do for your fans.Happy Saint Patrick's day. Werdolex@yahoo.com

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