Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Food on a Stick Day Poll and Giveaway from Cleo Coyle #NationalFoodOnAStickDay

Today is National Food on a Stick Day. (No kidding.) And one thing you can say about putting food on a stick. It's fun.
Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

With spring now officially here, we can glimpse summer just over the hill, and that means backyard cookouts, where food on stick got its antediluvian start.

For our post this week, Marc and I decided to kickoff summer fun a little early with recipe links to a few of our "food on a stick" recipes AND a poll on your favorite foods to eat on a pole (pun intended)...

Take the poll (below) and
tell us how you 
in the 
comments on this post. 

Feel free to write in your own
favorite under the "other" choice. 

If you do not see the poll above, click here to vote.


Cleo's Food on a Stick Recipes

And here are a few fun, "food on a stick" recipes of ours. To see the step-by-step recipes, simply click on the photos below...

Banana Split on a Stick 

This is our Coffeehouse version of a Banana Split for Grown-ups with an easy microwave recipe for making "magic shell" chocolate. It's a fun and impressive way to serve a banana split as a dessert, even for a formal dinner. For the recipe click here or on the photo above.


Bourbon Hot Dog Bites

Shockingly delicious.
For the recipe, click here
or on the photo above...


Bacon-Wrapped App

Delicious and nutritious, a splash of pure maple syrup before cooking is the secret to producing prodigious flavors in one little bite. For the recipe, click here or on the photo above.


City Chicken on a Stick 

Why City Chicken has no chicken. Here's a new look at a century-old comfort food recipe. Get the step-by-step recipe with a free, downloadable PDF by clicking here or on the photo above.

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Food on a Stick

Giveaway Prizes

Stainless Steel Roasting Sticks with
a bonus of 10 bamboo skewers...

We have a set of these babies and love them. Stainless steel rods with wooden handles of assorted colors. They collapse for storage and transport and expand to let you and your family and friends spear marshmallows, hot dogs, sausages, fruits, or veg, and roast them over the grill or open fire. There's even a little rotation dial on the handle for you to easily turn the stick.



An autographed copy of our newest
Coffeehouse Mystery, DEAD COLD BREW,
in its beautiful hardcover edition. 

An autographed paperback copy of our
mystery set in Washington, DC,

A large, durable canvas Coffeehouse Mystery
tote bag, featuring a favorite saying of Madame's
(the octogenarian owner of our fictional coffeehouse):
"Survive everything. And do it with style."

Cannoli Cream Cupcakes
from Dead Cold Brew

And a set of autographed recipe cards,
featuring favorite recipes from
many of our culinary mysteries.


If you'd like to be entered in our random drawing for the prizes (above), leave a comment on this post, telling us how you voted, and include the first 5 characters of the email address you used to sign up for our Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. (That's how we'll contact you if you win.) If you're not a subscriber to our Newsletter, we invite you to sign up...


Simply write an email with the words 
"Sign me up!" and send it to:


When you sign up, you will receive links
to past newsletters, including the one above.

Good luck!

Alice and Marc in Central Park. 
Together we write as... 

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

Learn more about us here.
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“A fabulous diamond, blackmail,
embezzlement, surprise inheritances,
murder and a decades-old family scandal
…with lusciously rich recipes.”

—Publishers Weekly

To buy now, click links for... 


This culinary mystery includes
more than 25 delicious recipes!
To get the Free Recipe Guide,

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
16 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


See mini plot summaries 
for every title and news on
 Cleo's next release!

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Marc and I also write
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

To get a free title checklist, 
with mini plot summaries, 

To learn more about the 
books and meet Jack Shepard, 
our PI ghost...

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Berry, Berry, Berrylicious Cake!

You knew it would not be long before I baked another cake. This may be one of our favorites. It contains five cups of berries! You're guaranteed berries in every piece and almost every bite!

The original recipe gives the option of using fresh or frozen berries, so frozen should work just as well.

It makes a nice sized cake. Inspired by Double Berry Cake at Food.com, I switched it up and added all kinds of berries. It's a great way to use them up. We enjoyed it for afternoon tea every day. Even the dogs got a bite and approved.

I made a cream cheese frosting for it. Frosting fans, please note that this makes enough for a very light amount of frosting. If you're frosting crazed, you may wish to double the frosting recipe.

However, it would be equally good plain and served with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. If you plan to serve with whipped cream instead of the frosting, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar before baking.

Berry Berry Berrylicious Cake
Inspired by Double Berry Cake at Food.com

5 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries,  blackberries)
1 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar, optional (if using whipped cream instead of frosting)

Soften butter and bring 4 eggs to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x11 baking pan.

Wash the fruit, spread on a couple paper towels and dab with another paper towel to dry. Chop the strawberries into chunks. Pour all into a bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour and turn to coat. Set aside.

Pour the vinegar into the milk and set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom. Stir well with a fork or whisk to combine.

Cream the butter with the sugar for five minutes until it is light in color and creamy. Beat in each egg. Alternate adding the flour and the milk in small portions. Add the vanilla and beat well. Add the fruit and stir in using the lowest possible mixer setting. Pour into prepared pan. (If serving with whipped cream, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar before baking.)

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool on a rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Place butter, cream cheese, and vanilla into mixer and beat together. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Beat an additional 5 minutes for great frosting. Spread on cooled cake.

Mix the berries with a tablespoon of flour.

Mix the flour and spice.

Beat, beat, beat!

Berries everywhere!
Pretty even without frosting.

Almost a berry in every bite!