Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Luscious easy French custard #recipe + #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

It's here. At least the cover is!
 The first French Bistro Mystery!!  
The books comes out November 2017!! 
You can pre-order on your choice of sites 
(indie, Amazon, B&N, etc. 
via my website links HERE
BUT the ebook pre-order isn't up yet. 
Not sure why... scratching head...  
I'll give a shout out when it is!

From Daryl aka Avery:

This is the first book in the FRENCH BISTRO MYSTERIES, featuring Mimi Rousseau, who owns a French bistro and the neighboring bed-and-breakfast, set in Napa Valley. (More below...)

Do you see the darling SCOUNDREL, a gray and white mouser, on the cover? You can't miss the éclairs! The artist is the same artist who painted my Cheese Shop and Cookbook Nook covers. Am I lucky or what?!

If you leave a comment at the end of the post, 
I'll be giving away a pretty wine-themed tea towel to celebrate the cover reveal!

So I was testing recipes for  A DEADLY ÉCLAIR...yes, I test recipes...and I made a delicious gluten-free éclair. Yes, gluten-free. The recipe will be in the book.

Anyway, I was making the custard for the inside of the éclair, and it took a couple of tries. One was the "easy" fast way (okay, the cheater's way) of making custard. Then I made it the authentic (cooked) way. Both were delicious. The authentic way recipe will be in the book.  :)

Today, I'm sharing the easy one because this turned out so good, and I had so much left over that I poured it into dessert ramekins and served to family. They loved it.

Here's a snippet about A DEADLY ÉCLAIR:

It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the rehearsal dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until morning rolls around, and Bryan is found dead with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in the event Bryan died.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again.


 (Serves 4-8, depending on dessert dish size)

5-ounce box instant vanilla pudding (make sure it’s gluten-free)
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract

In a small bowl, make vanilla pudding by combining pudding mix and milk. Let it firm up in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.

Place heavy whipping cream in stand mixer (or a regular bowl, which is what I did) and whip it at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Don’t over whip or it will turn into butter.

Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla with the whipped cream.  Now fold in the chilled vanilla pudding.

That’s it!

Pour into 4- or 6-ounce ramekins or dessert dishes. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill.

This keeps for about 4-5 days.

Make pudding
Whip cream, just to a small peak

Pour into ramekins



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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.

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Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
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GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

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 

Do you know why City Chicken has no chicken? Join us for a new look at a century-old comfort food recipe, with step-by-step photos and a free, downloadable PDF. Click 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.
Friend us on facebook
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Visit our online coffeehouse here.

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Just Released

Now a bestselling hardcover!

“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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