Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Brewing Up Murder Party with Joyce Tremel and Cleo Coyle + Double #BookGiveaway!




Joyce and Cleo are celebrating their new December mystery releases with a joint recipe post and giveaway.

Congrats to our winner - "Amanda"!


You first party host is Joyce Tremel!

To learn more about
Joyce, 
click here.


First I want to say thank you to Cleo for asking me back, and especially for sharing her blog day with me. I’m honored to share a release day with her, too! When I visited here back in September 2014, the launch of To Brew Or Not To Brew seemed so far away, but the time since then has just flown by. It seems like yesterday that I got the call from my agent that the proposal had been accepted, and now I’m actually working on the third book in the series!

To learn more about
To Brew or Not To Brew:
A Brewing Trouble Mystery, 

click here.









To Brew or Not to Brew is a cozy mystery and features a female brewmaster named Maxine “Max” O’Hara who is opening a brewpub in Pittsburgh. And when she finds the body of her assistant in an empty beer tank…well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens! 

The book also features a couple of recipes. Max’s hunky new chef Jake comes up with his own twist on a Pittsburgh favorite: Pierogies. They are delicious if I do say so myself. The recipe is in the book but I’ll repeat it here.

                   








BUFFALO CHICKEN PIEROGIES





Jake’s Filling



Ingredients:

1 cup cooked shredded chicken (or 1 can of chunk chicken)

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot (or other hot sauce)

1 – 8oz pkg. cream cheese

½ cup ranch dressing

¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese


Directions: Heat chicken and hot sauce in saucepan. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing and heat until cream cheese is melted and mixture is hot. Mix in cheddar cheese and heat until cheese is melted and mixture is hot and bubbly.




Basic Pierogi Dough


Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 egg

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup butter softened

Directions: Mix flour and salt. Beat egg and add to flour mixture. Add sour cream and butter and work until dough loses stickiness. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Boil water in large pot. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Using a large glass or cookie cutter (3-4 inch diameter), cut dough into circles. Place 1 tablespoon of filling on each circle. Wet edges of circle, fold, and seal completely using fingers or tines of a fork.

Place pierogies in boiling water. When they float to the top, remove with slotted spoon and drain. (At this point, they can be frozen until later, if desired. Place in boiling water again to defrost.)

Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a non-stick pan. Add pierogies and brown on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Arrange on a plate and serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

The filling used in the pierogies also makes an excellent dip for tortilla chips or spread on crackers. I usually make a batch and keep in warm in my mini-crockpot. Yum!

Thanks so much for having me here, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!



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You second party host is Cleo Coyle!



To learn more about
Cleo and her husband
(and partner in crime-writing)
click here.


Thanks again to Joyce for joining us in the Kitchen today and making our release week festive and fun!

As most of you know, I collaborate with my husband to write The Coffeehouse Mysteries, a long-running series of amateur sleuth mysteries set in a charming Greenwich Village coffeehouse.

In DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, we take our hardworking single mom and coffeehouse manager to Washington where she attempts to successfully open a new branch of her beloved Village Blend. 

It's an exciting time for Clare, especially when the college-age daughter of the US President becomes a fan of her coffee and the relaxed Jazz Space on the shop's second floor. Then the First Lady befriends her and even arranges for her to contribute ideas to a temporary Smithsonian exhibit on Coffee in America

To learn more about
Dead to the Last Drop:
A Coffeehouse Mystery,
click here and
scroll down.
But when a State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her shop and the President's daughter goes missing, Clare finds herself wanted for murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Now she must solve both mysteries—and discover who framed her—or she may find out firsthand that Washington is murder.

If you are new to our Coffeehouse books, don’t hesitate to pick up DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. You can read it as a stand-alone story, and if you like the read, you have fourteen more in our series to enjoy. But don’t miss this Washington entry. It’s embedded with twists, turns, and hidden secrets about our nation’s capital that were inspired by my own experiences while living, studying, and working in D.C.

DEAD TO THE LAST DROP is also a culinary mystery, with an appendix of more than 25 wonderful recipes.


And speaking of recipes, I have a holiday favorite for you today, my easy Candy Cane Frosting that quickly brings Christmas cheer to any plain old cake, cupcake, cookie, or pan of brownies...




Cleo Coyle’s

Candy Cane Frosting


For a keeper copy of this recipe,
click here and save and then
you can share or print.








 







The Origin of Candy Canes

In 1670, in Cologne, Germany, a choirmaster wanted to solve the problem of noise caused by children in his church during Christmas Eve services. He asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to the baby Jesus. From Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe. Around 1882, people began hanging them on Christmas trees and in the early 1920s, Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines. 


Eat with Joy to the World!


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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Congratulations to "Amanda"
who won the signed copies of 
Joyce and Cleo's new books!







145 comments:

  1. I love the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and how it renewed my passion with coffee. But, I am so excited to learn more about Joyce Tremel's writing...a brew pub? I'm am so in! What a wonderful start toward renewing my passion with pilsners, ales, and microbrews! Christmas cheer! kat8762@aol.com

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  2. I have never heard of them or read any of these book's,but from what I have read from the description,they sound like very awesome reads!!!!please enter me to win them..thank you so much..

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  3. I am glad to have some new authors to read. marlene.ezell@gmail.com

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  4. I love the Coffeehouse mystery series! And too am interested in trying out Joyce Tremel' s series...my husband works for a brewery so it makes me giggle a bit!! The pierogies look intimidating to make , but may need a try. And one can never go wrong with candy cane!!!
    Thank you!
    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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  5. Congratulations on your releases.

    And Joyce, thanks for sharing your pirogi dough recipe. I'll have to try your version.

    cspod21 AT gmail

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  6. Cleo, I made your Spelt Cornbread last night. It's always a winner! These two books and the recipes sound like winners, too. sssusieq@hotmail.com

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    1. First, thanks to everyone for leaving comments, Joyce and I appreciate your coming to our release party!

      sssusiq - So nice to hear you are enjoying my Spelt Cornbread recipe! Thanks for letting me know.

      For anyone wondering what Spelt Cornbread is, "spelt" is an ancient grain with a deliciously nutty flavor that's easy to add to recipes for extra fiber and nutrition. It brings great flavor to baked goods, too!

      For anyone who'd like my recipe or to learn more, just click here. And may you eat with joy!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  7. Cool! New recipes. :)
    These books sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Both of theses books are on my wish list.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  9. Congratulations on the book release and thank you for the recipes! dm_richards(at)yahoo(dot)net

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  10. Thanks for the nice welcome, everyone!

    If anyone is worried, the pierogies are time consuming, but they're really not hard. The dip I used for the filling takes no time at all. I make it a lot!

    Jody, your husband works in a brewery? He can tell me everything I got wrong, lol!

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    1. He tells me things about beer making and I admit my eyes glaze over! He is a mechanic there but they are all trained about the process

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  11. I really enjoy the Coffee house mysteries and am looking forward to reading the new to me Brewing for Trouble mysteries. dbahn@iw.net

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  12. Both excellent Mysteries! They need to make collaboration of a coffee flavored beer- that would make a really cool book with the two authors together! The pierogi dough is almost exactly the same one that we make every year & the peppermint icing sounds divine!
    Merry Christmas!
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark@gmail.com

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    1. One of the breweries here shares a building with a coffee roaster/coffee house. Every once in awhile the brewer makes a coffee porter.

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  13. I am pretty excited about trying out that for the recipe. I am not big on candycane flavored anything, but the rest of my family is slightly psychotic for it. So, I have a feeling that we will be making that. Thank you both for offering up your books and these wonderful recipes! SherylHbooth@gmail.com

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  14. Can't wait to read both of these. Thanks for the recipes. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  15. The candy cane frosting looks so good. Thanks for the chance. Lady.Janel@hotmail.com

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  16. I already have Joyce's book in my TBR pile and am looking forward to reading this new series. I really enjoy Cleo's coffeehouse series and would love to win it. Both recipes look delicious. Thanks so much for the giveaways.

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  17. These books look delightful! I'm especially interested to see how Clare gets into trouble so quickly in a new city (Washington D.C.); trouble has always followed her so readily in NYC! rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win! I really enjoy the coffeehouse series and have the brewmaster on my TBR list. Thanks again, annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  19. These look so yummy! And thank you for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  20. How fun - I'd love to read both books! I had never heard the origin of candy canes - I'll be sharing that at the dinner table tonight. Merry holiday season! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  21. It's all good...good eats, good reads.

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  22. I'm so excited to hear that Cleo's new book can be a stand alone! And I have Joyce's book already and it's divine!! Thank you ladies!!!
    breannaherron@icloud.com

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  23. Oh I would Love Love Love to win both of these books!! Please enter me!! Thanks so much and Happy holidays!!

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  24. I just started Joyce's book and I'm halfway through and absolutely love it! I definitely need to check out Cleo's too. Congrats ladies!

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  25. What fun! A brew book and a brew book!

    Cleo, I just finished yours last night--you hit it out of the ball park!!! It is fabulous. I'll be posting reviews later today.

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  26. Both of those recipes look perfect for the holidays. I would love to win those books----fingers crossed.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. I love the Coffee House mystery series. I am looking forward to reading Joyce's new book. Both rcipes sounds delicious. The pierogi's would be great with a good brew. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

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  28. The recipes look great but the books look even better! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  30. I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries and am keeping my fingers crossed that I win both books for the holidays! Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  31. These recipes sound like winners. I love the Coffee House Mysteries. Looking forward to reading both of these books
    Lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  32. Both books are on my TBR list and I would love to win them! Mfg20A@aol.com

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  33. So much deliciousness with the recipes; and both books sound fabulous! EMS591@aol.com

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  34. Cleo, the Coffeehouse has been a favorite spot to sit and relax with one of your special lattes. I can't wait to reading Joyce's new book and meeting Max and Jake.

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  35. Congrats to you both on your new releases. I am a long time fan of Clea Coyle's series and cant wait to start on To Brew. Dont need to win here, but wanted to thank you both for keeping us cozy lovers happy!

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  36. Great recipes and I can't wait to read these new books. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  37. Amazing recipes and awesome books! Can't wait to read To Brew or Not To Brew. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  38. Love the recipes, love the books !!! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  39. What a fun-filled post! A new series set in my native PA and one of my favorite series! Thanks for giving me another book to add to my ginormous to-read list. ;) Happy Holidays, ladies!

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    1. Congratulations, Amanda, you won the giveaway! Check your e-mail and we hope you enjoy our new mysteries - TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW and DEAD TO THE LAST DROP!

      - Cleo

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  40. 2 yummy recipes and great releases I can't wait to read. Fun post as always, too. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  41. I love Cleo's series and am looking forward to getting to know Joyce's characers.

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  42. Both sound fantastic!! Pp92596 at outlook dot com

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  43. Two great books to add to my TBR list. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  44. My son is a brewer and I love to eat and read so, I am covered all around here. I would love to read both books and check out all of Cleo's recipes, too. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  45. Both of the books sound so good these both are on my tbr and review love those cozy mysteries . ptclayton2@aol.com

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  46. My mouth is watering already~ Thanks for the giveaway--I could definitely use a dose of Clare Cosi and would like to meet Max! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  47. Those recipes looks so yummy.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  48. Really enjoy the Coffeehouse mysteries and I am looking forward to reading a brewing mystery. Autographed copies would be a great gift.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  49. Ladies, the recipes sound great, but the books sound better! grammyd01@comcast.net

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  50. I would love to be able to give a signed copy of Cleo's book to my daughter. She enjoys the books and is going through a rough time. I would love to start the Brew books. Sounds different and fun!

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    1. Hi Antonette, I'm sorry your daughter is having a tough time. Holidays are stressful enough. I have a number of cozy mysteries that I can send you to give to her. I've read them but they're still in good condition. I'd love to help. I've seen some blue times myself and reading can help.

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    2. Anne - That is so nice of you, thank you!

      And, Toni, please give your daughter our best. The holidays can be stressful for many reasons (and painful too for those of us who miss loved ones)...but there is much to be thankful for, just seeing a sunrise or enjoying a cup of coffee. Or as the good Dr. Seuss reminds us: "What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more..."

      Sending love and light your daughter's way.

      ~ Cleo

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    3. Thank you Anne and Cleo for your kind words. It means a lot. Of course my whole family knows what a special person Cleo is and now they can add you also Anne. It's tough watching your children struggle. She is trying to stay positive around the kids till after the holidays when she will sadly end her marriage. She is special, deserves better treatment and will survive but my heart still breaks for all of them. We will have a good Christmas and thanks for the wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Merry Christmas to you both. Oh must not forget Marc :)

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  51. I'm excited for both! And for the recipies. Yum.

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  52. Both books sound like fun reads and I love getting a savory and a sweet recipe from this post. Thanks for sharing.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  53. A lot of awesomeness going on here Love your work and recipes. Thanks for the chance. Hugs

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  54. Heartfelt thanks to everyone joining us for our party today! I’m so touched by your many wonderful comments. Marc and I have a rescue cat in surgery today (her name is Clover), so I won’t be able to reply to many comments or questions until this evening, but I’ll be back!

    Good luck on the drawing, everyone, send healing thoughts little Clover’s way, and have a delicious holiday season.

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  55. Thanks for the recipes. Thanks most of all for the entertaining books. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  56. Wonderful recipes. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Great recipes!! Would love to win the books!!diannethompson6005@comcast.net

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  58. I would love to win both of these books. I have been looking for Cleo's book and can't find it. They other book looks like it would be funbto read. That would be awesome to get for christmas.it would be the best present it will be the only present and signed by the authors too. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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  59. Wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful giveaway!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  60. Thanks so much for sharing the story of the Candy Cane! I love the history of Christmas traditions! Also, can't wait to read the new title To Brew or Not to Brew! I always love a new series! Merry Christmas!

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  61. Both of these recipes sound delicious and I'm looking forward to reading both books!! Thank you!

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  62. Thanks for this delectable recipes and your great books. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  63. A chance to win two books! Christmas has come early. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. I love the Coffeehouse mystery series and have read every book! Joyce Tremel is a new to me author but I'd love to read her series. I'm not sure the Polish/Bohemian recipe would be a hit in our home but chocolate and candy canes would have everyone begging for more. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  65. Going to have to add these to my To Be Read list. Awesome!!
    Kkcochran@hotmail.com

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  66. I'd love to read these. :)
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  67. Oh wow, both of these recipes sound amazing!! Thank you. I think I need to make some candy cane frosted brownies ASAP. And I'm a pierogi junkie, these sound divine.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  68. Someday I want to make pierogies...I have saved recipes but never done it. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

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  69. These recipes look yummy and the book look even yummier!!! They also both happen to be on my Christmas wish list! :)
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  70. The Chicken Pierogies have to be wonderful-I make the dip alone and it's always first thing guests eat! And Candy Cane frosting not oly great on eyes, it;s got to be yummy on cupcakes, brownies, and cookies! YUMMM making me hungry to read these holiday recipes! key2117@aol.com

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  71. Joyce, congrats on the release--it looks like it will be a fun series! And Cleo, congrats on the release and for sharing another fantastic, timely recipe!
    Thanks!

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  72. I remember when the first Coffeehouse mystery came out, I couldn't wait to read it. Coffee & Brews make a great double event. Thanks for the giveaway! (Hope Clover is doing good! HUG!) edith.patchan@live.com

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  73. Now I'm hungry, want to read and win. !! Thanks for the giveaway . I just love the book titles. I am really going to keep my fingers crossed on this one. Have a very safe, happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season. kphans08@gmail.com

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  74. Thanks for the warm welcome today, everyone! I wish I could respond to each comment individually, but I'd be here a LONG time. Rest assured I've read them all! Prost!

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  75. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com. Thanks for the recipes. Have heard of and had thought to look up pierogies. but never did, I have this down. and will do this weekend. Have not had the pleasure of reading you ladys so I am hoping. Both books look great! Thanks for the opportunity. Have always loved those candy canes. The background on them is neat. Thank you for looking it up and sharing. And I definitely try that frosting.

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  76. Love both your books & this chance to win these two books, Love these recipes I'll have to try them. Thanks for this amazing chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  77. Thanks for the chance zeta@iwon.com

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  78. I am getting a big kick out of the fact that the mystery lovers kitchen is featuring books with a beer and coffee slant when most college students across America are taking their finals. They must smell the desperation and celebration, lol. :)
    jenne.turner@unt.edu

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  79. I've read and enjoyed all of the coffeehouse mysteries, th book by Joyce sounds good too!

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  80. Both recipes look good and I want to read both books! Jlsbookclub(at)nc.rr.com

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  81. Joyce: As a Polish girl from Buffalo, NY your recipe has won me over. I enjoy a good beer as well [Zywiec is a favorite ;)]and look forward to reading your book!

    Cloe: Another great recipe! Thanks.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  82. I love Cleo Coyle's books and I just ordered the new one but I have never read Joyce's books and would love to win a copy. Thank you for the recipes and this chance to win! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  83. That Candy Cane Frosting sounds delicious. Thank you for the chance to win these two great cozies!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  84. gbh_2523@yahoo.comDecember 8, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Love this site and appreciate opportunity to win books from two great authors! Coffee, recipes, cozy books.....wonderful combination.
    Gloria Huffman

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  85. Wow great recipes and great reading. Joyce i don't know your book yet but will look it up and see if i find any at my used bookstore. They both sound good. Thanks for a chance to win them.

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  86. Both books sound like winners! Thanks for the chance!
    valleyreader(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. These recipes sound good! I have not read these books, but would love to win one. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Crossxjo(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  88. I just recently started reading cozy mysteries and would love to read both of these.
    Thanks :)

    monagargATyahooDOTcom

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  89. What a wonderful giveaway! I've enjoyed the Coffeehouse mysteries and recipes for years. And to get in on the first of what sounds like a fascinating new series as well as an intriguing new Coffeehouse mystery is nothing short of fabulous! Thank you both for the opportunity!!! bskts4unme@hotmail.com

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  90. I'm on my husband's account! I'm Sarah....and I have read every Cleo Coyle coffee mystery! Super excited to look up and read this other Series. If I win I have to catch up before I read! Yay!

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  91. Thank you for making reading fun and enjoyable!

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  92. I have to admit that I am reading Death to the Last Drop VERY slowly since it will be a bit before the next book (though Clare's tasty recipes will fill that gap), but now I know I have another delicious author to enjoy!

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  93. Thanks for the opportunity to win two great mysteries. They would make a great Christmas gift for myself. Happy Holidays!

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  94. Love these books! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  95. I have been a Cleo fan from book 1. How very fun to discover a new author. Can't wait to read both books!

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  96. Dang, both the books and the recipes look good!

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  97. I haven't read the Coffeehouse Mysteries yet but that will be my next series to start

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  98. I would love to win these two books they look and sound awesome! But I really want to know is how to you have time to cook and bake while writing such great books?

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    1. Gloria - Replying to your question. Marc and I have enjoyed cooking and baking since we were young. It's a part of our lives, we cook every day, so incorporating it into our fiction isn't difficult. Members of my own family actually run successful restaurants, so it's in my blood, too, so to speak--and I consider sharing recipes a service and a joy. Thanks for your question and good luck in the giveaway!

      ~ Cleo

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  99. Thank you for the recipes they sound amazing...and also for the chance to win these 2 awesome books!!

    rockergoddess2002@yahoo.com

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  100. Both recipes sound great but I am partial to peppermint this time of year. Enjoy your Holidays

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  101. Dead to the Last Drop is a great read and To Brew or Not To Brew sounds like a great read, too. I really wan to try both recipes. The frosting sounds like a great way to liven up any chocolate treat. I have friend at the VFW who would love the pierogies. Maybe I'll try them out for the VFW Christmas Party.

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  102. Wow ... the chance to win both of these books is awesome!I do so enjoy mysteries and have read all of the Cleo Coyle mysteries and now looking forward to reading Joyce Tremel's book. This is very exciting. Thank you.

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  103. Thanks again, everyone! I'm really enjoying all the comments!

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  104. Joining Joyce in thanking everyone for stopping by our release party, we appreciate it!

    Like Joyce, Marc and I are reading every one of your comments and truly enjoying them. Thank you again!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  105. Cleo, I've enjoyed your books for several years & love soaking up knowledge you've imparted regarding coffee. Based on your recommendation, I look forward to checking out Joyce's book too. I love good mysteries & recipes! Looking forward to gaining knowledge regarding "craft beers" too!

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  106. Thank you both for the recipes they sound wonderful. I love peroghi's (yes, I'm a Pittsburgh girl, I was born and raised there, I'm in TN now but you can't take the Pittsburgh out). This is definitely a unique twist on them.
    The candy cane icing sounds like one I made sandwich cookies out of years ago, I never thought of putting it on brownies, they look so yummy.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  107. Can't wait to get started on Dead to the Last Drop! I'll definitely have to start Joyce's books as well :)
    briedodd90@yahoo.com

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  108. Thank you gals for the recipes! I have yet to try any pierogies. I may be missing out on something really good. Thanks so much for the chance to win both of these cozy mysteries. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  109. I can't wait to try these recipes! My family has a holiday party and these will both be added to my list of things to make. utaker555@gmail.com

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  110. I love to win both of these. I have to read them from the library (which is a good thing). So winning them would be special. Thanks for offering the giveaways.

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  111. Both recipes look delicious! Love the coffee house series & always enjoy starting new cozies. Thanks for the giveaway.Happy Holidays!
    Scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  112. Congratulations on the release of both "brews"! The recipies sound almost as good as the books and I love perogies and peppermint so I will be checking these out. Thanks for sharing. idreamjj@yahoo.com

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  113. I would like to win both books. I am going to make the frosting for a Christmas party potluck. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win two signed books.

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  114. I wasn't able to stop by earlier but so glad I finally got to see the recipes. So yummy! I didn't know the origin of candy canes, very cool. Now I have some trivia to share.
    I've never read anything by Joyce Tremel but the series sounds interesting. I don't know anything about beer making.
    I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries and have read every one. I would love to win a signed copy since my birthday is Tuesday. I love the recipes in each coffeehouse book and usually check those out before I start reading the mystery.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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    1. cupcake58 - Just wanted to say Happy Birthday (a little early) and thanks for the happy words about your love of the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Marc and I are glad to know you enjoy the stories--and the recipes! We enjoy our time in the kitchen and are happy to share that joy with you. Best wishes for your birthday week, and good luck in the drawing!

      ~ Cleo

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  115. What a great duo of books. I love the peppermint icing recipe and will be trying it..... Thank you for the chance to win!
    afarage at earthlink dot net

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  116. I love The Coffeehouse Mysteries and now have a new series to look forward to! Thanks!

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  117. I have read every single book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and have loved each of them. I have the latest book on my list for family to get me for Christmas and I certainly hope they do. Congratulation to Cleo and Marc on another what I am sure is, a most fascinating and interesting and entertaining book once again. <3 these books
    Happy Holidays.
    Cynthia

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  118. Wishing Joyce a wonderful year with her release and I will be looking forward to getting this book and spreading the word to my book club and other reader friends. Congratulations, Joyce.
    Cynthia B.

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  119. Both these books sound great and the recipes sound yummy!!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  120. Love the Coffee House mysteries and would like to try the other book too!

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  121. Thanks for the chance. Recipes sound so good.

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  122. What great new books and great recipes. I have tried to make potato and cheese Pierogi before but I had problems with the dough. It was a mess. It didn't have sour cream in the dough so maybe this recipe would work for me. I love the candy cane frosting recipe. Thanks for the recipes and the chance to win your new books!!!

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  123. How exciting! Thanks for the chance!

    foxyj00 at hotmail dot come

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  124. Desperate to read it. My favorite authors. I've been waiting..................................

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  125. These are some of the best books I have ever read. They are very entertain ing and such fun to read.

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  126. I love the Coffeehouse mysteries. I will have to check out to brew or not to brew. You can never have too many books.

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  127. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comDecember 11, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    The Coffeehouse Mysteries are so much fun to read. They are very intriguing as well as mysterious

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  128. I have already read Dead to the Last Drop and loved it. I have just started reading To Brew or Not to Brew and so far I can't put it down.

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  129. I'm just now reading Once Upon a Grind, and I hope I get more for Christmas!

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  130. I love Cleo's series, and now I want to read Joyce's. The crazy thing is I don't like coffee! I guess that shows how good the writing is if it draws me in despite my lack of enthusiasm for the central item.

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  131. I love the coffee themed books! I almost have all of Cleo's series, and would love to read Joyce's book, too!

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  132. And now we can announce the winner of TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW by Joyce Tremel and DEAD TO THE LAST DROP by Cleo Coyle. By random number generator, the winner is...

    "AMDANDA," who left her comment on Dec. 8th at 11:19 AM.

    Congrats, Amanda! And thanks to EVERYONE for taking the time to leave comments and make our release party giveaway so festive. Joyce and I wish we could give you all a prize!

    Be sure to check back often with us at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. We're always cooking up something delicious for you--recipes, giveaways, puzzling mysteries, and good cheer!

    Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone!

    ~ Cleo

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