Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras Giveaway + How to Make Beignets (Step-by-Step) by Cleo Coyle #MardiGras


Today is MARDI GRAS, and nobody knows how to celebrate "Fat Tuesday" better than the city of New Orleans. 

Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
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Marc and I loved the time we spent there. Years ago, while I was doing research for a novel, we had the honor of meeting Chef Emeril Lagasse (at his flagship restaurant Emeril's). We learned about Voodoo from a practicing priestess, heard ghost stories from a local guide, and researched aspects of the French Quarter's architecture with a city historian.

If you've visited the Big Easy, then you know the jazz and the food are well worth the trip. And you cannot leave without sinking your teeth into a warm, fresh beignet from Cafe du Monde, one of our country's oldest, still-operating coffee stands (1862). 


Today we're sharing our love of those New Orleans beignets with you, along with the recipe we use at home to make them, and a fun giveaway of our Coffeehouse Mysteries plus an edible treat--handmade pralines, sent to you straight from Aunt Sally's kitchen in New Orleans! 

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone, may you feast with joy!



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Once in your life...

You have got to give yourself the treat of making beignets from scratch. True, many people, have FOY (fear of yeast), but fear not, my friends! This recipe will take you through the process, step-by-step, with tips to help you make beignets like a pro. 

This recipe, which Marc and I perfected in our kitchen, makes light, tender, slightly chewy, and amazingly delicious beignets. It's the very recipe we published in last year's Coffeehouse Mystery, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP

Our series is usually set in the picturesque neighborhood of New York's Greenwich Village. For this 15th entry, however, we took our amateur sleuth (single mom and coffeehouse manager Clare) to Washington, DC. She moves there to open a new branch of her Village Blend shop. But she soon finds herself on the run, teaming up with a streetwise Federal Agent to prove that she is being framed, not only for murder but conspiracy to kidnap the President's daughter. 

Click here for the
Free Recipe Guide.

Before Clare hits the road to prove her innocence--and find that missing First Daughter--these beautiful beignets become a hit with her customers. 

Clare's New Orleans-trained chef serves them fresh and hot. And her customers devour plates of them with "dipping size cups" of cafe au lait (see photo below)

Many more recipes are also featured in DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, and you can see them now in this Free Recipe Guide by clicking here

As for today's recipe, let's get our beignets on! 







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Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Beignets

Makes about 30 beignets, depending on size

Ingredients:


3/4 cup lukewarm water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons RapidRise active dry yeast (a little more than half of a 1/4 -ounce envelope)

1 extra-large egg, slightly beaten

1 small (5‑ounce) can of evaporated milk (a little more than 1/2 cup)

2 tablespoons canola, vegetable, or another neutral-tasting oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)

3-1/2 cups bread flour

A little extra bread flour for dusting and rolling

Vegetable oil for deep-frying

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (approximately) for coating beignets

Directions:


Step 1—Make the yeast mixture: Combine the water, sugar, and yeast in a container. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. The mixture should appear active and produce foam. If not, the yeast is dead. Trash the mixture and begin again with fresher yeast. 



Step 2—Create the dough: In a large mixing bowl, fork-whisk the egg. Whisk in the evaporated milk, oil, and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture that you made in Step 1. 


Whisk in 1 cup of the bread flour until dissolved. Continue to add the rest of the flour (2-1/2 more cups for a total of 3-1/2 cups), stirring as you add. 




Cleo Tip: No mixer needed if you use a simple grilling fork. As you add flour to yeast dough, it becomes thick and sticky. Instead of pulling out a mixer, I pull out my large grilling fork and use it like a dough hook. While adding flour, I continue to work the dough with the fork, until it becomes stiff enough to knead by hand...


Step 3—Knead by hand: Flour your hands and knead the dough within the bowl until smooth. If you need to add more flour in this process, sprinkle on more...


Step 4—Rise the dough: Remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl, lightly grease it with oil or coat with nonstick spray. Place the dough back into the bowl and.... 


Place the bowl inside a plastic shopping bag and tie the handles. (This is a very effective method for coaxing dough to rise—and it's my favorite.) Or you can cover the top with a towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours or until double in size.




After 2 hours, the dough
has doubled in size.

Step 5—Roll and cut the dough: Divide the dough in half and work with one half at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. 


Cleo Tip: When rolling dough, be sure to turn it for even rolling in all directions (as you see in my video above). If more flour is needed to prevent sticking, sprinkle it on your board, your hands, and on your rolling pin.


Cleo Tip: If your dough is very elastic, you may have trouble rolling it. If that's the case, carefully pick it up as you see in my video above and gently stretch it as shown (a little like pizza dough). It will become more pliable and you can return to rolling it on the board.

Cut into squares 2‑by‑2‑inch in size, but you can make them smaller or larger, your choice. 



Step 6—Fry the beignets: If not using a fryer, pour oil (about an inch in depth) into a skillet or cast-iron pan. Preheat the oil to 350°F—the oil must be very hot and remain hot. Don’t crowd the pan. When you crowd the pan, the oil temperature drops, giving you greasy beignets. So keep the oil hot, but not so hot that the beignets burn. Use your judgement during the cooking and adjust the heat as you fry.


As you see the beignets rise and puff up, flip them over. Look for a golden brown color on both sides. 





Remove the fried beignets with a slotted spoon and allow them to drain well on paper towels. While still warm, dust generously on both sides with powdered sugar and...


Eat with Mardi Gras Joy!


CLEO'S 

MARDI GRAS 

GIVEAWAY!


Congrats to our
winner...


Jo Ann Young!


Jo Ann Won...

Autographed copies
of Cleo Coyle's 
newest, 
bestselling Coffeehouse
Mysteries...


Coffeehouse
Mystery #15
Dead to the Last Drop

 AND





Coffeehouse 
Mystery #16
Dead Cold Brew



YOU'LL ALSO WIN...



A set of Cleo's autographed
Coffeehouse Mystery
recipe cards, featuring
recipes from many of her
culinary mysteries, and



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Drawing is now over.
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Together we write as... 

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

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205 comments:

  1. the3beersus

    I just may try these...I fear no yeast..but..I am not real calm around hot oil..we have a fry baby...that would work.

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  2. Lol, several of us have been chatting on your FB waiting to see the recipe posted... I've never had tried these, but can't wait to give it a shot. I hope you all are enjoying Mardi Gras! Stay safe!
    konec

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    1. hi Marci..I made it here..lol

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  3. Have enjoyed chatting with new night owlvfriends on FB waiting..laissez les bon temps rouler! Stay safe.

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  4. Would love to try making these when I have a new kitchen (house fire last October losteverything including all my books) and home. Enjoyed chatting with other fans on FB post. Enjoy Fat Tuesday! eljay

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  5. Would love to try making these when I have a new kitchen (house fire last October losteverything including all my books) and home. Enjoyed chatting with other fans on FB post. Enjoy Fat Tuesday! eljay

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    1. Niters everyone. I hope the kids get well soon. Ciao

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    2. niters to you also..I made it here..it was so nice meeting and chatting with you

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    3. Hey there, I just saw this. Thanks...my poor girl has been on meds for 3 days now and still has a fever. Must be a virus on top of the ear infection, possible strep. Had a lot of fun chatting the other night. thank you!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have no fear of yeast so may give this a try.. They are similar to a Dutch fry cske/ball. serv

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  8. whew..well I made it here..was on Cleos facebook page all this time..lol talking with some new friends. so many good food pictures I need to try..thanks for having this event.

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  9. I visited New Orleans several years ago and fell in love with the beignets. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you. Dianerae56@yahoo.com

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  10. It sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Love your books!donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  11. Thank you for posting. Anything fried dough is tempting. I am Italian and make zeppoli every Christmas so this dough reminds me of this.The powdered sugar makes it over the top.

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  12. Happy Mardi Gras! Thanks for the recipe and chance at the giveaway, Cleo. lola777_22 at hotmail dot com.

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  13. forgot to leave my info.. rosep@bayland.net

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    1. Hi Rosemary! Sorry, I just saw your post. I'm glad you found the giveaway!

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  14. Love beignets and Cafe du Monde. choir

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  15. Looks yummy always enjoy your books and love to try your recipes and they all are yummy too :) g@greatdaymichelle.com

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  16. I love beignets! Can't wait to try the recipe. mcast

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  17. I love beignets but fear yeast! Love your books jcook22@yahoo.com

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  18. Docad

    Love the coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde! I introduced my husband to them and to New Orleans on our honeymoon. It had been a favorite destination of mine for years before we married. We have been there sadly only once since then and I would love to see it again.

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  19. I would love to win!
    Joannl

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  20. Another awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance. vlhca

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  21. Great giveaway. Would be honored to win. First 5 of email: bromi

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win. Looking forward to making these Beignets. Someday I would love to visit New Orleans.
    Mary from Pittsburgh, PA. ladyl

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  23. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Cleo, thanks so much for your books and your recipes. Email - amysu

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  24. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Happy Mardi Gras : robin

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  25. I was lucky enough to enjoy the beignets at the Cafe du Monde not once but twice when Bouchercon was held in New Orleans last year. They are wonderful--but beware of the blizzard of powdered sugar! Maybe I'll try the recipe one of these days.

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  26. I am a NOLA freak! Just got back from there...Love the history, food and music.
    Cozyn

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  27. Loved the new book. Never been to New Orleans but would love to go.dspen

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  28. Happy Mardi Gras...... Have a great day and thank you for the chance to win this great prize package.
    alici

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  29. I love New Orleans! I've been to Louisiana three times, as I'm lucky enough that my best friend lives there. I'm sad to say that I've never had beignets there, but I'll be getting some today at a local market, along with some other Cajun goodies! Thanks for sharing your recipe... maybe someday I'll brave making them from scratch. :) aleon

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  30. Happy Mardi Gras! Thankyou for the opportunity! Jill Broussard;
    minis

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  31. Happy Mardi Gras! Loved NOLA, for these I will try to conquer my FOY!
    emmas

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  32. Wonderful giveaway! And I love New Orleans.

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  33. My family and I love NOLA! The beignets turned out fantastic! finn.

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  34. Lovely giveaway, Cleo. Really appreciate the recipe. Have family there but they did tell me about this lovely treat. Guess I'll have a few words for them. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to get the books and recipe cards. And a tote to tote them in deepo

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  35. I love your books and would love to win this giveaway. Tennt=first 5 of email

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  36. e.frone I love your books and your recipes! And your kind spirit of giving. Have fun at Mardi Gras!

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  37. Thanks for the recipe. My mother added apple to hers.

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    1. I made my king cake last night to bring to work. Was hoping to find some signed copies of your books in The Mysterious book store in Tribeca but I had no luck. Sure would love if you and if Marc what do signing there sometime. Thanks for the entertainment and the recipes. Books coffee and food three of my four favorites...

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  39. I love your books and can't wait to read the new one. jrhodes20.

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  40. The recipe looks delectable. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Your books are captivating and special. saubl.

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  41. Excellent recipe better than original at Cafe Dumont Fans @canddmystery bookshop just love your series

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  42. Great prizes! Your beignet recipe looks scrum-didly-umtious! I would love to win your give-away prizes! They are on my to-read list. I think the next two books I haven't had the time to read yet! :) Happy Mardi Gras Day!

    1st 5: knitt

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  43. I've only had beignets in restaurants but your video directions make it look easy to do! Shrove Tuesday pancakes for breakfast!! Thank you again for all your tasty recipes and your wonderful mysteries!

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  44. Yummy!I have to try this! 1st 5: momma

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  45. This is so enticing. Thanks for your amazing recipes and your books are fabulous. ellio

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  46. Have never tried a beignet recipe. This doesn't look too hard, will have to give it a try. littl

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  47. I've made fired donuts many times but never beignets. I'll have to give it a try!

    Harbi

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  48. texashowdy@

    Love beignets! Never tried to make them at home though! I need to try the recipe!

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  49. I love beignets. Sometime I will make them. angel

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  50. The beignets sound delicious! I'm a new subscriber to your newsletter via ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  51. These look yummy! I will tyr them soon. aut10

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  52. Yum Yum!
    farrell@crosslake.net

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  53. I love these tasty little pieces of heaven but have been afraid of frying. Since I now own a great cast iron pan I might have to try. Love playing with yeast dough. My grandson is planning on getting married this fall in New Orleans so I may get my fill then. Keep writing and cooking <3.
    bobnt

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  54. Love beignets! Your recipe makes it look so easy. I will have to try making them. Love the Coffeehouse Mysteries, can't wait to read "Dead Cold Brew".
    diannekc8

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  55. Love beignets!!! Can hardly wait to try this recipe!!! Yummy!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  56. Laissez le bon temps rouler!! Love both of your series!!💚💛💜💚💛💜

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  57. These sound wonderful! I have always wanted to try beignets! I can't wait to try this recipe. I love your books so much! Can't wait to read the latest one!
    Flaca

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  58. Beautiful, delicate treats! I adore the recipes in each of your mystery books. I can't wait to read "Dead Cold Brew"!
    bridg

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  59. We had a Mardi Gras dinner at Publix Aprons cooking school this weekend. One dish was short rib beignets, a savory twist, with a wine, wine vinegar, and butter reduction drizzled over them. Quite tasty.
    Dessert was King Cake bread pudding. Super sweet!
    libbyd

    What do you do with the oil after you finish cooking them?

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    1. Libby - Oh, that dinner sounds like fun. The savory beignets remind me of an Italian favorite in our family--anchovy fritters. Marc loves them (me, not so much, but I could go for the short rib beignets)!

      On the oil question: Here in New York City, there are strong notices about NOT pouring oil down the drain. This causes clogged pipes and damages the city sewage system. So here in our house, we place the oil in the trash.

      We know restaurants in the city that use a great deal of cooking oil have a service pick it up for recycling. These days, there are now many companies that provide this service, which is a great thing.

      Thanks for dropping by, Libby, it's always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen!

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

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  60. OMG! These look so yummy. Its funny, I was just looking for beignet recipes before I saw your post on Facebook. Will definitely be printing this recipe out. herna are the first 5 of my email.

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  61. Hi...I watched how you made these...you did a very good tutorial ..made them looks so easy to make. thank you for that. I know now that I must get all of the books that are pictured in the body of this page..so many fun looking covers!rosep had so much fun last night meeting new friends who love your books..

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  62. Thanks for the recipe! I've wanted to try beignets for a long time!
    cherry***@aol.com is what I subscribe with. Thanks for the chance to win too.

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  63. Love your books and very excited to try the beignets recipe! 1st 5: robin

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  64. Love your books! Thanks so much for the recipes! I tried to sign up for your newsletter but I got a return email saying that the address wasn't correct.I would love to sign up for your newsletter my email address is
    edtercross7304atyahoodotcom
    Thank you

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  65. I finished up H.S. in the N.O. area. My friends and I would take the bus to Canal St and walk to Café du Monde for beignets. Heaven. There was a second café there in the French Market whose name I've forgotten. They moved to Metairie in the Fat City area. Once on a visit back I sampled pralines all over the Quarter and decided Aunt Sally's was the best. Maybe I'm just a sucker for tradition.

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  66. love your books, and your recipes. signed up for your newsletter. embam1969@comcast.net

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  67. I've never tried to make beignets before. These look tasty. Thanks for the giveaway!
    turtl

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  68. Wow, those look really good, I usually cheat and use canned biscuits fried up, lol Joann

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  69. The beignets look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    jhtea

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  70. Thanks to all of you for joining us in our celebration of Mardi Gras this week! Marc and I are enjoying your comments. We appreciate your taking the time to stop by, and we wish you all luck in this week's drawing. Like the Terminator, we'll be back...

    xoox

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

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  71. Coffee and Cakes are always good...Coffee has such a great aroma. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  72. Blessings to you Alice and Marc, we truly appreciate your books and giveaways. As always, can't wait for the next book.
    robsn

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  73. Crossing my fingers 🤞🏻

    Colle

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  74. My niece made the beignets for a Sunday brunch - delicious!

    jtcgc

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  75. I love all your books. It takes me away to my happy place. jo.ann.y

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  76. Would love to be in New Orleans now. dtaea

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  77. I love reading your coffeehouse mystery books, while drinking my coffee. My husband & I visited New Orleans & went to Cafe Dumond for their beignets. I also enjoyed drinking their coffee. We also enjoyed eating po' boy sandwiches there too.

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  78. Thanks for the chance to win. Great step by step recipe.
    nerdsrgood

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  79. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Email: hntro
    ❤ you!
    Heather

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  80. I had them in NOLA once, thanks for the recipe. musiq

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  81. Reading your latest Coffeehouse mystery now!
    bjzki
    Barbara

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  82. Yum!! And wow what a list for the giveaway!
    C.stl

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  83. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    patti

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  84. Love Cafe Du Monde, Beignets and Chicory Coffee! I appreciated your great video clips with the recipe instructions. boban

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  85. I enjoy your books and the recipes are a nice bonus!
    rebek

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  86. Love the wonderful food of New Orleans. Such a great city to visit! Thanks for the step-by-step recipe. I really must try to make beignets. They are so good! jrobi

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  87. I wish I had some of your beignets for dessert tonight. They look so tasty. Thanks for the great giveaway an the chance to win some books and a tote. Copies of your recipes are always welcome.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  88. I love this series, and thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe. I love those pralines, they are the best! Thank you for your generosity and this chance to win. areew

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  90. I love your writing! And I must try making the beignets they look sooooo incredibly good! Thank you for a chance to win the most incredible contest. I love to collect cozy author's autographed copies of their books whenever I get the chance. I have a special place for them. north

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  91. These look yummy! I subscribed under maceoindo

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  92. New Orleans is on my bucket list! I'd love to have beignets from there! smy86

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  93. cop51 can't wait to try them !

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  94. Always love your books. The locations are so easy to visualize with your excellent writing. castl

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  95. fezabel
    I love these recipes & the books! Yum!

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  96. I am so hungry for beignets now. Cafe DuMonde delivers right ? lol kphan

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  97. OMG, when I started reading this post I thought you were going to "test" us on Dead to the Last Drop!! It's been so long since I've read it I knew I wouldn't be able to remember any of the details... drat!! But to my relief that was not to be and you have made it quite easy to enter!! Looking forward to trying your recipe for beignets and getting a "taste" of New Orleans right here at home. And of course, I can't wait for Coffehouse Mystery #17! Don't forget to boogie on Fat Tuesday, have a blessed Ash Wednesday, and of course wishing you a glorious Lenten season!! (kjkou)

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  98. Katre is my entry and: laissez les bon temps rouler! Thanks for the recipe...but I think I'd prefer to get to New Orleans as opposed to attempting to make beignets myself! lol

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  99. Will have to try the beignets recipe. Love your newsletters and recipes that you include...it helps fill the time till your next book is released & enjoy the responses from fellow readers of the Coffee House Mysteries...cmeie

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  100. They look amazing!!!!!
    Thanks for the great contest.
    scarl

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  101. Nothing better than beignets and chicory coffee. I will have to give this recipe a try. I already subscribe to your newsletter and look forward to them. Thank you for the chance. dr.ol

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  102. Hi Cleo, Happy Fat Tuesday. Thanks for all of your treats - literary & baked. Here is my e-mail: valerie@systemsiq.com

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  103. Your book puts me in the NOLA zone,with a cup of steaming coffee,fresh beignets on the little iron table beside me and Dead Cold Brew in my hand.When Claire is in a tight spot,I see me pausing for a moment In need of a praline for the stamina to see her through.Oh yes,I can taste this book!,email:quilt

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  104. Happy Marci Gras (Fat Tuesday)!! What a great recipe for any day...love it! Your books are marvelous, too!
    kat87

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  105. Thank you for posting the recipe.
    Trehl

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  106. Those look yummy. Thank you for posting and for the chance to win!!
    fraue

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  107. Coffee and ghosts always make the good times roll! Stamp

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  108. danol
    Great giveaway. Thanks so much. I really enjoy your books. It's like meeting an old friend who has lots of adventures. Amy

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  109. Thanks for the chance to win! First 5 of email: nccub

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  110. Thanks for having such a great giveaway. Happy Fat Tuesday.

    xzjh0

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  111. Recipe looks great. Got the recipe too late to make today, made cinnamon donuts with MardiGras color icing instead. Love the coffeehouse series and recipes. Loved Cold Brew. Can't wait for the next.

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  112. Oh my goodness...Cleo, coffee, and pralines sound like my kind of celebration! Right after the king cake and bignets. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Happy Mardi Gras!
    Jston

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  113. I enjoy the coffee books.
    sgide

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  114. Happy Fat Tuesday. Here in Ohio, it's all about the Paczki!!
    polss

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  116. Good stuff! I remember helping my mom making these for Grandpa as a kid. Books and tasty treats go hand in hand! :)

    kharv

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  117. Love the books and the recipes!
    wezel

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  118. Those yummies look so delectable! Do you deliver?
    Sandi

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  119. Happy Mardi Gras !! Thanks for the great recipe and the giveaway . John6

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  120. What a great giveaway. I've read all your books and recommend them to my friends too. 📚
    That recipe! My mouth is watering and my waistline is expanding as I read it. Can't wait to make them.
    donna

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  121. What a great recipe, I think I just might try it. And fat Tuesday seems a great time.
    6186p

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  122. Fried dough covered in sugar - what could be better? susie

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  123. Oooo fingers and toes crossed!! Laissez le bon temp roulez!!
    in2pu 😁

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  124. First 5 of email: gerim

    I can't wait to make some beignets! It doesn't seem so hard with your detailed instructions.

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  125. Great tutorial. My grandmother used to make us beignets. Merci beaucoups!

    Bookl

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  126. I think I know what I'm making this weekend.

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  127. O M G. They look so good! You can a master because they make it look so easy. Beyond my skill, I'm afraid. Thank you so much for the opportunity! Mberb

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  128. Can Canadians enter? I love the series and can't wait for the next one. Not only is this series entertaining but educational when it comes to coffee culture!

    Thanks for the great reads and recipies. Several have already made their way into my "go-to" category

    khmill is my entry.

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  129. I love beignets! Thanks for the great recipe ash50

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  130. Have had beignets a couple of times in New Orleans and loved them. Never made them though. Can't wait to try the recipe. Janie
    sjbur

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  131. Recipe and book both sound delicious! Love the giveaway.
    kpbar

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  132. Thanks for the update! The Recipes are awesome. Of course, My heart and well wishes go to New Orleans, people were hurt in a parade and my sons have friends that are always in the Thick of the parade.
    Hope all is well. Making Beignets with a twist. Will post you the Recipe if I believe them to be a success.

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  133. Recipes, books and a tote.....what a great giveaway!
    Deann

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  134. Adore your books! I can'the wait for more in both of these great series.

    Jodig

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  135. This is a great giveaway! New Orleans is on my list of places to go!
    susan

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  136. I am def going to try the beignets! Nehez

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  137. I really enjoy your books! Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try making the beignets :)
    Trico

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  138. Thanks for the Beignet recipe.Cafe Du Monde is one of my all time favorite places,an iced coffee ,Beignets and Jazz.
    Never to much powdered sugar.
    ktpot

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  139. I love the Coffeehouse books. Your recipes are wonderful too. I have learned more about coffee and I love it! snoop

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  140. Mmmmm! It's been 45 years since I've tasted a beignet. This is a MUST TRY recipe for sure!! Thanks for a terrific series loaded with amazing recipes!! bskts

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  141. I love the books, the recipes, and the beignets! :) akeen

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  142. Mmmm, those beignets look soooo good! I'd love to win the Mardi Gras contest; I hope I'm not too late! Here's my info: a007g

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  143. Pralines, really?! My achilles heel. I love your recipes and make your coffee syrup a lot. My parents love adding it to warm milk when they visit.
    My first five of email: witch

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  144. What a great recipe and giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance my email starts with darho

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  145. Love, Love, LOVE your books, recipes and Blogs! Keep up the Great Work and THANK YOU!!!!
    scykk

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  146. I've never had beignets nor have I ever been to New Orleans but they both sound wonderful. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    monag

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  147. I love beignets but have never made them! Looks like something I could do! Love the series and the recipes! mindy

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  148. I love the books and recipes! I've turned my mother and sister onto your books. patmo

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  149. I love your books, and also hope that one day you'll release a recipe book with all the recipes in once place

    adbec

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  150. Wow, nothing better than a beignet and a Coffeehouse book. Love being a part of all the fun!!

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  151. I wish I were more of a baker! These look so scrumptious!

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  152. Fat Tuesday, when we eat all the goodies before the start of Lent! batla

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  153. stard

    There was a restaurant in Atlanta that some friends of mine loved to visit just to get a box or two of beignets to take home.

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  154. Love the stories, the recipes and the coffee-making tips! Thanks!! lkilb

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  155. gomula!! I just love the coffee house books!! Can't wait for the next one!!

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  156. Can't wait to try the beignets.
    tappy

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  157. Your books, beignets and coffee. What a treat!

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  158. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Love your books. mjmph

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  159. I loved this book! The beignets look fantastic - wish I could eat them all up!

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  160. Definitely going to try this recipe! Looks delicious! I love reading your books and getting recipes in the books all the time. Keep it up! My info: crunch

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  161. the buns look delicious - warm, soft, sweet.
    Would love to eat one right now.
    Enjoy the books - have read the whole series
    and always look forward to the next installment.
    thanks for sharing. txmlh

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  162. Love your books and newsletters with all the great recipes! Planning on attending one of your book signings in March!

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  163. Love your books and recipes! deede

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  164. Love the books and the recipes! darm_

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  165. Looking forward to eating the real ones this spring! Winning the contest would be an awesome milestone birthday present. joani

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  166. Love your books! mtl16

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  167. You just made my day. Thanks mi3son

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  168. lisaf_ The Beignet's look heavenly. I can't wait to try them. A good book, a good cup of coffee and a Beignet.... what could be better.

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  169. Not sure when the contest is ending - hope I can still win.
    BMali

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    1. The drawing is taking place this Saturday (March 4) at Noon, so no worries, and thanks for stopping by to join the party!

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  170. I would love to win your new book - thank you for the chance! BMALI

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  171. OH my goodness, these look delicious! wagmo

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  172. Love your newsletter and books. raybm

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  173. Just dropping in to thank everyone for joining the party! The drawing for the prize package will take place this Saturday (March 4) at Noon. Plenty of time to enter, and we wish everyone luck!

    Marc and I also want you to know that we're enjoying your comments, and we hope you enjoyed our foodie post. Like the Terminator...we'll be back. :)

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

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  174. I love that you put your recipes in a PDF so I can include in a 3 ring notebook. ccbak

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  175. Recipes are as tempting as ever. Thanks for sharing both recipes and books. kjrs90

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  176. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. I've never tried beignets, but they sound delicious. I love the Claire Cosi books and have read all but the most recent.

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  177. I forgot the first five of my e-mail. klvog

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  178. Love NOLA. Thank you for the recipe. Ehame

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  179. Went to New Orleans over 30 years ago. Bought a Beignets mix at a local grocery store to bring back with us. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  180. karen
    Would love to win!!! Right now I'm reading "Once Upon A Grind"

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  181. sandy Love the series and the recipes. I usually set aside a day or two to sit and loose myself in your books

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  182. Water - (watershell@yahoo.com) Love, love, love your books. I can feel the five pounds gaining on me just by looking at the recipe pictures. Wonderful giveaway. Have all your books and would love to have an autograph! Just signed up for the newsletter!

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  183. First 5 of email: ladbo

    Thanks for great giveaway.

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