Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WIFE vs. HUSBAND "Is it Sauce or Soup?" by Cleo Coyle + #BookGiveaway

So I was cleaning out the refrigerator—an interesting exercise in culinary archaeology—and I mentioned to my husband, Marc, that I’d found six whole tomatoes in the crisper, and they were in no shape for a salad or garnish. "I hate to throw them out, so if you want to do something with them, be my guest..."

Cleo ponders a solution to
overripe tomatoes.
(BTW, these weren't them.)

An hour later, sitting at my laptop, my concentration was broken by an enticing scent. I followed the aromatic breadcrumbs to find my six-foot husband bent over a steaming pot. "It’s a sauce, but it’s pretty loose," he said. "I was about to thicken it with a small can of tomato paste."

I tasted it and shook my head. "You don’t need tomato paste because you’ve made an amazing tomato soup here, not a sauce." Then he tasted it and shook his head. "It’s not soup yet, but it could be..."

I agreed. "Especially if you cream it!"

Another half hour ticked by. When I sampled the soup again, it tasted even better.

"I think it’s more of a chowder or stew than a soup," my husband now insisted. "Whatever you want to call it, the stuff is great,” I replied. And the best part of this story is that you, dear reader, do not have to take my word for it. You can try the recipe for yourself.

Cleo Coyle's (Spring Excavation)

Bacon and Tomato Soup

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Cleo Coyle's (Spring Excavation)
Bacon and Tomato Soup

Makes about 6 servings


5 slices bacon, chopped
¼ pound ground sausage (we had breakfast sausage on hand)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
2 yellow onions, diced
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
1 tablespoon oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers
6 large tomatoes, cleaned and chopped
1 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
1 cup water
¼ cup heavy cream

STEP 1 - PRIME THE POT: Sauté the bacon in a five quart pot. When the bacon is browned, add the sausage and break it up. When the pork is browned add salt, the ground black pepper, and the garlic cloves (whole). Cook until the outside of the garlic begins to look clear, about 3 to 5 minutes.

STEP 2 - ADD THE VEGETABLES: Stir in the diced onions and carrots, and the chopped celery. Cook over medium heat, about 5 to 8 minutes.

STEP 3 - SPICE PLUS TOMATOES: Add the oregano and crushed red pepper, stir well and cook for another minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir the pot. Finally add the stock and the water. Stir as the ingredients come to a boil. Cover loosely and simmer over a low heat for about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.

STEP 4 - CREAM IT: For added richness, add heavy cream (or half-and-half or even milk) after thirty minutes and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes. Buzz with a hand blender, if you like, to smooth the texture.

Serve hot with crackers or crusty bread and...


Have a beautiful spring!

Cleo Coyle's (Spring Excavation)
Bacon and Tomato Soup
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Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

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Sue Williams!


  1. Definitely would love to read Dead Cold Brew! EMS591@aol.com

  2. That soup looks awesome, like something you'd expect to get from Panera. Love how Marc just dug in and didn't have to waste the tomatoes. Thank you for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. It makes me hungry, even though I just ate - so glad my library has your books, but I sure would love to win one - Taylor R. Williams, trwilliams69@msn.com

  4. Soup sounds yummy. I love it when I can use up whatever I have sitting in the fridge or pantry and make some tasty out of it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. A little of this, and a bit of that, with a smidgen of some other goodies, and, behold, a masterpiece!
    The sign of a true cook.
    Well done.
    I've got the book, so I don't need to be in the drawing.

  6. I love tomato soup your recipe sounds awesome. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance.

  7. Can't wait to read this one! The recipe sounds great! Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

  8. 25 recipes is quite a bonus. I love your books.

    1. Sue - I'm pleased to inform you that (by random number draw) you won my comment giveaway. Congrats!

      Thanks to everyone for all of your comments, Marc and I appreciate the time you took to stop by. And we hope you all enjoy our newest Coffeehouse Mystery (#17), out this week, SHOT IN THE DARK!

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

  9. So excited! Love your books and recipes! Thank you for a chance to win! jmhansen2017(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I look forward to each book published...just love them...and thanks for recipes!

  11. Have read all your books and enjoy trying your recipes. This soup looks great. Everything tastes better with bacon!

  12. Really interested in your book Dead Cold Brew. Thanks for the chance. If I win, please contact me at: paula (dot) riccobono (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance.

  14. The soup sounds delicious it reminded me of Clare in your books. I want to read dead cold brew badly. Ty for the chance, donamaekutska7@gmail.com here’s hoping.

  15. Thanks for the recipe - looks and sounds delicious!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  16. We are still getting sprinklings of snow where I am. I think I could just about face that with a good bowl of tomato soup. It certainly looks like your husband came up with a tasty version of it. That and cheese bread seems perfect!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  17. Excavation soup indeed! Sounds delicious.

  18. The bacon and tomato soup looks amazing. Love this series! Can't wait to read "Dead Cold Brew".

  19. Your soup recipe sounds delicious. It would be good to eat while reading your book (hint, hint).
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  20. You souped the sauce! I can almost taste it. I do hate wasting food. I appreciate our compost bin, because foods that are not quite edible anymore are recycled! Thanks for a chance to win. Your series is amazing! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com.

  21. I love your books and would love a copy of this one as well! Thank you for the opportunity! Wjcline@att.net

  22. Is it OK for me to give this recipe to the Soup Guru at my local restaurant? I'd love to see it on their menu; and I'd enjoy reading another of your books. pjcoldren(at)tm.net

  23. What a delectable soup to enjoy while reading your wonderful series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. Soup is a cure for my ills and this soup is so enticing and special. Your books are a pleasure. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. I just noticed that the man in the illustration is left-handed.
    Does this accurately represent you two?

  26. Loved the recipe & thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. Jumping in to say THANK YOU ALL for the kind comments. Marc and I love cooking (and writing) for you! Our giveaway drawing will take place later this week, and we absolutely welcome more comments and entries below mine.

    Like the Terminator, I'll be back.... :)

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

  28. That soup sounds amazing and seeing tomorrow is National Grilled Cheese Day, I may be making it to go along with the sandwiches! I love the series! I am just starting it, so have a few to catch up on!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. I am a coffee and book junkie!! and my birthday is April 15th!! Thanks for the giveaway!!