Showing posts with label Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Show all posts

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Serving Spirits for the Holidays? Jack Shepard, PI Ghost, offers himself and Irish Coffee via Cleo Coyle

Something spooked our scheduled guest today, so we asked a good friend of ours to step in. Meet Jack Shepard, the hardboiled PI star of our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Take it away, Jack!

~ Cleo Coyle


Jack Shepard will be right over...

Jack: Hello Guys and Dolls, had enough turkey yet? Or maybe you’re just tired of sitting around the dining room table with a bunch of turkeys? 

Cleo: Hey, Jack, watch the attitude. And remember what I told you about your language. This blog is G-rated. Keep it clean.

Jack: Okey-doke, doll. I'll do my best.
If your audience is serving spirits this holiday season, I'll be right over. I've got a recipe for them, too. It's a nice warm drop for a cold winter's night . . . or afternoon...

The view from Cleo's
window in Queens, New York

Cleo: I'm listening, Jack. So what is this "warm drop" for a cold winter's night?

Jack: Irish Coffee, doll. Didn't you read the headline? Hey, wait a minute, there's coffee in it, so it's a breakfast beverage, too, right? 

Cleo: Irish Coffee for breakfast? I don't know...

Jack: My gal pal, Penelope McClure (that's "Pen" for short), you remember her, don't you? She owns Buy The Book, that quaint little shop in Quindicott, RI, that I like to haunt . . . anyway Pen calls this drink the "breakfast of champions for the film noir" set. 

Cleo: Did you actually type film noir, Jack? I can't believe it. Don't you have a problem with that term.

Jack: Don't remind me. And don't get me started on a flock of over-educated critics giving a French name to a bunch of B-movies that couldn't afford color. This 21st Century of yours is a circus with one too many clowns. Why I stick around for this silliness, you tell me.

Cleo: I will, Jack, and her name is Pen.

Jack: No comment. But I will present Pen's question for the ages: Does Film Noir Have a Drinking Problem? You decide...

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They Drink by Night

"Does Film Noir Have a Drinking Problem?"

Click the arrow in the window above
to watch the video. What's that?
You don't see a window above?
How about a door? Kidding, kidding...

You can also watch the video
on YouTube by
clicking here.

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Baileys Irish Coffee with Irish Whiskey

Courtesy Jack Shepard, PI, and Baileys


2 ounces Baileys® Original Irish Cream

6 ounces freshly-brewed hot joe

1 ounce Irish whiskey

Whipped Cream (optional, unless you're a dame)

Jack's Directions: Combine Baileys, coffee, whiskey, top with whipped cream (if you're a dame) and enjoy.

Oh, yeah. The scribblers tell me that the Baileys people are hawking other flavors. You dolls might like 'em. Me? I'll stick to the original and Jameson, thanks.

Love, Jack

Friend or Follow Jack Shepard on Facebook
clicking here. He doesn't Tweet yet, but give him time (he has plenty of it, an eternity actually).

Cleo: Thanks for stepping in today, Jack. I appreciate it. As it happens, I kind of like those other Baileys flavors! Not all are available in the USA, but the list includes Hazelnut, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla Cinnamon, Orange Truffle, Biscotti, and the newest one is Chocolate Cherry.

To learn more about Jack Shepard, PI Ghost,
and his Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, click here.

Haunted Bookshop Mysteries 

Download this free title checklist (PDF),
with mini plot summaries, 
by clicking here.

Cleo: Any parting thoughts, Jack?
Or should I say departing?

Jack: Now who's being a wiseacre?

Cleo: What is it you always tell Pen?

"I'll see you in your dreams."
~ Love, Jack

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Learn more about Jack Shepard, 
our PI ghost by clicking here. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cleo Coyle's Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Chocolate Chip Cobbler a la mode...
Now that's eating with joy!

Cleo Coyle is author 
of the bestselling
published by 
Penguin Books.
It all started with one of my Coffeehouse Mystery readers, Alicia Farage, who left a comment about "chocolate cobbler" on my Facebook page. (Feel free to friend me on facebook, everyone, I often post recipes on my Wall.) 

Now I'm sure some of you are familiar with these kinds of pour-over cobblers, but I had never made, eaten, or heard of chocolate cobbler before Alicia mentioned it. I researched this dish and found many versions existed: some with fruit like strawberries and bananas, others with nuts and additional ingredients and toppings. Finally, I played around with Alicia's straight chocolate recipe and created my own version, which pays tribute to one of my all-time favorite cookies, chocolate chip. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks again to Alicia for the foodie inspiration... 

Cleo Coyle's
Chocolate Chip Cobbler

To download this recipe in a free PDF format that you can print, save, or share, click here!


Chocolate topping
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

Cobbler batter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or block chocolate, chopped)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk

Into 9-inch cake pan
4 Tablespoons butter

Final liquid layer
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup brewed coffee (You won't taste the coffee; it works to deepen 
     the chocolate flavor -- I use the leftovers in my drip pot.)


Step 1: Create chocolate topping — Mix sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Create cobbler batter — Stir together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate), vanilla, and milk. Mix until all ingredients are well blended but do not over mix the batter or you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and toughen the end product.

Step 3: Melt butter and boil water + coffee — Place the butter in a 9-inch cake pan. Put into a preheated 350º F. oven. Once butter has melted, carefully remove pan. Place water and coffee in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 4: Assemble layers...


Into the pan with the melted butter,
pour in your cobbler batter (do not stir).

Sprinkle chocolate topping

over the batter (do not stir).

Finally, pour the hot water and coffee
mixture over it all (do not stir).

Step 5: Bake and serve — Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 350º F. Do not over cook! Cobbler is done when the batter is baked and no longer doughy. Do not bake it so long that everything in the pan hardens. Liquefied chocolate should be bubbling up through the baked cobbler like a Willy Wonka primordial swamp. (This is perfect!) While still warm and magnificently gooey, spoon into bowls, serve with ice cream or whipped cream, and...

Care for a slice?

May you eat
(and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.

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more than 25 delicious new recipes!
Get a free Recipe Guide by 

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The bestselling Penguin hardcover 
is now a bestseller in paperback!

Once Upon a Grind 
by Cleo Coyle

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A Best of the Year Pick ~ Kings River Life 
"Fresh and fun...clever" ~ Booklist
A Mystery Guild Selection 


Join coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi as she solves the crime against "Sleeping Beauty," opens secret doors (uptown and down), and investigates a cold case that's been unsolved since the Cold War.


Wonderful recipes are also featured
in Cleo's 14th culinary mystery, Once Upon a Grind including...

* Dairy-Free "Cinderella" Pumpkin Cake
* Dairy-Free Almond Milk Custard
* Caramel-Dipped Meltaway Cookies 
* Black Forest Brownies 
* Cappuccino Blondies 
* Shrimp Kiev
* Dr Pepper Glazed Chicken
* Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies
* Poor Man's Caviar
* Snow White Chocolate Mocha

...and many more recipes, including 
a guide to reading coffee grinds...

See Once Upon a Grind's 
Recipe Guide by clicking here.

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Billionaire Blend:
A Coffeehouse Mystery

To buy now, click links for... 

See Billionaire Blend's
Recipe Guide by
 clicking here.

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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
15 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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Book #1 of
which Cleo write under the name 
Alice Kimberly

Haunted Bookshop 

Get a free title checklist, with 
mini plot summaries, by clicking here.

Or learn more about the books
and meet Jack Shepard,
our PI ghost by clicking here.

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Comments and

To leave a comment or question 
for Cleo, click here and visit the 
Coffee Talk Message Board 
at her online coffeehouse.

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Subscribe to Cleo's free Coffeehouse E-Newsletter with bonus recipes, fun info, books news, and drawings for signed books, premium coffees, and more....

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