Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Today is National Food on a Stick Day. (No kidding.) And one thing you can say about putting food on a stick. It's fun.
Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

With spring now officially here, we can glimpse summer just over the hill, and that means backyard cookouts, where food on stick got its antediluvian start.

For our post this week, Marc and I decided to kickoff summer fun a little early with recipe links to a few of our "food on a stick" recipes AND a poll on your favorite foods to eat on a pole (pun intended)...

Take the poll (below) and
tell us how you 
in the 
comments on this post. 

Feel free to write in your own
favorite under the "other" choice. 

If you do not see the poll above, click here to vote.


Cleo's Food on a Stick Recipes

And here are a few fun, "food on a stick" recipes of ours. To see the step-by-step recipes, simply click on the photos below...

Banana Split on a Stick 

This is our Coffeehouse version of a Banana Split for Grown-ups with an easy microwave recipe for making "magic shell" chocolate. It's a fun and impressive way to serve a banana split as a dessert, even for a formal dinner. For the recipe click here or on the photo above.


Bourbon Hot Dog Bites

Shockingly delicious.
For the recipe, click here
or on the photo above...


Bacon-Wrapped App

Delicious and nutritious, a splash of pure maple syrup before cooking is the secret to producing prodigious flavors in one little bite. For the recipe, click here or on the photo above.


City Chicken on a Stick 

Do you know why City Chicken has no chicken? Join us for a new look at a century-old comfort food recipe, with step-by-step photos and a free, downloadable PDF. Click here or on the photo above.

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Food on a Stick

Giveaway Prizes

Stainless Steel Roasting Sticks with
a bonus of 10 bamboo skewers...

We have a set of these babies and love them. Stainless steel rods with wooden handles of assorted colors. They collapse for storage and transport and expand to let you and your family and friends spear marshmallows, hot dogs, sausages, fruits, or veg, and roast them over the grill or open fire. There's even a little rotation dial on the handle for you to easily turn the stick.



An autographed copy of our newest
Coffeehouse Mystery, DEAD COLD BREW,
in its beautiful hardcover edition. 

An autographed paperback copy of our
mystery set in Washington, DC,

A large, durable canvas Coffeehouse Mystery
tote bag, featuring a favorite saying of Madame's
(the octogenarian owner of our fictional coffeehouse):
"Survive everything. And do it with style."

Cannoli Cream Cupcakes
from Dead Cold Brew

And a set of autographed recipe cards,
featuring favorite recipes from
many of our culinary mysteries.


If you'd like to be entered in our random drawing for the prizes (above), leave a comment on this post, telling us how you voted, and include the first 5 characters of the email address you used to sign up for our Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. (That's how we'll contact you if you win.) If you're not a subscriber to our Newsletter, we invite you to sign up...


Simply write an email with the words 
"Sign me up!" and send it to:

When you sign up, you will receive links
to past newsletters, including the one above.

Good luck!

Alice and Marc in Central Park. 
Together we write as... 

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

Learn more about us here.
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“A fabulous diamond, blackmail,
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murder and a decades-old family scandal
…with lusciously rich recipes.”

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To buy now, click links for... 


This culinary mystery includes
more than 25 delicious recipes!
To get the Free Recipe Guide,

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
16 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


See mini plot summaries 
for every title and news on
 Cleo's next release!

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Marc and I also write
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

To get a free title checklist, 
with mini plot summaries, 

To learn more about the 
books and meet Jack Shepard, 
our PI ghost...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Herby Cheesy Spread -- #bookgiveaway

LESLIE BUDEWITZ:  I’ve often said one of the secrets to adult life is to have friends who cook well, and I’m particularly fortunate in that regard. When I visited Seattle for the launch of ASSAULT & PEPPER, my first Seattle Spice Shop Mystery, I stayed with Lita, my best friend from college. She inspires me in many ways, not least in the kitchen. She’s got a knack I’ve given my main character, Pepper, for being able to step into her kitchen and emerge with what appears to be spontaneous deliciosity.

The moment I tasted this dip, loosely based on a three-cheese dip she watched Alton Brown make on his TV show, I knew I’d have to share it with Mr. Right—and with you.

If you’ve read my Spice Shop Mysteries, you know that the recipe section includes one or two recipes for the seasonal spice blends Pepper and the crew are mixing up at the shop. KILLING THYME includes a terrific Italian blend. I posted the blend two weeks ago with the Herbed Black Bean Pasta Salad; here’s the link. You can also use a commercial blend if you have one.

This spread is even better the second or third day—if you can keep yourself from eating it all at once. An easy flavor variation: substitute 2 tablespoons of the Italian blend for the herbs and spices listed below, and omit the ½ teaspoon salt.

(Sorry the pictures aren’t so great—I took them with the old camera, now-deceased!)

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of KILLING THYME, the second Seattle Spice Shop Mystery!

Pepper’s Herby-Cheesy Spread 

4 to 5 ounces Parmesan or Parmesan-Reggiano, cut in small cubes
4 to 5 ounces Asiago, cut in small cubes
4 scallions or ¼ cup chives, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1½ teaspoons Aleppo pepper***
1 clove garlic
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons black pepper
½ cup olive oil, more or less

***Aleppo pepper is hard to find these days, because of the war in Syria. Substitute Maras peppers, the Turkish counterpart, or any good red pepper. A paprika, especially a smoked paprika would also be tasty.

Place the cheese cubes in the bowl of a large food processor and pulse or chop until coarse. Add the scallions or chives, and the oregano, red pepper flakes, Aleppo pepper, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Process until fully mixed.

Pour in the olive oil and process until fully blended and smooth. Use less oil for a thicker spread, more oil for a thinner, smoother spread. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your palate.

Let the spread sit at room temperature until you’re ready to serve it, to allow the flavors to develop. Store leftovers in the fridge, but let the spread return to room temperature before diving in again to get the fullest flavor. Serve with hearty crackers, crostini, or cut vegetables.

DO YOU have a favorite recipe from a friend? Do tell!

Leave a comment below, with your email address, for a chance to win a signed copy of KILLING THYME, the second Seattle Spice Shop Mystery! The winner will be chosen on Friday, October 21.

From the cover of KILLING THYME. out October 4 in paperback, e-book, and audio:  

At Seattle Spice in the Pike Place Market, owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer…

Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun. 

While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. after Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. 

But as Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.

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