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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Irish Whiskey Steak for St. Patrick’s Day with a Fun #Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

On March 17th, everyone is a little bit Irish. Here in New York, the wearing of the green starts early as we line Fifth Avenue to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—the world’s oldest and largest with more than two million spectators...

Members of New York’s Bravest (firefighters) and its Finest (police department) march in tribute to the many Irish immigrants who've worked in our city fighting fires and crime for generations...

Which is why today’s recipe is adapted from one my husband and I published in the recipe section of our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery Roast Mortem, a story set around the time of St. Patrick’s Day—and for good reason. The mystery pays tribute to New York's firefighters, the same ones who now march in that annual parade carrying 343 flags, in memory of the 343 souls their department lost in the service of saving others in New York on September 11, 2001.

In honor of that brave Irish spirit, we give you a recipe with spirit. A wonderful dish for St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


Scroll to the end of this post to
enter our fun St. Patrick's Day

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
Learn about their books 
by clicking here and here.

Irish Whiskey Steak

Inspired by the ingredients of Irish coffee, my husband and I married whiskey and java in this recipe for an outrageously delicious marinade. 

The coffee accents the earthiness of the beef, which stands in contrast to the spirited brightness of the whiskey. The combination creates the kind of complexity that gives beautiful flavor, a finish so good you won’t need steak sauce, just a thick slice of bread to sop up every bit of those sizzling steak juices on your plate...

To download a free PDF
of this recipe that you can print,
save, or share, click here.

Cleo Coyle's
Irish Whiskey Steak

Makes 2 servings


1/3 cup Irish whiskey (we like Jameson)

1/4 cup freshly brewed (and cooled) coffee or espresso

4 tablespoons sesame oil

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 T-bone, rib-eye, or shell steaks (2–3 pounds total)


(1) Whisk together the whiskey, coffee, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and pour into a shallow dish or pan that is large enough to hold 2 steaks flat (single layer, no overlap­ping).

(2) Cover the dish, pan, or container with plastic wrap, and marinate the meat for 1 hour in the refrigerator, then flip and marinate for a second hour. During the last 20 minutes, remove the steak from the refrigerator and allow the meat to reach room temperature.

(3) Sauté the steaks over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast-iron skillet or on a stovetop grill pan (that's what you see in my photos). Cook 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 7–8 minutes per side for medium-well. You can also broil or grill them on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill. 

NOTE: If your steak is on the thick side, see "Cleo's Quick Kitchen Hack" below for a restaurant technique on finishing it...


The Steak Roll...

When your steak is on the thick side, be sure to "roll" it on its sides (as shown above) at the end of the cooking process to get a nice browning on those fatty white edges.


(4) Be sure you allow the steak to rest at least ten minutes before slicing so the juices are able to re-collect. If sliced too soon, those important juices may run out and your steak will taste dry instead of moist and juicy—the best way to eat with joy!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Our newest mystery is 
now a bestselling hardcover!

Coffee. It can get a girl killed.


A "Most Wanted" Mystery Guild Selection
A Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick
Three "Best of Year" Lists

Dead to the Last Drop 
is also a culinary mystery with 
more than 25 delicious recipes!

See the free illustrated 
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. 

(with mini plot summaries)

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Marc and I also write
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Get a free title checklist of
books in order, along with
mini plot summaries, 

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

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Prize #1 - Irish Blessing Mug

While we can't give you a bottle of Irish whiskey, we can give you this beautiful bone china "Irish Blessing" coffee mug designed in Galway with Celtic symbols and the words of the old Irish blessing...

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand..."

Roast Mortem:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
with firehouse recipes!
Click to learn more.

Prizes #2 and #3

We’re also giving away a set of our autographed glossy recipe cards as well as an autographed copy of Roast Mortem, our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery, which pays tribute to New York’s firefighters, generations of whom have been proud descendants of Irish immigrants.

The story follows our amateur sleuth Clare, a middle-aged single mother and coffeehouse manager, who barely gets out of a burning cafe alive. The fire turns out to be arson, set by someone who appears to be targeting the city's cafes.

Looking for clues to the culprit, Clare ends up befriending members of a local firehouse. And when some of these men begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare can see there’s more to this case than simple arson and fears more than New York’s Bravest will end up burned...

Click to see some
of the book's recipes.

In the course of this mystery, Clare not only exchanges clues with the firefighters, she swaps some great recipes. 

The result is a culinary mystery with delicious spins on firehouse favorites. May you read (and eat) with joy! 

~ Cleo

 "No one combines a cozy atmosphere
with a realistic crime novel any better
than Cleo Coyle. . . . a winner."

~ Lesa Holstine,
award-winning contributing
reviewer to Library Journal and
Mystery Readers Journal

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.