Tuesday, July 22, 2014

4 MUSTS for Your Summer Cookouts and a Billionaire recipe for Coffee-Marinated Steak from Cleo Coyle

Five years ago this week, I joined a wonderful group of crime-writing cooks in the launch of a brand new blog called Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. I'm thrilled to see the blog is still going strong, and I continue to wish my fellow bloggers (past and present) a very Happy Anniversary! 

Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.
Last Tuesday, I updated you on one of our past members, Julie Hyzy. If you missed that post, click here. She's got a new release that you'll learn about, along with a few memories (and recipes) from our early years.

My own anniversary post today is a little like Julie's. I thought it would be fun to look back in time to my very first recipe for Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Of course it involved coffee.

To read my very first post for Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, click here. Or download a free PDF of the recipe by clicking the link below...

Click here for the PDF of the very first recipe
I shared five years ago here at MLK.
This look back in time to my steak BBQ started me thinking about summer cookouts in general and your summer cookouts in particular. What are your favorite cookout foods? To find out, I created a poll. I invite you to answer this question:

What 4 things are a MUST
for your Summer Cookouts? 


Read my

and get a new recipe

My "Billionaire BBQ" book
giveaway drawing is now over. 

Congrats to my winner...

Tracy Fitzwater!

Stay tuned for more chances to win
brand new (signed) copies of
my latest Coffeehouse Mystery...

Billionaire Blend

Is the billionaire a victim?
Or a master of murder?

On sale in its new
paperback edition
August 5th!

Cheers and enjoy your
summer cookouts, 

~ Cleo

Our Photo Contest!

P.S. To celebrate our Fifth Anniversary, we had a fun photo contest.

To see all the fun photo entries, click here
and scroll down. To see our winners, click here.


  1. I went with Burgers, Hot Dogs, Steak, and S'Mores. Got to have dessert after all.

    carstairs38 at gmail

  2. I chose Burgers, Chicken, Steak and Other (bratwursts!). On any given night our grilled dinner is usually the brats, plus one of the others. Steak and brats are awesome together, btw.

  3. I chose burgers, hot dogs, corn and watermelon. Although we do other things too. Depends on how hot it is and who we're having over.

  4. I chose the things most likely to be at our cookout--steak, beer, potato salad, and cole slaw. We would have more though. I already own your book, but I enjoy your posts and books.

  5. I chose hot dogs, potato salad, corn and watermelon. Of course that's what I like hubby would go with the burgers.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

  6. I have Billionaire Blend in hardcover, so I don't need to enter the contest.
    But a very happy anniversary to you all.
    Here's to many, many more!

  7. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and watermelon...when do we eat? :)

    patucker54 at aol dot com