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? 


TAKE THE POLL.

Read my
"POLL RESULTS" POST

and get a new recipe
by CLICKING HERE!


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, 
everyone!

~ 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.



51 comments:

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

    carstairs38 at gmail

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

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


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  8. I voted for burgers, ribs, watermelon and brats. But I love corn on the cob also. And the baked beans and potato salads are always good too. And chicken. And shrimp. And....

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  9. There's so much that I love about cooking out! burgers with potato salad, brats and hotdogs with baked beans. yum! thanks for having the contest!
    annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  10. It was hard to pick out just four!

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  11. I chose my favorites. And I'm a corn snob, so in an ideal world, the water would be put on to boil before the corn was picked from the garden. These days I reluctantly settle for the freshest from the farm stand.

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  12. I choose hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, and my pasta salad. My pasta salad is a must have during the summer months.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  13. Had to choose steak, corn on the cob, potato salad and beer. Of course being in Fl we can have a cookout just any time of the year.

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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  14. Steak, steak and more steak, plus sweet corn, plus baked bean, plus . . . but can't leave out my son's wonderful special baked potatoes. Slices and seasons them, cooks up a little crisp bacon to add while serving - yum. Everything is better on the grill. Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  15. Salmon, Sweet Corn, Pasta Salad and Watermelon. Mouthwatering and perfect. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Happy Anniversary on the blog. I chose 4, but really like to do all sorts of things on the grill. I guess we just like variety and don't want to cook inside in the summer.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  17. Happy Anniversary! Lovely posts each day and summery fare. Veggies, Cole Slaw, Lamb Burgers and Watermelon. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Truthfully I think you have to have potato salad at a BBQ, but I've never liked potato salad, lol! So I went with burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and beer. (I like to have sangria or wine for the ladies, too.)

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  19. Ready to grill. Sending steak recipe to my coffee loving brother. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  20. Happy 5th Anniversary! I choose burgers, coleslaw, grilled veggies and watermelon! your1chef at aol.com

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  21. Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon are what I need.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  22. Thanks to each and every one of you for taking my poll and joining in the fun! I am thoroughly enjoying your personal cookout menus, including suggestions for "off the menu" items that are a must for you and/or your family. Keep the comments coming... Like the Terminator, I'll be back!

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

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  23. Burgers, chicken, hotdogs love to cookout.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  24. burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon
    Told a friend

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  25. I can't believe beer has only gotten 4% of the votes. Yinz guys have never been to one of my cookouts...

    Besides beer, I picked hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato salad. If I'd have had a fifth choice it might have been ham barbecues with Isaly's Chipped Ham.

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  26. Hot dogs, burgers, corn, and watermelon are musts. I'm not toooo adventurous with the bbq ye