Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Cleo Coyle's Irish Whiskey Steak with Royal Tara #Giveaway News

Sadly, for the first time in 258 years, New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade was postponed. The reason, of course, was in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of that, Marc and I decided to make the best of a bad situation and celebrate St. Patrick's Day online with our readers, through our March Newsletter.

Today, we're happy to bring some of that online celebration to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, starting with a few pictures, which I took at past parades, along with a wonderful video from last year's parade...

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Though postponed this year, the St. Patrick's Day parade tradition is beloved by millions, so let's celebrate with this memory until the pipes and drums strike up again...

Click the white arrow in the window above to enjoy a stirring performance by the famous NYPD Pipes & Drums at last year's St. Patrick's Day parade. If you don't see the window, you can view the video on YouTube, by clicking here.

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As for today's recipe, Marc and I are sharing a slightly adapted version of one we first published ten years ago in our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery, Roast Mortem, a story set around the time of St. Patrick’s Day—and for good reason. 

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Our mystery in Roast Mortem paid tribute to New York's firefighters, the same ones who now carry 343 flags in every St. Patrick's Day parade, in memory of the 343 souls their department lost in the service of saving others in New York on September 11, 2001.

Remembering the hard times we've weathered
will help us face 
the challenges ahead...

In honor of all the brave spirits on the front lines today from the first responders to the doctors & nurses & medical staffs, from the supermarket clerks and delivery drivers to all the essential service workers keeping the lights on, we give you a recipe with spirit, a wonderful dish for any day, not just St. Patrick’s Day!

With much love
~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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A Recipe Note from Cleo

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.

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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 (or any oil you have on hand)

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 marinated 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! 

With much love,

Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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  1. Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day, Cleo! I loved your parade video of the NYPD pipes and drums. Your Irish Whiskey Steak looks amazing. Thanks for your wonderful books and recipes. I'll be trying this one!

    1. Thank you, Jessica, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. And I hope you enjoy the steak recipe, as much as Marc and I do. Cheers for stopping by the Kitchen!

      ~ Cleo

  2. Thank you for Wonderful books and recipes.

    1. You are very welcome, Donamae! Thank YOU for the kind comment and for dropping by the Kitchen today. Sending much love...

      ~ Cleo

  3. Karen Halsey
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Looks Delicious. Have to try this week end. Thank you for you books and recipes.

    1. Karen - You are very welcome! Thank you for dropping by the Kitchen today, and Marc and I hope our recipe brings you plenty of joy.

      ~ Cleo

  4. The recipe looks delicious. Sad that the parade had to be cancelled, but the spirit can't be dimmed. Thanks for all you do for your readers.

    1. Hi, Mason - Thank you so much for dropping by the Kitchen today. It is a sad and tense time for many in the country and the world and definitely for those of us in New York right now. You have cheered me with your kind words, and staying positive will get us through. Take care of yourself and thanks again for stopping by! With much love...

      ~ Cleo

  5. this recipe looks wonderful. thank you. and thanks for the tips

    1. You're very welcome, Lori! Thanks for stopping by today.

      ~ Cleo

  6. The steak looks so good. My son does the cooking on our indoor grill. I'm not very good with it. To be fair, I'm not good at cooking period.
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    1. Hi, Linda - Thank you! On the cooking thing. I understand, and I think that's the benefit of simple recipes like this. You don't have to be an expert at cooking to enjoy it. With so many people home right now, simpler recipes can help a lot. Thanks for dropping by today. Be well and stay safe...

      ~ Cleo