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Belated Happy Birthday!I'm reading Holiday Buzz (Again!) because it's a good story and I'm liking the recipes. Please, when will you post the 8 napkin Patty Melt recipe? The way you described it sounds wonderful! (And I'm going to bake the New York Cheesecake cookies for our next office party.) Jenny
Happy Birthday, Alice!Thank you for bringing so many hours of joy to so many fans! And for all the fun new recipes to try! Enjoy your day!!
Happy Birthday Alice/Cleo!Here's to many more birthdays! Thank you so much for your books and recipes. I love to watch for new recipes on your websites.
Finally was able to read Holiday Buzz!
Great story, I loved the Real Housewives element. And I'm finding I'm getting the Coffeehouse mysteries for the recipes as much as the mystery stories! Happy Birthday!
note to cleoHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALICE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TAKE CARE A2
Note to CleoI live part of the year in a small coffee growing community in rural southern Costa Rica. I love your books and have enjoyed watching coffee grow here, being harvested, going to the washing process and to the toasting shop. If you ever want to put something about coffee growing, drinking, etc in Costa Rica, let me know. I have a small house in the mountains an house north of Panama. Thanks for the wonderful books! Becky
Note to CleoI love your books! I'm currently starting #6. My husband and I own 2 coffee houses ( one in Cambridge, Ma. And one in NH). I also love to bake. I don't work in the coffeehouse ( I have a different job)- but I'm currently working on revamping our muffins. I always end up brewing more coffe when I'm reading one of your books! Thanks for writing them! Pam
ITALIANSo nice to hear another ITALIAN made it... am one from WV..also made it ... love your books and receipes just brought back from SGF BLACK ANISE ciao, Anna
Follow up on übe recipe request
I have been patiently waiting for the übe cake recipe you said would be available from your book, A Brew to a Kill...Could you please share it with us. Thanks very much..
A Brew to a Kill :
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Cleo's reply - Well, we're certainly getting closer now because I've finally located and purchased the ube and the macapuno, and I'll be making the cake soon. It's a beautiful cake, and I'm looking forward to sharing the recipe, as well as places to special order the ingredients. (You will not find the key ingredients for this exotic cake in a local grocery store. You will need to special order them online.) In the meantime, as a gift to my readers, I did share an easy recipe last month for Blue Velvet Cupcakes, which were also mentioned in A Brew to a Kill as being inspired by the ube cake. See the link below at my new blog - CleoCoyleRecipes.com. That ube cake recipe is coming soon, along with many new, delicious recipes inspired by the culinary adventures of Clare and Co. I hope they'll be worth the wait.
Thanks for your patience,
Happy New Year, and God bless you!
Blue Velvet Cupcakes
inspired by the Ube Cake
from A Brew to a Kill
If you missed this recipe,
get it now by clicking here
and bake with joy!
Mike Quinns Xmas Present
Cleo, What was Mike's Christmas gift you left on the train. I know about the ingle scarf to your barrista's. Your books are great and I have read eveyone of them. especially the coffe recipes. T. Keller
Thank you very much for your comment.
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Your series is wonderful! I'm Social worker case manager at a large state hospital psych crisis unit. Your books are how wind down each evening. The residents love the coffeeI now make them & oh the wonderful recipe treats thank u, Beth
Cleo's reply to come this week, Beth,
thank you so much for this wonderful comment!
Dear Cleo, Many thanks for replying to my question about Mrs. Li's Warm Custard Sauce. I have printed out your suggestions and added to my recipe. I will definitely try making the sauce again and hopefully I will be more patient and follow your directions to a "T"!
Cleo's reply to come this week, and thank you for stoppng back to comment!
YippeeThank you for the info on Expresso shot I have bought and listened to all up to this book and wanted to stay in order. Even tho all can stand alone it is still best to go in order for me.
i need Espresso Shot in Audiobook
I can't find Espresso Shot in Audiobook format is it available anywhere?
Cleo's reply - I'm very happy to report that AudioGo (BBC America Audiobooks) will be releasing Espresso Shot in audio book form on February 1. Find out more by visiting the Espresso Shot page on their website, where you can also pre-order...
CLICK HERE to visit the Espresso Shot product page at AudioGo. Thanks for asking and I hope you like the upcoming release.
Listen with joy!
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To make your own SAZON: substitute 3 tablespoons annatto powder (grind whole seeds in a coffee grinder. ..or use paprika for color not flavor) 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp garlic powder 3/4 tsp cumin 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander ½ tsp allspice 2 tsp salt <--heart healthy concerns, I omit ...the chicken for the chicken has enough added salt water I can do without the added salt in the sazon 1 tsp onion powder ¼ tsp tumeric 1/2 tsp cayenne (optional) Yield: just about ½ cup, about 7-8 tbsp
Holiday Buzz is Great!Holiday Buzz is the newest addition to the Coffeehouse Mysteries series and perhaps the best! I love how the characters continue to evolve with each book. I feel like I know them all personally. Thank you for another fantastic adventure and I am always looking forward the next one. Cindy
Holiday BuzzI just finished Holiday Buzz and loved it. I've actually be a coffeehouse mystery fan for years. I look forward to the next book, always. And now comes the 10 month wait for Billionare Blend! Thanks again for always delivering an awesome book. Regards, Daphne
Great but no BogusBooks that get out, webpage, recipes are all terrific! Will Bogus Bookseller ever see light of day?
new york cheesecake cookies
Please excuse the typos!
Cleo's reply - no worries! I fixed them for you! :)
new york cheesecake cookies
I love the coffehouse mysteries, and I barely can wait a year everytime to get my hands on the next one ... But I suppose I have to :) In "Holiday Buzz" however, I found the first recipe I really wanted to try: New York Cheesecake Cookies. Unfortunately we don't have vanilla cake mix here in Germany. Could you by any chance give me a hint how to work around that fact?
New York Cheesecake Cookies
Recipe found in the recipe section
of Holiday Buzz. To see more of the
recipes from the book, click here.
Cleo's reply -
I'm delighted to hear from you, Eva. Thank you so much for the nice words about our Coffeehouse Mysteries. You're very kind. As for your question, I'll try to help.
Instead of vanilla cake mix, try a white cake mix and double the amount of vanilla in the recipe. If you can't find white cake mix, either, then give the recipe a try with a yellow or golden cake mix--and, yes, double the vanilla. I hope that helps you, and I hope you enjoy the cookies!
Warmest java wishes,
~ Cleo Coyle (Alice)
I have read all your books and always look forward to the next. However, who wrote Holiday Buzz?...
Cleo's reply - Do you see the names in the back of your copy of Holiday Buzz (on the bio page)? That's who wrote the book: Alice Alfonsi (me) collaborating with my husband Marc Cerasini. That's who wrote all of our books. We are Cleo Coyle and we write the Coffeehouse Mysteries.
For going on ten years now, we have written 12 books in our Coffeehouse series; and if you do read them all, then you will see that we have expanded our Coffeehouse world, experimented with our writing style, and evolved the series' characters over the decade. You should check out our Haunted Bookshop series, published under the name Alice Kimberly. If you do, I think you will better understand that we are writers who enjoy experimenting with different approaches to ficton.
Happy new year, God bless you,
and thanks for reading our books...
~ Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Alfonsi who writes
in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini)
Mrs. Li's Warm Custard Sauce
I made the above recipe to serve with Apple Dumplings. It was very tasty, but the consistency was that of scrambled eggs. What did I do wrong? The cut with the spoon never did remain clear. Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
~ Vivian Weseloh
Cleo's reply -
Hi Vivian: Kudos to you for attempting this recipe (which is the most difficult in the entire book). I know exactly what you did wrong because I've made this custard sauce several times, and I once made the same mistake you have. You did not stir the custard constantly, and when I say stir constantly I mean constantly--for up to 45 minutes, even longer if that's what it takes to thicken up enough to see that cut. Not once can you stop stirring the mixture or the eggs will curdle.
As I described at the beginning of this recipe in Holiday Buzz, this is why cooks came up with "cheats" to "old school" methods like this, adding things like cornstarch to make them easier. Certainly, I could have published a standard pudding or custard recipe with flour or cornstarch--but that would have defeated the purpose. This recipe is supposed to be Mrs. Li's "old school" recipe. The purpose of it was to show exactly how difficult an "old school" custard recipe is! It's also incredibly amazing when done correctly--smooth as silk and the custard is a buttery caramelized marvel. It is tricky to make, however! In sum: next time, make sure you keep your stirring constant for at least 45 minutes (longer if that's what it takes to thicken up).
Sometime in the future, I will try to blog this recipe with photos so you (and anyone else) attempting the custard sauce recipe can see exactly how the method works. In the meantime...
For a much easier recipe, I am happy to recommend the
Chinese Egg Custard Tarts that were featured in
A Brew to a Kill. I wrote a guest post for Book Trib.com
in which I shared the recipe, and I'm happy to post
the link below...
A Brew to a Kill
click the link below...
How to Make a
Hong Kong Egg Tart
Do you remember when Clare Cosi
tasted Mrs. Li's Egg Cutard Tarts
in A Brew to a Kill?
Learn more about the
Chinatown research for that scene,
get the recipe to make your
own Egg Custard Tarts,
one of the "most delicious foods"
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and watch a short video
of a real Hong Kong baker
making these tasty treats.
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I just finished Holiday Buzz, I never get tired of what these books, you keep us interested and wanting more. Some series get "old" and you think it needs to end, when I finish your books I can't wait for the next one! Keep up the wonderful work.
Thank you from me and Marc (my husband and partner in crime-writing). We've been writing the Coffeehouse Mystery series for going on a decade now, and we still work very hard on every book to keep things fresh for you (and for us). Thank you so much for giving us joy with your kind comment--we sincerely hope we will continue to give you joy in your reading.
May God bless you and
may your new year be bright!
~ Cleo (Alice)
Happy New Year
Wishing you, Marc, your furbabies and all your readers a very Happy, Safe and profitable New Year. Thanks for two great series. Keep them coming :)
Cleo's reply: Thank you and a very Happy New Year to you, as well. May it be caffeinated!
Love and XXX
~ Cleo (Alice)