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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Easy BBQ sauce recipe

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Make your own BBQ sauce to cut back on preservatives and to save a couple of dollars as well.
For a quick meal, marinate chicken breasts in the sauce and then bake or grill!

Easy BBQ Sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients in a pot over low/medium heat.
Cook until well combined and hot.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

More from The Fiery Whisk:

Strange eats... 

Cheesy garlic bread recipe

Meatball and veggie soup

Monday, April 12, 2021

Cookbooks: Your baking questions revealed

 

 

Cookbooks make fantastic gifts! They are perfect for the foodies in your life, whether they are seasoned cooks or beginners. You can't go wrong by giving a cookbook! 

My first cookbook is titled, The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes. It provides the "how-to" of baking these delicious treats that cost an arm and a leg at the store.

The second is titled, The Ultimate Guide To Cookies, and it provides the answers to your questions as to why cookies may fail or flop and how to fix them.

Both books are packed with recipes that have been tested and proven to be loved by many.

After writing the first Ultimate Guide cookbook, I had no idea that this would turn into a series! I am excited to share with you first that I have another book scheduled to be released in September of this year titled, The Ultimate Guide To Easy Desserts!!!!


The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes

Do you find yourself spending too much money buying store-bought cheesecakes? Have you tried baking a cheesecake and had it sink in the center? How about those fault lines that ran down the center of the last cheesecake you attempted to bake... The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes offers you a way out!

Learn all the best tips and tricks to make cheesecakes from the comfort of your kitchen. Make a cheesecake whenever you are craving one and save money too.

Deanna will share with you how to bake a cheesecake, tips, and tricks to bake up this creamy, delicious treat, and recipes to get you started.

For a few dollars, you can put all of her tips into practice and find your sweet tooth satisfied and your bank account full.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Cookies 

Do you find yourself spending too much money on store-bought cookies? Have you tried baking cookies to have them turn out as hard as hockey pucks or too soft and crumbly? The Ultimate Guide To Cookies offers you a way out of store-bought, chemical-laden cookies!

Learn all the best and easiest tips and tricks to make cookies from the comfort of your kitchen. Make a batch whenever you have a craving and save money too.

Deanna will share how to bake cookies, tips, and tricks to the perfect bite, and recipes to get you started.

Cookies make fantastic gifts for all occasions, or “just because.” For just a few dollars, you can put all of her tips and recipes into practice and find your sweet tooth satisfied and your bank account full.

Your family and friends will adore you even more and may start asking you to bring the cookies to all of your parties and gatherings!

 

Family history, traditions, and comfort foods

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Let's talk food



Hello, everyone!

I have been MIA for quite some time. I have been experimenting with new recipes and writing books. I did a lot of baking for Valentine's Day, but have taken a break since then.

I had a big Valentine's Day order that was placed from the town of Wake Forest. They put together kits for the kids like they did for Christmas and I baked chocolate chip cookie bar decorating kits for all the local kids. I am honored to be their go to baker!

I have had a huge change in my diet since we last chatted. I have been eating plant-based for 4 months and feel better than I have in years! I do not eat anything that is processed or comes from animals. 

I have tried tons of new recipes in accordance to my new lifestyle and have been enjoying it. 

I have a new recipe book coming out in September...another book in the Ultimate Guide series. This one will be titled, The Ultimate Guide To Easy Desserts. I will even include tips on how to make some of the recipes Vegan friendly! 

I have also published several new novels and novellas, all of which have recipes included at the end.... it's my brand!

If you are interested in learning about how to eat a plant-based diet, I highly recommend the book How Not To Die. It has changed my life!

So, lots going on, even though you haven't heard from me. 

My Author Blog

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Coffee review: Martini Coffee Roasters

Friday, December 18, 2020

Toblerone Christmas cookie recipe

 


I am the owner of a Sweet Treat Recipe Group on Facebook, and one of the members, Loni Riehl, posted this recipe and gave me permission to share it here!

After making it, I decided that it will be added to my Christmas cookie platter every year! It is THAT delicious!

Swiss Mountain Shortbread

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups butter, salted
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 14 ounces Toblerone bars
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar - for dusting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Beat butter until very light.

Beat in sugar for about 5 minutes.

Add flour, cornstarch to mixture. 

Chop chocolate into chocolate chip sized pieces. Save about 60 larger chunks and set aside. Mix remaining chocolate into mixture. 

Scoop with small cookie or ice cream scoop onto prepared sheets. 

Press a larger chunk onto each cookie, pressing down a bit. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Cool and sift with powdered sugar.

Makes 50 to 60 cookies.  

*I made a couple of slight changes to her original recipe*

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Vanilla pumpkin pie recipe 

Icebox cake recipe

 


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving morning: Pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe


Most of us need a little coffee on Thanksgiving Day morning, right? OK, a lot of coffee...

Whip up a batch of this super easy pumpkin spice coffee creamer today...You will thank me in the morning!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

  • 1 cup French Vanilla flavored powder coffee creamer
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Mix all 4 ingredients together and add to your brewed coffee.

TIPS:
You can change the quantities of the spices to suit your taste.
You can also use plain, unsweetened powdered coffee creamer and add your own sugar or leave the sugar out.



More from The Fiery Whisk:

Pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing

Monkey bread recipe

Apple cinnamon sweet bread

Chocolate hazelnut coffee

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fall baking: Nanaimo bar recipe


These bars are a delicious treat! There is no baking involved which makes them perfect to make with children! 

Fall time = Baking time, right?

Nanaimo bars are a perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving dessert table...any Holiday dessert table for that matter.



Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Bottom Layer 
  • ¾ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs

In a pan over low heat, melt butter, sugar, cocoa and vanilla.
Remove and add graham crumbs.
Place mixture into a 9 x 9 buttered baking dish and cool.

Middle Layer
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 pack of vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 tablespoons of milk

Combine all of your ingredients.
Beat for 1-2 minutes.
Spread mixture over your bottom layer.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Top Layer
  • 6 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Melt together in a pan over low heat.
Spread over your middle layer.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cut and serve!

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving side dish: Balsamic brussels sprouts recipe


Photo taken from Food Network

 My mother-in-law makes this recipe and every time I just can't get enough. I could eat these sprouts as the main dish!

The salt and zestfulness form the balsamic adds amazing flavor to an otherwise not so tasty vegetable. The edges of the sprouts get toasty and a touch blackened which is my favorite part.

Roasted balsamic brussels sprouts

  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking sheet with no-stick foil.
Trim brussels sprouts by removing any dry leaves and cutting off bottoms, then slice lengthwise.
Toss sprouts in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper to coat.
Place sprouts on baking sheet.
Roast for 30 to 45 minutes.
Remove and taste. You can add additional seasonings or balsamic if desired.

A few more Turkey Day recipes:

Easy stuffing recipe

Tender turkey breast recipe

Green bean casserole recipe