Showing posts with label foodie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foodie. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Easy Pear Muffins, gluten-free #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber




Who are we kidding? You are (I am) too busy to go to the grocery store today. You've got (I've got) too much to do. You're probably hungry. (Yes, I am!)

Here's a recipe that might be perfect for you if you're in dire need of a goodie and you have some pears or apples on hand.

I remembered a recipe Cleo shared a while back when peaches were in season...

Cleo's pretty muffins!

...and thought, pears or apples! 

Perfect. 

So riffing from Cleo's recipe and making this one gluten-free, here is a simple muffin, perfect for any morning or afternoon pick me up!




Speaking of afternoons, I have been so busy getting ready for the release of GIRL ON THE RUN, my new suspense. I am self-publishing this, and I've got to tell you, the whole process is so much more complicated than I ever knew. I'm excited that I'm doing it. I'm learning so much. I have a great street team that is helping me get the word out. I've written an article about the process with step-by-step instructions, because I kept a journal. It will be helpful for any of you who are aspiring authors or aspiring self-publishing authors. I'm going to post that in my Savor the Mystery fan club section of my website.

Do you know about my fan club? It's on my website HERE! Take a peek. There are fun puzzles, special pictures, tidbits, and giveaways. Perfect for any time of the year.

Just like these muffins!


Enjoy!


GLUTEN-FREE PEAR MUFFINS

Ingredients:

1 cup diced ripe pear, skinned (1 large) (use an apple, if you don't have pears
1 egg
½ cup low fat milk (I used 2%)
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (make sure gluten-free or use vanillin)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup gluten-free flour (I used artisan blend by Pamela’s; can use King Arthurs’, etc.)

Finishing sugar (like raw sugar)


Directions:

Peel and dice pears.





Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 6 muffin cups with paper holders and coat with non-stick spray (gluten-free).

In one bowl, crack egg. Beat. Add mik, oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until blended. Add cinnamon. Whisk. Now add baking powder and xanthan gum. Whisk well.

Using a spoon or spatula, mix in the gluten-free flour until completely mixed in. (With gluten-free flour, there’s no worry about overmixing). Fold in the diced pears.










This makes 6 muffins. Divide the mixture up evenly among the muffin cups. Dash each muffin with raw sugar.










Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the muffins frm the pan and set on a wire rack to cool.


[*Note: Cleo's recipe uses white sugar, so these muffins will be “darker” than Cleo’s muffins because of the brown sugar!]





Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5-ingredient Peanut Butter cookies, #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber



From Daryl aka Avery

My husband needs to eat plenty of protein right now. It's a doctor prescribed diet thing. And he's doing well with it, but at times he needs a little "sweet" snack. Because he was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago, he has to limit his sugar intake. However, as of this week, his blood sugar is good and stable again so he's off insulin...but that doesn't mean I'm going to ply him with sugar!

So, as I tinker with sweetener— Swerve seems to be the best — I am also tinkering with recipes. I wanted to make a "power bar" and came up with a peanut butter cookie recipe, thanks to Whole Foods, that is basically mostly peanut butter. In fact, it's almost a confection!

The recipe called for "all sugar" but I made these with half sugar and half Swerve, and you can't tell!  They cooked great.

What's wonderful is my protagonist Jenna, in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries,  [a beginning cook] would love the recipe because it is so simple!! Dump, stir, roll, smash with a fork, and bake. 5 ingredients 5 steps. Perfect!!

Enjoy!

5-Ingredient Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
(*Okay 6 ingredients because it’s 2 sugar types – 
you can make this with only one type of sweetener)

(*Gluten-free because there is NO flour involved!)

Ingredients

1 large egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus a little more for rolling cookies in
1/2 cup Swerve, the ultimate sugar replacement
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl stir the egg. Add in the peanut butter and sugar and Swerve, baking powder and vanilla. Stir well.

Pour an additional 2-3 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Take 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll into a walnut-sized ball.

Roll the dough ball in the sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Using a dinner fork, stick it in the remaining sugar and gently press down each dough ball to flatten. If you want, you can turn the fork 90 degrees and gently press each cookie again, making the traditional markings of a peanut butter cookie.



Bake for 10 minutes. Take out of oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack to finish cooling.

Servings

Makes 24 cookies.

Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Easy homemade tomato sauce from author @DarylWoodGerber COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES



Great news! I have the new cover for the next Cheese Shop Mystery #7: FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE. Don't you love it?

Is the book written? Well, I'm doing the final-final edit on it as you read this post! 
Here's the blurb!

The whey to a woman’s heart is murder.
It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s Fromagerie is ripe with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest from the past—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.
Since any love for Lara curdled long ago, Charlotte isn’t surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one sticking to Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a gamey pall on the festival’s future.
***

Now, just because the book doesn't come out until February, that doesn't mean I'm not busy. Supremely busy. So I need easy. Yes, I know a few weeks ago I said I need easy, and I still do! My head is swimming with "busy."

So...

Roma tomatoes are perfect right now. I don't grow them, but my local farmer does and they are spectacular. Roma tomatoes are the little oval ones, otherwise known as Italian tomatoes. When I do start growing tomatoes...and I will, in my spare time...next year...these are the type I'll grow. I love them in a salad or just as a juicy treat!

But for now I won't be planting them because...

Yes, that busy thing.  I need easy.  LOL

Easy means I want something that cooks while I'm writing or dealing with life's little issues. No fuss, no muss. I want something that is good old fashioned comfort food. AND I don't want to have to peel anything! Way back when, I thought I always had to peel tomatoes to cook them. But I was chatting with my farmer and she said that if I cook the sauce long enough, the skins just mush up in the mix. It's true!

Enjoy this easy topping to just about any food! [It's also good just by itself, with some grated Parmesan cheese!]

What cooking tip do you have that saves time or is "easy"?

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

6-8 Roma tomatoes, sliced (about 2 cups)
1/2 red onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
12 grinds of a pepper mill
1 packet Stevia (1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Penzey’s pasta sprinkle

1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Chop and dice tomatoes. Chop and dice red onion.


Put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.


If desired, puree in a blender when you’re done cooking. Pour over meatballs or spaghetti.





On top of my husband's favorite meatballs!


Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!


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FUDGING THE BOOKS, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is HERE!  Click to order.





New in February
FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE
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so you can learn about upcoming events, releases, and contests!