Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber



With a treat for his pals!

From Daryl aka Avery:

Sparky has been having a few, um, disorders, and I simply had to figure out why. He's a sensitive little guy. Quite highstrung. Was it going to the groomer? Nope. He loves it there. They don't give any unwarranted treats. Going to play time? Nope, loves it there, too, and comes home exhausted. No treats I hadn't authorized there, either.

Our vet had already put him on WD kibble for "diabetic" dogs just because the food was specifically for dogs with sensitive stomachs. That was fine, but Sparky wasn't enamored with the food. It was just "there" if he had to eat. I added chopped turkey or chopped beef and he liked that.

But then the problem started.

I reviewed the treats I was giving him. He's never had any problem with Iams Puppy biscuits, so I ruled those out. He has the occasional treat of peanut butter on a chew bone or antler. No problem.

It had to be the chopped turkey or beef.

I tried removing that and offering cooked yams. Yech. Not a chance. I tried a few other "human" foods. Nope. He wanted nothing to do with them. He wanted meat!

So I read up on sensitive dogs and realized that he really needed to "chew" his food, so I switched his "meat" to stew beef that I cook and cut into Sparky-sized chunks, and voila, new dog. No problems whatsoever. Yay!

In the meantime, I decided to make gluten-free dog biscuits, just in case the Iams or the WD were the issue because of the gluten in them.  His human mom eats gluten-free; maybe he needed to be like me. LOL 

I found this easy recipe. He likes them so much, but he's willing to share with his buddies.

I hope your four-legged pet will like them, too!

GLUTEN-FREE PEANUT BUTTER DOG BISCUITS

1 1/4 cups sweet rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients.  This will be a stiff dough. It’s okay. Roll it into a ball.

Set the ball on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Pat down.  Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll dough to about 1/2” thickness.  Remove upper parchment paper and work the dough around the edges to seal any “frayed” edges.

If you want, you can cut this with cookie cutters into cute shapes. Nice for giving as gifts to other friendly doggies.

Being lazy, I simply made the rectangle, cut it into approximate square, and moved the squares apart on the sheet. The cookies do not spread. 

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.


Make the dough

Roll it out.

Parchment paper really helps.

Nice and smooth, about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut into squares. You can probably use cookie cutters.

Squares are easy.

These don't spread.

Nice and crunchy. Keep airtight.

COMING SOON...

DAY OF SECRETS
my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.
Here's the link for the e-book 
pre-order special price of $0.99



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Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's a Strawberry kind of day + giveaway





From Daryl aka Avery:

Well, this is just a "because" recipe today.

Because it's Strawberry Season.

Because it's a Strawberry kind of day.

Because we can always eat Strawberry Shortcake.

And...

Because you probably need to READ, I'm giving away a choice of any of my published books. See the giveaway below!!

So here you go. A simple strawberry recipe and giveaway. For a simple Sunday.

Enjoy!



sweet biscuits
Gluten-free version
(makes 8-9 biscuits)

½ cup butter, very cold
2 cups gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(*For regular biscuits, substitute out the gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the butter into small pieces.  Put back in refrigerator to keep cold.

In a food processor, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add in the butter and pulse until mixture is crumbly and resembles a coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg.  Blend in the buttermilk and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly until just combined.

This is a really WET dough.  Using a quarter-cup scoop, turn out 9 biscuits onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Using the bottom of a beverage glass dipped in flour, press down the mounds into round circles. (Don’t make them too flat or they won’t rise well. I’m sure regular flour users will have no problem getting the biscuits to rise!)

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

Let cool completely before splitting in half for Strawberry Shortcake (recipe below). Best served the first day.

FOR STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
(serves 4)

4 biscuits (using recipe above)
2 cups strawberries, rinsed and sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
Heavy cream or whipped cream

Slice the biscuits in half. Set on 4 plates.

Place ¼ cup strawberries on the bottom half of each biscuit. Set the other half of the biscuit on top. Place ¼ cup more strawberries around the biscuit. Drizzle with heavy cream or top with whipped cream.






DON'T PRESS TOO FLAT! THESE ARE A TAD TOO FLAT.












 Giveaway! 

You can win a choice of any of my published books.  
Tell me if you're doing anything fun today!  
Leave an email in case you win so I can contact you.


By the way, my new suspense, DAY OF SECRETS, is available for e-book preorders on Amazon and Kobo for 99 cents!   It comes out May 5th.


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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.











GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
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FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order










Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pine Nuts, Shrimp, and Shallots #recipe + #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber





SPECIAL GIVEAWAY BELOW!

Buy Book Link
I'm excited to tell you that my new stand-alone suspense DAY OF SECRETS is coming out May 5th. I am offering the e-book version at a pre-order special price of $0.99 on Amazon. That's right. 99 cents.  Here's the LINK. Why such a low price? Well, here's an interesting thing I'm learning in the self-publishing world of publishing. There are algorithms that matter on Amazon and other sites that drive sales. If a book sells quickly, then the site will promote that book more often. How else to sell something quickly than to basically give it away!  Amazon is the only one that will allow readers to pre-order.  
Now...just because my book doesn't cost much doesn't mean it isn't good.  LOL

In fact, here are a few terrific reviews:

“The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“…a roller coaster of a ride that had my heart palpitating.” ~ Dru’s Book Musings

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” ~ Escape with Dollycas

And here is the blurb.

A mother he thought he’d lost. A father he’s never known. An enemy that wants them dead.


At the age of five, Chase Day became an orphan. For thirty-one years, after a rebellious youth, he did his best to turn his life around and build a normal life—first as a Naval officer and then as a history professor at a boutique Bay Area college. Now, all that changes when he finds his mother, whom he thought had perished in a fire, dying from a gunshot wound. In her last breath, she urges him to find and protect the father he never knew. Where has his father been? Why has he never made contact? Can Chase discover why his family is a target before an unknown enemy destroys him?

* It's set in the Bay Area. Chase is a former Naval officer and history professor at a boutique college.

Why did I write this book? Good question. I'm thinking I should do a video and explain because there is a story behind it. Would you be interested in something like that?  I'll share that when it's finished. Promise.   

For now, see the giveaway below...after you read this delicious recipe! 

*

A writer has to eat, and when I'm in create mode and PR mode, I like to eat really tasty, savory dishes.  Sure, in the morning I like a wee bit of sugar and sweets, but in the evening after my mind has worked nonstop for hours, I want spices and herbs. 

So there I was at day's end on Friday craving something, and my refrigerator was almost empty. I had some veggies, a shallot, and Parmesan cheese. I hadn't gone to the store for Easter goodies yet. Uh-oh. What could I make without having to go to the store? Time to scrounge...

I found some pine nuts in my cupboard, saw the shrimp in the freezer, and wham! I knew what I would enjoy. FYI, my new go-to onion family treasure is a shallot. I love the aroma of grilled shallots. They are so delicious. They grill up quickly. They add LOTS of flavor. And one is perfect for 1-2 servings. No leftovers. No onion sitting in a baggie begging to be used throughout the next week and getting tired-looking waiting for me to use it. 

Here's my off-the-cuff pasta meal!

Enjoy.


PINE NUT, SHRIMP AND SHALLOTS
(serves 2)

1  12-oz. bag of spaghetti-style pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 teaspoon bouquet garni
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ green zucchini diced
½ yellow squash diced
2-4 tablespoons pine nuts
12-16 shrimp
2 more tablespoons chicken broth
Parmesan cheese, if desired

In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions. For gluten-free, I use Bionaturæ pasta (that I order online). No wheat, no corn. It’s fabulous!

Rinse and set aside. (You will have pasta left over!)

In a large sauté pan, melt butter. Add chopped shallots. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium-high.

Add white wine and chicken broth, bouquet garni, salt, pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and pine nuts.  Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Add the shrimp and 2 more tablespoons chicken broth. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Set 2 plates with 1 cup of cooked pasta.

Top each with half of the shrimp mixture.

I know that many don’t believe shellfish should be served with cheese, but I happen to like Parmesan on my pasta and I really like it on my shrimp and pasta. So, you decide.

Enjoy!










I really love Parmesan cheese!



SPECIAL GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING MAY 5TH RELEASE OF 
DAY OF SECRETS


LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL AND YOU'LL BE ENTERED TO WIN A TRADE PAPERBACK
ADVANCED READER COPY OF DAY OF SECRETS (or e-reader copy if you prefer) BUT HERE'S THE CATCH. I'D LIKE YOU TO READ IT AND OFFER A FAIR REVIEW OF IT ON EITHER GOODREADS OR AMAZON OR BOTH 
BY MAY 5TH.  CAN YOU DO THAT? 
DON'T KNOW HOW TO REVIEW? NEVER DONE ONE? NEVER FEAR. I HAVE A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO POST ONE ON MY WEBSITE! 

HERE'S THAT LINK: TUTORIAL - scroll down the page until you see it!

Savor the mystery!

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Friend Daryl and Avery on Facebook
Follow Daryl on Twitter
Follow Avery on Twitter
Follow both of us on Pinterest
Plus check out my website.



A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.











GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order









COMING SOON...


DAY OF SECRETS
my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.
Here's the link for the e-book 
pre-order special price of $0.99
BUY NOW