Sunday, February 25, 2018

My Favorite Corn Muffin Recipe by Debra Sennefelder

A very warm welcome to author Debra Sennefelder! In a fun twist, her new Food Blogger Mysteries are about, well, food bloggers! I can just imagine the kinds of trouble a food blogger might get into! Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything. 

Don't miss Debra's giveaway at the end!


I’m very excited to be here today on Mystery Lover’s Kitchen to share one of my favorite recipes I’ve been baking for years and also to share with you a little about my upcoming release, which just happens to be my debut novel, The Uninvited Corpse, book one in the Food Blogger Mystery series. First, let me share my recipe.
There are some things that when we either hear, see, feel or taste that take us right back to a moment in our lives. For me, corn muffins mean summer and since we had a significant warm up recently here in Connecticut, I was inspired to bake a batch of corn muffins. These tasty little muffins remind me of lazy summer days at my family’s beach house down on the Jersey shore. There were never enough bedrooms or bathrooms for all of us and the deck was where we ate our meals. To this day, when I pull out a pan of corn muffins from the oven and its aroma hits me I’m right back on the beach and I can hear the waves crashing. As I pile them high in a basket I swear I can hear the carefree chatter of kids and grown-ups chilling on the beach.
Okay, were are my flip-flops?
While I search for my flip-flops, here’s the recipe.
Deb’s Favorite Corn Muffins
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
¾ cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup low-fat milk
½ cup salted butter, melted
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
In another bowl, combine eggs and milk, mix gently.
Pour egg and milk mixture and melted butter into dry ingredients at the same time. Mix until just blended. Do not over mix.
Spray 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and evenly divide batter among the cups.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean, about 20-24 minutes.
Serve warm with butter.Yum!

When I began my food blog years ago I wanted to share my most cherished recipes, ones that I’ve developed and have been making for years or recipes that have been passed down from my great-grandmother. Over time, I found that while I enjoyed food blogging, I did miss writing fiction so when I made the decision to go back to fiction I created a food blogger protagonist for my cozy mystery series. 
What’s The Uninvited Corpse about?
Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .

Hope’s schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention—it’s the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .

One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope’s older sister, Claire Dixon—who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister’s innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

About Debra:
Debra Sennefelder, author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

Visit Debra on her website and on Facebook.

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