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Donya Marie’s Kitchen Tips Now Available!

Donya Marie's Kitchen Tips

Donya Marie’s Kitchen Tips

Whether you cook a little or a lot, plain or fancy, healthy or hearty, for your family, just for fun or for a business, this is the one book you’ll use often. Organized in an easy-to-find format, Donya Marie’s Cooking Tips includes aclickable table of contents organized by category for quick reference to allow you to quickly jump to the help you need.Find out how to follow the example of this professional chef as you discover:

• How to get more juice from a lime or lemon
• How to soften butter quickly
• How to keep produce and other foods safe from spoilage
• How to blend spices for the optimal taste treat
• How to enhance beaten egg whites or pie crust with the addition of vinegar
• How to consistently make cakes more moist
• How to make your own cake flour or Bisquick® substitutes
• How to store and use stale breads
• How to prevent soggy or hard waffles
• How to substitute ingredients instead of running to the store
• How to use chocolate in ways you’ve never dreamed of
• How to save time using Donya Marie’s shortcuts and restaurant tricks
And so much more!

With this book, you can cook with skill, confidence, and pleasure knowing your cooking solutions are by your side whenever you cook. It’s the book you’ll reach for when you have a question or run across a new challenge in your kitchen.

Or just sit and read through it at your leisure to see what useful tips you can discover and try. Donya Marie’s Cooking Tips is a book you can simply pick up for fun when relaxing on the sofa. You can open it to any page in the book and just start reading. It will become your go-to kitchen tool.

Whether you’re just browsing or desperately trying to solve a vexing cooking emergency, every cook will appreciate this book.


How to Prepare Meats/Vegetables Safely

With the recent nice weather we’ve been having that means that the grilling season is here!  We need to be sure to prepare our meats and vegetables safely in order to avoid food borne illness.  Most of you probably already know how, but it’s always a good reminder for me and I thought it would be for you as well.


It’s a good idea to start by sanitizing your grill.  Preheat your grill on high heat for 20 minutes before cooking. The high heat will sanitize the grates and burn off anything you left on the grate. 


Choose your cutting boards with care.  You’ll want to use a separate cutting board for meat and another for vegetables to avoid cross-contamination. If you are using the same board for both vegetables and meat, prepare your vegetables 1st.  Then, very thoroughly wash and sanitize the board, before using it for meat.


All surfaces, sinks and tools should always be sanitized after use. Use a commercial sanitizer sheet or spray approved for “food contact”.  You can find food safe sanitizers at most grocery and warehouse stores. I personally use vinegar mixed with water in my home kitchen.


Store all meats in the refrigerator.  When storing meats in the refrigerator, place the longest cooking meat on the bottom and the shortest cooking meat on top.  For example, pork loin on the bottom, chicken above the loin, then fish on top.  This is done so that if juices from the fish drip into the chicken, the chicken cooks longer than fish, so the juices will be sure to cook thoroughly.


Also, store meats at the bottom of your refrigerator, not the top, to avoid dripping onto other foods that may or may not be cooked before consuming.


Use two sets of tongs: Use one set of tongs for raw meat and another clean set for cooked food. 


Throw out excess marinade that is left over if it has had contact with meat.  If you need extra sauce, reserve fresh sauce from the bottle to be brushed on during the end of cooking or for dipping during the meal.


Always wash your hands with warm water and soap after handling meat.  Food borne illness is an extremely serious matter and it can happen just as easily in your kitchen as in a manufactures kitchen.


Watch for my “Grilling VegetableS” tips in the next post.

Feeling Naked in Chocolate SM

This is my first Blog.  A couple of months ago some friends told me to start doing a couple of really important things for my business; “Get yourself on Twitter, Facebook, and start a blog.”  OK…….what the heck are Twitter, Facebook, and Blog?  I didn’t ask those questions…are you kidding me, and act like I was not savvy to the “new world” of business!  No, I did what I do very well, and that is listen.  They told me a little of what I needed to know.  A few days later I find myself in the big middle of “the universe” as I’m Tweeting, and Facebooking with people I had no clue about!  The worst part was, not knowing what to say to these people…like they were right in front of me.  I had stage fright every-time I got on either Facebook or Twitter.  I was stumbling around like I’d been drinking all night.  I had to consult with my friends who had cheered me onto the universal state.  I finally got the hang of it, but I’m still stumbling around like a drunk duck! One of those friends said, “first step is just get it out there!”  Here I am, I mean here it is…the BLOG!

It’s taken me longer to start “THE BLOG” than it did to get started on Twitter and Facebook.  Oh my God….this just makes me feel like I’m exposing my naked body for the whole world to see.  I suppose it is not quite as bad as my first journey into Twitter and Facebook, since I’ve Tweeted and posted in Facebook for a few months now, but it’s still uncomfortable.   So I will not keep you long on this particular blog, as I’m just getting my feet wet folks, and they are really starting to get cold…know what I mean?

I won’t always bore you with tales of chocolate and make your mouth water to the point of feeling like you gain 5 lbs every time your read my blog; only sometimes.  It is my intent to share with you all aspects of Donya Marie’s Beyond Chocolate that I can, without giving you too much information… my secret recipes!

I’m still working on the appearance of my page and what all is supposed to go on it….another learning curve that takes up so much of my time.   I’ll get there, all for the love of chocolate!