Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Tips from Donna

An email buddy of mine sent some safety tips for the 4th. Many were the usual fireworks cautions, but one really got my attention.  The story was of a family that was bbqing, they cleaned their grill as usual with the wire brush, threw the burgers on and then sit down to eat.  The daughter complained of something caught in her throat, they assumed a piece of meat.  When the feeling did not go away they took her to the hospital.  An x-ray revealed a small metal piece.  It had pierced her esophagus and lodged in her neck, took 6 hours of surgery to remove.  A small piece of the metal from the brush had broken off and stayed on the grill, it stuck to the hamburger patty.  So if you use one of these brushes, please better safe than sorry, wipe the grill off after using a wire brush, or just used crumpled aluminum foil which works great at cleaning.

While in Wisc. I made no cholesterol brownies, both Steve and I are on cholesterol restricted diets. He really seemed to enjoy them.  You can cut recipe in half if need be.

2 boxes brownie mix (I generally get whatever is on sale).  Prepare as per instructions, but substitute egg beaters for real eggs. Add one additional ‘egg’ to recipe and handful of chocolate chips.

bake 350 in 13 x 9 pan  ( use smaller pan for 1/2 recipe) for about 30 minutes or until tester used approx 2 inches from outer edge comes out clean.

When it comes out of oven, melt about 12 oz choc chips with 4 tablespoons of  cholesterol free ‘butter’ in microwave, about 2 minutes, don’t overdo or will taste burnt.  Stir like crazy, if too thick add a little warm water a little at time until spreading consistency. Pour over hot brownies.

These aren’t calorie or fat free but are cholesterol free and a little goes a long way in satisfying a sweet tooth or chocolate craving.

Hope everyone had a fun filled and safe 4th.


After taking out of oven


  1. Great tip on the wire brush...never thought of that.

  2. How long d'ya figure it would take to get a load of them brownies up here to Ontario....:))

  3. You dun wonderful!! Those brownies were soooo thick they were like a cake! We fought over the last piece and ended up splitting it. I made sure he split it evenly or else I got "first choice" on which piece I wanted! LOL LOL LOL

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  4. Trusting your day was a good one too!

  5. Thanks for the tip about the grill, Donna. Your cholesterol-free brownie recipe sounds good!

  6. Thanks for the great tip..and recipe!

  7. Thanks for the tip on the wire brush and the brownie recipe.

  8. Interesting info about that wire on the grill. Thanks.

  9. Great tip about the wire brush. I think I have consumed some of that wire over the years. I don't think that is the type of fiber my doctor is talking about!

  10. Alright!

    There... you made me put another pan in the oven.

    See what you do!?!?

  11. Those brownies were delicious! Thank you for sharing them with me! It was so wonderful to get to meet both of you.