It really doesn’t get better for me than muffins, for several reasons. They bake all at once, they’re portable, they can be healthy, they can be a part of any meal (muffin with soup for dinner? Muffin with fruit for breakfast?), and both the kids and the adults in the house can happily (and healthfully) partake. What’s not to love?
I’ve gotten Clean Eating magazine for years. They have up to date nutrition information and great recipes; that being said, in an effort to keep things fresh they will sometimes border on unapproachable. In a recent article on the seven superfoods you should be eating now, I only recognized two. I couldn’t even pronounce the other ones and to be honest, if it’s not sold at Trader Joes or Giant it’s probably not happening.
I love weekend afternoon cooking. Rich is home to entertain Tess and Leo naps; I listen to my perfected Jack Johnson Pandora station (heavy on the Joshua Radin, Gavin DeGraw and Ingrid Michaelson) and cook. Sometimes it’s for friends coming over or bringing a dessert somewhere but usually it’s just for the week ahead. Typically it’s the regulars like pecan pie bars, double chocolate zucchini muffins, baked brown rice, or poached chicken. I’ll throw a bunch of sweet potatoes in the oven with a spaghetti squash then refrigerate until needed. Even though it’s monotonous I still truly enjoy it. Using up what I’ve bought or what’s in season at the market gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Want to know what tastes as good as pie but is (way) harder to mess up? Crisp, or crumble if that’s what you’re more familiar with. It also makes your house smell incredible. It’s prep-ahead, bake-ahead, a general crowd pleaser and pretty much as seasonal as you can get. It’s easy to make a healthy version (but this isn’t it).
I’m pretty sure I didn’t eat a Brussels sprout until I was 25 years old. So sad, really, all those wasted years. You might still be a hater, and I strongly encourage you to give them another go. My guess is you haven’t eaten them the right way yet.
Scones are comforting. Like how mashed potatoes are comforting? That’s how scones are to me. They aren’t so sweet like a cookie, or bread-y like a biscuit. They are so good with hot tea or coffee, and they’re somehow fancy but not the least bit pretentious.
These snacks look unappealing. I might not make this for anything the teensiest bit elegant, i.e. baby shower, bridal shower, or brunch. The only way you could bring this to a potluck is if you know the people very well and they’re generally healthy people. What can you make these for? Your hungry husband, your growing children, your after-dinner-healthy-snack, your bestie who just had a baby, or your pre-workout mini breakfast. For those things, this actually couldn’t be more perfect.
These biscotti have been on my site since 2011 – Tessa was just 1 month old. I’ve made them once or twice since then, but haven’t updated the post till now. Pinterest is trending pumpkin cookies but honestly, since I love chewy, crispy-edged cookies and pumpkin produces soft cookies, it’s biscotti all the way. I get to have my pumpkin and my crisp edges.
I’ve always liked white chili better than red but I find that most recipes for white chili aren’t so healthy – sometimes they contain dairy and when they don’t, they’re sort of thin, more like a soup. How did I not think of this before? Pureed beans! Creamy and healthy – my fave combo.
I don’t always love blondies and prefer brownies ten times out of ten. Blondies can be sort of bland to me – I basically just hunt down the chocolate chips the whole time. Not the case, here, thanks to America’s Test Kitchen spot on base recipe; these were chewy with a super moist center and enough toffee and chocolate chips to make the hunting unnecessary.
I think in the first 17 years of my life, I probably consumed roughly 6,000 Quaker “Chewy” granola bars. I actually multiplied that out (and, by the way, I’m concerned I’m losing my third grade math skills). I just looked up the nutrition info and noticed they stated “sugar”, in it’s various forms, more times than I can count on one hand.
I heart Costco. It’s far enough away that I probably go only once a month, but one of my favorite buys is the organic ground beef. I believe it comes in pack of four and shakes out to less than 6 dollars a pound – pretty good for organic. Organic ground beef tastes better to me, by a lot. This dinner has been a near-weekly occurrence for us over the past year and is probably my favorite dinner – not lying.
My friend just asked me if I ever make the same recipe twice or if I’m always trying something new (since there are a million recipes out there). I said that when I find a result that I can’t possibly picture being any better, I stop looking. These are my brownies. I’m done, the search is over. Now I know they sell boxes of pretty tasty brownie mix, but if you’re down for like, three more steps than box brownies, I can assure you its well worth the effort.
Typical broccoli salad is delish and a flavor I think we’ve all come by a time or two; sometimes the first version is obviously better (think Pitch Perfect) but that’s just not always the case (think the Iphone). A few tweaks makes this version more up my alley.
We did a breakfast unit in my Essentials of Cooking class. Too many studies to count have illustrated the importance of eating breakfast, so it always shocked me that at least half of my students skipped the meal. Now, two kids later, I glare at the coffee pot as it finishes dripping but sometimes have to force myself to eat breakfast. The concoctions are getting weirder in my efforts to make the meal quick; a cheese stick, an apple, and the crust from the kids toasts? I can do better.
Life moves too fast. Such a trite saying but I find that common or not, I say it every day. Today’s reminder actually came with this post. I made these in 2012 for a very particular reason, and I can close my eyes and see the scene like it was yesterday.
I finally have a garden and managed to grow a few zucchini and a crazy amount of basil with minimal care or attention (my thumbs are not green, but I love free food). I’ve been making this soup all summer and have tweaked a few things. It’s by memory now; currently eating a bowl from a batch I made while talking to Jenna the entire time (speaker phone while chopping).
Sometimes after a chocolate chip cookie, I want something salty. That’s the beauty of the cowboy cookie; sweet and salty so you don’t have to choose. Chocolate chips, oats, and salty pretzels with the added hint of coffee giving it depth. It’s all crunchy edges, chewy center, sweet and salty deliciousness. These are truly one of my favorites – if I have pretzels on hand I make these over standard chocolate chips every time.
A re-do for updated photography, these have been on my blog for years and are my go-to for biscuits. I made them recently for when my cousins and their kids came for a playdate in the mid-morning. There may have been some cinnamon honey butter (just beat softened butter with a pinch of kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and about a tbsp. of honey until smoothly blended) to go along and everyone was happy – kids and mom alike.
In level 1 cooking one of the first thing we talked about was how to understand a recipe. See, the thing is, if you understand how to read a recipe and how to do what the recipe tells you, you can cook. This muffin recipe supports and exemplifies that statement – let me explain.