Saturday, August 18, 2007

Triple Berry Muffins

This recipe makes 16 to 24 muffins, depending on how huge you like your muffin.

  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 tsp. cinnamon (depending on how cinnamon-y you like things)
  • 1 ¼ C. milk
  • 2 extra-large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 ½ sticks (3/4 C) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 C. fresh blueberries
  • ½ C. fresh raspberries
  • ½ C. diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 ¼ C. sugar
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your muffin tins with little paper liners if you have them. If not, spray generously with non-stick cooking oil.

Sift your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt & cinnamon into a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs & melted butter. Do try to cool your butter before you add it, unless you like to cook your eggs before adding them to the batter.

Coat your berries with the sugar and set aside.

Make a nice big well in the middle of your dry stuff and pour in the wet stuff. You know what’s coming: stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix, lest the fluffy muffin police come knocking. Add your berries and gently, gently, gently fold into the batter. Murmur “slow and steady wins the race” to yourself as you are folding. You don’t want pink or blue or pinkish-blue muffins when you’re done. You want golden brown muffins with all their berries intact.

Spoon the batter into your muffin tin; the more you put in, the bigger the muffin. (naturally)

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and your kitchen smells delicious.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa at Home

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Crock-Pot Chicken Indonesian

In honor of Barbara's Crock Pot Festival, I have dug out one of my favorite Fall entrĂ©es: this crock pot dish that came with one of Leanne Ely’s Saving Dinner menu mailers.

It was one of her “recipe raves”, for good reason. I make this dish often, especially on school nights when I need supper to be fast & easy. How about you, friend? Do you like supper to be fast & easy on a school night?

Then this crock pot recipe is your friend.

I like cooking with chicken thighs now & then; they’re moist, meaty and a pleasant change from the ubiquitous boneless, skinless breast.

Trust me, this dish is delicious. Thank you, LeAnn! And thank you, Barbara, for hosting!
  • 12 skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ T. grated fresh ginger root
  • 3 tsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 C. peanut butter
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and cayenne. Place your chicken in the crockpot and spoon sauce over the top of it. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken is tender and fully cooked. Remove chicken from the crock pot and stir peanut butter into the juices until smooth. Spoon sauce over chicken to serve.

Serve with rice and a side of veggies.