Nutella Muffins

The outside looks like a plain vanilla muffin.  But inside there’s a creamy pocket of Nutella hiding.

Can it get any better?

I don’t think so.

Loy says dessert-like muffins should be called “Muffcakes”.  I agree completely.

Here’s how you make this magic – and please do go straight to your kitchen to make these.  You will love yourself for it!  [Read more…]

Goat Cheese Biscuits

I have been so excited to share this recipe with you.  In early March, I visited a friend in Chicago and she took me to Table Fifty Two.  The food in that restaurant has a decidedly Southern flair.   Chef Art Smith has been a personal chef to Oprah.  Now he creates dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes with Feta, Pancetta, Red Onion Marmalade and Kalamata Olive – Amazing!

We sat in the main room of the restaurant where Goat Cheese Biscuit dough was being poured into hot iron skillets and baked in a brick oven.  Our server brought us a serving of the biscuits to share.  Oh my!  They are light, with herbs and goat cheese inside and buttery Parmesan topping.

As my friend and I savored these biscuits and I watched the process of making them, I was pretty sure I could recreate the recipe at home.  And I was right.

These would be perfect for an Easter dinner or brunch.  And they are easy to make too.  The dough is similar to drop biscuits and it can be baked in an iron skillet, ramekins or muffins tins.   Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Make Your Own: Cornbread Muffin Mix

Cornbread muffins are an easy way to round out a meal.  I decided to save a few steps by making my own mix.

One note: Don’t leave out the butter when you mix them up.  We had company the other day and I served these muffins.  Right before we sat down to eat, I discovered the melted butter that was supposed to be in the muffins sitting in the microwave instead.

Please tell me I’m not the only one to have trouble talking and cooking at the same time!  I once melted a Tupperware bowl in the oven because I was talking on the phone and not paying attention.  I meant to turn the oven on to about 200 degrees and then turn it off again, to rise some bread dough.  The key is turning the oven off!

I’d love to hear your stories of distractions that led to cooking disasters!  But first, let’s get to the recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Cornbread Muffins

Does anything round out a meal as well as cornbread?  Maybe it’s just my Kentucky roots.  (My mom’s family is from Kentucky, so I can claim that.)  Or the fact that we’ve lived here for 20 years.

Or maybe cornbread just really does round out a meal better than most anything else.

Usually, I make Southern Cornbread or Cheddar Muffins or sometimes, Hoe Cakes.  This time I wanted a muffin without the cheddar.  And I wanted a little sweetness. (I actually put a bit of sugar in the cornbread.  Like a Northerner!)

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken and Drop Dumpling Stew (and Free Thanksgiving Menu eBook!)

(There’s a free Thanksgiving Menu eBook to download at the end of this post, but first I’ve got a delicious dinner recipe for you.)

I love a good bowl of comfort food.  Don’t you?  This is adapted from a recipe in an Amish cookbook I have.  The rich broth is full of chicken, carrots, celery and easy drop dumplings.  This is the first time I’ve made drop dumplings.  I usually roll and cut them.   We enjoyed this version.  I’ll be making it again.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

I’m pretty sure my family eats more pancakes than the average household.  We rarely ever have them for breakfast.  My kids know if Jim is out of town, we’re probably having pancakes for dinner.  Or if I need a super-quick meal, pancakes it is.

I served this stack for lunch after church, with ham and a fruit salad.  I dressed up the whole wheat pancake recipe with apples, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.  Delicious appley goodness on an October afternoon.

Grab a few common pantry ingredients and you’re all set:

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Whole Wheat Biscuits

My mom calls these graham biscuits.  They are a bit heartier than the white flour version and taste wonderful with honey.  The ugly one in the picture is on purpose.  Jim really likes the “mutt” – pieces of dough left over that I press gently together.

Biscuits are simple to make.  The whole wheat version is made just like regular biscuits. [Read more…]

Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze

blueberry muffins with orange glaze done

Do you ever just get a hankering for something?  I did the other day.  I wanted blueberry muffins but I really felt the blueberries needed to be paired with a hint of orange.

Sounds sunny, doesn’t it?  The muffins are perfect for breakfast, but we ate them for a snack.  (Don’t tell anyone, but I prefer muffins to cupcakes.  This tidbit of info could destroy my serious sweet tooth reputation.)

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Hoe Cakes

hoe cake done

Dick stole the hoe cake

Ran through the meadow with it

Hid it in a brush pile

And swore he never meddled with it

From Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes

Hoe cakes are just another way to fix your cornbread, a good variation on a mealtime staple.  When I was growing up, we ate them just like cornbread but you can also have them with syrup if you like.

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Crepes with Nutella and Strawberry Filling

crepes done

When my sister and I were teens, we used to make these crepes together.  I’m not sure where we found the recipe.  It could be that we brought it home from French class.  If so, that’s about the only thing I brought home from French class.  The language lessons didn’t stick nearly as well as the memory of these crepes!

I hadn’t made them in years, partly due to the fact that I didn’t own a non-stick skillet.  I finally broke down and bought one last week.  It’s just a basic 10.5” WearEver brand.  The next day I picked up a copy of Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child from the library.  The book is excellent and it really made me happy to see her recommend a basic non-stick skillet from WearEver, “available in any hardware store” as she put it.

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