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…]

Creamy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of my favorite meals.  I have 3 different versions already (Ham and Potato Chowder, Baked Potato Soup and my humble Potato Soup).

This Creamy Potato Soup is a souped up version of the humble potato soup.  (Yes, I just used the word soup 3 times in the same sentence.)

It’s creamy (hence, the name), comforting and warm.  And it uses common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Butter Pecan Crunch Cake

I’ve had a Butter Pecan cake mix in my pantry for a while now, just waiting for the perfect inspiration.  I originally thought to make a bar cookie with it, but decided a snack cake/coffee cake type dessert sounded better.

I need to do a bit more testing on this recipe.  The crumb topping needs more butter and I’d like to work on the cake batter a bit too.  But, this tasted wonderful, so it’s worth testing.  The cake has a sweet, nutty flavor and is topped with buttery crumbs that also have a bit of crunch from the nuts and toffee chips.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

Last year, I saw recipes for cookies like this floating around the internet.  A friend brought some to my house and they were so good.  How can you go wrong with white chocolate chips and cranberries?

I decided to make them yesterday, but didn’t want to look up the recipe.  Googling is so hard, you know?

So I tweaked the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe from the back of the Walmart brand oat box.  As soon as I finished making them, I noticed the recipe on the back of the Craisin package.  Oh well.  My tweaked recipe tasted buttery, with the sweet-tart flavors of the white chips and cranberries.  And the recipe made a lot.  Enough to munch and freeze some for later.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Have I mentioned my freezer full of cubed ham?  We bought 1/2 a hog (my niece’s 4-H project).  The place my sister takes the pig to be processed gives us whatever they decide they’re in the mood to make.  Last year we had more Italian sausage than I’d ever seen.  This year it’s cubed ham.

So of course, when I decided to make a cheesy broccoli soup, I had to put some ham in it too.  It’s a combination that works well and makes for a filling soup.  I based the recipe on the Cream of Cauliflower Soup from More With Less Cookbook.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]

Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup

I made these pancakes for dinner last night and they quickly bumped to the top of my “recipes to share” list.  Please schedule a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or snack time to cook up a batch.  You’ll thank me later.

The pancakes are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Holiday Bake-Off and Giveaway!

I know it’s Monday and that usually means a new menu with grocery list.  But today I’ve got something different for you and it includes a really cool giveaway!

Recently, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! contacted me, asking if I wanted to participate in their Holiday Bake-Off.  Did I mention that it takes place in New York City this Friday?

I will join 9 other bloggers to take part in a friendly competition at the Unilever Test Kitchens.  The fun starts today with a giveaway of baking equipment!  But first, my recipe for Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze. [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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