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Soft Dipping Bread Sticks
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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting
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How to Make It Green for St. Patrick’s Day
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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew
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Fresh and Easy Pineapple Juice
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Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
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Lucky Charms Cereal Martini
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Chinese Takeout Chop Suey
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling
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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
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Quick French Toast In A Mug
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup
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The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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Fresh Veggies Pasta Dish
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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It

Soft Dipping Bread Sticks

One of my fondest memories as a kid was Pizza Hut.  

Remember Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT program where they talked students into reading as a activity in return for free pizza?  If there’s one way to get kids into reading, it’s pizza. I’m totally serious.  When I found out the more reading I did meant more pizza, I turned into a library monster.  One of my life achievements is winning my city’s Winter Reading Contest.  I received a picture in the newspaper with my gold medal in one hand, a book in another.  Sounds pretty cool, right?  Well it was because it meant pizza!

My parents would sometimes surprise me while I was in middle school by picking me up when school was over and taking me to Pizza Hut for dinner on Fridays.  I was pretty pumped because this meant pizza and their bread sticks which I loved.  Also, total highlight but one time they picked me up and surprised me with a black velvet hat with a red plaid flower on it, just like my hero Blossom wore. 

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Wasn’t she just the coolest?

So back to bread sticks.  We are big pizza eaters in this house and always love a few bread sticks on the side to dip in additional marinara sauce.  Buying frozen bread sticks is quick, but one night I was craving home made bread sticks so I made these.   If you have any left over (good luck) they are equally delicious the following day.

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Soft Dipping Bread Sticks

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup lukewarm water
  2. 3/4 teaspoons salt
  3. 1 3/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 tablespoon instant yeast
  5. 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  8. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  9. 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
  10. garlic salt for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease parchment paper with non stick spray on a 11x7 baking sheet.
  2. Combine all ingredients together with a hand mixer at high speed for 60 seconds.
  3. Scoop the sticky batter onto your baking sheet, spreading it nearly to the edges.
  4. Use a pizza wheel or knife to score the dough into 6 1" wide strips.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 60 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Drizzle bread sticks with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. As soon as you can touch them, cut the dough along the score lines with scissors.
  10. Place bread sticks on their side edges on the pan now and return back to the oven for 10 minutes.
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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had a donut.  Are you that way too?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I’ve always battled, basically my eyes tell me to eat all sugar treats in front of me.   Most recently I broke open a bag of Halloween Oreos that I have been saving.  Do you want to know what is the most depressing thing about these delicious cookies? They’re 100 calories, a cookie.  My heart breaks just thinking about that.  These cookies are so good I’d like to eat 6, not 1.    And then there’s my middle of the night chocolate kisses I have been eating.  I found a bag of kisses in the back of my cabinet and suddenly I feel like I need to eat multiple ones when I wake up during the night.  Do you hear someone opening a plastic bag at 4AM in the morning?  Don’t worry, it’s just me, standing in the dark, eating kisses, while cats circle me because they think it’s time to play.   Then with chocolate melting in my mouth, I make my way back to bed.  Horrible, aren’t I?  Do you have a sweet right now that you are misbehaving with?

What else do I love? These peanut butter donuts with vanilla frosting.  I had it in my head I wanted to start baking more with peanut butter so these sweets were made.  I’m so happy I made this choice, the peanut butter is a great addition and it sure makes a filling donut. These would be pretty perfect for breakfast too.  Start out your day with a donut, talk about a reason to wake up in the morning!

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Hurry before they’re all gone!

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For the donuts
  1. 1/3 cup chocolate peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the vanilla frosting
  1. 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons milk
  3. very small pinch of salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 teaspoon melted butter
Optional
  1. Sprinkles
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Add milk, oil, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then pour this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour into your donut pan bake 9-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes.
For the vanilla frosting
  1. Add all ingredients together in small bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. One at a time, dip your donuts into the vanilla glaze. If you using sprinkles, then dip into bowl of sprinkles.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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How to Make It Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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So here’s the situation.  You were really busy with work this week, time got the best of you, your schedule got changed a few times, and you’re about to kick back for the weekend. Suddenly you realize it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend which means that party that you totally agreed to bring a snack to a few weeks ago is happening.  You look on Pinterest and although those custom shamrock glitter icing cookies look great, you’re feeling a bit exhausted and now overwhelmed.  Take a deep breath, I got some Duane Reade seasonal ideas for you.

Let’s make it easy green for  St. Patrick’s Day.

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Not everything has to be complex or require a bunch of special ingredients for the holidays.  In fact I stopped by my local Duane Reade  and picked up multiple things that are totally in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit without any work needed. 

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I haven’t had Rolo’s since I was a kid so picking up a bag made me feel pretty nostalgic quickly. What do these caramels in milk chocolate look like in their wrapper? Little pieces of gold!  What leprechaun can resist some treasure at the end of the rainbow?   Put these out on your table and watch people come collect their milk chocolate gold.
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Need other candy options? The candy aisle has so many green gummy ideas too!
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This is such a easy trick! Get some chip dip, like this French Onion Dip, and throw a few squirts of green food dye (a little goes a long way) in it.
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Mix it around a little bit and you’ll be left with a festive green chip dip that everyone loves! Arrange a bunch of different potato chips around the dip and let people dip away!  This is also a great idea for a small personal snack tray.
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 Other Ideas thanks to #DRStPattys and #CollectiveBias:

Want a festive dinner for St. Patrick’s Day? Easy.  Instead of making your regular pasta, substitute spinach pasta for it. This will give you a nice looking green dinner dish.

Need a dessert? Get some Lime gelatin and create personal size cups of it, or be even more creative and get a clover mold to pour it into. 

Want a green drink?  Grab some Lemon Lime sparkling water. I love Nice! variety of lemon lime as it’s 0 calories and delicious.

 For more Duane Reade information:

 

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day I bring you a delicious potato stew!
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Even better? It’s a slow cooker recipe so relax for the day.
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Even better better?  There’s peanut butter in it!
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Head on over to Peanut Butter & Co to get my Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew recipe!

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Enjoy and have a great hearty dinner!

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew recipe can be found here.

Fresh and Easy Pineapple Juice

Ain’t nobody dope as this juice.

So fresh and so delicious delicious.
So fresh and so sweet sweet.
So fresh and easy easy.
So fresh and so good good.

And then I won’t continue with the possible “So Fresh, So Clean” lyrics as not to offend anyone. 🙂

Isn’t Outkast the best though?   Quick, don’t think about it, favorite Outkast song?  I’m going with B.O.B and the addicting Hey Ya! because every single time I hear it I just want to shake it and behave on my baddest behavior. 

This is totally not how I saw this recipe post going but once I start I can’t stop.

Ok so this post is about delicious, sweet, easy and good Pineapple Juice.  Oh and it’s so fresh too. 

A few days ago I was craving pineapple juice like crazy.  I wrote on my chalkboard “PINEAPPLE JUICE” a million times with arrows pointing to it.  Sometimes I need a big reminder.  So to the store I went, would I get pineapple juice in a can or a fresh pineapple? A beautiful big fresh pineapple of course! And best of all, it was on sale for $2.50.  Goodness, pineapple why are you so beautiful and why are you so darn delicious?  

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This recipe is so incredibly basic but because I can’t get enough of this juice I had to share it.  When I make pineapple juice I love to add a little bit more sweetness to it, so in this case I went with throwing in a Fuji apple as well.  The ratio is 1 pineapple to 1 apple.  The great thing about juices is you can add whatever you want to it.  Why not try bananas, or kale, or collards, or oranges?  All those combinations sound awesome.  This juice was able to fill me a few glasses and it was easily gone in a few days because I could not keep my hands off it.   

Enjoy this juice, it’s great for breakfast or for a afternoon snack (my preferred way of enjoying it!).

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Ingredients
  1. 1 Pineapple, sides peeled and cut into pieces
  2. 1 Apple (I used Fuji), cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Turn on your juicer, add pineapple and apples.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
  3. Store in pitcher in the refrigerator.
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Now if you need me I’ll be looking at more Andre 3000 gifs. Forever Ever. Forever Ever.

PS.  If you got all these Outkast references, I love you so much. 

 

 

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

I made this soup a few nights ago and I loved every bit of it, especially how long it takes to make.  Want some delicious Chinese soup in less than 15 minutes? Done.  You just throw in your soft doughy udon noodles, your vegetables (want more vegetables? pile them in!), your broth and some seasoning and your soup is done.  
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Can we also talk about how delicious udon noodles are? I found this pack of noodles in my local grocery and immediately knew they were destined to be in a soup.
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Enjoy this soup, let me know how you like it!

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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups vegetable stock
  2. 1 1⁄3 cups snow peas, ends trimmed and cut (can also use frozen peas)
  3. 1 can baby corn
  4. 1 bunch chopped bok choy
  5. 3 green onions (white and green parts) coarsely chopped
  6. 1⁄4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  7. 1⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
  8. 2 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
  9. freshly ground black pepper to taste
  10. 1 lb udon noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, combine vegetable stock, snow peas, baby corn, bok choy, green onions, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add noodles. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Notes
  1. For a more heartier soup you can add broccoli florets, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts or 1 inch cubes of tofu. Add this when you add the bok choy.
Adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook
Adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook
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Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Lucky Charms Cereal Martini

Lucky Charms is my childhood.  Do you have a cereal that is like that?

You might have seen on Instagram a few weekends ago where I was having my Saturday morning breakfast with my beloved Lucky Charms. Rewind the clock 20 years and you’d see the same picture, except I grew a few inches and have a few more cats.
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Do you notice the marshmallows are all green? I know, adorable right? It’s because this year Lucky the Leprechaun is turning 50 years old (his Birthday is March 17) so they created a limited edition green Lucky Charms!   Are you like me and can just eat the marshmallows by the handful?  They’re addicting.
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Want some marshmallow history? I got it for you.  Red balloons? A rainbow? The blue diamond?  These are childhood memories!
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To get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and to show some yummy green love, why not use Lucky Charms to make something not expected, like a Rainbow Martini?  This is a adult Martini here, but why not be creative and make a juice martini for the kids?  Little Sally can have a orange juice with marshmallows crushed on the cup lid while Mom boozes it up along side her on a Monday afternoon.   Cheers.

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Ingredients
  1. 10 marshmallows from Lucky Charms® cereal (red, orange, yellow, green or blue)
  2. 1 oz vodka or gin
  3. 4 oz tonic water, lemonade or white cranberry juice, well chilled
  4. Splash of fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
  1. Place marshmallows in the bottom of martini glass. Pour vodka over marshmallows; stir slightly to dissolve if needed. Top with tonic water and lemon juice.
Notes
  1. Make 6 cocktails, 1 of each color, to make a rainbow!
  2. Rub fresh lemon slice around rims of martini glasses to moisten. Dip moistened rims of glasses in crushed marshmallows.
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Chinese Takeout Chop Suey

Do you love Chop Suey in the can? I’m totally guilty of loving it. I’m also totally guilty of eating that sauce by the spoonful. Goodness, it’s delicious.    

If you love it you can probably agree that it’s not the most healthy for you.  Low in calories, sure, but not exactly the best homemade ingredients that a dinner can offer you, so I set out to make a homemade version of La Choy’s Chop Suey.

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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. 

Do you guys like Cream Puffs? What kind of question is that?  Do you like soft pastries with a vanilla pudding cream mixed inside?  Of course you do.   As a kid I remember Cream Puffs fondly from our weekly market trip we would take.  They would always be in a refrigerated glass display and I would always make a mess when eating.  Some things never change.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.
Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

These puff pastries will bake extra light and fluffy.   They taste just like the bakery!  I love all the cracks that form when baking. 

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. When you fill the cream puffs you can use a pastry bag or a good ol spoon.  

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 These are great for finger desserts, a sweet afternoon snack, bake sales and holidays! Enjoy! Try not to eat them all at once!

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For the Vanilla Pudding Cream Filling
  1. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 cup milk
For the pastry puffs
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Mix together pudding mix powder, heavy cream and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a light boil and stir until it forms a pudding consistency. Take off burner, put into bowl, cover and put in refrigerator to set.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large pot bring water and butter to a boil. Lower heat and stir in flour and salt. Stir until the mixture forms a dough ball. Take off heat.
  4. Add eggs to the pot and mix with hand mixer until combined well.
  5. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool to touch, then slice each puff in half. Fill the bottom part of the puff with pudding mixture with a spoon or pastry bag. Put the other side of the puff on top.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 10-12 cream puffs.
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 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly

Stop your perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe searching.  The answer is here.  Take my hand, I’m taking you to the Chocolate Chip Cookie mothership.

A few years ago there were quite a buzz on a popular recipe that the New York Times featured, it was a close adaptation to Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip cookies. If you’ever ever had a Jacques Torres cookie then you can agree they are some darn good cookies.    Turn the clock ahead almost 6 years later and I finally got around to make this cherished recipe that had people raving and gawking.  So I got all the ingredients ready and realized 2 things 1) I did not have the type of chocolate Mr. Torres recommended and I was not spending $12 on it, 2) Refrigerate the dough for 36 hours.  Wait, what?  This girl wants cookies now. 36 hours of waiting? Are you crazy?  In 36 hours the world could be over and here I will be, laying on the zombie apocalypse covered sidewalk crying out “But… my… cookies…are…. still…in the…refrigerator”.  No way.  No way.  I let them chill for 30 minutes, that’s all the willpower I have.

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So taking the original recipe and tweaking it with my own chocolate, changing the servings, amount of ingredients and size of cookies as well as the process for chilling, I have to declare these cookies The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever.  I’m totally being serious.  Not only are they quite possibly the prettiest cookies I ever baked, but they are just so perfect tasting.  They are everything a chocolate chip cookie should be, sweet, but salty on top.    Every single person I have fed these cookies to are amazed they aren’t bakery bought and then immediately eat 5 more cookies than they told themselves they would eat. They’re magic.

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Come to Mama you beautiful chocolate chip cookies.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup bread flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick + 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 8 oz chocolate chips
  12. Sea salt to sprinkle
Instructions
  1. Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer cream butter and sugars together until light. Add egg and mix together. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients in and continue to mix until all is combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips into batter and stir with spoon to equally distribute.
  5. Put dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Drop tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. I can usually fit 12 cookies per sheet. Arrange chocolate chips to "poke up" on the cookies at this time to make for a more pretty cookie.
  8. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Eat warm, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies.
Adapted from Jacques Torres
Adapted from Jacques Torres
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug

I made this Chocolate Cake In a Mug for Lunch yesterday.   I know, the things I do for you guys.

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I have been craving chocolate cake the last few days.  If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen chocolate cake recipes being pinned at hungry speeds, sorry about that, I had chocolate hearts in my eyes.
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When I received the Irish Country Cooking cookbook I basically decided I wanted to cook every recipe in the book.  From Soups, Starters, Main Dishes, Vegetable Side Dishes, Dips, Cakes, Tarts, Pudding and more, every single recipe seems like it was made with such care and embrace.  Have you ever gone to a friends house to enjoy dinner and you can just taste how much energy, effort and pure love it’s made with?  This is how I feel about every single recipe in this cookbook.  I just want to hug every member of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association from passing on these recipes to me as they passed on through families from generation to generation.  I love this cookbook also because of all the romantic pictures shown throughout all the dishes, everything looks rich but at the same time like a real home cooked meal.  They also include tips in the book on how to cook for a crowd, how to cook on a budget and how to cook potatoes (of course!).  If you want to check out the cookbook, you can find out more details here.

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(Already picked a bunch of recipes to make!)

One of the recipes I needed to make immediately was the Chocolate Cake In a Mug.  You know how much I love mug recipes so I needed to give this a shot and I’m so happy I did.  Even though this is made in a few quick minutes in the microwave, it still is so chocolaty and rich.  It definitely tastes like warm chocolate cake that will treat your sweet tooth.   I also love this recipe because it’s individual servings. If you’re in the mood for chocolate cake but don’t want to feel the guilt of eating a entire cake (real talk) then this will totally do the trick.   I totally think this would be adorable for serving multiple friends their own mugs, or even making one mug with 2 forks to share with a friend.

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And how does it do when you tip it out of the mug? Beautifully…..

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Ingredients
  1. 4 dessertspoons flour
  2. 4 dessertspoons sugar
  3. 2 dessertspoons cocoa
  4. 1 small egg, beaten
  5. 3 dessertspoons milk
  6. 3 dessertspoons vegetable oil
  7. 3 drops vanilla extract
  8. 1 handful of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, sugar and cocoa in a mug. Stir in the beaten egg, milk and oil, then add vanilla drops and chocolate chips.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, and then eat in the mug or tip out on to a plate.
Notes
  1. A dessertspoon equals approximately 2 teaspoons.
  2. Want to make it extra chocolate? Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on top after it's cooked.
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe – tastes just like Campbell’s!

How many times have you tried to make a recipe and it calls for Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup so you go into your cabinet and realize you have zero cans?  Don’t let this happen to you anymore!

This scenario has happened to me so many times in life.  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is something I use often in soups and casseroles but somehow I always manage to forget to buy a can.  If you have some mushrooms on hand, then I bet you have the rest of the ingredients as well to make your own!

I have to say as well that not only is this easy to make (we’re talking 10 minutes) but it tastes a million times better then the canned version.  There’s something about the fresh mushrooms in this that makes me weak in the knees, but if you don’t have fresh on hand feel free to used canned mushrooms instead. Also I made this with regular milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a vegan recipe and both turned out great!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup regular milk or unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  3. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. pinch of sugar
  8. 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced (fresh or canned)
Instructions
  1. Put all your ingredients except mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until it's smooth.
  2. Add your mushrooms to food processor and pulse a couple times to chop them up.
  3. Pour mushroom mixture into a saucepan on the stove.
  4. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you find it's too thin, add a bit of extra cornstarch and stir. This will thicken it up.
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins

Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won’t believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make!  My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too! 

I’m on a muffin kick right now.  My favorite muffins of the moment are the Fluffy Chocolate Chip and these Pumpkin ones.  I swear they can’t last in my kitchen with me around.   These muffins here make for a happy breakfast.  They have cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in them combined with chocolate chips so they’re bursting with flavor and some sweetness.

I still have some pumpkin puree left in the freezer from the Fall garden pumpkins.  As some of you know I’m kinda in love with our pumpkins and am known to a “pumpkin dance” whenever I spot the first pumpkin of the season.   

And because you asked me nicely… here’s my pumpkin dance.

Now go enjoy these muffins!

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix brown sugar, oil and eggs together. Add pumpkin puree and water and continue to mix.
  3. In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine. Add your chocolate chips and stir to equally distribute.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Notes
  1. Makes 12 muffins.
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Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won't believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make! My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe – just like how Mom used to make it!  The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Guys, is this winter just crazy?  

Besides a few wild snowstorms over the past few years winter has been on the mild side.   Sure, we had a record setting snowfall a few times during those years, but that was it for the winter.  This year, it’s just winter, all the time.  We’re talking snow, ice, slush and cold all the time.    It seems to me that whenever I check the weather forecast there’s some type of snowy mix being talked about.  And can we talk about how much it stinks to have to walk in the snow?   Living in a city is great for so many reasons, one being that I can walk and get anywhere that I want to go, but that means walking through the snow and slush  and trying not to fall in the process.  It’s a nightmare.   On every single corner there will be a giant puddle of slush just waiting for you.  

 

The good thing through all this cold and snow is seeing all the creatures the kids (and adults) create on the sidewalks to cause some smiles.  This always cheers me up.
Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

What else cheers me up?  Coming inside from a super cold day and warming up with a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.  That totally cheers me up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

The secret I’ve found to some great Chicken Noodle Soup is always to use a whole chicken.   Not only is this going to provide the meat in your meal but it gives you that real rich chicken broth that no bouillon or boxed broth can give.   Pair this with some fresh vegetables and spices and you’ll have one big bowl of soup that will be sure to warm you up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken, cut up
  2. 3 carrots, diced
  3. 3 stalks celery, diced
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  6. 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  8. 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  9. 12 oz bag of egg noodles
  10. 3 tablespoons flour
Instructions
  1. Cover chicken in 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from pot carefully. Remove all the meat you can from the bones, but carefully as it is hot. Set meat aside. Put bones back into broth and simmer for 45 minutes, covered.
  3. Remove the bones from both, be sure to get them all out.
  4. Add carrots, celery, salt, turmeric, white pepper, thyme and parsley flakes to the pot. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn heat back to high and add in egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until your noodles are cooked.
  6. Mix your flour with a few tablespoons of water until smooth in a small bowl. Pour into soup and continue to stir to make the broth creamier.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Quick French Toast In A Mug

 I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite new cookbooks.  Every single recipe in the book is made in a mug, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.   Are you amazed yet?   

I’m kind of love with mug recipes for many ideas but really the 2 big ones are:
I love eating out of a mug.  It makes me feel cozy, especially in the winter time.
So far everything I’ve made from this cookbook basically just calls for you to prepare it in a mug, that means no dirtying a ton of dishes.   Only a mug to clean?  Yes!  Also many of these recipes are super flexible on location.  If you are having lunch at your office and they have a microwave, now you have a great lunch time alternative instead of shelling out $8 on a sandwich.

The recipe creator and author of the book Camilla V. Saulsbury does a great job at covering a variation of recipes, all quick to make.  In the beginning of the book she does a small introduction informing readers of the increase in popularity of meals in a mug (Fact: An October 2013 Google search of the phrase “mug recipes” yielded more than 40,900,000 hits) and talks about how mug cooking is a great econimical alternative to fast food as it’s almost instant satisfcation.     So next time you are craving quick food, say no to fast food, and make yourself something that will be lower in calories and high fat content – right in your kitchen, in a mug!

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Flipping through this cookbook, I bookmarked quite a few pages.  Here are some of my favorites:
Tex Mex Migas Mug
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Bacon and Corn Chowder
Sessae Soy Edamame
Blackberry Crumble

Honestly, I can go on and name a ton more, but my first I needed to make was French Toast In A Mug!
If you’re anything like me you  love French Toast.   It’s one of my favorite breakfast foods.  If I go to a diner, no matter what time of the day it is, I will probably order French Toast (with a side of turkey bacon too!).   One thing I don’t love about French Toast is that if I want it on a lazy morning, well, it’s not happening.  No, French Toast is not hard to make, but it’s not something you can just throw in the microwave while you get your first cup of tea brewing.   Now French Toast in 2 minutes is possible!

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 This recipe calls for you to gather all your ingredients right there in the mug.   If you want to make it even quicker, you can prepare it the night before, which means in the morning you just pull it out of the fridge and it goes straight into tho microwave.

I also wanted to test this recipe to see how it would hold up outside of the mug – would it fall apart or would it hold it’s mug shape?   This is important if say you only have 1 mug and want to make 4 servings for your family, or if you want to put everything on plates for presentation purposes.   Guess what – it held it’s shape perfectly.

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And of course we can’t forget the maple syrup on top..

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Hope you enjoyed this Quick French Toast recipe and I hope you give it a try tomorrow morning!

Quick French Toast In A Mug
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Ingredients
  1. 16-oz mug
  2. 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  3. 1/8 tsp salt
  4. 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/4 cups bread cubes (preferably stale) or small plain croutons
Toppings
  1. pure maple syrup, confectioners sugar or butter
Instructions
  1. In the mug, use a fork to whisk sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla until very well blended. Add bread cubes, stirring and pressing them down into the custard to absorb the liquid. Let stand for at least 15 minutes (so the bread absorbs the liquid). Press bread down with a fork to compact.
  2. Microwave on High for 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 minutes (checking at 11⁄2) or until firm to the touch and liquid is absorbed. Top with syrup, sugar or butter if preferred.
Tip
  1. Add up to 2 tbsp raisins or chopped dried fruit, or 1 tbsp miniature semisweet chocolate chips with the bread.
Prep Ahead Option
  1. Whisk the sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla in the mug, then add the bread cubes; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family’s favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Oh hello beautiful chocolate chip muffins, come give me a hug.

 These muffins make me kinda crazy happy.  They’re light, they’re moist and they are full of chocolate bites.  When you rip one open the chocolate will be soft and just melt on your tongue.   I love a breakfast that is there for me ready in the morning, so these muffins win all types of rewards for being the perfect breakfast treat.  They also win love for a afternoon pick me up, a post dinner dessert, or just being there to greet me whenever I want to say “hello beautiful”.

Try these Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins, I think you’ll like them too!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

 

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2/3 cup milk or vanilla almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup butter melted
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  11. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  12. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease your muffin cup holder.
  3. In a bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl stir together milk, butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and vegetable oil.
  5. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and gently mix to equally distribute them.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling them 2/3 of the way.
  8. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 10-12 muffins
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup recipe, just like your favorite Chinese restaurant makes!

Earlier this week Matthew and I celebrated 11 years together.    I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002.   Months later, we were dating.  Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!).   11 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry children to the family and are still doing out art together.  What else do we do together?  We cook in the kitchen.

I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious.   One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.   Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout, but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.   Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons.    I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.

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The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is!  I’ve won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie.  I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them! 

You know I only share the best with you guys, right? So you totally have to believe me that these brownies are the best.

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is! I've won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie. I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them!

We finished these brownies in 2 days.  I went into the brownie box (what, you don’t have a brownie box?) for one and there was no more left.  My hands started to shake, “Matthew, did you eat the last brownie?!” I shouted.  He said yes.  My night was destroyed.   The next day I made another batch.  These brownies are THAT GOOD.  

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Fresh Veggies Pasta Dish

This is one of those recipes that I cannot count the amount of times we have had it.  25? 50? 100? 200?  More?  

During the garden season it becomes a staple and we have it a few times a week.  It’s simple, it’s delicious, and you can totally customize depending on the vegetables you have on hand to use.  We usually always have it with carrots and sugar snap peas, but don’t be scared to experiment with your own loved veggies!   Maybe one week you have a bunch of kale left over and some radishes, throw it in!    This pasta dish is known as “Matthew’s Pasta Dish” in our house as he is always the chef of it.   Many times during the summer we make smaller bowls for lunch.  Sometimes we even have a bowl of it at night in bed.   It’s a win win situation all around.

Speaking of carrots,  many of you seemed pretty pumped for the upcoming garden season and are interested in starting your own garden.   If I could recommend a easy vegetable to start out with, it would definitely be carrots and radishes.  Carrots because they are pretty easy to grow, you just kind of plant them and they grow (ok maybe a bit more, but basically).  Radishes are great because the turn around is less than a month, and in gardening some quick satisfaction really makes you feel real good.

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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It

I know the title is so dramatic but these muffins are full of drama.

 A few days ago I decided I was going to make some big ol blueberry muffins for some friends the next morning.   I put together a recipe, threw on my Brooklyn Nets apron and headed to the kitchen to start to put all the ingredients together.  

The batter was amazing.   When the batter reaches the point of a certain yumminess, then you know what you’re making is going to be the best ever.  I took a few tastes of the batter.  Perfect.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.
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