Muffin Week: “Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffin with Fresh Mint” (Day 3)

I’m thinking to go steal a bag blueberries  we froze from our harvest this summer at my Gma’s house and try to make these with them. Blackberries aren’t the hardest thing to find around here during the year but it can be a tricky ingredient to use properly. Often they’re too sour or they’re just plain expensive.

Since we have our own little patch and spend hours in the blazing hot sun every summer (you can read more in previous posts about this) I think it only right to use the poor little berries in a variety of recipes. Usually they end up in some sour super healthy pie my Gma makes with them and it makes me so sad…

So blueberries it is!

Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins with Fresh Mint

“Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins with Fresh Mint” from Eat the Love

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Muffin Week: “Sweet Potato Muffins with Pecan Streusel” (Day 2)

Normally, I prefer my sweet potatoes savory. Steamed with a little salt served with ketchup. I actually had to eat that for about a month when they were attempting to diagnose some extreme stomach pains I had one summer. Turns out I was just going through Final Exam Withdrawal symptoms. Crazy stuff. I could get out of bed and I had the sharpest pain in my stomach. Who knew school could be so addictive? Actually it was probably the sudden drop in my caffeine intake and all that extra sleep I was getting. Talk about an imbalanced lifestyle…

I have, on occasion, had a good sweet sweet potato recipe but I don’t like when it’s too sweet. But then, the problem usually is that whatever it is ends up being bland. In this case I think the cakey texture mixed with the flavor of sweet potato just might work. And so it’s ending up on this week’s roster.

Sweet Potato Muffins with Pecan Streusel

“Sweet Potato Muffins with Pecan Streusel” from Sugar Dish Me

 

Muffin Week: “Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins” (Day 1)

I’ve been at home a lot more than usual these last couple weeks and there’s a little of the stir-crazy Oci starting to come out now. I’ve found that a quick baking session every couple of days can go a long way to keeping you sane while making sure family members don’t… well don’t dismember each other.

While I’ve been trying a large variety of recipes, one of my favorite genre’s lately has been Muffins. So for the entire week, I’m going to feature muffin recipes I’ve been testing out.

As a brief note, my father has removed our all-purpose flour from the house so I’ve been left with either a high-gluten bread flour or a whole wheat pastry flour. This means that any recipe I’ve tried has mostly likely been made with a whole wheat pastry flour which I’m finding I rather enjoy when used in certain recipes.

To start off the week is a new recipe I’ve tried that I just found when I was looking for something that involved chocolate and a little bit of texture. These absolutely delivered! I cut the chocolate chip count in half since I was using the regular sized chips and would probably add another 1/4 cup of oats for even more substance. I also suggest using liners (which I didn’t) as the chocolate will stick through any non-stick coating (I used Pam).

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

“Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins” from Hello Homebody

Just a Little Snack

Personal Pear Pizza with Stilton & Walnuts, from Ono Kitchen

Personal Pear Pizza with Stilton & Walnuts, from Ono Kitchen

I don’t do New Years resolutions. If you aren’t going to take charge of you life all the time then you aren’t doing it right. Doing what right? One might ask. Life. You’re not doing it right. Try again.

Just so you know… I’m not skinny and I’m not “eating great” while “losing weight”. Except that eating great bit. I try to do that whenever possible. So here’s a little snack I found while looking around the great wide web of the internet after work today. I feel like this would also work great with a goat cheese/rosemary/honey combo.

And while we’re at it, how about a drink? Something warm and creamy, perhaps?

Coconut Rum Spiked S’more Hot Chocolate

Coconut Rum Spiked S’more Hot Chocolate, from Margaritas in the Rain (There are more pictures on the original page).

Yep. That works!

And now to go read the latest issue of Saga

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way Back from San Francisco

It hasn’t been unnoticed, I’m sure, that the leader of the Free Foodies has been somewhat absent of late. There’s an excuse for that.

I was out in California having a grand ol’ time eating my way up the PCH when I got a phone call offering me a big girl job. It would give me money, training, benefits… It all sounded amazing. And it was. But it was also a major change.

I now work above a Nandos and around the corner from 8407 Kitchen Bar. I haven’t been starving but I also haven’t had much time to write as much as I would like. So I’m dedicating the month of January to catching up on unpublished menus, reviews, and a glimpse into what kind of adventures a real paycheck can help you afford. I’ve been traveling across the country meeting my fellow foodies and checking out some of the scenes as well as learning a lot more about my other passion: spreadsheets.

While I backdate and get everything in order here’s something I’ve discovered at the Panera on the opposite corner from my office that you can make at home and munch on while patiently awaiting my reports. And if you don’t have the time to slow roast your own tomatoes I suggest you at least try one of these in the morning. It makes the day go much better.

Mediterranean Egg-White Sandwich (Copycat Recipe from Foodtastic Mom)

Mediterranean Egg-White Sandwich (Copycat Recipe from Foodtastic Mom)

GatroPorn Menu: July.2013

GatroPorn Menu: July.2013

It is getting far too hot outside for my tastes. Mid-90’s and the humidity is on the rise. I keep forgetting every spring that my hair does not do well in humidity and so I don’t preemptively get it cut in time for the great *poof* that becomes my hair in the DC summers. And in addition to that the temperature of one’s food can make a difference to the comfort levels in this god-awful heat.

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas because I often associate the two holidays with a large amount of cooking and eating and partying. I’m not the greatest fan on the patriotic holidays because the types of foods do not create insane food memories of intense bliss in my head. But there are still foods that can excite my palate during the summer holidays… Here is a menu with a few of them along with a couple new items I’m keen to try this month:

Boozy Sweet Tea

“Boozy Sweet Tea” from Dessert for Two
(Click HERE for “Peach-Infused Moonshine” Recipe)

Parmesan Tuiles with Heirloom Tomato Salad

“Parmesan Tuiles with Heirloom Tomato Salad” from Food & Wine

New Potato Salad with Garlic Mayonnaise and Cress

“New Potato Salad with Garlic Mayonnaise and Cress” from JamieOliver.com

Mediterranean Sliders

“Mediterranean Sliders” from Athenos (there’s something to be said for good advertising!)

Vegetable Kebabs

“Vegetable Kebabs” from Epicurious

Berry & Fruit Popsicles

“Berry & Fruit Popsicles” from Call Me Cupcake!