Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

recipe adapted from Creme de la Crumb

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

makes 24 muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

dry ingredients -whisk together in a medium bowl and set aside
2 2/3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

cream together in a large bowl or stand mixer
1 stick margarine (or butter)
1 1/2 c sugar

then add these wet ingredients - mixing after each one to incorporate, but don't overmix.
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract (can substitute w/vanilla)
1 1/2 c greek yogurt* (I use Greek Gods honey vanilla)
zest of two large or 3 small lemons
juice from two large or 3 small lemons (about 1/4 c or a little less)

mix in dry ingredients a little at a time until fully incorporated, then add in
1 heaping T of poppy seeds

*Use two 6-oz containers of whatever greek yogurt you like if you don't buy it in big containers like I do.

Grease muffin tins and fill each cup about 2/3 of the way. Bake about 12 minutes, depending on your altitude and oven. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thai Peanut Sauce {gluten-free dinner idea}

My sister-in-law introduced me to the world of homemade peanut sauce, and now it's become a regular part of our family dinner rotation. I serve this with chicken - either popcorn chicken from the freezer section or little chicken pieces sauteed in a little oil. I usually make some stir-fry vegetables and serve it all with rice and sometimes top with crunchy rice noodles.

Recipe Adapted from Rasa Malaysia

1 c creamy peanut butter
1 14 oz can coconut milk
2 oz thai red curry paste (I buy the Thai Kitchen brand and it comes in a 4 oz jar)
4 T apple cider vinegar
3 T sugar (or less if desired)
pinch of salt

This will make a large amount - but you will be grateful for the leftovers!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

Line 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Use a non-stick pot - about 6 qt and melt together on low: 1/2 stick of butter 1/2 c peanut butter splash of vanilla Turn up to medium and add 10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows and keep stirring until mostly melted. Add about 6 cups of rice krispy cereal and fold in. Press mixture into pan. Let cool and then cut into squares to serve.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Strawberry Sunflower Salad

Start with your favorite greens (mine are either a spring mix or leafy romaine, but spinach would be good as well).


Feta cheese
Sliced Strawberries
Sunflower Kernels
Diced Cucumber

Add your favorite sweet dressing - I recommend raspberry vinagrette or a creamy poppyseed.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cornbread Casserole (made with Jiffy cornbread mix)

Corn Bread Casserole

This is a Cook family recipe that I had at my first Thanksgiving with my in-laws. So delicious I've adopted and adapted it as one of my own :).

2 eggs
1 stick butter – softened
1 8oz sour cream
1/4 c milk
1 can creamed corn
1 can corn – drained
Shredded cheese – ½ - 1 C
1/8 tsp Pepper
2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Beat eggs and then mix in 1 stick of butter.  Add sour cream, corn, cheese, pepper and muffin mix.  Mix well and pour into 9” X 13” pan.  Bake @ 350° for 30 minutes.  Poke toothpick in center of pan to test for doneness.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Creamy Fruit Dip

I made this for our first Christmas Party and it was a huge hit --next time I will make a double batch! 

One 8 oz. bar of cream cheese
One 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Let the cream cheese sit out for a bit to let it soften. Add first three ingredients and blend, then add in sugar and blend until smooth. Suggestions for dippers: apple slices, strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Basic Banana Bread

3 ripe bananas (the riper the better!)

1/4 c melted margarine
1/4 c milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar

2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Mash bananas in a bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix (hand mixer or stand mixer). Add sugars and mix again. Add the last dry ingredients and mix until just combined (should be lumpy). Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for approximately 50 minutes. Test for doneness. You could also add a topping before putting in the oven - my usual is some chopped walnuts sprinkled on top of the batter.