Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Although it usually only makes an appearance during the fall or for Thanksgiving, pumpkin can make your mouth water year round. Take these delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for example, perfect for a weekend breakfast with the family!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup (180 ml) solid packed, canned pumpkin puree

1 cup (175 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place rack in the middle of the oven. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray each cup with a non stick vegetable spray.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ground spices, and salt. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.Fold in the chocolate chips.   

Fill the muffin cups evenly with the batter using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake for about 18 -20 minutes, or until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Makes 12 regular-sized muffins.

Note: The batter can be baked in a 9-inch (23 cm) loaf pan. Butter or spray the loaf pan with a non stick vegetable spray. Bake the loaf in a 350 degree F (177 degree C) oven for about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

See the full recipe here: Joy of Baking

Delicious and Easy Super Bowl Recipes

This Sunday,  the Superbowl XLVII will provide us with the perfect opportunity to try out some fun recipes and scarf down finger food. We found five easy recipes so that you can prepare for the Super Bowl no matter your busy schedule! Whoever you are rooting for on Sunday, your meal will be delicious.

1. Chicken Wing Dip

C/O Food.com

This dip is pure hearty goodness and tastes just like hot chicken wings. This recipe from All Recipes has only five ingredients! Serve it with some tortilla chips or crackers.

2. Chicken Wings

C/O Frank’s Red Hot

This baked chicken wing recipe uses cayenne pepper, garlic power, buttermilk and cornstarch for a classic taste without the dip. For sauce lovers, this recipe by Frank’s Red Hot is simple, spicy, and scrumptious. If you are looking for options and more flavors, any one of these 31 Delicious Chicken Wings for Super Bowl Sunday look fabulous.

3. Guacamole

C/O Liren Baker

Few things are more delectable than homemade guacamole. This recipe from Wayfair combines jalapeno, cilantro and, of course, avocados to make creamy perfection.

4. Nachos

C/O PaulaDeen.com

Sometimes, a game becomes too intense for chip-dipping concentration. This is why we have nachos. Piled high with whatever you’d like, these chips are just too good. Paula Deen’s Macho Nachos just take 20 minutes to complete, meaning you’ll be free to watch Destiny’s Child and judge all the commercials! If you’re daring or looking to

be inspired, the Food Network has compiled 50 different nacho recipes!

5. Sliders

C/O  Cook and Be Merry

Sliders are the best. You can eat so many of them without feeling like you’re over-indulging, and there are endless options to make. Traditional ground beef sliders are yummy but  if you feel like mixing it up, check out  30 Amazing Sliders for your Super Bowl Party.  The options are endless, but the healthy sliders, biscuit sliders, sliders on waffle fries, thanksgiving-style turkey sliders, and crab cake sliders are making us drool.

C/O  Twirlit

 

Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes

What will you bring to the Thanksgiving table? If you’re tired of the same old classic dishes, here are some unique side dishes that are guaranteed to success and impress! Source: Saveur

Yams with Ginger and Scallions

c/o Saveur

What you’ll need:

4 large yams (3 1⁄2–4 lbs.), peeled and
cut into thick rounds
Kosher salt, to taste
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
16 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
8 large shallots, thinly sliced
8 scallions, cut crosswise into 1″ pieces
4 jalapeños, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
1  5″ piece ginger, peeled and cut into
paper-thin matchsticks
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lightly packed cups basil leaves, coarsely chopped
6 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add yams and cook until tender, 8–10 minutes. Drain yams in a colander and transfer to a large shallow serving dish. Return pot to the stovetop.

2. Heat oil in the pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, scallions, jalapeños, ginger, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until ginger has softened, 15–20 minutes.

3. Stir the basil into the ginger mixture; cook, uncovered, until basil has softened and released its fragrance (but not lost its bright

color), about 30 seconds. Spoon the ginger–basil mixture over the yams. Season with salt and pepper. Right before serving, drizzle the lime juice over the top.

 

Got some vegetarians at the table? Try these: Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs

c/o Saveur

SERVES 4–6

INGREDIENTS

2 large Vidalia onions, cut crosswise into ½″-thick slices
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 tbsp. bread crumbs
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. finely chopped oregano
1 tsp. finely chopped thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oven to 450°. On a foil-lined baking sheet, coat onion slices in oil, keeping them as intact as possible; season with salt and pepper. Bake, turning once, until soft and lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, stir together bread crumbs, butter, parsley, oregano, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over onion slices. Continue baking until topping is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

Find more delicious Turkey Day recipes here!

All American Dessert

Happy 4th of July everyone! Since many of you are hosting or attending an Independence Day party, why not spice it up with a twist on an all American dessert? Instead of a simple apple pie, take it to the next level with a homemade apple crumble and sweet vanilla ice cream.

This Apple Crumble and Vanilla Ice Cream recipe I found from Food Network and when brought to a party guarantees you’ll be a hit.

image c/o foodnetwork.com

 

Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith apples, cut in half

1/4 cup olive or canola oil

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

8 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I spiced it up even more with ginger, nutmeg, and clove)

1/2 cup granola

1 pint vanilla bean ice cream

1/2 cup prepared caramel sauce, heated

Directions

Heat your grill to medium.

Place cut apples in a medium bowl and toss with the oil. Place the apples on the grill, cut-side down and grill until nicely browned. Flip the apples over and continue to grill until nicely browned on skin side. Remove from the grill and allow to cool briefly.

Once they are cool enough to handle, core and cut the apples into wedges. Place the apples wedges into a bowl and toss with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons light brown sugar and 1/2 stick melted butter.

In another bowl, toss together the remaining melted butter, cinnamon and other spices, light brown sugar and the granola.

Place 1 large scoop of ice cream into 4 bowls and top with the apple mixture. Sprinkle the granola mixture over the top of the apple. Top it all off with drizzled caramel sauce. Bon appetit!

 

And for more 4th of July recipes check out Food Netowrk’s 4th of July entrees. Enjoy!

 

Happy Cotton Candy Day!

December 7th is the official cotton candy day! Even though it’s already passed we still wanted to post this great drink recipe. There’s no better way to celebrate than with a cotton candy martini!

To make this fun and festive drink from buzzle, fill cocktail shaker with ice and add 2 oz. of raspberry vodka and 1 oz. of chambord raspberry liqueur. Add a splash of grenadine and champagne and mix. Strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with cotton candy.

To make a kid friendly version combine 2 oz of raspberry flavored soda, 1 oz raspberry syrup, a splash or grenadine, and lemon juice (half a lemon is fine). Combine all ingredients and serve!

Tomato and Bean Soup

A quick and easy recipe for any night of the week!


Ingredients:

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 medium onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 zucchini, sliced

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 15 oz. can diced tomato

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1 15 oz. can white beans or cannellini beans

1 10 oz. box cut frozen green beans

1 cup fresh basil, torn or shredded

Salt and pepper

Grated romano or parmigiano cheese

Crusty bread

Directions:

Add vegetable oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes to pan. Stir in onions, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Cook 10 minutes then add in stock, tomatoes, and beans. Bring soup to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and wilt basil into soup. Add cheese on top and serve with bread. Enjoy!

Find more recipes at FoodNetwork!