Groovin' in the kitchen, dancin' in Missoula.

Tag: Baking

Chicken Sausage Calzones

Chicken Sausage Calzones

Calzones are so great for those times when you have a lot of random ingredients that you need to use up. For instance, we bought some chicken and apple sausages from Costco. I really liked them, but Nick didn’t care too much for them. When […]

Cornbread Quiche

Cornbread Quiche

Ah, comfort food. You know that scene in Amelie where she reaches her hand into a sack of beans because it’s one of her life’s simple pleasures? That’s how I feel about a bag of cornmeal. I have to resist the urge to dip my […]

Travel Food

Travel Food

Blueberry Muffins

I’m going on a road trip this week, and I can’t tell you how excited I am!

I’ll be performing “Views from Grandma’s Porch” with Bare Bait Dance, a fantastic modern dance company right here in Montana. I get to hang out with five of the loveliest ladies you’d ever meet, and dance till I drop.

Don’t you dare pinch me if this is a dream!

Because our schedule will get a bit hectic here and there, I’m going to be bringing some homemade snacks to get me through our techs and workshops. I was trying to think of what would be easy to make, easy to throw in a dance bag, and not be heavy in my belly.

Yes, yes, and yes.

Blueberry Muffins
From Good Housekeeping
makes 12+ muffins

1 cup oats, processed in a blender until mostly uniform in consistency
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk (If you don’t have buttermilk, see the notes below)
3 tbsp olive oil (or substitute unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to thaw)

Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a muffin tin with liners or non-stick spray.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until fully mixed.
In a smaller bowl, beat the egg with the buttermilk, then add the remaining wet ingredients.
When everything is almost fully incorporated, add the blueberries and fold them into the batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and then bake for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into a muffin’s center, and the tops should be golden brown before you remove them from the oven.

Blueberry Muffins
So quick!

Blueberry Muffins
So easy!

Blueberry Muffins
So delicious!

Blueberry Muffins
And pretty.

If you don’t have any buttermilk
Blueberry Muffins
Simply pour 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of milk into a bowl, and then add 1 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Let that sit while you prepare your dry ingredients, and you’re good to go!

So, what else should I make for my trip?
Blueberry Muffins

So not Sloppy Joes

So not Sloppy Joes

“Don’t tell my wife these are Sloppy Joes or she’ll hate them.” I overheard this line coming from the kitchen after I’d thrown together what I thought was a brilliant new concept for dinner. Seriously? How did I not catch on? It was one of […]

Chia Cookies

Chia Cookies

Sometimes* I get these cravings. *Who am I kidding? Always!* Serious, serious cravings. For chocolate. Rarely do I crave anything besides chocolate. Except coffee, grapefruit, and peanut butter. I pretty much crave these things constantly. I’m sure I’m not lacking nutrients found in chocolate, it’s […]

Lessons learned

Lessons learned

Tortilla Pie
I had some recipe failures recently.

It happens sometimes. No big deal!

Unless it happens three times in a row. In a row!

The first failure was still edible. Really spicy, but that can be ok.

The second two?

I need to talk about it. Can I vent? Thanks.

Pretzels
Look at how pretty these were! All plump and soft. Sure they looked great, but the flavor? After two days of sitting on the counter uneaten, I threw them in the trash. Something was off. Very, very off.

I didn’t even take pictures of the next failure. I should have, just so you could see what I had done. I was so ashamed!

Have you ever made muffins that totally collapsed on themselves and tasted like a puddle of mushy goo? I hadn’t until last week. Bottoms burnt, insides mush, flavor unpalatable. In. The. Trash.

Man, was I a wreck! I have some thoughts on what went wrong, but I have never thrown that much food away at once. The hippie in me was totally devastated. The baker in me was pissed. And my belly was totally sad.

I had to do some immediate comfort/ego boosting baking. So I made these amazing muffins (and added chocolate chips, naturally) and these:
Chia cookies
Don’t worry, that post is coming soon!

So, what about that delicious looking photo at the top? Yeah, that didn’t turn out as expected, but at least it didn’t end up in the trash!

Can I tell you a secret?

Chipotle powder is a great substitute for Ancho chile powder. AS LONG AS YOU REDUCE THE AMOUNT!

I know that now.

I was loosely following this recipe, but clearly I need to work on it a little more before I post it. I’m going to think of my mistakes as public service announcements.  The more I learn, the more I can share.  And then you won’t end up like me: a sad and hungry hippie baker.

Happy baking!

How to make friends at parties in 8 easy steps

How to make friends at parties in 8 easy steps

Step one: Roast a head of garlic and a red bell pepper. Comment repeatedly about how the roasted red pepper looks like a flower. Step two: Find a brie baker. This one was made by my very talented mother in law. If you don’t have […]

Apple Pies

Apple Pies

I know, I’ve made a few pies lately. But see how these are different? Look at how adorable these are! I mean, come on. Could you resist? I sure couldn’t. Which explains why I don’t have a picture of these all plated nicely, snuggling with […]

Dinner I pulled out of my…

Dinner I pulled out of my…

Brain.

I pulled this dinner out of my brain.

I completely made it up on the fly, and pretended to know what I was doing.

I’ve heard of people making roux, and figured I could pretend to know how to do it too.
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This is flour and beef broth. Not a roux. Close enough?

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This is onion and some unidentified orange thing that could possibly be bell pepper. I told you this was done on the fly.

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Beef sounded like a good idea, so I threw some in.

And I didn’t want to over cook the beef just yet*, so I pulled it out of the pan to rest.
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*I frequently-accidentally overcook beef, so now I kinda plan for it.

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And what goes better with beef than potatoes? Carrots? Both.
At least the mysterious orange thing is explained.

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And then I thought, “Shoot! I should have added herbs and spices!” I proceeded to madly throw around spice bottles until finding this one. Then I thought, “Oh sweet, savory.”
What exactly is “Savory” made from? I didn’t have time to care. Stuff was cooking. I threw it on the meat and stirred it around.

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And then I added more beef broth, because it seemed like a good idea at the time.
And it was.

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All together, resting comfortably.

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So, naturally, I tucked everything in.

I happened to have an extra pie crust, because earlier in the day I figured that if you’re making one pie crust, you might as well make two.

It’s solid logic.

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And then I had some time on my hands, and decided that I should at least attempt to give this dinner the appearance of forethought. So I made it look pretty.

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And there you have dinner!

Surprisingly, this was excellent. It got approval from all the men in the house. I was told that I could make it again. Should make it again, even!

Crap.

At least I have pictures to guide me?
Recipes are for chumps!
I guess it’s back to the kitchen for me.
Darn 😉

If I can figure out how I made this, I’ll post a recipe that includes actual quantities of ingredients.

Healthier Banana Bread

Healthier Banana Bread

I like healthy food. A lot. Actually, I like food a lot. So it’s important that the food I make is healthy. I make exceptions, of course, but I try to make sure that 90% of what I consume is made from whole foods, healthy […]