Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

What a lovely way to start the day!

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
1¾ cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (plus more for tops)

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare 12 cup muffin baking pan with spray or papers. In large bowl, stir together sugar and orange zest (optional, let this sit for an hour for the oil from the orange zest to infuse the sugar). Add flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together oil, sour cream, milk, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips if desired. Bake 18-20 minutes until center of muffins are set. Allow to cool in baking pan for about 10 minutes then remove to cooling rack. Substitute or add other mix-ins such as raspberries, raisins, nuts, etc.

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Poppy Seed Cake

This is an easy throw together cake that looks simply beautiful. This is a revised version of our family favorite growing up. Revised because the original recipe uses a yellow cake mix and about four years ago cake mixes were downsized. So, this is it, new and improved. So moist and tasty, no frosting needed (or fork, pick up a piece and eat!). Of course, if you so desire, a drizzle of chocolate and a scoop of ice cream never hurts anything. Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 (oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup water
2 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, oil, pineapple juice, water, and almond extract. Pour egg mixture into dry mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Mix in poppy seeds. Pour into well sprayed bundt pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Turn out of pan onto cooling rack and continue cooling. Level the bottom with serrated knife (early taste treat!) for even surface to invert onto serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Easy Corn Spoonbread

A new family favorite! This is a quick to mix together, pour in the pan and bake side dish. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was requested for Christmas. I just made it again for dinner last night, so good!

Easy Corn Spoonbread

1 (8.5 oz) box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 (14.75 oz) can cream style corn
1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 tsp season salt

Preheat oven to 375°. In large bowl, stir together all ingredients, mix well. Pour into sprayed 9″x9″ square baking pan (or similar size pan). Bake 40-45 minutes, or until center is set.

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Strawberry Sour Cream Custard Pie

Incredible strawberry layer with a creamy custard layer. I love this pie!

Strawberry Sour Cream Custard Pie

          Strawberry Sour Cream Pie 1        Strawberry Sour Cream Pie 2

1 unbaked 9″ deep dish pie shell

Strawberry Layer:
3 cups frozen strawberries, thawed, drained, patted dry
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl butter, cut in little pieces

Sour Cream Custard:
1¾ cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbl lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange strawberries in bottom of pie shell. Sprinkle the 1 Tbl sugar and dot with butter pieces. In large bowl, whisk together the 1¾ cups sugar, flour, and salt. Add eggs, sour cream and lemon juice; whisk until smooth. Gently pour over strawberries. Bake for 10 minutes at 400°. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 45-50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to completely set. Serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Mini Wedding Cupcakes

My daughters and I had a fun day baking together to make these mini cupcakes for their best friend’s wedding reception. Oh how I wish my sweet girls lived closer! We have learned to make the most of every second we have together and time in the kitchen talking and laughing is some of the best quality time there is.

Mini Wedding Cupcakes

Mini Wedding Cupcakes 1

Mini Wedding Cupcakes 2

My girls are the two lovelies on the right.

My girls are the two on the far right.

White Wedding Cake Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1¹/3 cups water
2 Tbl oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 325°. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans (makes approx 80 mini or 36 regular).  In large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Stir together water, oil, vanilla, sour cream, and egg white. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Scoop batter into prepared cups, filling 3/4 full. Bake 15 minutes for mini cupcakes, 18 for regular size cupcakes. Frost completely cooled cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Batter can be baked as 13″x9″ cake or 8″x8″/9″x9″ layer cake. Recipe from recipegirl.com.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Whether you are trying to lower your carb intake to lose weight or you are a diabetic who lives counting carbs to control blood glucose levels, cauliflower is the perfect substitution for potatoes. One cup potato has 113 calories and 26 grams carbs vs one cup cauliflower’s 25 calories and 5 grams carbs. Big difference! So, for family dinners, if I make one cheesy cauliflower casserole and one cheesy potato casserole, everyone’s happy. Some of us like the cauliflower better! Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes too!

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole 1

2 (16 oz) bags frozen cauliflower flowerettes, cut small
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup butter, softened
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup sour cream
½ cup milk
1 green onion, chopped
2 tsp season salt
pepper
French Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl stir together cauliflower and cheese. In another bowl, stir together butter, soup, sour cream, milk, onion, salt and pepper. Dump into sprayed 9”x13” baking pan and sprinkle French fried onions and some more cheese if desired. Bake 30-40 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and cauliflower is tender.

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Black Bottom Coconut Macadamia Bars

COCONUT! Mixed with some dark chocolate…um YUM! Original recipe from marthastewart.com. I added a couple things ;o)

Black Bottom Coconut Macadamia Bars

Dark Chocolate Base:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9″x9″ square baking pan with foil, leaving overhang; spray bottom and sides with nonstick spray. Melt butter in microwave. Whisk in sugar and salt. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes, just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.

Coconut Macadamia Layer:
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1½ cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Mix eggs, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in flour, 1 cup coconut (1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling), and macadamia nuts. Drop spoonfuls of coconut mixture over chocolate base and gently spread to an even layer. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut. Bake 25 minutes until golden and center is set. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into bars.

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Sourdough & Carmalized Balsamic Onion Stuffing

Have you ever noticed that stuffing seems to taste better the next day? Maybe because the stress of pulling off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner has passed. Maybe it’s because you are so happy to be home with your family around you and not out shopping with the masses on Black Friday. Anyway, I just love a bowl of stuffing warmed up for lunch. Here is my stuffing twist for this year.

Sourdough & Caramelized Balsamic Onion Stuffing

The Day Before: Bread Prep and Caramelize Onion
2 Tbl olive oil
1 lg onion, chopped (size you want)
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbl balsamic vinegar
1 (approx. 1 lb) loaf of sourdough bread

In large pan, heat oil, onion, and sugar over medium low heat. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, keeping temperature between low and medium low. You want the onion to keep cooking, but never hot enough to burn. While onion is cooking, cut bread into cubes (about 1″x1″ or what you like). Don’t forget to stir your onions! Spread the bread cubes out on a baking sheet and leave to dry out. When onions are tender and caramelized, add balsamic vinegar, stir and cook another minute. Remove from heat, cool enough to put in airtight container and refrigerate until tomorrow.

The Day Of: Stir Together and Bake
3 celery stocks, diced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
3 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1¼ cups chicken broth
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together dried bread cubes, walnuts, poultry seasoning, and salt. Heat butter and add celery; cook until tender. Add caramelized balsamic onions and heat through. Pour celery, onion, and butter mixture over cube mixture and toss to coat. Whisk together chicken broth and egg, pour over cube mixture and toss until well combined. Turn out into 9″x13″ sprayed pan and bake 30-40 minutes.

Sourdough & Caramelized Balsamic Onion Stuffing 2

Sourdough & Caramelized Balsamic Onion Stuffing 3

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Cranberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

In my opinion, you should never have canned cranberry for Thanksgiving dinner, homemade is best. Here is what you can do with a can of cranberry…

Cranberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cake:
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 (14 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce, stirred

Topping:
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbl sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Spread half the batter in a sprayed 9″×9″ pan. Spread cranberry sauce over batter. Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter over cranberry sauce and spread carefully. Stir together topping ingredients and sprinkle over top of batter. Bake 45 minutes.

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Eat your vegetables!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1½ cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray muffin pans or put in paper liners (recipe makes 24 muffins). In large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Fold in sour cream, oil, and zucchini. In smaller bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add dry ingredients to zucchini mixture and stir just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar if desired. Bake 22-24 minutes or until golden and centers are set. This recipe is from a zucchini bread recipe, I don’t remember where it came from ;o)

(For bread, pour batter into two sprayed and floured 8½” x 4½” loaf pans.  Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until pick in center comes out clean.  Cool for ten minutes on rack before removing loaves from pan.)

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