Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gingerbread Muffins

These are really good - not super sweet, just enough spice to make 'em interesting.  But if you dare to toast one and add some butter, just prepare yourself right now to double the recipe!  Seriously delicious.

1 egg
1/3c molasses
1/3c brown sugar
1 1/4c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 stick butter, melted
1/3c hot water
+ allspice, cinnamon

Bake at 350 for 20+ minutes

Gingerbread Pancakes

1.5c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4c molasses
1.5c water

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon in medium bowl
Beat egg in large bowl, with vanilla and molasses, then add water
Add flour mixture to liquid until just combined
Heat on griddle on medium-high heat

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chocolate Chip "Muffins"

Defining a "muffin" is tricky.  If it's essentially chocolate cake, sans frosting, does it really count as a muffin?  But lacking frosting, you can't really call it a cupcake.  Either way I love them.


2c flour
1c sugar
3/4c choc chips
1/4c choc chips for topping
1/2c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1c plain yogurt
1/2c milk
1/2c veg oil

Combine flour, sugar, 3/4c chips, cocoa powder, baking soda in large bowl
Combine remaining ingredients in smaller bowl, whisk thoroughly
Pour liquid mixture into dry and mix until just blended
Pour into a dozen+ baking cups, sprinkle with remaining choc chips
Bake at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine

- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 can garbanzo beans (drain, rinse)
- 1 c chicken broth
- 1/3 c raisin
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3 pounds chicken thighs
- 1 box couscous

Combine first 7 ingredients in crock pot, combine spices in ziplock bag and shake with chicken thighs.  Add chicken thighs to slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours
Serve with couscous

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Smitten Kitchen's best brownies

8x8 pan lined with parchment paper, sprayed with cooking spray
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/3 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
2/3 c flour

In microwave, melt chopped chocolate and butter together in 30 second increments, stirring at each break, until smooth
Whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt one at a time
Stir in flour
Scrape into pan, spread
Bake for 25-35 minutes at 350, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean