Sunday, November 27, 2005

Fun week!

Whew, what a busy week in the kitchen! The total ended up around 14 or 15 recipes with 13 of them being new ones. I think what we enjoyed most this past week was the Roasted Garlic and Fresh Rosemary Cloverleaf Rolls and Cranberry and Hazelnut Quick Bread.

When I woke up this morning it was very chilly out! Growing up in MN, when it hit 40 degrees in the winter you would break out the shorts! Now dealing with 110 degrees most of the year in Phoenix, when it hits 40 (like this morning) I felt like I had to bundle up to go jump in the snow! Brrr!

After we got back from the grocery stores today, I noticed I still had a fairly giant bag of cranberries in the refrigerator. I decided that I would go ahead and make some more muffins. I was not planning on it, but we had everything on hand and I had a few minutes to throw it together before lunch.

Cran-Apple Muffins are fairly quick to throw together using fresh cranberries and chunky diced apples. I like using Whole Wheat pastry flour in recipes like this, as it helps keep the muffins light and fluffy. Using a combination of half buttermilk and half apple cider gives them tenderness and an additional boost of apple flavor. A light coating of raw sugar on top gives a nice crackle and crunch.

I have the menu set for this week so keep a watch out for what new things come from the kitchen! I plan on at least 2 more recipes from Martha's cookie magazine and we will see what else we can do! Stay tuned!


  1. Mom says if you don't get the temp up by next weekend she is staying in warmer MN!!!!

  2. Your recent recipes all look great! Sounds like you all had a delicious Thanksgiving!
    When I find time to make more cranberry recipes, I'm turing to your blog first! I can't get enough of them.

  3. I also have some leftover cranberries to use up in the fridge, your muffins look great and sound like a good idea for my cranberries! And I love apple muffins!

  4. I know just what you mean about the weather. When I wake up and it's only 38 degrees, I want my hat, my gloves and my coat, even though I know the temp will hit at least 60 by mid-day.

    Love that bottom photo.

  5. Those muffins look scrumptious! I recently found your blog and love it! I added it to my links on my blog.

    Happy blogging!

  6. Yeah! Pumpkin pie recipe posted!! thanks so much!!!

  7. Joe, those muffins look soooo good. Can't wait to give them a try.

  8. Dad - Umm it's suppose to stay cold... oops! At least it's above freezing!

    JJ - Thanks! I've really been enjoying the fresh cranberries. I have to find some more recipes too!

    Ana - Thanks!

    Amy - Even 60 feels cold nowadays! My hands and feet get soo cold.

    Biscuit Girl - Thanks for visiting!

    Christina - Sorry it took so long!

    Ruth - Thanks! Let me know if you decide to make 'em!