blueberry orange muffins

Nov 26, 2011 by

in honor of the last regular season michigan game today, i’m blogging about blueberry citrus muffins.  blueberry, for michigan (duh, right?) and orange, in hopes of a good bowl game to watch on january 1! these muffins are a perfect balance of citrus and sweet.  something i’d like to try for next time would be to add a crunchy crumble topping, because no blueberry muffin is complete without it. 🙂 source: browneyedbaker grated zest of one orange juice of one orange 3/4 c buttermilk 2 eggs 3 tbsp honey 1/2 c butter, melted and cooled 1/3 c sugar 2 c flour 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 c blueberries decorating sugar or crumble topping, optional pre-heat the oven to 400°.  line a regular size muffin pan with...

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chocolate cupcakes

Feb 7, 2011 by

hi, my name is jess and i am a chocoholic.  (hi, jess)  i’ll take chocolate pretty much anyway that i can get it.  i made up a batch of these cupcakes for a superbowl party this weekend.  with all of the junkfood available for consumption, these would just be another log on the fire.  🙂  i’d highly recommend making a batch of them for your valentine. the cupcakes are from martha stewart’s recipe for one bowl chocolate cupcakes and it is true, they really are.  the frosting recipe is a swiss meringue buttercream (swbc), my second attempt at this type of frosting.  if you’ll recall, the first one that i used had too much butter.  i found a very helpful tutorial on  i am much happier with the results, but i still want...

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Jan 17, 2011 by

ebelskiver, how do i love thee?  let me count the ways: sausage, peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon bun…. bran gave me an ebelskiver pan for Christmas this year.  ebelskiver is basically a filled pancake.  what you decide to fill it with is what really makes it great.  you can go the hearty route, with sausage, eggs, bacon… or you can go the sweet route with pb, nutella, or cinnamon.  there is no wrong way to fill an ebelskiver.  williams-sonoma’s website has 20 different ebelskiver recipes, and i plan on trying all of them.  their cinnamon bun ebelskiver recipe is included below. for the pancakes:  (half this recipe for two) 2 c flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 4 eggs, separated 2 c buttermilk 4 tbsp butter, melted fillings: peanut butter nutella jelly mini...

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jalapeño cheese cornbread

Jan 9, 2011 by

the perfect compliment to gumbo is this cornbread.  this is another dish where tom and i had to negotiate.  i love sweet cornbread; tom calls sweet cornbread “cupcakes” and asks for a side of frosting.  i cut back on the sugar in the recipe and added cheese…  two kinds!  definitely a win-win for the shoemaker household. slightly adapted from: 1 1/2 c cornmeal 1/2 c flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped.  (leave the seeds and the white parts in for kicked up cornbread) 2 eggs 1 1/2 c buttermilk 1/4 c evoo 1 1/2 c shredded cheese (i used mild cheddar and pepper jack) in a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.  in another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil....

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ranch dressing

Jan 1, 2011 by

i love ranch dressing.  i don’t love the calories, but i think that this may have an edge on store-bought varieties because it lacks preservatives.  it’s also delicious.  i think i might try using fresh chives next time and also mincing up green onion to use in addition to onion powder.  and maybe doubling the garlic powder.  it’s a work in progress.  🙂 1/2 c light mayo 1/4 or 1/2 c light sour cream (1/4 c for salads, 1/2 c for dip) 3/4 or 1/4 c buttermilk (3/4 c for salads, 1/2 c for dip) 1/2 tsp dried chives 1/2 tsp dried parsley 1/4 tsp dried dill weed 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper in a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. cover...

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buttermilk ranch chicken strips...

May 13, 2010 by

i’m fan of chicken strips.  i like that you can eat them with a variety of dips and they always taste good.  i also like that you can get them at just about any restaurant.  chicken strips are always a safety net for me. 🙂  anyways, i’ve struggled with finding a really good chicken strip recipe that you can make at home, you know, sans the deep fryer, messy batter and extra fat and calories.  i think i’ve finally found it! 12-14 chicken tenderloins 2 eggs 3/4 c buttermilk 1 1/2 c dried bread crumbs 1/3 c grated parmesan cheese 1 packet hidden valley ranch dressing mix salt and pepper to taste preheat oven to 400°. in a small bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk.  in a larger bowl, mix together bread crumbs, parmesan...

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buttermilk pancakes

Feb 16, 2010 by

these babies are the BEST pancakes i have ever had.  they’re so tender and perfect.  pancakes can’t get any better than this.  the key is in the buttermilk.  i’ve never understood why, but buttermilk always comes in pint size containers, nothing smaller.  when i make a recipe using buttermilk, i never use it all up.  i’m not going to complain about that anymore, though.  i’m going to make a batch of these. they’re pictured above, served tom-style with peanut butter and syrup. 3 c all-purpose flour 3 tbsp white sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 3 c buttermilk 1/2 c milk 3 eggs 1/3 c butter, melted in a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  in a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk,...

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