BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH A CINNAMON TWIST

For the record…I love blueberry muffins!! And they’re waaaaayyy too easy to make…to NOT make them – from scratch!!  They’re the perfect “pick up and go” breakfast item or mid-day snack. I can’t keep these babies sitting around my house long enough and they’re sure to be a hit in your home too. I used the recipe from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook as my base – and added a twist.

Blueberry Muffins with a Cinnamon Twist
Blueberry Muffins with a Cinnamon Twist
  • DIRECTIONS:
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prep your muffin pans. This receipe can yield up to 24 medium muffins. Line your muffin pans with cupcake liners or grease your pans for a non-stick lift.
  • In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 sticks of butter (soften it in the microwave or leave out a stick overnight) and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Using a handheld mixer or standing mixer, mix both items until it’s light and fluffy. Should take 2-3 minutes.
  • Add your eggs one by one. You’ll need a total of 3 eggs, and each time you add an egg, mix it well before adding the next.
  • Then add 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of whole milk. Mix for 1 minute.
  • In a smaller bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Once sifted, slowly pour the flour mixture into the batter and mix for a minute. Do not over mix.
  • Once the batter is fully mixed with the flour, add 1 large pint of blueberries (rinse off your berries first!). The amount of blueberries you use is up to you. I love my muffins full of berries so I use a large pint or 2 small boxes of blueberries. Your call. Mix your berries with a spatula to make sure it’s fully mixed into the batter. Do not use the mixer for this part.
  • Take an ice cream scoop and scoop the batter to fill each cup. If you want medium sized muffins, do not overfill the cups. If you like larger muffins, fill the cups just slightly over the top. However, if you go that route, make sure the top of your pan is well greased (I use PAM baking spray) otherwise your muffins will stick!

This part is optional but just takes your muffin to another level. In a small bowl, take 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and add a few dashes of both Cinnamon and Nutmeg. (About 1 tablespoon of each). Mix together. With a spoon, sprinkle your muffins with this mixture. Just a few dashes on top almost like your sprinkling cupcakes. Pop your babies in the oven for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the top is slightly brown. You’ll want to test the muffins once it’s done by sticking a toothpick in the middle to make sure it comes out clean.

Make yourself a nice cup of coffee and enjoy!!!! Happy Baking!

SUNDAY FUNDAY: BRUNCH AT YARDBIRD

As I’ve gotten older – Sunday has become one of my favorite days of the week.  Sundays just FEEL good for the soul…whether its going to church…going to the park….or going to brunch – like we did on this Sunday morning, during Art Basel in Miami. There are a ton of amazing restaurants that serve delicious brunch – and we picked Yardbird – Southern Table + Bar on this day. QuestLove from the Roots was also another perk for spending time here…good music…good food…good times! I’ll let the pictures do the talking….

Sunday Funday.  Brunch at Yardbird
Chicken n’ Watermelon n’ Waffles Yardbird’s signature ‘old school fried chicken’, honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon, Cheddar cheese chow chow waffle, bourbon maple syrup
Sunday Funday.  Brunch at Yardbird
Shrimp n’Grits Florida shrimp, crisp Virginia ham, Adluh South Carolina stone ground grits

SUPER EASY CHICKEN QUESADILLAS

I know I suck when it comes to this blog…I have no excuses!!  I still have to blog my recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas Brunch – hopefully I’ll get around to it by Easter…

Anywho – gonna make this quick…I was going thru an old Paula Deen magazine and found this super simple Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas.  I’m always looking for easy and fast meals to make, cause – who has time nowadays.  This is so easy – I stopped what I was doing to share.

Grill/sautee 2-3 pieces of chicken breasts in olive oil until fully cooked.  (I used my grill cast iron pan cause I love grill marks on my chicken – personal preference).  I should preface this by saying you should season your meat before cooking…I used salt, pepper, Tony Cacheres.  I let the breast marinade in Mojo for a few minutes before cooking.

Grilling the chicken over high heat in my cast iron grill
Grilling the chicken over high heat in my cast iron grill

RECIPE: ROASTED TOMATO CRUSTLESS QUICHE

I came across this recipe for a roasted tomato crustless quiche, back in December when I was planning my Christmas Brunch…it was a big hit with the family so I made it again today when I hosted a small ladies brunch for my girl’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSIE!!!)  My Sunday Funday Brunch Menu was simple and good for a small group of people…it included:

  • Roasted Tomato Quiche
  • Cheesy Grits
  • Fried Chicken Wings
  • Waffles
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • My Fruity Sangria
  • Iced Coffee + Sweet cream