Cheesy Herbed Corn Muffins

Adapted from the corn muffin recipe on the Indian Head Cornmeal bag, I've turned the classic corn muffin into a cheesy, herby, savory treat that we should all eat for breakfast.

Makes 9 muffins

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley, rosemary, and thyme)

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the milk, oil, and beaten egg and stir to combine. Don't overmix!

Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes. This will help the muffins dome better.

Add the cheese and herbs and stir lightly to combine.

Pour the batter into a greased muffin tin (or a tin lined with papers). Fill each one about halfway.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the tops. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

3 mouvement de Jordanie pour le printemps

Maintenant que l'été a finalement roulé autour, les chances sont que vous n'allez pas avoir besoin vos vestes, écharpes et gants de sit?t. Oui, c'est short et t-shirt saison, ce qui signifie que nous allons pouvoir robe beaucoup plus que confortablement, cependant, cela signifie aussi que nous avons moins de chances d'accessoiriser et se démarquer The Beauty. Mais n'ayez crainte, un chapeau de snapback est l'accessoire idéal pour ajouter un peu la saveur à votre style pour le printemps et sessions.fr a quelque grande marque Jordan chapeaux qui vous gardera apparence fra?che pendant toute la saison.

1. la Jordanie Poster Mesh Hat Snapback

Avec un ouvert dos en mesh pour une ventilation accrue, mouvement de maille est un de ces types de chapeaux qui est parfaites pour
Jordan 3 Retro, le temps plus chaud. La Jordanie affiche Mesh Snapback Hat est
Femme Air Jordan, exactement l'un de ces
Air Jordan 8 Retro, style de chapeaux The Beauty, et avec la Jordanie classique style, vous ne pouvait pas vous tromper avec celui-ci pour le printemps. Doté d'une image de la célèbre photo de Michael Jordan Jumpman sur l'avant, ce chapeau est un vrai classique que vous pouvez porter fièrement avec tous vos retros.

2. Jordan Retro Jumpman Snapback Hat

Vous savez à quel point cool Jordanie retros sont, et un style rétro classique chapeau de Jordanie est l'accessoire idéal pour jumeler avec vos coups de pied. La Jordan Retro Jumpman Snapback Hat est le nec plus ultra dans un style rétro The Beauty, un deux tons noir et rouge-jeu de couleurs sur un classique snapback de six panneaux de sport. Le logo Jumpman nostalgique est indiquée au recto des couleurs chapeau et fonctionnalités qui rappelle des années 90 pour ce vrai rétro.

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The Edible Party Favors to Hand Out This Holiday Season

Are you hosting a New Year's Eve party this week? Let's talk party favors. While some see them as superfluous, we're in the camp that firmly believes otherwise. Sure, it's one more thing to add to the list of things to do to prepare for a party, but after the party is all said and done, a simple favor is what your friends and family will remember most about the party you worked hard to throw.

The best party favors are usually the easiest to make and of the edible variety. So if you're hosting a party this year, be that host that hands party favors out at the end of the night. Your guests will be impressed, and grateful. Plus, they'll have something to munch on the next morning to ease the headache from the party you threw the night before.

Chocolate Truffles

There aren't many people who don't like a rich, deep chocolate truffle. They're a bit more elegant than all that holiday bark and fudge you've handed out this year but just as simple to make. Place two in small folding boxes like these, each in their own mini paper muffin cup, and tie up the box with ribbon or baker's twine.

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
Butterfinger Truffles
Gingerbread Truffles
Balsamic Truffles
Meyer Lemon and Thyme Truffles


One of our favorite restaurants in New York City sends each diner off with an individually wrapped muffin. It's a treat to enjoy the next morning, when you're reminiscing about the fun time you had the night before. Wrap them individually in clear cellophane gift bags tied with ribbon.

Pumpkin Muffins
Golden Raisin Oat Bran Muffins
Cranberry Pecan Streusel Muffins
Linzer Muffins
Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins


Baking up a batch of granola is another great idea. It's significantly better than any prepackaged granola you'll find on grocery store shelves and easy to make a large quantity of. Fill up small canning jars with your favorite recipe. Guests can sprinkle it on their morning yogurt or simply eat it straight out of the jar on their ride home.

Cranberry and Orange Granola
A Better Granola
Cherry and Coconut Granola
Maple Apricot Granola
Vanilla Scented Granola

Savory Shortbread

New Year's can sometimes feel like a bit of a downer. It signals the end of the holiday season and even though you may be completely exhausted from party overload, it's a bit sad to see all the fun die down. Savory shortbread are best eaten with a cocktail in hand. So a stack wrapped in a small gift box gives guests permission to enjoy another festive drink in the week that follows. Because, why not?

Savory Parmesan Shortbread Rounds
Sage-Scented Shortbread
Rosemary and Toasted-Caraway Shortbread
Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries
Parmesan, Rosemary, and Walnut Shortbread

Lord ‘O The Memes

Beginning with choosing teams for third-grade Dodgeball to food blog memes, I’m accustomed to being the last one picked. But then I get tagged twice in one week! Along came my new gal-pal Meg, from Too Many Chefs, who snagged me for the cookbook meme that’s been going ’round Probiotic powder.
Here goes….

1. Total number of cookbooks I’ve owned:
Well, er, when I moved out of San Francisco, I packed them all in boxes for storage, and there are about 18 per box. And, um, there were about 30 boxes, so that would make around 540. And that number was considerably higher before I sold a few off prior to the ‘big move’. In my petit Paris apartment, I have about 35 cookbooks.

2. Last cookbook I bought:
Fine Chocolates, Great Experience by Jean-Pierre Wybauw.
Jean-Pierre was my teacher in Belgium when I went to chocolate school at Callebaut and he’s one of the great talents in the world of chocolate. He worked deftly (and never got a drop of chocolate on him…ever) and was so patient with all his students. His book explains much about chocolate including how to make chocolates, enrobing them, and extensive information about the fabrication of chocolate Burgundy wine. Much of it is geared towards professionals, who are distraught, since many are having a hard time finding this book in the United States.

3. Last food book I read:
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee. Harold spent 10 years updating his original book (which no one initially wanted to publish…but eventually went into 17 printings!) This book answers every question you could have about food and cooking. Every cook should have a copy of this revised edition in their library. I read it cover-to-cover.

4. Five cookbooks that mean a lot to me:
In the last meme, I mentioned food writers who I admire, so I’ll list here 5 cookbooks that I actually use for everyday cooking…

Chez Panisse Desserts by Lindsey Shere
Naturally, I’ve made more desserts from this book than any other and my kudos were echoed by Claudia Fleming, who I considered the best pastry chef in the US while she was at Grammery Tavern in New York. She told me it was her favorite dessert book of all time.

From Tapas to Meze by Joanne Weir
This is one book that I cook from often. The Feta-Cucumber Salad is the greatest recipe, in my humble opinion, although there’s lots to choose from. I love serving all the salads and vegetables and small-dishes from the regions represented: Spain, Italy, Morocco, Lebanon, and more lafite rothschild.

French Farmhouse Cookbook by Susan Loomis
Since moving to France, this cookbook helped immensely with the transition, as I learned about French ingredients and the way food is prepared here. Interspersed are informative stories about food production across France, as well as easy-to-follow recipes from farmhouses across the countryside, where the best traditional cooking is found.

Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts by Alice Medrich
Stop snickering. Just because the desserts are low-fat, doesn’t mean they aren’t fabulous. Nobody but Alice Medrich, the chocolate-guru, could create such amazing chocolate-rich desserts with reduced amount of butter and cream but no icky ingredients. It was here I learned when you adjust the amount of fat in desserts, you let the other flavors shine through. Everything I’ve made from this book, all these desserts, are winners, and not just the chocolate ones. The Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake is moist and has rich-tasting chocolate flavor and texture, and the Apricot Vermouth Cake is exceptional too. And that lofty Chocolate Souffle!

The Zuni Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
Someday I will get around to making the justly-famous Zuni Roast Chicken with Bread Salad, but I have made many other things from this book with grand success. Judy has the rare ability to explain something like it’s never been explained before, sans the fluff. Her instructions for salt-brining have changed the way I cook; I’ve learned so much about food and cooking just leafing through this book. When Judy worked at Chez Panisse, she made me the best thing I ever ate in my life. Truly wine tasting.
And you gotta love a book that starts off the dessert chapter with… “Dessert has the interesting duty of teasing out the last gasps of your appetite.”

5. Which 3 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?

Well, considering that last 3 people who I tagged with the previous meme aren’t speaking to me anymore, I’d better hit some ‘fresh meat’…

Parmigiano Reggiano Night & Giveaway!

Parmigiano Reggiano display at Eataly, NYC
Last year I wrote about my visit to a Parmigiano cheese maker and about Parmigiano Reggiano Night. This year, Parmigiano Reggiano Night is happening again. I’ve written something about the king of cheeses (and the pretenders to the crown), over at Culture (the best cheese magazine around). Please take a look short stay apartments!

As you may recall, the idea of the global dinner party is is to pick some recipes, invite your friends over, cook, eat, and then share photos of your feast if you're so inclined. In the past there have been some very avant garde recipes made available, such as a broth made from the rind of the cheese, and risotto cacao e pepe, but you can make whatever you like as long as it includes Parmigiano Reggiano. There's a video about it from last year when it was celebrated at Eataly in NYC.

Parmigiano Reggiano is a cheese I fear sometimes gets taken for granted. When I was at Eataly in New York last week I saw a great selection of the cheese, including one of my favorites vacche rosse and some aged 30 months. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to celebrate it. Sign up on the Parmesan website and you'll be notified when the free app is ready.

I’m very excited to be offering a fantastic giveaway basket courtesy of Zingerman's and Parmesan personal loans.

The gift basket is worth over $250 dollars and includes the following:

❤Two wedges of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
❤Paesano Bread
❤ Il Mongetto Diavola Sauce
❤ Rustichella Spaghetti
❤Zingerman's Travel Olive Oil
❤ Leccino Olives
❤ Cristal Peppers
❤ Crespone Salami
❤Antonio Mattei Biscotti
❤Espresso Blend Coffee
❤ Zingerman's Wooden Crate

If you would like to win this fabulous gift basket, please leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use Parmigiano Reggiano. A winner will be picked at random. A winner will be chosen on October 7, 2014. You must have a mailing address in the continental US and you must include your email in the proper field to win, it will not be published and no one will see it but me. One comment per person, please dc gear motors.


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