Chilli and Spicy Corn Muffins

It's that time of year again, the time when we put on sweaters and everything goes pumpkin spice. I am not complaining exactly, I love fall, but this year I didn't really feel like we got much summer in England and I am not sure I am ready for the change. Still, it is coming whether I like it or not. Actually, is it just me or does the pumpkin spice craze start earlier and earlier every year? I swear it used to only be an October/November thing and now in like the middle of…
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Homemade Sour Cream Glazed Donut Muffins

When you don't have the proper baking utensils but still desperately want a homemade donut you sometimes stumble across something delightful. I made these donuts in a mini muffin tin and we called them Duffins. They are a tasty bite sized treat that are too good not to share. They are also really easy to whip up and only take 10 minutes to bake so you really are not that long away from having some of your own to enjoy. Ingredients Sour Cream Glazed Duffins: 3/4 Cup of sour cream 1 Egg 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla…
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Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

Okay true story, my mums name is Lorraine and I thought that we called it Quiche Lorraine because of that. It seemed like a reasonable conclusion really, that was her name and she made us the quiche so obviously it was her recipe. Sadly I was well into my teens before I actually saw it in a recipe book and realized that it was in fact called Quiche Lorraine. I have long since stopped making quiche Lorraine style as that has ham in it but the association still stands whenever I reach for my cookbook…
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Best Ever Macaroni and Cheese

I don't throw around the title Best Ever very often but I have to say in this particular instance it seems totally accurate. The basis of this recipe came to us from my brother in law posting a video by Kenji from Serious Eats. Don't get me wrong it was yummy just the way he made it but I figured with a little tweaking I could made it even better. Several incarnations later I think I have made the perfect combination of cheese, spice and garnish to say that I am pretty sure that this…
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Six Fun Alcohol Free Drinks for Summer

I like water as much as the next person. I fully believe in drinking eight glasses of it a day and all the great health benefits that come from that but sometimes I want something a little more flavourful to drink. I don't drink alcohol at all but I have to admit that sometimes when someone goes by with a fruity looking drink with little umbrellas in it my water starts to look a little bland. Like most people who don't consume alcoholic beverages I have a few standard things that I will order when…
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The Ups and Downs of My Red Nose Baking

                     Do you ever have a day or even a week where things just seem to keep going wrong? I feel pretty confident in the kitchen usually but for some reason this past week things were not going according to plan. This would have been simply a mild annoyance except that I had agreed to do some baking for the Red Nose fundraiser that my husbands work was putting on. I hope that I am not alone in this, but this means that I not only want…
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Margarita Pizza at Home

I am a big fan of pizza, like a really big fan and I especially love it made and enjoyed in my own home. Perhaps because I am a vegetarian, or maybe because it is seriously delicious, I really love a margarita pizza. Having finally had the feeling that I had perfected my own margarita pizza recipe I wanted to share it with you in the hopes you can enjoy your own at home better than pizzeria pizza experience. Crust 3 Cups of flour 4 Teaspoons baking powder 2 Packages instant yeast (each packet has…
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No Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been using this chocolate chip recipe since I was about twelve years old. It has been adapted a bit over the years until now I feel confident in saying that it is pretty close to perfection. This is a bold statement I know but they are always melty in the middle and the right amount of firm on the outside, plus they taste amazing. Chocolate Chip Cookies 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt…
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Classic Pancakes

I think we all have a few things that we think of as comfort food, one of mine is pancakes. I got so excited as kid when my mum made pancakes, especially at dinner time. This is possibly because I was picky eater who could find something I didn't like in almost any meal but when we had pancakes I knew I could slather them with as much peanut butter and syrup as I wanted. (For those that haven't tried this you will have to take my word that it the best way to eat…
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Vegetarian Tacquitos

It was my daughters desire to cook something Mexican themed that first made us try a version of this recipe but after our first attempt I was pretty sure we could do better and I think we have. I wanted to share it with you because it was super yummy and relatively easy to do especially if you don't make your own salsa or guacamole. So I started by cutting up half a red pepper and purple onion and adding about 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn. I used about a tablespoon of olive oil…
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