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Monday, June 20, 2011

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

It always happens.  I get this huge urge to cook when I am on vacation.  So of course, when I got home, I cooked.  I made pumpkin muffins for my oldest and lemon poppyseed muffins for my youngest.  I love poppyseed muffins and was excited to find this recipe in my binder.  It seems that I printed it out quite a while ago and never made it.

The only change I would make is to add more lemon; other than that, the muffins were great.  I really like the texture of them, and they were pretty easy to make.  I just pulled out my ingredients the night before and started cooking in the morning.  Enjoy!

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins - from Big Oven

1 1/3 cupsCake flour
1/2 teaspoonBaking soda
4 ouncesButter
1 1/3 cupsSugar
3 tablespoonsLemon juice
3 teaspoonsLemon Peel; grated
2 teaspoonsVanilla
5 tablespoonsPoppy seeds
1/2 cupSour cream

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter muffin tins for 12 muffins. Sift the dry ingredients (flour and soda) and set aside. Cream the butter in a large bowl and add the sugar a little at a time, beating until light and fluffy; add the eggs one at a time, beating well, then add the lemon juice, vanilla, lemon peel and poppy seeds. Add the flour and sour cream to this making sure the batter is well mixed. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve warm or cool on a cake rack. The original recipe calls for separating the eggs and whipping the egg whites separately with half the sugar. This meringue is then folded into the batter just before baking. This makes for a lighter muffin, but is unnecessary.

New Produce Box

We just got back from vacation.  Just like last year, we went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  On the way to the Banks, there is a large produce stand called Morris Farm Market.  There are several items that we like to buy.  Hubby loves the bloody mary mix, we all love the ciders, and I Just love to try new things, so we always buy salsa, syrup, and other items.  This year we bought jams for the boys.  The little one picked a peach jam, while the older one picked black raspberry.

Hubby started carrying our stuff around in a box we thought was meant to use kind of like a cart.  We were mistaken - they were for sale.  I, for some reason, really liked it and decided we just had to have it.  When we got home, I decided to use it for the produce that we buy.  It is a nice memento to have of our vacation.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Kids' Burger Competition and Jakey in June

This past weekend was the fourth annual Jakey in June BBQ contest.  This event is something that my kids look forward to every year.  The get to enter the contest as well.  For kids 10 and under, there is a burger grilling contest; for kids 11 and up, there is a pork chop grilling contest.  My kids talk about their burger recipe throughout the year, thinking about the different combinations they want in their burgers.

My oldest told me about a month ago, that he wanted a "backwards" burger - with the bun on the inside.  After looking at different recipes, we decided that bread crumbs would be a great solution.  He also loves pesto sauce, so that went in as well.

Italian burger
8 oz. ground beef
A scant 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, plus more for coating burgers
1/4 to 1/2 cup pesto
1/4 cup fresh grated parm cheese
2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients.  Make two burgers.  Dredge burgers in bread crumbs and coat completely.  Grill to desired doneness.  Garnish with Caprese Salad.

My youngest on the other hand, decided that he wanted to put cilantro and green onions in his burger.  He also wanted cheddar cheese.  We decided to also add black beans and taco seasoning.

Mexican burger
8 oz. ground beef
1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1/8 cup diced green onions
1/8 cup chopped cilantro

Mix all ingredients.  Make two hamburgers and grill to desired doneness.  Garnish with chips and salsa.

The boys didn't win, but they had a blast creating their burger recipes, and we had a lot of fun practicing.    I think we made these burgers at least six times.  This past Friday was a bonus for the boys and me.  We went to the Hill to get the bread crumbs and ended up having lunch at Guido's Pizzeria.  My oldest started getting full when he had three pieces of pizza left.  He then took it as a "Man vs. Food" challenge and ate the rest of the pizza.  It was a riot.

I am glad we enter the contest each year.  We are creating great memories and giving the boys a chance to use their imaginations to dream up their own burgers that reflect the foods they like to eat.  They already have ideas for next year's burgers!

In addition to the burger contest, I got to judge for four different categories.  On Saturday night it was the Anything But, dessert, and Margaritas.  The Anything But is a great event for judges.  The teams prepare anything but chicken, ribs, pork shoulder, and brisket.  We had shrimp, salmon, filet, pork tenderloin.....yum!!!  The second category was desserts.  They looked fabulous!!!  I tried brownies with a raspberry surprise, chocolate cheesecake, grilled pineapple, a chocolate pie, and a caramel apple pie.  It is a difficult job, but someone has to do it.

After that it was time for margaritas.  There were some really good margaritas this year.  I think my favorite was the margarita with the hint of a pepper in it.  It was surprise, but very good.

Sunday morning brought more judging.  This was the big time.  Chicken, ribs, pork shoulder, and brisket were on the menu.  It is amazing how people can take the same procedure and make a completely different tasting piece of meat.  I really enjoy judging BBQ; it makes me want to learn how to smoke and slow cook meats better.