Sunday, May 21, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

Recently, I decided to adapt one of my favorite muffin recipes, Lemon Blueberry Muffins, to make it work with strawberry. I loved the results! The only problem is that the recipe only makes one dozen. This batch didn't last out the day!

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 cup whole milk

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray, or use cupcake liners. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the sugar and orange zest until well combined. Add in butter and blend until light and fluffy.  
Add eggs, one at a time,blending well. Add in vanilla, orange juice, and milk. Mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.

In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.

Divide about half of the batter into the muffin cups. Top with a teaspoon each of the cream cheese mixture and the strawberry jam. Divide the remaining batter between the muffin cups, covering the filling. 

Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, but these are especially tasty served warm!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

April Menu!

Thank you so much to everyone for their March Menu orders! Among those who benefitted from meals were:

  • A mama to two preschoolers.
  • A grandmother undergoing chemotherapy.
  • A busy grandmother who teaches middle school.
  • A mom, with three young boys at home, who underwent knee surgery. 
  • A family who recently moved.

In April, let me help you or even help you help a friend! These are tasty, home-cooked, made from scratch meals delivered to you. Save it for tomorrow in the fridge, for a later time in the freezer, or pop it in the oven for a fast dinner that night!

I'll be "barefoot in the kitchen" so you don't have to be!

April Menu 

Menu 1 - April 14 Orders due by noon on April 12.

Shepherd's Pie - Flaky, from-scratch pie crust filled with beef, peas and carrots in gravy, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.

Lemon Chicken - Tender chicken and snappy green beans folded into a creamy lemon-Parmesan sauce, with angel hair pasta. (gluten-free option available)

Desserts: Lemon Bars (1 dozen) and Chocolate Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Menu 2 - April 28 Orders due by noon on April 26.

Beef and Bean Chili - Full of tomatoes, peppers, onion, beef and beans and the perfect level of spice. (gluten-free. vegetarian option available)

Chicken Parmesan - Shaped pasta tossed with chicken, homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Topped with a Parmesan-bread crumb mixture.

Desserts: Pound Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd and Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars (1 dozen)

Meals are $25 each, desserts are $15 each.

*** To place your order, send me an email here or use the link in the right sidebar. Your order will be confirmed when payment is received via PayPal. If you prefer to pay with a check or cash, let me know in your email and I will give you the mailing address. ***

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meal Delivery and March Menu!

**Updated Pricing!**

Hey, friends! I am offering something new to my local readers:

Fully cooked, from scratch, meal-in-one casseroles for delivery! 

Twice each month, on the first and third Friday, I will offer a menu of two different choices for meals and for desserts. The options will be a la carte, so you can order just one meal or any combination you like. I'll be "barefoot in the kitchen" so you don't have to be!

Meals will serve 4-6 people for just $25. As delivered they'll contain fully cooked ingredients in a covered foil container, ready for the oven or the freezer.

The desserts are $15 and will be ready to serve.

These meals are perfect for you if you  ...

... want delicious family-pleasing meals without spending so much time in the kitchen.

... want to have a back-up meal in the freezer for a busy night.

... know a family who could use the gift of a meal - due to health issues, a new baby, they've recently moved into a new home, or just because you want to bless them!

With each menu, my goal is to include two homestyle, family-favorite recipes, one of which will be easily adapted to accomodate dietary needs (i.e. vegetarian or gluten-free). The desserts will be generally decadent and I can make no promises for their health benefits! Except for a mental health boost, of course!

*** To place your order, send me an email here or use the link in the right sidebar. Your order will be confirmed when payment is received via PayPal. If you prefer to pay with a check or cash, let me know in your email and I will give you the mailing address. ***

March Menu

Week 1 - March 3 Orders due by noon on March 1

Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas : Corn tortillas filled with a spicy beef/black bean mixture and pepper jack cheese. Topped with homemade enchilada sauce (peppers, tomato, garlic and spices) and served over brown rice. (Gluten-free, vegetarian option with black bean/sweet potato) Bake or Freeze.

Chicken Ranch Casserole : Shredded chicken, pasta and carrots folded into a from-scratch creamy, cheesy sauce, seasoned with Ranch-style herbs. Buttery bread crumb topping. Bake or Freeze.

Desserts : Snickerdoodles - Soft cinnamon-sugar cookies. (2 dozen)
                  Caramel Banana Pudding - Homemade vanilla pudding layered with fresh bananas,                                                               vanilla wafers and caramel sauce. Topped with whipped cream.

Week 2 - March 17 Orders due by noon on March 15

Unstuffed Pepper Casserole : Homemade marinara (pureed tomato, zucchini, carrots, garlic, onion), diced green peppers, brown rice, ground beef and cheddar. Garlic-herb bread crumb topping. (gluten-free and vegetarian options available) Bake or Freeze.

Chicken Pot Pie : From-scratch flaky, buttery pie crust surrounds a creamy filling of chicken, potatoes, peas and carrots. Bake.

Desserts : Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies (2 dozen)
                 Fudgy Mint Brownies (1 dozen)