Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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I love fall here in upper Michigan, the temperatures cool down, the leaves are starting to turn color, and the fall crops are ready to pick.

I thought this would be a great time to post this Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe. This is a very simple recipe to prepare and you can use either canned or fresh pumpkin. This recipe makes 12 regular size muffins or 12 jumbos; if you need more just double the recipe. These muffins turn out nice and moist and are delicious served warm and topped with melted butter.

Take advantage of the fall season and give this Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe a try; Enjoy.

 

 

Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: makes 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil until batter is a smooth consistence.
  3. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Using a large spoon mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until dry ingredients are moistened and well combined; fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray, or oil for 12 regular size muffins, or 6 jumbos. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool for about 10 minutes and remove the muffins to a cooling rack – serve warm with butter.

Simple Chicken Thighs and Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

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Chicken Thighs and Roasted Red Potatoes recipe

Here is another simple and good recipe that requires very few ingredients. It does require a little bit of time to put it together, but is well worth the effort. The bacon adds a good flavor, and the onion and potatoes turn out tender and delicious.

The next time you’re in the mood for chicken, give this Simple Chicken Thighs and Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Simple Chicken Thighs and Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Ranch Dressing
  • 4 – 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1-1/2 pounds red potatoes (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced into ½-inch chunks)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a disposable food grade plastic bag. Pour the ranch dressing over the chicken and work the plastic bag with your hands to coat the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. In a large skillet cook the bacon until crispy. Reserve one tablespoon of the bacon fat in the skillet and place the bacon on a plate with paper toweling to drain.
  4. Using the same skillet cook the potatoes and onion over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Crumble and fold the bacon into the potato mixture.
  5. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly with cooking spray and spoon the patio mixture over the bottom of the dish; salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Arrange the chicken thighs on top of the potatoes and discard the left over marinade.
  7. Roast in the oven 45 min to 1 hour to an internal temperature of 175F. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top and let rest until cheese is melted. Serve hot.

 

Chicken Thighs and Roasted Red Potatoes

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe

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I was looking to put a meal together that I could set it and forget for a while to get some other things done so I decided on this Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe. This recipe contains a lot of the ingredients you would find in lasagna. I don’t usually like to cook pasta in the slow cooker because they have a tendency to come out kind of doughy. This recipe is an exception but does require you to kind of check back on it once and awhile so as not to overcook the ziti. Instead of 3 hours in the slow cooker I wound up turning it off at 2 1/ 2 hours. All slow cookers are not created equal, so the cooking time will also depend on the slow cooker you are using. This would be a great recipe to put together, to have ready  for when the kids get out of school, or if you need to free up a little time like I needed to do. Enjoy

Adapted from Cook Country Magazine

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ½ cups Ziti pasta
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven using the olive oil on medium high heat, brown and break up the sausage and onion, until sausage is no longer pink inside. Mix in the garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper; continue cooking until fragrant.
  2. browing italian sausage
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low, mix the Ziti into the sausage mixture, continue cooking, stirring constantly until the edges of the Ziti become translucent. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. cooking ziti
  5. Line the inside edges of the slow cooker with aluminum foil to keep the pasta from burning and pour the Ziti mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 ½ to 3 hours until pasta is tender.
  6. mixing slow cooker ziti
  7. Remove the aluminum foil from the slow cooker; using a spoon dollop the ricotta cheese over the top of the Ziti mixture and then sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella. Cover on cook until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve hot garnished with the basil.

End the Summer with this Grilled Sonoran Hotdogs Recipe

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If you like southwest seasoned food you have to give these Grilled Sonoran Hotdogs a try. The avocado pica de Gallo mixture gives these bacon wrapped hotdogs a unique flavor. They are a little bit of work to put together; but are well worth the effort.

If you want to take grilled hotdogs to the next level, these Sonoran Hotdogs are in a class all by themselves – you’ll love them. Enjoy

End the Summer with this Grilled Sonoran Hotdogs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: South West
Serves: Makes 10
Ingredients
  • 10 good quality hot dogs
  • 10 Slices of thin sliced Bacon
  • 10 brat buns or lobster rolls (I used brat buns in this recipe)
  • 3 Large Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1 Medium Red onion (diced)
  • 1 hand full of cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 Avocados (peeled and diced)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise thinned with 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • Pickled Jalapeno pepper slices
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice. Gently fold in the avocados so as not to crush them. Set aside in the refrigerator for the flavors to blend.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the mayo and milk – set aside in the refrigerator.
  3. In a small sauce pan heat the pinto beans and set the burner on low to keep them warm.
  4. Prepare and preheat the grill on high heat.
  5. Wrap each hotdog with bacon; place on the grill, (I secured the ends with tooth picks) reduce the grill heat to medium and cook the hotdogs turning frequently until bacon is crisp. (10 – 15 minutes)
  6. While the hot dogs are roasting split the buns and toast them on the grill cut side down until browned.
  7. To put this all together, drain the beans. Start by placing some beans in the bottom of the bun, followed by the hotdog, avocado pica de Gallo mixture and several slices of Jalapeno peppers, and then drizzle the mayo mixture over the top.

 

Smoked Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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smoked macaroni and cheese

This Smoked Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Recipe makes a great side dish, or can be served as a standalone dish for dinner or supper. This is a basic recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. Give this one a try; it’s really good.

Smoked Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Bread Crumb Topping
  • 3 slices white sandwich bread for fresh bread crumbs. (Process torn slices of bread in a blender with the butter to make the bread crumb topping)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold), cut into 6 pieces
  • Pasta and Cheese sauce
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces smoked sausage (cut lengthwise into quarters and then cut into ½ inch slices)
  • ¾ teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Honey Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt or to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. cooking macaroni
  3. Preheat oven to 400F.
  4. Melt butter in a large kettle over medium high heat, and then add the onion and dry mustard. Cook until onion starts to brown; stirring as needed.
  5. cheese sauce for mac and cheese
  6. Gradually mix in the milk and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture starts to thicken. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the cheeses, ¼ teaspoon salt, and Dijon mustard. Continue mixing until cheese is melted. Stir in the macaroni, and then fold in the smoked sausage.
  7. Lightly spray an 8 x 8 casserole dish with cooking spray, spoon in the macaroni and cheese, and then top with the bread crumb butter mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until casserole is heated through and bread crumbs are golden brown.
  9. Serve hot

smoked sausage mac and cheese recipe

Jumbo Blueberry Raspberry Muffins Recipe

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jumbo blueberryraspberry muffins

If you have fresh berries available give this Jumbo Blueberry Raspberry Muffins Recipe a try. Serve them warm with butter, and there’re delicious.

I used fresh blueberries, and raspberries in this recipe, but I am sure any combination of berries would work out just as well.

Take advantage of the berry season and prepare some of these Jumbo Blueberry Raspberry Muffins while you have the chance. Enjoy

Jumbo Blueberry Raspberry Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: makes 6
Ingredients
  • Muffin Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries
  • Topping Ingredients
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated lemon peel)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, and then mix in the melted butter, buttermilk, and lemon zest until well combined.
  4. Mix the egg mixture with the flour mixture until combined. (You want this to be just moistened – don’t over mix the batter will be lumpy.) Gently fold in the berries.
  5. To make the topping mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbly. (Using a fork works well for this to help distribute the butter.)
  6. Lightly spray a jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray, and spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until muffins are golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. (These muffins are pretty big so I used a wooden skewer to check for doneness.)
  8. Let cool 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool, or serve warm with butter.

jumbo muffins

Adapted from Food Network

Breakfast Pizza Recipe with PAM cooking spray for Easy Clean up

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Clean Up Confessions
If you have ever forgotten to use cooking spray in a pan or baking dish you know how much of a nightmare it can create. It can not only wreck the dish you are trying to create, but it can also make the after dinner clean up a real chore.

It took me a while to learn how handy a good quality cooking spray like PAM can be. Not only do I use PAM for cooking but I also us it to make some other chores a lot easier. When you’re measuring ingredients like, honey, syrup, or ketchup use PAM cooking spray on the utensils, and it will pour more easily, leaving very little residue behind making for easy clean up.  Cooking spray also works well for shredding cheese. Lightly spray your grater with PAM and it will help keep the cheese from sticking to the grater and plugging it up – and it will make for easy clean up after. There are so many uses I don’t think I can remember them all. Another little trick I found handy, is that when using aluminum foil to cover a dish for baking, lightly spray the side that is going to be touching the food to keep it from sticking when you remove the foil. I have had the looks of one or two dishes wrecked before I caught on to this. Let your imagination do the work – I have found you can use a good quality cooking spray like PAM on almost anything you’re worried about sticking.

Scrambled eggs without butter, oil or cooking spray sticks to the pan like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It not only destroys the eggs but also makes the pan very hard to clean. Sometimes using oil doesn’t work out very well either, because it can leave an oily texture on the eggs. You can use butter but then you have to deal with the calories – the good news is it’s easy to eliminate the problems by using a quality cooking spray like PAM. I like to use the buttered flavored to give the eggs a buttery taste.

This is a cooking blog and I don’t feel comfortable writing this without including a recipe. So let’s get out the PAM, scramble some eggs, and make a breakfast pizza.

Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Breakfast Pizza Recipe with PAM cooking spray for Easy Clean up
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: Makes 1 pizza
Ingredients
  • PAM butter flavored cooking spray (to cook eggs)
  • PAM regular cooking spray (to spray pizza pan)
  • 1 pizza crust (store bought or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 cup shredded pizza cheese (unseasoned)
  • ½ pound bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 can sausage gravy (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large skilled brown the sausage along with the onion and bell pepper until sausage is no longer pink inside. Drain if necessary; and set aside.
  3. browning sausage and peppers
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk until well combined. In a large skillet heavily coated with PAM butter flavored cooking spray, stir, and cook the eggs into small chunks that are firmed up but still moist. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  5. cooked eggs and sausage
  6. Lightly spray a pizza pan with PAM . Form the shape of the dough over the pan working from the center out and prebake the crust for 8 minutes.
  7. remove the crust from the oven and spread the sausage gravy over the crust using the backside of the spoon and then spread the sausage mixture evenly over the top.
  8. raw pizza ready for oven
  9. Top with the shredded cheese and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes until crust is deep golden brown, and cheese has melted.
  10. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Enjoy

 

baked breakfast pizza

PAM

“Leaving up to 99% less residue, PAM is your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up.”

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Simple Raspberry Cobbler Recipe

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Berry season is in full swing here in upper Michigan. We just ended the strawberry season and now the red raspberries, purple raspberries, and blueberries are all ripening at the same time; how good can it get. It would be a shame to freeze all of them, so I like to use as many of them fresh as I can, so this Simple Raspberry Cobbler Recipe went on the dessert menu for supper.

This is a very simple recipe to put together, doesn’t require a lot of prep time, and chances are you will have all the ingredients on hand. I used fresh berries in this recipe but I think frozen would also work out very well, it just might lengthen the baking time a little bit.

Simple Raspberry Cobbler Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raspberries (I used a combination of purple and red)
  • ¾ cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon (divided)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together ¾ sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk and stir until smooth.
  3. Place the butter in an 8 x 8 baking dish and place it in the oven until the butter is melted.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish and distribute the berries over the top, and then sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or let cool to room temperature and serve with whipped cream garnished with fresh berries.

Deep Fried Parmesan Fish with Lemon Sauce

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freshfish recipe

Fishing has been really good this summer here in upper Michigan, which has encouraged me to have fish on the menu at least once a week for supper. One of my favorite deep fried fish recipes is for Deep Fried Parmesan fish. This recipe creates a nice coating with a little bit of heat created by using the cayenne pepper which you can adjust easily to taste. When I first tried this recipe, my son, who owns Blogchef.net, prepared it to post on his Blog. My first thought was that the Parmesan cheese would overwhelm the recipe; it did not, and the end result was a delicious fish fry.      

For fish I used Crappies in this recipe because that is what we caught on the last fishing trip, but any kind of white fish would work out fine – needless to say the fresher the better.

I think it’s hard to beat Shore Lunch for a fresh fish coating, but my wife likes this Deep Fried Parmesan fish every bit as well, and according to her, maybe even better.

 

Deep Fried Parmesan Fish with Lemon Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: makes 6-8
Ingredients
  • 6-8 medium fish fillets
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • ½ cup white flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Lemon Sauce ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon basil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the lemon sauce ingredients; set aside in the refrigerator to chill giving time for the flavors to blend.
  2. Preheat deep fry to 350F.
  3. In a wide shallow dish mix together the bread crumbs, Cayenne pepper, and parmesan cheese. (I use a pie dish for this)
  4. Place the flour in another shallow dish and salt and pepper it to taste.
  5. In a small bowl whisk or beat the eggs until well beaten. (Not frothy but well combined)
  6. To coat the fillets, roll them in the flour to lightly coat, and then dip them in the beaten eggs; then roll them in the bread crumb mixture pressing lightly to coat.
  7. Deep fry each fillet until golden brown, drain on paper towels and serve with the lemon sauce.

Simple Macaroni Ham and Cheese Cold Salad Recipe

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This Simple Macaroni Ham and Cheese Cold Salad Recipe is a great summertime recipe. It’s quick to put together and doesn’t require many ingredients; just be sure to allow enough time for the salad to chill. This is a great side dish or can be used as a standalone dinner recipe. Enjoy

Simple Macaroni Ham and Cheese Cold Salad Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounce ham steak (cubed)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 ounces of shredded cheddar
  • Dressing
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar chopped pimentos (drained)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Hard boil eggs and set aside to cool.
  2. While eggs are cooling cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Place the elbow macaroni in a large bowl, slice or chop the eggs and add them to the macaroni, and then mix in the ham, celery, shallots, and lemon juice.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, pimentos, salt and pepper. Mix the dressing into the macaroni mixture and then fold in the shredded cheddar.
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Adapted from blogchef.net