"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, March 25, 2010



Each Thursday I will post a couple a recipes that sounded good to me from books I've read, maybe even a few from by family recipe box, and some submitted by you, my followers.

If you would like to submit a recipe, please send it to dollycas79@gmail.com and put TASTY THURSDAY in the subject space.  If it a recipe is from a book be sure to give me the book title and the author.  If the recipe is one from your personal collection tell me that too.  If your recipe has a story or a tradition to go with it and you want to share that, please do.  If you want to include a picture of yourself or the finished item that would be great too.

Now for the fun part.  I want you to make a new folder on your computer titled "RECIPES".  Every time you see a recipe here that sounds good or like you might want to try it, copy it from by blog and paste it in a word document on your computer and save it to your recipe folder.    If you see recipes anywhere that you might like do the same thing, copy or type them up in a word document and save it to your "RECIPES" folder. You may want to add a line indicating where you got the recipe from at the bottom like: "From TASTY THURSDAY at Dollycas's Thoughts". After you get started you may want to add sub-folders for each recipe type like Main Dishes, Beverages, Desserts, etc.  This way all the recipes will be in one place and you won't have to search my blog or other places to find the one you want.  Someday you may want to print out one recipe or even the whole book.  You can be as creative as you want, even adding pictures.  The neat thing is that we will all have our own unique cookbook depending on what recipes we include and what we do with them.

One Disclaimer:  I have not personally tried or taste tested every recipe that I post or counted any calories.  
Since my accident I don't cook much anymore, o.k. let's face it before my accident I didn't cook much either, my husband has always been the chef in our house, but I did love to bake, and I do love to eat, so I do love recipes.  If you try one of the recipes posted and find an error please email me at dollycas79@hotmail.com so I can post a correction for everyone.  If you try one of the recipes and want to share how good it was email me that, so I can share it with everyone too.

Now for the recipes:
 I absolutely love The Elm Creek Quilts series  by Jennifer Chiaverini, and even if you haven't read a single book in the series you should buy this one just for the recipes.

I have chosen an easy recipe from the book which is sure to become a family favorite at my house and hopefully yours.

Blueberry Muffins
Yield 12 muffins

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt or sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Preheat over to 375 degrees F.  Line s 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Place the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl and mix well.

Add the berries and gently toss until they are coated with the mixture.

Place the butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and lemon zest in a large bowl and whisk well.

Add the flour mixture by hand and stir until just combined. (Do not over mix.)

Fill each cup almost to the top.  Transfer the muffin pan to the oven and bake until golden, 22 to 24 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes, then place on wire rack to cool.

The second recipe today comes from my family recipe box.  It is truly one of our favorites that is baked often and disappears quickly.  The recipe was passed to us by my mother-in-law.  (I have the best mother-in-law on the planet.)

Mom C's Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
4 tablespoons sour milk (3 tablespoons milk, 1 vinegar)
3 - 4 bananas mashed
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nut (optional) (I am allergic to nuts so we leave them out)

Cream sugar and shortening together, add beaten eggs and vanilla.

Stir in bananas.

Mix dry ingredients together.

Add dry ingredients slowly to batter, alternating with milk.

Grease 2 loaf pans. Divide batter evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Bake at 325 degrees for an additional 30 minutes or until done.

Turn out on a wire rack to cool.

I hope you will enjoy these recipes and this new feature.


Jeanne C. said...

Yum! Two of my favorites! If there's anything we love in my house, it's muffins & bread! We're carboholics!

Wendy said...

Lori - an award for you!


Michelle said...

YUMMY!! These sound Delish!!