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April Absence

Sorry for not having any posts for a month, but I’ve been busy with things that don’t have to do with food. I helped with two moves; one in California and one in Kansas City. I drove to Waco, Texas, took a train to San Jose, California, drove to St. Louis, Missouri, stayed three days, drove back to Kansas City, stayed four days, and took the train back to St. Louis. I am now back in Georgia and back to baking!

I did manage to visit the Whole Foods in Palo Alto with my boys.

Pineapples at Whole Foods

Whole Foods in Palo Alto, California

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Soup trials

I know I have been a little lax lately, but I will be trying out some new soup recipes this week, and I will let you know how they turn out. In the mean time, stay warm!

Happy New Year!

Chocolate, chocolate chip muffins

chocolate chip muffin

chocolate chip muffin

These muffins have an intense chocolate flavor with a hint of mocha. They are great traveling companions with their dense, brownie-like texture that keeps them from crumbling. Just be careful not to over bake them.

Chocolate, chocolate chip muffins

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Frontier vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso granules
1/2 cup SunSpire Organic 65% Cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a bowl, melt the unsweetened chocolate, the semisweet chocolate, and the margarine. Set aside to cool. Mix the flour and baking powder together, set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and coffee granules; beat until light and about double in volume. Beat in the chocolate mixture, then add the dry ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. The mixture will be stiff and dough-like.
Spoon into the prepared muffin tins. Bake until the tops look dry; about 15 minutes. Do not overbake.

Makes 12 muffins.

Travels and such

The bread did not work out at all. I am out of town for the next few weeks, so the recipes will be rather sporadic until I get home. I should have a new one up on Sunday. Until then. . . .

blue skies

blue skies

Photos

Unfortunately, my digital camera acquired a terminal disease and will no longer be able to participate in my visual endeavors. When I am able to purchase a new partner, I will have shots of my finished products. Until then. . . .

UPDATE: As of August 17, I am camera ready!