Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffins

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Raise your hand if you’re raising a strong-willed child! I love my daughter immensely, but sometimes I swear she just wants to push my buttons.

For example, her 3-year-old preschool class lets you sign up to bring a snack on Fridays. What did she insist she wanted to bring? Spicy pizza muffins.

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For the record, I have never made any spicy pizza muffins. Nor do I think she would eat them – never mind serving them to a group of 3-year olds.

After much, much negotiation, we settled on chocolate muffins instead.

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Buttermilk Cornbread

I feel like we’re in this weird place in between summer and fall. We’re prepping for a beach trip – but also getting ready to start school. It’s warm enough to swim, but cools down at night enough for a sweatshirt.

Should I be posting fall dishes here? Or keep rocking summer?

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This cornbread is a little of both – a great side for a summer cookout or a big bowl of fall chili. And really, is there any better side for either?

I’ve shared a few fun cornbread variations before – Amish Cornbread and Jalapeno Cornbread – but this is my favorite basic recipe. It’s gritty, but moist. Crumbly, but soft. Slather it with some honey butter and you’ve basically got heaven on a plate!

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Buttermilk Cornbread

Makes 1 9×9″ pan

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Grease and flour a 9×9″ pan and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet, melt the butter, then remove from heat. Immediately stir in sugar, then the eggs and beat until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda and buttermilk. Stir into the mixture in the pan.

Stir in the cornmeal, flour, and salt until just a few lumps remain.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Buttermilk Cornbread

Pecan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Is it even summer if you don’t end up drowning in zucchini at some point? I think not.

Between our garden and our CSA, we always have plenty of zucchini around. I have, of course, been experimenting with lots of new, fun recipes – but I just keep coming back to zucchini bread. It’s a classic.

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This loaf is our favorite. It’s a little heavy on the nutmeg which gives the loaf a nice spice. Pecans and chocolate chips are mixed in, too, to add a little sweetness and texture.

This recipe does make a big batch, so it’s great to share with neighbors – or freeze a loaf for later!

And if you’re looking for more ways to use up your garden zucchini, I suggest Zucchini Scones, Zucchini, Chile & Red Onion Frittata, or Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas – all family favorites!

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Thanks Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

Thursday Farmer’s Market Week Recipes

 

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla together. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini, pecans, and chocolate chips.

Divide batter between loaf pans. Bake until a knife inserted comes out clean – about an hour for large loaves or 35-45 minutes for smaller loaves.

adapted from The Taste of Home Baking Book

Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Honey Beer Bread

Beer bread has become of one my go-tos. Minimal ingredients make this quick bread a winner.

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And even though I’m not a fan of beer itself, I think it tastes awesome – and so do the kids.

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Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls #Brunchweek

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Are you Team Sweet or Team Savory for breakfast? I’m Team Sweet, though I make a valiant effort to eat something healthy each morning.

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Brunch, though, I tend to lean in to the treat-yo-self philosophy. After all, you’re nearly in the middle of the day so desserts are totally acceptable.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! As the mom of two kids who treat PB&J as a food group, I knew I had to make something fun to mark the day.

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These Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins are the perfect treat for PB&J day!

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Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Alright guys, I’m going to admit it: I’m obsessed with cinnamon rolls.

They are just such a satisfying project for me. I love getting the rolls cut perfectly and then watching them puff up as they rise. And the smell? Amazing.

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And now that I’ve perfected my favorite recipe, I’m loving trying variations.

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King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

One week until Mardi Gras! The countdown is on!

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Whether you observe Lent or not, Mardi Gras is a really fun excuse to make some indulgent dishes – and these cinnamon rolls definitely fit the bill.

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Irish Soda Bread Scones

I often lament how busy holidays are. And not even just the big ones — these “B list” holidays are often the worst. (Sorry, St. Patrick’s Day.) But really, if it’s not a school or work holiday, it often seems impossible to squeeze in some celebrating.

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So when do we do it? Breakfast.

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Homemade Bagels #FoodBloggerLove

Today, I’m celebrating #FoodBloggerLove, which means I get to introduce you to an awesome fellow food blogger – Audrey from That Recipe.

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One of the things she said on her info was she’s “will try most things at least once”, which I find so inspiring. One of the things I love about food blogging is that it constantly gets me to push my comfort zone. In honor of that, I decided to tackle something that’s been on my baking bucket list forever – homemade bagels.

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