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April 18, 2018

PEACH CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS WITH STREUSEL

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Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel are wonderfully tender and with an abundance of soft peach chunks. They are topped with smooth layer of cream cheese and finished off with a sprinkling of buttery streusel. 

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Here's a question for you: what item must you have with you when traveling? Why am I asking? Well, I'll be flying out to visit family soon, and I'm mentally making my checklist. One item that goes everywhere I go is hand sanitizer, but on extended trips, sanitizing wipes are also added to the list.



Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel


Do you know what the dirtiest surface on a plane is? I've read that it's the trays! Yikes!! Apparently some people use it for personal grooming. I have also heard that some use it to help with diapering their little ones! I don't know if that means putting the babies on top of the tray or their soiled diapers. Regardless, ewww! and  ewww!! With that thought etched in my mind, this germaphobe always gives her seat and tray a good wipe down.

I won't be staying in hotels on this trip, but if I were, you can bet that I would come equipped with plenty of sanitizing wipes to give the room a thorough wipe down too!

My husband lovingly calls me a freak, but after being with me all these years, some of my habits have rubbed off on him. He is very diligent at rubbing down shopping carts (patting myself on the back right now).

So I ask you, what can't you leave the house without? What can't you go with on a trip? Your phone? Moisturizer? Hand sanitizer anyone? My inquiry mind needs to know :)


Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

I had a craving for something peachy, and even though it is not peach season, I saw it as a perfect opportunity for a peach post. Because canned peaches are used, these muffins are perfect for anytime of the year. No need to wait for the fruit to be in season! 

I've been making a lot of blueberry desserts to use up blueberries I had frozen last summer. With some slight alterations to my blueberry muffin recipe, these peach muffins were born.

These muffins are tender (but what I really want to say is moist) and loaded with peach chunks. With a slight tang from the cream cheese and sweet and buttery streusel, it will leave you wanting to do a happy dance. I did! I'll be making this again and again!

Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

I chose to flavor these muffins simply with vanilla extract, but you can kick it up with some cinnamon added to the muffin and/or streusel. And how about adding chopped pecans to the streusel? That would be awesome too!



PEACH CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS WITH STREUSEL     

Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel


INGREDIENTS:

1 23.5 oz. jar peach in fruit juice (or equivalent to yield about 1/2 cup drained and diced)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch 
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
egg, room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
6 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel, room temperature
6 tbsp. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. flour

For the Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/8 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. cold butter, diced



INSTRUCITONS:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place paper liners in a 12 cavity muffin pan.

Drain peaches in a colander. Dice peaches into small 1/4"-1/3" chunks. Return to the colander. Use a large spatula to gently press out the juices of the peaches. Set aside to drain.

In a small bowl, blend flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth, about 1 minute. Remove 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and set aside. Gradually add the remaining flour mixture to the wet, stirring until just blended. Do not over mix.

Use several paper towels to blot the peaches completely dry. Place in a bowl and add the 2 tablespoon of the reserved flour mixture. Mix to blend. Add the peach to the batter, stirring until incorporated into the batter.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the streusel ingredients. Using a pastry blender or your hands work the butter into the mixture until the butter is pea sized. 

Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with batter. Using a large spoon, place the cream cheese over the batter using a digging and twisting motion in the center to work some of the cream cheese into the batter. Top each muffin with a generous spoonful of streusel.

Bake for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick come out with some crumbs attached. Allow to cool for 15 minutes prior to removing the muffin from the muffin pan. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated.

Makes 12 muffins.




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March 28, 2018

ONE SKILLET HAM AND PEAS GNOCCHI WITH MINT

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Unexpected flavor of mint infuses springtime freshness to One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint. With minimal prep and less than 15-minutes to cook, this dish is a welcomed addition to any busy weeknight menu, springtime or anytime!

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So, this gnocchi dish started with chives as the herb of choice. It was delicious, and with ham and peas, it had a springtime flair. But I was looking for even more of a springtime vibe.

As luck would have it, I found fresh mint left over from summer rolls I had made (they were yummy, thank you very much)! It was exactly what the gnocchi needed to add that extra breath of freshness. I pulled a switcheroo, so out with the chive and in with the mint!

March 19, 2018

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE

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Lemon Blondies with Cream Cheese and White Chocolate is bursting with bright citrusy flavor of lemon and the smoothness and tang of cream cheese. With added shredded coconut and almond extract, these simple looking blondies pack a punch of flavor.

LEMON BLONDIES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE
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I made so many versions of this lemon blondie in a period of a week I began to wonder if I would ever get it right. My daughter stopped by for a visit the day I made batch #1 and was the first guinea pig. It was a plain lemon blondie with white chocolate. She thought it was delicious. I felt it was tasty but could be zhoozhed up a bit.

Subsequent batches with tweaks missed the mark in one way or another—too cakey, too deflated, too rich, too poor. Oops, scratch that last one!

March 07, 2018

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES

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Keep it simple and stress-free with this Sheet Pan Parmesan Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes. With a baking time of 25 minutes, a weeknight dinner is a cinch to put on the table.

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES
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Do you have those days where you wish you could blink your eyes and dinner appears? I certainly do, especially after a long workday and an exhausting commute home. It's all I can do to get the motivation to put dinner on the table. I could always eat a simple salad or leftovers, but my men prefer something more substantial. On those nights, quick and easy meals are a life saver. This sheet pan dinner keeps things simple while providing a delicious, hot, and filling dinner for the family.