• Zucchini Banana Muffins

    Zucchini Banana Muffins

    These zucchini banana muffins are perfect for breakfast or as a grab-and-go snack! Note: if you don’t like to read a story unrelated to making the actual recipe, give a swipe up (or scroll down with a mouse) and you’ll find the recipe card not too far away. My day started out like any other Sunday: warm cup of coffee, perusing Facebook, checking email and making a few blog updates here. Specifically, I was changing the homepage to show post excerpts rather than two full posts, followed by post excerpts. Doing this involved going into the Editor and placing code within the Theme Functions (functions.php). I wouldn’t consider myself an…

  • Cranberry almond mini muffins in the muffin pan

    Cranberry Almond Zucchini Mini Muffins

    These delightful cranberry almond zucchini mini muffins are full of dried cranberries and sliced almonds and can be a great way to use up all your end-of-summer zucchini! I’ve been on a bit of a muffin kick lately. Specifically, a *zucchini* muffin kick. It’s not difficult, given the fact that I still have several bags of frozen shredded zucchini stacked in two-cup portions in my freezer. This past weekend I made another batch of zucchini mini muffins, but this time I skipped the cinnamon and nutmeg, and instead used dried cranberries and sliced almonds. (And eggs this time.) If you’ve ever made a baked good with “stuff” in it (e.g.,…

  • You'd never know from the taste and texture that these egg-free zucchini mini muffins are made without eggs!

    Egg-Free Zucchini Bread Mini Muffins

    Egg-free zucchini bread mini muffins that taste like the regular? Yes, it’s possible! Over the summer I usually have an abundance of zucchini, both from my parents’ homestead, as well as leftovers now and again from my neighbors’ CSA share pickup. I’m not sure if the weather was prime for zucchini growing this summer or what, but everyone I talked to, from farmers to gardeners, said the zucchini plants were high-producing. I ended up with more zucchinis than I could manage, and so the question became: use them now, or freeze them for later? Using them got rid of some of my stash, working zucchini into meatloaf, marinara, bread, and…

  • easy homemade biscuits, biscuits from scratch, how to make biscuits, biscuit recipe

    Easy Homemade Biscuits

    Homemade biscuits. Can there be anything more comforting? Okay, I suppose there are a ton of wonderful comfort foods out there that on any given day could trump a warm, homemade biscuit. But sometimes a biscuit is the bee’s knees. It’s the perfect complement to a roast chicken, beef stew, chili, or just served up with breakfast (maybe with some sausage gravy???). The only thing better than homemade biscuits are EASY homemade biscuits, which is exactly the kind of bread recipe I like – EASY. The day I got the itch to make homemade biscuits for the first time, I found a biscuits recipe from Paula Deen that happened to…

  • A homemade Italian bread recipe that doesn't take hours to prep and bake? Yes, it does exist!

    Easy Homemade Italian Bread

    A homemade Italian bread recipe that doesn’t take hours to prep and bake? Yes, it does exist! There’s this little family-owned Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that has {arguably} the best baked ziti ever. For whatever reason, I was craving that tonight, and yet didn’t feel like ordering takeout for Sunday dinner—one of the few days of the week where I actually have time to relax and cook things that are otherwise tough on a busy weeknight. So, with all the necessary ingredients already on hand, I made the ziti. And it was fabulous. I’ll put the simple recipe up soon. Except there was one problem: I didn’t buy a…

  • chocolate lime zucchini bread, zucchini bread recipes, how to make zucchini bread, zucchini bread with chocolate

    Chocolate Lime Zucchini Bread

    This chocolate lime zucchini bread turns a breakfast snack into a yummy dessert! It’s STILL zucchini season here. I mean, will the zucchini plants ever stop producing? Seems like the answer should be “no,” but we all know that in a few short weeks we’ll be reminiscing about the fresh veggies from mid to late summer—and, it seems, early fall. After I scored the last bagful of zucchini from my parents’ homestead, I decided to save the zucchini by freezing it, rather than bake it all into loaves and muffins. It was really simple, too—no blanching involved! I simply peeled and shredded the zucchini, and then froze it in two…

  • How To Make Zucchini Bread

    How to Make Zucchini Bread

    I scored the veggie jackpot last week when my parents gave me a CSA share-worthy assortment of goodies from their garden: Buried under that gorgeous pile of peppers, green onions, rainbow chard and celery are four giant zucchinis. As in nearly 2-feet long! My father assured me that despite their crazy huge size, they tasted completely normal. I considered using them a variety of ways, but the one I settled on was zucchini bread. Nothing fancy, sans nuts, white flour based, zucchini bread. I would have definitely tried it with wheat flour, had I any in the pantry – either all wheat, or half-and-half. This particular recipe was made with…

  • Who knew making French bread at home could be so easy?!

    Easy Homemade French Bread

    Recently I found myself wanting to try a hand at making some of the forgotten food staples from years ago. Like, homemade French bread. Truth be told, I had a bread maker a few years ago. I LOVED that bread maker. I made loaf after loaf of Italian bread, hearty molasses bread, and other gluten filled treasures. Sadly, that bread maker finally bit the dust and I never fixed nor replaced it. The bread maker was excellent at baking low maintenance loaves of bread. It could even be set to make dough for things like non-loaf Italian bread and French baguettes, traditional shapes that don’t exactly fit the confines of a…