Sunday, March 29, 2009

Daring Bakers take on Italian

I have been eager to make my own pasta for quite sometime now.  I was so excited when I found out that this months challenge was to make homemade lasagne of Emilia-Romagna.  This recipe consisted of homemade spinach pasta, bechamel sauce, country style ragu sauce, and of course cheese.  After each component of this recipe is made, everything is assembled just like a normal lasagna recipe.  This is like a recipe we would normally eat in our house so I was pretty excited about the challenge.


The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Meldbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper  as the challenge.


I didn't make it through very much of this challenge before I started having problems.  I didn't have problems with the bechamel or ragu sauce but I did have problems with the pasta.  I don't really know what happened but the dough for the pasta just wasn't turning out.  The consistency wasn't there and I couldn't get it to where I could work with it.  The only think I can think of that didn't work to my advantage was using frozen spinach rather than fresh; maybe there was just too much moisture in the mix.  Next time I'll attempt this with fresh spinach.  So since I couldn't get my pasta made, I really couldn't go on with the rest of the recipe. 

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Like I have said in previous posts, muffins are one of my new favorite things to make for many reasons.  They are quick to throw together and there are many things that can be added to them to create many kinds of taste.  There are a multitude of types of muffins from the sweet to savory.  I personally am more a fan of the sweet and fruity muffins, more so than savory, so that's what I stick to making.

I love cranberries and oranges alone but the combination together is incredible.  There are so many recipes out there that have this combination, from desserts to breakfast food, it's everywhere!  I was looking through some recipes of a friend of mine when I came across a cranberry orange muffin recipe.  I asked her about it and she said it  was a recipe her mom used to make all the time' she said her mom was the queen of muffins and that this recipe, like many of her mom's recipes, was awesome.   After we talked about it for a while I knew I had to make these muffins.  

I'm so glad I decided to make these muffins.  They turned out absolutely incredible!  The combination of the flavor of cranberry and orange was awesome; they blended together and complimented each other perfectly.  There wasn't too much of one flavor and neither of the flavors were overwhelming.  I enjoyed these muffins as well as everyone else who had one.  This recipe has been added to my recipe book and is one that I will make for years to come.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sour Cream Muffins

Sour Cream Muffins

Muffins are one of my new favorite things to cook.  It's amazing how many different recipes are avaiable.  There are muffins that are sweet, healthy and savory and hearty.  There is a muffin for pretty much any taste out there.  Another great thing about muffins is that they are something that can be made one night and then be breakfast all week long.


I don't eat breakfast on a regular basis...I know that's a no no...but when I decide that I do want breakfast muffins are one of the first things I turn to.  Muffins are one of those things that can be mixed and put in the oven in no time, and that's one of my favorite things about them. 


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