Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

Two things.

First of all, this is my 100th post and, although some bloggers manage to churn out hundreds of posts each year, I’m pretty pumped and feel like I should celebrate…maybe I’ll even convince Mr. Torres to take me out to dinner tonight (not a  difficult task):)

Secondly, I’m going to do you all a favor and introduce you to these little bites of deliciousness.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Banana Pineapple Granola Bars

Nom-Rating: *** (3/5)

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Banana Pineapple Granola Bars

We’ve been back from Belize for one week and I m still enjoying cooking with Belizean-type ingredients. I’ve fallen in love with the BBQ Shrimp Quesadillas that I made earlier in the week and despite the fact that we ate them three times (gotta love leftovers), I’m contemplating making them again this weekend!

Besides all the seafood, another great component of many meals in Belize was the tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, starfruit, mamifruit (no idea how to spell this and not even sure if I say it correctly) and papaya, just to name a few. In honor of all the great fruit we ate (and some of the not so great fruit), I decided to make a delicious looking recipe from this month’s Simple and Delicious magazine, Banana Macadamia Muffins.

Except not.

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Sausage Corn Chowder with Cheesy Mushroom Pitas

Nom Rating: **** (4/5)
Sausage Corn Chowder
This sausage corn chowder is super easy and super delicious! In fact, it’s so easy that I felt like I needed to make some cheesy mushroom pitas to go along with it. You’re going to love them both!
Ingredients

You can’t argue with a recipe for which the only instructions are to mix everything together and let cook. And that’s just what this recipe calls for. Cook up some sausage, chop up a few potatoes, open a couple of cans and you have all the hard work out of the way.

Not only is this recipe is nice because putting it together is such a cinch, but you also have the flexibility of two different cooking options, both of which work wonderfully.

Option A: Mix everything together and cook in a crockpot for 8 hours
Option B: Mix everything together in a big pot and cook on medium high for 30 mins or until potatoes are tender

It’s almost too easy!

The Way to a Man’s Heart…Brioche?

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It all began with a little recipe book that Mr. Torres found at a garage sale last weekend. The title of the book was The Way to a Man’s Heart and the cover features a young woman with a dress, apron and high heels who is holding a fresh out of the oven pie. I have yet to find an occasion in which I need to do my cooking while wearing a cute little dress and three inch heels. But if I ever do, I’ll be sure to bake a pie (and stand around holding it so that such a rare event can be captured in a picture).

I have never been one to say no to a new cookbook, so we handed over a quarter and congratulated ourselves on such a good find.

The book is a compilation of recipes from The Gas Service Co that was printed in 1953. It, therefore, includes plenty of recipes that involve the broiler, beets and canned pineapple. That being said, it didn’t take me too long to skim through the majority of the recipes.

One thing that I enjoyed about my new little cookbook was the addition of clever poems that were included a the beginning of each section. There was a poem about meat, a poem about stews, one for salads, so on and so forth. However, when I reached the bread section, I was met with this;

“Breathes there a wife with soul so dead;
Who to her husband has never said:
‘This is my own real, home made bread’.”

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