HumpDay Means Slaving Over the Stove #NEClamChowder #Muffins #Recipes

I was going to write, but as is too often the case lately, the words wouldn’t come. Instead of wallowing in depression, I decided to do something positive… bake blueberry sour cream lemon muffins and prepare a big pot of New England clam chowder… because, it was 28 deg. this fine morning.

New England Clam Chowder:

Ingredients

3 medium to large red skin onions, peeled and chopped to 1/2″ dice

1/2 large white onion, finely chopped

4-6 slices of thick bacon, chopped fine

2 cans of chopped clams with juice

1/2-3/4 pint of light cream or half ‘n half

salt, pepper, ground thyme, ground nutmeg

Directions:

Cook potatoes in 2 cups of salted water until fork tender. Fry the bacon pieces until crispy. Add the onion and saute until translucent.

To the potatoes in water, add the clams plus juice and the onion/bacon mix. Add seasonings to taste. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

I usually prepare this base early in the day so the flavors have a chance to blend. When it’s time to reheat, I add the light cream and adjust seasonings.

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Lemon Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Cranberries

Ingredients

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup melted butter

1 1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

2 tsp lemon zest

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries + small handful of dried cranberries (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin; set aside.

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

In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, sour cream, vanilla, egg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Fold in blueberries and cranberries (if desired).

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly pressed.

NOTES:

I goofed and set the oven to 350 deg so the actual cook time was closer to 25 minutes. I also assumed the 12-cup muffin tin was for the medium sized muffins. I was wrong, or maybe it’s because I was generous with the cranberries, the sour cream and the lemon juice. I had to break out the jumbo muffin tin to accommodate the extra batter. Never fear, it was all good.

If you use frozen blueberries, before adding them to the batter, toss them with 1 tbsp of flour – it helps to keep them from “bleeding” into the batter.

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Yes, there’s one missing. Yes, it was very, very good. Moist, tasty and light as a feather.

 

Bon appetit, peace and good tidings to all!

 

About Nya Rawlyns

Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. ***** When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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