Muffins for Everyone!

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I haven’t met very many wheat free baked goods that I’m crazy about. In fact, I don’t think I’ve met any. Until I made these muffins that is. These were so good, you couldn’t tell they were made with rice flour. Or that they didn’t have any milk or eggs in them. Hence, the “Muffins for Everyone!” title. Wheat free, vegan friendly, food lover friendly, allergy friendly muffins. Unless you’re allergic to rice or sweet potatoes. Or if you don’t like sweet potatoes. Maybe I should re-title: Muffins for Almost Everyone!

Anyway, I am very proud of these muffins, even though it’s not an original recipe. If my son didn’t eat them, I would have eaten them. All of them. Every last one.

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Fried Ice Cream Cupcakes

First off, I’d like to make a disclaimer:  I have never eaten fried ice cream.  It sounds delicious, but I don’t usually order dessert when I go out to eat and I’ve never had the ambition to try making it at home.  Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I hope any of you fried ice cream connoisseurs don’t throw corn flakes at me over my cupcake version.

When I heard Cupcake Project and Scoopalicious were hosting the Ice Cream Cupcake Round-up again, I was giddy with excitement.  I loved seeing what people came up with last year.  And I discovered that ice cream cupcakes are the best!  Cake, ice cream and frosting in one bite.  Ah yeah!  I even made ice cream cupcakes a few more times after the round-up last summer. 

I was a bit stumped this time around and asked for some flavor inspiration from friends and family.  I got a few good suggestions, but nothing that really jumped out at me.  Finally, thanks to a bowl of Breyers, I decided to try my hand at fried ice cream cupcakes.

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There are a few components to these cupcakes, but all of them are simple and easy to make so it didn’t take me long to whip these up.  I made a brown sugar cupcake sprinkled with a sugary cornflake concoction and topped it with caramel swirl ice cream and a dollop of cinnamon whip cream.  Cinnamon tortilla crisps garnished my little creations. 

These turned out better than I thought they would.  I, of course, tried a quickie version where I just plopped a small scoop of ice cream on top of a cupcake before I put them away.  Just to make sure they were edible.  I loved the crunchiness of the cornflake layer and the yummy brown sugar cake.  The flavors all melded together nicely.  One word of caution- I made the cupcakes the day before I served them (to other people) and stored them in a tupperware.  Unfortunately, the moisture from the cupcakes softened the cornflake layer so if you decide you want to make these and you like crunchy, I would suggest baking and assembling the same day.  No one complained about the softer cornflake layer.  It kind of reminded me of the texture of coconut actually.

I’m looking forward to the round-up and seeing everyone’s creations! 😀

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Pizzeria 712 & Some Cupcakes

My sister is moving to Texas and I wanted to spend some extra time with her before she leaves.  Her spring break (she teaches 6th grade- poor soul 😉 ) was a couple weeks ago and I suggested we do lunch.  I don’t know the Provo/Orem area very well.  I wasn’t sure where we should eat so I told her to think about somewhere unique and tasty to eat at.  She couldn’t really think of anything.  Lo and behold, a blogger solved our problem.  Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia posted about Pizzeria 712 just in the nick of time.  I looked over their website and it sounded right up my alley.  I sent my sister a message and she agreed to eat there.

The restaurant is tucked in the back of a condo/shopping development (the name escapes me) off of State Street.  The dining area is very small so if you’re taking a large party, I would suggest calling and making reservations (you can find their reservation policy here).

From their website and what I gathered from Lindsey’s post, I was concerned they wouldn’t be too kid friendly and I was taking my son along with me.  My concerns were immediately put to rest.  We were offered a high chair and no one threw looks of disgust our way when they saw we had a toddler in tow (that has happened to me a few times).  Their menu changes seasonly and they use local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible.  I’m not sure if their menu has changed since we’ve been there, but what they have listed on their website is what we had to choose from.  I have to say I was pretty impressed with the prices.  I expected the food to be more expensive considering local and sustainable foods aren’t always cheap.

We were given pita and hummus to munch on while we looked over the menu.  The hummus was different than what I’ve had at other restaurants, but equally good.  After much debate and inquiring “what are you going to have?”, I decided on the housemade pastrami panini with sauerkraut, fontina and russian dressing.  Oh so good.  The panini come with the salad of the day which was an apricot almond cous cous.  I was in taste bud heaven.

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My sister decided on the tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza which was ginormous! It could easily feed 2 or 3 people or 1 person with a huge appetite. She let me try a bite and it was pretty good. The crust was a bit thinner than I like, but it wasn’t cooked to cracker crisp like some thin crust pizzas are.

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I wanted to get dessert, but I was stuffed and we were going to get cupcakes after lunch anyway. I’ll have to save dessert for another time.

I am obsessed with finding good cupcakes and I had looked at a few of the choices we had in the area. My son was having an allergic reaction and was tired by the time we were done with lunch so I didn’t want to drive all the way down to The Sweet Tooth Fairy.  The only other choice we really had was to head to one of the coffee shops that sells Cupcake Chic’s cupcakes.  Off to the Coffee Pod we went.  I called to make sure they had cupcakes left.   They did indeed have cupcakes and the girl on the phone proclaimed them to be “absolutely delicious!”  When we got to the display case, I was a bit disappointed.  There wasn’t a huge assortment, but what should I have expected?  It was a coffee shop, not a cupcake shop.  My sister chose the lemon cupcake and I got the red velvet.  I’m not sure if it was because the cupcakes were sitting in a refrigerated case, but they seemed a little on the dense side.  They tasted good, but I wasn’t too crazy about the lack of fluffiness.  There was also too much frosting for me.  I scraped about half of mine off.  My sister on the other hand ate every bit of hers.

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Despite my bit of disappointment in the cupcakes, I’d say lunch was a success.  I highly recommend giving P712 a try. The food is delicious and the philosophy behind their food and business is great (they even packaged our leftovers in containers that looked like they’d been made from recycled materials).

Pizzeria 712
320 S State St, Suite 147
Orem, UT
(801)623-6712

Cupcake Chic
no store front
(801)368-9469

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Fiery Chicken Cheeseburgers with Soothing Ranch Sauce

My favorite season is winter, but I enjoy the warmer temperatures of spring that allow us to finally eat outside. At least for a few weeks before summer hits us here in Utah. Spring is way too short here in my opinion- which is an odd comment coming from someone who moved to Utah from a two season climate. Anyway, moving on…I love to eat outside. Grilling and outdoor eating/dining go hand in hand. The warmer temperatures a few weeks ago gave me the opportunity to make these chicken burgers.

I cut this recipe out of the monthly magazine/advertisement flyer that one of our local grocery stores produces.  I love burgers and these sounded like an interesting variation.  The only thing I didn’t really like was the ranch sauce.  It just tasted like regular ranch to me.  I guess I was expecting something a little more spectacular.  Maybe the celery salt would have made it better, but I didn’t have any and didn’t feel like making a trip to the store just for that one ingredient.  I’ll have to play around with the sauce next time to see if I can make up something better.

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Because my husband strongly dislikes spicy food, I don’t know that the burgers I made could be described as “fiery.”  More like smoldering. 😛  Despite my efforts to tone down the spice in the burger, he still said it was too spicy and that it was burning his lips.  I, on the other hand, could barely detect any heat.  Next time, I’ll just make his burgers plain and make mine as spicy as I like.

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BBQ Chili

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I saw this recipe in a magazine and it was meant for the crock pot, but I thought you could make it just as well on the stove.  My hubby’s not fond of chili, but I thought the sweetness of the barbeque sauce might convince him to like this version.  It didn’t. 😛 I liked it though.  It was a nice change from regular ol’ chili.

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