recipe: orange and cardamom muffins

These warm and spicy muffins are a perfect treat to have on a cool fall day. The flavours as well as the orange and black colouring are also matched for the season!

Orange and Cardamom Muffins

(Makes 1.5 dozen)

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (plus more to grease), room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 zest of orange
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 16 muffin cups. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom. Mix well. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add the sugar and butter and whisk for a few minutes until fluffy. Next add the eggs, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice, and chocolate chips. Stir until just combined and lump-free.

3. Drop batter evenly into muffin tins. Put in oven and bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and enjoy!

Emory

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recipe: strawberry rhubarb buckle

Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Buckle

Ingredients:

(For the filling)
1 1/2 cups strawberries, diced
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water
4 tbsp all-purpose flour

(For the cake)
1/2 cup butter plus more to grease, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk, any kind
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

(For the topping)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup unsalted butter

Steps:

1. Prepare the filling. In a medium saucepan, add the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice, water, and flour. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar over low speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk and continue to beat for 2 minutes. Next stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well-combined.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 8” or 9” inch cake pan with butter. Then pour 2/3 of the batter into the pan. Top with the filling. Add the remaining 1/3 of the batter. Set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter together by fork or by hand. Once it’s a nice mixture, sprinkle it onto the cake. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before slicing into!

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recipe: best baked mac n cheese

I first used this recipe when I was in need of a meat-free meal that would be big and delicious enough to feed my family. There are so many recipes out there claiming to be “the best” and while I haven’t tried them all, I feel as if this is one of the great ones! It has been slightly modified from Emma’s recipe on her website A Beautiful Mess. Feel free to try it out for yourselves!

ABM’s Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked
5 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups cheese (any kind), shredded
Salt
Pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup green onion, chopped

Steps:

1. Prepare large pot with water and salt for boiling the noodles. Cook, strain, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the same pot, add the butter and garlic and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the flour and continue to cook for another few minutes. Then add the stock and milk. Whisk. Next incorporate 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until it melts. Finally, add the noodles back in, turn off the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.

3. Pour the macaroni and cheese into an oblong baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, and green onion. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

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recipe: french toast casserole

Like most casseroles, this recipe is quite a simple one to make. It is delicious and yields big results. Just make sure that you set aside a lot of resting time for the bread to soak up the ingredients. Feel free to use the recipe for my favourite bread, or you can choose to buy your own loaf!

French Toast Casserole with Berries

Ingredients:

1 loaf Emory’s Favourite Whole Wheat Bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk, any kind
1/4 cup syrup, any kind
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), sliced
1 cup blueberries
4 tbsp unsalted butter
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle

Steps:

1. Grease an oblong casserole dish (approximately 9” x 13”) with butter.

2. Take a loaf of bread and cut it into cubes. Place cubes evenly in casserole dish.

3. In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer until mixture is homogenous. Then pour onto bread cubes, making sure you get every one. Top with berries and add dollops of butter. Cover with tin foil and put in refrigerator for about 4 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove casserole from fridge and place in oven. Bake for 25 minutes with foil on, then remove it and bake for another 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven, and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces and place on plates. Feel free to add as much syrup to your dish as you please!

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3 simple techniques to improve your kitchen ability

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For those who may not have much time to cook at home outside of preparing meals for the family, experimenting, as a home cook would, may not be something that feels possible. In order to save time, this can leave you creating meals as quickly as you can, continually eating the same things, and relying on convenience foods perhaps more often than we’re comfortable with.

Now, there’s no shame in bringing a frozen pizza to the table or to order takeout when you need to, nor do you need to justify however much time you can spend in the kitchen just because someone you follow on Instagram seems to create beautiful meals six times a day.

Perhaps you may not have ever really focused on learning how to cook a range of meals instead of some home comforts. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this. However, it can be nice to expand our repertoire when we have the time for it, or to try and find joy in cooking so that following the extra mile makes sense. In this post, we’ll discuss three simple techniques that can improve your kitchen ability in the best way:

Perfect The Basics

It’s a shame how many people under-value the supreme benefit that comes from perfecting the basic meals we otherwise enjoy. Comfort food deserves to be looked at with care, too. For instance, this gooey mac and cheese recipe made with pub cheese can showcase how it’s the additional measures that allow cooking to shine. No matter if this means rubbing garlic cloves on your olive-oil stained sourdough, or learning how to rest meat properly before cooking it, if you can perfect a simple meal, perhaps your favorite, then immediately you can transfer those additional skills elsewhere.

Inspire Your Spice & Herb Rack

Those who know how to wield spices and herbs appropriately have figured out 50% of how to become a great cook. From learning which tastes go with which ingredients, such as parsley used on new potatoes, or just the right amount of cumin used in a chili, as well as learning a better combination of spices (there is nothing quite like Indian cooking learnt at home to help solidify these lessons), the more you can source fresh spices and herbs and use them with care and reverence, the more your cooking game explodes in possibility.

Befriend Your Appliances

It’s healthy to befriend your appliances from time to time, as it were, and to make sure that you truly do understand their operation. From air fryers to slow cookers, or simply knowing that a potato peeler can be used both ways and more easily via that swiping direction, reading the manuals, testing out recipes, perfecting the timing, this can help your cooking approach become better and more endearing than ever. You may be deeply surprised as to just how well this approach can work.

With this advice, we believe you’ll be able to perfect your kitchen ability in the best possible light.

** This was a contributed post.

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