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Muffins on the brain

22 Jun

All I could think about was having another muffin!

I did.

I had muffins on the brain.

Ever since I did the peach muffin post a couple of weeks ago, all I could think about was making more muffins.

The following weekend I wanted to make the peach muffins again, but I decided it was too soon for peach. But, it wasn’t too soon for blueberry! I just happened to have fresh blueberries in my fridge.

I’m sure I have a blueberry muffin recipe somewhere. Probably dozens of them. But, I was lazy. I googled a recipe for blueberry muffins and I was not disappointed!

I was directed to my favorite spot: Allrecipes.com for “To Die For Blueberry Muffins” and they were.


It was the streusel topping that did it, I know. I’m a sucker for a cinnamon sugar topping.

Here’s the recipe. Try it yourself this weekend and see what you think. I know you’ll have muffins on the brain when you do!

Super easy ingredients. I threw in the whole pint of blueberries.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Mother’s Week Day 4: Blueberry Cake

10 May

This cookbook has literally hundreds of recipes using blueberries.

As you know, we’re celebrating moms all week long here on The Whole Bag of Chips! Today we’re celebrating with a recipe I tried recently and immediately knew it’d be perfect for the week leading up to Mother’s Day. It’s from a cookbook we received from my parents back in 1999 when they visited Maine.

On this one particular day last month, I was in the mood for *something* but I didn’t know what. I didn’t want something chocolate, which is a little unusual, and I was scanning all the cookbooks and recipes I had until I found something that struck my fancy. I’ve used this cookbook a couple of times for muffins and crisps, but I had not done this cake before. It calls for fresh blueberries but I only had a bag of frozen, which increased the baking time but other than that, worked out great.

Caroline wanted to help me so I put her to the task of making the topping for the bread, which was listed as optional, but not to me!

This would be perfect for a brunch, a dessert for a hostess or just to have with a cup of coffee or tea. It was delicious and I’d make it again. So far I have not found a recipe in this cookbook that I would not make again! They’ve all been good.

Enjoy this recipe and enjoy the last couple of days of Mother’s Week!

Caroline was in charge of the topping, and she did a fabulous job!


Blueberry Cake from “The Maine Wild Blueberry Cookbook”

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup margarine (I used butter)

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups blueberries (I used a pack of frozen which increased our cook time by about another 20-30 minutes.)

This made a delicious dessert on a cold, rainy day!


Mix dry ingredients together.

Cream margarine and sugar.

Beat in egg.

Stir in milk and add dry ingredients.

Add vanilla and berries.

Bake in greased 11×7 pan at 375 for 40 minutes. (Or til knife inserted into center comes out clean.)

Thumbs up for blueberry cake!


1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. cinn

1/4 cup margarine (I used butter)

Mix to coarse crumbs and sprinkle over top before baking.

Mother’s Week Day 3: Crustless Tomato Ricotta Pie (Vegetarian)

9 May

This is a perfect recipe for a weekend meal, breakfast for dinner or a brunch!

Today’s recipe is one I’ve never made and never eaten! However, it was recently made for my parents by my brother’s mother-in-law, Marianne, for New Years Brunch, and my mom raved about it so much that I asked Marianne for the recipe. My mom also loved it so much that she took a picture of it (see, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, she’s a blogger at heart, too!) I thought it’d make a yummy “Breakfast for Dinner” meal or a great addition to any weekend brunch.

Marianne got the recipe from Good Housekeeping, which is one of my all-time favorite magazines, so I’m not surprised it was so delicious! I love anything with ricotta cheese and anything with tomatoes, so this is on my list of things to make, but I haven’t made it yet. I couldn’t let the week go by however, without passing it along to you anyway. It’s perfect for our Mother’s Week celebration!

When Marianne sent me the link to the recipe, she also sent me some tips and techniques she’s used when making this in the past:

I have a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet that I preheat in the oven. When I add the mixture to the pre-heated pan and put it in the oven, it does not stick, cuts and comes out clean at serving. Another thing: I do not use the mint. Imagine how that would change the flavor that your mother and I like!

With that being said, here is the recipe!
Thank you Marianne and Happy Mother’s Week to you!


  • 1 container(s) (15-ounce) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup(s) freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup(s) low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup(s) (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) (loosely packed) fresh mint leaves, chopped **see note in italics above**
  • 1 pound(s) ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In large bowl, whisk ricotta, eggs, Romano, salt, and pepper until blended.
  2. In measuring cup, stir milk and cornstarch until smooth; whisk into cheese mixture. Stir in basil and mint.
  3. Pour mixture into nonstick 10-inch skillet with oven-safe handle. Arrange tomatoes on top, overlapping slices if necessary. Bake pie 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and set around edge and center is puffed. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Mother’s Week!

7 May

From me to you: Happy Mother’s Week!

Each year our elementary school turns Teacher Appreciation Day into Teacher Appreciation Week. Every day our kids bring one gift in to their teachers and on one of the days a group of the moms contribute items towards a Teacher Appreciation Brunch in their honor.

I want a week.

We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Day, and of course, they say “every day is Children’s Day,” and then we have Teacher Appreciation Week.

So I’ve decided to give us moms a whole week this year. I hereby deem this week Mother’s Week. If you are a mom, congratulations and thank you for all that you do for your children!

In honor of Mother’s Week I’m going to give you five days of recipes that you can use on Mother’s Day (or any day during Mother’s Week) to treat yourself or the moms in your life. I’m even using one of them for the Teacher Appreciation Week Brunch on Tuesday.

I’m starting with a recipe from my own mom today (shocker, I know) and it’s called Mother’s Day Overnight French Toast, so I thought that’d be an appropriate one to start off our week with.

Thanks Mom and Happy Mother’s Week!


1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
2 Tbl. water
1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches, drained and sliced further so bread lays flat on top
12* (3/4 inch thick) slices French Country Bread (I use Seven Stars Durum Stick)
5 eggs
¾ cup heavy cream
1 Tbl. vanilla

This recipe is great for brunch any day, not just Mother’s Day!

Pinch of cinnamon

Spay 13×9 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
In a saucepan, stir together brown sugar, butter and water. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour brown sugar mixture into a 9 by 13 baking dish, covering the bottom evenly.
Layer the peaches over the brown sugar mixture.
*Top with sliced French Country bread* (enough slices to fit casserole dish)
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream and vanilla.
Slowly pour over the bread slices to coat evenly.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Remove the dish from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking.
Bake covered for 20 minutes then uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.

Sunday breakfast: Baked Apple Pancake

26 Feb
Slice of baked apple pancake

Baked apple pancake is great with or without maple syrup, and great with a dollop of whipped cream if you like it!

I don’t know about you, but on the weekends I look forward to having a big family breakfast. Usually it’s the typical pancakes, french toast or waffle breakfast, but every once in a while we do something special. In the past I’ve posted a couple of baked french toast recipes, but today’s is slightly different: Baked Apple Pancake. I love this recipe and not only is it good for a weekend breakfast, it’s also good if you’re hosting a brunch. We used to have several “Bickford’s” restaurants near us, all of which have now closed. However, they used to have a similar menu item, the Baby Apple and the Big Apple pancakes. This recipe always reminds me of Bickford’s.

Two baked apple pancakes

Watching these puff up when they cook is fun for the kids. They do deflate slightly after they come out of the oven and cool down a bit.

The recipe is somewhat involved, so give yourself some time if you’re making it. I usually make two for our family. It’s enough for everyone to have seconds and then there’s a bunch left over for a special mid-week treat for their breakfast or mine!

Below is the single recipe:


6 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
3 Tbl. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. margarine or butter (I use one stick of butter.)
2 apples peeled and thin sliced (at least two, depending on size. You want them to cover most of the bottom of the pan.)
4 Tbl. brown sugar  (at least, I think I use a bit more until the top is generously doused in brown sugar)

Make sure your pancake is cooked all the way through before letting it cool.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt margarine, don’t brown, in 10×10 or 7×12 dish (I use 11 x7 or 9×13 because that’s what I have) coated with nonstick spray.

Peel and slice apples while butter is melting.

Add apple slices to pan, spread out so they cover the bottom (which has the melted butter in it.)

Return to oven til butter sizzles.

In bowl, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Batter should be slightly lumpy.

Remove, pour batter over apples, top with brown sugar.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Make sure the center is solidly cooked before you take it out to cool.

Serve with whipped cream if desired.

Serves 4-6.

Resolutions and Recipes: Overnight French Toast

8 Jan
Overnight French Toast

This is the version o overnight french toast that we make most often.

Those of you who know me, know that French Toast is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. I like thick, thin, cinnamon, stuffed…..you name it, if it’s french toasted, I generally love it.

A few years back on Mother’s Day, my cousin Kim brought an Overnight French Toast to the brunch that was just amazing. I had to have the recipe. Ever since then we have used it almost any time we have a brunch here. Most recently we had it last Monday as our “last hurrah” breakfast before going back to school.

The recipe is quick and easy, and inexpensive to make which are my top qualifiers for a good recipe. We often host a birthday brunch for our family birthday parties since it’s a less expensive option than dinner, and this is a recipe that we use each time.

In the future I’ll also be sharing a couple of other Overnight French Toast recipes that I’ve had and are delicious as well. Today’s recipe I have shared on Facebook before, but the other two I have not shared before, so be on the lookout!


Mix and put on bottom of 9×13 pan:
1 1/2 sticks melted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Layered and ready to go into the fridge overnight.

Layer Pepperidge Farm Big Bread or Texas style French Toast Bread 2 layers deep and fill in the spaces. (I get my Texas style bread either at PriceRite or Walmart. The one at Walmart is made by Wonder.)

Mix 6 eggs and 2 cups milk and pour on top.

Into the fridge it goes.

Leave overnight in fridge.

Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.

Top with maple syrup (generously) and broil for about 10 minutes until lightly browned and slightly crispy.

When we serve ours we usually cut the pieces in half since each half is two slices high.