Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen
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Oatmeal Muffins with Raisins, Dates and Walnuts

Muffins are such a wonderful breakfast treat. If done right, they are so satisfying and delicious, plus they come in individual portions, which means I can have one to myself and I don’t have to share 🙂 There’s this small bakery/cafe in the South End of Boston, close to the gym Kevin and I go to, and we always stop there on Saturdays after a long week of gym visits. It might seem counter-intuitive to go and indulge right after we’ve busted our butts at the gym, but it’s always such a welcome reward, and since we go just once a week – it’s totally okay, right? (more…)

Strawberry Basil Almond Muffins (GF, DF)

Welcome to post 2 on gluten-free baking! Gluten-free AND dairy-free. I sound like a whole lotta fun now don’t I?! But the good news is I met a GREAT dietitian who inspired me and made me feel hopeful for the first time in nearly two years, and most importantly made me believe that this crazy stupid elimination diet just might make me feel better. For those of you who feel fine every day it’s probably hard to imagine what it’s like to have pain 24/7/365, but for someone who’s had that for nearly two years, the idea that I might be able to lead a mostly pain-free life is hugely exciting! (more…)

Lemon Cream Flax Muffins

I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone. It felt like the just holiday flew by this year, despite a 4-day weekend – very long by my standards – and two separate celebrations. I always think after the fact that I wish I’d gotten more into the holiday spirit. After all, it is my favorite time of year, but somehow it always sneaks up and then disappears, before I even have time to register it’s presence. But New Years is still looming in the near future, so there’s one more exciting event to look forward to before the long winter. Plus now that the holiday has passed, we can move onto bigger and better things that aren’t all about Christmas cookies and cranberries and gingerbread. To be honest, those are all things I LOVE, but so are things like these outstanding and unbelievably scrumptious lemon cream flax muffins – that are not the tiniest bit festive, but are every bit delicious. (more…)

Pumpkin Gingerbread Nut Muffins

I’ve noticed lately that I am a serious repeat offender… the muffin/brownie/cookie/bar type. Oh, and cupcakes. I make a lot of cupcakes. It seems I really need to expand my horizons, but when the weather gets cold and I crave comfort foods, I go straight for that big fluffy muffin, or crumbly coffee cake, or classic cookies for a dessert. I just can’t help it, hence yet another muffin post. I wish I could apologize, but these are too good to apologize for. Plus they help you transition between seasons perfectly – fall (pumpkin) and winter (gingerbread) create a happy little bridge from cool to cold, short days to long nights. (more…)

Orange-Cranberry Nut Muffins

To me, there’s little better than a hot latte and a fresh pastry to go with it for a weekend breakfast. During the week I am diligent about how much exercise I get and what types of food I put into my body, but on the weekends I let it slide a little, and love having a muffin or a scone for breakfast, sometimes even two days in a row! It’s always such a treat for me, and part of being a baker is that I can often create pastries that are as good as, if not better than those you can buy at a bakery. (more…)

Peach Tea Muffins

When I went apple picking a few weekends ago, I managed to sneak into the peach-picking area to grab a few fresh peaches. The trees were mostly bare, but I still managed to walk away with a handful of both white and yellow peaches – and they were ripe and ready to eat! Since I’m trying to limit the amount of fresh fruit I consume, I decided I’d bake these into something delicious to enjoy over the weekend. I remembered a recipe for Peach Tea Muffins I’d seen on The Kitchn some time ago, and thought that’d be the perfect use for the less-than-perfect but still juicy and sweet peaches. (more…)

Apple Cider Muffins

During my senior year of college, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Sydney Australia. I have always een a homebody, so taking that step and moving to another country for several months felt like a crazy thing for me to do, but as expected it was one of the most incredible and memorable times of my life. I was without a working oven for those four months, so my longing for baking was at an all-time high when I got back (which is the main reason I launched this blog), but with the help of some great new friends and some really unbelievable new experiences, I made it through just fine. One of the greatest parts of the trip was making new friends, however since the program was a national one, many of my new friends were from other parts of the country. Until a couple weekends ago, I hadn’t seen some of them since we left Australia! Our Boston reunion was such a happy time for me, and in addition to having my great Australia friends back, I got to take them to do one of my favorite activities in the whole wide world – apple picking! (more…)

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