Monday, August 25, 2014

Classic Bran Muffins

Made these yesterday and added some nuts and dried cherries. YUMMY! 

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  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to buttermilk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in raisins and spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Basil Pesto

I love basil and the best way to use a lot of it fast is to make pesto. My kids love noodles and they love using pesto. I made some of this and froze it in small portions for the winter. 

My recipe is something like this one:

But my recipe has 5 cloves of garlic and a bit more oil. I add enough to make it a nice consistency, I don't measure it :) I also used toasted almonds because pine nuts are too expensive. 

What do you make with your basil?