Friday, July 19, 2024

Sour Cream Lemon Muffins


2 cups AP flour

½ cup sugar

1¼ teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

pinch of salt

zest of one large lemon (or two small lemons)

1¼ cup of sour cream (I used light sour cream)

2 large eggs

⅓ cup melted butter

⅓ cup of fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 °F and line medium sized muffin pans with paper cases.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and zest in a large mixing bowl and roughly mix to combine and break up any lumps.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and then add the sour cream, eggs, butter and lemon juice.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, do not over mix – only mix until no dry flour can be seen.

Divide batter evenly into the muffin pan wells, filling them roughly ¾ full.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow muffins to cool in tins for a few minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are NOT a sweet muffin- I was giving them away and I added Lemon Glaze 

1 tablespoon butter softened

1 cup powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoon heavy cream or half n half

1 tablespoon lemon zest about 1 large lemon

1 tablespoon lemon juice about 1 large lemon

¼ teaspoon vanilla

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, starting with 2 tablespoon of heavy cream. Mix until well combined and smooth. I like to use a whisk. If needed, add more cream 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Cauliflower Hummus



6 cups (600 g) cauliflower, trimmed florets

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, optional, for roasting

1/8 teaspoon curry powder

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 small lemons, peeled

2 (908 g) 16 oz. canned chickpeas, drained, ½ cup liquid reserved

½ cup (70 g) sesame seeds, or Tahini

2 small garlic cloves

2 teaspoons cumin seeds, or ground cumin


Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, curry powder, and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking tray and roast for 20 minutes or until tender.

With a peeler or paring knife, remove the peel and white pith from the lemons, leaving just the flesh.

Place lemons, chickpeas and liquid, sesame seeds, garlic, cumin, and roasted cauliflower in the food processor in the order listed.

Pulse a few times at first, then quickly increase speed until smooth.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Brownsville General Store Sour Cream Lemon Pie



1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 1/4 cups milk ( used whole milk)

3 egg yolks - slightly beaten

1 teaspoon lemon peel

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup butter

1 cup sour cream

1 baked pie shell


Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, beaten egg yolks and milk in a heavy duty metal saucepan. Stir to combine.

Cook ingredients under low to medium heat. Stir the mixture  until the filling thickens. This takes about 10 minutes or so. The filling will get thick, then start to boil. As soon as it starts to boil, take it off the heat, add the butter. Stir until the butter is fully incorporated into the filling. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan, add the sour cream. Stir until fully incorporated. Pour the filling into the baked pie shell. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

This recipe is really good and easy to make. I know my pie crust looks awful but it was tasty 😋

Need to make this when the lemons from my tree ripen.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

St. Hubert's Copycat St-Hubert Traditional Coleslaw



16 oz Coleslaw Mix

⅓ Cup White Sugar

1 Cup White Vinegar

¾ Cup Vegetable Oil

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp Salt

Ground Black Pepper, to taste


In a mixing bowl, add the cabbage and carrots with the sugar. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine vinegar, oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.

Pour hot liquid over the coleslaw mixture and mix well

Whenever we visit we HAVE to go to St. Hubert's for a meal. Chicken is delicious and this type of coleslaw is my favorite.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies



1/2 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


In a small bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips

Drop by scant 1/4 cupfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute before removing from baking sheets to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

These  cookies were made Gabe's parents. Gabe's father is 96 and his mom is 93. Other recipes I made for them below.



Note to self: She wants rice krispie treats next time

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Juicy Watermelon Salad


4 cups cubed watermelon

1/2 red onion- chopped

1/2 cup nuts of your choice

Spinach or Kale - washed

1/4 balsamic vinaigrette

1 1/2 tablespoon canola oil

Sprinkle with goat cheese


In a large bowl, combine watermelon and onion; cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Just before serving, add nuts and greens to watermelon mixture. In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and oil; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve over sliced watermelon if desired. Sprinkle with cheese.

I bought an extra watermelon because they were on sale. I can not resist a sale! Since I have quite a bit I made this.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Chickpea Blondies


1 can chickpeas or white beans

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp each: salt and baking soda

3/4 cup granulated sugar  

 1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup applesauce, mashed banana, or yogurt

 1/4 cup almond butter 

1/2 cup chocolate chips, or more if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain and rinse beans very well. Blend all ingredients (except chips) until very smooth in a good food processor . Mix in chips, and scoop into a greased or parchment-lined 8×8 pan.  chocolate  Bake for 30 minutes. They'll look a little undercooked when you take them out, but they firm up as they cool.