It has been a few months since I uploaded my last YouTube video, so I am happy to state I finally created a new one! It is my first cooking video for Mason Planet, and I hope to shoot a few more in the coming months.
Baking scrumptious treats is one of my favorite hobbies. Since I tend to repeat the same recipes over and over, I have been experimenting with new cookbooks over the past few months. As expected, some experiments have gone well and others I will never repeat.
Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of making "Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins," a recipe I found in The Essential New York Times Cook Book: Classic Recipes for a New Century. Author Amanda Hesser has carefully compiled a cookbook featuring recipes published in the New York Times over the past 150 years. For a frame of reference as to the size of the book, the recipe I used was on page 635 (and it was there were several hundred after it). I wish I could take credit for having the idea to purchase this cookbook, but that honor falls upon my mother's shoulders.
Back to the muffins. Since I am all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I swapped whole milk for Greek yogurt and used organic sugar, white-wheat flour and brown eggs. Luckily, the muffins adapted to the changes.
Below is a photo of the completed result.
Granted, I could have used a smaller file size, but the image looked awesome. (Notice what I did there?)
Feel free to check out the cookbook, or not, but just know that this blueberry muffin recipe is easy, delicious and potentially healthy. (For those also interested in history, the cookbook features recipes that provide an interesting look at changes and trends in American diets.)
2011 started 16 days ago, eek! Crazy how time flies.
Speaking of which, a lot has happened since I posted my last blog entry in... November. If I want this to be a blog, and not a "Hey, I've got an announcement" place, I should probably update more frequently. Less news worthy, and more post worthy! Speaking of which, I am back in Austin now and I couldn't be happier.
Firstly, my new years resolution is to eat healthier! I would love to become a vegetarian, but I am afraid of the amount of fat I would eat in the absence of protein, so I am trying to eat all organic, fresh foods. My family started getting community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, and they are absolutely wonderful. I have been cooking very simple dishes the last few nights, like roasted rosemary-lemon chicken with sauteed zucchini, but because the of fresh vegetables they taste amazing. Hopefully one of these nights I can remember to take some pictures before eating!
The second import update is that I am working on a new, fictional web series! My good friend Kat Candler is executive producing and I am so excited to collaborate with her. I can't say much about the plot of the series, but hopefully it will be ready by the end of the spring.
See that wasn't so hard! Nothing too important, right? Anyway, I am thrilled to be updating you during this exciting time period of my life. That sounded so sarcastic, but I truly mean it.