Despite the oppressive weather this weekend, I temporarily lifted my “no oven” embargo to bake up a batch of these Blackberry-Chocolate Chunk Muffins.
And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I may have gotten miserably hot and sweaty from cranking my oven up to 375 degrees. But a dozen moist, fluffy muffins bursting with fresh blackberries and chunks of dark chocolate is a force to be reckoned with. I just couldn’t say “no”.
I’ve been on a serious muffin kick lately ever since I made these Blueberry-Basil Muffins. To be honest, I had kind of forgotten about how much I liked homemade muffins. But they are leaps and bounds above those typical dense, softball-sized muffins that you find in coffee shops. And once you zero in on a base recipe that you love, homemade muffins are endlessly customizable. I’ve been making versions of the recipe from this book for a couple of years of now, often swapping out or adding ingredients. And whatever I seem to do to them, they always come out great.
Also, muffins are basically as close as you can get to enjoying cake for breakfast without actually eating a slice of cake. And I’m very down with that.
Look! I made us a salad for the 4th of July.
But unfortunately, it’s the 14th of July.
As usual, I’m late to the party. This is the story of my life.
Truth be told, this extremely patriotic looking dish was a total accident. I’m not one to usually get excited about color coordinating my food with the Holidays. I don’t need green beer at St. Patrick’s Day to have a good time. Or pink cookies for Valentine’s Day to feel all lovey-dovey. So I wasn’t intending to make a dish that screamed “America!” at the top of it’s lungs. It just sort of happened that way.
Caprese salads are a staple in my house during the Summer months. And while I love them in their simplest form, it’s fun to play around with the ingredients (and the presentation!) every once in a while to change up the flavor profile. Since blueberries are in season right now (I’m currently eating at least a pint a day!), I threw a handful of them into the mix. And the next thing I knew, I had a rather vibrant red, white and blue situation going on.
So I apologize for bringing you this Blueberry-Caprese Salad on the 14th of July. And not on the 4th of July. Or on Memorial Day, for that matter. But let’s all agree to bookmark it for next year!