Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • The Best Blueberry Muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Posted on May 15, 2017

This post was originally published here on January 23, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Enjoy!

Great fitting jeans. A copy of The Catcher in the Rye. And a recipe for The Best Blueberry Muffins.

These are all classics that will never go out of style. And they are all things that everyone should have in their collection.

And while it would be awesome if we could all go clothes shopping together to find some booty-licious pants. Or have a book club meeting to discuss teenage rebellion. Neither of those things seems very practical right now (unless you all want to hop on an airplane!). So instead, I’m going to help you out in the blueberry muffin department.

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This blueberry muffin recipe is slightly adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. It’s a recipe that I’ve been making for years now (playing with many different mix-ins along the way), so I know it by heart. It’s my go-to baked good that I’m constantly whipping up for any special breakfast or brunch gathering. Or just whenever my mood requires a little pick-me-up. Because you certainly don’t need a special occasion to make and enjoy these babies. They are wonderful any day of the week. And any month out of the year, too. Classics like blueberry muffins are season-less, in my humble opinion (although being able to use local blueberries during the Summer months is a real treat!).

And you know what’s even better? This recipe requires only one mixing bowl and 10 ingredients.

The Best Blueberry Muffins | www.floatingkitchen.net

A few notes on the recipe that are worth mentioning up front. First, the batter is extremely thick. Like whoa. Probably way thicker than other muffin recipes you’ve made in the past. Second, the muffins cups get filled all the way to the brim. But don’t worry. They won’t spill over. And finally, 2 ½ cups of fresh blueberries will seem like way too many blueberries than will reasonably fit in a muffin without resulting in an exploding blue mess. But just trust me when I say it’s all going to be fine. You got this! And I bet these blueberry muffins will soon become a favorite in your house, too!

Cheers,

Liz

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with liners or coat with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, eggs, milk and lemon zest on medium speed until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour, 3/4 cups sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, beating until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Then gently fold in the blueberries using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  3. Scoop the muffin batter into your prepared muffin tin, dividing the batter evenly between the 12 cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in their tin for 5-10 minutes. Then remove and transfer them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  4. These blueberry muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/the-best-blueberry-muffins/
  • Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Posted on May 8, 2017
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It’s been an exceptionally soggy Spring here in New England. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except for the fact that all this rain has seriously cut into my grilling time. And that makes me grumpy.

I had anticipated being fully reacquainted with my grill by this point in the month of May. But instead, it feels like we’re only on our second date. There is still some awkwardness and uncertainty when we interact. All of which can probably be attributed to me. Admittedly, I’m rusty and out of practice after the long Winter.

But I’m slowing working out the kinks (i.e. cleaning off the grates). And I’ve even managed to have a few successful grilling sessions on the days when the weather was tolerable. Out of one of which was born this recipe for Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad.

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Drinking beer is something I do often. Cooking with beer, however, is something I only seem to remember to do occasionally (maybe if I drank less beer, my memory would be better!). It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a savory beer-infused recipe here on Floating Kitchen. And for that oversight, I apologize. Craft beer has so many wonderful uses in the kitchen – from tendering meats to giving rise to baked goods to imparting unique and complex flavors to any dish it’s added too – and I want to spend more time exploring all those things.

These Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad would be perfect for a casual weekend dinner. The recipe is super simple to prepare (just be aware there is a 1-2 hour marinating time for the chicken). And you could easily customize the quinoa salad to add in whatever seasonal vegetables you happen to have on hand. I’m taking advantage of all the wonderful radishes and fresh herbs that are so abundant right now. But I also think some shaved asparagus or spicy arugula would be very welcome in this dish.

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If you follow my Instagram stories, then you know I can be regularly found hanging with my crew at the Newburyport Brewing Company. So naturally, I used one of their IPA’s in my recipe. But any IPA that you love will work great. I’m all in favor of encouraging everyone to support their local breweries!

I’m sharing this recipe for Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad as part of our monthly seasonal produce round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Check out Becky’s May Produce Guide, as well as the recipe links below from some of my other blogging friends, to find lots of inspiration for Spring cooking and eating. And keep your fingers crossed for better weather!

Cheers,

Liz

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken
  • 1.5 to 1.75 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 ounces beer (I used an IPA)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2 cups sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into cubes and place them in a large zip-closure bag. Add the remaining ingredients to the bag. Seal the bag, then shake it around to make sure the marinade is mixed and the chicken is well coated. Place the bag in your refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, transfer it to a large bowl to cool to room temperature. Then add the peas, radishes, mint and dill. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Then pour this dressing over the quinoa salad, tossing gently to mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
  3. If you’re going to be using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading and grilling the chicken.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. Thread the marinated chicken onto skewers (about 5 cubes per skewer) and discard any leftover marinade. Spray your grill grates with non-stick cooking spray. Then place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and no longer pink in the middle, flipping them once during this time. Remove the chicken skewers from the grill and place them on a clean plate. Cover to keep warm.
  5. To serve, divide the quinoa salad between plates. Top with the grilled chicken skewers. Garnish with extra herbs and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/beer-marinated-grilled-chicken-skewers-with-spring-quinoa-salad/

May Eat Seasonal Recipes

May Eat Seasonal Recipes

Roasted Rhubarb Crazy Berry Meringues by Letty’s Kitchen

Polenta with Asparagus, Pancetta and a Poached Egg by Vintage Mixer

Baked Cauliflower Casserole with Goat Cheese by Cookin’ Canuck

Date-Sweetened Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie by JoyFoodSunshine

Sea Salt Focaccia with Radish Ramp Butter by Simple Bites

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Tempeh Power Salad {vegan} by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Halloumi Salad with Beets and Blackberries by Kitchen Confidante

Spring Farro Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint by Flavor the Moments

Spiralized Zucchini, Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers by Foodie Crush

Chocolate Rhubarb Pavlova by Suitcase Foodist

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Arugula and Chickpeas by Aggie’s Kitchen

Radish and Asparagus Breakfast Bowls by Food for My Family

Hummus and Salad Flatbread Pizza by Completely Delicious

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