Sometimes you come up short. Not enough change for the parking meter, not enough milk for your cereal, not enough batter to fill all your cupcake cups. For the first challenge I suggest looking under the seat, asking the kids, or if those two ideas don’t result in a handful of change, getting back in your car and finding some free parking on a side street. For the second problem I have been known to go with the bizarre (and some would say disgusting) solution of pouring orange juice over my Wheaties. Or switching to toast. Either one works. The answer to the third kerfuffle is water. A little H2O. Not mixed into the batter, rather poured into any empty cupcake wells. Just a small splash. It keeps that part of the pan from overheating by being unfilled. Surprisingly this little bit of moisture has the added benefit of producing well-rounded tops on the cupcakes.
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My Christmas music list is pretty eclectic. It all started with a vinyl record my Dad brought home, Twas the Night Before Christmas by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. My brother and sister and I played this album non stop as we decorated the tree each year. Someday they will release it on CD and I will feel my Christmas music collection is complete. Until then all Christmas music in our house is in some weird way or another compared with Fred Waring. What are some of your favorites?
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanian’s awesome Christmas album
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 TV version)
The Piano Guys ”O Come, Emmanuel”
GRP Christmas Collection, Vol. 3
Wynton Marsalis Crescent City Christmas Card
Mambo Santa Mambo
Angel Voices by the Liberia Boys Choir
*I do realize this is not a food post, but it’s important information for another post I’m writing. Stay tuned.
My advise is mix it up. When you’re baking an apple pie mix up your apple varieties. If you’re making raspberry jam try to find different types of raspberries. When you’re filling your pepper mill add different peppers. Red, white, green, black, even a few allspice berries. It will give your freshly ground pepper a depth it didn’t have before.
Top Row L-R red peppercorns, black peppercorns, green peppercorns
Bottom Row L-R allspice berries, white peppercorns
You can buy premixed packages of peppers here or go to a store or co-op that sells dried herbs in bulk and create your own custom pepper mix. Your taste buds will thank you.