Cranberry-Walnut-Orange Muffins (Take 2)

These muffins have been discussed before. In fact, they gave me some trouble before. Or rather, I gave them trouble. Basically, flipping pages back and forth while following three sets of directions was confusing. Aaaannnnyway, my dad requested them again, and I jumped at the chance to make them again. This time, I would have no trouble!

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Look how nice and tall they are, and yet not too dense. Just muffin-y enough to be eaten for breakfast.

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Homemade Paneer (and a Ricotta Cameo)

When I first received Pomegranates and Pine Nuts, I saw there was a recipe for making paneer which was so much simpler than I expected. I didn’t want to risk making it at the time, though, since I was pregnant and didn’t want to risk messing something up. Then, after I had the Fudgelet, I totally forgot about it. I was making some Indian food and was excited to remake this dish with paneer, as it was intended.

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Fudgingahead’s Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I have yet to stay at a hotel that gives away cookies regularly with a stay. One hotel did treats for us, but that might have just been because we stayed there for two special occasions (our honeymoon and an anniversary trip). Sooo, I don’t expect chocolate for a stay, but that does sound nice! These cookies have snuck into our rotation of cookies because they are chock full of chocolate. Somehow the oats don’t make the cookie too chewy or oat-flavored. They add just enough chew to keep things *this* side of soft. Sometimes I want my regular chocolate chip cookies, but when I am in the mood for storebought-looking, large, chocolate-filled cookies, these are perrrrrfect.

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Creamy Champagne and Garlic-Braised Chicken

Usually I avoid recipes with bone-in, skin-on chicken. It causes for some extra work at the dinner table, and K is not a big fan of it. I am willing to put up with it, but understand the annoyance. Anyway, when I do make one of these dishes, it had better be tasty and there had better be a reason for the bones and skin. This dish is pretty straightforward and delicious. Everyone was a fan, and the bones aren’t a big deal when the meat is almost falling off of them anyway.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Look at me, making a soup! It’s a rare occurrence, and trickier now that the Fudgelet is eating our food (he can’t feed himself soup yet, so I need the soup to contain finger foods). The Fudgelet loves spinach, ground meat/meatballs, and pasta, so I figured this would be a hit for him. It took some convincing since the pasta was a new shape and the egg strands made the spinach look and taste different, but eventually he liked it. K was an even bigger fan. He would prefer a different pasta than orzo, as would I…I need to find a store that has a better pasta selection. I can’t seem to find certain shapes, like pastina (what I really wanted to use) or ditalini.

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Two Layer Cookies and Cream Chocolate Fudge

Do you know what helped get K interested in seeing me again after we started talking, but before we started dating? Discussion of how I make the best fudge in the world. It’s why I named my blog FudgingAhead. Now, I’m not saying I am really so awesome. I am saying that this recipe is awesome. There might be better tasting fudge out there. I doubt it, but it is possible. But, I doubt there is easier fudge that tastes as amazing as this. I’ve shared my recipe for fudge before, but this time I’ve switched it up a bit. I’ve made it into two layers, and changed the base chocolate layer a bit. I would say I’ve improved it. The top layer is another fudge recipe I used to make for my Oreo fan, but it is a bit on the sweet side. I like this two layer version because you get the sweetness tempered by a dark chocolate base.

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Friday Favorites 19

Welcome, April! I know, it’s already a week in, but Spring deserves extra welcomes. We’ve been keeping busy running around as much as possible since there is always so much to do in so little time, and the Fudgelet loves running errands so that he can scout out new places. One of his favorites? Asian grocery stores for the fish tanks. He loves seeing the crabs, tilapia, and other critters swimming around.

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