Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Summer will always be my favorite season, but Fall might be my favorite food season. I absolutely love all things pumpkin, caramel, and apple – the staples of all good fall treats. I spend most of my year waiting for the cans of pumpkin to be back on the shelves and the spooky movies to be back on tv. I don’t love the cold weather rolling in, but if I can warm up by baking I can usually make it through. So, I’m here to share this delicious recipe with you! Stay in, pull on a sweater and your favorite wool socks, and cook up this sweet treat. I guarantee it won’t disappoint!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

The Muffin:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ C milk
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 C sifted all-purpose flour

The Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350o. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Sir pumkin puree, oil, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Do not use a mixer. Stir in the eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Stir in 1 cup of flour, then stir in milk, then stir in remaining 1 cup of flour. Divide evenly among muffin tin. Fill each liner ½ full.
  3. Stire together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Drop 1 tablespoon onto the top of each muffin.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator or freeze muffins!

Best Baked Meatballs

I have never been a big fan of spaghetti, or really red sauce in general. When it was spaghetti night in my house, I always opted for the noodles with butter instead. Unless, there were meatballs involved. My mom didn’t make meatballs very often, only when she was feeling ambitious, which was infrequent after she worked all day. When she did make meatballs they were oh so delicious, maybe it was because they were rare or maybe it was because my mom knows her way around some ground beef and bread crumbs, either way they were always worth the wait. So, needless to say, meatballs have always held a special place in my heart.

I’ve made them a few times before but I never had a really great recipe… until now! I have found it, I have perfected it, and I am here to share it with you.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 egg
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley, minced (or about 1 Tbsp. dried)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together onion, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, cheese, ketchup, salt, pepper and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in ground beef and mix gently until combined. Do not overwork. Form into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

Yields about 30 baked meatballs

 

 

Love at First Soufflé

…There I was, in my diaper, baking a chocolate soufflé. Just kidding! I haven’t been cooking for that long, but it does feel like ages. I don’t remember when my interest in cooking first began, but I feel like I’ve been doing it for my whole life. With a single mother, who worked late hours, I had to learn to sustain myself… and sustain my older brother who was too busy playing video games to cook for either of us.

Both of my parents are decent cooks. My mom baked basic casseroles and made delicious breakfasts, and my dad made a lot of German foods and home-cooked meals throughout my younger years. They definitely contributed to my love of cooking growing up. They sparked my interest and helped it grow.

My unlimited access to cable tv also fed my hunger for cooking and learning about food. I came home each day during my middle school years to watch the Food Network. It started with shows like Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and Chopped. I loved the kitchen competitions! There’s nothing like watching adults sweat into a hot pot of chili as they ferociously stir together beans and broth. It just gets me hyped! As I got older I became more interested in the solo cooking shows. Women like Ree Drummond and Ina Garten have taught me many tips and tricks for cooking, and Guy Fieri (more on him later) has taught me how to be a bad ass, among other things, in the kitchen.

It’s the people in my life and on tv who have ultimately shaped me into the cook that I am today, and I appreciate each and every one of them  for that. I hope that you continue to follow my blog posts because I am excited to share my love of food with all of you, and hopefully give you a little inspiration of your own.

About Crafting Cuisine

Welcome to my food blog! As a new blogger, I thought it would be most fitting to write about what I am most passionate about: FOOD! So I’m here to share with you tasty recipes, tips & and tricks for cooking, and any other knowledge that I have about food.  I hope that you will follow my blog and interact with me through my posts. I am excited to share my passion for food with more people and start good conversation on all things culinary! Thanks for reading!