Seminary Muffins

I received this recipe from AllRecipes Healthy Choices subscription. Easy to make, ready for breakfast! I might add some raisins next time. Delicious and healthy muffins. Great for breakfast or a snack. No oil, butter or yeast! You may use oat bran instead of oatmeal if you wish


  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg, banana, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Gently stir flour mixture and oatmeal into banana mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake in preheated oven or 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown. Remove muffins from pan and place on a wire rack to let cool before serving

“Pottering” Corn on the Cob

Several people asked how to “Potter” corn on the cob. I am a little surprised that no one caught the reference to the final episode of “M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (#11.16)” when Colonel Sherman Potter says: “Well, I like fresh corn. I mean real fresh corn. So I think maybe I’ll just take a hot plate out to the garden, make a pot of boiling water, then I won’t even pick that corn – I’ll bend that stalk till the ear dips into the water, and I’ll eat it right there standing up. Scrumptious!”

A Plague of Frogs… and its not even Passover!!

Some time ago Fran bought me a book on decorative cakes and cup cakes. A week or so ago she sort of threw down the gauntlet and more or less challenged me to make something from the book. Here is the result – a family of frogs. They are made with white velvet cake that was lightened some by incorporating some meringue into the batter (I took one egg white and 1/3 of the 1 1/2 cups of sugar and beat them into a meringue which was added at the end of mixing.) Otherwise the recipe is the same as listed elsewhere. The frosting was store purchased vanilla dyed with the appropriate shade of green. The adults eyes are yogurt covered raisins and the kids eyes are white jelly beans. The eye pupils are dots of chocolate cake decorations. Warts are either the ends of green jelly beans or the ends of dark chocolate coated raisins. The lines around the eyes and mouth darker green dyed frosting which was piped from cutting the corner from a zip-lock bag. Next time I would use a real piping tip to make the lines smoother.

Two sets of cupcakes are made and the tops cut off squarely. The wrapper (should have been green) was removed from one and it was “glued” onto its mate, upside down, and frozen. After about 20 min in the freezer the tops were cut slightly to round off two opposing sides to shape the head. The cupcake was dipped into dyed and slightly nuked frosting (to make it about the consistency of whipped cream) and the eyes, warts etc were added. Cut a wedge about 1″ deep to make the mouth and glue some red fruit by the foot which was cut into semi circles into the opening. Another piece with the ends cut was put in the mouth for the tongue.

Corn… in its natural wrapper

A few weeks ago we bought some bi-color corn (our favorite) with small kernels on a small cob…. perfect for saying goodbye to the summer. (OK, it’s still almost 90 deg every day, but officially, summer is over.) I really wanted to “Potter” the corn, but that is all but impossible down here. I also saw a method for nuking the corn. I am a traditionalist (husked corn in boiling water, or de-silked corn, soaked in water and wrapped in foil before grilling) but flexible and always willing to try new ideas. This time, I microwaved the cord. Cut off the bottom of the stalk and remove any loose silk. (Apparently the loose silk can ignite.) Cook for 3 min (depending on your microwave efficiency you might need to experiment) and then let sit for another minute. The husks come off easily (but are very hot) and the silk just slides off the ear, very easy and very clean. The flavor was superb, maybe not a good as “Pottering”, but equal to grilling, better than boiling and easier than any of them.