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Hello out there! Is anyone left? I’m sorry. I’m so, so, so, so sorry. I realize that I officially take the prize for Worst Blogger Ever. The truth is, I’ve had an incredibly hectic month – hubby and I are currently in the midst of a personal project which has taken on all the intensity of a hurricane, and what feels like the proportions of Ancient Rome. We’re doing something completely necessary, yet completely crazy at the same time: we’re BUYING A HOUSE. I know, right?!?!?! We fell in love with a house back in October, made an offer, and have been in the process of buying it ever since. If you know me in “real life,” you’ve probably heard the entire saga several times. So I can now explain that, other than the week when hubby and I both fell sick within days of each other back in January, most of my blog disappearances have happened around the times when things were heating up in the house-buying process. It’s been a long haul, but I finally feel that I can mention it on the blog, because our closing is in less than two weeks, our move is three days later, and we have boxes stacked up containing many (but not all – like I said, I’ve been busy) of our worldly possessions. We received word that our sale was going through in late February, and since then it’s been a whirlwind of doing all of the things that you need to do in order to buy a house, plus numerous phone calls with our broker, discussing whether we want to sell or rent our condo. And I’ve been dealing with the complete shock of realizing that I’m actually moving and I’m not going to be cooking in my condo kitchen anymore, which does make me sad. Because I do love my condo, especially the kitchen.
Given all this, hubby and I decided to throw the condo a farewell party. We had actually planned to have a party for no reason back in February, but Snowmageddon ruined our plans. So we moved the party to early March, and it just happened to fall after we had tumbled head-first down the rabbit hole of house-buying. I was exhausted from the whole process and making frequent panicked phone calls to my mom about how I wasn’t sure anymore if I wanted a house, like, ever… so I mostly opted for “easy,” and our friends liked it all just fine. One of the most popular dishes at the party was a savory mini corn muffin, jazzed up with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese. Mmmmm, that’s what I’m talkin’ about! So, in the hopes that you’ll forgive me… here ya go.
Sun-Dried Tomato-Parmesan Mini Corn Muffins
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup (approx.) chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 24-well mini muffin tin by spraying olive oil baking spray in each well.
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Mix in milk, oil and egg, until just incorporated. Stir in chopped sun-dried tomatoes and grated cheese.
- Using a teaspoon, portion batter evenly into muffin wells. (You may have a little extra, depending on the size of the wells in your muffin tin. I got about 6 extra mini muffins out of my emergency backup Bakers Secret mini muffin tin, but my muffin tins have small wells.)
- Bake 20-25 minutes, until muffins are just golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Source: adapted from Quaker
I promise that I am going to try to be better about blogging during this moving process. I have some photos banked from the past few weeks, and as soon as I remember what the recipes were, I’ll post them. However, the next two weeks are going to be a little bit difficult. Most of my cookbooks, and a fair amount of my bakeware, are already packed. Hubby and I have enough left out that we won’t starve, but I’m not planning to do much creative baking or cooking until we get unpacked and settled and get our condo cleaned up and on the market. Please bear with me, and I promise I’ll be back with tons of fun new recipes from my new kitchen-to-be!