Chocolate Chip Muffins

September 2, 2014
Serves 4 - 6 Feeds 4 - 6
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(optional) paper or parchment muffin cups
measuring cup
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Chocolate Chip Muffins, a simple, tasty, child friendly recipe.

Chocolate chip muffins are a favorite with many people.  For those who are not big chocolate fans, try substituting raisins, cranberries or even fresh blueberries.  One big rule for cooking is, never be afraid to experiment!

For ease of removal from the muffin pan, I highly recommend muffin cups.  The parchment variety are best, as not only do they come out of the pan easily, they come off the muffins easily!

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Elderberry Jelly

September 9, 2014
elderberry jelly cooling
Serves 4 - 5 1 Cup Jars
2 Large Stainless Steel Pots
(Optional) jelly thermometer
Jelly bag and hanger
5 - 1 cup jars and lids
Large glass measuring cup

Elderberry Jelly,  a taste beyond compare

by Dave Cottrell

Elderberry jelly is a wonderful treat, and it’s not a hard to make as some think.  It is also very good for you!  It’s easy to make delicious elderberry jam if you remember these few things.

One thing that must be realized about elderberries is that their sugar content can vary greatly from season to season.  For example, this year we had an unusually sunny and hot summer, for the coast, and the sugar level is much higher than usual.


Because of that, the jelly I made with them is, while still having reasonable clarity, very thick.  You can scoop a full spoon full out of the jar and hold it upside down indefinitely. (more…)

Peel Eggs Easily

September 5, 2014
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Peel Eggs Easily – yes, you can!

by Dave Cottrell

Peel eggs easily, without all the picky fuss that so often accompanies the task.  If you’re like I was, every time you want to do hard boiled eggs for peeling, it’s like rolling the dice.

You’re never sure if you will be able to peel eggs easily, let alone if they are even really hard boiled!

Peel eggs easily

Here are some pointers for making sure you can peel eggs easily, rather than fighting them and ending up with half your egg on the shell, or even  worse, a soft boiled egg.   (more…)