Category Archives: ASM Entertains

10/04/18

Savoring the Season : The Best Pumpkin Muffins

I love Fall.

In fact, Fall and Winter are my very favorite seasons and I get such a kick turning the calendar from September to October because I know the leaves will be changing and the temperatures will be dropping any day now.

And they are! It’s just lovely.

But, perhaps my most favorite thing about fall is the food.

Well, maybe that and the fashion accessories.

A girl can have 2 favorites right?!? Anyways…

I do really enjoy the foods traditional in fall– soups, stews, cobblers, pies, tailgates, Thanksgiving, and all things Pumpkin spice! These pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite things to whip up, to share, and to enjoy.

Delicious, tender, moist, and incredibly flavorful Pumpkin Muffins. You won’t be able to stop at simply one.

The Best Pumpkin Muffins Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 15 oz can 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or coconut oil is great too
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper liners into each muffin tin.

2. In a medium bowl, place flour, sugars, baking soda, and spices and whisk until incorporated and lightened. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the eggs, pumpkin puree, oil, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

muffins 1

I love the color of this batter. So rich and inviting!

4. Add the dry ingredients a little bit at the time until just mixed.

muffins 4

Do not overmix this batter! We want light & fluffy muffins.

muffins 2

5. This recipe will make 12 gorgeous, domed muffins, so fill them almost to the top of rim of the muffin pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

muffins 3

6. Serve warm or at room temperature. Delicious with a smear of butter or cream cheese.

muffins 5

muffins 6

They are absolutely perfect. I am just crazy about those crisp, crackly tops. My favorite part, without a doubt!

Share some with ones you love over a mug of hot coffee. It is sure to warm you both up, from the inside out.

 

Savoring those moments together is what this season is all about. Pumpkin muffins simply just sweeten the deal.

xoxo….

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04/26/18

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Mole

Yes ma’am.

We are talking all things Mole today.

Have you ever had Mole? It’s a traditional Spanish dish typically combining a tomato-based sauce with chiles, spices, nuts, seeds, and (are you ready for this?!?)… chocolate!!! It is incredibly flavorful and delicious, but can be quite time consuming and the list of ingredients can be a mile long. So, this is Pulled Pork Mole simplified.

Serve it up warm with all the fixins at your next fiesta! It feeds a crowd and no one will leave hungry.

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Mole 

(this recipe feeds 6-8 easily and calls for a 2 1/2 lb boneless pork butt or shoulder, but can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you are feeding)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite prepared store-bought salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 lb pork shoulder or butt roast
  • Optional for service: warmed corn or flour tortillas, bibb lettuce leaves, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, olives, etc.

Directions:

1. Stir together the prepared salsa with all the spices and cocoa powder. Pour some of the salsa mixture in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the meat in a 4-6 qt. slow cooker and top with the remaining sauce.

Image result for best store bought salsa

pork 1 2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours until the pork is cooked through and is easy to shred. pork 2 3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker, shred, and return to the sauce. Simmer until ready to serve. pork 3 4. Serve with warmed flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, etc.

But my favorite way to serve? As a lettuce wrap. Plop a healthy amount of the meat down the center of a crisp Bibb lettuce leaf, top with some hot sauce, a sprinkling of Manchego cheese and a  tear of cilantro.

Image result for lettuce wrap with pulled pork

Mmmmm….. Making my mouth water just thinking about it.

And that’s how you Mole…

Enjoy!!!

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