Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Master Mix For Muffins

So sorry for the long space in between posts here.  I had a wee bit of a bad spell but after a gazzillian tests I finally did get a diagnosis. Dx. 1:  Fibromyalgia.   Dx. 2: Hashimoto Disease.  Several of the symptoms over lap so it's sort of a double whammy.  Hashimoto Disease is an autoimmune disease, no cure but there is treatment.  The Fibro, well I guess I will just have to suck up the pain since I can not take NSAIDS because of the Lap Band.   Tramadol did help but after a couple weeks I had a pretty nasty reaction to it so that's the end of that. I take a conservative amount of Morphine Sulfate & Oxycodone  twice a day for back pain but Opioids do not address  Fibro pain. *sigh*.  Anyways....

Here is an awesome, frugal,  time saving (for those of us who do daily battle with fatigue) recipe.

Master Mix For Muffins

Makes enough for about 6 muffin recipes.

12 cups flour
4 T. baking powder
1 T. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups sugar

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt, mixing throughly with a wire whisk, making sure to break up any flour lumps.  Add sugar & continue to mix throughly until evenly combined.

Store mix in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place ( I use an old huge, restaurant sized pickle jar).

Before using, be sure to give the Master Mix a good stir as ingredients of different particle size & weight may settle at different levels over time.  The Master Mix will keep for 3-4 months.

Here are a couple examples of muffins made with the Master Mix:


2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
2 cups of Master Mix
1 cup yellow cornmeal

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowel, mix eggs, buttermilk, veg. oil & honey until throughly combined.

Add Master Mix & cornmeal & stir until just combined

Spoon Batter into greased or paper lined muffin cups. Bake for 16-20 min or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup milk
2 3/4 cups Master Mix

I have quit a few recipes that are made with this Master Mix.  A few examples:

Lemon Poppy
Banana Nut
Carrot Spice
Coconut Chocolate Chip
Blueberry-Oatmeal Crunch
....and many more

Just ask & I will happy to post it if I have it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Humble Dandelion

Note: My grand parents came from Northern  Italy. My grandfather was an avid vegetable gardener, he is the only one that I know who has successfully grown Fig Trees in Pittsburgh PA! . He had a wife & nine children to support during The Great Depression.  During spring, summer & fall months he always made a Dandelion Salad with every dinner meal.  He passed away when I was 16 years old and although  I learned a lot from him  I was young and didn't have enough wisdom to be a serious student...I'd give anything to have him back now. 
The Humble Dandelion

Today's frugal recipe is easy, cheap, and extremely 

healthy. Dandelions are a nuisance to most people, 
but did you know they are edible and very healthy 
to eat? I will be doing some follow-up posts in the 
next couple of weeks on foraging for edible foods, 
so stay tuned... but today I will be focusing on 
dandelion greens.

There are many ways to cook and eat dandelion greens 

(just search Swagbucks and you will get a bunch of recipes). 
Below is my favorite way to prepare them.

 You will need:

1 cup of dandelion leaves 

(pick younger leaves for a less bitter taste)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese

1.) Wash the dandelion leaves.

2.) Steam the leaves until they get 'wilty'.

3.) Toss the steamed leaves in the oil and vinegar.

4.) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

This recipe makes two side-dish sized servings, 

or one larger serving. I like to serve these with fish.


Dandelions are one of the most healthy foods you 

can eat. Dandelion is rich in Vitamin A, C, iron, 
Luteolin, and calcium. It is a great food for promoting 
healthy kidney function and strong bones. And, it is 
available for free!


• Pick your dandelion leaves when they are young, 

even before the flower opens. The younger the plant, 
the less bitter it will taste.

• Pick plants that have not been treated with chemicals

 and are not regularly visited by dogs.

• Foraging for plants, like dandelions, is fun and rewarding.

 Just make sure you are not trespassing on private property.

Credit to: The Single Saver