No clever introduction today . . . just the eats!
Buttermilk Waffles, Field Roast sausage, and strawberries:
Curried Eggplant with Tomatoes and Basil:
(This was phenomenal, by the way. Easy, speedy, healthy, and fantastically delicious!)
Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeno-Corn Dumplings:
(Another Crock Pot success! The only change I made to the original recipe was to double the dumplings . . . because you never really can have too many dumplings, now can you?
(I think I could have doubled this recipe, and we would have been just as happy. Homemade ricotta added something extra-special to this dish, and take-and-bake baguette made the perfect side. Rich and cheesy, but not TOO heavy, a stellar supper that got even better in leftover form!)
Vanilla Ricotta Muffins:
(My version of this recipe is found in Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe; this online version is pretty close. Skip the white chocolate chips, and you've got it. I subbed in whole-wheat pastry flour for the AP flour; a great, tasty excuse to use up that leftover ricotta!)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:
(My favorite chocolate cake recipe just got better with the addition of coconut oil, instead of canola -- the cake turns out slightly more dense, and the improvement in structure just means there's more support for extra frosting. :) I ended up adding extra powdered sugar to the above frosting recipe, as it was a little too runny with just the amount called for. We took these cupcakes to dinner on Saturday night, and the little girls belonging to the grown-ups we were hanging out with were very excited! Sprinkle cupcakes for all!)