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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

When I spotted some cream cheese in my fridge and a container of fresh blueberries, I got the idea to bake some muffins.  I found a recipe online here and not only do the blueberry muffins have cream cheese inside but they're topped with a sweet and crunchy streusel that would sell out fast at any bakery.  These Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins are perfect for breakfast and its hard to stop at eating just one.  I've been eating them straight from the fridge, as they're so good cold with the cream cheese and chilled berries. 
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Ingredients: Topping:1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup granulated sugar1/8 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Muffins:2 eggs1 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup vegetable oil1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon white vinegar1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup sour cream2 cups all purpose flour1 cup bueberries (wild or regular sized, fresh or frozen but defrosted and drained) Filling:4 ounces cream cheese…

Lunch at Golden Daisy Restaurant

If you're looking for a quick and inexpensive spot for Dim Sum in Beacon Hill then Golden Daisy's your spot.  Looks kind of like a hole in the wall but once you're seated and served your food, you'll be pleasantly surprised and satisfied.  The Chinese food is authentic, if that's what you're craving.  Don't get me wrong, Panda Express can be delicious and I always enjoy the Orange Chicken from Red Apple in Beacon Hill.  But when you want some duck with crispy skin or some juicy shrimp dumplings, then you have to dig a little deeper to find your spot for lunch.  Chinatown and South Seattle are full of spots like these, just remember that many are cash only and the ambiance won't always be so noteworthy.  Our family had a little dim sum and a couple of plates from the menu.  We had some shrimp dumplings, some fried pork dumplings, and chicken feet.  Then we had duck with white rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken with white rice.  It was all great tasting and…

How To Make A Plum Clafoutis

Nothing feels more like summer than taking a bite of a fresh picked plum.  Summer will be over soon so you better get some plums and soak every moment up while you can.  Before we know it we'll be drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes and visiting pumpkin patches.  It will be oh so fun, but let's live in the moment for now and eat some plums.  If your neighbor or your cousin hands you a bag of ready to eat plums, do what I did and make a clafoutis.  I used six plums and it was the perfect amount of fruit for my dessert.  Not sure what a clafoutis is? It's a rustic French dessert and you can find the other post I did about Cherry Clafoutis here and read more about the dessert and get the recipe.  Just substitute plums for the cherries or any fruit you want. 
One thing about this recipe I didn't follow was that I used a cake pan to bake it and not a cast iron or frying pan.  I used a frying pan to cook the butter and the plums, then I added sugar and mixed it up well.  Then I …

Happy Hour at Maximilien

My husband and I treated ourselves to a night out at Maximilien inside Pike Place Market.  We just had the Happy Hour outside on their patio, but it still felt upscale and refined and who doesn't love a view while they dine.  The patio was busy for a weekend and we scored the second to last table available.  It felt like we eating in a secret garden, with our table for two set against the greenery of a rooftop garden on the other side.  The night was hot so I cooled down with a glass of Rose, $5, and my husband had a bottle of French beer for $3.  The happy hour menu had a nice well rounded selection with food prices ranging from $4-$12. 
Maximilien is a French restaurant where the chefs utilize the local ingredients using French techniques.  Being in the heart of Seattle inside Pike Place Market, I'm guessing they don't have a problem finding the freshest local ingredients.  We ordered four food items, the Belgium Frites, the Stacked Beets, the Goat Cheese Mousse, two L…

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread Muffins

It's ninety degrees outside and I'm standing in the kitchen baking muffins.  But when there's ripe bananas around, I love taking advantage of making fresh baked goods.  It's fun to experiment with different banana recipes because let's face it, baking the same kind of banana bread every time would get boring.  When I saw a recipe for banana bread muffins with cream cheese I couldn't resist.  They went from a muffin to a dessert with the sweet element of the cream cheese giving them a cheesecake taste.  I think the muffins are best chilled because the cream cheese filling is cold and sets up better.  For a hot summer day, the muffins right out of the fridge are just the ticket!
Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread Muffins
I found the recipe here on
For the bread:1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream (Greek yogurt may be substituted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas

Dinner at Tavern Hall

My experience at Tavern Hall in Bellevue was a hit and I was pleasantly surprised.  Right away I liked the spacious dining room with its high ceilings, flat screens everywhere, and a large white clock.  It reminded me of a converted train station, with a little stretch of the imagination, maybe the Orsay Museum in Paris. 
It was only the second night for our server, Lucy, and she did very well.  She recommended the hearth baked pretzels, two for ten dollars, to start.  I'm glad she did because all four of us loved them and the four sauces they came with.  One was a salted peanut caramel sauce, which was my favorite.  There's just something about the combination of sweet and salty I can't get enough of.  The other three sauces were homemade ale mustard, white cheddar jalapeƱo, and bacon-onion dip.  
I also tried a Moscow Mule for the first time and our server reassured me how delicious they are, which was nice.  It came in a copper mug and was a relatively good size.   Mo…