Fall Flavors: Crustless Pumpkin Pie (With Tofu)

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. After many years of attending holiday events that required multiple hours of travel and eating too much rich food, we no longer “do” a feast for the day. Frankly, we find it much more agreeable to simply have normal meals – the kind we would eat any other day of the year – and maybe, if we’re so inclined, make some holiday-themed dish as a nod to the day. This year, we made a crustless pumpkin pie – with tofu!

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Cast Iron Chronicles: Lodge Mini Cake Pan

That’s right – that’s a muffin!

I ❤️ muffins, but my muffin pans were getting on my last nerve. They scratched very easily and – worse yet – the last batch of muffins stuck so badly that I tore several trying to get them out. They stuck despite the pans being non-stick (which I don’t care for, anyway) and heavily greased with coconut oil. It was like an oil slick in those muffin cups – nothing should have stuck. And to make matters worse, the pans had become nearly impossible to get completely clean. #$&*!! A new muffin pan was needed.

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Appliance Review: Oster® Digital French Door Oven

My trusty Breville toaster oven finally gave up the ghost, so I have a new toaster oven, an Oster® Digital French Door Oven. It’s not what you probably think of as a “toaster oven”, and it does a lot more than just make toast. Called a “countertop oven”, when you see it in person, you understand why: it’s roomy enough to bake large pizzas or whole chickens in. So why buy an extra-large toaster oven? Because most of what we bake could actually be done in an oven this size, rather than our full-size oven.

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Fall Flavors: Boastworthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Faced with ripe bananas growing more spotted by the day, some people might opt to make banana bread. While a respectable choice, I prefer to make muffins…and these banana chocolate chip muffins are just right, with lots of banana flavor, crunchy walnuts, and an occasional chocolate chip.

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