Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ Photo by Savory Simple

Most of the time I’m in the kitchen I’m creating recipes from scratch. It’s what I love to do more than anything in the world (aside from maybe photography). Recipe development brings me a tremendous amount of joy and I love the creativity involved. But I have a secret.  [Read more...]

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Peach Yogurt Muffins `~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

I’ve been trying to use less butter in my baking recently. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE BUTTER and you will probably see it appear very soon in another one of my recipes. Butter is amazing and it does marvelous things to baked goods (and toast). But I’ve realized that sometimes I’m too dependent on it. If, for some reason, I use up the 10 pounds of butter I’ve purchased from Costco and won’t be getting back to the store for another day or two, I just assume I won’t be baking.
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Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Ok, who’s ready for the Super Bowl?  I’m not gonna lie… I’m not really a big football fan.  However, I am thrilled that The Ravens will be playing!  I lived in Baltimore for 10 years and it will always be my home in some ways.  The city takes a lot of flack from the media but it truly is a great, quirky town with a lot going for it.  Mr. Savory is a huge Ravens fan and I will be watching the game with him, cheering for purple all the way.  We’re going to a party and I will be bringing these scrumptious corn dog mini muffins from my dear friend, Chung-Ah. She writes the fantastic, mouth-watering blog Damn Delicious. Might I take a moment to tell you all how wonderful this gal is?  We met in person late last year and instantly clicked.  She’s my favorite gossip buddy and she always makes me laugh.  She’s a West Coast girl and I’m an East Coast girl but thanks to the internet it’s like we’re constantly chatting away in the same room. Please go visit her blog and say hello!

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Banana Bread Muffins ~ @SavorySimple #recipe

My super secret recipe project is moving right along and it feels like such an unusual, unexpected adventure.  I cannot wait to share details with you and show you why things have become so quiet around here.  But for all of the excitement, my new year has certainly been thrown into a tailspin.  So many recipe ideas are swimming around in my head and they just have to wait for now.  I did manage to squeeze in these banana bread muffins and I hope you enjoy them.  I’m also lining up a few guest posts!

It’s been a whole lot of non-stop work lately and I’ve never been good at balancing life and work.  It was different back in the 9 to 5 days. Get up, go to work, get it done, come home and relax.  Now my days consist of work>break>work>errands>work>break>work and I often find myself still plugging away at 10pm or on a Sunday afternoon.  I’m lucky to have a very patient husband (football playoffs help).  And I know the overlap between personal and work time is draining but I can’t seem to stop.  These days I often find myself working in my dreams. Two nights ago I was planning out the food styling for a layer cake shot as I slept.  On one hand this is very productive.  The negative about planning out food photography while sleeping?  I was using props I don’t actually own.  I woke up and thought “Why yes, an eggplant-colored cake stand would look lovely with the cake. If only I had one!”

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Brown Butter Apple Muffins ~ Savory Simple

Everyone handles stress in their own way.  Something I learned during the hurricane is that being in the kitchen is a major stress reliever for me.  I never usually panic about a storm but Sandy felt different.  I think part of me is still mildly traumatized from the derecho in June that came out of nowhere and made life hell for a week.  We were so unprepared for that.  After listening to our Governor hold a press conference on Monday stating that “PEOPLE WILL DIE IN THIS STORM” and to weather people saying that this was THE PERFECT STORM… I just kind of freaked out.  I’ve never been a weather alarmist.  I usually make jokes about people running to the grocery store for toilet paper before a big weather event but yesterday I was totally one of those people.  I went to the store and got a ton of canned goods, filled up at the gas station, scrubbed down the entire kitchen, pulled out all of our flashlights and lanterns… just in case of what?  I don’t know but this time I was determined to be prepared for anything.  I spent all weekend and yesterday preparing and waiting and my anxiety was through the roof.

The rest of the day I was either glued to the television or baking.  I made granola bars, hummus, spicy pumpkin seeds and apple muffins.  Each time I felt like I was tempting fate as our powered flickered and threatened to vanish.  But being in the kitchen was so calming to me, especially as I watched my beloved Ocean City go under water and listened to winds outside that sounded like a freight train about to run over our little townhouse.  I frantically tweeted with others along the East Coast.  I stared at the giant tree in our backyard, willing it to stay upright (it did).  I wasn’t planning to get any blog recipes out of the experience but the muffins were some of the best I’ve ever made.  They were delicate, fluffy and rich.  I had leftover brown butter which made them incredibly tasty.  They were comfort food.  I needed comfort.

We never lost our power or dealt with any kind of damage.  I feel incredibly lucky we were spared.  My thoughts are with everyone who was impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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