Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Raspberry Almond Muffins

These are one of my families favorite muffins!  Almonds and raspberry just goes so well together!  These are delicious!

Raspberry Almond Muffins
(I forgot to put the almonds on top!)
2 cups flour
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Mix all ingredients together. Grease muffin tin with pam. Fill cups about 1/2 full of batter. Spoon a teaspoon of raspberry jam on top and then put enough batter on top to cover jam. Sprinkle the top with sliced almonds and sugar. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
Each muffin has about 220 calories, but they sure are good!

Clam Chowder!

Now that the weather is starting to turn a little chilly, I think it is the perfect time for soup! I love this Clam Chowder recipe. It's one that was published in my home ward's Relief Society Cookbook. It is absolutely delicious! I'm told that you need to use the red wine vinegar and not to substitute any other kind-don't know why, but apparently it makes a difference.

Clam Chowder
(Sorry, it's not the greatest picture!-I forgot the flash!....Actually it's a really horrible picture!!)
1 cup onion, diced finely
1 cup celery, chopped finely
2 cups potatoes (I use more-about 5 or 6 potatoes)
2 cans clams
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup flour
1 qt. half & half
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper

Put all vegetables in a pot. Add enough water to cover. Drain clams into the vegetables and add the vinegar. Simmer until tender. In a separate pan, melt butter and then add the flour. Pour the half & half slowly while stirring constantly with a wire wisk. Add to the vegetables and heat through, but do not boil.

I've also just used whole milk instead of half & half and it still is good. If made with margarine and whole milk the caloric value is about 150 calories for 1 cup of soup! So eat up!
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