Feta, Red Pepper, and Basil Muffins

The Tailor and I have coffee together almost every day.

We meet pretty early in the morning–precaffeine, of course–

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and sleepily begin our day over way-too-hot coffee and a very small local newspaper.

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Over the years, we’ve introduced each other to different things.

I now know all the words to “My Best Friend Barbara” and can intelligently discuss Cher’s disco days.

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He now knows what Google Maps Satellite Street View can do and has been stalking everyone he knows ever since.

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Thanks to The Tailor, I iron my quilt blocks after every seam, make a lot of quichesand have seen Can’t Stop the Music, The Village People’s only movie. Twice.

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Thanks to me, The Tailor read his first Jodi Picoult novel, knits long hats on a round plastic loom, and became obsessed with the NCAA tournament bracket, even though he’s still not quite sure what a basketball looks like.

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Recently, The Tailor gave me  a terrific book called The Art & Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet.

The Art & Soul of Baking

This book is rife with information, tips, and great recipes. I made one of them almost immediately.

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Feta, Red Pepper, and Basil Muffins.

Tell me you would be able to bypass that one.

Go on, tell me.

I knew you couldn’t.

First, gather your ingredients.

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 c crumbled feta
  • 1/2 (4 oz) jarred roasted red bell pepper
  • 3 T chopped basil
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375.

Now grab that jar of peppers.

jar o’ peppers

And chop 4 oz (1/2 c).

chopped

Now finely chop your basil.

basil

chopped

Once your prep is complete, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

dry ingredients

In a smaller bowl, combine the feta, peppers, and basil.

savories

combined

In an even smaller bowl, or a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, olive oil, and egg.

Whisk and blend.

wet ingredients

Make a hole in your dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it.

Stir gently with a spatula until just combined. You don’t want to overwork the baking powder. Small lumps are fine.

combined

Gently, gently fold in your savory ingredients.

folding

mixed

Dollop into a well-greased muffin tin.

ready to bake

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done. I never time anything, since the time suggested is never right.

done!

Serve with brunch or dinner. They’re better as a side than as a feature.

yum

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “Feta, Red Pepper, and Basil Muffins”

  1. February 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I know I have read this before but I did not remember that picture of Yao Ming. I can’t stop laughing.

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