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Miniature Corn Muffins Recipe

Miniature Corn Muffins

Yield: 48 muffins Cost per Serving: $.12

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 cup whole milk

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated pepper Jack

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°F. Mist two mini muffin pans (12 cups each) with nonstick cooking spray. Melt butter in small saucepan over mediumlow heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes (do not let brown). Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring often. Set aside to cool. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cayenne pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk and eggs. Stir in onion mixture and cheese. Make a well in flour mixture and add milk mixture, stirring until just combined (do not overmix). Spoon 1 Tbsp. of batter into each muffin cup. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until a toothpick dipped in center of a muffin comes out clean. Place pans on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins to rack to cool slightly. Serve warm in a beautiful Smarty Had A Party Clear Serving Bowl

Cheesy Puff Pastry "Pretzels"

Puff Pastry "Pretzels"

Yield: 24 pretzels

Cost per Serving: $0.50

Ingredients

1/2 (17.3 oz.) box frozen puff pastry (1 sheet), thawed 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg yolk, beaten Mustard, for dipping

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place pastry on a sheet of wax paper; sprinkle evenly with 1/3 cup Parmesan; top with another sheet of wax paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out pastry slightly, flip pastry over, peel off paper and sprinkle evenly with another 1/3 cup cheese. Cover with wax paper; roll out into a 12-by-10-inch rectangle. Remove wax paper. Cut dough lengthwise into 24 strips. Shape each into a 2 1/2 -inch pretzel; arrange on 2 greased baking sheets. Brush dough with egg yolk; sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese. Bake until golden, rotating pans once, 12 minutes. Serve on a beautiful square tray with mustard for dipping.

Nutritional Information:

Calories:180, Fat12g (sat 4g), Protein:7g, Carbohydrate:11g, Fiber:0g Cholesterol:35mg, Sodium:337mg -All You, MAY 2006

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

Yield: Makes 16 cupcakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Preparation

1. In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

2. In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir in half the flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in milk just until blended. Add remaining flour mixture and stir just until incorporated. Spoon batter equally into 16 muffin cups (1/3-cup capacity; cups should be almost full) lined with paper baking cups.

3. Bake in a 350º regular or convection oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed in the center or a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pans on racks for 5 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans and set on racks to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

4. With a small, sharp knife, cut a cylinder about 3/4 inch wide and 1 inch deep from the center of the top of each cupcake. Trim off and discard about 1/2 inch from bottom of each cylinder. With a knife, hollow out a small cavity inside each cupcake.

5. Spoon marshmallow cream into pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Twist end of bag tightly to secure. Place tip in cavity of one cupcake; without moving tip, squeeze filling into cavity, to 1/4 inch from top. Repeat to fill remaining cupcakes. Insert cake cylinders into holes.

6. Spoon chocolate cream cheese frosting into another pastry bag, fitted with a 3/4-inch star tip, and pipe onto tops of cupcakes, or spread on cupcakes with knife.

Nutritional Information

Calories:421 (47% from fat), Protein:5.1g, Fat:22g (sat 13), Carbohydrate:55g, Fiber:0.4g, Sodium:378mg, Cholesterol:83mg

Sunset, OCTOBER 2002

Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip

This warm, creamy, cheesy dip appears frequently at staff gatherings. People make it time and again because it's tasty and a snap to prepare. Assemble up to two days ahead, and bake just before serving.

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Valentine's Day Couples' Party

We can think of countless ways to celebrate Valentine's Day! This year, we would like to suggest the idea of hosting a couples' dinner party! If you think about it... Ladies, there's no need to count on your man to remember to make a reservation months in advance or mess it up and forget. Gents, in this case you will have an amazing night with your loved one and yet, wont't have to spend a fortune on some small portions.
A few hints for your couples' Valentine's Day Table:


The Decor: Keep your table decor simple and let your place settings make a statement. Sprinkle rose petals on the table and cluster white candles between place settings. Use an assortment of candle sizes to give your table height.

The Ambiance: Set the mood with music. If it's a romantic party, play softer tunes. If you're inviting a noisier bunch, try some love-themed rock and roll. Dim the lights and light the candles.

The Drinks: Serve sparkling wine with a strawberry garnish for an added touch of romance! For dessert, offer coffee and mini thumbprint cookies. 

If you're not throwing a Couples' Dinner Party this year, here are some other fun ideas for the holiday!

  1. Single Ladies Valentine's Day Brunch complete with Beyoncé soundtrack, of course.
  2. Call Me Maybe Valentine's Party for the kiddos.
  3. The Ultimate Anti-Valentine's Day Party for all who dread this sappy day.
  4. Valentine's Day Cookie Bar for the whole family.

Stop by our Valentine's Day board on Pinterest for more of what we LOVE. XOXO! Much Party Love, Smarties!