Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

  As the temperature keeps dropping, thoughts of apples and pumpkins overtake my little cooking mind.  I seek out recipe that has either of these two quintessential fall treats.  These little muffins started out as a simple pumpkin muffin, but I have made several versions including this one with a cream cheese layer.  You could also adapt it by adding nuts, dried fruits or a crumb topping for a little variety. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - adapted from Cooking Light Ingredients Cake layer 2 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour1  cup  granulated sugar1  tablespoon  baking powder1  teaspoon  baking soda1 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon1/2 tsp nutmeg1/2  teaspoon  salt1  cup  canned pumpkin3/4  cup  light sour cream1/3  cup  2% milk1/4  cup  vegetable oil1  teaspoon  vanilla extract1  … [Read more...]

Light Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe

Photo by Stephanie Yes, it is September and pasta salad is usually a summer cookout staple. In most of the country, it is still warm enough to need a simple pasta dish for football tailgates and a late summer get together. This pasta salad was born out of my love of pasta but my distaste of heavy creamy pasta salads.  A light balsamic vinaigrette replaces the normal mayonnaise based dressing. Colorful Veggies And Interesting Pasta Using an interesting pasta and colorful veggies can really make this dish pop, so consider using a tri color rotini or some of the new mini pastas out there.  The mini penne worked well, but I typically use a whole wheat pasta for added nutrition.  Toss with a sprinkling of feta throughout for an extra burst of flavor. To make a complete meal instead of … [Read more...]