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Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

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Jan is a serious home cook who loves to read recipes and then do her own thing. Her focus is ingredient driven comfort food, often with an Italian influence. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about food and travels (next trip to Italy: May/June of 2012) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

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Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

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Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

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Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Carrot-Raisin Tropical Muffins

By Palma


1 1/2 c. flour
2 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt

3 eggs
3/4 c. SUGAR
1 1/2 c. grated carrots
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. milk
1 7 oz. can crushed pineapple (drained well)
3/4 c. raisins
3/4 c. coconut

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix together with fork. In mixer, beat sugar and eggs. Add carrots, melted butter and milk, and mix well. Stir in dry ingredients, half at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Stir in raisins, pineapple and coconut. Pour into muffin tins lined with cupcake papers. Bake 18-20 minutes at 375. Cool on rack.


These turned out great! They were moist, not too sweet, and the pineapple, coconut and raisins made them taste as good as a slice of carrot cake without frosting.


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Comments (6)

These look delicious and I love any food that comes with flowers! What a great way to start the day these would be. So pretty.

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

They sound good. Unfortunately, I have two raisin intolerant people in our home. Sammi and I can enjoy them though!

Beautiful, Palma. And I knew it was you from the presentation photo!
I love raisins -- all by themselves. Not baked or cooked in anything. So I might substitute chopped up bits of fig. What do you think?

Deborah, I'm sure figs would work, or chopped dried mango or papaya!

Another winner from you Palma. They look delicious.

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