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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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Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins with Struesel Topping

By Cindy Ruth


This week our ingredient was cranberries. I decided to try and make something from ingredients I already had around the house. I didn't have any fresh or frozen cranberries, so I decided to use orange-flavored dried cranberries I had on hand.

I chose to make pumpkin muffins that contained spices and the cranberries, and a streusel topping. I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out, as messing around with recipes for baked goods doesn't always produce good results. But these were wonderful. I started with a recipe for a sweet potato muffin that was a healthier recipe with less butter, less sugar, and whole wheat flour. I adapted it so much from that original recipe that I don't think it resembled it at all.

These muffins are still lower in fat and sugar than many are, and have some whole wheat flour in them. So while not low-fat, they're definitely more healthy than your neighborhood bakery's. What really suprised me was the texture. They were light with a tender crumb. These will be added to my recipe file to make in the future. I calculated the Weight Watchers Plus points, and there are 6 points per muffin.

My complimentary ingredients to the cranberries were cinnamon, cloves, ginger,, pumpkin, SUGAR, vanilla, and walnuts.

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping
Yield: 12 muffins

Vegetable Oil or Spray for coating pan
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Topping (See below)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil 12 muffin capacity muffin tin.
2. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add pumpkin and beat until thoroughly mixed.
3. In medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices.
4. In separate bowl, whisk milk, yogurt, egg and vanilla.
5. Alternately add the dry and wet ingredients until combined. Do not overmix.
6. Gently stir in the dried cranberries.
7. Divide among the 12 muffin cups. Top with the streusel topping.
8. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
9. Remove from pan and serve.

Streusel Topping1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1/8 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients except butter in a small bowl and mix to combine. Add butter, and using your fingers, squish butter into mixture until only tiny pieces are left.


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Comments (1)

Those look delicious! Especially with that fancy topping...I probably need to make these for breakfast here soon. Very soon.

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