Nov 2006

Cranberry Cornbread Mini Loaves

  • 1 cup unbleached AP flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup oil or butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

In large bowl, stir together flours, sugar, slat, and soda until thoroughly blended. Mix in cornmeal, wheat germ, and nuts. In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk, oil or butter, and eggs. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries. Pour into 4 greased 5 1/2 x 3-inch loaf pans. Pre heat oven to 375 F. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 4 mini-loaves

Substitutions: I halved the recipe and made one big loaf. Used only whole-wheat flour. Did not use walnuts. Used dried cranberries. Used applesauce instead of butter/oil.

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Nov 2006

Flying Monkey Patisserie – Philadelphia

November 4, 2006
Cuisine: Desserts and Bakeries

Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

Phone: 215-928-0340

Raspberry Jam Squares – Buttery shortbread crust and raspberry jam ($2.50)

Astronomer: The Raspberry Jam Square from the Flying Monkey was quite a tasty treat, with a hearty, satisfying texture and just the right amount of sweetness. Best of all, it contained no sinful ingredients (i.e. margarine). I hope to return to the Flying Monkey and try another one of their creations the next time I am in the Reading Terminal Market and hunger strikes.

Gastronomer: I took a few bites of the Astronomer’s square; it was pretty good. Whereas the Astronomer is a big fan of buttery crusts and fruit fillings (fairly mild flavors), I’m more of a ultra-sweet, tooth ache kinda gal when it comes to desserts. I look forward to trying the Flying Monkey’s wide array of cupcakes in the near future.

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Nov 2006

Souplantation – San Diego (La Mesa)

October 31, 2006
Cuisine: American

9158 Fletcher Pkwy.
La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619-462-4232

Tossed Salads: Caesar Salad Asiago (Non-Vegetarian), Green Chili Ranch Salad with Cornbread Bites, Won Ton Chicken Happiness

Prepared Salads: German Potato (Low-fat, Vegetarian), Joan’s Broccoli Madness (Non-Vegetarian), Poppyseed Coleslaw (Vegetarian), Tuna Tarragon, Wild Rice & Chicken

Soups: Big Chunk Chicken Noodle (Low-fat), Deep Kettle House Chili (Low-fat), Vegetable Medley (Low-fat, Vegetarian), Yankee Clipper Clam Chowder w/ Bacon

Pastas: Garden Vegetable w/ Meatballs, Macaroni & Cheese (Vegetarian)

Muffins: Apple Cinnamon Bran Muffin (96% Fat-free), Buttermilk Biscuits, Buttermilk Cornbread (Low-fat), Chocolate Brownie Muffin, Garlic Asiago Focaccia, Quattro Formaggio Focaccia, Strawberry Buttermilk Muffin

Desserts: Chocolate Pudding (Low-fat), Raspberry Apple Cobbler, Tapioca Pudding (Low-fat), Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Vanilla Soft Serve, Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Souplantation is an all-you-can eat buffet featuring a huge salad bar, soup bar, pasta bar, dessert station and breads station. It’s one of my all-time favorite restaurants in San Diego because it’s healthy, fun, and very tasty. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and will continue to return as often as possible when I visit.

During this visit to Souplantation, I was accompanied by mother and cousin Phil. Both of them are just as enthusiastic about the place as I am. Okay, maybe a little less.

I started off my meal (as always) with two salads: one plate full of Won Ton Chicken Happiness and another filled with hodgepodge salad items. My hodgepodge plate included raw spinach, Caesar Salad Asiago, Green Chili Ranch Salad with Cornbread Bites, and extra croutons. Cornbread Bites rock!

My second course was the Big Chunk Chicken Noodle. I added in some fresh green onions intended for the Deep Kettle House Chili. The best part of the soup were the noodles; unusually thick, but awesomely delicious.

My third course was a plethora of breads including a blueberry muffin with maple whipped butter (extra honey) and Quattro Formaggio Focaccia. The Focaccia was excellent. I’ve seen it for years at the breads station, but never tried it until this visit. The bread was crisp in all the right places and the cheese was wonderfully melted. I will definitely eat it on future visits.

I finished off my meal with the Raspberry Apple Cobbler. The topping was delectable and the filling was piping hot. Next time I will have it with some soft-serve!