Saturday, September 24, 2011

Do you know the Muffin Man?

Perhaps you've heard of the Birdman of Alcatraz? Well, I should like to be known as the Muffin Man of Hill Street. A short time back a friend gave me a bag of dried blueberries. They are supposed to be full of anti-oxidents, which I guess is good. God forbid that you should have oxidents in your body, for whatever reason. When I had  reduced the bag (with the help of the dog) to less than half full, I got the brilliant idea of making some muffins with the remainder. This past year our neighbor blessed us with this Taste of home Cookbook. If you never get another cookbook in your life, I would like to highly recommend that you have this one. It is so complete from start to finish, covering everything from making hard boiled eggs (only boil them for one minute- then let them stand in the water for fifteen minutes before cooling them off) to buying and storing fruit, to baking bread. I LOVE this cook book. Twice I've made twice baked potatoes with the recipes from this book.  I learned the proper way to boil my shrimp. It covers just about anything you could want to learn about cooking. I fully intend to utilize it some more this winter as I wind down from fishing. Anyway, back to the muffins. I found a recipe for blueberry muffins using sour cream. I wasn't real sure I'd like it, but I gave it a try anyhow. Let me tell you- I AM  the Muffin Man! Just look at those blond beauties resting on the cooling tray. I wish I could let you all have a taste of these puppies. They were delightful. I'm actually kind of glad that they are almost gone. If I had more blueberries at my disposal right now, I'd most probably bake another batch, which of course I would have to eat. Then instead of being the Muffin Man I  would look more like a cross between the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Michelin Tire Man. They are by far the best muffins I've ever eaten, and I'm not just saying that because I baked them. I don't know why I'm all proud of them to begin with. All I did was follow the directions in the cookbook. Someone else came up with the recipe. It's like people getting proud when they own a nice house. They didn't build it, so what's to be proud about? Human nature I guess. It just so happens that muffins were in the news recently. Some government agency had a powwow and bought a bunch of muffins at the ridiculous price of  $14.00 each. I can't recalll the exact amount of money spent, but I believe it was in the thousands. Just another example of government buffoonery. Now, had they been Muffin Man muffins that I had baked, I could understand the expense. If you should happen to hear that old childrens rhyme, Do you know the Muffin Man?, you can answer yes, he lives on Hill Street in Hoonah. In the event that anyone reading this would like the recipe,  here it is. It was the brainchild of one Linda Gilmore of Hampstead Maryland. Thanks Linda!
2 cups all purpose flour
1cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (or dried) raspberries or blueberries
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup (8 oz) of sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl combine flour,sugar,baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add berries and toss gently. Combine the eggs, sourcream, oil and vanilla, mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
2. Fill greased muffin cups two thirds full.Bake for 18-22 minutes at 400 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Serve warm. Yield about one dozen.
Editor's note: If using frozen berries, do not thaw before adding to the batter.
 So there you go folks. If you too would like to have a tire around your middle, go ahead and make a batch, but be forewarned, they're like Lays chips. Nobody can eat just one-unless you've eaten all the others and that's all that's left. Have fun.


  1. Wish I was there to taste these muffins, Muffin Man! I love to see a man cooking - I'm teaching Sam this "survival skill", too!

  2. Hi Ladies- I'm quite sure that you would enjoy these delightful muffins. That's why I included the recipe. I don't want to be accused of hoarding anything so delightful. Had Marie Antoinett said "Let them eat muffins." she might have kept her head. Ah there are lessons to be learned here. Thanks for the comments gals. MM

  3. Oh man...too funny dad. My friend David from work sent me a message on yahoo...he says "Do you know the muffin man"...asked him "The one on Drury Lane"? He laughed and said you had a new blog up...he follows it and thinks it's funny...keep tellin him to leave a comment...he said perhaps after he trys your muffin recipe...thanks again for the always...right on you..AJ

  4. Hello. I am one of Amber’s friends from work. I have been reading your blog for a few months now. First I borrowed your book, “Wilderness Blues,” from her. Then she turned me onto your blog when I got done reading that. I like reading the different postings your have. I enjoyed post about the yearly preparation on your boat for fishing.

    I really liked your post about your advice you gave to your son who just joined the navy. Use your maturity to lead. The corn flakes vs. clown flakes reminded of my Army basic training. When ever we did something wrong or when we got smoked, the Drill Sergeants would ask, “Did you forget to eat your ‘brain flakes’ this morning.” I got eleven and half years in the South Dakota Army National Guard. I was a combat engineer and now I am a plumber. Its been a great experience. We still do combat training: squad lanes, operations in urban terrain, and convoy operations. But I really enjoy leaning the carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

    I told Amber, I write a comment after I baked some of those berry cream muffins. They turned out pretty good. I made both blueberry and raspberry. Think I am going to hold onto that recipe. They are a lot better than the prepackaged mix. Plus once you got all the ingredients you can make muffins for weeks. :)

  5. LOL Remme...bout time you commented;-)

  6. Hi David- I'm glad you commented. I like to get feedback from folks who read this blog. I would think being a plumber would be satisfying. I spoke to one some years back when we were getting some work done on the house. He told me that to be a plumber you only need to know two things- shit flows downhill and payday is Friday. If that's all it took I could qualify! In any event, I'm glad you tried the muffins, I was delighted with the recipe. Thanks for commenting. Hope to hear from you again.

  7. haha dad...Dave thought that your "shit rolls downhill and Friday is payday" comment was quite commical...he also told me "that brown stuff is NOT dirt!" He enjoys your blogs...seems like you're gettin a few peeps outside of the area following...that's great!!! I drop your book name and blog site as often as you guys and miss ya tons...AJ

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