Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins

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Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins are a great treat for people watching their weight! I know, I know. The last couple of weeks of this blog have been filled with one decadent treat after another. Each one has been a diet killer in its own right. "So what about the dieters?", you ask. "What's a poor soul to do if s/he isn't eating cheesecake, ice cream trifle, cheesecake mousse, delicious cookies, and all those other treats? Good news friend's. I feel for you. No really, I might be cooking, baking and photographing all sorts of fattening treats, but I've been dieting hard. Really hard. Like, one bite to make sure the cheesecake is good. We're in this together. And that's why I made … [Read more...]

Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Wine Glaze

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The classic pairing of red wine and chocolate combine to form these decadent Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes. I feel like I should start with a warning here. This blog is going to get a little dessert heavy in the coming weeks as we lead up to Purim. Too late, you say? I know, I know. I've been posting a lot of purim goodies lately, and I've got more of them up my sleeve! Starting today, with these crazy awesome cupcakes. We all know that drinking on purim is a tradition - wait, a mitzvah - so that makes these cupcakes downright righteous. If you're making these for kids, opt for a non-alcoholic glaze (like this insanely delightful chocolate glaze). Don't worry about the alcohol in the … [Read more...]

Healthy Apple Spice Muffins

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Healthy apple spice muffins are so delicious, you will forget that they are good for you! I'm going to make a confession right now. You'd think that being on a diet and trying to eat delicious food that's still healthy, I would be coming up with all kinds of delicious new recipes to share with you. But sadly, that is just not the way it's been going. I am trying to make plenty of healthy food in minimum time, and I find myself lacking time, inspiration and motivation to play. I find myself turning to all of my old favorites, instead of creating new and exciting recipes. Don't worry, I'll get my creativity back soon. In the meantime, I decided to share one of my favorite healthy muffin … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Marshmallow Frosting

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***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** You know how people argue over whether the traditional thanksgiving sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows is too sweet for a side dish? Or maybe topping a casserole with candies isn't considered sophisticated enough cuisine for today's average consumer, aka food snob. Personally, I don't see the problem. Too sweet for a side dish? Uh, hello. Dessert. Duh. So simple, right? Enter these phenomenal cupcakes. Sweet potato, topping with marshmallow. Unmistakably thanksgiving. Unmistakably dessert. Unmistakably … [Read more...]

Peach Crumb Muffins

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Hold on to summer with these delicious muffins - loaded with peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon, then topped with delicious crumbs! Where, might I ask, has the summer gone? Am I the only one who gets all panicky when the summer starts winding down? Did I do enough? Did I enjoy it enough? Did I eat all the right produce, have all the right barbecues, bask in the right sun? WIll I hang on to this warmth in a couple of months from now, when I'm struggling to stay warm through the cold New York winter? I don't know. I guess there's never enough of such good things. Like summer peaches. How delicious are they? And you have to admit that nothing in January will compare to the juiciness of them. So … [Read more...]

Blueberry Muffin Cookies

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If you've been reading my blog and/or magazine column for a while, you might have noticed that I like to do things a little differently. Here's an example. People love blueberry muffins. I have to say, I do too. And people even like a healthy version of blueberry muffins. I have to say, I find them to be a fabulous treat for my dieting self. But sometimes, I like to turn things on their heads. Make a completely different version of a classic. (Remember my S'mores Surprise Cookies, Rice Krispy Treat Bark, and other fun treats?) These cookies are a good example of this. Sure, I would have just made blueberry muffins, but where's the fun in that? So instead, I created blueberry muffin cookies. … [Read more...]

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

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A hundred years is a long time. I mean, I wouldn't really know. I haven't been alive long enough. Neither has my father. Or my grandfather. But Hellmann's is about to celebrate 100 years of business, and when they asked me to help them celebrate, I couldn't say no. Firstly, like I said, 100 years is super cool. Also, I use one brand of mayonnaise and one brand only. Obviously, that's Hellmann's. And lastly, they are partnering up with Mario Batali, who I am a teensy bit obsessed with, (like, if one chef would cook me a kosher meal, I would probably pick him) to celebrate this milestone. In honor of their big 100, Mario Batali recreated a number of Hellmann's classic recipes. They asked me … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Recipe Roundup!

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I don't know about you, but I love cheesecake. All flavors, all shapes, all varieties. If it's creamy and cheesey, I. Am. In. Well the holiday of Shavuot is coming (for those of you who aren't familiar with it, click here). If there's ever a time to go crazy making cheesecake, it's for a holiday where it's traditional to eat cheesecake (among other dairy treats!). So whether you are celebrating this holiday, or just love a good slice of cheesecake, I have gathered up over 65 of the best cheesecake recipes from all over the internet. I've divided the recipes up into catergories, so scroll down, click over, and enjoy! (Links to the recipes in the photos are directly below the picture.) And … [Read more...]

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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Can we talk about names for a minute? I have a pet peeve. I know, my name is somewhat unusual. Okay, in the Orthodox Jewish world, Miriam is about as common of a name as you get, but in the general world, Miriam isn't very common. It's okay, I run with it. But here's the thing. Nobody can seem to get my name right. People call me at work, and I introduce myself as Miriam. "Did you say Maya?" I used to correct them, but I learned better. Just go with it. "That's right. Mary Anne." "Yes, I did say Maria." I don't bother, people don't get it either way. So the first part of my pet peeve is people who get my name wrong, then proceed to use it way too many times in the course of our … [Read more...]

Healthy Muffin Recipes

Hey friends! Sorry, but I don't have a new recipe for you today. Partly because I totally didn't plan as well as I should have, partly because I spent too much time in the kitchen preparing for my family coming for for Chanukah, and partly because I spent a ton of time working on magazine and article deadlines. In short, I'm burnt out. (What, it happens!) I do, however, want to share something with you folks. I've been getting a ton of requests and questions on my healthy muffin recipes. Honestly, these are delicious. They're moist, flavorful and have a fabulous texture. Honestly. And because these recipes have been posted long before most of you found my blog, I figured a lot of you might … [Read more...]