Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Gourmet Lunch!

Getting Low on Frozen Herbs!
Some Pretty Tired Parsley!
Chive Muffins and Parsley Dill Soup!
One of My Favorite Cookbook Collections from the Culinary Artist, Nancy Reppert!
The title of this post came from The Herbal Husband.  He came down to have lunch and I surprised him with chive muffins from Nancy Reppert's Sweet Remembrances Recipe Collection.  He already loves Nancy's afternoon teas at Sweet Remembrances Tearoom.  Oh, I mean he loves her scones and of course, everything else about afternoon tea.  He always hopes that when Bonnie and I have tea with Nancy, I will bring him home a box of scones!  No chance!  They come out of the oven warm and Bonnie and I never wait to eat them.  We always have them first when we have tea.  But I digress.

Every winter season I always say I'm going to make more soup and I don't.  So I wanted to end winter with an herbal bang.  I found some parsley that had been hanging around in the freezer for a while and needed to be used.  Here is our favorite parsley dill soup recipe and to go with it, Nancy's Chive Muffin Recipe.  I know you will enjoy them.  The Herbal Husband had to have several so my share has been reduced!  So with her kind permission, here is Nancy's recipe.

Chive Muffins
Yield:  1 Dozen
2 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 c. dried chives (I used frozen.)
1 T. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 c. milk
1/4 c. margarine, melted

Combine flour, baking powder, chives (if using dried) and both sugars.  Mix well.  In another bowl, combine egg, milk and margarine.  (Because my chives were a bit wet, I put them into the wet ingredients.)  Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.  Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.  (I baked mine for 17 minutes and they were perfect.)

Truly Nancy is a culinary artist and loves to play with food.  Which is a very good thing!  Her book would make a great Easter gift or for Mother's or Father's Day.  I have gotten a lot of cold winter days this season to have soup and bread!  In nine days or so, I hope someone flips the switch and we get warm weather with a lot of sun!  Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be!  Talk to you later.


PeggyR said...

Sounds good, hope you aren't going to get too much from the storm we are getting! The wind is the worst.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

It was delicious, Peggy! We haven't gotten anything in the way of snow, but the wind is the worst! Hope you stay safe. xo