William Shatner’s Cappuccino Muffins

(taken with Carlo’s cell phone)

So today’s been a big cooking day. As I type, I have chili in the slow cooker. It should be ready by 11:30 or so. Carlo can have it for his lunch tomorrow. I hope it comes out good.

This morning, while checking our recipes, I came across this really cool one from Recipezaar. Who would have thought that William Shatner would writing recipes?!?!? So I thought I’d try it out, and I must say that it came out GREAT!!!

Here’s the recipe from the site:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Notes: I used Splenda in place of sugar and International Coffee’s Italian Cappuccino coffee in place of espresso powder. I also used unbleached white flour, 1/2 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.


  1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease muffin tins or line with paper baking cups.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients together into a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Beat the egg together with the milk and the melted butter. Add the vanilla.
  5. Add to the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips and mix until just moistened.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  7. Bake until just done, approximately 20 minutes.

I’m going to freeze the muffins so we can have them during the week. They’re going to be awesome with a cup of Stumptown coffee!!

Happy Saturday Night!

– Carmella


Bork Bork Bork

They, whoever they are, say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not get your morning started with a donut, served up by the Swedish Chef.

We can’t wait until we see the Swedish Chef take on an Iron Chef in Battle BORK! We think Mario Batali would be an awesome competitor. Who do you think would win in plating?

One to think on…

Have a great day!

– C+C Blogging Factory

Uncle Mac’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

While watching Project Runway, I was in the mood for peanut butter & jelly, but in sandwich form. I was scanning recipes online and came across this one on Allrecipes.com. I just tried it out, and it’s not that bad.

Since Carlo doesn’t dig jelly cookies, I split the batch between pb&j and pb&chocolate. Carlo tried both and liked them. Me? I thought they were just OK. I think I like them better with the chocolate than the jelly.

The pro of the recipe: They taste great warm!
The con of the recipe: When cooled, they were too dense for my liking.

I think if I melt the pb a bit before putting it into the mixture, it may come out a little better. I’m going to try to build upon the recipe over the weekend. Will post results.

BTW, my damned camera’s LCD display is busted. After 5 years, I think it’s time to get a new one. I had to use my cell phone to take a photo of the cookies I made.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the top. Make a small hole in the top of each cookie using the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the holes with preserves.

Bake for 8 to 11 minutes in preheated oven. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Time for bed,

Food Blogging: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

So I’ve been hanging on a little spot on the Internet called TheNest.com and checking out a board called “What’s Cooking?” It’s really cool. The nesties (married ladies) post recipes and cooking ideas on the board to share with one another. Many of them also have blogs dedicated to their love of food. Since Carlo and I enjoy cooking and baking, I figured that maybe we could do the same too!

That brings us to joining forces to become the illest superheroes of cookery, The Food Duo! After telling Carlo about the food blogs, he has agreed to keep this blog with me. So we’ll be posting recipes, cooking battle results, restaurant reviews, cool things we’ve found on our many travels and introduce and share new tools we find on our many trips to places like Chef Central in Paramus, NJ.

We hope you enjoy our posts! We look forward to your comments!

Happy Gluttony! HA!

– Carmella