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The Joy of...English Muffins! 
Feb. 10, 2010 4:00 am 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2010 1:06 pm
I just bought my very first Joy of Cooking!...what a funny book! (Did people really used to eat all those aspic recipes?) There is a thrift store on the island that is great for used books, and cookbooks go really fast- this was the first time I've actually seen any cookbook. And all 915 hardcover pages for $1!
Of course I am addicted to AR, but also love to flip through a good cookbook, and this has everything. The first recipe I tried was English Muffins, which I have never made, but always wanted to try. They cost almost $5 here, so I only buy them on sale. It was a pretty easy standard dough recipe, the surprise to me was that they are cooked on the stove top and not in the oven! I halved the recipe so only made 12. After the dough rose I rolled it out and cut circles to rise again, until about doubled.
Unfortunately, when I touched them to place on the griddle, they fell flat! The muffins rose slightly while cooking, but not as high as they had been.
Time for the real test...would they have nooks and crannies? The recipe advised to fork-split them holding 2 forks back to back and gently pulling apart.
And they were perfect! I toasted up and ate 4 on the spot, and we have been enjoying them all week!

We were just under  budget this week, which is $105 for food and drink. We spent $104.37 and this is what we ate:
Sunday:  Taco Salad
Monday:  Veggie ribs with mashed potatoes and corn
Tuesday:  Turkey Chimichangas (baked in the oven not deep fried)
Wednesday:  Steak salad with avocado
Thursday:  Buffalo Chicken salad
Friday:  Corn chowder and lobster bites (little chunks battered and fried from a lobster husband caught that day)
Saturday:  Dinner at a friends, they cooked fillet tails, baked potatoes, and caprese salad
Seems like we ate a lot of meat this week! Will try to finish this week out veggie...hope eveyone has a great week!!
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Feb. 10, 2010 5:56 am
They look GREAT! I want to taste one! You've inspired me, I want to make those now.
Eileen the new baker 
Feb. 10, 2010 5:56 am
I love homemade english muffins. Mine came out just like yours, when I moved them into the pan I used a spatula, it slides under nicely and they did not go flat. It took a little practice, but it works. Have you tried adding cinnamon to them? Awesome!
Feb. 10, 2010 8:50 am
Great blog, as usual, Barbara! I look forward to reading this every week...and the English muffins look fantastic!
Feb. 10, 2010 9:46 am
Bravo! Both on making the English muffins and buying the Joy of Cooking. I love that book, and use it as a reference when I'm working in unfamiliar territory. My sister gave it to me as a house warming present for my first apartment. I gave it to my nephew for his first apartment. He is a marine biologist, but loves to cook, and has worn out his first copy. A few years ago, when they updated it, I gave him a new copy. My daughter inherited my mom's copy. The bindings on the original copies tend to disintegrate, so be careful with the book, and don't be surprised if it starts to come apart. This only happens to books that have been well used. Think of it like the Velveteen Rabbit. Older generations of women always wrote notes in the margins of their cookbooks - like cook longer, Dad's favorite, etc. My mom would put a check mark for recipies that she tried, and an x for ones she would not try again. I always thought that this was sacreligious - writing in a hard-covered book. But now, whenever I come across a note in one of her books, I appreciate both the information and the sentiment. Maybe this is a tradition we should revive.
Feb. 10, 2010 11:17 am
I write myself little notes all over mine, part of my learning process. Those english muffins look scrumptious!
Feb. 10, 2010 11:34 am
I totally forgot that my mom used to write notes in her recipe books! It was always " V Good!" or " kids's don't like!" Thanks for the memory. Curiously I haven't seen a single note in my new (old) Joy of Cooking!
Feb. 10, 2010 1:06 pm
I've made English muffins only once before and they were fantastic. They came out looking like yours did, and why I haven't made them since is beyond me. I am going to have to do that again for sure. I still write in the margins of my cookbooks and keep little notes to myself.
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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