autumn feasts.

hey girls [and guys?], its been a long time since anyone's updated. but now i need some help.

my boss has asked me to conjure up some easy meals for the next big thing: AUTUMN!
can you all give me any recipe ideas, or foods that should be included? so far i have:
assorted nuts
red lettuce
pomegranates [but i highly doubt i'd use it]

c'mon... help! recipes, foods, ideas, annnnnnnnything.
thank you.

Tasty Lemony Almond Muffins

One might recognize this recipe... if one likes Italian food as much as I do. I've modified one of the ingredients and for copyright purposes... the directions. I don't know how fairy-like anyone else might find this recipe, but it's one of my favorites. Besides, I can just picture a mischiveous pixie stealing ricotta cheese from a farmer and adding it to a "normal" muffin mix. Sounds like fun actually.

2 c. minus 2T flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. sugar (plus some for tops if you like)
1/2 c. unsalted butter (softened)
1 T lemon zest (or as much as you can get from one lemon... to taste)
1 c. whole milk ricotta cheese (yes low-fat makes a taste difference)
1 large egg
1 T fresh lemon juice (hey! use the lemon you got the zest from)
1/2 t. almond extract
1/3 c. almonds (sliced or crushed ... if you want crunchy muffins, if you like smooth muffins ommit this)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (F ... elizabeth)
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in one bowl. With mixer cream sugar and butter in a bigger bowl, add lemon zest. Continue mixing adding ricotta. Then egg, lemon juice and almond extract. Hand stir in dry ingredients until blended (don't over-mix). Recipe should make 12 muffins, divide equally. Sprinkle sugar and almonds... if you want to. Bake 20 minutes or until just a little golden on top. Cool a little and ENJOY!

Notes: I like to make a double batch and then divide the mix evenly between 18 instead of 24 muffins, but I like big muffins. Adds 5-10 minutes baking time.
Also, it pretty easy to make this healthier... a T less butter doesn't hurt, and low-fat ricotta also reduces fat and calories. So does omitting the almond slices, but I think these are good as a treat and they taste better full-flavor/full-fat.

muffin help.

does anyone have a healthy, scrumptious muffin/cupcake recipe they would like to share? i have a bunch of recipes, but maybe some of you have ideas, and i would like to hear them =]
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pb &banana toast

i came up with a really great breakfast idea. it's really easy and sooo yummy.

2 pieces of rye bread [or dark rye]
2 tablespoons of peanut butter [i use a pb that's 85% less fat, it's also much sweeter than regular pb]
1 banana


1. put your pieces of rye bread in the toaster. toast them until they are starting to brown, but just until they are halfway hard.
2. while you wait for the toast, peel a banana and cut off the top and end. you can either halve it, or chop it into thin rounds.
3. when the toast is done with step 1, spread the pb and then either put the halves in the middle of each piece of toast or line banana rounds 2x3 on the toast. put it back in, and let it toast for another 1-2 minutes.
4. when the toast is done, take them out and let them cool; the bananas are most likely still piping hot. cut each toast in half and serve with whatever you want.

now wasn't that easy?
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Apple Currant Salad

i had this today at a local restaurant called The Noodle. it's definitely one of my favorite salads, that's fruity and nutty and yummy.


2 cups romaine lettuce and spinach, chopped into medium bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup bleu cheese [big curds if you can]
1/3 cup currants [they're like raisins but much smaller, but you can also use raisins]
1/3 cup walnuts
a green apple, cut into small triangles or cubes


1. put the lettuce and spinach in a salad bowl
2. in another bowl, toss the cheese, currants, and walnuts together. pour over the greens.
3. outline the bowl with the apples, or you can just as easily toss them in randomly as well. serve.

the salad came with a warm balsamic vinaigrette dressing, but i'm sure any dressing will do.
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Hello everyone. I bought too much green tea last week, 2 boxes of 100 bags each I don't know why, and was wondering if anyone knows some good stuff to do with it. I know I won't be able to drink it all, I have a lot of other older stuff that I have to dispose of first.

So basically I have a lot of tea and nothing to do with it. Any ideas would be nice. Any at all. Thanks much in advance.