Amateurs with Knives

An amateur cooking blog with recipes, reviews, pictures, and hijinks.

The Monthly Muffin: Blueberry Flax Seed Muffin

I didn’t take any “in progress” photos because I really went off-roading with this recipe and you know that when I take a huge detour from the recipe, things happen. Unspeakable things. Or, at least, inedible things.

To my shock, that didn’t happen here. I ended up with a nice, healthy muffin that I’m going to make again.

Blueberry Flax Muffin

It’s okay, you can be surprised too. We’re all friends here. Continue reading “The Monthly Muffin: Blueberry Flax Seed Muffin”

Baked Chicken and Broccoli

I like to try at least one new recipe every week.  As an experiment, I decided to try making a post about the experience.  I had fun doing it.

This week, I tried roasted broccoli using a technique I found in The Homestead Kitchen, a cookbook written by my friend Heather Jackson.  I knew the Jacksons for nearly three years before I found out she had written a book.  I ordered it and it’s awesome.  It’s mostly comfort food, and a few that I can’t wait to try for a special occasion. There are also some delicious-looking healthy options like this roasted broccoli, too.  Usually, my house eats light, so I made a roast chicken to pair the broccoli with and I thought I’d throw the recipe for that in, too. Continue reading “Baked Chicken and Broccoli”

Top 25 Vegetarian Weeknight Meals: Spicy Quinoa Tacos

AAAAAND we’re back. It’s only been a mere five years since our last update. I’m sure no one noticed.

Anyway, a few things have changed for the AwK contributors, especially me: I’m now vegetarian! Everyone I tell that to usually asks me a lot of questions about becoming vegetarian (How long have you been vegetarian? How did you decide to become vegetarian? Do you miss bacon?) and I’m happy to talk about that at another time.


Right now, the only thing you need to know for this post is, while my need to cook chicken badly every single night of the week has changed, my need to find weeknight meals has not. The crusade has continued, but more successfully than when I was an omnivore. You’ll probably be surprised to hear that becoming vegetarian has forced me to become ten times as adventurous with my food!

I know. It was a surprise to me too.
Continue reading “Top 25 Vegetarian Weeknight Meals: Spicy Quinoa Tacos”

Coffee Cake Muffins

After subjecting my household to an uber-healthy muffin, I decided to go in the opposite direction with dessert-style treat: The coffee cake muffin.

This soft and sweet muffin was also meant to have a drizzle of sugar icing over the top, but when they came out of the oven they looked and smelled so amazing that we didn’t wait to add that step. I’m sure it would have been great. Continue reading “Coffee Cake Muffins”

Lasagne Bolognese with Spinach

Continuing our discussion of best potluck main dishes, I’ve got another one that I like to break out when I want to impress.

Okay, who am I kidding — I always want to impress at a potluck. I want everyone to look from afar and say, “Who is that girl? She’s captivating!”

“And her layers of cheese and meat are enchanting!” Continue reading “Lasagne Bolognese with Spinach”

Chicken Pot Pie with Savory Crumble Topping

My schedule ended up being a little off this week since my evenings have been hectic, which is why the Monday/Thursday update was interrupted. Next week we will be returning to our regularly scheduled program. I promise.

In the meantime, I wanted to revisit the potluck discussion we touched on last week. Best potluck main dishes — what are they?

When my mom and I were discussing potluck dishes, the chili wasn’t the only one that sprang to mind. I also thought of this Chicken Pot Pie recipe that was recently published from, of course, Cook’s Illustrated. Continue reading “Chicken Pot Pie with Savory Crumble Topping”

Turkey & Vegetable Chili – A Potluck Hit

My mom called over the weekend and said she had a potluck coming up. She typically brings side dishes, but this time around she wanted to bring a main. Both of us own ATK’s Light & Healthy 2010 book that I’ve been covering over the last month, so it just made sense for me to find something in there.

Right away I spotted “Vegetarian Chili” and promised I’d feature it on the site this week. After we got off the phone, our web admin politely reminded me that I had already made that recipe and we disliked it. A lot.

Huh. Really? This delicious pot of goodness? Continue reading “Turkey & Vegetable Chili – A Potluck Hit”

Whole Wheat Bran Muffins with Figs and Pecans

This weekend I was in the mood for a healthier muffin, so I pulled this mouthful from Bon Appetit: Whole Wheat Bran Muffins with Figs and Pecans.

And I liked that it gave me a reason to use the wheat flour and oat bran I have sitting in my pantry.

I liked these muffins and I’m sure you’ll like them too — provided you don’t mind the distinct flavor of oat bran. And I have to say that the most ironic thing about them is that these very healthy muffins are best served warm with butter.

Yep. Bake up something that’s healthy for your bod, then slather it all in tasty, tasty butter.

What, you have a problem with that? Continue reading “Whole Wheat Bran Muffins with Figs and Pecans”

Tortellini & Vegetable Soup

To say that I love soup wouldn’t quite be enough. I heart it. I have a box with all of my soup keepsakes under my bed and at night I practice writing my name with soup’s last name.

Too much information?

Anyway, ATK’s Light & Tasty has a version of soup that elevates a delicious vegetable soup by combining it with a tortellini soup.

A regular tortellini soup is mostly just a garlic broth with cheese tortellini and wilted spinach leaves tossed into it. That’s a very tasty combination, but the texture always leaves me wanting. It’s light, it’s mushy, and I suppose it will do on a cold night when you want pasta and a hot soup and can’t decide which you prefer. Continue reading “Tortellini & Vegetable Soup”

Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Welcome back to The Monday Muffin! I’m pretty excited to share this one, since I’ve not been so excited about a muffin since we discovered Mizz Nezz’s Banana Muffins. This one throws its hat into the ring for the title of Greatest Muffin Ever and has a shot at taking it home.

There’s no sugar or streusel topping for this muffin and you won’t miss it. The cake has the perfect amount of sweetness and the blueberries bring a delectable burst of freshness. The cinnamon goes very well with the blueberries — not to mention your house will smell incredible while the muffins are baking. Continue reading “Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins”

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