Friday, April 1, 2011

RSVP Redux: Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins & a Giveaway

This post is part of RSVP Redux. Every month, food bloggers cook a recipe that has showed up in Bon Appetit's RSVP section, where readers request restaurant recipes.

For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I was drying one of my two favorite bowls about two weeks ago when it slipped and hit the granite counter top. Mimicking my poor heart, it shattered across the kitchen, cutting my finger in the process.

I needed two stitches on my middle finger, but that's unimportant. I really miss my bowl.

I know it sounds crazy, but this was the perfect bowl. I enjoy the everlasting strength of Corelle, but the sets only come with those 20 ounce shallow salad bowls.

Not good enough.

This bowl was a Corelle 28 ounce super soup/cereal bowl. The operative word here is cereal. It's the perfect cereal bowl, giving you enough room to really mix it up. In fact, it's good for any dish that you need to mix, such as pasta, salad, or rice dishes.

Best bowl ever.

Now I'm down to one bowl, and since I hate doing dishes, I often go without it. Granted, I stole both bowls from my mom, and will likely steal another one over Mother's Day weekend, but that's a long time away.

To mourn my Special Bowl, I baked these delectable Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins over the weekend. Slightly adapted from a recipe by Tazzaria, which is in Visalia, California, they were perfectly moist on the inside, with a nice caramelized and crisp top.

In addition to these muffins, I would also like to honor my bowl with a Giveaway. See below for details.








Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins
Recipe can be found here.

Substitute blueberries for 1 1/3 cups diced strawberries, and walnuts for pecans. Muffins will take 2 to 3 more minutes than recipe states.











While on my New Zealand trip, I picked up some special (and transportable) Kiwi products that can't be found anywhere else. The giveaway consists of one jar of Gold Kiwifruit Conserve, which would be delicious in yogurt, or atop waffles, pancakes and ice cream. There is also a jar of Gold Kiwifruit Chutney, as the human Kiwis love their chutney. My dad and I decided that it needs to be eaten on turkey, chicken, or a good burger. And I'm also throwing in a Feijoa chocolate bar.

If you want to enter the giveaway, drop a comment below telling the world about your #1 food eccentricity. The giveaway closes on April 3, 2011 at 10PM PST. That's Sunday, so get spilling.

24 comments:

Daisy said...

I cannot eat soggy food. Bread pudding, stuffing, dressing or anything else soggy.

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking muffins and giveaway

the actor's diet said...

i'm sorry about your bowl! i have one or two that hold a special place in my heart. i have a lot of food eccentricities - mostly involving things/combos i would eat that no one else would. i guess i'm weird in that i always need to end every meal with a piece of candy, even when i'm eating dessert.

Linda I. Duggan said...

Great writing and fabulous muffins! I see them in my future. When I chop parsley, I always work to remove ALL the stems instead of just chopping...

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

Those muffins look yummy! I cant wait for strawberry season! As for food eccentricities... um, I refuse to so much as touch mayo? I hate pb+j? I eat pringles with buffalo wing sauce?

Lizzy said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that would mourn the loss of a favorite bowl. Hope a new favorite makes its way into your kitchen very soon. But what lovely muffins to take your mind off your miseries...so beautiful with the delicious bites of berry interspersed :)

Lizzy said...

Oops, I forgot to share my food eccentricities...

I don't think it's that odd that I prefer cookie dough over cookies, but maybe you would...

I do like to eat frozen corn niblets...guess that's kind of weird :)

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

Sorry about the bowl! Sad day. I prefer breakfast foods for dinner than breakfast- is that weird?

giddy99 said...

My food "eccentricities" are anything that has the texture of melon or is "melon-like" (IMHO)... that includes melon (all of them), cucumbers and raw tomatoes... I have an instant gag reflex (it's incredibly embarrassing).

Anonymous said...

i don't like raw tomatoes, but will eat foods made with tomato products. i don't like raw cucumber, but like well done pickles

Am i weird? or just your mother?

Legally Married said...

I think my food eccenticity is that I like to put mustard on almost all vegetables. Raw carrots, steamed broccoli, green beans, corn - all can be improved with just a little plain yellow mustard. ;)

Sis. Boom. said...

Every time my relationships broke I took a moment to reflect. Then I dusted myself off, put it all out there, and found something much better. This is what you should do with your bowl. For sure. You would be surprised how fast sentimentality fades away once you've had a good stir with a new bowl.

Mary said...

I don't like pickled anything. I'm also really picky about the texture of my food. Soggy food is a major buzzkill. Also, I like to eat french fries with ice cream. I think that about covers it. Bummer about your bowl!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I can't eat anything with even a hint of coconut flavor or shredded coconut texture in it.

Lou said...

I love chocolate - I love fruit - I don't like them together.

susitravl said...

I eat BLT's with peanut butter. My daddy ate them that way, and the first time I ordered a BLT in a restaurant I almost spit out the first bite. Mayonnaise?!?! Really???
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

Jocelyn said...

Once I get a food craving, I have to eat that food item as often as possible until I get absolutely sick of it. Example: I once ate egg salad sandwiches almost every day for an entire summer. Another example: I bought a package of bacon and ate four slices a day until the package was gone.

Jackie said...

Oh SAD, RIP bowl! And your poor finger, too! The muffins look beautiful though: I have some strawberries sitting in the fridge right now, if I had oatmeal I'd be all over this recipe like jam on toast.

My #1 food eccentricity... hm... well, when I was a kid my family used to say that in a past life I must've been a dog because all I ever did was gnaw on bones. I would devour chicken bones to the point where they would be bright white from me scraping them clean with my teeth, I would happily sit in the kitchen with the leftover leg of lamb, working away at it - seriously. Any bones. Give them to me. And, uh, once I got hungry watching a commercial for dog food...

Jax x

The Cilantropist said...

I am incredibly accident prone in the kitchen (did I tell you about my accident this weekend?) and so I can totally empathize with the broken bowl. RIP, and hope the finger is healed by now!

Food eccentricities... When I was a kid I used to eat a whole jar of pickles in a sitting, and then proceed to drink the pickle juice. I also used to eat ketchup and taco bell mild sauce. Thank goodness I am older and wiser now with better taste in condiments! ;)

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Aww, I'm so sorry to hear about your bowl (and finger)! I have a favorite glass that I would feel the same way about if it broke. Great muffins to drown your sorrows in!

kitchenarian said...

Sorry about your bowl. I have a couple of favorite bowls too. I love these muffins. Thanks for sharing.

Favorite sandwich: peanut butter, jelly and potato chip sandwich

Monet said...

Isn't it amazing how we can become attached to our favorite kitchen/dining gear? I get so heartbroken when one of my favorites break. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss...and your finger. These muffins look delicious though. Thank you for sharing your creative culinary explorations...you inspire me, and I'm glad to know you. I hope you have a blessed day tomorrow. Much love and hugs from Austin!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I missed the giveaway but I still wanted to mourned the loss of your bowl with you...because I totally understand...i did the same with my favorite bowl. It was my very first bowl and it had a super cute nose. I still miss it. I'm glad you cheered yourself up with this recipe.

Jamie said...

I missed the deadline but wanted to say how great those muffins look! Lucky thing we are seeing the first strawberries on the market! And I used to have THE perfect café au lait cup and lost it (I think it broke) so I know how heartbreaking it is. Once you get used to the perfect bowl or cup, well it is very hard to replace it.

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