April 26, 2011

Repeats, a Giveaway Winner and a Nice Surprise

Much as I love making new recipes - both those of my own creation and others' recipes that are new to me - I also like revisiting tried-and-true recipes.  There's definitely something to be said for making something you know is going to turn out great.

Juli's Pineapple Custard recipe has been seeing a lot of use lately.  In addition to us featuring it with our own Easter dinner, I brought a double batch to my most recent work potluck last Wednesday.   The theme this time around was food with eggs and/or an Easter theme, so the Pineapple Custard went well with that.   It was a big hit.  There wasn't any left at the end of the lunch period, several of my coworkers commented on it, and one asked for the recipe so she could feature it for her own family's Easter dinner.   That's about as high a compliment as one can get when it comes to food.  Juli and I were especially pleased when she got back to me and reported how much of a hit that dish had been with her family.

On Saturday morning I baked up a double batch of my Glorious Morning Glory Muffins.   I'm not sure how making double the recipe ended me up with more batter than needed to make two tins of muffins, but that was the case, so I also made a tin of mini-muffins.  As before, these muffins turned out great... moist, just the tiniest bit spicy due to cinnamon and grated ginger, and full of fruit flavor.  There's a reason I keep making these!

We kept a few to warm up as a quick breakfast - they keep well for several days, and taste almost as good as fresh out of the oven if you just microwave them for about 45 seconds - and I took the rest of the muffins to work to share with my coworkers.   They were as big a hit among my colleagues as they have been in our home.

We randomly selected among the readers who commented on our blog as part of our first-ever giveaway, and the winner was Lena, a longtime reader and fairly frequent commentator.  Our hope is that the prize wll be as big a hit with her as the two dishes featured above have been for us.   We'd also like to thank all of the other readers who left comments.  We appreciate all our readers, but we also appreciate feedback.

Speaking of feedback, on Saturday, April 23, our blog got the most hits it has ever gotten in a single day.   We don't think it cooincidence that a lot of those viewers checked out Juli's Easy Easter Dinner post.  Past posts featuring dishes such as roasts, ham balls and lamb chops.  We concluded that a lot of people were checking out the blog, or returning to get a recipe they'd seen here before, in order to find something to make and serve over the Easter holiday.  We were very pleased to have so many people turning to our blog for so meaningful a meal.  If any of our readers did end up making any of the dishes we've featured, we would love to hear how they turned out.

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