Favorite food rules

March 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a handy little book that lays out straightforward rules for eating well and wisely in an age of food industry and factory farming. My favorites:

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”

“Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.”

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like  a pauper.”

“Treat treats as treats.”

“Cook.”

“Break the rules once in a while.”

Food Rules

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” – Food Rules by Michael Pollan.

Which means that, aside from these pumpkin muffins and given my cravings lately, parmesan crackers (a la Cheez-It), cheese twists, lemon bars, and cheesecake brownies are at the top of my “recipes to try” list.

Pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin Muffins (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 cup sugar (1 1/4 cups if you like your muffins on the sweeter side)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Put 12 liners in the muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpin puree, oil, eggs, pumpkin spice, 1 cup sugar (or 1 1/4 if that’s how much you’re using), baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Then whisk in flour and baking powder.

Divide the batter among muffin cups, about 3/4 full. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 30 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.

Cool in a pan for 5 minutes and then transfer muffins from pan to rack. Cool to warm or room temperature.

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