Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Muffins

The following recipe was featured in my Muffin Swap event. You can read about it and view other muffin recipes HERE.

Joelen’s Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Muffins
made with Hershey’s Chocolate RaspberryCream Filled Chips

Recipe adapted from HERE

2 cups white whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup Vanilla soy milk (Silk brand)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 raspberry puree (thawed & mashed frozen raspberries)
1 package Hershey’s Chocolate RaspberryCream Filled Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuing cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Add the Hershey’s Chocolate RaspberryCream Filled Chips.

Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.n.

Bursting With Blueberries!

In addition to the wonderful Wolfgang Puck recipes we feasted on for tonight’s dinner, I also created a non-Wolfgang Puck salad – Blueberry Spinach Salad. This salad is not only delicious, but takes on a different twist of the classic Strawberry Spinach Salad.
Here’s the my adaption of recipe for Blueberry Spinach Salad, orginally from

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons raspberry puree
2 teaspoons honey mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach, torn
1 (4 ounce) package blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

In a bowl, whisk the first five ingredients and shake well. In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, blue cheese, blueberries and pecans. Add dressing and toss gently; serve immediately.

*I’m also submitting this recipe to the Tried Tested & True blogging event, hosted by Equal Opportunity Kitchen. If you have any health-promoting tried, tested and true recipes, submit them to the event!*

White Cupcakes w/Raspberry White Chocolate Frosting

This recipe was featured in my Springtime Cupcake swap event, which you can read about HERE.

Susan’s White Cupcakes
w/Raspberry White Chocolate Frosting:

2 2/3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 large egg whites at room temp
1 cup + 2 tablespookns whole milk at room temp
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter at room temp, cut into tablespoons
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup raspberries, pureed & strained
4 ounces white chocolate finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Whisk together egg whites and milk in a small bowl; set aside.

Beat butter using flat beater attachment until soft and creamy (about 2 minutes). Add the sugar gradually and beat until very light and fluffy(about 3 minutes). Scrape down the bowl once ot twice and then beat in vanilla.

Add the flour mixture in 4 additions, alternatively with the egg white/milk mixture. Begin and end with flour mixture. Beat until smooth on low-medium speed after each addition.

Fill cupcake holders. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool

For Frosting:

Beat butter until flurry. Add sugar. Once blended add raspberries. Mix. Add 2 ounces of white chocolate. Spread on cupcakes. Garnish with 2 ounces of remaining chocolate.

Harvest Salad & Raspberry Vinaigrette

Tonight is focused on my Traditional fare menu and some desserts. Everything is set for the most part… and I approached it as if it were just one of my cooking class events where everything is prepped and ready to assemble. Here are recipes of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes on my menu.

Harvest Salad & Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing:

½ cup oil
½ cup raspberry puree
½ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon italian seasoning salt & pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients well.
This dressing will accompany my harvest salad that includes baby spinach, mache, Danish blue cheese, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and chopped apples.

Raspberry Hazelnut Phyllo Tartlettes

We made these appetizers during the holiday appetizer cooking class I hosted. You can view pictures, the entire appetizer menu and get links to the other recipes from the class HERE.

Raspberry Hazelnut Phyllo Tartlettes

Cooking spray

6 sheets phyllo dough
1 cup Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread
1 pint fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare muffin pan by spraying the inside of each well with cooking spray.
Stack phyllo dough on top of each other and cut into 4 equal squares.
Take each square and fold into halves until you have a small 2″x2″ square.
Using the tart shaper, gently push the phyllo dough into each well.
Repeat until all wells are filled with a phyllo cup.
Spray the tops of each phyllo cup with cooking spray.
Bake in preheated oven for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Fill each phyllo tartlet with nutella.
Top each with fresh raspberries.

Ron’s Nectarine Raspberry Crisp

I made the following dessert during my Crisps & Cobblers cooking class, which you can read about HERE.

Ron’s Nectarine Raspberry Crisp


1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 pounds raspberries
1/2 pound peeled, thinly sliced nectarines
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste
1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 10 by 8-inch casserole dish.

Prepare the topping: In a food processor, pulse the flour and butter until the texture of coarse cornmeal. Remove to a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients until mixed.

Prepare fruit filling: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

To assemble: Place the fruit filling in the buttered dish. Cover the filling with a 3/4-inch layer (or more) of the topping.

Bake until bubbling and the fruit in the middle is tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve warm for best flavor or with ice cream, if desired.


Some people don’t care for fruit and meat combinations… however I like the unique taste of sweet and savory combined. Given this, I had a small jar of raspberry jam and leftover raspberry vinaigrette staring at me so I combined them to make a very flavorful raspberry marinade.
Red raspberries are a healthy addition to everyone’s diet. This fruit has a unique delicious taste and is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Possibly the most promising benefit from consuming red raspberries is their substantial quantity of ellagic acid, a phenolic antioxidant compound known as a potent anti-carcinogenic compound. Clinical tests show that ellagic acid may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Here is my recipe for Raspberry Infused Chicken:

4 large chicken thighs
1/2 – 3/4 standard bottle of raspberry vinaigrette
1 small jar of raspberry jam
1 tablespoon garlic
chopped parsley

Combine all the above ingredients except chicken.
Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken.
Allow chicken to marinade overnight.
Place chicken on baking pan and discard marinade.
Bake chicken at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
Top with fresh chopped parsley.

You can bake or grill the chicken and you can
your preferred cuts of chicken or even pork.