Skip to main content

Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

It takes a great looking recipe to make me cheat on my favorite chocolate chip muffin mix. Not everyone likes using mixes for baking though, so I wanted to try out the recipe I spotted at She Wears Many Hats. Mine turned out visually a bit different, which I am going to blame on the high altitude here (4800 ft).

I did as the recipe instructed, which I read as greasing a muffin pan, not individual baking liners. Well, my muffins stuck pretty good in the pan. To get them out without tearing them apart, I took a spoon and loosened the edges while also gently pulling the muffin up from the bottom of the baking tin. Maybe it was a fluke that mine stuck, but if I made this again, I would suggest using liners and very lightly spraying them with baking spray. 

Some will say that you don't need to spray the liners, but in my experience I have had cupcakes fall apart when I've tried to take the liner off. Whether or not you need to spray them seems to vary on the type/brand of liner used. Use your best judgement. 

As for the differences between my favorite ready-made mix and from scratch, the taste was great in both, with the from scratch version tasting less sweet. On day two, the from scratch recipe was less moist than the ready-made mix, but still good. So the question here is do you prefer the time saving store bought mix, or do you only bake from scratch?

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes about 18 standard sized muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Add the muffin liners to the muffin pans and lightly spray muffin liners with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs. Mix to combine.
  4. Add flour mixture to butter and sugars. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Stir in milk and chocolate chips until just combined.
  6. Fill greased muffin liners approximately 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes, until lightly browned.
  7. Let cool then remove from muffin pans.

Adapted from She Wears Many Hats. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.


  1. Hi Ali! I've had the same problem with liners many, many times I think I am going to follow your advice and spray them before adding the batter! I bake from scratch but mostly because we do not have ready made mixes for muffins and cupcakes in Greece

    1. Glad to know it wasn't just me on the liners :)

  2. Ali, these muffins are beautiful! My granddaughter, Kenzie, loves chocolate chip ANYTHING. She'd be in heaven with these muffins. I'm pinning them so I can make them for her sometime. :) Thanks


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

This tasty Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad has a secret ingredient that gives the texture of the salad a wonderfully creamy texture. What is it ? Freshly whipped cream folded into the chicken, almond and grape salad. It works and it is wonderful.

Serve on a bed of curly lettuce, with crackers or on a croissant. Enjoy!

Chicken Doritos Casserole

I'm not even gonna pretend that this anything but what I call "Trash Food." Every once in a while trash food is the best kind of food, comforting and totally delicious. Chicken Doritos Casserole fits that description perfectly. Enjoy!

Stick of Butter Rice

This delicious side dish was a hit at my house. The raving over this recipe was intense. To put it mildly, everyone loved it.

Personally, I felt that the amount of butter could be cut down a bit in this recipe. I'll leave that up to you guys to decide what you think is best. I think I would go with 1/3 cup and see how that goes next time around. If you have unsalted butter I'd also recommend that you go with that, instead of the standard salted butter. Between the condensed soup and broth, it can get a bit salty.

Note that for this recipe you want to use standard white rice, not instant rice. Enjoy!