savory whole grain blue cheese & sesame muffins with rosemary

meatless monday
notes from maggie's farm

We have new neighbors, I'm told.

The home on the property next to ours has been vacant for over a year.  The grass grew higher than the fence, and we had taken to tethering the goats along the property line to take advantage of the overgrowth, and keep the brush, thus the snake population, down.  
But it's looked awfully sad over there for some time.  The high winds did its fair share of damage to the house, and it had become quite an eyesore.  

A few weeks ago we came home to find the entire property mowed, and repairs made to the home.  A few weeks later, we saw that someone had hauled away refuse, and torn down a half-built shed on the property.  Things were looking up.

There had never been any indication that the property was for sale, nor sold, so we could only guess what the signs indicated.  

This Sunday afternoon, while I napped, a big shiny white minivan arrived, and a perfectly respectable family spilled out in front of the home.  Reports held that they appeared to be unloading some things.  By the time I awoke, there was no shiny white minivan or family, but I'm holding out hope that they'll be back.

I whipped up a housewarming batch just in case.  It'll be so nice to see a golden glow in their windows, and signs and sounds of happy life filling the property that's been so lonely, so long.

Perfect with a bowl of steamy soup, these savory muffin bites are chockful of flavor with their creamy, pungent blue cheese nip complemented by the pep of red chile pepper and herbal freshness of earthy rosemary.  Sesame in, and on, paired with whole grains, give these elegant little jewels a moist and almost chewy texture that stands up well to the heartiest of soups or stews you set them aside, and make a lovely little snack accompanied by nothing more than a smidgen of butter.  

Adapted from Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Baking cookbook, Insta-Bake Easy Bake Muffins (p352), we added fresh rosemary, chopped fresh red chiles, sesame seed, and blue cheese.  You could vary these additions to suit your taste.  You could even keep their original sweeter version's ingredient proportions, and add a sweet touch of raisins or berries. Our plans for the next batch include fresh thyme and swiss cheese. Don't you just love a recipe you can tweak to make all kinds of flavors? The basic recipe calls for

We added the love.  I bet you will, too

2 and 1/4 cups Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Insta-Bake Mix
1 T sugar
1 t kosher salt
2 medium eggs
1 and 1/4 cup whole milk
2 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sesame seeds, plus a few tablespoons for topping
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
4 T chopped fresh red chiles (we left in the seeds, but if you'd prefer a milder pepper kick, seed and remove ribs of chiles before chopping.)
4 T chopped fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Fahrenheit. Line 12 medium, or about 2 dozen mini muffin cups with paper liners. 

Combine mix, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients until just moistened. Fill muffin cups about two-thirds full. Sprinkle tops with remaining sesame seeds.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes for medium-sized muffins, or 12-15 minutes for mini muffins, or until tops are golden, and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Now, I'm going to wrap these up with a quart of home-canned tomato soup and set out to make some new neighbor friends.  I'm hoping to pay it forward for those days when our dog might just sneak under the fence to stop in for a visit. She's friendly that way. 

Wish me luck!

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  1. I want you for a neighbor. Just sayin'.

  2. I was thinking the same as Molly Jo! Enjoy your new neighbors. Your muffins sound fabulous. I am wanting to try that thyme/swiss combo as I have large amounts of thyme in my herb garden and always have swiss on hand.

    1. Hi Winnie, I'd love you to be on the other side, too! The thyme in my garden has done so well. It survives winters and summers equally. I'm always looking for something to stick a little thyme

  3. These sound better than chocolate! I'm a big sesame fan, so the addition of those seeds is a plus.

    1. Oh I do love sesame, too! It just gives the right amount of crunch to things. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. MMmmmm, these sound delicious! your pictures are beautiful! i can only imagine the smell wafting in your kitchen!

    1. Hey, Thank you, Mama! Sure appreciate your visit, and the encouragement!

  5. Wow, with those in the bargain with moving I would so love to be your neighbor!! They are going to LOVE you!


    1. I hope so, Kathy! I haven't seen sight nor sound of them since their rumored visit on Sunday, darnit!

  6. i don't think i've ever had a savory muffin! these sound like a great place to start.

    1. If you make them, I'd love to hear how they turn out for you. Thanks so much for dropping by!


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