March 16, 2012

Chocolate Chip Muffins and a Giveaway

I love Fridays, the sense of accomplishment that comes with a weeks end, and excitement for the days to come. Looking forward to St. Patricks Day festivities brings me some much needed joy. The weather looks splendid, maybe I'll do some shopping, or baking, maybe gardening. Whatever the weekend holds, I'm anticipating excitement. If you, like myself, are prepared to shower your friends with Irish themed treats, green beer, and Guinness infused cakes, the following list has provided me with some inspiration, arousing my creative side - my right side.

Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars - Flourishing Foodie, Guinness Chocolate Cake - Take a Megabite,
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Bakers Royal, Leprechaun Cookies - Diamonds for Dessert, 
Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur - 6 Bittersweats, Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies - Two Peas and Their Pod

Besides shopping, boozing, and lying about, this weekend I have big plans. I am extremely excited to be taking my first food photography class, taught by Clare Barboza on Natural Light. Clare is a amazing and talented photographer, and I am eager and keen to become inspired and learn from her. I will have much to learn from this class, and am excited to share my knowledge in the days to come. 

Now, lets talk chocolate chip muffins and a giveaway. Two lucky people have the opportunity to win a box of eco-friendly, biodegradable, paper straws. They are made by the company Kikkerland (a large collection of ingenious items combing form, function, and delight in equal parts) and come a variety of gorgeous colors (pink, grey, blue, red). Today, we are giving away a box of red and blue straws for your sipping delight. Whether you're a food photographer, blogger, party planner, or just a lover of pretty things, these fun straws add a pop of color to any drink. Class up a glass of milk, add color to a birthday party, toss in a Margarita, these straws are way too cute.

It is super easy to enter this contest, by choosing one of the following options below. Maximum two entries per person. Please leave a comment below this post with your 1 - name, 2 - email, and 3 - which of the following option you have chosen. 

To Enter:

1 - [Like] the Flourishing Foodie on facebook.
2 - [Share] this post on your facebook wall.
3 - [Join] the flourishing foodie with google friends connect.
4 - [Follow] the flourishing foodie on twitter.

Contest closes Wednesday March 21, 2012 10:00 pm PST. Winners will be announced Thursday March 22, 2012.

Muffins are; breakfast cupcakes? mini cakes? absolute deliciousness? Of course we agree to all of the above. Muffins are essentially cute tiny quick breads. They are delicate, with a moist interior and cake-like crumb. They should be lightly browned with a tender crust. Fill them with delicious ingredients, and they can be tailored to any specifying palate. The only real trick with muffins, is to ensure that you don't over mix the batter. This can result in development of the gluten, which leads to tunneling (large air pockets). The resulting muffin will be too tough, lacking a cake-like texture. With this recipe, I have opted for a less sweet muffin, with plenty of chocolate chips. I separated the egg whites, beating to a stiff peak. Mixing them back in, for a light and airy texture. The resulting muffin was light, fluffy, and chocolaty. *yum*

makes 12 muffins

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 25 minutes

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2 large eggs, divided
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla

 Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Line a muffin tin with 12 large muffin cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and chocolate chips. Set to the side.

Separate the eggs, and place the yolks into a bowl with the milk, butter, and vanilla. Beat until combine with a hand mixer or whisk.

Beat the egg whites until hard peaks.

Create a well in the flour mixture. Pour the egg yolk/milk mixture into the flour and combine with a spatula, until all ingredients are moistened. Add the egg whites and combine. Do not over mix. 

Scoop the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the muffin pan and continue to bake for 10 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let sit for 10 minutes to cool, and enjoy warm. Muffins can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days, or frozen for 3 months.


  1. I opted for the ''Share'' option... the colored paper straws are too cute! Fingers crossed...

  2. Thanks for the giveaway

    Mary Burnett

    I chose option 1 and liked you on facebook :D

  3. I also picked the follow your blog option #3

    Thanks again
    Mary Burnett

  4. Lucy you, I've always wanted to take a food photography class. Hope you learn tons and share some of it with us. I've always loved those red paper straws

  5. I now Follow Google Friends Connect.

  6. I'm now following you on facebook and twitter! These paper straws are adorable!

  7. Oh, I'm totally a facebook fan + following you on twitter. Yay! And these straws are adorable.
    My e-mail address is: takeamegabite (at) gmail !!

  8. Emily N. emilynwins at gmail dot com
    I chose option 4 - I'm following the flourishing foodie on twitter as prizepuzzle.

  9. Karin

    karin56381 (at)

    Following thru google friend connect.

    The straws are so summery and fun. Love them!

  10. These cupcakes look soo good! And I like you on Facebook! (ps my name is Russell van Kraayenburg and my email address is russell (at) chasingdelicious (dot) com.