Before everything became about sweet yellow corn, people were all about the blue corn. Blue corn is one of the oldest varieties of corn. Blue corn has a high level of anthocyanins, which give it the blue (or purplish) color. In other words, blue corn has lots of health benefits! I’m going to be honest, I also like the fact that these are purple because they’re cuter than normal cornbread muffins. There. I said it. You should be able to find organic blue corn meal at your grocery store and that is what I recommend. Enough about that, back to the deliciousness that is the blue cornbread muffin. These muffins come together quickly and make a great side to soups, salads, basically anything. Give these a try for Thanksgiving (it is November now, after all) to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. I’m picturing them making a glorious combination with some turkey and homemade mac and cheese.
Growing up in the midwest, apple picking was a popular fall activity. Southern California does not quite have the same apple picking appeal, but in an effort to make it feel a little like home, I like to travel to Julian, CA, and visit their apple orchards. Julian is a cute, little mountain town that is known for their apples. Some great cider comes out of there if you’re a fan… California is experiencing a severe drought right now, so there were only two orchards open this year. We made the best of it and were able to come back with a bag of (fairly small) apples. There’s no way we can eat all of the apples before they go bad without cooking them, so I used some of our haul to make a healthy breakfast muffin. These less guilt muffins are quick to throw together and you get apple in every bite. An apple muffin a day keeps the doctor away. Continue reading