Hey kid, do you like muffins?

A couple weeks ago, a local farmer dropped off a tall stack of boxes at our office, each containing a dozen beautiful, organic stone fruits: white nectarines, white peaches, and yellow nectarines.  I guess it was a rather expensive marketing strategy.  I ate all the white nectarines because they were so luscious and sweet.  But the others I had trouble finishing.  So I started trolling AllRecipes.com for something that would put these fruits to good use.

Someone had suggested a peach/nectarine crisp.  While I love crisps of all kinds (especially peach), I thought this was too obvious, and it's hard to get myself to eat too much crisp.  I wanted something more useful and unexpected.  And I knew I had my answer when I came across this recipe for peach muffins.

I read through a good number of reviews before deciding which tweaks I would make to the recipe.  I decided to add 1/2 c. milk (adding milk is always a good idea!), replace some of the cinnamon with nutmeg, and put in 3 c. of fruit instead of 2.  I also halved the sugar because I don't like really sugary sweets, and the extra fruit would add enough sugar.  I baked at 400F for about 21 min.  They came out perfectly delicious.  The only thing I regret is forgetting to add chopped pecans, which would have made my muffins transcendant.

Also, you might enjoy www.muffinfilms.com.  It was just one of the many ways I procrastinated in college.  I recommend the films 'Psst...,' 'The Muffin Tree,' 'Muffinless,' and the genius 'Bluebirds in Spring.'

Someone asked me for the chicken sandwich recipe.

I didn't really use a recipe actually, but here's what I did:

1 pkg 'Just Chicken' from Trader Joe's, relatively finely diced
1/4 red onion, finely diced
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
2 spoonfuls or so of mayo (I try to get away with as little as possible)
1 spoonful or so of ranch dressing
1 handful of cranberries
Several dashes of dried tarragon (or fresh tarragon would work too)
Pepper and salt to taste

Green leaf lettuce
Sliced tomato
Whole wheat bread

Mix first set of ingredients together in a large bowl.  Taste it.  Adjust as necessary.  Take 1 slice of bread, put lettuce and tomato on it.  Pile on chicken salad mixture.  Add 1 more slice of bread.  Cut sandwich diagonally, if you're into that.  Eat.  Enjoy.