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advice on cooking rice in high altitude

I live at 8,450 feet. I use 2 cups water to one cup rice and two tablespoons of butter. Since my water boils at approximately 196 degrees, I cook the rice for 26 minutes.

Dec 15, 2012
FromMyCabinDoor in Home Cooking

Greek yogurt

here it is.....  My Favorite Muffins

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (1/4 cup veg oil plus 1/4 cup non-sweetened applesauce also works)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 (optional to add additional extract like orange, cinnamon, etc - 1/2 teaspoon)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1 cup total of any or mixture of a couple - blueberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, chopped cranberries, dried cranberries, pecans, walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
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In a small  bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking soda.

In large bowl beat eggs, gradually add sugar while beating. Continue beating while slowly pouring in oil. (pour in applesauce if using) Stir in vanilla. 

Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with yogurt. Gently fold in blueberries. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool completely. (15 minutes for convection oven)

You can wrap each muffin separately and freeze.  

For chocolate muffins, decrease flour to 1 1/2 cups and add 1/4 cup cocoa.
L,Substitute 1 cup chocolate chips for fruit.  Toss chips with a little of the flour to prevent them from sinking.

Greek yogurt

Yes. Would you like a copy?

Greek yogurt

I buy the Kirkland plain also and use it a lot instead of sour cream to make great muffins.

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FromMyCabinDoor in Home Cooking

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FromMyCabinDoor in Home Cooking

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