Monday, February 13, 2012

Recipe Request: Zucchini Apple Muffins


A recent guest at Arroyo Vista Inn asked for this recipe.  She smelled them baking when she walked in and she enjoyed them for breakfast each morning. These muffins are a staple at Arroyo Vista Inn!                                                                                  

Makes 12 muffins


  • 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 c. all bran
  • 2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ c. butter
  • ½ c. applesauce
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ c. milk
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 2 c. coarsely grated zucchini

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk together the flours, the bran, the baking powder, the salt, the cinnamon, and the cloves.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, applesauce, and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in the vanilla.

Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, beat in the milk, and stir in the raisins, walnuts, apples and the zucchini.

Divide the batter among 12 well-buttered or paper-lined ½ c. muffin tins and bake the muffins in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Turn the muffins out onto a rack and let them cool.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


ART cast: Roger Bart, Michael O'Keefe, and Bradley Whitford

 Do yourself a favor.  Go to see this play before it leaves town in about 10 days.  It is laugh-out-loud funny, au courant, and thought –provoking.
We are so lucky to live in (or visit) Pasadena!  To see a comedic play in this grand, historic theater with actors of this caliber, and written by such a notable playwright is nothing short of AMAZING! On top of all that, every seat in the theater is good and Pasadena Playhouse has “rush” tickets (about $20) one hour before the show.

The play explores the nature and limits of both art and friendship.  It makes us laugh the entire time.  The audience is totally engaged in the 90 minute show.  Go to enjoy yourself as well as support the actors and the theater.  Frankly, I want to go a second time because the dialogue is so dense and provocative.