Blueberry Muffins and Why I Have 2,499 Other Recipes for a Winner

blueberry muffins from 2500 recipes cookbook

The Delicious Life Cookbook-A-Day Giveaway Winner
2500 Recipes Everyday to Extraordinary

It’s my birthday month and I’m “gift”-ing you birthday presents every day! It’s like The Delicious Life is just one enormous virtual blog pinata that’s freely spilling sweet, sweet delicious candylove all over the web! How kind! How generous!

O, but be not ye fooled. TheDelicious is not as generous as you think. At least not to anyone but…

no. 6 DessertObsessed! Dorothy, would you mind dropping me an email at sarah[at]thedeliciouslife[dot]com with your mailing address so I can send a copy of 2500 Recipes: Everyday to Extraordinary out to you? Also, please leave a comment on this post when you do so I can catch your email before it gets canned into spam.

Now then…
blueberry muffin, up close and very personal
For reasons that are not officially known to me, but can be reasonably assumed to be the fact that so much stunningNESS can radiate from a profile photo that features merely half a face, The Delicious Life is the target of many PR companies. These agencies seem to believe that sending “review copies” and product samples to little delicious moi will give their clients all kinds of positive online exposure because I will read and cook and bake and blog praises of their products, sending readers to the store in droves to buy! buy! buy!

While it’s initially flattering to read an email that strokes my influencer ego, the reality is that just beneath the surface, 622 of the 623 emails I receive each day have nothing to do with me whatsoever. New restaurant opening…in New York (I live in LA?). New bakery specializing in…cupcakes (come on?). New gadget that pits…seedless grapes (wtf?)! New USB-powered…Hello Kitty vibrator (oops, did I blog that one out loud)!

After the emails elicit some sort of potentially illicit response from me that may or may not be limited to slander or threats of bodily harm because they’re so offensively email merged, most of the emails just harmlessly click themselves to a trashy, half-skimmed fate.

Every once in a while though, there is something that is worth something, and more than anything, it’s better than nothing. I agree to “review,” take a look, read it, use it, maybe write about it, then set it aside to give away. You see, whether or not there is some sort of actual law around review copies, samples, or whatever euphemism you use for “freebie,” I cannot, in good conscience, keep the “gifts” that PR firms send me.

Over the past few months I have filled an entire cheap, Ikea bookshelf to the point of snapping under the weight of no less than 35 complimentary copies of cookbooks. It just so coincidentally happened that the tipping point of my complimentary cookbook shelf coincided with my birthday month coincided with a very symbolic life “clean up.”

Let’s just say that the stars were aligned for giving all those books away.

Giving away cookbooks is Too. Much. Fun. Really, it is, and to be quite honest, it makes me feel ever so slightly less stupid for stomping around the kitchen in my 5″ platform wedges and frilly little apron, screaming at my invisible staff about an equal number of blueberries in every muffin. Someone has to test the recipes in these books before reviewing them, doesn’t she?!
blueberry muffins from 2500 recipes cookbook

blueberry muffins from 2500 recipes cookbook

Blueberry Muffins

from 2500 Recipes by Andrew Schlosser
Makes 12 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 extra-large eggs
½ cup milk [** Sarah’s Note: I used yogurt instead of milk. Not sure if it was a good idea, but the muffins weren’t horrible]
2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare muffin tins (greasing the interior of each cup and the top surface of the tin [vegetable cooking spray works well], or place a paper or foil cupcake liner in each cup). Sift together flour, baking powder and cardamom; set aside. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in half the flour mixture, then milk, then the remaining flour mixture. Fold in 2 cups blueberries. Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes, until fully risen and browned.

(For most of the other muffin variations that follow, there is a simple replacement of the ½ tsp of cardamom with up to 1 tsp of whatever matching spice, up to 1 Tbsp of grated citrus zest, and 2 cups of chopped fruit, berries, or nuts.)

blueberry muffins from 2500 recipes

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Delirious Life June 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Hmm, it must be cynical Thursday.

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2 The Delirious Life June 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Hmm, it must be cynical Thursday.

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3 dave June 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

who would ask you to blog about unrelated topics?

food + sarah = delicious

isn’t that why we come?

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4 diningoncents June 26, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Wow those muffins look great! I don’t usually like blueberry muffins, but these look delicious- thanks for the recipe!

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5 Kaitlin June 26, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Okay, that was weird. I was doing a Food Blog Search for recipes with 2 cups of blueberries, and somehow I ended up at a brand spanking new post from a blog that I read everyday containing just that.

Life is strange.

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6 sarah j. gim June 26, 2008 at 11:31 pm

delirious life: is it coincidence that delirious and delicious differ by but one letter?

stuntman: pretty much everything here is unrelated

diningoncents: they’re pretty aren’t they? o, the wonder of photoshop

kait: it’s meant to be, kait. MEANT TO BE!

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7 mel ch June 26, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Nice muffins.

Wow, that almost sounds dirty.

~ Mel CH

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8 Bunny B June 27, 2008 at 6:47 am

Mmm… these muffins look delish!

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9 freeway-J June 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Well now I HAVE to go get a blueberry muffing for breakfast, thanks a lot…no really, thanks :) I love muffins (and every other type of baked good)!

…please don’t put up a picture of sushi today. If you do I will have no choice but to eat sushi for dinner.

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10 sarah j. gim June 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm

mel ch: i like dirty

bunny b: hi bunny! they were delish! (though a tiny bit dense because i used yogurt instead of milk)

freeway J: no sushi for a few days. upcoming…KBBQ, pizza, sorbet….

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11 quitecontrary1977 June 28, 2008 at 6:37 am

somebody come bring me a muffin please..

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12 Leslie June 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

These might look like the most perfect Blueberry Muffin!! YUM

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13 Leslie June 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

These might look like the most perfect Blueberry Muffin!! YUM

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14 Topher June 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm

I love blueberry muffins. Only thing needed with these is a nice brown sugar streusal topping.

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15 PheMom June 30, 2008 at 12:29 am

Hey – thanks for the laugh. The muffins not only look fantastic, but I thought the image of a cute mad chef in platforms and frilly apron was awesome! (Yeah, my “staff” is 41″ tall and doesn’t listen, plus we are usually in pj’s – LOL. Anyway – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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16 PheMom June 30, 2008 at 12:29 am

Hey – thanks for the laugh. The muffins not only look fantastic, but I thought the image of a cute mad chef in platforms and frilly apron was awesome! (Yeah, my “staff” is 41″ tall and doesn’t listen, plus we are usually in pj’s – LOL. Anyway – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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17 Elle June 30, 2008 at 2:14 am

Those look perfect! I’d love one right now while blog surfing and hungry!

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18 Jacqueline June 30, 2008 at 3:30 am

Ooooh these muffins look great! How was the combination of blueberries and cardamom?

I’m going through a cardamom phase (probably never ending it either) and have fresh blueberries in the fridge begging me to use them. This might just be the recipe. :)

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19 dessertobsessed July 1, 2008 at 3:18 am

yay i’ve never won anything before! thanks sarah!! and i’ve emailed you my address!

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20 Amber July 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Please tell me you actually wear 5″ platform wedges and frilly little apron in your kitchen? I usually am in whatever I don’t care about. Your idea is so much more stylish. And I always love your writing and its silliness.

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21 Amber July 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Sorry, my mouse is doing weird stuff today.
Please tell me you actually wear 5″ platform wedges and frilly little apron in your kitchen? I usually am in whatever I don’t care about. Your idea is so much more stylish. And I always love your writing and its silliness.

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22 Hungry Chica July 3, 2008 at 2:29 am

Yumm. I love blueberries. I’m making these on Sunday.

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23 d* July 11, 2008 at 2:08 am

however it came to be that you’ve received all those cookbooks I still think you rock for giving them away to your readers.

And to prance around in stilettos and frilly aprons.. yum..
one of my favorite activities.

..whether in the kitchen or by myself in my room…

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24 missy July 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

those blueberry muffins look delicious! thanks so much for the nice comment on my site about the whoopie pies! hope you’re having a great weekend!

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25 dog allergies treatment May 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

wow that be alot of great recipes

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26 Nat_Macha_1 May 6, 2012 at 1:48 am

Nice recipe :) I love blueberry muffins… Such a great snack.
Here’s another recipe you might like.
http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/recipes/blueberry-muffin-recipe/
Thanks for sharing.
Nat

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