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Bobby Flay's Entertaining Tips for the New Year

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Apple Cornmeal Mini-Muffins

(Family Features) - Although millions of Americans look forward to a break from the stress of entertaining following the holiday season, the New Year usually brings new responsibilities. To help make meal preparation and entertaining more enjoyable, celebrity chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay has a few suggestions to simplify those harried trips to the grocery store. His simple tips will help even the novice chef delight their guests while minimizing stress.

  1. Prepare early. The earlier you prepare, the more relaxed you will feel when your guests arrive.
  2. Make a list. Determine your full menu and divide your grocery list by aisle: produce, dairy, breads, meat, frozen and canned foods. Consider the number of guests you'll be serving to determine the right quantity of food.
  3. Stock up on herbs and spices. Fresh rosemary, sage, cinnamon, fennel seeds, coriander and garlic can be the key to full flavor. Make sure that you review your recipes in advance so you shop for all ingredients.
  4. Think ahead. The morning after an indulgent meal, try pairing a light brunch along with Folgers Simply Smooth coffee, which is gentle on the stomach. Folgers Simply Smooth is a great option to create a more stomach-friendly diet in the New Year.
  5. Don't forget the basics. Stocking up on essentials like milk, bread, eggs, butter, potatoes, flour, sugar, cooking spray, chicken stock, kosher salt and cracked black pepper helps avoid last minute trips and unnecessary stress.

Millions of Americans break their New Year's resolution by overindulging on their favorite foods, which can lead to stomach discomfort. Research at the University of Connecticut shows that more than 68 percent of resolutions to lose weight or eat better are broken within three months. There is a wide variety of breakfast and brunch dishes you can prepare that can be gentle on the stomach and pleasing to the palate. Try fixing Flay's apple cornmeal mini-muffins for your next post-holiday brunch.

For more of Bobby's recipes, visit Folgers.com.

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Apple Cornmeal Mini-Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups stone-ground cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup peeled, diced Granny Smith apples

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium mixing bowl.
    3. Combine eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and vinegar in another. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients; stir just until combined.
    4. Stir in apples, just until incorporated.
    5. Spray mini-muffin pan with cooking spray, and divide batter evenly; bake 7 to 8 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Remove from pan using a small offset spatula if necessary; cool on wire rack.

Makes 24 mini-muffins or 12 regular-sized muffins

SOURCE: Folgers

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