Episode 366: Dal, Blender Muffins, and Melon

In food news this week, the Smithsonian is hiring a permanent curator of food and wine history.

In “What’s for Dinner?” Joy is cooking up her favorite dahl.

In “How’d You Make That?” Marisa has a muffin recipe:

Banana Oat Blender Muffins
1 ¼ cups rolled oats
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 overripe bananas
1/3 cup real maple syrup
2 eggs
¼ cup neutral oil

Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C. Lightly oil a standard 12 cup muffin tin.
Place the oats in a blender and process until they have transformed into flour. Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and pulse to combine.
Add the bananas, maple syrup, eggs, and oil and process until smooth.
Portion the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the muffins have risen nicely and a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes in the cups. Run a butter knife around each muffin and remove from the cup, placing on a rack to fully cool. Muffins will keep 2-3 days on the counter, a week in the fridge, or for several months in the freezer.

In our Wildcard segment, we talk all things melon.

And in What We’re Loving, it’s smoked fish for Marisa this week.

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One thought on “Episode 366: Dal, Blender Muffins, and Melon”

  1. Hi! I wanted to comment on the article about the Food & Wine article on the Smithsonian hiring a curator apparently focused on viticulture, at least for now. When you think about wine and history, for hundreds of years, water was often contaminated and unsafe to drink. Marisa knows this from her blog posts about shrubs – mixtures of fruit, fruit juice and vinegar. Acids kill water-borne pathogens, so making hard cider for safe drinking liquid was common in the first few hundred years of Europeans in North America. Wine making came much later because wine grapes didn’t grow well in most of the colonies.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how this develops, too. Thanks for mentioning it!

    Kim Lewandowski

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