Musical pairing – Recipe for Love by Harry Connick, Jr.

Is it a muffin or is it a cupcake? I don’t really know the answer other than to say that I’ve heard, ‘if the batter is baked in a liner, it’s a cupcake, if it’s baked directly in the tin without a liner, call it a muffin’ . . . I have no idea if it’s true and not that it really matters because as The Professor says, ‘I never met a sweet I didn’t like!’ . . . which explains the missing extra muffin from the tin . . .

Much to The Professor’s chagrin, we don’t bake every day here at Smith Bites . . . there are no kidlets running around to justify making an after school snack and honestly, my hips simply don’t want to think about anymore treadmill time . . . yes, I am lazy when it comes to exercise but that is a whole ‘nother post I’m saving for a whole ‘nother day . . .

Be that as it may, when Taste of Home contacted me about receiving a copy of their new Baking Cookbook, I couldn’t resist . . . I have a ‘thing’ for cookbooks and food magazines; in fact, during a recent impromptu dinner party, one guest looked around our kitchen and said, ‘Wow, you have A LOT of cookbooks!’ The Professor snorted . . . I took another sip of wine and kept stirring the gravy . . .

The Taste of Home Baking Cookbook is a beautiful volume of more than 700 recipes collected from home bakers all over North America – and all recipes have been tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen so you can be assured these recipes really work. And as I flipped through page after page of colorful photos, I also noticed that most of the ingredients listed in the recipes are items usually stocked in home pantries: flour, sugar, butter, lemons, chocolate, nuts, brown sugar, etc., so you can literally open the cookbook and choose from at least 10 different recipes to make at any given time.

Taste of Home also sent along an extra copy for me to pass along to one of you . . . and before you say, ‘I already have enough cookbooks!’ may I remind you that today is November 1st . . . and you know what comes next, right? Veteran’s Day!! (OK, I just put that in there to see if you were paying attention . . . ) Thanksgiving!! (I’m such a jokster!) Christmas!!! Ding, ding, ding!! This would make a terrific gift for anyone who loves to bake, a new bride – even someone just learning to bake or for someone like moi who is a collector of cookbooks; and there’s a bonus – it comes with a year’s subscription to Taste of Home Magazine – double score!

I chose to make these Lemon Yogurt Muffins because I know lemon is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite flavors and I’m planning to eat one . . . ok, two . . . and then pass the rest along to her . . . that is my plan and I’m stickin’ to it . . . I think . . .

Here’s how to enter – leave a comment for each if you’d like extra entries:

1. What dessert you’re planning to make for Thanksgiving
2. Like Taste of Home on Facebook
3. Follow @TasteofHome on Twitter
4. Subscribe to the RSS feed for Smith Bites
5. Like Smith Bites on Facebook
6. Follow me on Twitter

One winner will be chosen via random.org this coming Friday, November 5 at noon; winner will be contacted via email so please make sure you leave your email addy in your contact info – DO NOT put your email in the actual comment. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or we choose another; giveaway is open to anyone who has a US mailing address. Good Luck!





  1. I like Smith Bites on FB

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  4. I plan on making pumpkin pies of course!

  5. Liked Smith Bites on FB

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  8. Besides the usual pumpkin and apple pies, I’m going to try to make tiramisu. Wish me luck!

  9. Liked you on fb

  10. I will be making crustless pumpkin pie and also thinking a mousse. My mom had gastric bypass a couple weeks ago so a dairy free, sugar free mousse would giveher a treat that day.

  11. VERY tasty-looking, yum. Salt content seems a bit high though – 14 teaspoons should be 1/4?

    Cupcakes vs muffins, great question, I am stumped. Lots of muffins come in wrappers…is it density? Frosting?


    • thank you for catching that Ryan! – yes, the salt measurement is indeed 1/4 teaspoon and I’ve now made that correction in the recipe

  12. chocolate pecan pie!

  13. And of course I follow you on Twitter!

  14. I’m not sure yet what we are having for Thanksgiving, usually I like to make a tart or cheesecake either pumpkin or cranberry.

  15. I already follow @smithbites on Twitter!

  16. These muffins look delicious! I will be making pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust for Thanksgiving!

  17. I follow you on twitter

  18. I am in charge of making all the desserts for any holiday/party/bbq. Im making pumpkin pie, apple pie, cake pops, banana nut muffins, orange cranberry muffins, and a vanilla cake with strawberry filling and butercream frosting. Im exhausted jsut typing it all up!! LOL!

  19. Jim has snorted over the number of cookbooks I have too.

  20. I already *like* SmithBites on FB.

  21. I like to make pumpkin pie with my daughter for Thanksgiving. I hope she comes home from college and helps me this year πŸ™‚

  22. My grandmother taught me how to make her mother’s recipe for carrot cake a few years ago. She makes it for either Thanksgiving or Christmas (sometimes both) and I think it was last year or the year before that I made it instead. It was very exciting for me that she entrusted the baking of the carrot cake to me πŸ™‚

  23. My family would probably disown me if I didn’t make the cheesecakes again this year! Maybe I’ll cheat and change the flavors up though πŸ™‚ The lemon muffin/cupcakes sound wonderful and i’m thinking they would make a lovely breakfast item to have on hand in the freezer! Now if ONLY cookbooks would put the weights in instead of cups it would make life so much easier . . .

  24. i already subscribe to the rss feed

  25. i already follow you on twitter!

  26. I always make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

  27. I follow Smith Bites on twitter πŸ™‚

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  29. I subscribe to Smith Bites via my work email.

  30. I follow Taste of Home on twitter!

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  32. Those muffins looks really good. Might have to make those this weekend πŸ™‚ We’ll be making apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert. Can’t wait!

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  34. Following you on twitter also @JoeyfromSC

  35. Liked SmithBites on fbook already

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  38. Yum!! those look so good!

    I plan on making a pumpkin pie that has a cream cheese layer too! 1st try lol..seems easy and looks SO good!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  43. I will probably make my dad’s pumpkin pie, becasue I won’t be seeing him this year so have it made from him, but I need it in my life!

  44. What a fantastic looking recipe! These muffins must be divine!

    I’m planning on making a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving… because who doesn’t love cheesecake? πŸ™‚

  45. I’d like to try and make a pumpkin cheesecake for the first time this Thanksgiving. Sounds like the perfect combo and I know my family would love it!