Fiery Nog

December 5, 2010

Those Peas sure know their cooking!


My afternoon project was MamaPea’s vegan cornbread – I didn’t have any eggs, so I decided to choose a vegan recipe for simplicity’s sake.


I also was told by Matt that I Goodwilled our muffin tin when we moved. Why would I do such a thing!? He said that I said that it was too crusty to move. So the muffins became mini muffins by default.

All doughed up


And 14 minutes later…all crusted up!


They were the perfect accompaniment to Karen’s White Chicken Chili


We were invited over for a cozy winter fireplace kinda night.



I brought with me a Cascal Natural Soda – a recent shipment from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.


These are sparkling fermented drink with 1/3 fruit juice. Tasted a little like kombucha – but without the vinegary stink. For a non-alcoholic mocktail, I LOVED it. It was crisp and refreshing and tasted mildly like alcohol [they are non-alcoholic]. I loved the unique flavors too (pear, apricot, magnolia). But I will say that it was a bit too sweet for me. I only made it through half of the bottle before my palate was done. They are also 70 calories a pop – wish it were less sweet and perhaps 25. Then we’d have a real winner.


With our chili we had a big green salad – Karen is so good at these. Dressed lightly in avocado oil and balsamic.


Our chili was topped with greek yogurt and shredded cheese and filled with chicken, corn, white beans, broth, and carrots.



Loved the crumbly texture of the muffins! They were hearty and whole wheat


And even better with a bit of honey!

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For dessert, Karen broke out the nog. All that was missing was a splash of bourbon!


Already excited for oats topped with my new almond butter tomorrow!

Night friends

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1 Jess @ atasteofconfidence December 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Mm those muffins look great!


2 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I actually like the mini version of muffins, cupcakes, everything. Looks like you had a lovely evening!!


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I need to try that corn muffin recipe! It looks so simple and delicious!

Have a great night :)


4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I have some egg nog sitting in my fridge that I haven’t broke into yet. I’m excited for it!


5 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

You just can’t go wrong with Mama Pea’s recipes. Very jealous of your fireplace, though. I like going to my mom’s house so I can relax in front of her fire. 😉


6 Lana December 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Gotta love those peas!!


7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 5, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Muffins look great! I haven’t tackled cornbread from scratch yet, but maybe soon. Great idea with the honey!


8 Sana December 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

That chili looks so good in this weather!


9 stacey-healthylife December 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I have never heard of avocado oil, sounds interesting. I’m going to look for that.


10 Meagan December 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

EGGNOG!! If you are ever looking for a super moist cornbread that doesn’t need honey, check out my recipe: it gets so many raves by everyone when I make it!


11 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

the muffins look amazing! I’m making chili later this week and may need to make those to enjoy along with it 😉


12 Carrie Beth December 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

such a perfect time for cozy nights like that! i wish my husband and i had a fireplace….one day, though!


13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My brother brought a carton of egg nog over for Thanksgiving so I’ve been drinking a little every day. So good, especially in coffee! I need/want a mini muffin tin!


14 Hannah December 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Thank you for the link! Even though I’m an Australian and we don’t have cornbread as part of our food culture, I’m obsessed with the stuff. Hurrah for a vegan recipe!


15 Gabriella @ Embracement December 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love chili and those muffins look like they went perfectly!


16 Blog is the New Black December 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Mini or not, those look like good muffs!


17 Krystina December 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Sounds like a cozy night! Chili sounds good.


18 Anne December 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Where do you find such fun scarves? I like this one (looks reddish?) and the purple one that you were wearing the other day (perhaps more of a winter coat scarf?)…. any hints for the scarf-challenged?


19 Kath December 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

That one’s actually a sweater underneath my fleece shirt!

But the purple one is a pashmina that I got on the street somewhere – like NYC? We have them on the Charlottesville downtown mall!


20 sarahMTSBB December 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

mrs. charlottesville ;)- where would you recommend me going for warm, soothing breakfast before my big interview with the uva medical center tuesday? i am pretty sure that the yogurt/fruit/cereal i had to go from whole foods so i could sit outside in the sunshine is not going to work this time….what a difference 4 weeks (exactly!) makes! :)


21 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’d say Bodos Bagels – it’s on The Corner so you could probably park and walk to both breakfast and your interview (is it at the hospital?) They have really good natural PB and you can bring a banana and make a killer PB + Banana bagel sandwich on WW. There are a handful of coffee shops there too.

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22 sarahMTSBB December 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm
23 jacob December 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I find it so cool that you get along with your MIL so well. I bet it’s nice to have a mother-figure close by.


24 Mama Pea December 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Glad you liked the corn muffins. I’d like one with Ashley’s almond butter please.


25 Lauren December 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I need to buy some eggnog asap. A friend of mine said she saw pumpkin eggnog somewhere!


26 Allie December 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Everything looks tasty as always and I’m so excited that it’s eggnog season :)


27 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Looks great! I have to try the cornbread! :)


28 klm December 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I love eggnog season!!


29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

We had chili tonight, too! The weather just begs for it. Love the mini corn muffins. Yummy!


30 Alaina December 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Ooo, those muffins look delicious. I used to make bran muffins and I loved having them as a side to soup/chili. Top it with a little jam, yummy :-)


31 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

mmmmmm chili sounds perfect right now! and you can’t go wrong with corn muffins thrown in there too :)


32 [email protected] December 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Mini muffins taste better anyway. :)


33 katie December 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

this doesn’t relate to this post in particular but i just wanted to say that you inspire me. thank you for sharing what you do in these posts – it’s a gift to those who read! all the best to you and yours!


34 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thank you!


35 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Great muffins! Props for making them vegan- you’ve made me a happy girl :) I also loved the look of the soup- guess I’m craving corn!


36 Laura (Starloz) December 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

i want some nogg, damn australia!


37 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I went almost my whole life thinking I hate cornbread, but I realized recently I love it!


38 [email protected] December 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I have got to try that muffin recipe@!!!! I always have cornbread with honey :-)


39 Camille December 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Mini versions are better anyway! In my mind, mini means you can eat more of them :)


40 Denise Michaels @ Adventurous Foodie December 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

Just goes to show all of us – it’s possible to make something tasty and vegan. I love me some cornbread or corn muffins. The chicken chili looks pretty doggone good, too. *smile*


41 the salty girl December 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

Love those cornbread muffins!!!!


42 Heather December 6, 2010 at 5:02 am

Looks like a fun night! Would Karen share her recipe with us it sounded yummie? Thank you!



43 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

A new cornbread recipe is always welcome around here…and if the Peas muffins are anything like their ” dough balls”…. well…i’m sure it’s a winner! 😉
cathy b. @ brightbakes
P.S. can I come for breakfast. That almond butter is on my brain!


44 Lauren December 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

Karen throws the best dinner parties! The cornbread came out beautifully! I love making it in the muffin form. It seems like you are getting so much more bang for your buck.


45 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 6, 2010 at 7:27 am

Yum – I made white bean chili for the first time last week & LOVED it!!!


46 Tracy December 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Looks like such a cozy night! And I am going to buy some avocado oil asap – yum!


47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

I actually think I prefer mini muffins to normal sized ones. They’re so much cuter!


48 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 6, 2010 at 7:50 am

What a cozy night!

I love cornbread with honey smeared on top. Everything looks so delish! 😀


49 Toni December 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

I tired to make the almond butter last night and I ended up with a food processor full of mush! It didn’t get creamy or drippy at all! Followed the directions to a T also! I think that maybe it’s my processor that’s not doin it’s job! Any suggestions?


50 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

I followed the directions too, so I would think the only factor was your FP..


51 Nicole December 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

I can’t believe I waited this long to watch your video on how to make your oatmeal. I tried a batch yesterday and it was divine. I love the added banana. I called my mom right away and shared it with her and she’s going to try it, too. Thanks for sharing that method!


52 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:06 am
53 Mimi December 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

I’m almost entirely sure that Mama Pea has never made a bad (or even less than good) recipe!


54 Creative Sprite December 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

Any chance you can link to Karen’s White Chicken Chili recipe? It looks fabulous! Thanks!


55 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Wow, that looks like possibly the best cornbread ever. Most gets really dry..but those seem like they’d stay moist. More like muffins. :)


56 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing December 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

OH, man! I’m so bummed I didn’t get any of that CasCal from Foodbuzz! I tried it at the Foodbuzz Fest Taste Pavilion and LOVED it!


57 Lena December 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Did she make the eggnog homemade? I recently made some from scratch. I am cutting out High Fructose corn syrup out of our diet. All the eggnogs that I have found here has it either as the first or second ingredient. I thought it turned out great! We loved it, but it does not taste exactly like store bought, but pretty close. We also did not heat it to cook the egg. We drank it in true form with raw egg. :)


58 Liberte December 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I have the same problem with bottled drinks and juice, tooo sweet, so i dilute it with mineral or soda water, half the calories, and i dont mind the diluted flavour :)


59 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Was that real egg nog made from scratch? I’ve never had the “real” stuff but I love egg nog made with skim milk and a great egg nog powder I found!


60 Kath December 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

Eggnog was not homemade


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