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What do you dream about? Do you remember your dreams? Lately, I have been dreaming about work. This tends to happen when I face a deadline or have a lot on my plate. I remember these dreams right away because I wake up feeling like I just quit working when, in fact, I have to get to work. It can be problematic.

When I dream about more nonsensical things, I typically remember them, but not until hours later in the day. As I turned on the television tonight, I remembered that last night I dreamt a hockey game I had on went into five (five!) overtimes. And Ohio State and Michigan had to play twice in the same season and the Buckeyes were down 72-6 (72-6!) in the third quarter of the first game. That dream was a nightmare!

The weirdest question anyone ever asked me about dreams was, “Do you dream in color?” Of course, I dream in color. My inquisitive friend, on the other hand, dreams only in black and white. Her question was no-doubt inspired by Pearl Jam. “She dreams in color, she dreams in red…” (Can’t find a better man…)

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I’ve been dreaming of some juicy red tomatoes. It started with Demeter’s Tomato Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray (I have no idea what tomato perfume smells like, but consider me intrigued) and it ended with a bag of sun-dried tomatoes. After these muffins, I fully intend to transform my sun-dried leftovers into hummus and soup. Consider yourself warned.

But for now, it is just the muffins. The use of dill and thyme gave me a chance to cook from my tiny urban garden which, I am happy to say, contains both of those herbs and seven more. This means I am fairly certain chives and sage and basil and oregano and rosemary will make their way into future versions. I will leave the mint and lavender out.

These muffins were the perfect accompaniment to a warm bowl of soup I enjoyed on a rainy, gray day yesterday. As the weather heats up, I envision them pairing well with a light salad. Until those red tomatoes ripen on the vine, these will have to do. Enjoy!

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Monday Muffins: Cheddar, Herb & Sun-Dried Tomato
Serves: 12
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill or ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Final Touches
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in the cheddar cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Line a muffin tin with papers and lightly spray their insides with cooking spray. Alternatively, grease the wells of the muffin tin and forgo the paper liners.
  6. Pour the batter into the wells until about ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Allow the muffins to cool for five minutes before removing them from the pan and then serve. They are best when enjoyed warm.

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