Pina Colada Muffins 


Happy Saturday! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. As we are approaching summertime, I thought what better snack to have around then pina colada muffins! Super easy to make and delicious. 

I know I’ll be bringing some to the pool with friends along with real pina coladas ;) 

Here is what you’ll need: 

1 (2 layer) package yellow cake mix

1 teaspoon coconut extract 

1 teaspoon rum flavoring

1 cup flaked coconut 

1 cup chopped nuts (macadamia or pecans) 

1 cup of drained pineapple 

Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Stir in the coconut extract, rum flavoring, coconut, nuts and pineapple; do not overmix. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 3/4 full. You can also bake it in mini muffin pans. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. 

Yield: 30 regular muffins or 8 dozen mini muffins 

Fish and Bubbles Party Mix


It’s that time of year again, when the birds start chirping and the smell of summer lingers in the air. This is personally my favorite time of year because the weather is perfect and there are plenty of birthdays and events to celebrate. My Birthday is in May and since it is around the corner I want to share this amazingly fun and easy recipe with you.

Now I don’t know about you, but I often have great intentions of channeling my inner ‘Martha Stewart’ and making a fabulous dish, only to find myself in the checkout lane 5 minutes before the party. Well, if you can relate, then this is the perfect recipe for you. It is super fun and easy. Plus kids love to help make it and everyone enjoys diving in to devour it. So the next time you need to whip up a quick snack, try this party favorite. You can find this recipe in the Tampa Bay Junior League’s very own, Capture the Coast cookbook, on page 47. Enjoy!

Capture the Coast, pg 47

5 cups crispy corn and rice cereal, such as Chex

3 cups Cheerios

4 cups fish-shaped cheese crackers

2 cups fish-shaped pretzel nuggets

2 cups “M & M’s” Chocolate Candies

1 cup peanuts 1 ½ cups pecan halves or pieces

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Combine the cereals, crackers, pretzel nuggets, peanuts and pecan halves in a large bowl and mix it well.  Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan.  Boil until frothy, stirring constantly.  Pour over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.  Spread evenly in a large roasting pan.  Bake for 10 minutes and stir.  Continue baking for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice.  Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.  Add the chocolate candies and toss well.  Store in an airtight container.

White Truffle Mashed Potatoes


Good evening! A great way to end your weekend is with this amazing white truffle mashed potato recipe. It takes some time to make but is worth every minute of it. You can find this lovely recipe in the Junior League of Tampa’s Life of The Party cookbook, pg. 67. 

What you’ll need: 

2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cubed 

1 cup of milk or half and half 

3 tablespoons of butter

Salt to taste 

Pepper to taste 

3 tablespoons of white truffle oil 

Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water in a saucepan until tender and easily pierced with a fork; drain. Spoon into a large mixing bowl. Add the milk and butter. Beat until very smooth. You may add more milk if necessary for the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the truffle oil. Serve immedietly. 

To prepare in advance, spoon in a baking dish and let it cool. Chill, covered, until ready to bake. Add a small amount of additional milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. Refrigerate after opening. 

Yields 8 servings 

This was my first time making these potatoes and I can’t wait to make them again! One mishap, I forgot to peel them but the recipe still turned out just as yummy. 

First Taste of Ox & Fields Restaurant 


Good morning and happy Friday! Recently, our lovely Marketplace Committee just celebrated an awesome year at a very soft opening at Ox and Fields Restaurant & Bar in Tampa. We all got a first taste and preview of their menu.

Let us tell you, that it was worth it. We can not wait to go back and get a taste of more menu items. What makes our meal at Ox & Fields even more awesome is…wait for it..the chef did some renditions of our recipes from our Junior League Cookbooks! How awesome is that!

I give all of the food an A+. The salad and dessert were my favorite. The salad was delicious, refreshing and the dressing was amazing. It even had a little kick to it. 

The dessert…was so decadent and I wish I could take it home to eat again. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and this definitely hit the spot. The cookies were crunchy, ice cream soft and the sauce was perfect.  

We were honored enough to be invited to be the first guests to taste some of their food but adding on our own recipes was a treat in itself. Ox & Fields is located off of Nebraska Ave in Tampa. If you are in the area, stop by and try it. They open May 3rd. 

Chocolate Drop Oatmeal Cookies


Chocolate Drop Oatmeal Cookies – Gasparilla Cookbook pg. 272

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal

1/2  cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4  cup all purpose flour

This recipe was pretty straight forward and easy to follow. I substituted butter for shortening because I like the flavoring of it better. I started by combining the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. I then creamed the butter, granulated  sugar and brown sugar in a separate bowl. I added the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture until it was well incorporated.

I then added the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Lastly, I added the oatmeal and chocolate chips. I used a cookie scooper to scoop out the dough and placed the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. I baked them at a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

They were a hit with everyone who tried them. This is a great quick recipe to have on hand when you are craving something sweet. I will definitely be making these again!

  

    
    
   
 

Double-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies


Double-Chocolate Shortbread CookiesThe Life of the Party, Page 116

We don’t believe there is such a thing as too much chocolate, which is why we included these delectable cookies. As a part of a dessert tray or enjoyed with a cappuccino, they are a rich treat. They make a festive presentation when cut into shapes.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups flour

¼ cup cornstarch

¼ cup baking cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

½ teaspoon almond extract

¾ cup mini chocolate chips

  
Directions:

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking cocoa and salt in a bowl. 

  
Beat the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the almond extract. 

  
Add the flour mixture and beat until well blended. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

  
Shape the dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm. Roll out ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface. TIP: Instead of making everything a mess with flour, I use two pieces of saran wrap with the dough in the middle. Then, use the roller on top so the dough does not touch the roller and stick. Pell back the saran wrap when you’re ready to use the cookie cutters. 

  
Cut into rounds using a 2-inch round cookie cutter. Or use a festive shaped cookie cutter. Place about 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until set and firm to the touch. Cool on wire racks. 

   
 Yield: 2 dozen

Junior League of Tampa Spring Sale 


  
Good morning! What better way to start the day with some shopping news?! The Junior League of Tampa is having a pretty decent sale going on in April. 

Our sale will consist of our remaining holiday items along with all other merchandise. It will be 50% off for holiday and 30% off of everything else. We have so many perfect gifts for the holiday season, birthdays and so much more. 

It is a great way to support your local league and community by purchasing something for yourself or a friend. The date for the sale is April 4 which will take place at both of our general membership meetings. The times will be from 11am to 1:30pm and 6pm to 830pm. 

Come on by and shop our awesome deals! Have a lovely day :)