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Mocha Morning Muffins

I love bringing my coworkers treats. As the producer for a morning show, I am in charge of making sure my staff is fully energized and happy before we go live at 5 a.m., and I’ve learned that baked goods always make mornings sing. These folks serve as my guinea pigs, as well as motivators for me to crank out new concoctions.

These dense, chocolately cakes are a mildly sweet compliment to your morning coffee or milk. The bitter dough with bites of sweet chips prove to wake up and excite the mind.

Mocha Morning Muffins


3/4 cup cold milk

2 Tablespoons instant coffee

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Dissolve instant coffee in cold milk. Set aside.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar.

Beat one egg with vegetable oil and vanilla. Add coffee and milk.

Mix well with dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips.

Spoon out batter into lined muffin tin. These don’t rise much, so feel free to fill to 2/3 of the way up the cup.

Bake at 400* for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Serve with milk or coffee.



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Grilled Pork Chops and Applesauce


We’re having pork chops and applesauce for dinner.  Ain’t that swell?

I couldn’t resist a Brady Bunch clip. And although my pork chops and applesauce blows Carol Brady’s out of the water, I did draw the inspiration from the show. The classic family, serving up classic American dishes, and in this episode, it happens to be pork chops and applesauce.



I’ve never been much of a pork fan, but I’ve recently enjoyed experimenting with the protein. Brown sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the pork chop, and of course, I have spiced up with cayenne pepper. And the applesauce, also on the grill, provides a sweet and healthy alternative to potatoes or bread.



Grilled Pork Chops

2 bone in pork chops

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper



Mix all dry rub ingredients together.

Pat chops dry, and cover them with dry rub.

Grill 3-4 minutes per side over medium-high heat.



Grilled Applesauce

4 apples, peeled and quartered

4 Tablespoons sugar

zest of 1/2 lemon

juice of 1/2 lemon

4 Tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg



Toss apples in lemon. Sprinkle sugar over apples.

Grill apples 4-5 minutes per side over high heat.

Place in skillet on the grill, and add water and spices to mixture.

Mash with wire potato masher until desired consistency is reached.

  • Tip: Place foil under your pan to protect it from charring.



Simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.

Serve warm with pork chops, and Grilled Caesar Salad.






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Kat’s Kickin’ Texas BBQ Sauce

I was born with a taste for pepper. Before I was two, I was eating chips and salsa. I put cayenne or crushed red pepper in everything for that extra “kick”. It’s a thrill, it gets your heart rate up. When anticipating a spicy dish, your buds water.

With that warning, here’s my spicy-sweet sauce recipe:

Kat’s Kickin’ Texas BBQ Sauce


1/2 onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups catsup

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons grain mustard

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cayenne

1 Tablespoon paprika


Saute onion in oil or butter, about 10 minutes.

Add smashed garlic, saute another 5 minutes.

Add brown sugar and coat sauted mixture.

Add catsup, Worcestershire, grain mustard, salt, cayenne, paprika. Simmer 10 minutes.

Puree if desired, but I did not. I like mine a chunky.

Try on Dad’s BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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Toothpick Test

Not sure when your cake or brownies are done cooking? Try sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake for a sight test.

If the pick comes out with batter on it, bake it some more, but keep an eye on it! If you’re afraid of more browning on top, cover with foil.

If the tooth pick comes out clean, you’re ready to pull your fresh-baked treat out of the oven!

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