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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am beginning to think that this post wasn’t meant to be today.  I have re-written the same first few sentences several times only to have the internet or my computer freeze, then try to re-load, losing my previous work.  Gotta love technology…

Here goes again:  I have made and tried probably at least 8 grain/dairy/white sugar-free muffin recipes now, and this one wins the award for the favorite in our house so far.  We took some with us on a visit with some friends in Indianapolis last weekend.  I am usually very nervous about having others try the new, different sweet treats I’ve been making.  They tend to have a different texture and certainly aren’t as sweet as traditional desserts to those who are not used to eating them, but it is something that one gets used to once you have it a few times.  I was relieved when our friends liked these muffins and were anxious to get the recipe.  So here it is, about a week late 🙂

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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

I am a huge fan of barbecue sauce.  My absolute favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s Original sauce.  When I began making my dietary changes I finally paid attention to the ingredients in my favorite sauce, and it made me want to cry.  The first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, and it also contains corn syrup and sugar.  So, not only can I not have my milk, I can’t have the sauce that I dip almost any meat into.  For me it has been hard to find replacement BBQ sauces that are acceptable with my diet, especially at the local grocery store.  There are a few out there that I can tolerate, but I have come to accept the fact that they will never be Sweet Baby Ray’s.

My husband has gotten into smoking meat in the last year.  The first time we had chicken wings on the smoker I made a “homemade” wing sauce with Sweet Baby Ray’s, ranch dressing, Frank’s Red Hot, butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic.  They were amazing; however, I now don’t eat 3 of the 5 ingredients.  So, when my husband found this recipe I was anxious to try it.  Excited “anxious,” as well as a little scared “anxious.”

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When I was first making the sauce, I got a huge “whiff” of it and almost threw it away.  It smelled so strongly of vinegar, and the smell of any vinegar makes me instantly want to gag (as well as the taste).  I reluctantly poured it over the wings and we tried it anyways.  I didn’t make the same mistake twice, and the second time we made these I intentionally kept my face away in order to not smell it 😉  However, since we made them again you can guess that they turned out to be very good.

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