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The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More! Paperback – 27 Apr 2012


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; Original edition (27 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440532168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440532160
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a must book that you will want to add to your recipe book collection." --"Today's Woman""With 200 recipes designed to cook in muffin tins, this cookbook offers easy portion control--one muffin is one portion--that is also easy to store for future meals, snacks, etc. and easy to clean up since you can use paper liners." --"Parent Magazine""Who would ever have imagined cooking up dinner in a muffin tin? Grandma might sniff at the idea of using her trusty tin for anything other than melt-in-your-mouth muffins, but once she tries Sember's mac and cheese or bite-sized cup of Chicken Florentine meatloaf, she's bound to be a believer. As for the kiddos--a tin of corndog cups or meatballs in spaghetti nests are sure to do the trick. And though there are dozens of simple kid-friendly recipes featured throughout, many of the recipes have a level of sophistication that adults can appreciate as well." --ParentMap.com"The great thing about this book is how each regular and jumbo muffin cup makes one serving size so portion control comes easier. This is one great cookbook that I won't be lending out to any friend, as I know for sure if I do, I won't be getting it back." --Autumn Blues Reviews"Genius: "The Muffin Tin Cookbook"" --BabyCenter.com""The Muffin Tin Cookbook" is full of yummy recipes and fun ideas." --Emily Reviews"I recently had the opportunity to try "The Muffin Tin Cookbook" and I think I have fallen in love!" --FormulaMom.com"With 200 easy recipes that can be made using a muffin tin, "The Muffin Tin Cookbook" is one that everyone should own. It has so many clever ideas which make perfectly portioned, easy to serve foods. They are perfect for parties and kids love the unique size and shape." --"Who Said Nothing in Life is Free" Blog"I am always on the lookout for new recipes, especially when the final product is something that looks interesting and will appeal to my children. I liked the way the book was organized. There were so many delicious sounding foods listed, I had trouble narrowing down to just one recipe!" --Cake Mom"This book is awesome! When I opened it, I knew I had found my next new cooking obsession... It's food and it's in a muffin tin, all cute and little... can it really get any better?!" --Midlife Mommy Adventures""The Muffin Tin Cookbook" is full of delicious and easy recipes that kids and grown-ups will love. And as an added bonus for anyone watching their calories, this is a perfect way to control your portions and the book contains nutritional information for every recipe as well." --Naptown Buzz""The Muffin Tin Cookbook" takes a TON of recipes you can make in your MUFFIN tin, and puts them into this wonderful cookbook! The recipes are NOT just desserts and muffins! They include veggie cakes, gourmet food (like wellington!), and even PASTA! I love the book and love the simple recipes. Oh, and I especially love serving my kids a "cupcake" for dinner!" --"Mama Break" blog

About the Author

Brette Sember (Buffalo, NY) is the author of more than thirty-five titles including The Parchment Paper Cookbook and her freelance work has appeared in more than 175 publications. Her website is BretteSember.com.


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By pixie on 13 Jan. 2013
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I love this little book. Full of great ideas..and portion control. Mac and cheese cooked in a large muffin pan? Get outta here! I stumbled upon this book by accident. Glad I did..arm yourself with a mini, regular and large muffin pan and make some great party fare and single portion eats. A real help to watching the pounds!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Gimmicky 2 Aug. 2012
By Grandma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
"There's nothing you can't make in a muffin tin" begins the description of The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More!. Author Brette Sember proves that is indeed the case, turning out everything from Candied Yams and Chicken Tortilla Pie to Scallop Bites, portioning them out using various sizes of muffin pans.

Cooking things other than muffins and cupcakes in muffin tins is nothing particularly new. Betty Crocker's early 1960's Dinner For Two cookbook featured individual meatloaves baked in muffin tins and baked eggs, with or without a bologna cup underneath, were quite common during the 50's and 60's. Grandma does have to wonder, though, why on earth one would bother with some of this.

The Cocktail Meatballs started life decades ago as a stunningly easy and delicious slow cooker recipe. This is one Grandma has been making for many years. A mere dozen meatballs baked in individual muffin cups seems both terribly messy (the meatballs are cooked in a sauce of grape jelly and barbecue sauce) and FAR short of the number required for even a very small party. Every time Grandma has ever served these or seen them served they are the very first appetizer to disappear - no matter how many you make. Grandma usually starts with five pounds of ground meat.

Chicken Tortilla Pie is just fussy. One starts by cutting 18 little circles out of 3 large flour tortillas. A recipe for Tuna Burgers calls for baking them in regular sized muffin cups, to produce a burger that is about 2" across, which the author then suggests serving on hamburg buns . . . . . wouldn't that teeny, slider sized "burger" in the center of a hamburg bun be cute?

Baking individual portions of things in muffin tins is a nice little gimmick to spice up your party nibbles, but there is such a thing as way too much of a good thing, sort of like serving three different fondues at the same one party. Overkill.

The book is entirely printed in red-orange, very hard to read, particularly in the smaller print of the notes and the index, for which Grandma had to drag out reading glasses.

There are very few pictures, all of them located in an eight page spread in the center of the book, featuring some of the very worst food photography - or even photography in general - that Grandma has ever seen, with most of the photos so out of focus they are fuzzy.

All in all, The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More! feels gimmicky and not particularly well thought out.

Not recommended
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Exceeded my expectations 6 May 2012
By Alisa Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that I'm a fan of Sember. I read her blog No Pot Cooking regularly and own that cookbook as well. What I loved about muffin tin is the entire concept: natural portion control. As a middle aged woman who is seeing her metabolism slow with each year, portion control is super important. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to accomplish, especially with certain types of tempting foods. Muffin Tin takes the guess work and willpower out of it because food literally is cooked into the correct portion size. It's brilliant, really. And I was amazed at the variety. I'm a vegetarian, so I often have a hard time finding recipes in conventional cookbooks that work for me. But Muffin Tin has such a wide variety that it was easy to find non meat dishes. I highly recommend this book, especially for people wishing to put their entire family on a diet without anyone being the wiser. It's Sneaky Chef meets Weight Watchers.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Easy and quick inspirational recipes add excitement to your daily cooking routine. 30 May 2012
By Autumn Blues Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you been looking for some new inspiration in the kitchen? Then I think you may want to give The Muffin Tin Cookbook a try. I was skeptical and not sure how this cookbook would go over with me considering the theme. So what better way to review it than to read it from front to back and then grab a few recipes to try out. The Muffin Tin Cookbook includes 200 recipes that can be prepared using muffin tins.

The Muffin Tin Cookbook is broken down into 9 chapters from Appetizers and Snacks to Desserts. Each individual recipe has a little icon next to it letting you know which size muffin pan is required for that particular recipe. Some of the recipes you cook directly in the tin while others require you to use liners, with some you also use pie crusts and even crescent rolls. You have a wide variety of different recipes to choose from so you will never get bored using your muffin tins.

I really like how quick these recipes are to prepare, which had me turning to this book again and again for meals. They are also easy to serve and my family was happy to try the different dishes I whipped up. One of my favorites recipes in the book and one that my family loves are the "Stuffed Potato Cups" from chapter 6, "Potatoes, Rice, Pizza and Pasta. This recipe uses shredded hash browns as a base and regular sized muffin tins. Another great recipe that is a hit with kids are the "Mac and Cheese Cups," which uses whole wheat elbow macaroni and jumbo muffin tins.

The great thing about this book is how each regular and jumbo muffin cup makes one serving size so portion control comes easier to those who are watching their weight. The author Brette Sember also lists calories, fat and other nutritional information per serving for easy reference. This is one great cookbook that I won't be lending out to any friend, as I know for sure if I do, I won't be getting it back.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
More Actual Muffins Please 16 Aug. 2012
By Hanna.w. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say I was looking forward to the idea of cute muffin-everythings but there are too many recipes in this book which amount to nothing more than cooking loose meat and/or vegetables in a muffin pan, which have no binding and would have done just as well or even easier to cook on a regular flat dish, but were cooked in the muffin tin merely so it could be included in a "muffin tin cookbook". If I'm going through the trouble of buying/cooking from a muffin tin cookbook, I want things cooked to come out bound in a single unit/serving, not just put things in to scoop out from the individual holes as individual servings that fall apart everywhere on the plate.

There are no pictures for most of the recipes so I found myself wondering often if things came out properly with the recipes. The instructions were also inconsistent and lacking.

One problem I had was for most dishes you have to grease the muffin pans but it would often give you instructions to simply "prepare" the muffin tin. Prepare with what? Oil, butter, butter/flour? These things make a difference. Of course you can use your best judgment, but it would be nice for the author to guide the cook a bit better. Also, some recipes tell you to simply place x-amount of oil in the muffin cup. I understand that usually implies you spread the oil around to grease the whole space, but I wasn't sure if the author intentionally left out instructions to spread the oil around because of some better method being just leaving the oil sitting in the bottom of the muffin cup - no, you're supposed to spread it around (my stuck-on yorkshire puddings will tell you), as I knew I should have, but would have appreciated the author explicitly stating so.

Another problem I had was many recipes will tell you to divide the mixture between x-number muffin cups - I would have found it much more helpful if someone took the time to determine "approximately 2 tablespoons" or "approximately 1/4 cup" etc. I spent too much time slowly filling and going back and forth between cups because I had no idea where to start to guess how much I should need to fill cups evenly.

The lack of explicit and consistent directions took a lot of joy out of going through this book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Muffin Tin Revolution 28 Mar. 2012
By Alexandra Grabbe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here's a new way to approach cooking: bake everything in muffin tins! The smaller portions are a boon to those of us trying to lose weight. I also appreciated the nutritional icons. Lots of great tips in this book. Did you know square muffin tins exist? I didn't. There's a very easy way to make French toast. And, I loved the blueberry streusel muffins. These two recipes involve breakfast. Your muffin tins can also be useful for cooking lunch or dinner, and at snack-time. Can't wait to try all the recipes. For those who have no time to fuss in the kitchen. Use muffin tins and this new cookbook for no-fail meals with pizazz.
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