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“Classic Quickbreads and Muffins, Pt. XIX—Banana-Blueberry-Nut Muffins”

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Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Monday, June 27, 2011 by Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein


 Classic Quickbreads and Muffins, Pt. XIX—Banana-Blueberry-Nut Muffins”

Bakersfield, CA, 06-27-2011 M: Today, it’s my turn to share with you one of my favorite muffin recipes: banana-blueberry-nut muffins.  Most of the time, I work outside the kitchen but I have spent time there, too, as most of us who work in foodservice generally do.  The great thing about foodservice is that there are so many different doors for one to walk through and so many different job descriptions that it is almost like the military with tons of different job opportunities from which to choose.  I spent time in and out of the kitchen and the thing I most liked about the back of the house was the opportunity to bake.  Baking is a wonderful art that can lead one to dizzying heights in hotels, restaurants, and country clubs around the nation. Believe me, you have no idea what you can and cannot accomplish with a foodservice career unless you’re in one already!

Anyhow, bananas and blueberries are very nutritious foods that bring many benefits to one’s diet if they’re included in the foods they eat.  Muffins are a great way to incorporate a wide variety of different foods just as they’re tasty and fun to eat.  Many times, they have enough sweetness in them to satisfy one’s craving for something sugary and that is good in itself.  There is nothing worse than a sweet tooth on the warpath, let me tell you!  Let’s get started, shall we?


Yield: about 12 medium muffins

Frozen blueberries, dust w/ .5 cup of all-purpose flour
All-purpose flour
Cake flour
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Walnuts, sliced
Vegetable oil
Sour cream
Vanilla extract
Banana flavoring


1.      Dust the blueberries with the flour and return to the freezer until needed; usually, it’s good to do this about 30 minutes prior to baking time.  Preheat your standard oven to 400°F or a convection oven to 375°F and have ready.  Spray twelve baking cups thoroughly with PAM or some such other food release spray and line them with paper baking cups.  Spray the cups with PAM, too, so the muffins will easily peel away from them when they’re out of the oven.

2.      Double-sift the next SEVEN ingredients listed and then stir in the walnuts. 

3.      Next, beat the eggs until light and airy and then beat in the sugar.  Cream together at medium-high speed and then beat in the vegetable oil.  Add the rest of the ingredients and then fold the DRY into the WET using the least amount of strokes necessary in order to blend the two together.  This keeps the finished product from being too chewy.

4.      Place the batter in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes; then, scoop it into the muffin cups filling them up to the top.  Shake the pan gently to settle the batter and then place the muffin rack on the preheated oven’s middle shelf. 

1.      After 10 minutes have passed, reduce heat to 375°F (350°F for the convection oven) and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes OR until a paring knife inserted into the center of the middle muffins on the rack withdraws clean.  At that point, remove them from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool.  Cool for 3-4 minutes and then de-pan the muffins and either finish cooling or serve while still hot. If desired, dust with powdered sugar for a nice effect.

5.      To save for later, when totally cool, wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and then place inside freezer Zip-Loc bags and freeze.  Baked goods do better frozen than kept in the refrigerator.  In the fridge, they tend to dry out.  Muffins can be pulled out a day in advance and allowed to defrost in the refrigerator or heated up in the microwave oven for immediate use

I happen to love this recipe and it’s one that I learned many years ago when I first had a chance to help the chefs in the kitchen. I was always amazed by the bakers’ abilities to transform basic ingredients into beautiful and tasty things and muffins amazed me with their simplicity and their beauty.  This recipe will serve you for many years to come and will be in your recipe books for a long, long time. Thanks for reading the Elemental News of the Day!

Please remember to avoid doing business with AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA.  These people don’t care about the small customer anymore but instead put all of their attentions onto their corporate customers. It’s sad to not remember why one has the success they do or from where it came. See you soon! Bye!

Thank you!

Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

The Chuckster
Restaurant Manager, Mixologist, Foodserver, and Cook

This is a photo of me back in 1973 while being the Food and Beverage Director at one of the hotels in Bakersfield, CA, located on Union Avenue. I was in my late 30's at the time.


END Commentary for Monday, June 27, 2011 by Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein.

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This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein.

Recipe developed by Chef B. Carrick on June 18, 2001 in Bakersfield, CA.



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This is #1294, a 24” x 36" original oil painting by Beverly Carrick entitled, “Evening Shadows." It's among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, located at http://www.beverlycarrick.com or at Brian Carrick's Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, "Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick." Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and is known around the world. Her work hangs in private and public galleries and is followed by a great many fans that circle the globe. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It's possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the Elemental News of the Day!

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 This is a photo of Brian Carrick on 08-27-1976 at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA, doing lead vocals on a song during a rehearsal of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers. 

           This is a shot of one of other photographers, Martha Hernandez, on 10-06-1978 during one of our gigs. She was also Victor Gaona's longtime girlfriend. 

This is a shot of the MHB at Lake Isabella, California, on 10-06-1978. Brian Carrick is  visible in front of the equipment.                                                                                                                                    

This is a shot of Randall Kyles heading home on 09-18-1976 after a rehearsal at Shamrock. 

This is a shot of bassist and vocalist Victor Gaona on 08-27-1976 at a rehearsal at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA.

        This is Chef Joe Pesigan at the Stockdale Country Club in 1989 in the back kitchen. Joe was a great cook and friend.                                                                                                                                           

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