Portlandia Muffins

There’s quite a stir going on about a new television show based (in parody) off Portland.  I have received a plethora of messages from friends around the country directing me to the show.  It should be no surprise then that instead of finishing my property reading at a reasonable hour, I am now still awake after midnight thinking about Vanna White’s successful suit against Samsung for “infringing on her likeness.”  By this, I mean that Samsung’s commercial depicting a robot in front of a Wheel of Fortune game offended Ms. White’s sensibilities.  The robot was merely wearing a wig, dress, and some jewelry, but given its placement in the ad, it evoked Ms. White’s image in the public’s eye.  This image, she argued, was her property.  Sad to say, the 9th Circuit of Appeals actually upheld a judgment against Samsung.  This case has a worthy analogy with Portlandia.  That is, I imagine no good Portlander would sue the show’s writers for evoking our likeness.  We understand a good gag for the sake of entertainment, and we know a good sketch when we see one.

Orange Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 cup milk

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs

2 sticks unsalted butter

3 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

zest of one orange

1/2 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put cupcake liners in two muffin tins.

2)  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, sour cream, eggs, and butter.  Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

3) In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, until just incorporated.

4) Fold in the orange zest and the chocolate chips.

5) Fill the muffin cups 1/2-3/4 of the way to the rim.  Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the muffins from the hot tins as soon as it is safe to do so.



One Response to “Portlandia Muffins”

  1. Mommy Says:

    This looks really good– and another idea for what to do with all our oranges!!!

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