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Law School Final Exam Preparation Muffins

December 7, 2010

Let me describe what law school looks like by the first week in December: Some folks are beginning to feel sickly, and their pockets are stuffed with crumpled tissues.  More than a few students are walking a little like defeated zombies, complete with tired raccoon-ringed eyes. Male students who started out with five-o’clock shadows have ended up looking like Paul Bunyan.  (Surely, many women students have forgone shaving, as well, but it is harder to tell in the winter.)  We’re grateful to have sufficient pairs of panties to go without worrying about laundry for a little longer.  The library looks like a disaster relief center.  Coffee has become liquid gold.  Facebook has a flurry of status updates reflecting the sheer misery of practice tests and outlining.  So how did we arrive at such a place?  We’re told that we’re the crème de la crème; we’re future leaders of a “very noble profession;” we follow in the footsteps of many greats.  Let’s re-cap: first year students have four testable subjects, plus a legal writing and research course.  Constitutional law has kicked my tuchus all semester.  I am determined to prove that I can master the holdings of these cases if I have to read every supplementary guide in the library.  Torts cases involve a lot of very entertaining situations with overflowing latrines and fireworks in unmarked packages.  At some point we definitely discussed a case in which a consumer discovered that a rat had negligently been baked into a loaf of bread.  The final outlining process for the exam in this class, however, sucks mothballs.  My outline is about twenty pages of exceptions; by the time I take the exam, I will have them all memorized. Contracts was surprisingly fascinating, and I was grateful for a professor who would say things such as, “Maybe you wanted to buy one of those hippy cars with a rainbow painted on it.” Nevertheless, the multiple choice questions are tricky pixies, and I am a little bit afraid.  Civil Procedure rules us.  (Insert ba-dum-ching, here.)  For those non-law students joining me, the reading period before exams is about as pleasant as scraping dried oatmeal off yesterday’s breakfast dishes.  We’re told by the wiser upper-classmen to avoid campus as much as possible.  My summary judgment: the end is near, and I’m fighting the temptation to shout, “Bring out your [law school] dead.”  It gives me hope, however, to know that my law school claims a very high retention rate, and I know a good handful of upper-level students who have survived.  Amanda, Lora, and Alex—these are for you.

Butter Rum Muffins (Vegan)

½ cup sugar
1 ¾ cups flour
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup soy milk
¼ cup softened vegan “butter”
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
dash of allspice
2 tbsp spiced rum

1)      Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, grease the muffin tin.

2)      Beat together the softened butter and the brown sugar and regular sugar.

3)      Add the milk, egg, rum, baking powder, salt, and the spices, stirring until thoroughly combined.

4)      Fill the muffin cups ¾ of the way to the rim and bake for 20 minutes.

**For a non-vegan option, try adding an egg and ¼ of a cup sugar, real butter rather than vegan butter, and regular milk instead of soy.



Parm Poached Eggs

October 14, 2010

parm poached eggs

Have you ever seen the movie Runaway Bride?  It’s one of my favs, I can’t help it – I’m a sucker for RomComs.  Throughout the movie we see that Julia Robert’s character almost marry a bunch of different guys that are as different as night and day.  With each man, her personality changes to follow them, reflected by her egg choice.

At the end of the film, she sits down and makes eggs all different ways and finally decides for herself that she likes eggs benedict, and hates all other kinds.  I myself –  I’m a poached eggs kind of girl (but the whites have to be fully cooked while the yolks are set but still bright yellow…. ok, ok I’m picky…).

poaching pods

The other day my aunt came home with these adorable little silicon egg poacher baskets – just crack the eggs into them, float them in boiling water, and cook away!  Inspiration struck as I decided to try a variation on a favorite recipe of mine from Cathy at The Noble Pig – eggs in bread bowls (more on these later).  So tasty and convenient – these little babies avoid all the mess usually associated with poaching eggs.  Not to mention they’re a good alternative to The Noble Pig’s eggs in bread bowls recipe for those of you watching your carbs (unless of course you serve them with toast like I do….).

Parm Poached Eggs

2 eggs

2 poaching pods

grated parmasan cheese



1)  bring a medium sized sauce pan of water to a medium boil.

2) crack eggs into poaching pods and top with parm, salt, and peper.

3) Float in boiling water and cover.

4)  Poach 4-6 minutes depending on desired softness

5)  Remove water using tongs (don’t burn yourself!)

6) Enjoy!