After making the Bacon biscuit sandwich cups, I naturally thought of another popular breakfast sandwich, the McMuffin.  So I decided to try making Sausage McMuffin cups.

I bought some frozen precooked sausage patties and a pack of English muffins. My initial plan was to plop half an English muffin into my muffin pan, then the sausage and then an egg. I ran into a few issues.

I saw this recipe for Reese’s peanut butter chocolate cookies on King Arthur Flour and immediately wanted to make them. It uses mini Reese’s peanut butter cups! Everything is so much cuter as minis.

Ba Ren is one of my favorite chinese restaurants in San Diego. The restaurant specializes in Szechwan cuisine. Recently when trying to pick a place to eat, I realized it’s been well over a year since our last visit. Time to rectify that.

Szechwan cuisine often uses a lot of chili peppers and peppercorn. With the cold weather, Ba Ren is the perfect place to dine since the majority of the menu is made up of spicy dishes.  I like coming here when I have a large group of people because they have several large tables and the restaurant usually isn’t full.

At the front of the restaurant they serve house-made cold appetizers. You can get a plate of three as a starter for around $5. We got two plates since we had such a large group. I really enjoy the cold appetizers here. I’ve tasted almost all of them at some point and they are all well-made.

This plate consisted of marinated gizzard, seaweed salad and marinated bamboo shoots.

This plate consisted of spicy tripe, spicy pig ears, and cucumber salad.

A specialty of sichuan cuisine is spicy boiled beef.