Oh, I feel smart here... let me enjoy this brief moment, while it lasts.
I mentioned in my Simple Woman post, below, that I was hoping my mom will make the stuffing (or dressing... whatever) in muffin tins.
This is one of the little quirks of our family. We don't cook the stuffing inside the turkey. The very thought of that frankly grosses me out, and it has more potential for things being underdone. No thank you.
For years we've made it in your basic pyrex casserole dish. No problem. Except that many of us, (certainly more than four of us!), really like the crispy corners. So, I thought to myself one year, what if we made the stuffing in muffin tins? It's already in nice portions, and everyone can have it a little crispy! It's win-win :0) Except that you need more muffin tins to equal one casserole dish, and sometimes oven space is at a premium, so it's not perfect. But it's good :0)
And the muffin tin is sadly under-appreciated in many homes, so I thought I'd mention just a few things we've done with muffin tins.
1. Make muffins. (Well, duh.)
2. And cupcakes. (Double duh.)
4. Meatloaf. Cooks faster, and - again - I like the browned edges.
5. Make Rice-Krispie treats, again... already portioned.
6. Sorting Lite-Brite pegs.
7. Carry drinks to the picnic table.
8. Hold paints.
9. Perfect for kids to carry at a pot-luck dinner. It won't bend and sag, like a paper plate, they can put their drink (in a cup!) in one cup, and - best of all - their foods won't touch each other!
10. Even better for a soup potluck. You don't have to pick just one; have a little taste of several.