“Tough Muffins Yo!” by MDC

For those of you who’ve been wondering where he’s been hidin’ out, let me shed some heat lamp on the situation. Artis Leon Ivey Jr., AKA “Coolio” was born in Compton, California, the son of Artis Leon Ivey Sr., a carpenter, and Jackie Slater, a factory worker. His parents were divorced when he was young. This is not surprising as Coolio got into trouble outside his L.A. home while spending time with Compton’s Mona Park Crips gang members, although he was never officially accepted into the gang. After escaping his rough childhood and enjoying much success in the music industry, Coolio has been spotted recently trying his hands on those kitchen pots and pans. In 2008, Coolio hosted an online cooking show called, Cookin With Coolio, for the website and network My Damn Channel. A companion cookbook titled, Cookin’ With Coolio: 5 Star Meals At A 1 Star Price, was released on November 17, 2009. In one of the first culinary adventures with Coolio, he makes Strawberry Hills Banana Muffins Forever from the chapter, “Sweet Treats for That Sweet Ass.” The recipe is accompanied by a hilarious anecdote from Coolio which reads:

“You might think that muffins are for women, but you listen to me, motherfucker, muffins are for everybody! I ain’t never walked into a studio holding a tray of muffins and not had everybody grab one. From a hardcore rapper to a hardened criminal (like Martha Stewart), everybody needs a muffin, either in the morning or at night. This muffin’ll treat you right.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself and that’s just more proof that you gotta get up to get down!

Strawberry Hills Banana Muffins Forever

  • A few drops of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a few drops of olive oil to grease up a 12-cup muffin tin. Jarez Sez: “You can also use those little paper liners in your muffin tin, but I’ve seen people eat the muffin without removin’ the liner, so I just suggest you leave that shit out and go with olive oil.”

Combine the butter, milk, and egg in a small bowl and beat it lightly. In a larger bowl, pour in your flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and gently mix it. Toss in the chopped strawberries and sliced banana, then stir to coat with the flour mixture. Pour in your milk mixture and stir it all up together.

Fill up the muffin cups with your batter, then place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Let them cool down for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and serve these bad boys up!


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