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Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Yields 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the filling:
    • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
For the muffins:
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 4 large eggs
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups pumpkin puree (see Note)
    • 1¼ cups vegetable oil
For the topping:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

 

Instructions

  1. To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter. Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log, and reinforce with a piece of foil. Transfer to the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours. The mixture will still be somewhat soft but firmer.
  2. To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350? F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil. Mix on medium-low speed until blended. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.
  3. To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. I always get inpatient here and mix it together with my hands so that it looks like the texture of wet sand. I know you aren't supposed to do it this way but I'm impatient. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill until ready to use.
  4. To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons). Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces. Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well. You want to put the cream cheese lower than you think because it will rise a lot during the baking process. Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely. Sprinkle a small amount of the topping mixture over each of the muffin wells.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. I like them warm, cold, and room temperature.
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September 2014  

President's Report

Calling all Charlotte NACE members!!

Do you want to get the most out of your NACE membership? Are you looking for a way to impact the future of your chapter? Do you want to attend the 2015 NACE EXPERINCE Conference?

Well, look no further! Join us on Wednesday, October 8th for member orientation and learn how to get involved.  Our chapter is always looking for fresh faces and new voices to build and grow the vision and mission of our organization.

Upcoming events

Wave the checkered flag…  It is safe to say the September edition of NACECENTER was a smashing success.  A lot was learned about Sporting Events in Queen City in an awesome news studio setting.

In October we will hear the secret to “getting out of the inevitable box” with an inspiring message from Clarke Allen.  The talk will take place at the Westin on October 20th.

November brings our “Fun” Raiser in which all ticket holders are in the running for a $1,000 grand prize.   Join us at Automatic Slims inside the NC Music Factory on November 17th for a night of fantastic food, great games and serious fun!

During the holidays we will gather on December 15th at The Duke Mansion for our annual Holiday Luncheon. 

CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events)  

Why should you become a CPCE?

The CPCE is distinction, defined.  Elevate your career and showcase your expertise in catering and events.  Be on the lookout for discounts on the CPCE application in November and February.  In March we will offer an opportunity to sit for the exam with fellow North Carolina NACE Members.  

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Calendar of Events

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Member Spotlight

So excited to feature Rachel de Bernardo this month for our Monthly Board Member Spotlight!  

Rachel feels so fortunate to be the 2014 Programs Chair of NACE, tasked with creating, planning and executing the Chapter meetings we all enjoy so much every month!  Through her role, she is able to work closely with the board, NACE members and the Charlotte Events Industry professionals.  

August was Rachel's one-year Charlotte NACE membership anniversary, but has been attending Charlotte NACE events for close to four years now, quoting "I had no clue about all the awesome member benefits I was missing out on!"  

She also coordiantes and manages events in her day job too at Queen City Catering Company, specializing in Corporate and Nonprofit events.  

On a personal note, Rachel loves movies!  Her three favorite are The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Monsoon Wedding and Dumb and Dumber...  Wonder if she is excited for November 14th when Dumb and Dumber To debuts?  

Interested in working with Rachel on the Programs Committee or being a part of a future meeting?  Seek her out at our upcoming meeting, The Inevitable Box on October 20th | 5:30PM at the Westin Charlotte.  

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Awards & Recognition

Welcome first-time attendees to the September Charlotte NACE meeting:

Michaelina Antahades

Alex Atkins

Ryan Pflumm

Adriane Gates

Rich Shoener

Mark Stavitski 

And a big thank you to sponsors of our September Sporting Events in the Queen City monthly meeting:

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Nicki Cloud Events

Split Second Sound

Party Reflections

TapSnap

AFR Event Furnishings

Indigo Photography

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NACE Fall Membership Campaign

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Fundraising

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