Everyday Buttermilk Skillet Cake

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I found my everyday cake!  While paging through the Joy the Baker cookbook, I was instantly taken by this simple recipe.  Sadly though, I don’t really need an everyday cake.  People are not constantly dropping by my house for tea, and while cake is always welcome in this house, I don’t really need cake on my kitchen table every day.  Still, it’s nice to think of life in an alternate universe where I would always need to have cake in the house.  Where my kitchen staples might be eggs, kale, cheddar and buttermilk cake.  That seems like an excellent alternate … Continue reading

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish soda bread signifies March and spring to me just as much as daffodils and birthday cake.  My mom has always made it in March, usually to have at our birthday party, and somehow it feels not quite right to make it at other times.  Even now, living in California, where things seem perpetually in season, I find myself avoiding strawberries through winter.  I look forward to strawberry season and have no desire to ruin strawberry memories with a pale pink imposter in February.  March is Irish soda bread season in my turning of the world.  My mom has always … Continue reading

Mexican Breakfast Bowl

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Despite the name, I’ve eaten this bowl for dinner more nights than not this past week.  When I like something, I tend to go all in.  I’ll read every book an author has written.  I eat pineapple until my mouth burns, and then I eat more pineapple.  I listen to the same song on repeat until the lyrics cease to sound like words.  And I eat this for dinner four nights in a row because it takes ten minutes to make and is just as satisfying every single time. J doesn’t like repetition.  He can actually eat just one chocolate … Continue reading

Oatmeal Memories

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“We need something no one will ever guess.  Something like… oatmeal!” I still remember being impressed with Anne’s choice of password for our carefully constructed blanket and pillow fort.  What a perfectly normal and bland sort of word.  It was downright unguessable and totally lacking in magic.  It was perfect. I can’t remember whether we were trying to keep older or younger siblings from crashing our fort that day, but twenty years later, and in a much more password driven society, I still think of her pronouncing oatmeal, and how we both knew instantly it was perfect.  I had previously … Continue reading

Olive Oil Granola

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When Melissa Clark writes about something, it sticks in my brain.  I received “In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite” two Christmases ago, and promptly read it cover to cover.  “In the Kitchen” seamlessly weaves stories and recipes together to create a cookbook that you can enjoy as a novel if you prefer.  Her Olive Oil Granola has been lodged permanently in the back of my brain since that first reading.  I only recently started making my own granola, with this simple granola recipe.  When that experiment turned out so well, the olive oil granola memory started shoving its way … Continue reading

Breakfast Oatmeal Bars with Plum Jam

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The homemade snack kick continues!  These oatmeal bars vary from the previous granola bars (chocolate chip pretzel, honey peanut butter pretzel, and coconut chocolate chip) which were all variations on a similar theme.  These bars use flour in addition to the oatmeal, and have a layer of jam in the middle that contributes most of the sweetness. I used the plum jam we made last summer from our backyard plums.  This jam had a definite tart note to it, so a sour cherry or a raspberry jam might be a good substitute.  This summer we’ll be prepared for the plum … Continue reading

Cranberry, Pear and Wheat Berry Breakfast

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I have just a handful of weekday breakfasts that I make over and over again.  Lately my green ginger limeade has been my breakfast of choice, since it doesn’t feel a bit like winter right now..  Normally during the winter I crave a warm start to the date and alternate between oatmeal with bananas and almond butter and this delicious wheat berry breakfast.  I first saw this wheat berry breakfast bowl on 101 Cookbooks more than two years ago.  While I’ve made Heidi’s more elaborate version for company or weekend breakfasts on a number of occasions, I use this super … Continue reading

Simple, Customizable Granola Recipe

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I love granola.  For breakfast, for snack, and with enough chocolate chips, even for dessert.  But I change my mind a lot when it comes to granola.  Sometimes I want it extra chocolate-y, sometimes I want it full of fruit and nuts.  Sometimes I like a kick of ginger to my granola, and that just doesn’t mix well with peanut butter chips.  So I needed a granola recipe that I could easily customize depending on my mood and chocolate cravings. I decided to just make a very simple base granola recipe and add mix-ins later based on whatever I felt … Continue reading

Polenta Pancakes with Cranberry Clementine Syrup

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I love weekend breakfasts.  Truly, breakfast is my favorite meal, and during the week I rotate through oatmeal, bowls of fruit with quinoa or wheat berries, and even the occasional fried egg with toast.  Weekend breakfasts are a whole other meal though.  The goal is no longer just to fuel you quickly on the way out the door.  Rather, weekend breakfasts for me are about relaxing, and taking the time in the morning to cook something delicious to start the day off on a happy note.  I like french toast and pancakes for my weekend breakfasts, but always with a … Continue reading

Goat Cheese and Pear Stuffed French Toast

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When we lived in Boston, J and I had a breakfast place.  Ball Square Café is the perfect neighborhood place, and even though it wasn’t exactly in our neighborhood, it was absolutely worth the mile walk.  I’ve eaten nearly everything off their menu (though I have a strong preference for the tri-berry French toast), and every breakfast item is a home run.  They do huge creative omelets with homefries  or grilled mashed potatoes.  That’s right, they take the amazingness of buttery mashed potatoes and then grill them up so they have a delicious brown crust.  The pancakes are light, fluffy … Continue reading