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

Baguette French Toast with Pomegranate Seeds

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I adore pomegranates.  I tend to buy them this time of year, and then they sit in a bowl on my kitchen table for at least a week while I psych myself up to deal with them.  Luckily, pomegranates are very patient fruit, and will wait for you to get up the mental energy to deal with them.  They will just sit there calmly, reminding you how delicious they are, without going bad two days after you buy them (kiwi, I’m looking at you). I follow this very aptly named method from Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point: Opening a Pomegranate … Continue reading

Breakfast for Dinner: Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Roasted Potatoes

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When you’re tired or just don’t have that much time to cook, breakfast for dinner comes together so easily.   Breakfast for dinner just feels more casual.  Like you should be eating it on the couch with your pajamas on, probably curled up with a loved one and a blanket.  On the nights that I go to run club and J is busy, we’ll often have this for dinner. I come in the door and cut up the potatoes, drizzle on some olive oil and Lawry’s seasoning salt, and toss them in the oven at 400 degrees.  By the time I’ve … Continue reading

Oatmeal Pancakes

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I adore weekend mornings. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and the weekends offer plenty of time to devote to a meal more involved than pouring a bowl of cereal. Weekends also usually promise enough sleep to come up with more creative recipe ideas. Forget dreams of sugarplums, I wake on Saturday morning thinking “huevos rancheros or french toast?” My current favorite homemade Saturday morning meal is brioche french toast with a raspberry sauce. Sweet and tart, and practically a guarantee of a good weekend to come. So as a lover of breakfast, and also a lover of Bittman, when The … Continue reading