Category: Breakfast

Cranberry Orange Scones with Cardamom and Toasted Pecans

Cranberry Orange Scones with Cardamom and Toasted Pecans
Scones….done right…their flaky texture is irresistible. This recipe will walk you through how to master the technique and these cranberry orange scones will become a holiday staple…


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins with Fresh Nutmeg

‘Tis the season for pumpkin…these muffins, more like a dessert, will be gone as soon as you pull them out of the oven…when they have perfect little melty bites of chocolate throughout each one..


Banana-Blueberry, Oatmeal Muffins with Toasted Almond Topping

Banana-Blueberry, Oatmeal Muffins with Toasted Almond Topping

I am always in need of a great recipe to use up those over-ripe bananas I have on the counter or the ones that are starting to seriously multiply in my freezer.  If you are like me in this way, banana-blueberry, oatmeal muffins with toasted almond topping is your answer.  These muffins are bursting with banana flavor along with juicy, fresh blueberries and a hint of cinnamon.  The toasted almonds on the top along with the oatmeal in the muffin make for an incredible texture in your bite.  Bake these up and they, along with that stock-pile of bananas in you freezer will be gone before you know it.  (more…)

Maple, Oatmeal, Almond Granola with Cinnamon and Craisins

Maple, Oatmeal, Almond Granola with Cinnamon and Craisins
WARNING, your house will smell AMAZING when you make this. A few ingredients and this will be your response to, “what can we have for a snack?”

Granola, so good as a topping for yogurt, alone in a bowl with some milk or just as a plain handful.  This recipe for maple, oatmeal, almond granola is easy, makes a ton and like I said, it will make your house smell AMAZING!!   Yes, you can buy all different kinds of granola in grocery stores and specialty food shops so why make your own??  Here’s why….you control what ingredients go into this one and you won’t need any sort of stabilizer or ingredient you cannot identify.  As an added bonus this one is packing nutrition with lots of fiber from the oatmeal and healthy fats and protein from the almonds and pepitas. (more…)

Mixed Berry Maple Syrup

Mixed Berry Maple Syrup
Fresh Strawberries, fresh blueberries and locally produced maple syrup….the perfect accompaniment to pancakes over the fire..

Mixed berry maple syrup is the PERFECT accompaniment to serve with your favorite pancakes over the campfire or in your kitchen.  Blueberry syrup is something that is requested in our house regularly by my kids, but I thought I would take it up another notch with this time with strawberries and blueberries. (more…)

Swiss Chard, Turkey Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Fold Over

Swiss Chard
Beautiful Swiss Chard

No matter where you live, you either have Swiss chard growing in your garden (if you are not growing it, give it a try, it requires minimal maintenance and looks gorgeous in any garden)  or you are seeing it at your local farmer’s market right about now.  It is growing big and beautifully in my garden and I knew it would be the perfect addition to a “slightly healthier” version of a breakfast sandwich.   This Swiss chard, turkey bacon, egg and cheddar fold over is packed with fiber and protein and could not be tastier. (more…)

Rhubarb Streusel

This is the one, you know from that worn, tattered, church cookbook that everyone LOVES…this is that recipe.  My mom has been making this since I can remember and it never fails that there is a pan of this on her counter at all times during the summer.  I now make it for my family and friends and it is a favorite here as well.  Rest-assured this may be the ONLY recipe I will use Jello  in, but it is a must here to provide a “jammy” layer to the dessert.  Rhubarb is a sure sign Spring is here to stay despite a MN, May 1st snowfall.   Grab some from a neighbor or from your local market, you won’t be sorry!! (more…)

Le Bete Noire

DECADENT…that is all.

THIS is the chocolate cake you want to make when you really want to impress.  I recently made this one for my mom for her 70th birthday and it is truly divine.  I can’t take credit for this one, but I learned of it from a wonderful establishment here in Minneapolis, the Wilde Roast Café.  It is quite easy to make and can be made a day or 2 ahead of time.  Cheers!! (more…)

White Bread

WOW your loved ones with the mouth-watering aroma of homemade bread…

I know…I know…white bread is shameful.  No, it’s not!  Once in a while it is a wonderful, delicious baked good that will make your house smell amazing for hours.  This recipe is fool proof, even if you have never made bread before.  I have subbed some whole wheat flour at times, but it is not an even swap. You will have to rely on consistency of the dough and if you feel comfortable doing that go for it, otherwise it is a fabulous recipe as is.   This is great with that homemade soup you are going to make, as the base for a BLT dinner or with a good smear of PB and honey.  Enjoy friends!! (more…)

Blood Orange, Almond and Poppyseed Cake

                                      THE CENTERPIECE

This is a beautiful, delicious centerpiece for your Easter, Mother’s Day or other celebratory brunch.  Make this cake the day before service so it is ready when you are.  If you have not tried blood oranges, this is your chance.  They are beautiful inside and out and when in season, oh, so sweet.  No worries if they are unavailable your favorite orange would produce great results as well.  Make sure to grease the Bundt pan generously and the cake will come out with no problems. This will be a gorgeous presentation!  I used Easter eggs as a garnish for our Easter brunch, but garnish with fresh flowers and/or fresh mint at any other time of the year.  Enjoy your celebration! (more…)

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

                                        NOT FROM A CAN!

 I made corned beef on 3 different occasions this year, it was that good!   Buy your next one from your local co-op to ensure you are getting a local, top-quality product.  Recently, with some left-overs, we had corned beef hash and eggs for hot date dinner.  This meal would be great any time of day, is packed with flavor, protein and fresh roasted veggies.  Yes, it is worth cooking a corned beef just for this dish! (more…)

Sausage Gravy

Feeds a crowd, spice is in the hot sauce if you choose to use it so kids love it too!!!

This is a fond memory of my childhood…..every year around Christmas we would head to the Chicago area for a week or so to visit family and my Aunt Peg made this every time.  I always looked forward to the trip and this particular meal.  I have tweaked it a bit over the years, but this recipe is simple and great to make when you have a house full of those you love.  Make this one ahead of time so all you have to do that morning is bake off your favorite biscuits.  Enjoy!! (more…)