For a while now, I’ve been wanting to recreate a scone I found at my favorite local coffee spot. I stumbled across it quite by chance one day when I stopped in to grab a quick cup to go and my stomach happened to grumble at just the right time during the ordering process. I looked to my left and saw a plate of beautiful, fresh, speckled scones, asked the barista what kind they were, and she replied “Lemon-Rosemary”. And from there, a love affair was born. Read more...(1025 words, 12 images, estimated 4:06 mins reading time)
Imagine your favorite weekend farmers market. Think of all of the colorful, fresh produce, creamy cheeses and butters, warm baked goods, and local snacks and sweets that you can’t wait to add to your market basket. Pretty great, right? I absolutely love visiting our local markets in the summertime. And I think that knowing exactly where your food is coming from, whose garden it grew in, who baked the bread, or who churned the butter, is increasingly important in this day and age where the divide between where our food comes from and how it gets to our tables has grown steadily more difficult to track. Read more...(915 words, 9 images, estimated 3:40 mins reading time)
I have notoriously bad luck with banana bread. Every time I try to bake a loaf, it’s either overbaked or raw in the middle. Despite that, I haven’t given up trying to make a decent loaf, and when I realized the bananas on our counter were brown and spotty, and wouldn’t be going anywhere, I decided I should give a new recipe a try. Read more...(998 words, 11 images, estimated 4:0 mins reading time)
Go big or go home seems to be the motto when it comes to over-doing pumpkin spice nowadays. It started out seasoning things as simple as a latte and some cookies, and has branched out into household cleaners and bottled water (I’m sorry, but ick.) It’s a little ridiculous. That said, pumpkin spice placed in just the right recipe is still a very good thing, and I was excited to try this version of one of our favorite family breakfast treats, ooey, gooey sticky Monkey Bread. Read more...(691 words, 9 images, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
People ask me all the time why I started writing a blog. It’s probably a question I get at least once a week. Blogging, though increasingly common, still has this kind of weird aura around it. People don’t get it, and I have to admit, sometimes I don’t get it either. It blows my mind that there’s this little space on the internet with my name on it, that I’m in charge of. There’s also this weird ego-thing around blogging in general. Like, why on earth would I think that anyone would ever want to read anything I’ve actually written…about my dinner, no less? It’s a battle I’m constantly struggling with. I am notoriously bad at self-promoting my blog. It’s only been quite recently that I even tell people that I write a food blog when they ask me what I do. My go-to answer for a long time was just “I do a little work from home.” Anyway, my point is, I often feel like my job is pretty weird. Read more...(1103 words, 11 images, estimated 4:25 mins reading time)
Seriously, aren’t these little guys just too cute?
They are the perfect addition to your Easter table, be it brunch or dinner. They are deliciously tender, and flavored with just a hint of warm spices and orange zest, and then glazed with a simple, sweet orange glaze to finish them off.
And…they are super cute.
They really aren’t difficult to put together, but as with any yeast bread, they do take a little bit of time.
I started by mixing together some flour, yeast, and allspice in my mixing bowl.
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Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good. Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them. They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV. They are just…so…good. Read more...(570 words, 10 images, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind? You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire. Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory. Read more...(1011 words, 12 images, estimated 4:03 mins reading time)
It was a couple of hours before the kids came home from school. I was cleaning up the kitchen, and noticed that the bananas hanging on my banana hook had seen better days. You know the type, the brown, spotty, “Oops, we didn’t eat these quickly enough” bananas? What do you do when life hands you brown bananas? You bake banana bread!
I’d seen this recipe a while ago, and wanted to give it a try. I love peanut butter and banana together, and I loved that this recipe (which I adapted from one I’d found in Cooking Light) had some healthier twists than the usual quick bread. Read more...(972 words, 9 images, estimated 3:53 mins reading time)