Archive for the ‘Breakfast’ Category

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

May 27, 2016

We are so excited to have a long weekend with slow mornings, and time to linger over coffee, cartoons and these muffins. There is something about rhubarb, with its bright, slightly sour flavor that perfumes everything it touches. And the strawberries right now are so incredibly delicious and sweet that I had to add these to this recipe (the original one from Saveur had just rhubarb and almond flavors, but I’ve adapted it here without nuts and with strawberries).

Whenever I use rhubarb, I always think of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I love everything about this book, where the author writes about a year of living with her husband and two children on a farm where they only eat what they can grow or get within a 50 mile radius (in Southern Appalachia, this excludes grocery stores or box stores of any …

Chive, Herb Goat Cheese and Tomato Frittata

April 26, 2016


Spring has finally sprung here! One of the first sure signs of spring are chives bursting up out of whatever dirt they are planted in.  I love seeing their determined and totally autonomous efforts peeking out under dead lives and even the last chunk of snow. There have been chives at every house we have ever lived in, so I am guessing I am not alone? At our current house, these huge containers were on the deck when we moved in filled with chives. I will add a lot more herb pots after memorial day, but until then, these have already made their way into our dishes.

I always celebrate spring by making eggs with chives. Usually its scrambled eggs or an omelette, but last week, I wanted to make it even more of a celebration and I made this …

Mini Christmas Frittatas

December 21, 2014

I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the last place I want to be on Christmas morning. That’s why I love these mini fritattas – they take less then 15 minutes to whip together, and 10 minutes to bake. Plus, for some reason my kids all loved these, which is more then I can say for egg casserole or quiche – both of which I happen to love and are great holiday make ahead ideas but the kids don’t love them.

I think ham, egg and cheese might just be my favorite combo on the planet (asides from fried pickles dipped in ranch).  Western omlettes make me swoon. And so do these. The salty bite of parm with the smokiness of the ham are just a match made in heaven. Plus these are relatively healthy for you – you know, to balance out the egg nog spiked with …

S’mores Pizza

August 25, 2014


You know how I went to that blogging conference a few weekends ago and that is all I have posted about since? This is the last one I promise. I just kept thinking so much about the s’mores dessert pizza they served us at the Saturday lunch. Good thing I blog about food, which gave me an excuse to re-create it and share it.

I have to say, that old adage, ‘Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’ really came into play here. I had daydreams of making pizza dough out of graham flour and scouring some dark chocolate spreads to make this. Plus the restaurant had a wood burning pizza oven which I do not (Gwyneth Paltrow scoffs at my foodiness).

In the end, I just pulled out the obvious essentials and went to town:

I could …


May 31, 2013

Wow, has the last month flown by! Having a baby is like going into a time warp, where what was previously ‘a day’ or ’24 hours’ is now equal to ‘feed little people, sleep and maybe shower’. So that means my month hiatus from a blog post is more like a few days in regular time.

In the last month, so many great friends and family have stopped by with delicious meals and treats, I wanted to share some favorites! Also, while I have been nursing I have watched some great cooking shows, so I wanted to share some of the ideas that I can’t wait to try.

1. Have you ever seen French Cooking at Home with Laura Calder?  She is super smart/well-traveled albeit quirky, and she just inspires me to shop for amazing ingredients like tarragon vinegar from Nice and sea salt from the Ivory …

Easter Brunch

April 5, 2013

Could Easter get any cuter?


Combine baby animals + springtime colors and flowers + little kids.

I love Easter.  It is the perfect combo, falling squarely between Thanksgiving ‘relax, it’s all about the food’ and Christmas ‘experience kids’ high-octane delight’. Throw in “Heaven is now open” in the mix for those who celebrate that little tidbit, and there are so many reasons to party, i.e. drink Mimosas.

For the last few years, I have been trying to make something for holiday brunch the day before so I can really enjoy the morning excitement.  Quiche and some pastry has been my usual duo, with some fresh fruit and ‘shrubs’, which is a drink my mom made for holiday brunch.  It is seltzer + juice with a scoop of sherbet and it really tastes like a holiday to me now.

The quiche I made …