Category: Breakfast

coconut water oatmeal in a bowl with apricots and cardamom

At any given time, there may be upwards of three different varieties of oats in my kitchen cabinet. For baking, I’ve got my traditional rolled oats. When I’ve got time on my hands, I pull out the steel cut oats and treat myself to a bowl sweetened with just a tad of maple syrup. And then there are the typical days, where I want a warm, filling breakfast that’s ready in five minutes. It’s on these days that I rely…

apricot and rosemary cookies on a cooling rack

Have you ever tricked yourself into thinking an oatmeal raisin cookie is an acceptable breakfast? You tell yourself it’s okay because eating an oatmeal cookie is essentially the same as eating a bowl of oatmeal…with lots of sugar and butter and flour. The only problem is an oatmeal raisin cookie isn’t  as filling as a bowl of oatmeal, so you eat two…or three…or four. And your morning is off to a great start! Sugar crash impending. FAIL. If you ever…

vegan eggnog cake

Growing up, eggnog was never a part of my family’s Christmas food traditions. I always thought the stuff was weird and dangerous because of all the raw eggs. The first time I had eggnog I must have been 18 or 19 and it was a pasteurized version from a carton. Completely safe, right? Not at all. My youthful suspicions proved to be true, as I discovered eggnog is dangerously addictive. All that sugar, nutmeg, and milk fat is a recipe…

brown butter pumpkin muffins

I have a love/hate relationship with pumpkin. My love is rooted in the moisture and pretty orange tint pumpkin provides to my baked goods. When pureed, the winter squash is smooth and slightly viscid, wonderfully mimicking the richness and binding properties typically found only through a hefty combination of butter and eggs. But this copycat act, often comes at a cost, that cost being taste.  This brings me to why I hate pumpkin so much. It’s bitter and it’s bland. …

sweet potato oat-cookies_

Believe it or not, the tone deaf woman writing this blog used to be a budding violinist. From 3rd to 8th grade, I played the violin for my school’s orchestra and I was actually pretty good at it. The highlights of my brief orchestral career include learning to play “Minuet 1,” “William Tell Overture,” and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. However, my crowning achievement was mastering “The First Noel.” Years later, while in college, I picked up my friend’s…

brussels sprout hash on plate

ALL STRESSED OUT AND NO ONE TO CHOKE–all caps, red background, blue text. In college, this was one of my recurring AIM away messages. Balancing school work, a part-time job, and the publication of a monthly newspaper seemed stress inducing at the time, but compared to the home buying process, it now looks like a walk in the park. Buying a house is stressful and eats up all of your time and energy and almost makes you want to choke people. …

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