Sometimes a decadent breakfast is required in order to start the day out right. Although I would not recommend doing this everyday, I completely think that indulging for breakfast every now and then is totally acceptable.
This is exactly how I felt this past weekend – I just wanted French Toast and did not want to care about the dreaded caloric content. My solution? Decadent breakfast + smaller-than-normal portion size = one satisfied lady with a stomach that was not too full!
Step 1: Cut Challah Bread into Slices and
Cut “Pouch”; Cut Banana Slices
Step 2: Carmelize Bananas and Stuff into Bread
Step 3: Whisk the Egg Mixture Together
Step 4: Place Stuffed Bread in Egg Mixture with Almonds
Step 5: Combine Streusel Topping; Place on Top and Bake
Although decadent, I am happy to have made this. One recommendation is to be careful with the soak time of the challah bread and how much liquid it absorbs. Other than that, a perfect start to a Saturday or Sunday!
I absolutely love finding restaurants and shops in local neighborhoods. Mighty-O Donuts is no different. Although I do not normally indulge in donuts, what especially peaked my interest about this place was the fact that they stray away from the “norm” and offer plenty of unique donuts such as lemon poppyseed and french toast to name a few. After staring at all of the choices for a few minutes, I finally settled upon the orange blossom (as pictured above).
I definitely was not disappointed with this choice. Not only did my stomach feel more than satisfied, but I am happy that I helped support a local company that is dedicated towards offering food with organic ingredients and sustainability in mind. Seattleites – visit this place and then take a stroll around Greenlake!
I am pretty sure that I could not live without hummus. Basically, on average, I consume a lot more than is considered to be normal of carrots, celery and pita chips as a result of my hummus addiction. Since one cannot “make” carrots or celery, I figured it would be fun to make pita chips.
Step 1: Get Pita Chips and Garlic
Step 2: Cut Garlic and Pita Bread
Step 3: Toss Pita With Olive Oil,
Salt, Pepper, Garlic and Other Spices
Step 4: Place On Baking Sheet and Bake
For 15-20 Minutes at 425 Degrees
Step 5: Dip in Hummus and Enjoy!
These are quite simple and take little time to make. Plus, I think they taste better than pita chips from the bag. My suggestion is to dip them in sun dried tomato hummus.
Sometimes I just get the urge to bake. Tonight was no different. Unfortunately, I am in desperate need of a grocery shopping excursion. As a result, I’m left to the bare minimum for food. This lack of items did not help me with my baking quest at first; however, it did help me uncover easy recipes that I could use with both few and ordinary items. I settled upon making Lemon Bars – delicious, refreshing and probably one of the best desserts to make if in a bind for ingredients.
Step 1: Cream Sugar and Butter; Add Flour
Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients
Step 3: Bake Dough; Pour Wet Ingredients
Step 4: Bake and Enjoy!
Did I mention this is a Barefoot Contessa recipe? Although this is a dessert served better in the summer, I personally think it is a perfect change for a season that’s filled with way too many heavy items.
I have never been one to crave bread, choose to consume it on a whim or eat multiple slices while waiting for dinner at a restaurant. However, for me, focaccia bread is in its own category. I absolutely adore the buttery taste of this bread that is often complimented by simple ingredients like sea salt, pepper and garlic. For this time, I added kalamata olives and roasted garlic to spice it up.
Step 1: Stir Yeast, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Water Together
Step 2: Chop Kalamata Olives
Step 3: Stir in Flour and Let Rise
Step 4: Season, Bake and Eat!
For me, this results in a simple equation: balsamic + olive oil + focaccia bread = buttery goodness. Perhaps it’s a good thing I don’t have bread too often!
My eyes lit up as soon as I found a recipe for a Texas Sheet Cake. In order to look forward to my upcoming trip to Austin, Texas (yes, I am so incredibly excited), I figured that I absolutely, positively had to make it. Plus, did I mention it was ranked #2 Best Dessert in Cooking Light magazine and it has copious amounts of chocolate? Sold.
Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients
Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients Together;
Add Dry Mixture
Step 3: Bake Batter; Combine Butter,
Cocoa, Powdered Sugar and Pecan; Spread & Eat
After making this cake, the phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” kept ringing in my head. But, according to this cake, the phrase really should be “everything is bigger and chocolatey-er in Texas”. This was definitely a delicious cake with plenty of chocolate-y goodness. Perhaps my stomach size needs to increase before my upcoming trip!
I normally would not think to combine maple syrup and mustard with chicken. In fact, this combination has never crossed my mind. But, in an attempt to be more adventurous, I decided to try this recipe from the latest issue of Cooking Light. In this situation, sweet + savory wins.
Step 1: Prepare Spices and Cut Garlic
Step 2: Saute Chicken for Two
Minutes on Each Side
Step 3: Combine Liquid Ingredients
to a Boil in Skillet; Add Chicken
Step 4: Bake and Serve
This chicken recipe was a good decision and in commitment to my New Year’s Resolutions. Even though this recipe is on the healthier side, it definitely packs plenty of noticeable flavor. I highly recommend you to try it!
I feel as though sweet potato fries are the new “it” item – they literally seem to be popping up on restaurant menus everywhere. Although the term “fry” usually provides for an unhealthy connotation, at least I feel better consuming sweet potato fries because I know I will be receiving my daily dose of Vitamin B6, C, D and Iron. Besides the vitamin values, I especially became inspired to make them after seeing a mouth-watering advertisement in Cooking Light from Alexia that featured Sweet Potato Fries With Sriracha Mayonnaise.
Step 1: Peel and Cut Potato Into Strips
Step 2: Toss With Olive Oil,
Garlic, Sea Salt and Pepper
Step 3: Mix Mayonnaise With
Sriracha Sauce and Lemon Zest;
Bake, Dip, Eat, Enjoy!
Although I totally jumped on the band wagon with this one, I do not regret it at all. These are extremely easy and provide for a light snack (if you do not dip in mayonnaise like I did of course!) and something that is a little bit healthier than the normal greasy fry.
Bye bye 2011 – the year filled with various fruit-filled desserts, homemade pizzas and plenty of roasted chicken recipes. Throughout this past year, I definitely learned many new tricks including how to make pie pastry dough from scratch (and cut and assemble lattices for pies), how to properly clean and prepare a whole chicken for roasting and how to properly make quinoa, just to name a few!
In order to celebrate 2011, I just wanted to list a few of my favorites:
Cheddar Jalapeno Bread
Roast Chicken With Chickpeas,
Tomatoes, Olives and Thyme
Sour Cherry Pie With Lattice Crust
Spaghetti & Sicilian Meatballs
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes With
Lemon Curd and Raspberries
Blackberry Peach Crumble
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
With Garlic Bread Crumbs
Pumpkin Cake With
Cream Cheese Frosting
I am already excited for 2012: hoping to experiment more with pomegranates, mustard (yes, Epicurious predicted it to be a Top Food Trend for 2012), avocados and I would like to make homemade Pho. Join me in my adventure!