Category Archives: Breakfasts

Blueberry Drop Scones

When it comes to scones, it’s hard to beat a perfectly made plain one, served with fresh preserves and butter (or clotted cream or whipped cream, if you prefer). But while a plain scone might epitomize the category, I have to say that they’re not really my go-to scone for a couple of reasons. First, it’s hard to find a good one, let alone to ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pancakes with Nectarines

Plain buttermilk pancakes are probably one of my favorite things to have for a lazy weekend breakfast. They’re reliably good on their own – especially when topped with maple syrup – but are also open to a wide variety of variations. Blueberries and chocolate chips are pretty standard add-ins and since they’re so good, it is easy to fall into a rut. I know because I caught ... Read More »

Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Coconut, Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

Granola bars tend fall into two major categories. One type is mostly nuts – chunky and barely held together. The other type is more like a candy bar – sweet and sometimes full of chocolate. Neither is my favorite because I really want a granola bar that is lighter than the nut bar and healthier than the candy bar, so I definitely prefer to make my ... Read More »

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

Chocolate Almond Spread on toast

Nutella is a creamy, rich, chocolate and hazelnut spread that is popular all over the world. The first time I had it, I must have eaten a half-jar of the stuff with a whole baguette and probably would have finished off the jar if the bakery hadn’t been closed already. I would venture to say that it is more widely used outside the US than ... Read More »

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Many times, the flaky and buttery crust is the best part of a quiche, supporting the filling and adding a wonderful contrasting texture to the dish. But crusts can be a bit time consuming and more than a bit fattening. I like this crustless quiche as a quick and relatively low fat dinner. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and get into the oven ... Read More »

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

In the winter, especially when it’s raining (or snowing, for that matter, though that’s pretty unlikely in most of southern California) and cold, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a hot bowl of oatmeal. Ok – maybe staying in bed under the warm covers is a better way, but since we all have to get up sometime, oatmeal is ... Read More »

Mix-n-Match Applesauce Granola

granola and yogurt

Weekend mornings are often less hurried than weekday mornings, so when I get the urge to cook, I’ll sometimes prepare something that I can eat for breakfast during the week. Muffins and scones will keep for a day or two, but for something that will really last all week, granola is just the thing. It keeps well, it can be made in big batches and ... Read More »

Sweet Potato Scones

Sweet Potato Scones, with butter

 A scone is a quickly made pastry, a mix of flour and butter that is baked in a hot oven until flaky and golden. Scones, at least here in the US, are rarely served plain. Instead of the basic perfect-with-jam-and-clotted-cream scone that you might find served at an afternoon tea, we’re a lot more likely to see them augmented with dried fruits, sugar or other ... Read More »

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