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Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple Syrup

2 Oct

Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple Syrup

I always have high hopes for weekend breakfasts.  On Friday night I think about the delicious feast that I will whip up for our family.  Mounds of pancakes, stacks of brown sugar bacon, eggs, hash browns and freshly squeezed orange juice.  But the reality is that on Saturday morning, I’m lucky if I can make a cup of coffee and convince Chris to go out and get us bagels (albeit, delicious, hot New York bagels).  So then on Saturday night, I convince myself, once again, that on Sunday, I can get my ass in gear to have breakfast on the table by the time everyone gets up.  And guess what?! Usually that doesn’t happen either and that is when we go to the diner (another great commodity in New York).

But I made it my mission to make these pancakes, having the idea stuck in my head for way too long and it was well worth the earlier wake-up time. Continue reading

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

24 Jul

Iced Coffee

I was never really a “coffee person” until Ella was born.  And then I wanted an IV drip of it permanently attached to my arm.  Those first few months (scratch that: first year) of sleepless nights with a baby equaled tons of caffeine replenishment the next morning (and afternoon….and early evening).  I do have to admit though that I have become a coffee snob over the years. In the early days, a huge iced coffee with tons of cream and lots of sugar was my regular order.  Nowadays, the less fillers/add-in’s, the better.  I want to actually taste the coffee, not mask it.  I won’t really even blink if you handed me a cup of black coffee.  (Well, I would probably blink, because not blinking would just be so odd….).

With that said, my iced coffee preferences have also changed over the last couple of years.  I tend to find most store-bought iced coffees (with a couple exceptions) are too watered down and not strong enough for my tastes.  By cold brewing the coffee, you get less of a bitter taste (as hot water releases oils that give that off); so you get a strong flavor that is really smooth.  I actually prefer this home-brewed version to any other shop version.  And as an added bonus, I pour some of the coffee in ice cube trays so I can pop a few of those in too, without diluting the final product.  So pour yourself a tall one and enjoy the rest of your summer! Continue reading

Blueberry Buckle

21 Jun

Blueberry Buckle

Growing up, in my household we celebrated events with baked goods.  Every holiday, celebration, or you know, a random Tuesday night, was marked with a delicious dessert.  Angel Food cake  with fresh whipped cream and strawberries was for my dad’s birthday.  Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream was reserved for my mom’s birthday.  Homemade caramels and jam for Christmas gifts. I even remember random moments in my life and know exactly what I was eating at that moment to mark the occasion. For (weird) example: the first time I watched Sound of Music, I ate, also for the first time, Pilsbury’s Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs.  A recipe that is from the 60’s and was something my mom’s mom made her.  I’m like a food idiot savant, what a talent…a.very.useless.talent.

This dish is something that had been made on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  When Chris and I were dating in college, my parents flew out to spend Christmas in New York where I was going to school.  I was graduating that year and felt all “adult” and wanted to keep this tradition going.  What came out was a tubular (wrong pan), purple mess.  But it was still delicious.  Needless to say, over the years I think I have nailed it and will definitely continue that tradition.  Which is one of the best things about creating in a kitchen. Continue reading

Brown Sugar Black Pepper Bacon

17 Jun

Brown Sugar Black Pepper Bacon Brunch is one of my absolute favorite things.  And I don’t mean just a favorite meal.  I mean an absolute favorite thing in my life.  What’s not to love?  Sweet and savory.  Loads of alcohol.  Passing desserts off as “brunch” food.  I dig it.

New York also seems to be the unofficial “land of brunch” (I just made that up, so don’t quote me.).  On almost every restaurant menu, they are pushing some sort of brunch option, always complete with free-flowing mimosas.  Just a warning: Free-flowing mimosas on Sunday make for a rough Monday.  Those are my wise words for the month.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Brunch is also one of my favorite times to entertain, which means I have a few favorites that I can always rely on.  The following recipe is one of those and is always a crowd favorite.  As the bacon cools, the sugar starts to caramelize and you get something that is similar to candied bacon.  Meat candy.  You’re welcome. Continue reading

Peach Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup

7 Jun

Peach Pancakes

I am going to be the first to admit that I am a cake snob. It’s a given that between my mom, my godmother and myself, the words “boxed cake mix” are never uttered from our lips. Or used in our kitchens. HOWEVER, boxed pancake mix? Sure thing! Pancakes in a hot second?! Sign me up. Oh, you even come in a yellow, plastic container so that I don’t have to use a bowl?! Um yes. Especially on Sunday mornings when I can barely roll myself out of bed, let alone feed human beings.

Then I decided to make pancakes from scratch one day and my world was rocked (like I have said before, not too hard to do). They were so much better. With all the summer fruit coming out, we wanted to take advantage of it and came up with this flavor combination.

*On a side note, I am also a maple syrup snob. I actually bring my own syrup with me to diners (don’t judge.). Continue reading

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