• Lemon Blueberry Muffins
    Breads,  Breakfast

    Lemon Blueberry Muffins and Spring

    It was chilly yesterday morning, but unlike recent mornings in Pittsburgh, the sun was shining and I could see my daffodils poking up through the ground. Spring is coming! Along with warmer weather, flowers, and sunshine, there are foods that really say “Spring” to me. Fresh, bright flavors like lemon and mint, and fresh spring fruits and vegetables like berries, baby peas, and asparagus are all things I enjoy this time of year. By far, the combination of lemon and blueberries is my favorite. I think I could eat them together in almost any form but one that I love most are Lemon Blueberry Muffins. So, with blueberries in the…

  • Chocolate Cherry Muffins
    Breakfast,  Holidays

    A Valentine’s Day Breakfast Treat

    A few days ago one of my colleagues gave me some overly ripe bananas so they wouldn’t go to waste. I was about to make a loaf of old fashioned banana bread when my creative instincts took over. All of a sudden I found myself melting chocolate, and chopping dried cherries and walnuts. As I worked I started thinking this might just make a delicious Valentine’s Day breakfast! No, it’s not fancy, but since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, breakfast is going to be grab-and-go. These cute little muffins will get the day off to a delicious start though. A little chocolate with a little cherry dresses…

  • Sour Milk Doughnuts
    Breads,  Breakfast

    Sour Milk Doughnuts

    I’m a bit of a history buff. I love reading about history, historical fiction novels and traveling to places to see and learn about the history of the area. I also love food history and learning about food traditions. That history is even more interesting to me when there is some sort of a family link. So imagine my delight when a few weeks before Christmas I received a letter from my Father’s cousin and enclosed was this copy of a very old recipe from his Great Aunts, for Sour Milk Doughnuts. I’m guessing the recipe is from the late 1800s to early 1900’s – it’s a guess but based…

  • Cranberry Orange Breakfast Muffins
    Breads,  Breakfast,  Holidays

    Cranberry Orange Muffins

    One of my favorite things about fall is cranberries. The slightly bitter flavor works nicely in both sweet and savory dishes so I tend to use them a lot this time of year. But, my favorite way to use them is in baked goods, like these Cranberry Orange Muffins. I think they are just perfect on a cool, crisp fall morning! I remember my Mom making a cranberry orange nut bread that we would have Thanksgiving morning. She could make it ahead and then have an easy but delicious breakfast that was perfect for Thanksgiving. I still make that bread, but since there are just 2 of us, muffins work…

  • Zucchini and Carrot Quick Bread
    Breads,  Breakfast

    Zucchini Carrot Bread

    Is your garden bursting with Zucchini? Is a well-meaning neighbor sharing their bounty? This zucchini carrot bread is the perfect way to use extra zucchini from your garden and not let any of it go to waste! Zucchini bread is a delicious, hearty bread, but I often feel like its missing something. I experimented with a few things to give it a bit more flavor and body and my favorite variation is when I add shredded carrots to the mix. Carrots have a sweetness that helps cut down on sugar and for me, hides the baking soda flavor I would get with other zucchini bread recipes. They always had a…

  • Breakfast,  Uncategorized

    The Egg Hater

    Yup, I really, really dislike eggs. I always have. Everything from the smell to the taste, there is just something that completely turns me off. Unfortunately for me, eggs for breakfast were a regular part of Sunday morning growing up. Let me tell you, those mornings were stressful until my Mom finally learned that I wasn’t being stubborn, I really didn’t like eggs! So why then a post about eggs? Well, I was looking for things to do with leftover ham after Easter and was getting tired of ham soup and ham sandwiches. My husband likes eggs and is always looking for something for breakfast that is high in protein…

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