Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.
With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.
One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
I may be cooking for 3 these days but I still find plenty of opportunities to whip up single serving recipes, especially when it comes to more gluttonous things such as peanut butter snickerdoodles. However most of the time I make single serving recipes for breakfast or lunch. I don’t think my parents would enjoy watching me prepare and then eat a single-serving dinner, leaving them to fend for themselves.
While preparing these eggs, my dad commented that he never makes something this fancy for breakfast. I had to laugh because it is actually deceptively fancy. After preparing the shallot and fresh herb topping the hardest part is making sure you don’t bake the eggs for too long. It’s no fun if the yolks arn’t runny! Unless of course runny yolks gross you out, then this breakfast is definitely not for you. As for me? Pass the toast so I can scoop up that golden deliciousness! (And don’t worry, I made my dad some as well.)
Two years ago: Birthday Cake Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
All of this (f)unemployment gives me plenty of time to not only apply for jobs, workout, and cook, but also to keep track of food holidays. Priorities, right? Today happens to be National Banana Bread Day so for Single Serving Sunday I made a mini loaf of banana bread. One small banana is all you need and it is first caramelized before being mashed and mixed into the batter along with some chopped walnuts. The richer flavors of this mini loaf produced by the caramelization may have you wishing for a full-sized one.
Have you heard this nonsense that TN may no longer observe daylight savings time? It has been proposed that after the clocks advance this spring, to never change them again in the state of Tennessee. At first I heard that the entire state was going to be in Eastern time which made absolutely zero sense since most of the state resides in Central time – thankfully that was wrong information. But either way I don’t like the idea. TN borders so many states that it undoubtedly would cause problems for cities (such as Memphis) on the edges. However I would be okay with a nation-wide end to daylight savings. No more winters with 4:30 pm sunsets? Sounds fantastic to me.
This quiche was actually made the morning after all that snow hit east TN. I figured it was a good opportunity to make my parents breakfast and actually beat my dad to the punch because he had the same idea, but I woke up earlier. I decided to let him cook breakfast on Valentine’s Day instead.
Two years ago: Crispy Parmesan Green Beans
I should’ve declared this week “Dad Recipe Week” because this is the third recipe I have shared that came from my Dad. Originally these were made with sour cream, but as you know I like to use Greek yogurt whenever I have the chance so these waffles changes from sour cream waffles to Greek yogurt waffles! And then I found some frozen cranberries in my freezer and decided to toss some of those in as well.
ALso, I have discovered the secret to packing up breakable items: just break them before you pack them and throw them away! I’m not seriously doing this on purpose but I have already broken one pyrex measuring cup and two decorative drinking glasses (there goes two of my smoothie cups for pictures). Guess that’s three less things I have to pack, although sadly those were some of my thicker glass items. Figures.
One year ago: Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Two years ago: Homemade Pizza Sauce
I am going to preface this rant with a note that I am aware that all important files should always, always, be backed up on a second source or device. Sometimes I fail to do so but have managed to avoid tragedy until yesterday. While working on some files from one of my USB drives, I got an error message saying the computer could not detect the USB any longer. Since then I have been frantically trying to get it to register on any computer I can find. I believe it is a connection problem between the connector and the board inside, but the guy at a computer repair place said he didn’t think that was the case. He said it was likely dead and there was no way of retrieving the information from it. Commence panic mode. However, I do not believe him because I was able to get it to register once – long enough to open the disk but not long enough to copy anything over. Since then I have been desperately trying to get it to sit just right in the USB input to hold long enough to save my files. If you know anything about fixing USBs or saving files from them, please let me know! If not, have some pancakes.
Update: SWEET GLORY! I got it to connect just long enough to pull everything off of it. Crisis averted, let’s celebrate with pancakes!
One year ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
In case you missed my updates on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, I got to bake with Heather of Dollop! We made mini pistachio cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache and gluten-free brownies with pistachios mixed in while we were at it. Unfortunately I forgot my copy of her cookbook, The Dollop Book of Frosting, in Memphis and missed an opportunity to have the author herself sign it. But I thoroughly enjoyed finally meeting her in person! I will post more about our baking adventures another day, since today is single serving Sunday.
For mornings that you want something warm but don’t want to spend the time cooking anything, make this rye toast topped with almond butter and sliced pears. The almond butter melts from the warmth of the bread and the pears pair perfectly (hello alliteration) with the almond. I left the skin on my pear as it was a softer variety, but peel if you so desire.
Happy Christmas Eve! Here’s a great breakfast recipe to prepare for breakfast tomorrow morning – eggnog french toast. Substituting eggnog for milk makes this fresh toast festive and perfect for Christmas morning (or any winter morning).
One year ago: Turkey Sloppy Joes with Kale Chips
Have you had a chance to check out The New Southwest Cookbook by Meagan of Scarletta Bakes? If not then today is your lucky day because not only am I sharing a recipe from her new cookbook, but am also hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to receive a copy!
To start, there’s a chapter which covers all the essentials for a southwest kitchen pantry as well as acceptable substitutions when you cannot locate a certain ingredient in a recipe, which I completely appreciated as sometimes it is difficult to find certain ingredients. Then there is a “building blocks” chapter covering all the condiments and foodstuffs seen in southwestern cooking from roasted chiles to homemade corn tortillas. Although it is not necessary to make your own tortillas, salsa, etc. from scratch, it certainly adds to the experience. I really want to try making my own tortillas once I get my hands on a tortilla press.
Browsing through the subsequent chapters, several recipes immediately struck me such as the fried sage smashed potatoes and the dulce de leche layer cake with sweet pecan “pesto”. The picture of that cake made me swoon, with pecan “pesto” dripping all over the place. But when I saw the pinto bean breakfast patty melts I knew it was time to treat myself to a hearty, spicy breakfast.
These breakfast patties were easy to throw together and I loved that they could be wrapped up before being cooked and saved for later since I typically only cook for myself. After being fried and topped with cheese, these patty melts were layered with spicy flavor – both in heat and spices. If you are a bit timid to spiciness you may want to consider removing the seeds from the jalapenos.
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One year ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies
On Friday I resubmitted my paper to the editor, hopefully satisfying the reviewers’ questions and comments. Since then I have been anxiously watching my e-mail inbox. I’m so excited to finally be able to pubmed myself after all these years of hard work! I will let you know when that happens.
In the meantime, let’s make pancakes. Pancake mix is a handy way to make pancakes but instead of buying it from the store, make it at home! This mix is full of oats and whole wheat to start your day (or end if you like breakfast for dinner). In the spirit of the holidays, I made a batch of pancakes with eggnog instead of buttermilk. It was a most excellent decision.
Two years ago: Breakfast Pizza