Midwest Loco Moco

If you’ve ever had the Hawaiian loco moco then you need to check out this midwestern version. Cauliflower rice topped with a turkey patty, brown gravy, and a fried egg.

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Corn Fritter Breakfast Burgers

This breakfast burger is not for the weak with bacon, a beef-sausage patty, cheddar cheese, a corn fritter, and a fried egg on top all sandwiched between a toasted English muffin. Don’t forget the maple aioli!

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Burger

With the combination of breakfast and burgers, you can have the best of both at any meal throughout the day. Piled high with bacon, egg, sausage, and Gouda cheese.

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Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Start your day with grilled cheese stuffed with eggs, bacon, cream cheese and cheddar cheese cooked right in a waffle iron.

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Mexican Eggs Benedict with Chipotle Hollandaise

Eggs benedict is awesome already but how about with chorizo and chipotle hollandaise? Don’t wait untilk your next brunch out, make this Mexican version at home.

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Open-Faced Ricotta, Arugula, and Egg Sandwiches

Enjoy this open-faced egg sandwich any time of day. Served with Parmsean-herb ricotta, arugula, and a poached egg.

Open-Faced Ricotta, Arugula, and Egg Sandwiches 1

Whenever an egg is involved as the central component of a recipe I feel like it’s breakfast food. But what about this sandwich – is it lunch or breakfast? I actually had it for breakfast but it could easily work for lunch as well, or heck even dinner if you prefer a lighter meal at the end of the day.

In my experience with open-faced sandwiches, they are served with a sauce or gravy on top which soaks in the bread and results in the necessity of forks. This open-faced sandwich doesn’t have any of that, at least not at first. But once you cut into the egg and let the yolk run amok you will find that it’s all the sauce you need.

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One year ago: Pink Lemonade Bars

Two years ago: Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers
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Almond-Pear Panino

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.

Almond-Pear Panino

Two years ago: Creamy Grape Dessert
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Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts & The New Southwest Giveaway

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!

scarletta bakes coverTo 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.

 Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts

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One year ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Two years ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies
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90 Second English Muffin

I don’t buy or bake bread products often so when I crave a breakfast sandwich, it gets  bit tricky unless I have something stashed away in the freezer. But then I saw this recipe for a 90 second English muffin and breakfast cravings were satisfied! This English muffin is prepared in the microwave and is truly ready in just 90 seconds. From there, spread it with peanut butter or stuffed it with egg, cheese, and bacon like I did. Part of a complete breakfast.

90 Second English Muffin

In other news, I’ve been visiting my friend Becky this weekend who lives in the Nashville area. I haven’t seen her in a year! Last time I saw her she was about to be shipped over to Afghanistan, but now she’s back! I’m not sure who needed this visitation more, me or her? But either way, to finish off our weekend we are running the Color Run today. I ran one last year in Memphis and it was fun, so I’m looking forward to doing it again.

One year ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

Two years ago: Halloween Oreo Cupcakes
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Breakfast Stromboli

Every now and then one of my friends will come to me for help finding a certain item online for cheaper than they saw in stores. I have a certain talent with Google searches apparently. The other day Kita asked me to find her a pair of pants. All she had was the picture, no designer, no store, just a picture of black pants that zip off to become capris (this is why when you pin something on Pinterest you should make sure the source exists). I told her I would do my best despite having little hope but after only a few minutes on Google, not only did I find pants that looks like the picture I found the exact pair for sale. Same exact picture – go me! Is superior key word Google searching a skill I should add to my CV? It does help me locate relevant research papers quite efficiently.

But anywho, that is not an invitation for everyone to start sending me all your online shopping needs. Instead I am going to distract you with food. Oh look over here I made you breakfast! Ever since posting the recipe for stromboli, it’s been pretty popular so I decided it was time for another version – breakfast stromboli! This recipe uses the same techniques for rolling up and sealing the dough, but with a different filling. I used breakfast sausage, eggs, cheese and a little bit of chopped pepper, but it’s easy to modify based on what you like most mixed in with your eggs in the morning. Or at night if you are like me and enjoy breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast Stromboli

Two years ago: Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Cookies
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