Ricotta Tomato Toast

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End of tomato season usually means an overabundance of tomatoes in my house. Morning, noon, and night we have to incorporate them somehow! We definitely let the garden slack this year but we still have beautiful tomatoes coming out of the overgrown mess. Continue reading

Spinach, Mushroom, Bacon and Swiss Quiche

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New Year, New Me. At least that’s what I keep saying but I find myself returning to some of my tried and true recipes this first week of the new year. Maybe I’m just trying to get back into my groove of working a full 5 day work week and feeling a bit short on time, but this Sunday, before the madness of the work week, I got up early and took a little extra time to make one of my favorite recipes- Spinach, Mushroom, Bacon Swiss Quiche. It’s pretty simple and I just love quiche. It’s basically a sloppy omelette baked into a puffy pie crust. What more could you ask for?

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I’m not going to lie to you, this isn’t exactly your quick weekend breakfast but a big cup of coffee and some tunes going you’ll end up with a breakfast that is totally worth it and plus side- left overs for the next few mornings. This reheats really easily in the microwave before you rush out to work in the morning.

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I start out by prepping my ingridients. Rinsing and chopping mushrooms and of course cooking up the bacon.

Also, bacon taste testing is totally necessary for all parties involved-

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Looks pretty crisp, but better try it just to be sure.

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Weekend Breakfast

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I told myself once a week and now I’ve already broken that promise. To be honest, I haven’t been doing all that much that is interesting. I’m cooking, but nothing exciting to post (lasagna, meatloaf, left over turkey pot pie – snooze fest). In my personal life- after the holidays and my 5 day weekend I’ve been thrusted back into work as this time of year we try to plan a head and make up for the upcoming holiday time and possible winter weather. I still haven’t seen snow! We had one day last week, that was just sleet and rain. Made for some messy driving, but dreary scenery.

photo (2)Martini and I have been busy, doing nothing.

In my 5 day post-turkey/rain coma I did get into the kitchen for breakfast! There is nothing that I love more on a cold weekend morning than getting up, making a pot of coffee and putzing around my cabinets trying to figure out what to eat. One day in particular I saw a box of pancake mix and thought, ‘hm! It’s been a while!’ Well, when I opened the box I found out just how long it had been and without going into too much detail- threw the box into the garbage and began to brainstorm. We had already had french toast, scrambled eggs, omelettes, muffins, cinnamon rolls (look- I wasn’t kidding- I love making breakfast when I am home) and of course thought- pancake mix cant have that many ingredients in it. And guess what? It doesn’t.

breakfast winter 009 copyThese pancakes of course were extremely delicious per my taste tester and resident ass-kisser, Brett.

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I love making pancakes but of course after doing these I realized I should stop being so lazy and get my real skillet top out. Trying to flip pancakes in a semi-deep frying pan leads to a few mishaps.

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oops.

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BUT, I of course had to top myself on a more recent morning.

I have no idea why this came into my head but I also LOVE eggs benedict. In fact, get any kind of cheese/creamy sauce with a runny egg over an english muffin and im SOLD. I can’t even name all the variations of eggs benedict I have had without my stomach rumbling.

Unfortunately, I have no images of the process as toasting muffins, making hollandaise, frying ham and making poached eggs for the first time requires many more hands than I had to offer and primarily one less than it would take to snap some photos. But, as interesting as poaching an egg sounds for you- it was actually really fun! I was really nervous but got it right away. Making the little whirl pool, dropping it in and watching the whites swirl around and wrap around the yolk……I sound like such a nerd. What a rush! EGGS!

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Don’t judge me. 

My first beautiful poached egg…I remember it like it was last week (cough)…. placed on a paper towel for a minute to remove some excess water….time to…carefully move it to go onto the muffin and…Splat.

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At that point my hollandaise was bubbling and my muffins getting cold so…I will again spare you the full details but lets just say I wasn’t the perkiest or most pleasant little cook when my husband walked in the room and said “there has to be an easier way to cook more eggs at once”. As I was in the middle of what I call- KITCHEN CHAOS.

But lets forget all that, because once these puppies were on the table…all my stresses were gone.

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On a non-cooking but equally food-enjoment-related news (that was awkward.) we FINALLY finished painting our dining room. Ok, I say “we“- but really I picked the colors and then sat my ass on the couch with my laptop on pinterest while Brett slaved away. What can I say? I made poached eggs…last week. Leave me be…..*sips coffee*.

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Top: Brown Mustard; Trim: White (generic white, deal); Bottom: Colonial White

If you are thinking this color looks familiar it’s because the back wall of my kitchen that you would see from the dining room is the same yellow. Ayyyeeee…I’m proud. And happy to have another room near complete. Our next goal is to finally paint the living room but it is so windy tonight that we discovered a piece of siding is coming off and whacking away at the side of the house, oh home owner-ship. Back to reality tomorrow! In the meantime, I will spend my week dreaming up what cooking challenges I will face next weekend. Maybe something more challenging than poached eggs but equally as delicious.

What’s your favorite “special” breakfast to make at home? I’d love to hear from you!