Category Archives: brunch

sweet and crunchy candied nuts

One of my favorite pizza places in New Haven carries this amazingly incredible salad with mixed greens, dried berries, crumbled bleu cheese, and these sweet, crunchy, heavenly candied nuts. I have always wanted to try them out at home to change up our salad game and last night I did! They were so delicious that John has requested we always keep them in the house, plus, they kept the kitchen smelling sweet and nutty all night long! Here’s my recipe for Candied Nuts.

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Candied Mixed Nuts

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bundt chocolate chip and walnut banana bread

I was lucky enough to taste lots of treats that came from my Great Grandmother’s kitchen. Now I’m lucky enough to continue the tradition of treats with my boys in the kitchen with her original mixer! This was our first time using it to make classic banana bread with a twist. Here’s Luca bear’s (with a little help from mom) recipe for Bundt Banana Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips.

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Bundt Banana Bread

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My favorite sous chef snacking on a few extra chocolate chips at 9am!

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baked hasselback cinnamon apples

With Thanksgiving right around the corner our house is filled with talk of autumn recipes from classic and traditional to new and reinvented. Here’s a simpler take on apple pie that will still leave your guests’ sweet tooth satisfied! Try it topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of toasty granola! Here’s my Baked Hasselback Cinnamon Apples.

how to hasselback

how to hasselback

An in-season treat

An in-season treat

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devilishly good meatless monday eggs in purgatory

This is a devilishly fun dish to start October’s meatless Monday’s off right! Believed to be of Tunisian decent, Shakshouka, or Eggs in Purgatory, traditionally uses Harissa, a paste made from peppers and spices, but mine utilizes smoky cumin and jarred roasted red peppers which are probably sitting in your pantry right now! Serve family style or in individual dishes for a simple weeknight dinner!

A hellish good meal!

A hellish good dish!

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quick pb&j bites

Breakfast time can be a challenge in so many family mornings. These little bites are the perfect grab and go snack for AM munchies. Bake them on Sunday and keep them in an air tight container for the week! A perfect play on the children’s favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these PB & J Bites are sure to get your day started off right!

PB & J Bites

PB & J Bites

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grandma zam’s banana jelly muffins

There are some nights when I’ve got a big pot of sauce on the stove, meatballs in the oven, and am tossing a salad in catalina dressing when I think about my great grandmother. She left us a few years ago but I think about her often, especially as I share my time in the kitchen with my son. In honor of my Gramps birthday yesterday, here is a recipe that I have tried to perfect to taste like her’s and I’ve gotten it fairly close. It’s a great breakfast treat or afternoon snack, and it always reminds me of her 🙂 Here is Grandma Zam’s Banana Jelly Muffins.

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

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why we’re nutty about coconut milk

With the announcement of Starbucks adding coconut milk as a new coffee sweetener to their menu, the creamy dairy-free liquid has caused quite a stir among roasters everywhere. However, this little gem has been a staple in many island and southern Asian cuisines from Thailand to India to the Caribbean and Pacific for many years. While it still remains a topic of debate due to its high saturated fat content, in moderation its a unique ingredient to use in your weeknight culinary “travels.” Contrary to what you might think, when prepared correctly, it leaves little to no coconut flavor and produces a dairy-less dish. Here are a couple of my suggestions for coconut milk.

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice...no frills needed!

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice…no frills needed!

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