Honey and Olive Oil Zucchini Muffins. Zucchini muffs!
Like more PLEASE. Blue sky bran muffins. I am likely the last person in New York City to learn about Blue Sky Bakery muffins, and it’s all my fault because I wasn’t paying attention.
Why would you, really? Most coffee shops don’t sell muffins worth noting. You can only audition so many flavorless, greasy, tight-crumbed, massive metallic-tasting muffins before not even looking in bakery cases when you go in for your morning fix. Four year-olds, however, are not suspicious — they are insistent. So, one morning over spring break (something you dread when you’re in preschool, live for in high school and college, and I’m sorry to admit, lightly dread again as a parent), when I tried to make the most of our more leisurely mornings with excursions, we got in the terrible habit of splitting one of their fruit-filled bran muffins each morning and by the end of the week, we were so addicted that I had to make them at home. Curl of steam, guys. Blue Sky Bran Muffins Adapted from Table of Contents, via the Sweetie and the Kitchen blog. Ginger Pecan Pumpkin Muffins. I have two annual traditions this time of year: I like to watch classic 1960s and 1970s horror movies (the kind heavy on atmosphere and suspense and light on gore), and I love to overdo it on pumpkin-filled foods.
Mango Macadamia Muffin Recipe by Meghna. Orange-Date Muesli with Coconut and Cacao Nibs. Save to My Recipes Muesli is a cold porridge of oats, fruit, and yogurt that softens overnight in the refrigerator.
If you don’t have time to prepare it the night before, don’t worry. You can omit the oats and make a breakfast parfait with the orange (use one large orange), date, yogurt, cacao nibs, and coconut. 2 teaspoons unsweetened flaked organic coconut 1/2 orange, peeled and chopped (about ½ cup) 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (squeezed from second half of orange) 1 Medjool date, pitted, finely chopped 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 teaspoon cacao nibs View Step-by-Step Directions Ingredient Info: Unsweetened flaked organic coconut is available at natural foods and specialty foods stores. Strawberry rhubarb pecan loaf. I should apologize for the lewdness of this title—or perhaps you should, for that gutter mind—but I’ve always been endlessly amused by the “put some South in your mouth” logo painted on the wall of the Carolina BBQ joint and frat-boys-living-out-their-glory-days haven, Brother Jimmy’s.
Really, it’s just about the only thing I enjoyed about the place the innumerable times a certain ex-boyfriend of mine with a ACC basketball bent dragged me there under duress or pleading. The bar’s menu consists things like fried pickles, green tomatoes and corn fritters and something frightening called a “flaming pig pick,” and while I am not one to argue that these are indeed Southeastern flavors, my associations have always been in sweeter, homier places: berry pies, cobblers and pretty much anything that has known, been adjacent to or looked at a pecan in it’s life. Of course, my tweaks just had to involve a splash of booze, but you probably knew that was coming.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pecan Loaf. BAKED OATMEAL WITH APPLES AND PERSIMMONS // TAKING CARE. I love December. Every year, without trying, I get stupidly excited about Christmas – and go at it with the enthusiasm of a six year old who’s acquired a few domestic skills along the way. But with that, though, comes the stress of the season, which gives everything sparkly about this month a run for its money. I am busier than ever this year but I don’t want to let holiday stress cast a dark pall over these next couple weeks, so I spent some time really considering what I need to keep myself from turning into a scrooge.
I made a list and I will be checking it twice. A list of things that make me happy, that inspire me, that calm me down. Oatmeal pancakes. I don’t gush much, do I?
I mean, I try not to be a gusher, someone who oohs and aahs so much, it loses meaning after a while, you know? I make exceptions of course: slaws, for one, and of course, Wee Jacob. I mean, look at him. Gushing is not optional for this mama. Whole Grain and Nut Pancakes. Palate/palette/plate. No Time for Breakfast? Nonsense! Take It To Work With One of These Quick Ideas. Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries and Maple Syrup1 servingWarm porridge no longer has to be made exclusively with oats and wheat; quinoa, with its high protein count, is a fine start to the morning.
Before cooking the quinoa–which you can do the night before–wash away its bitter coating by rinsing it well; be sure to use a fine-mesh sieve (the seeds are tiny!). Combine 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until heated through. Transfer to a heatproof container. Top with 1/4 cup fresh blueberries; drizzle with 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup.