Category Archives: Breakfast

Warm Breakfast Quinoa and Some Thoughts On 2010

breakfast quinoa

I’ve been away for a while, much longer than the week off that I’d planned on taking. I needed to take a break from the pace of the FCI kitchens and my internship, to travel up north for family time and to reunite with old friends, to cook without pausing to take notes or click the shutter, and to eat some amazing food at this seriously good, seriously charming neighborhood eatery, and this destination restaurant/shrine to local cuisine. We capped it all off by ringing in the New Year with champagne and Brian’s now famous paella, and then, before I knew it, I was right back in the thick of things and feeling very disorganized.

dried fruit and nuts

I try to take a realistic approach to making resolutions come January 1, avoiding things that I know are futile, like super-restrictive dieting, or resolving to stop compulsively biting my nails (been there, done that). Instead, I like to make lists comprised of a mix of goals and big moments yet to come in the year ahead. Today’s recipe for creamy, hearty breakfast quinoa parlays beautifully into two lists I’ve made this year: my personal list, and my EVK-specific list.

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Brioche à Tête

brioche a tete

Back in the summer, I made a promise that I’d be blogging about bread recipes and techniques on the heels of my summer spent learning to bake artisan bread (click here, and here, and here, and here), and here I am in October, apologizing for just getting down to it now.

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Viennoiserie: Croissant and Pan au Chocolat



Viennoiserie played a major roll in my decision to go to culinary school. If you’ve ever had a really good croissant, and if you love baking as much as I do, you’ve probably spent a few sleepless nights wondering how that baker who made that perfect croissant achieves such gorgeous, buttery, flaky perfection.

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

 

I am dead tired today, and It’s all I can do to keep my eyelids from drooping down over my eyes and obscuring the view of my laptop screen. You see, I haven’t been sleeping very well, and I have a lot of reasons for feeling like I’m one word away from collapse.

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Homemade Granola Recipe

 

I feel the need to get one thing off my chest. Here goes. Really good granola, you know, the kind that has an amazing, crispy texture and those delicious nuggets where the oats and nuts fuse together with the baked goodness to form bits that you want to eat right out of the bag or box? The kind that is chock-full of fruits and nuts and is sort of like trail mix, only minus the chocolate, for breakfast?

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

 

Let’s hear it for the weekend, which has finally arrived. W-E-E-K-E-N-D! What’s that spell? WEEKEND! All frustration, exacerbated by chores undone, delayed flights, and obnoxious comments about the very disgusting, self-inflicted scar smack in the middle of my nose (the result of accident-prone me scraping my nose on the bottom of the laundry basket as I was puling it down from atop the machines last week), has melted away. This weekend is all about rest and fun and yes, catching up. 

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Matzo Brei Recipe

 

Last night I enjoyed an easy Friday night of eating dinner at home and watching movies. Before we turned in, at around 11, I laid out my running clothes and set my alarm for the 10K that I had signed up to run in the morning. 

 

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Cream Scones Recipe

 

 

Come here often? If you do, then what you are probably thinking right now is along the lines of, “what’s with this chick and scones? Isn’t this, like, her third post about them? Is she obsessed?”  And if that’s what you think, you should know, you’re just scratching the surface of my OCD about this particular baked good. 

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The “Smoke-um If You Got-um” Omelette

 

 

I got to know Amanda, who is now a dear friend, when we happened to be placed in the same college Spanish class during our sophomore year. This class, which was only available in painful, once a week, four hour long installments, had one saving grace, the man who taught it. Our beloved Professor Rendstrom, spent as much of the four hours teaching us how to navigate the subjunctive as he did speaking out against “the Man” while fingering the tip of his long, flowing ponytail. And when our much-anticipated half-time breaks finally arrived, Rendstrom would look up, reach for his pack of cigarettes, and say “OK. Smoke-um if you got-em”. Which of course has become a standing joke that Amanda and I share whenever our paths happen to cross.

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Fluffy Dark Chocolate Pancakes with Cherry Sauce Recipe

 

There was talk of pancakes all week long with no action, so it was really only a matter of time until, well, these happened. 

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