Iva’s Apricot Nut Bread

Apricot Nut Bread Sliced

AJ’s Mom is pulling out all the stops this year for Thanksgiving.  As she is a master of the bird and the sides, I thought this year I would mix things up and bring some breakfast treats to keep us going as we baste and braise.  This Apricot Nut Bread was one of my Great Grandmother […]

3 Compound Buttery Spread Ideas for the Holiday

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Note: “Compound” does not mean “complicated”.  Infact, these delicious additions to your Holiday spread are anything but… Easy and packed with flavor and the goodness of Mediterranean Olive Oil, we made our Holiday assortment of compound butters this year using Olivio Buttery Spread.  Whip with a variety of herbs, fruits and spices, reshape  into logs […]

Pumpkin Bread…From My Kitchen to Yours

Pumpkin Spread

There is something so warm about gifting a loaf of bread.  For the holidays, we constantly have Pumpkin Bread batter in the mixer and loaves in the oven.  This recipe comes from a long time family friend, Ilsa from Bainbridge Island.  A gracious entertainer and wonderful cook, Ilsa’s recipe will yield enough for you and […]

Mulled Cider Duffins for the People

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DUFFIN: noun, a breakfast treat (or any time you need a pick-me-up snack) made with the ingredients and flavor of a donut, prepared with the technique of a muffin; fabulous and better for you! Baked, not fried and basted with Olivio and cinnamon sugar, these Mulled Cider Duffins satisfy any Leaf Peepers craving :)  Mini […]

Pineapple Coconut “MockMosa”

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AJ and I are expecting a baby boy this October!  I am finally lacing up my MasterChef boot straps and reclaiming my Brave Apron after months of “non bloggable” dishes.  Thanks Annie’s Mac and Cheese and Trader Joe’s Corn Bread for getting me through the first few months- I’ll see you again in a couple years.  Alas, […]

Blueberry Avocado Detox Smoothie

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AJ and I are lovin’ our morning smoothies.  This Blueberry Avocado Smoothie has become another one of our regular favorites.  I can’t wait to pick and freeze my own berries this summer!  The avocado adds a beautiful creamy texture and the mint makes this a refreshing *spa~like*  way to start the day:)  Surely summer will […]

Green Mango Tahini Smoothie

Green Mango Tahini Smoothie

AJ and I are detoxing!  As if there is any question, I love to eat:)  I’m not one to “diet”, I don’t like feeling deprived and, while no saint, I keep a balanced nutritious diet.   However, a couple weeks ago, I woke up groggy and realized the “moving parts” in our lives were starting […]

Maple Walnut Granola with Cranberries and Flax

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I love a rich, nutty granola.  The deep flavor of the antioxidant-rich Grade B Maple Syrup balanced by the earthy-ness of the walnuts, flax and wheat germ make this a special treat on top of greek yogurt.  I even keep a baggy of this in my glovebox for when I get tied up doing errands […]

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

This recipe is another one of my mom’s that I remember from when I was little.  She used to make the most delicious Banana Coconut Tea Bread that she would serve when friends would come for an afternoon visit.  Traditionally, her recipe is made with toasted coconut and coarsely chopped walnuts and is lovely sliced. […]

Rhubarb Thyme Cakettes with Lemon Zest Crumble

Rhubarb Thyme Cakette with Lemon Zest Crumble

Our friend Rick lives just north of Boston on a beautiful farm and keeps our fridge stocked with fresh chicken eggs.  Friday, we got an extra bonus when he brought us nearly 5lbs of RHUBARB. ‘Tis the season for all things rhubarb!  This Cakette is kind of like an upside down lemon pound cake “topped” […]

Oma’s Apricot Cream Scones

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With just one bite… I can smell the dark roast coffee brewing and hear Harry Belafonte’s voice carrying through my grandparents beloved home in Carmel, California.  My “Oma” is famous for her heart-filled cooking and breakfasts from “scratch.” This recipe is like Oma- fantastic and adaptable.  She never lets a recipe or her pantry slow […]

Get Stuck on Your Sweetie – Brioche Pecan Sticky Buns

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I LOVE sticky buns, but not just ANY sticky buns.  I love the kind made with decadent, buttery, homemade brioche bread that pull apart with the perfect amount of elasticity and are smothered in rich, creamy sour cream, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and layers and layers of pecans!  Yes, those  sticky buns.  I also love recipes […]

Mocha Crunch Muffins

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What?!?!  Cake for breakfast!?  My favorite!  These muffins are packed with decadent coco-espresso fuel and have plenty of guilt-deducting fiber and protein in the form of oats and walnuts.  Don’t forget~ premium chocolate is also a noteworthy source of iron.  That has to count for something, right!? My folks flew in for the holidays and […]

Baked Eggs

This is one of my favorite weekend breakfasts!  Every time I sink my spoon into this dish, I can’t believe how quick and easy it is to achieve such an elegant, rich flavor.  The other thing I love about Baked Eggs is that there are so many opportunities to be creative and use what you […]

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