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Citrus Ricotta Toast

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Artisanal toast… a trend that has taken off like crazy and even as much as I roll my eyes at the trend, I do admit I have a hard time passing up avocado toast on any brunch menu. The toast below uses ricotta, which is similar the creaminess of the traditional avocado. The creaminess pairs well with the citrus punch and earthiness of the pistachios and pine nuts!

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Stan’s Pistachio Donut with My Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Pistachio donut and strawberry ice cream sandwich

All through school my “fun fact” when it came to first day ice breakers was that my first job was as an ice cream maker.  Now this was no cute ice cream scooper job,  I was full hair net and apron in the back kitchen carrying around 5 pound bags of creamer! I make fun of it, but honestly I think that job is really what sparked my love of cooking and experimenting with recipes!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

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I am personally a huge fan of anything lemon poppy seed! I think it’t the perfect combination of sweet and tart, especially for a meal like breakfast.

This recipe is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make a compote. Compotes can be made with almost any fruit and are a wonderful way to preserve that seasonal fresh fruit taste.  Fruit compotes can be used as toppings or I have even seen compotes used inside recipes like cupcakes or scones. Fruit compotes are a wonderful ingredient to have on hand in your fridge all year long and only take about 10 minutes to make!

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Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Roast Asparagus Salad with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

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Oh, the go to chicken dish! Everyone has one…but why not change it up? This Pistachio Crusted Chicken will bring a new flavor to the table with no added time.

I have also found that the addition of pistachios is a terrific way to add a little more nutrition and also protein to your diet. This Pistachio Crusted Chicken would be a great addition to your salad at lunch to help maintain a full feeling throughout the day and cut back on some snacking! Pistachios are a wonderful source of potassium and vitamin K and the key to maintaining a low cholesterol and healthy heart! Read more

Stan’s Donuts- Chicago

Stan's Donuts- Chicago

If a place could be made for Instagram, it would be Stan’s. Walking into the door, you are immediately hit the smell of sweet yeast and dark coffee. Your eyes are quickly drawn to the massive case of about forty donut and pastry options. When it comes down to making a decision, the pressure feels like choosing from about a million because there isn’t a wrong choice! Read more

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