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Greek Yogurt with Melon & Nut Brittle

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The summer season provides us with so many beautiful fruits.  I am all about simplicity,  but I think it’s about time we experiment with pairing these fruits with some of the other bright summer flavors rather than than serving them alone. I love the saying, “what grows together, goes together.”  Some of my favorite summer combinations have been fruits and herbs.

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Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

When thinking of steak and eggs you probably imagine a large, greasy meal of meat and eggs. Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Steak and Eggs can be a healthy start to your day when the right ingredients are used, and given that they are cooked in a smart way.

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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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Vegan Chai Donut Holes

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As terrible as the cinnamon sugar donut holes are for you at the fair, it’s almost impossible not to be drawn in by the delicious smell! These Chai Donut Holes will leave your taste buds with the same satisfaction, but won’t have your regretting your decision later.
Let be honest, anything dipped in sugar and fried is not 100% great for you… but if you’re going to eat a donut I highly recommend giving these a shot! Even though they are delicious warm, these donuts are also a very convenient dessert to travel with to a party and easy for guests to eat!

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101: How to Boil an Egg

Boiling Eggs

“She can’t even boil an egg.”

Even I must admit, boiling the perfect egg is easier said than done. I personally think that cooking eggs are some of the more temperamental and difficult skills to master in the kitchen. My dad actually begins his week every week boiling about seven eggs to easily grab every morning on his way out the door. He recently asked me what the correct amount of time was to boil an egg without having it too soft or to the point where the yolk turns the green/gray color.  I honestly could not give him an exact answer and it drove me crazy!

After some trial and error, I have perfected the method and time it takes to boil a soft, medium, and hard egg! Be careful to follow exactly when to put the egg in the pot because it does change depending on how soft you prefer your egg. Read more

Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Icing

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These cinnamon rolls are my no yeast quick version! Still pretty heavenly if I do say so myself. I understand that sometimes waiting for dough to rise can be a burden, so give these a shot!

These cinnamon rolls are definitely not made with bikini season in mind, but even with these deliciously sweet rolls it’s nice to substitute out the fat where you can! The Greek yogurt icing cuts out a good amount of fat and calories, but still keeps the same savory creaminess as a cream cheese icing would have.

I feel like most people have a comforting memory with cinnamon rolls. Whether made from scratch or out of popped out of the Pillsbury tube, there’s something that always reminds me of home when I smell the sweet cinnamon bread in the air.

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Smashed Avocado Toast

smashed avocado toast

When I moved in Savannah, GA naturally one of my biggest worries wasn’t moving halfway across the country, but was making sure that I lived walking distance from a coffee shop. My spot was called Collins Quarters. The open, airy, and modern space was the perfect environment to read and write.

Not only is the Mocha Lavender Latte unbelievable, but Collins Quarters actually has some of my most favorite dishes in Savannah.  My favorite dish, that I still crave till this day, is their Smashed Avocado Toast with a poached egg. On two slices of crispy thick sourdough, the creaminess of the avocado and poached egg is cut by the freshness of the heirloom tomatoes and pepperiness of the radishes. Read more

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Granola plays a huge role in my morning routine and it’s crucial for me know that what I think is a healthy start, actually is. Many of the pre-packaged granolas at the grocery store contain more fat, sugars, and salt that is actually needed. Simply making granola homemade only takes 35 minutes at most and you can be confident in exactly what ingredients go into it. Read more

Vegan Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Vegan French Toast
I recently visited an adorable little café in downtown Geneva, IL where my parents live called Moveable Feast. I came across this brand of extremely good looking nut butters, called Big Spoon Roasters. Flavors like Chai Spice, Peanut Cocoa, Almond Ginger…enough said?!  My mind was automatically overcome with all of the recipe possibilities with these innovative flavors!
I created a recipe with breakfast on my mind this morning and decided to test out a vegan French toast. It then hit me… the peanut pecan nut butter from Big Spoon Roasters I had in my pantry! Lets do a stuffed French toast piled high with berries.

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