cherry-almond biscotti and other hard things in life

cherry almond biscotti

Spell check does not like the word biscotti. It underlines it for me, in its bright red zig zag pattern, mocking my confidence in cookies. Like the  mother in law that still remembers the times you did not hold to her standards, spell check is there: saying “that is wrong”. Well, spellcheck, it’s right.   Biscotti. The cookie that feels so wrong as you make it. I mean, really: it goes against every typical cookie recipe, because you bake it, slice it and then bake it again… to the point where it’s a cookie rock. But that’s what your coffee […]

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breakfast stir fry

breakfast noodles

 Breakfast stir fry, breakfast noodles (n)~ A savory concoction of bacon, spinach and a golden egg to keep you full, happy and nice all day… or at least past 10.   Days when you eat a decent breakfast are worth an extra dish in the sink.  Because, you never know when you might be stranded on the side of a highway waiting on a tow truck. Hungry because your breakfast biscuit and tea wore off thirty minutes after you ate….   and it’s no fun when breakfast  wears off and your hungry tummy makes you (ah-hem) mean. I know you’re not […]

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Swiss, caramelized onion, ham and leek quiche

I’m continuing the French theme this week with this rich, creamy and savory quiche. It’s funny how many people I know that claim they don’t like quiche…. then they love it. For example: Me (to my 8 year old): “Let’s make a quiche to go along with our French studies” My 8 year old: “I don’t like what ever you said” Me: “What? Quiche? When have you had quiche?” Her: “Never. It just sounds gross” Me: “It’s like scrambled eggs, ham and onions  in a buttery crust” Her: “Oooo. That’s sounds good, let’s make that.” Maybe it’s just the word […]

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school buns or school bread

  To kick off our official first day of “school”, (yes, I waited until after Labor day) I made something special. School Buns. (Or School Bread) According to Wikipedia: Skolebolle (English: School Bun) is the Norwegian name for a type of sweet roll that consists of regular dough of yeast, custard and icing with grated coconut. It was usually put in school lunches as a dessert or sold at bake sales, hence the name. In the western parts of Norway where the Norwegian baking traditions stems from it is called “Skolebolle” (School Bun), in the eastern and northern parts of […]

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perfection takes time- rum raisin cinnamon rolls

sponsored post* There are some things that you can’t rush. The best things come with time; for instance: maturity, wisdom and patience, fine wine, diamonds and your  grandmother’s spicy tomato sauce that simmers all day, or bread that has been kneaded by hand and risen and baked in a low oven, permeating the air with it’s comforting aroma of vanilla and cinnamon. Bread that has bean studded with rum soaked raisins, and drizzled with a cinnamon vanilla glaze. This bread takes time, but it’s well worth it. Because perfection takes time. Set aside a rainy day for this. Cozy up […]

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Egg, cheese and kale breakfast sandwich

My new favorite sandwich… For breakfast at least.  Rich eggs, creamy cheese and hearty kale. Because when you add something green to your mornings, it makes the day go better. And, when you’re not ravenous at 10am, it’s a bonus. These are my go-to breakfast when I know I have a busy day ahead of me, those days when I toss an apple in my bag, hoping I’ll get a moment to scarf it. But, this sandwich keeps my belly content for at least four hours. Another bonus.

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small batch strawberry vanilla preserves

I love making preserves. I love the way may pantry looks lined with glass jars filled with colorful fruits and tasty sauces, I love that I don’t have brand name labels staring me in the face, and I love the simplistic beauty in a jar of jam. Unfortunately, sometimes preserves, jams, and jellies call for insane amounts of produce. Really, who has 40 pounds of tomatoes or strawberries laying around? I don’t. Now: 40 pounds of laundry laying around?  No comment. 😉 Unfortunately, we can’t make preserves out of  40 pounds of laundry.  Although there is a Latin dish called […]

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baked sour cream doughnuts

   There are times I get cravings for moist, cake like doughnuts smothered in a slightly crisp glaze, there are other times I get cravings for grilled cheese made with (gasp!) white bread and lots of salted butter in the pan, with creamy American cheese oozing at every bite. Junk food at it’s finest. Then, there are times I get a non food craving- a craving to declutter all the excess stuff in my life, of course this usually happens after I watch an episode of “Hoarders” … not that any of my stuff is anywhere near some of those, […]

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