Cranberry Belgian Waffles

These waffles really scream holiday special to me, especially if topped with Fiori di Sicilia (orange-vanilla) whipped cream and sugared cranberries, which could not be easier to make. You can learn how here. You basically make a simple syrup, toss with the cranberries, and forget about them overnight. The next day, just drain and roll…

Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes

It’s my mom’s birthday today and I wanted to whip her up something special for breakfast. She requested blueberry pancakes and mentioned that she still had her mother’s recipe for buttermilk pancakes. This is particularly special because I never had the pleasure of meeting my grandmother. My mom lost her to cancer when my mom was just…

Cranberry Vanilla Buttermilk Scones

Heaven only knows why our founding fathers didn’t carry Britain’s tea time tradition overseas. I’m not a huge tea person but I’m a tremendous fan of afternoon pastries. On this  particular afternoon I hit a slump and needed a snack. (After all, it had been a whole two hours since lunch.) A craving for scones railroaded me. I…

How to Host Brunch

Like Bobby Flay, brunch is one of my favorite meals. I love having friends over on weekends but after a long week, it’s important to me to keep it low key. All I had to do for this spread was cook up the Belgian waffles, which I whipped up the night before. Here are my tips for…

Pumpkin Pancakes with Toasted Hazelnuts and Cinnamon Sugar

I would like to go on record to say that I loved pumpkin before it was trendy. I want to start a support group for those of us who were pro-pumpkin before the famous pumpkin spice latte. Pre-PSL Pumpkin People, perhaps? I don’t actually care for the PSL – I’m a cinnamon dolce latte gal…

Festive Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl

Happy Independence Day! If you want a simple, impressive side dish to pair with just about ANYTHING from the grill, you’ve come to the right place. Festive Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl 1 seedless watermelon (choose one that’s heavier than it should be to make sure you get a juicy one!) 1/2 pound strawberries,…

Belgian Waffles with Hazelnuts, Strawberries, and Marscapone Cream

Belgian Waffles with Hazelnuts, Strawberries, and Vanilla Bean Marscapone Cream (Serves four.) 8 Belgian waffle triangles (recipe below) 1/4 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup marscapone, at room temperature 1 vanilla bean 4 tablespoons powdered sugar 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped. 1 cup strawberries, rinsed, pat dry, chopped 1. Beat whipping cream in a chilled bowl until soft…

Easter Brunch Recipes

It was by happy coincidence that I came to host Easter brunch at my house the past few years. It’s something that I look forward to for weeks. Here’s how you can make the same brunch for your family next Easter, or any special spring occasion! Farm Fresh Eggs The first thing to keep in…

Blueberry Orange Smoothie

I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. Smoothies are such an easy, fast way to have a nutritious breakfast. There are so many variations, but I want to give you a quick blog update today with one of my favorites: Blueberry Orange Smoothie 6-8 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice* General handful frozen blueberries** One banana…