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Category: Breakfast

Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

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My roommates and I spend about 50% of our conversations discussing food. We’re convinced it’s okay to eat a block of cheese in one sitting, and three dinners are perfectly fine. While my tastes and food adventures do stray from the norm sometimes, my roommates are fantastic about embracing it, encouraging it, and often even trying it. I once made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with a glaze, to be told by one roommate that they were too spiced and another that they were under-spiced. I was just glad to be sitting there with them, sharing what I had made. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eggy, Airy Popover Goodness

It’s no secret in my family that I’m a popover fiend.

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I’ll wake up early in the morning with the intention of making my family popovers, and even go as far as to tell them the night before so that they’re all excited to come downstairs and break open a warm popover in the morning. Then everyone gets downstairs and, well… I’m sitting there with jam on my fingers and an empty popover rack, making excuses like “I didn’t want them to get cold!” and “Don’t worry, they’re so quick to make I’ll put in another batch!” This happens every time, without fail.

My memories of popovers start early. When I was a little girl, my Nana would treat me, me sister, and my mom by taking us all down to the Neiman Marcus in White Plains, NY, where we would sit and have tea and the most amazing popovers. I never lost my taste for the light, fluffy crevices filled with jam or nutella or whatever, and the sight of popovers still makes me giddy and excited today.

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They are best for breakfast or an evening snack, as they are delicious but not necessarily substantial. I used a mixed berry jam I had made myself – that’s a recipe for another day! They also go well with nutella, butter, clotted cream, or any other sweet topping you fancy. If you want a more savory version, feel free to put a combination of parmesan, rosemary, or spices in the batter. They are incredibly easy and fast to make, so there’s really no reason not to stir up a bowl and pop them in the oven whenever you’re in the mood.

Bonus points if you caught the pun. You, my friend, are welcome to stop by for a popover anytime.

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Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie

I’ve been getting back into running lately. I’ve continued to go on runs on and off since graduating high school with the goal of general fitness, but recently I’ve made a hobby out of it. I’m keeping track of times and distances, seeing how long, how far, and how fast I can run. Since entering college I’ve taken yoga classes, ab/core workouts, and even taken up kickboxing for three months. However, I think my favorite thing about going for a run is that I can just lace up my sneakers and go. No need to go to any gym, meet up with anyone, or show up at a certain time. I get a free hour and a half in the middle of the day, and I go for a jog around the tree-lined Vilas neighborhood past the zoo and Lake Monona. I’ve found that smoothies are my favorite thing to eat, or rather inhale, when I get back. This is another one of those “recipes” that’s more just an idea and a list of suggestions. Additionally, I’m pretty approximate in all my ingredient amounts, so feel free to play around with the measurements and make it however you like. Also, I know so many people who turn up their nose at the idea of kale. DON’T. It’s amazing and slips seamlessly into so many dishes. It’s perfect for thickening up a smoothie and the end result is still sweet and creamy. If you still are turned off by the idea of it, google some of its benefits. Then try to come back and tell me you don’t want to turn into a superhero, because that’s pretty much what happens.*

*this may or may not be a hyperbole

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Vegan French Toast with a Blueberry Maple Compote

I’ll start this post off with a strange confession – I’ve decided to go vegan for a while. I haven’t determined a deadline, and yes, this decision surprised me almost as much as it will surprise my readers. I guess I have kind of strange reasoning for it, but hey – it’ll produce some interesting recipes!

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