Brunch

When Zucchini Met Chocolate Muffins

Zucchini has been a longtime favorite veggie of mine, but until recently, I never dabbled with adding it to my baked treats. But I came across more than one recipe for zucchini bread lately and I’m all for getting in a little green wherever possible, so this proved a worthwhile kitchen experiment! The shredded zucchini was almost undetectable thanks to the dark cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate, though it added a perfectly moist texture to these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

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Bright and Sunny Spring Lemon Cake

I see the color begin to pop up from tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth and I can feel the earth waking up from its winter slumber. The warm sun beaming on my face is something I’m looking forward to. That’s one of the reasons living in Utah is great: I enjoy experiencing all of the seasons, no matter how short or long they may be. I have to have winter in order to fully appreciate spring when it comes.

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Non-Basic Savory-Sweet Brunch

I love how long holiday weekends conveniently add a moment of leisure to an otherwise packed calendar. This is the time of year that has me spread thinnest, so I embrace a break from the routine. Our family relishes cozying up together and losing track of time with games, movies and delicious meals. Brunch, a meal synonymous with relaxation, is always on the menu. Continue reading

A Fall Brunch Casserole You Have to Taste to Believe

Now that we find ourselves heading into the cooler season of fall, thoughts of berries, stone fruit and watermelon are in the past. The produce aisles are filling up with rows of apples—so many different varieties. During this time of year, I love taking a trip to one of the many apple orchards we have here in Washington state and seeing which new varieties each orchard has to offer. The smell of apples frying or baking in cinnamon and brown sugar is one that stirs up so many emotions and childhood memories: The first time I made an apple pie with my mother. The first time my husband, Brent, and I perfected the cinnamon roll. I wish I could bottle up that aroma and wear it as perfume. On dreary days, I’ll fry up some apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and eat them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is the pinnacle of comfort food. Continue reading

My Breakfast Secret: Make-Ahead Mini Casseroles

Go, go, go. That seems to be the tone as we move from the lazier, less-scheduled days of summer to our fall and back-to-school routines. Morning can be the most rushed part of the day—with trying to get out the door and making sure to eat a healthful breakfast time recipe, there just never seems to be enough time. And if you’re like me and have the bad habit of hitting that snooze button? Well, that just makes it even worse. Continue reading