Monday, April 21, 2014

Simple French Bread

Bread is always a crowd pleaser at my house, especially soft white bread still warm from the oven, smeared with salted butter. While I love hearty whole wheat loaves and crusty sourdoughs, sometimes a simple loaf of soft white bread is just what a meal needs. This bread is everything that it should be; soft and tender and delicious, you really can't go wrong. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Banana Streusel Muffins

If you've checked out my blog before, you might notice that I really like muffins. They appear quite frequently, and for good reason, I think they are delicious. A perfect, pre-portioned breakfast treat, easy to make, easy to freeze, and very, very easy to eat. So saying that these muffins are probably one of the best muffins I've ever made is really saying something. They might not look like anything extra special, but don't let appearances deceive you. They are soft and moist thanks to the sour cream, the slices of banana, which at first seemed kind of odd to me, are sweet and tender, and the streusel is the perfect finish, like sprinkling a sugar cookie on top. These just might be my favorite muffins to date!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mini Spinach, Onion and Prosciutto Quiche

I love quiche. It is so versatile and delicious. Flaky, buttery crust filled with endless options. Veggies, meats, cheeses, herbs, or spices in any combination. You can really let your imagination go wild. I randomly had some leftover prosciutto and gruyere and decided that some mini quiche would be the perfect place to use it up. Along with a little diced onion an some spinach, it really was a wonderful combination. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cherry Almond Buttermilk Bread

I seem to be posting a lot of buttermilk recipes lately. Too much buttermilk, what a happy problem to have. I found this recipe for basic buttermilk quick bread with variations on The Kitchn and wanted to give it a try. Since I had a couple of jars of canned cherries in the basement I decided to throw those in along with a little almond extract. I would have added some chopped almonds too but I didn't have any. Add a simple glaze to the top and you're done, quick and easy. This bread is nice for a quick snack, or along with your breakfast. It's not rich or super sweet, but sometimes that's okay. 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Clementine Buttermilk Cake

This simple buttermilk cake was the result of trying to find another something to do with leftover buttermilk. I love baking with buttermilk, so it's always exciting when I have some leftover and have to find a way to use it up. Another excuse to bake is fine by me. Recently I seem to be drawn to single layer cakes that are perfect for an afternoon snack, or an after dinner dessert. I love the elegant simplicity of this type of cake, and I love being able to eat a slice of cake without feeling like I consumed pounds of sugar and butter. To jazz up this cake just a little bit, I added just a hint of clementine zest which beautifully complemented the slight tang of the buttermilk. Eat this cake just as it is, or add some berries or whipped cream for a little extra specialness, whatever you decide, you won't be disappointed. 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Double Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

Any time some chocolate can find it's way into my breakfast I know it's going to be a good day. These muffins are a delicious way to ensure a great day ahead. They are easy to make, and use simple ingredients that I always have on hand. There is plenty of chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips, and buttermilk and melted butter add tenderness and lots of yummy flavor (and yea for melted butter! It makes everything just that much easier!). Unlike some other chocolate muffins I have made, these don't have chocolate melted into the batter, but it doesn't seem to matter, they have tons of flavor even without that, and it saves on doing that one extra step. If you're looking for a chocolate pick me up for breakfast, look no further and head into the kitchen. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Perfect Roast Chicken

Some days all I want for dinner is a simple roasted chicken. Roasting a chicken is easy, delicious and so satisfying. Opening the oven door and pulling out the finished product, drinking in the smells of a perfectly cooked chicken mixing with lemon, garlic and wine, it doesn't get much better than that. For this recipe you roast the chicken atop a delicious bed of carrots, onion and fennel with thyme, so you don't even have to worry about making a side dish, it's built in! The only other thing you might need is a loaf of fresh bread with salted butter and your meal is complete. Simple, elegant, and wonderful.