Cherry Coffeecake

I have been on a cherry recipe kick lately.  Everyone seems to love cherry anything!  Cherry Coffee Cake is no exception to this rule.

Cherry Coffee Cake is always a welcome morning addition.  I hate to admit it, but we even have this sometimes in the hours between dinner and bedtime.  It goes great with coffee or a glass of milk.  The leftovers are best sent off to work with someone so that it is no longer hanging out at your house.

It does not have to be made with cherries though, any pie filling can be used as a replacement.  If you choose to use another flavor, you might want to omit the almond extract in the cake batter.  Cinnamon would be a much better flavoring for apple and blueberry.

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Crunchy Cherry Coconut Granola

Crunchy Cherry Coconut Granola is a perfect portable snack for the whole family.  It travels well and provides plenty of energy to get past a morning or afternoon slump.  Granola can also be eaten for breakfast with milk or yogurt.  It is even really good crumbled on top of a small bowl of ice cream.

Our recipe for granola produces large and crunchy clusters.  Some people use flour as a binding agent, others use egg whites, but this one uses neither.  We use the addition of crispy rice cereal for our binding agent.

Crispy rice gives the honey and brown sugar something to grab ahold of.  I find that using a 1:2 ratio of crispy rice cereal to rolled oats works the best.  Too little cereal and you still have a lot of oats rolling around by themselves at the end of cooking.

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Meal-Prep Granola Breakfast Bars

 

These granola breakfast bars are the answer to my breakfast riddle. I am the kind of guy who would rather sleep an extra 15-30 minutes than eat breakfast, so I rarely eat breakfast on a week day. These meal-prep granola breakfast bars are my answer to the question, “what should I eat for breakfast?”

My wife and I have been on a meal prep-Sunday kick here lately. This recipe is great for folks who are looking for meal-prep recipes. This recipe can be easily and quickly made Sunday evening in preparation for the work week.

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Grape Jelly

Concord Grape Jelly is not anything I ever gave much thought too.  If you needed or wanted grape jelly you just went to the store and bought some right?  Well, after making this, my mind has been forever changed about that.  I don’t know that I can ever eat grape jelly from the store again.  I tried to eat some that I had in the refrigerator to see if I could actually tell a difference.  Let me tell you, they difference is undeniable.

One of my neighbors, and occasional reader of the blog – Hi Rick! – has been growing Concord grapes in his backyard for a few years.  This is the first year there were enough grapes for the birds and for jelly.

Having never seen or eaten a Concord grape, I was a little taken aback by the texture.  It tasted just like grape jelly, but the skins are tough and you need to pop the insides into your mouth.  The texture is kind of rubbery, but slippery.  I have never eaten a raw oyster, but this is what I suspect a small raw oyster might feel like in your mouth if you tried to chew it instead of swallow it.

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Egg Bagel Sandwich

Egg Bagels with Canadian bacon and cheese makes frequent appearances for dinner on the nights we need something quick.

I started making these because before McDonalds started serving breakfast all day, you could only get a breakfast sandwich before 10:30 am.  Sometimes I want breakfast food for supper.  Pancakes, bacon and eggs, omelets, and even waffles sometimes

This really isn’t even a recipe, it’s more like an explanation of how to put simple ingredients together and make a quick meal.  It’s like a sandwich, but makes you feel like you actually cooked.

Egg Bagels are easy enough to make that you can ditch the frozen variety.  If you want a frozen breakfast sandwich, why not just make your own and freeze them.  I would wait to add the cheese until the Canadian bacon and egg were completely cool.  I would also skip the microwave step until the day I was ready to eat it.

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Rustic Crusty Bread

This recipe for Rustic Crusty Bread is my go-to bread recipe whenever I have a hankering for warm bread.  I love bread!  I’ll eat it from anywhere, even a factory.  I’m not embarrassed either.  Sometimes all you need in life is a peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwich using super soft white bread.  The kind that sticks to your teeth with no nutritional value whatsoever.

But, homemade bread, warm from the oven, slathered in butter takes the cake in my book.  Rustic Crusty Bread is also really good when toasted.  I find that I usually need to run through my toaster cycle twice though.

This recipe is easy to make.  It requires no kneading, no fancy mixers, and is pretty darn hard to screw up.  Trust me, I have yet to totally fail with this method.  I may have struggled getting it shaped and dropped into my pan when I first started making this.  Don’t worry if you struggle too, even if it’s ugly, it’s delicious.  You will get better with it the more you practice and eventually it will be no big deal to whip up a quick loaf of bread.

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Mississippi Coast French Toast

Mississippi Coast Toast is a play on Coast Toast from Brockton Villa’s in La Jolla. La Jolla Mom has a pretty good bead on the recipe. Toast coast is a custard type french toast that is soaked over night and baked the next morning. The weirdest ingredient in this recipe is orange juice and orange flavoring. Trust me, I know that adding orange juice to your french toast seems weird, but it really does add another layer of flavor to one of my breakfast meals.

My biggest issue with the original recipe is that it is kind of a pain in the ass to cook. Rarely am I thinking the night before about breakfast and I rarely want to let things rest for an  hour or longer before cooking it. I also don’t like cooking with things like “orange flavoring”.  My version is geared more towards the southern home with ingredients usually found at home, hence the name Mississippi Coast French Toast. For my version you just need eggs, milk, butter, vanilla extract, orange juice, and standard white bread.

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Banana Bread with Strawberry Butter

Banana bread and strawberry butter ran hand-in-hand with the $30 salad, at a restaurant we used to eat at in Florida.  Of course, you know the drill if you have been a follower of my posts, either the restaurant doesn’t exit or it is out of my geographical location.  In this case, it is both.

The banana bread would come out in the bread basket served with the menu.  I’m not sure why they even bothered to serve yeast rolls.  You could look across the restaurant tables and see lonely yeast rolls hanging out in those bread baskets.  Obviously, the banana bread smeared with strawberry butter was the preferred choice.

I have two banana bread recipes, but I prefer this one to go with strawberry butter.  The other banana bread recipe has a pretty strong banana and brown sugar flavor that seems to overpower the strawberry butter.  It’s also almost too moist and dense for the addition of any butter.  I say almost because folks still seem to butter it when I carry it somewhere

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Honey Peanut Butter

 

honey-peanut-butter-feature1So who doesn’t love peanut butter? Well, I sure as hell do. I love peanut butter everything. My mom even has a peanut butter icing recipe because I love peanut butter just that damn much.

About three years ago I received some homemade peanut butter from a CSA I was participating in. Since then, I have been hooked on homemade peanut butter. It was hands-down better than anything you could get at the grocery store. I wasn’t able to figure out exactly what the farmer was using in his peanut butter, but this blog post is about the recipe I came up with. It’s pretty damn good and it frequently replaces our normal brand. I do keep the store bought stuff around for when I’m too lazy to make peanut butter.

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Buttermilk Sugar Biscuits

Buttermilk-Cream-Biscuits-Body-2Biscuits in the south are a tradition and our buttermilk sugar biscuits is our version of the southern classic. It seems that every household in the deep south has their own special recipe for biscuits. Our house is no different. Nothing gives me more joy on a Saturday or Sunday morning than whipping up a batch of buttermilk sugar biscuits for breakfast.

My wife and I have worked on our own biscuit recipe for the past few years. We could always make a solid biscuit, but it was never exactly what we were looking for. We have tried traditional southern biscuit recipes, buttermilk biscuits, and cream biscuits. Cream biscuits were our jam for a while, but we finally came across a buttermilk biscuit recipe that was also the cat’s meow. We could never decide on which recipe to make for breakfast, so we combined them! Through experimentation, my wife and I were able to combine the best of both cream biscuits and buttermilk biscuits.

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