Category Archives: Breakfast/Brunch

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread and cornbread muffins remind me of fall. Maybe because chili reminds me of fall too–and chili and cornbread go together so well. It’s officially fall now, but I wanted to give a last nod to summer by adding a summery element to these cornbread muffins–fresh blueberries! The blueberries give this slightly-sweet cornbread a great flavor. And the corn kernels help make the muffins good and moist. These muffins are actually great any time of the year. Serve them for breakfast or for a snack later in the day!

BLUEBERRY CORNBREAD MUFFINS by NancyC

Makes 17 muffins

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (and thawed) corn kernels
  • Optional: granulated or coarse sugar, for sprinkling on top of muffins

Preheat oven to 350″F. Line muffin tins with 17 paper muffin liners.

In large bowl, blend the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In medium size bowl, blend melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir this buttermilk/egg mixture into the flour mixture, mixing everything well. Fold in the blueberries and corn. Lightly sprinkle tops of muffins with sugar, if desired.

Fill each muffin liner 2/3 to 3/4 full and bake at 350˚F for 16 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin tin for about 5 minutes, then remove muffins and cool completely on wire rack.

Fall really came up fast for me this year, how about you? What types of goodies do you like to bake to welcome in the fall season?

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Apricot-Honey Granola

This golden granola reminds me of summertime! The combination of chopped and chunky dried apricots and golden raisins taste great together. Apricot-Honey Granola has a lot of other good things that I often add to my homemade granolas: sunflower kernels, coconut flakes, wheat germ or flaxseed, and chopped nuts. It’s sweetened mostly with honey and a bit of brown sugar. You can serve it as a cereal with milk, in yogurt parfaits, or just as it is, for a snack.

APRICOT-HONEY GRANOLA by NancyC

Makes about 12 cups

  • 6 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cups hulled, raw sunflower kernels (if using roasted, add them in after baking)
  • 1 1/4 cups sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ or ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line two 10×15″ rimmed cookie sheets or one 13×18″ rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In large bowl, toss the oats, sunflower kernels, coconut flakes, wheat germ or flaxseed, and chopped pecans; set aside.

In small microwaveable bowl, heat honey for 20 to 30 seconds to make the consistency thinner. Then, in medium size bowl, blend honey, brown sugar, olive oil, and salt, blending everything well.

Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss until the oat mixture is well-coated.

Spread this mixture onto the prepared baking sheet(s) and bake at 325˚F for 20 minutes; remove pan from oven to stir and  toss the mixture (for even baking). Return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes, until granola is golden.

Remove from oven and add the golden raisins and chopped dried apricots to the mixture on the pan; toss to combine everything well. Let mixture cool completely on pan (the mixture will get crunchier as it cools), then store in a tightly-sealed container for 2 to 3 weeks.

When I make granola in the summer, I usually do it early in the morning, when it’s still cool. I try to avoid using the oven later in the day because my place gets so hot! But it’s worth making this yummy granola, even if you do have to get up extra early to do it! 🙂 Have you made any granola lately? What do you like to add to yours?

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Bacon Onion Mushroom Quiche

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I haven’t had much success with making homemade pie crusts. I know I need more practice, and just don’t seem to have the time. Which is why this quiche appeals to me, because I can use frozen pie crusts in it. If you are a good pie crust-maker, then you could use your own homemade crusts.

I also like this quiche because it has bacon, green onions and mushrooms in it. I take the easy route and use a pouch of real bacon pieces, but you can always fry your own bacon and crumble it. Or, if you’re not a meat-eater, you can leave out the bacon and add in some chopped tomatoes. So you can make this quiche the real easy way or make it a little more homemade, depending on how much time you have. Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes two quiches (you can halve the recipe if you just want to make one). Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

BACON ONION MUSHROOM QUICHE by NancyC

Makes two 9″ quiches

  • 2 frozen 9″ deep dish pie shells
  • 1 (3-ounce) package real bacon pieces (about 3/4 cup)–or substitute 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms (or mushroom pieces and stems), well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Fiesta (Mexican style) Blend cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups Half & Half (light cream)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • a few dashes of salt
  • a dash of pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. flour

Position your oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat oven to 375˚F. Remove the pie crusts from the freezer and let thaw for about 5 minutes. Prick the bottom and sides of the crusts with a fork to help prevent bubbles from forming in the crust as it bakes, and bake for 8 minutes. Remove pie crusts from oven–there may be some bubbles in the crusts, so just gently pat the bubbles down. After removing crusts from the oven, reduce heat to 350˚F.

In large bowl, combine the bacon, green onions, mushrooms, and cheeses; mix together and set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, Half & Half, sour cream, salt and pepper, and flour. Add this mixture to ingredients in large bowl, and mix well. Then distribute mixture evenly between the two pie crust shells, put in the 350-degree oven and bake for 45 minutes or until set (I like to put the pie crusts on a large rimmed 13×18 baking pan while the quiches are baking–it’s easier to put them in and take them out that way). Also, you can cover the quiches with foil the last 10 minutes of baking if your crusts are getting too browned.

Note: The egg filling will be a little puffed up when you take it out of the oven, but it settles down as it’s cooling.

I like making the full recipe so I have two quiches–one to eat now and one to freeze for later! Do you enjoy making quiche and do you make your own crust or use pre-made crusts?

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Fresh Strawberry Bread

Fresh strawberries are the best! And I love making things with them too, whether it’s a smoothie or a baked treat. Like this Fresh Strawberry Bread–it’s so good and moist, and has lots of little chopped strawberry chunks in it that give it a great strawberry flavor. This quick bread is great for a summer breakfast or brunch, but it’s sweet enough that it can also work as a dessert, too.

Just so you know, the batter is on the thicker side. The loaves bake up with a nice slight rise and come out of the pan without sticking if you grease and flour your pans. Another nice thing about this recipe is that it makes two loaves! So you can share a loaf with someone, freeze it, or eat both of them up, which is probably what you’ll be tempted to do. 🙂

FRESH STRAWBERRY BREAD by NancyC

Makes 2 (9×5″) loaves

  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil or canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour two 9×5″ loaf pans; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, blending well.

In medium bowl, blend the light olive oil, eggs, and chopped strawberries. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix everything until flour mixture is just moistened (do not overmix). The batter will be thick!

Divide batter into the 2 prepared loaf pans, spreading evenly in pans. Bake at 350˚F for 40 to 42 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate and cool completely.

I’ve only gone strawberry picking a few times, but I do want to try to do that more often. I usually buy my berries at farmers markets or the grocery store and thankfully, they usually have a good selection. Have you made any good recipes with fresh strawberries this summer?

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Strawberry-Kiwi-Banana Smoothie

For me, summer is smoothie weather and I love having them for breakfast! It’s always fun trying out different flavors. Strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas are a great combination, and this smoothie uses frozen banana slices to help thicken it and make it creamy. This smoothie is good and easy to make. And using a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish adds a nice colorful touch! Try this out for breakfast or for a healthy afternoon snack.

STRAWBERRY-KIWI-BANANA SMOOTHIE by NancyC

Makes about 2 cups

1 medium size banana, sliced and frozen

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (or substitute a dairy-free yogurt)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup milk (you can use low-fat, soy, or almond milk)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • Optional: a slice of kiwifruit for garnish

Add frozen banana slices, fresh strawberry slices, kiwifruit slices, yogurt, honey, milk, and flaxseed, if using, into a blender. Blend mixture for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass, add a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish, and enjoy!

This smoothie is a real treat and it’s nice that it’s healthy, too! I love making things with fresh fruit–especially strawberries! Are you a fan of strawberries, too?

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