Category: Breakfast

Citrus-Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins

These citrus-glazed poppy seed muffins are incredibly moist with the perfect balance of sweet flavors.These citrus-glazed poppy seed muffins are incredibly moist with the perfect balance of sweet flavors.

I have a slightly embarrassing secret.  You know those big ol’ muffins in the bakery section of Costco, that suburban stanchion of society?  They come in cellophane variety packs, or you can just buy a dozen behemoths of your favorite flavor?  Those muffins?  I have a huge crush on the poppy seed variety.  It’s been years since I’ve actually eaten one…but true love lasts.

Whenever large groups of people get together for breakfast in the city, there are bagels.  Whenever the same meeting takes place thirty miles west or east, there are Costco muffins. In high school, we occasionally went on weekend retreats or early morning field trips, and Costco muffins were guaranteed to make an appearance — and I was guaranteed to be in heaven.  My family never shopped at Costco (to be fair, there were only four of us), so these moments of poppy seed magic were like stolen bits of heaven.

My obsession with poppy seed is maybe even stranger, considering Costco also makes chocolate muffins.  And as the world knows, (if you’ve seen our Oreo Layer Cake or our Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Blondies or our Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies…) I’m alllllll about the chocolate.  Yet it’s the poppy seed that stole my heart.  Maybe it’s the fact that it seems more legitimately a muffin than the chocolate, and therefore I ate it with a  wholly clear conscience?  In spite of the fact that it’s sweet and luscious and basically a cupcake minus the frosting?

These citrus-glazed poppy seed muffins are incredibly moist with the perfect balance of sweet flavors. (more…)

Cold Brew Coffee

Warm weather practically begs for a good cold brew coffee.  And this pick-me-up is less bitter than a traditional brew – perfect for some slow sipping on your porch – or even at your desk.Cold Brew Coffee - Perfect for warm weather, and easy to make! Smooth and refreshing, cold brew coffee is a pick-me-up with less bitterness than a traditional brew.

Coffee makes the world go round.  Don’t believe me?  Take the coffee away from your workplace and see what happens.  I feel confident I will not hear the results from anyone, because they will not survive it.  I know I NEED it to kick start me into being a functional human being, but sometimes a piping hot cup is just NOT what the doctor ordered.  Because this is Houston.  And Houston laughs at the notion of “mild” summer weather.  And you know how some places cool off at night?  Hahahahaha.  Must be nice.  Here, yes, the temperature will go down, but it tags in rising humidity so that the heat index at 4:30 am is still 92 degrees.  It’s a little sweaty.  Behold the glory of cold brew coffee!

Cold Brew Coffee - Perfect for warm weather, and easy to make! Smooth and refreshing, cold brew coffee is a pick-me-up with less bitterness than a traditional brew.


Cheesy Sausage Grits Casserole

This easy make-ahead recipe for cheesy sausage grits casserole will make any breakfast or brunch feel special.

Cheesy Sausage Grits Casserole

“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting…. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” –Guy Beringer, “Brunch: A Plea”

Now if you can’t trust the words of 1800’s English writer, who can you trust?  We love brunch.  It just seems like the perfect opportunity to gather friends, food, a few drinks, and enjoy the day.  It lacks the pressure of a big dinner, but has more ceremony than a quick lunch or happy hour.  The fact that you can eat both savory and sweet entrees with wild abandon is also a big plus.  This recipe for Cheesy Sausage Grits Casserole is super easy, leaving you with that much more time to sit back with some mimosas.

Cheesy Sausage Grits Casserole


Open-Face Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sandwich

This open-face smoked salmon and avocado sandwich combines salty, creamy, zesty, crunchy goodness, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or hors d’oeuvres!

Open-Face Smoked Salmon and Avocado SandwichTwo things to start us off:

  1. This is one of my favorite things to eat.  EVER.
  2. I struggled on the name.

Let’s go with #1 first.  This recipe puts together some of the best things on God’s green earth: smoked salmon, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro.  The avocado mixture is almost like guacamole, which is obviously awesome at all times, but it’s even a tiny bit simpler and therefore quicker to throw together.

The smoked salmon is what really puts this dish over the top.  You mix the salmon with some unexpected ingredients: a bit of toasted coriander and a touch of orange zest.  Of course, on further thought, these seasonings make total sense.  Coriander = cilantro, and orange zest is just a mild citrus flavor that complements the lime in the avocado.  In fact, the odd man out might be the smoked salmon – yet we all know smoked salmon goes beautifully with avocado, so why not avocado that’s a close cousin to guacamole, and it all just turns into one big beautiful circle of life!

I could eat this not only for lunch, but also dinner, and snacks, and breakfast.  More about that later.  But let’s not beat around the bush and just admit we want to add an egg to this bad boy right now.

Open-Face Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sandwich

Done.  BOOM. (more…)

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Pecan Topping

The cream cheese is baked right into the dough for a incredibly rich, flaky roll, and the caramel topping is just over-the-top crazy-good.Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

I have something to admit to you, dear readers.  I’m afraid that Liz has a painfully serious addiction to cinnamon rolls.  I’ve tried to help.  Therapy, cold turkey, hot turkey, the bacon patch…  But I’ve just had to come to grips with the fact that she will always be slave to the delicious goodness of homemade cinnamon rolls.  And with this recipe, it’s very clear that I am an enabler.

This is actually the first cinnamon roll recipe I’ve ever made.  While I’ve been happy to eat my fair share of the delicious pastries, it’s just never really called out to me to make a batch.  But last year, as I pondered what to make Liz for a Valentine’s Day brunch, inspiration struck.

The battle rages over what is the best style of cinnamon roll.  Is it the smaller and neater version,  with emphasis on the rich, warming spice blend?  Or is it the hulking, frosting-slathered behemoth that leaves you quite happy, but also unable to move for at least 15 minutes?  While I don’t actually have the answer, this one falls more into the latter category.  Except instead of frosting on top, there’s caramel…and inside there’s a secret ingredient that puts it in a class all by itself.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls