Category — Breakfast + Brunch Recipes

{mmmmm bacon} How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Up until recently I always made bacon in a pan on the stovetop, but now that I have learned to cook it in the oven I realize I wasted many of my prime bacon-cooking years on an inferior cooking method.

how to cook bacon in the oven

There are many things that suck about cooking bacon on the stovetop. For one thing, I never have a pan large enough to cook all the bacon I desire so I invariably have to use two pans (which means more cleanup) or cook multiple batches (which means some of the bacon gets cold.) It requires attention to make sure the bacon is cooking evenly, not burning, and that the individual pieces are cooking at the same rate (which they never are.) Also, there is always a lot of greasy splatter on the stove to clean up afterwards. [Read more →]

November 22, 2014   6 Comments

{recipe} Easy Baked Eggs with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan

I had about 12 people over for brunch last weekend, and couldn’t figure out what to make that would be easy and impressive. I searched my favorite blogs, Pinterest, and my file of ripped-out magazine pages. But in the end, I couldn’t find any compelling recipes and decided to mess around and experiment.

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November 11, 2014   4 Comments

{recipe} Upside Down Banana Bread

I am a huge fan of all things upside down, and this recipe is no exception. A caramel-y, buttery layer of banana slices atop a moist and delicious banana bread – what could possibly be better?

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September 8, 2014   4 Comments

{make this} Chocolate Cinnamon Babka Recipe from Wise Sons

I love eating at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen here in San Francisco. (Their location in the Jewish Museum downtown is a great pit stop for tourists, and I often recommend it.) So I was super excited to see that they had shared their secret chocolate cinnamon babka recipe publicly!

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July 10, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Banana Cake with Coconut Almond Crumble

Once again I found myself with a bunch of rotten bananas and a serious hankering for something sweet. But I just couldn’t face another banana bread yet, and plus I felt I needed an excuse to have something in the house that would make it reasonable to put a whole bunch of ice cream on.

And lo, this wonderful cake was born.

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March 5, 2014   4 Comments

{recipe} Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

I am going to come out and say this right up front: blueberries are probably my least favorite of all the berries. And yet, when they are properly baked into a scone, they are just terrific. How to explain it? Who really cares? All I know is that I made a double batch of these scones recently and they were gone a lot faster than I care to admit.

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February 26, 2014   4 Comments

{recipe} Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

I am one of those people who always buys 5 bananas and then only eats one, and watches the remaining 4 turn browner and smellier by the day. I mean, hey, you have to admit it can be pretty magical to see an entire colony of fruit flies spontaneously take over your counter top! No?

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February 20, 2014   1 Comment

{meat love} How To Make Bacon Hearts for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming, which means it’s time to think about our loved ones. Candy? Flowers? Romantic poetry? Is that the best you can do?! This year, show your love with everyone’s favorite meat by making bacon hearts for your valentine!

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February 12, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Strata

Strata is a breakfast casserole, and it has become my go-to Sunday breakfast or brunch recipe for a crowd: it’s easy, customizable, and you make it the night before so there is no work to do in the morning except turning on the oven. I especially recommend it for the “morning after” if you have a late night or booze-soaked event planned, since you can prep the strata on a Saturday afternoon, revel and party as late as you want on Saturday night, and wake up to a fabulous ready-made breakfast on Sunday morning.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Strata

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December 9, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Chai-Spiced Persimmon Scones

Last fall, my friend Garrick made a delicious cocktail involving fresh persimmon juice and Chai-infused bourbon. (Yes, he is an over-achiever, why do you ask?) These scones are inspired by that flavor combination – and they taste like all the good things about autumn in one flaky, buttery package.

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November 21, 2013   1 Comment