Gingered Rhubarb Compote

It seems like I am constantly coming up with new favorite recipes for rhubarb.

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Cakes, ice creams, pies, rhubarb is heavily featured in my kitchen this time of year.

But I was amazed when I found this recipe for gingered rhubarb compote. This absolutely takes the cake. Literally. I’m usually all about rhubarb in sweet/dessert uses. Continue reading

Bones and Marrow

What’s creepier than snacking on bones?

 

Dipping them in gooey marrow first, of course! Continue reading

Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast

Breakfast is something I never spend enough time on.

When I’m running around in the morning getting ready, I only make time for some Greek yogurt and granola, or whole wheat toast, maybe some eggs if I’m feeling fancy.

And on the weekends, I find the allure of my cozy bed and fluffy pillow far too distracting to wake up early enough to make a time consuming breakfast.

But I might have to make time now. Continue reading

Banana Bread with Pecan and Brown Sugar Crust

My mom didn’t bake much when I was growing up. She wasn’t the type who got the urge to bake chocolate chip cookies one afternoon, then whip up a pie the next.

But when she did bake, it was only the good stuff. Like this banana bread. This remains, in all my 26 years of life, my favorite banana bread recipe. And trust me, I’ve tasted my fair share.

I’m not sure what her secret is. It could be that the recipe comes from a book that’s older than I am. That would explain the equally amazing Christmas cookies she’s also known for.

But whatever her trick, it taught me from a young age, that quality is always better than quantity. Continue reading

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Fig and Basil

If you’re on the fence about goat cheese, I ask you to hold your judgement until after you try this sandwich. I used to belong to the camp that feels goat cheese is a smelly, unappetizing cheese that one asks to be held off your salad or entrée.

My mind has been entirely changed by two things: first, an amazing tapas restaurant called 4 Sisters Tapas and Wine Bar in La Crosse, WI (of all places…) where I had my first true experience with plain goat cheese, and this sandwich which has made it a staple item in my fridge forever.

Goat cheese is not the mildest of cheese, I will give you that, and taken on its own, it can be a bit overbearing, but with the sweetness of the fig and honey in this sandwich, and the gooey, cream-cheese-like texture it takes on when grilled, this sandwich is a great option for a quick dinner, or a filling breakfast.

So I ask, my darling readers, that you set aside your preconceived ideas about goat cheese until you try it in the sandwich I have been obsessively eating for breakfast for the past week. Continue reading