Breakfast/Brunch

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins

October 4, 2010
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One night about three years ago my husband and I were out to dinner with some good friends of ours, Tony and Karin. It randomly came up in conversation, over pasta and chianti, that Tony really loved foods containing pumpkin. I had never heard of such a thing. Of course I loved pumpkin pie at […]

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Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

August 23, 2010
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Given that I’m allotted about 45 seconds from the time we make it downstairs until my lovable little folks start clamoring to be served breakfast you’d think I’d formulate some kind of breakfast plan to make things easier. Instead, I look a bit like Taz from Looney Tunes, spinning around the kitchen, transferring items from […]

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Crispy French Toast

August 2, 2010
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My mother-in-law was visiting a few weeks ago and she mentioned to me that she’d tried a baked chicken recipe from the side of a box of corn flake crumbs. They sell corn flake crumbs?? I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me. It’s no different from graham cracker crumbs and I’ve been buying those for […]

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

April 30, 2010
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I’ve never been to a real family reunion, with the matching t-shirts and everything, but I kind of feel like I’m part of an ongoing one through Facebook these days. Cousins, aunts and uncles I haven’t seen in 10, 20 years or more are popping up on my “friends” list almost every day. I actually […]

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Easter Brunch Ideas

March 31, 2010
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As many of us are preparing our Easter brunch menus for this weekend, I thought I’d bring out the recipes for some of my favorite brunch dishes I’ve made on Cooking On the Side. ~ ~ ~ Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake If I didn’t already know that this Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake recipe […]

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Crab, Scallion & Tomato Quiche

March 9, 2010
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When I was 10 years old, my favorite food to have for dinner was quiche. Yup, quiche. Yup, for dinner. My mom didn’t make it too often – maybe a couple times a year – so it had a certain “special occasion” appeal. I didn’t actually know until a few years ago that it’s typically […]

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Banana Berry Muffins

March 2, 2010
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Some people get excited over finding lost change in the couch. I’m thrilled when I uncover food in the freezer that I’ve long forgotten about (that’s freezer, not refrigerator – long forgotten fridge food is no treat!). A few months ago when I was in my “nesting” stage ahead of the birth of our new […]

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Quick & Easy Strawberry Jam

September 9, 2009

I always thought that if I wanted to make my own homemade jam I’d have to learn the process of canning. It seemed like more time and effort than I wanted to put in – I just wanted the jam. So when it came to my attention that there was a “quick and easy” method […]

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

July 23, 2009

Is there anything better than sleeping in on a Saturday morning and waking up to a stack of fluffy, buttermilk pancakes, fresh off of the griddle, dripping with maple syrup and butter? We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to whomever invented cake we can have for breakfast.

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

May 8, 2009
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It’s Part II of my “virtual” Mother’s Day brunch! To complement the brown sugary, melt-in-your-mouth Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake, I’ll be celebrating my mom and mom-in-law with a savory Sausage Breakfast Casserole. I know they’ll love it – both moms have prepared similar dishes for my husband and me when we’ve visited. It’s the […]

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