Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’

If you’re having a bad day, these scones will solve all your problems. They might even solve the ills of the world. They’re not too sweet, and they hit the spot with a cup o’ joe. They especially hit the spot if you’re looking at the whatshouldwecallme tumblr simultaneously.

I may or may not have wrapped them up and hid them in the back of my closet in a Forever 21 bag. Don’t judge me…. it’s the length I go to to avoid all the food I make being eaten in my house.

I adapted this recipe from Bon Appétit, as a budget chef like myself can’t afford raw sugar. And our food processor is broken, so I did my own thing. I turn my swag on.

Use fresh blueberries if you know what’s good for you.



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This will be a quick one. I have to go to sleep soon, since as of tomorrow I will be a real person with responsibilities and taxes to pay. Thumbs up to being a big girl. Thumbs down to wearing dress pants daily.

This smoothie will knock your socks off. These proportions are based on my personal preference – lots of strawberry and orange, but you can taste it as you blend and adjust to your liking.


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It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, as I’m sure it has been for everyone. Since my last post, I’ve graduated college (summa cum laude, biatch!), passed my British Literature class, which is where souls went to die every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m., done some freelance work, interviewed for a full-time job and celebrated the holidays with John. This week, I’m guest editor for the Wayne Patch while my editor is on vacation. Pretty cool.

2012 is just around the corner. As cliché as it is, this year has been a series of ups and downs. This time last year I was despairing about my last few days with John before he left to start work. Now, we’re used to seeing each other once every two or three months, and our time together has become much more meaningful.

He’s home for two and a half weeks, which I couldn’t be happier about. We still don’t have New Year’s Eve plans, and I’m totally okay with that. Spending $125 at an open bar in a sea of sequined dresses is not at the top of my list.

Why do so many people put such weight on having the perfect night on NYE? It’s not like picking out an outfit a week before, getting your hair done and making sure your nails and toenails are manicured will set the tone for the entire year. Doesn’t New Year’s Eve give you anxiety? Popular culture has embedded in our brains what New Year’s Eve should be. There’s so much pressure to kiss the right person at midnight, spend $200 getting wasted and look better than you have the last 364 days.

In reality, most of us succumb to blacking out before 11 p.m., getting into an ugly fight with a significant other, taking one too many shots of Absolut during a Rihanna song and consequently throwing up by the time the ball drops. In that order. I’m sure that’s not what happens in New Year’s Eve, which just came out. Please, Hollywood, stop telling 17-year-old girls that they’ll meet their soulmates at midnight.

What’s the moral of the story? Let’s stop trying to have the perfect New Year’s, because 9 times out of 10 you’ll be messily disappointed. The sooner we start realizing that it’s just another date on the calendar, the happier we’ll be. Let’s stop defining the last night in December by glitter and trying to live a Ke$sha music video.

Without further adieu, here are cherry-swirled biscotti that will rock your world.


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I’m about to change your life. At the very least I’ll change your life for the next few mornings, provided you don’t live with a pack of wolves.

The recipe I am about to reveal is heaven-sent. No more fooling around.

Everyone and their mom can make blueberry muffins. But mine are better. Why? Because I brown the butter, sift the flour and use the biggest, freshest blueberries I can find. Browning the butter and sifting the flour make these muffins 10 times better. The muffins come out lighter, more buttery and moist. And the salt-iness of the butter in conjunction with the icing’s subtle sweetness is pure magic.

Thank me later.

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Pumpkin smoothie

I put a lot of thought into what I’d made for my first post. As someone who reads food blogs almost every single day (yes, I procrastinate pretty hardcore), I felt pretty overwhelmed. The possibilities were endless. Blueberry bars? Butternut squash soup? A fancy omelet? After many sleepless nights – okay, I’m exaggerating — I settled on something a bit more timely: a pumpkin smoothie.

The recipe I have in my family’s recipe box calls for pumpkin puree. I don’t cook with pumpkin often, so I was unsure of whether puree is different from canned pumpkin. I called my mom three times from Corrado’s and she didn’t pick up. Why own a cell phone if you aren’t going to answer it? I called my grandma, who told me they are in fact different. So Corrado’s didn’t have puree. A wave of anxiety came over me. An ex-boyfriend works at the Trader Joe’s in town. I was not about to go there, wearing sweatpants and a high school sweatshirt. I had one option left – Stop and Shop. Stop and Shop didn’t have puree, only canned pumpkin. 3 anxiety attacks later, I ran into my boyfriend’s friend’s mom, who told me my grandma was wrong and that puree is the same as canned pumpkin. In the middle of aisle 10, I gestured the sign of the cross.

What’s the moral of the story? Puree is the same as canned pumpkin, because these smoothies came out delicious.

If you’re big on pumpkin, this smoothie makes for a delicious breakfast or snack. Pumpkin is super healthy. And this is an easy clean up; you’re only dirtying the blender.


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