Coffee Cake

I’ve coveted a Kitchen Aid mixer for many years, and my amazing boyfriend Shawn got one for me for Christmas this year!  Excited is an understatement!  I had already done all my Christmas cookie baking, so I had to think of something else to do (oh jeez, poor me 😉 ) and we decided on coffee cake…it made a nice after dinner snack later in the evening.  I’m still stunned over the ease of baking with the Kitchen Aid!  This recipe came from one of my favorite baking sites, Joy of Baking, and I combined her coffee cake with a streusel recipe I had on hand.  It was my first time making coffee cake and we like it a lot!

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Brie and Egg Strata

We decided to go all out for Christmas day, and made this breakfast strata.  It’s one I’ve made before for brunches, etc. and it was even better this time with some minor changes (changes included below – this originally came from Cooking Light – just a bit less milk and a bit more cheese).  A great holiday morning lunch or brunch item, and the ingredients can be combined the night before and baked in the morning for some make-ahead convenience.

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Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

First meal of Mostly Meatless March!  We had a ton of eggs in the fridge and I was not feeling creative, so this is what happened.  Inspired by a recipe on Chow, I made it with mostly egg whites to make it a little more low cal.  Frittatas are one of my favorites for the versatility and clean out the fridge ability.  It was quite good, and a nice start to being Vegetarian for a month (well, Pescetarian).  The leftovers will make a great breakfast!



Cinnamon Pancakes

I was never a huge pancake fan until I started thinking about how good pancakes would be if they had some cinnamon in them…now this is one of my favorite breakfasts.  Not something I make often, but always good when I do, and it’s really great for a cold fall or winter morning.