Drunken Apple Strudel


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One of my fondest memories of fall was Opa and Oma’s orchard.  They had several varieties of apples, a couple pears, and a few plums. Every fall we would leave the city to spend the day with Oma gathering fruit. Then she and Mom would spend the day making jam, jellies, and applesauce. Oma would send us home with bushels of fresh fruit, canned goodies, and a delicious apfelstrudel with a homemade blättertei.

My mouth still waters thinking about that apfelstrudel. So, of course, for this fall challenge, I knew I wanted to include Oma’s German apple strudel and I added some good old-fashion American bourbon to the mix.

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Apple Fritter French Toast


Wake up your breakfast with a plate of apple fritter French toast topped with a buttery bourbon maple syrup. Make the bread at least one day in advance, but the best thing about French toast is it works well with older bread so if time is an issue make the bread over the weekend and put it away use later in the week.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Granola

I woke up in a granola state of mind and decided to throw together this peanut butter and banana granola with just a hint of coconut. I love making homemade granola. It can be as basic or sumptuous as your pantry dictates and you get to control the ingredients and the amounts which are endless! The only two absolutes for me is the oats and honey.

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Keto Eggs

Yesterday I got into one of my moods and started looking at the latest diet trends. I am not normally a fan of diets. I truly do believe everything in moderation (less the chips, cookies, soda, alcohol, etc.). But something about the ketogenic diet fascinated me for both good and bad reasons.

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Shakshouka – Sorta

Shakshouka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes and chili peppers, often spiced with cumin. I love this colorful dish. I make my shakshouka with green peppers (I can’t do heat) and a Za’atar spice mix that includes chili pepper and cumin to bring it around to a more traditional flavor. An addition of chickpeas and kale adds color, and more color means more goodness!

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Berry Pancakes

These berry pancakes are packed with chunks of juicy strawberries and delightful blueberries in every bite and so light and fluffy you’ll think you’re eating cake. What a great way to start the morning!

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Ricotta Toast

When I was a child I was a bundle of raw energy. How many times didn’t I hear my mother say, “Ella, sit, eat!”
“Can’t mom, I have volleyball practice, going to the beach, working today.”
I’d grab a piece of toast and run out the door.

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Basic Pancake Batter

Growing up we always had pancakes that came from a box. There were flat, tasteless, and just not very good. It was on a trip to the South that I had, and fell in love with, pecan pancakes.

OMG!! I could not get enough. Every morning I ordered the pecan pancakes. I became obsessed. When we returned home I was determined to find a pancake batter that made the same light and fluffy pancakes. After a few failures, I finally found a batter that works well.

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Breakfast Hash

I was sitting downtown Nashville enjoying brunch at one of my favorite spots watching the servers carry out armloads of delicious, farm-fresh, dishes when I saw eggs served over a colorful plate of in-season vegetables. You ever do that, place your order and while you wait, enjoy the display of other dishes being served to only covet another’s order? Always after the fact, when it is too late to change your order.

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