Wacky Farm Breakfast

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So, don’t hate me, but I have never really understood the whole chicken and waffles concept. I understand the good plus good equals “gooder” philosophy. That’s where we get PB & J. Stay with me as I explain, the good plus good philosophy is where you take two things that are good on their own but when put together it is game over. From that point on you can’t imagine having one without the other (i.e. PB&J).

In chicken and waffles case, the waffles are better alone, and the fried chicken is definitely a force all on its own. So instead of the traditional waffles and chicken that have the two fighting for attention, I like to serve a “wacky” version of this classic with fried chicken bits served over a fried egg and wilted kale salad sautéed in a garlic confit and chili oil with waffle squares on the side served as “toast”.

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Holiday Brunch Bake

IMG_1703I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I haven’t even gotten my tree yet and let’s not talk about gift shopping. I have friends who are already done and here I am without even a list. Time to kick it into gear. From now until Christmas I thought I would share my Christmas morning, through recipes, with you and your family.

As the kids started getting a little older, I realize that with all the hoopla before Christmas day; the decorating, cookie baking, pageants, and parties, that the actual day itself was over before it even began. We open presents and the kids run off to play with their new toys and the day is rather anticlimactic.

That is when I decided to prolong the day. Today we get up and make a beautiful breakfast buffet, or “Meat Fest” as it has been affectionately termed. My husband and I work side-by-side in the kitchen getting everything ready. The kids set the table and lay out the food on the buffet table. Then we all sit down in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal filled with laughter, stories, and yes, anticipation.

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Morning Croque Madame

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Croque Monsieur is a wonderfully toasted ham and creamy cheese sauce sandwich. If you put an egg on top you have a Croque Madame. You often see Monsieur and Madame Croque at the lunch table as a sandwich. My version is a simplified breakfast cup that I love to pop in the oven while I round up backpacks and loose homework on busy weekday mornings.

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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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