New York Style Crumb Coffee Cake

Light and moist cake is topped with a thick layer of cinnamon crumbs. This New York style crumb coffee cake is the perfect addition to any brunch spread!

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Apparently cake is not appropriate breakfast food.  Or so I’ve been told.  But add the word coffee in front and it automatically becomes acceptable to eat cake for breakfast!   Now to be honest, this recipe for New York Style Crumb Cake is actually listed in the Cook’s Illustrated app under “dessert” rather than “breakfast.”   However I’m adding the word coffee and turning it into a breakfast recipe!Typically my breakfast is more whole grain and less whole stick of butter, so I decided this recipe would be the perfect thing to make for Easter brunch with my family.  I have always been a huge fan of crumb coffee cake.  What’s not to love about butter and sugar baked together on top of cake?!  And did I forget to mention Cinnamon??  The cake in this recipe is light and fluffy, the perfect complement to the rich, cinnamon crumbs.  Next time I will double the recipe because this was gone before the morning was over!

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Let’s talk about chocolate chip cookies – life’s perfect cookie.  I think everyone likes chocolate chip cookies and it seems that everyone has their own favorite recipe.  I don’t discriminate, I like all different types of chocolate chip cookies – crispy, chewy, soft, I’ll eat them all.

But if you made me choose my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe,  it has to be Jacques Torres’.  The large size means that the edges are slightly crispy, while the inside is soft and gooey.  The caramel flavor of the brown sugar really shines through.  The sprinkling of sea salt at the end is the perfect compliment to the rich, dark chocolate.    I’m still open to other recipe suggestions, but I have tried quite a few different recipes and I keep coming back to this one.  … 

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

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Do you know what happens when you order a kale salad at Sunday brunch? You get to eat pancakes for dinner.  That’s a real rule, right?

On Sunday morning I went to brunch with my friend JC and I had my typical debate of whether to go sweet or savory.  It is really a struggle for me because I love pancakes.  I mean I REALLY love pancakes.  But savory usually wins out for two reasons: first, because I feel like it is usually a more balanced meal and second, because I like to bake my own sweet things (see here, here, here, you get the point).  So I ended up ordering a kale salad (at Acme NYC).  I love kale and I felt a little healthier starting my day with a superfood rather than with pancakes.

But then for the rest of the day I was thinking about  pancakes.  Dreaming about pancakes.  I even thought about pancakes during my workout class, so I decided to do something about it.  Breakfast for dinner, who doesn’t love that?! Plus I had some buttermilk to use up, so this was a perfect excuse! Waste not want not, right?… 

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Andes Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Confession: I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to cookies.  I probably eat at least 5 from every batch I make.  It is a problem.  Another confession: I don’t really like chocolate and mint together.  I mean, I’ll eat it, because it has chocolate in it, but it is not my first choice.  However I know others love it, so I decided to make some chocolate mint chip cookies this past weekend for a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day party.  Any recipe that will go over well with my friends but won’t force me to end up looking like this is a win-win if you ask me! … 

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Is there anything better than the smell of fresh bread baking in your kitchen?  Yes, fresh bread with cinnamon!  I can’t stress enough how amazing our kitchen smelled on this cold, snowy weekend with this cinnamon raisin bread baking in the oven.  I really need to bake more with cinnamon.  It is such a warm, sweet smell – I absolutely love it!

This cinnamon raisin bread brings back memories of my childhood and the loaf of Sunmaid raisin bread that was a breakfast favorite in my household.  It is a nice soft loaf studded with plump raisins and a hint of sweet cinnamon in every bite.  A piece of this bread toasted with butter and cinnamon sugar is really helping me get through this Monday morning! … 

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