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Chef in Training

This past Sunday Jack planned and helped cook brunch.  He has always been very curious in the kitchen and really wants to start doing more.  At eight years old he is now old enough to take on more tasks so it was his turn to shine.

It started with the planning.  He really wanted to make quiche, not a big surprise since all three boys LOVE quiche.  Jack, however, doesn’t care for a pastry crust.  I asked him which crust he wanted (pastry, shredded potato or quinoa) and he said he wanted something different.  I suggested we could try a cauliflower crust and he was very excited about that.  He also decided he wanted his quiche to have bacon, sharp cheddar and broccoli.

Jack then announced he wanted scrambled eggs with the quiche.  This is when Mama had to push him in another direction.  I let him know we didn’t really need two egg dishes in one meal!  He decided it was time to plan the dessert.  His first choice was a fruit tart.  That would be his favorite brunch sweet treat.  Once again I pushed him in another direction.  As his instructor I didn’t really want to go over teaching  him to make pastry and custard, plus the quiche. Continue reading

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

My favorite bakery up in Brevard, North Carolina has the best goodies anywhere I’ve been in the southeastern United States.  For some reason bakeries around here are just lacking or specialize in the traditional American super sweet treats like heavily frosted cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Well Bracken Mountain Bakery has excellent scones.  I’m not talking about a Starbuck’s scone that is sweet with sweet icing on top.  I’m talking a traditional scone that has a hint of sweetness.  I can’t pick a favorite flavor there since they are all so delicious, but since I had bananas in the freezer I decided it was time to attempt recreating the banana chocolate chunk scone.

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Petits Pain Au Lait

Petits Pain Au Lait

For some time I’ve enjoyed following Liz over at My Favourite Pastime.  I have made many delicious recipes from her site.  Recently she had these scrumptious looking rolls I simply had to make.  Was it the French name or how good they looked?  I’m not sure, but I’m so glad I made them!

The boys were thrilled I made them as well.  They do so love homemade breads and this was a definite winner.  What isn’t to like, a light and fluffy roll with a sprinkle of sugar in top?!

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Cardamom Orange Ricotta Toast with Dark Chocolate

Cardamom Orange Ricotta Toast with Dark Chocolate
The boys and I watched an episode of Giada in Italy over the weekend and were inspired. She shared a recipe for a ricotta toast her grandfather used to make her for breakfast growing up. My boys thought it looked good and immediately asked if we could make it.

Of course I wasn’t about to deny my boys a chance to experiment in the kitchen! I’ve made desserts with ricotta and put it on savory toast so the idea of a sweet ricotta toast was fun.
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Coconut Lime Blackberry Cornbread Muffins

Coconut Lime Blackberry Cornbread Muffins
To say that these muffins are popular with the kids is putting it mildly! What can I say, I seem to have outdone myself. Frankly, I’m a little surprised.

The boys usually like just about every muffin. Favorites tend to have chocolate chips (orange coconut chocolate chip mini muffins) or peanut butter (peanut butter chocolate chip muffins). More unfrosted cupcake like than muffin like. Yes, they like nearly every muffin. But for their new favorite to be gluten free, I’m shocked! Continue reading