baked bacon maple doughnuts

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I am kind of a newbie when it comes to that love of bacon that everyone has. I used to skip the bacon if it was an option at a meal. And I think I know why. Mom, I am sorry to say, but you burn your bacon to a point that is uneatable. You turn it to char, and it’s gross. Now that I can cook my own bacon, and it’s not charcoal, bacon is the best thing on the freaking planet. Sorry to disappoint you mom, but you really need to work on your bacon frying skills. So in celebration of my recent covert to the bacon side, let us top everything with bacon!

These little babies were inspired by a Bluestar doughnut that was brought to me by my awesome co-workers on my birthday. She actually brought a whole box to the shop during my shift, sweetest thing ever.

As far as doughnut pans go, I use this one.

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dandelion fritters

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I love wild things. With things that pop up in the front yard, wild people that chase their dreams, and  wild children with wild hair. It’s spring and the wild things seem to be everywhere, and it renews the wildness that lives inside of me that I was never able to put out. Something about that fresh spring breeze that is wafting in though the slider door as I do my math homework. It’s melting that darkness of winter from life. I am so desperately ready for long summer days, and warm nights to live the adventures of my 20th year in.

Did I mention that? I had my 20th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t end up posting a cake recipe, because we ended up celebrating with a store-bought chocolate beaut that did the job nicely. It was a simple celebration with the best people. I have been contemplating what this year needs to look like, I have a foggy idea, but then again I have no idea. Everything seems so temporary, and easily changed. I love that.

To celebrate the change of season, wild things, and the beauty of temporariness, make dandelion fritters, they are a nice change from the normal pancake/fritters in your life. (You could totally make these bigger and serve them as pancakes)

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wholewheat cheddar walnut crackers

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I love Cheez-It. I love Gold Fish. There are a few food that no matter how I work on making my palate sophisticated. I can’t help but still love a few of those foods that can be found on the convince shelves. Also, cheap maple syrup, I love that stuff, it’s so bad, so good. All that to say, these taste like Cheez -Its. GAHHHHHH. So happy! I also want to play around with making these guys GF. I think it would be super easy to do. Homemade crackers, ok ok ok…

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orange chiffon cake

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The other day I tried to make an angel food cake. And I totally bombed it. But it did inspire me to try a chiffon cake, an American invention that pushed the egg to its limit. I added some minced orange zest, and topped it with a vanilla orange whipped cream. Really I was just too lazy to make a real frosting for it. I was really happy with the turn out. It has much more flavor then the angel food, probably because it actually contains fat. But I mean come on, you’re making a cake so fat should be involved.

This week is spring break. I can feel my body letting down, and I can start to think about more then getting good grades. Like food, I can now think about food. It’s funny how when a little mind space opens up food is there to fill it. Anyway, I am so excited to have this week to focus a little more attention on this blog. I do love it so.

 

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healthy alternative nutella

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We all know how I feel about the real Nutella, see here, here, here, here, here. But there is something to be said for a good alternative, using healthy oils, natural sweeteners, and a super simple recipe. My sister (remember this recipe she did for us?) has been working to make this as creamy and Nutella-like as possible. And she finally nailed it. So thanks Jocelyn, keep on making our lives healthier.

Though this really doesn’t contain any hazelnuts, the creaminess and chocolatiness of this spread really is Nutella like. You really should try it, it’s amazing.

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onion rings with blackberry jam

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I have only fried something one other time in my life. I think it was a Fijian doughnut that I made after returning from the island last November. I was feeling up the challenge, and ready to try that whole deep-frying thing again. I am glad with the result, onion rings with a good light coating, fried in grape seed oil. But the whole process kind of grossed me out. I could feel my skinny jeans getting tighter as I poured, poured, and poured oil into my pot. I’m not saying that this recipe isn’t worth making, on the contrary –if you’re up to deep frying. This whole thing got the fried bug out of me, I will now be returning to making lentils and eating artisan bread, please and thank you.

The real hero, and “ah hah!” moment of this whole ordeal was serving the onion rings with blackberry jam. Kind of a weird idea, I never would have come up with it, except there was a pot of the jam simmering next to my splattering vessel of oil. One dip of the slightly tangy ring into the sweet jam made a great surprise. It was a refreshing change from the normal mayo based sauce served with onion rings. It adds a little touch of sophistication to a greasy diner recipe.

Oh and please invest in a good thermometer, I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason these came out so well.

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wholewheat turkey and veggie pie

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Let’s call it The Fully Loaded. The potpies to beat all pot pies. A potpie that is more then, gravy gravy gravy carrot…pea…gravy gravy gravy. I loaded this thing with vegetables and just enough gravy hold everything together. It’s all put together by a light and buttery wholewheat crust. Speaking of crusts, before you go all “that crust looks like crap” on me, have you ever made a wholewheat pie crust?! It’s hard, it will not stay together to save your life. But you know, you can piece it together and make it looks halfway decent.

And don’t feel confined to use the meat or veggies I used. These were just the ones I had on hand. Chicken of course would be great, as well as carrots, sweet potatoes, or anything else you have on hand. I’ll bet you could even use leftover cooked veggies from this week’s dinners.

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zesty little cranberry scones

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What’s with scones? They’re freaking amazing, and addicting, and sometimes you just want a scone. I love this scone recipe, this is my standard when it comes to baking scones. I changed them up a little, added a little glaze, made them fancy. They’re so flaky, and flavorful. Butter flavor. And lemon flavor. And cranberry flavor. Nothing like those not-worth-the-claories scones you get at a coffee shop or grocery store.

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chocolate spice cake with gnash & poached pears

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Obviously this dessert was a joy to photograph. I couldn’t stop taking shots of this beaut. Secondly, I am now obsessed with spiced chocolate.

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Third and finally, is this my Valentines Day post? I don’t know, I am not a celebrit of the holiday. I still paint my nils black, and go out to a movie solo –and I like it like that. Will I be posting a fluffy pink dessert with a recommendation of serving it with red wine and gazing into the eyes of your significant other on Thursday? Yeah, probably not. Please. Eat chocolate. And be merry, grab a fork and eat this happily alone.

Also some past pear recipes: swaddled pears, pear and blue cheese salad , pear and hazelnut flatbread.

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lemon bunt cake with blueberry streusel

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I’ve been into cake. What a thing to be into. Thank God for cake. The dense crumb offered by a simple cake is sometime more satisfying then a complex French dessert. This was inspired by a coffee shop that was recently found to be walking distance to where I live. They serve a over almond extract infused crumble cake. But even in it’s impurities its so satisfying. I came up with this lemon bunt version, mostly because I needed to use some lemons, and I never use my bunt pan. Careful with this, bake it until you think it’s on the verge of burning. It’s so thick and dense it takes a while to cook though.

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