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Maple-Bacon Cheddar Muffins



Spring has sprung (sort of) and whether or not snow is still upon the ground, the maples have yielded their bounty and the Easter bunny will soon deliver its chocolates and treats to happy children everywhere. And most of us will be having a more or less functional Sunday brunch this week, to celebrate the equinox.
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Prosecco fruit salad


Fruit salad
Photo Credit: Katherine Macnaughton

A standard in cafeteria’s worldwide, fruit salad is often thought of as a somewhat unoriginal and dated dessert option. However, it can be a refreshing and healthy way to end a meal or to start off your day. One way to infuse new life into this classic is by adding a grapefruit simple syrup, some fresh basil and a dash of Prosecco. I recently brought this jazzed up version to a brunch and it was appreciated by all. What’s great about fruit salad is that you can add whatever fruit is ripe and in season. It’s also a breeze to make if ever you’re pressed for time. You can also indulge knowing that you’re doing your body good!
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Traditional Irish Boxty Pancakes


Irish pancakes

This past Saint-Patrick’s day I decided to host a pre-parade brunch that consisted of various Irish staples, which included boxty pancakes (bacstaí or arán bocht tí meaning “poor-house bread”). Not being a fan of regular pancakes (I know, it’s hard to believe!), I was excited to try out these traditional Irish pancakes, which are like a cross between a latka, a hash brown and a standard pancake. Much lighter and less oily than latkes or hash browns, boxtys have all the pillowiness of a pancake, but with slightly more texture.
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Loco for Tico Refried Beans

Refried Beans
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Lucky, lucky, lucky me, lucky son of a gun! I vacationed in Costa Rica for Christmas and had a shit load of fun! The heat hit me the moment I got off the plane. All I could think about were the fresh fruits and vegetables that must grow in this heat. And truly, they were incredible. It would be two weeks of picking through a fruit stand’s ripe mangos, of twisting the tops off of fragrant pineapples, of getting a local vendor to slice off the thick husk of a coconut so that I could sip its generous quantities of coconut water, and then eat the gelatinous coconut skin. I even got to taste a juicy Guanábana (Soursop) fruit we discovered at a small roadside market – I felt like a real Fruit Hunter. Glorious!
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Impromptu Berry Delicious Muffins

photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Muffin. The word and its underlying product have gained a bad rep over the past few years.
They are seen by many as fat and sugar loaded evildoers responsible for wardrobe malfunctions afflicting their aficionados. Furthermore, muffins have been overshadowed by the Cupcake which has gained in popularity to the point where shows are now dedicated to it… what is our world coming to!?
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Sweet and Salty Pancakes with Candied Bacon Whipped Cream and Whiskey Syrup

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I definitely did not lack inspiration for the Diner Throwdown. I hesitated until the very last minute on what dish to make, finally deciding on sweet and salty pancakes over runner-up ideas like meatloaf, burgers, mac’n cheese, grand slam breakfast, grilled cheese, etc… As you can probably tell from that list, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. So my newfound pancake obsession was quite a surprise! I wanted to make them as light and salty as possible, which is why I opted to use cake flour (which is already pre-loaded with baking powder and salt) and salted butter in the pancake batter.
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