Category Archives: breakfast

Chocolate Cherry Muffins

It’s the first day of the new year. I should be posting something wholesome and healthy, but one of my boys asked me to make scones for breakfast. Our butter supply has been completely depleted by Christmas cookie baking, so we opted for muffins instead. The fact that muffins are simpler to make than scones [...]

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

Our fingers are permanently stained pink. So are our mouths. Strawberry season is drawing to a close here in southern Wisconsin. What looked to be a fantastic season was hampered by days and days of soaking rains. While farmers were able to pick a fair amount to sell, the season was shortened and the u-pick [...]

Rhubarb Oatmeal Cakes

I try to make it a habit not to complain about the weather. It seems like a cop out–we must have something better to talk about. There is absolutely NOTHING we can do about it. Let’s just deal with it and get on with things. We’ve had about seven inches of rain over the past [...]

Banana Bread

My four-year-old has a bee in his bonnet about banana bread. He has been asking me daily if we could make some. Well finally, on this snowy March Sunday, we had the right combination of spare time and brown-freckled bananas. In the March issue of Bon Appetit, I remembered seeing a recipe for banana bread. [...]

Oat Bran Muffins

Before the barrage of holiday cookie recipes envelope me in a flurry of flour and a shower of sugar, I thought I’d sneak in one full-of-fiber snack. A good bran muffin can be hard to find. Whole wheat flour and bran in the wrong muffin, can be dense, dry and tasteless. In the right hands, [...]