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Simple Sunday… Breakfast Pizza!

6 Sep

We got creative this Sunday.  Chalk it up to the long weekend.

Well, that and the leftover pizza dough sitting in the refrigerator.  I put two and two together and got… breakfast pizza.  

Let me just say, genius moment!

Where’s the recipe you ask?  Yeah, there really isn’t one.  

Here’s the gist – we sauteed some onions, red peppers and spinach.  We topped the dough with the sauteed veggies, liberally sprinkled goat cheese and then (gently, now) cracked the eggs on top.  Baked the pizza at 500℉ for 8 to 10 minutes.  Voila.

Skeptical?  So was Mom.  But not anymore.

Also, please do not mind the slightly over cooked egg yolk.  That’s what happens when the shelf is on the top rack in the oven and your forget to move it before the oven gets to 500℉.  Oops!  And that cantaloupe you see next to the pizza – seriously the best cantaloupe I’ve ever had.  Hands down.

It still didn’t beat our breakfast pizza, though.  I say again… genius moment.

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Yogurt Biscuits… Simple Sunday!

22 Aug

Today is my first official day as a teacher intern.  I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I’m scared.  I’m overwhelmed.  

But, mostly, I’m excited.

As preparation for this big day, Mom suggested we make a little something special for Simple Sunday.  After nixing donuts (who keeps self-rising flour in the house?  Oh, bakers, you say?  Yeah, well, not this one!) and bread (too complicated for hungry bellies), we decided on yogurt biscuits.

It was a good choice.  

These can be whipped up with everyday ingredients and take virtually no time at all.  Perfect for… that’s right, simple sundays! 

Now, before you run off to make these, I do need to warn you.  These aren’t quite the same as the flaky, slightly crumbly biscuits that Paula Deen would put on your plate.  These are a bit soft, a bit tangy and a bit flaky. 

Mom said these would be great as a breakfast sandwich – egg, bacon or ham and cheese – and I agree.  

For now, though, I’ll stick with a little butter and a touch of (homemade) jam.  Delicious!

Yogurt Biscuits
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Ingredients…

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 1/2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 1/3 cup plain, Greek yogurt

Directions…

Place an ungreased baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450℉.

Combine the flours, salt and baking powder in a food processor.  Pulse to combine.  Sprinkle the cubes of butter on top of the dry ingredients.  Pulse about 20 times, until the mixture looks like sand.  Add the yogurt and pulse a few times, until the yogurt is just incorporated.  Avoid overmixing.

Lightly flour a surface and turn out the dough, forming a ball.  Knead five times and press into a one-inch thick square.  Cut in half and stack one on the other.  Repeat this process – kneading, cutting and stacking – two more times.  Add more flour to prevent sticking as necessary.  

Press or roll out the dough to 3/4 inch thick rectangle. Cut the dough into twelve biscuits.  Place the biscuits on the preheated baking sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch between each biscuit.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms are a deep golden brown.

Enjoy!

Source:  Honey & Jam, originally from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Simple Sunday – Keeping it Simple

8 Aug

Breaking news… I did!  I really did it!  I made scrambled eggs that were fluffy, cooked perfectly and down right tasty.  Now, I don’t want to brag too much since, well, it was only one time.  Okay, and my  mom was standing behind me, answering my every question… But, it’s a start!

The {delicious} scrambled eggs were accompanied by maple oat scones (leftover from mybirthday brunch) and a quick parfait – a layer of peaches, homemade yogurt and cinnamon granola on top.

Simple.  Delicious.

Simple Sunday – All By Myself

25 Jul

Truth:  I’m a bit behind on my Simple Sundays.

Truth:  This Simple Sunday is from 4th of July weekend.  {Yikes!}  I was home alone.

Truth:  I’m really bad at making scrambled eggs.  How?  Why?  Can it be?  I know.  It’s a sad, but true tale.  Scrambled eggs stump me.

Truth:  I still try.  These weren’t terrible, but I’m glad Mom’s been home lately to handle this responsibility.

Truth:  The morning glory muffin was the highlight of this Simple Sunday.  

Simple Sunday – Surprise Quiche

18 Jul

If you know me, you probably know that living in the suburbs isn’t exactly my thing.  I really love the city – the noise, the movement, the possibilities.  I love it all.

But, one thing I do love about suburban living?  Lovely, kind, friendly neighbors.  And you know what lovely, kind, friendly neighbors do?  They surprise you with delicious broccoli and cheddar cheese quiche.  

These neighbors also have perfect timing.  Delivery just in time for Sunday brunch.  Add some fresh peaches and a piece of blueberry crumb cake (recipe coming soon)… Aaaamazing!

Sunday Funday

5 Jun

When I was little, I can remember dreading Sundays – school looming around the corner.  Homework had to be complete and early to bed.  I mean, what was fun about that?

These days I have an entirely different opinion.  In fact, Sundays are one of my favorite days.

We have the farmer’s market in the spring and summer.  Football in the fall (oh, you didn’t know I’m a die hard football fan?  True story).  As for winter?  Eh, can’t win em’ all, right?

Anyway, for awhile now, Mom and I have been taking Sunday’s as a day to recoup and relax, starting with homemade Sunday brunch.  This week entailed a muffin from the farmer’s market, hash browns made from locally grown new potatoes and tarragon scrambled eggs.   And a mimosa.  Or two.

It is  Sunday after all.  And so we begin Simple Sundays.

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