It really is true, that when you can’t have something, that’s when you want it most. That’s me and pancakes. I’ve never been a huge sweet breakfast fan. I know I’ve written in the past about my weekly Saturday pancake breakfasts growing up, which resulted in boycotting pancakes for years. Then, when I finally had the ability to stomach them again, I found I didn’t really need them. Savory eggs with bacon and potatoes became my breakfast of choice. For years I would occasionally order pancakes at brunch–the menu description just sounded so tempting–eat a bit and be done. Too much sweet.
I’ve literally been obsessed with coconut lately. I really don’t know what started the trend, but these days I just can’t get enough. Coconut milk smoothies in the morning, rich, coconut tapioca for snacking, creamy curries for dinner and coconut macaroons for dessert.
I’ve always had a thing for lemon poppy seed muffins. Why I’ve never made them, I’m not sure. The extra stress of shopping for poppy seeds? Who knows. So when I was assigned to Traci’s Burnt Apple blog, through the Secret Recipe Club, I knew exactly what I would be making. I absolutely love Traci’s honesty. In her introduction, she admits to making a muffin so hard her husband tossed it through the wall, literally. She couldn’t cook. Yet her determination and growing family, forced her to take on the challenge. Burnt Apple is filled with healthy recipes, but unless you read the recipe, you’d never know. Everything just looks so tasty!
It’s been a while since my last Secret Recipe Club post. Did you think I left them? Of course not! With so much going on during the holidays, it was decided that December and January would form one BIG month. Weeks A & B would reveal the first two weeks of December, then we’d all enjoy the holidays and customary post holiday food coma for a month, the C & D would reveal. So here we are, rounding out the double month with Week D’s reveal. February will be back to our regularly scheduled programming. Promise.
This month I was assigned Table for Seven. Erin is an amazing cook who has challenged herself to provide healthy, not from the freezer meals for her and her family. Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t think that’s too difficult? Hmm, well did I mention her family includes her and her husband plus FIVE kids? That’s where the Table for Seven comes from. I hardly have the time to cook for just my husband and I sometimes, so Erin, for cooking and still having the energy to share with us…BRAVO!
Oranges are so overrated. And grapefruits. What’s with the lack of love for all the other citrus out there?! Buddha hands, clementines (my favorite because I can actually peel them), tangerines. As much as I try to stay local, when Florida citrus starts beckoning me this time of year, I can never resist. Hey, at least I’m sticking to the same coast! A trip to Fairway the other day resulted in a bag of tangerines, among other non necessary food splurges (nutella anyone?).