Dutch Baby for Breakfast

Some lazy mornings, a special breakfast seems in order. This dutch baby pancake – baked in a cast iron skillet – is simple to make and satisfying to fill. Some options: go sweet with applesauce and cottage cheese, or lemon juice and vanilla sugar. Or go savory with caramelized onions, mushrooms and greens.

Dutch Baby in a Cast Iron Skillet
Dutch Baby in a Cast Iron Skillet

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Fuller’s Diner in Portland’s Pearl District

I have a new favorite breakfast place in Portland, Oregon. It’s Fuller’s Diner, in the Pearl District. This place is a classic – straight out of the 1940’s. The seating is all diner stools, wrapped around two islands that the no-nonsense, efficient servers inhabit from within – passing out menus, serving breakfast, and clearing away plates. A row of hat hooks along the front wall of windows calls out for your fedora.

Fuller's Diner in Portland's Pearl District
Fuller’s Diner in Portland’s Pearl District

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Easy, Delicious, Low-Fat Banana-Coconut Muffins

Around this time of year, we start to get little piles of very brown bananas piling up in the fruit bowl. This low-fat banana muffin recipe takes less than ten minutes to mix together, and turns out some lovely little muffins for workday snacks.

Low-Fat Banana Coconut Muffins
Low-Fat Banana Coconut Muffins

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Sausagey Polenta Breakfast Casserole

After a cold, blustery walk along a grey and gravelly Puget Sound beach, it’s nice to come in to a warm and hearty breakfast that sticks to your ribs – but isn’t super fatty or unhealthy. This sausage and polenta casserole from Cooking Light is perfect for a make-ahead breakfast for two or ten.

Cozy Casserole by the Fire
Cozy Casserole by the Fire

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Spanish Tortilla with Potato and Spinach

Spanish Tortilla is a wonderfully flavorful, hearty potato dish baked in a cast iron skillet. Our Spanish friend makes a wickedly memorable tortilla – although it’s also a bit plumpening. However, we found this recipe in Cooking Light that’s both delicious AND healthy. This makes a great weeknight dinner, or would probably also be a lovely brunch.

Delicious Spanish Tortilla
Delicious Spanish Tortilla

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How to Make a (Perfect) Soft-Boiled Egg

Sometimes a soft-boiled egg with a side of buttery toast makes the perfect breakfast. But, do you know the secret to making perfect soft-boiled eggs? We do (because we’re practically mongeese and we eat a lot of eggs).

So without further ado, here’s how to impress your family, win over strangers and produce the perfect soft-boiled egg.

The Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg
The Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg

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Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

This Sunday morning breakfast is super easy to put together, and super delicious to enjoy beside a fire, with the newspaper in hand, your dogs at your feet, and the person you love beside you.

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes
Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

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