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Lemon Orange Poppyseed Muffins


As I’ve mentioned before, Sunday mornings in our house are often for leisurely breakfasts, usually involving a baking project of some kind. This past weekend I really wanted to make some buttermilk muffins as a way to use up some of the buttermilk in my fridge.


I found myself lacking all of things I usually put into muffins: blueberries (frozen or fresh), other berries, dried fruits, etc. It must be time to go shopping!

What we did have is a nice supply of meyer lemons and oranges, and some poppyseeds from the spice cupboard. These muffins ended up being so deliciously fresh, with a nice tartness from the citrus and buttermilk. I’m sure I will make these again, more intentionally this time!


These muffins ended up being a perfect vehicle for our Orange Vanilla Marmalade.

Lemon Orange Poppyseed Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 Tablespoons poppy seeds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
juice and zest of 2 medium lemons
juice and zest of 1 orange
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, orange juice, and orange zest together until combined. (Our citrus was very juicy, so we only used the juice of 1 lemon and 1/2 orange) Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Whisk in the buttermilk and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix together until no pockets of flour remain. Do not overmix. The batter is extremely thick.
Spoon the thick batter into the muffin tins, filling them all the way to the top, about 1/4 cup of batter in each. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce oven temperature to 375°F  and continue to bake for 10-13 minutes longer until tops are lightly golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.


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Belgian Waffles

IMG_2038One of our favorite weekend traditions is to have one sleep in day, with a fancy breakfast, home made lattes, and lounge on the couch for an episode of Scandal while we enjoy. A top contender for lazy Sunday breakfast is Belgian Waffles. Our favorite recipe is actually a make ahead yeasted waffle recipe from Ina Garten that I hope to share later, but alas we aren’t always that prepared. This past weekend we tried Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for Belgian Waffles and loved it. You separate the eggs and beat the whites, which really helps to make the batter light and fluffy. A few tips: melt your butter ahead of time and let it cool, and let the eggs and milk come to room temperature. This will help when adding the butter to your liquids if everything is closer to the same temperature.

IMG_2042What are some of your favorite lazy, loungey weekend breakfast recipes?

Belgian Waffles

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Recipe from Emeril Lagasse

2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
non-stick cooking spray

Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the liquid mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix! Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.


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Savory Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones


I have been in such a baking mood lately. I think it’s all of the rain we’ve been getting lately. Expecting more rain this weekend, I planned a baking day with a friend, pitting some sweet strawberry scones against savory bacon cheddar chive scones. I must say – savory scones for the win!IMG_0862We used a tip that I picked up from Kitchen Konfidence to grate the butter into the dough. This gave us the cold, small pieces of butter so essential for good pastries, and was so much easier than trying to cut a cold stick of butter in with a pastry cutter.IMG_6538A little crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, and chopped chives…IMG_6536Pat out a perfect little wheel of dough, and slice it up into wedges. IMG_6537Bake just 20 minutes, put on a fresh pot of coffee and enjoy!IMG_6544

Savory Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones

  • Servings: 8 large scones
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Recipe adapted from Annacia on

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1⁄4 c cold butter (1 stick), grated
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1⁄3 cup snipped fresh chives
1⁄2 lb bacon (cooked, cooled, and crumbled about 1 cup)
1 cup half and half
Butter to brush the tops


Preheat the oven to 425°F Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment or a silpat.
Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Grate the butter directly into the dry mixture. Mix in the cheese, chives, and bacon till evenly distributed. Add 1 cup of half and half, stirring to combine. Transfer the shaggy dough to a well-floured work surface. Pat the dough into a smooth 7″ disk about ¾” thick. Cut the disk into 8 wedges.
Bake the scones for 20 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Brush a bit of butter over the tops during the last two minutes of baking to get a nice golden crust.

IMG_6547Now, the strawberry scones weren’t bad, just didn’t have as much complexity. I’m thinking to add some rosemary and/or orange zest next time.IMG_0863They did end up being a perfect vehicle for more Orange Vanilla Marmalade. Happy Weekending!

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Orange Vanilla Marmalade

Since I still have so many oranges at home, I decided to make some orange marmalade as a way to use some of them up. In fact, I should make some scones again to eat with this delicious spread.IMG_0639I used half oranges and half blood oranges to make the most beautifully ruby colored orange marmalade that is so far delicious. IMG_0614Inspired by Always Order Dessert, I added two vanilla beans to my marmalade, which is a really fun variation. IMG_0637

Vanilla Orange Marmalade

  • Servings: 8 and a half pints
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Recipe adapted from Always Order Dessert and Ina Garden.

2 oranges
4 small blood oranges
2 lemons
1 lime
2 vanilla beans
8 cups sugar
8 cups water

Cut the oranges and lemons in half crosswise, then into very thin half-moon slices. Discard any seeds. Place the sliced fruit and their juices into a stainless-steel pot. Add 8 cups water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Cover and allow to stand overnight at room temperature.

The next day, bring the mixture back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 2 hours. Turn the heat up to medium and boil gently, stirring often, for another 30 minutes. Skim off any foam that forms on the top. Cook the marmalade until it reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer. If you want to be doubly sure it’s ready, place a small amount on a plate and refrigerate it until it’s cool but not cold. If it’s firm — neither runny nor too hard — it’s done. It will be a golden orange color, darker if you also choose to sub in blood oranges. (If the marmalade is runny, continue cooking it and if it’s too hard, add more water.)

Pour the marmalade into clean, hot Mason jars; wipe the rims thoroughly with a clean damp paper towel, and seal with the lids. Process in a hot water bath for ten minutes to seal. Store in the pantry for up to a year.


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Cranberry Orange Cardamom Scones


Recently my in-laws gifted us with more oranges than we could possibly eat before they go bad.IMG_0276

Since we actually had a Sunday with no morning plans, I decided to look to my favorite scone recipe and make use of some of this citrus. Tyler Florence’s recipe for Blueberry Scones has become my go to recipe for making light and flaky scones. I’ve tried a few different fruit varieties to great success. 

I ground whole cardamom pods because I had them in my pantry. You could also use pre-ground cardamom. Of course, fresh ground spices are always a little stronger.

The dough is pretty gooey, so be sure to flour your work station before you pat it out into a rectangle, 1-1/4 in high. You could also use biscuit cutters if you want round scones.IMG_6174Cut in half, half again, and into triangles. 8-16 depending on how big you want your scones. This time around I cut 16 so that I would have some leftovers to share with my coworkers. IMG_6175

Orange Cranberry Cardamom Scones

  • Servings: 8-16
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen “Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze”

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting your work surface and your fruit
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp cardamom

Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and sugar. Using a standard cheese grater, grate the very cold butter into the flour mixture. (Check out Kitchen Konfidence to see where I got this great idea). The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not over work the dough. Toss the chopped cranberries with some flour to help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the scone when baked; then fold them into the batter.

Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 x 3 x 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in half; then cut the pieces in half again, giving you four 3-inch squares. Cut the squares in half on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. You can also cut these in half again if you want smaller scones.

Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until beautifully browned. Let the scones cool.

These are delicious served with a honey whipped butter or an orange marmalade, or a pomegranate jam. Make use of some seasonal citrus and enjoy these with a nice cup of coffee this weekend.


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Cherry Poppyseed Muffins

These have become my go-to recipe when I’m in the mood for muffins. I’ve made them a couple times recently, which is rare for me!  They are just sweet enough, and the citrus zest really perks up the poppyseeds. You can throw these muffins together in about 10 minutes, pop in the oven for 20…just enough time to crawl back in bed for a chapter of your book while they bake.  Pair the finished muffins with a cup of tea for a perfect weekend morning!

Recipe: Cherry Poppyseed Muffins (1 dozen), inspired from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen

  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp poppyseeds
  • Zest of 1 orange (or lemon)
  • 1 cup dried cherries (although next time, I’m trying something new, dried apricots would be divine!)

Preheat oven to 400, and grease a muffin tin. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, poppy seeds and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the wet ingredients in, and fold everything together. Toss the dried cherries with a bit of flour so that they don’t sink to the bottom of the batter, and fold in. Pour the batter into your muffin tins filling them two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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Guilt Free Chocolate Milk Shake

It is getting nice and warm here in San Diego. With summer around the corner, I am on the lookout for cool, refreshing treats. I am almost always looking for something chocolatey, and trying to keep the calories in check…which can be a tough combination!

Not too long ago I stumbled across this post about 1 ingredient ice-cream, which essential says if you puree frozen banana’s, you can get an ice cream texture.  Not too long after that, I saw Nigella Lawson make a peanut butter banana smoothie.  After a couple tries, I have got the perfect combo for a peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie. This tastes amazingly like a chocolate milkshake, with more flavor, and is a much healthier option!  Most milkshakes weigh in around 550 to 700 calories. This one comes in just under 300 calories. AND it includes calcium, protein, and fruit!


1 banana ~ 1 c chopped and frozen

1/2 c milk

1 Tb peanut butter, or almond butter or your choice!

1 Tb cocoa powder

Throw in a blender, and enjoy!  The sweetness of the banana is enough to sweeten the cocoa powder and give you a delicious chocolatey shake.  Great as a breakfast, dessert, or weekend lunch.

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