Panettone Waffles with Cranberry-Orange Syrup

The countdown to Christmas has begun! It's December 1st and I am happy to report, my decorations are up and I've got 90% of my Christmas shopping done. #winning 

Panettone french toast has been a staple in our household the last few years. Panettone is a rich, brioche type bread with dried fruit and usually some candied orange. I thought I would revamp this and throw it in the waffle iron because 'I can waffle that' is my new catchphrase. Not really, but I thought it would be clever to maximize crispy, golden deliciousness. It worked!

I also made a quick syrup with some leftover cranberry sauce. Super easy and very holiday-esque! I hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

Panettone French Toast (serves 2 hungry people)
2  1.5 inch thick rounds of panettone bread
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
pinch of fresh nutmeg

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
1 orange, cut unto supremes

Heat waffle iron on medium-high setting. Add eggs through nutmeg ingredients into a bowl. Whisk to combine. Dip panettone slices 1 at a time in egg mixture until soaked through, about 30 seconds per side. Place in waffle iron and press down firmly(don't be afraid to squish!). Cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. 

For the syrup, add maple syrup and cranberry sauce to small sauce pan. Head until hot but not boiling. Add orange slices then immediately turn off the heat. Pour on top of waffles and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Bubble & Squeak

Leftovers are arguably the best part of the Thanksgiving meal. We've already had the usual turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwiches(amazing!). This morning, I thought I would use the remaining potatoes and stuffing in a quick take on a bubble and squeak!

Bubble and squeak is a British classic using leftovers from a roast dinner. It can include anything from roasted vegetables to cabbage. Here I've taken all the good stuff from our Thanksgiving dinner: mashed potatoes, stuffing, peas, and some chopped turkey. Top it with an egg and call it breakfast! Let me know if you get a chance to try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Bubble & Squeak (serves 2)
3/4 cup stuffing, broken into chunks
3/4 cup mashed potatoes
1/4 cup peas
1/2 cup pulled turkey pieces (fully cooked)
1 egg, beaten
2 rounded tablespoons all purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter(for pan)

eggs for frying
pomegranate seeds (optional)
cranberry sauce(optional)

Add all ingredients(except butter) to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon until just combined. Form into patties of your desired size(we made 3 large patties with this mixture). The mixture may be wet but don't fret, they will come together once fried! Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add butter then patties to the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, making sure they don't get too much color but the middles look heated through. Top with a fried egg and a garnish of your choosing. Cranberry sauce or fresh pomegranates are lovely choices. Enjoy!

Gift Guide for the Breakfast Lover, Part 2

Hi Friends!

Here is the second installment of my Breakfast Lover's Gift Guide. This one is pretty waffle-heavy for those kind of awesome people in your lives. Did you miss the first Breakfast Lovers Gift Guide? Here's Part 1!

Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup ($29) from Food 52
Bourbon barrel aged anything is super trendy right now. Why not try maple syrup? This is a splurge but food 52 sings it's smoky/oaky praises. I would definitely love to try it!

Hen Shaped Egg Cups, set of 4 ($60) from Food 52
How flipping adorable are these? I've been meaning to work more soft cooked eggs into my repertoire. These would give me a great excuse to do so!

All-Clad 4 Square Waffle Maker ($199) from Williams-Sonoma
This is another splurge but one that should last a lifetime of waffle making. It's hard to find a waffle maker that has perfected the evenly gold and crispy outsides needed for an ideal waffle. It's also sexy enough to keep on the counter.

Farmhouse White Batter Bowl ($24.95) from Crate and Barrel
I would argue that most people don't have a pour-able mixing bowl in their collection. This would be perfect for whipping up a quick pancake or waffle batter(no ladle required!). I dig it.

Weekends are for Waffles T-Shirt ($29.99) from ModCloth
This would be my Sunday morning lazing around the house kind of t-shirt. Waffles and chill is my weekend motto, how about you?

Gift Guide for the Breakfast Lover, Part 1

Hi Friends!

I know it's a little early but I wanted to get a head start on ideas for the holidays! Here is part 1 of 3 of my Breakfast Lover's Gift Guide. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting unique gift ideas for any breakfast lover on your list. From cheap ideas to splurges, I've got all of the bases covered! Hope you enjoy and gain some gifting ideas for yourself!

Gold and Marble Tray - Threshold™ ($34.99) from Target
Make any breakfast in bed look classy AF. This piece looks way more expensive than the $35 price tag. Marble and gold are super on trend but also classic!

Metal 6-Cavity Mini Donut Baking Pan ($7.99) from World Market
Who doesn't love mini donuts? This would excite any breakfast lover and the mini-ness helps with portion control because 6 mini donuts don't count toward your caloric intake when they're only 2 bites each. ;)

Black Burgundy Truffle - 1 ounce ($39 + $20 shipping) from Food 52
Gifts are all about getting something one wouldn't normally splurge on. This is a unique gift for any foodie in your life. Imagine the most gorgeous soft-scrambled eggs with delicate shavings of black truffle. Hellooooo!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick (set of 3, $16) from anthropologie
How gorgeous are these little cubes? I can imagine these displayed at a holiday brunch cocoa bar. They come in several flavors like peppermint, chocolate truffle, and even apple cider!

Cat Study Bowl ($14) from anthropologie
I just love these watercolor kitties! Call me a crazy cat lady, but the surprise cat at the bottom of the bowl would just make my morning! Comes in blue as well.

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Harvest Bagels with Cream Cheese & Green Juice

Store-bought Harvest Bagels with cranberries and seeds from Trader Joe's topped with whipped cream cheese. Easy-peasy cranberry squeezy.

Saturday Morning Detox: Kale & Eggs

It's been a brutal week. Other than soul crushing news about our president elect, I was also in Dallas for a 4-day conference. Food choices were not the usual standard and my 2 trips to Whataburger(first timer!) and likely 25+ glasses of wine are weighing on me. I was relieved to be home, with like-minded people, and the comfort of my family.

I also had a huge box of greens and pasture-raised eggs waiting for me from Farm Fresh to You. Here's what I did for this simple recipe. 
Kale & Eggs (serves 2)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium sized bunch of kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
salt & pepper to taste
2-4 eggs, depending on how hungry you are

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large oven-proof skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sliced kale and about a tablespoon of water to begin steaming. After the kale has softened for about a minute, add red wine vinegar and cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook until kale is softened to your liking, only takes about 3 minutes for me. 

Move kale around to create spaces for your eggs. Crack eggs into each hole and cook over medium heat for about a minute. Throw into the upper part of your oven and cook until egg white are just set, leaving yolks runny. Keep a close eye on this as it only takes 3-4 minutes. Enjoy!