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Did anyone else's mom make Poppyseed Loaf Bread when they were little?     No?  Too bad.  It was kind of a staple in our house.  I loved it way more than any banana or zucchini bread with it's orange and almond tinged glaze and gooey top.         Well making these pancakes pretty much took me straight back to that loaf bread and it's deliciousness.  It's the exact same flavors just in pancake form and oh so good.  The buttery syrup with almo...

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What do you do when you take out a mini-loaf of snickerdoodle bread to serve for game night and discover it still on your counter, uncovered the next morning?  Woops.  Guess I forgot to serve that one.     Well, what you do with dried out bread that was formerly good is turn it into french toast I think.  Let it soak up some new moisture through an egg and milk custard.  And why not snickerdoodle bread french toast?  After all, this delightful little breakfast ...

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A simple, yet elegant breakfast could begin right here.  With layers of brioche bathed in a creamy custard and surrounded by dainty dollops of Nutella.         Just wake up one Saturday morning, do some minimal cutting and mixing, and then watch it bake up.  The aroma of custard-chocolate goodness will start wafting through your home as you sip your latte and start the day gently.   At least I imagine that this breakfast could supply such a scene.    ...

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Since Eden's birth Canaan has had to spend a lot more time indoors.  His usual park time has been cut due to a napping baby and the return of the rainy season.  I figured making muffins together might be a good hour of amusement for my energetic little boy.     I was all set to make just some ordinary streusel muffins when I remembered I had tagged this recipe long ago.  What little boy wouldn't have fun dipping (and licking) the chocolate topping and sprinkles?   &...

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I kept seeing photos all over the internet for this Cinnamon Pull-Apart.  Essentially you make the same dough used for cinnamon rolls.  The only difference is the methodology in which the rolls go in the pan.  It looked cute and I kept hemming and hawing over making it, but decided that cinnamon rolls themselves just couldn't be beat because there is more center and less edge.   But then someone posted a spin-off of this new recipe which involved pumpkin and I knew I was a go...

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You can skip making your guests coffee if you serve them this for breakfast.   Well, really you probably can't because people are SERIOUS about their coffee and adding a couple tablespoons of coffee to breakfast probably isn't going to make a dent into their caffeine-hangover.  So maybe serve them coffee and this french toast and then they'll feel really, really nice to you for doubling them up.     One of my greatest achievements in life is the fact that I am not a caffeine ...

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Every once in a while we do sneak something in amongst all the pancakes, stuffed french toast, and cinnamon rolls.  But just every once in a while because who am I kidding?  Since when is any kind of oatmeal ever better than a fresh cinnamon roll?   But sometimes it's nice to do something different, to add a little bit of health to your life, but not too much health because oatmeal without brown sugar would be lifeless and pointless.         Banana Pecan Oatmea...

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Remember that whole discussion about whether there can be too much of a good thing?  You know, like people who might turn up their nose at S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies saying, "Oh that would be too much.  Too rich."         Well they probably, most definitely shouldn't try these pancakes then.     I love pancakes.  I love and ADORE a perfectly baked cinnamon roll.  These pancakes are only too much for people who think there can be too m...

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Of course this dish didn't really serve 4.     Pork and seafood together?  Since when is that not a winning combination?  Garlicky good and served over a bed of cheesy grits or polenta (I don't think grits exist here), it's my idea of comfort food done right in a bowl.         Shrimp and Grits with Bacon and Cheese Taken from Joy the Baker, recipe adapted slightly from Bobby Flay serves four   4 cups water 1 cup stone ground grits (also known as ...

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My life has not been quite the same since I discovered Joy the Baker.  How had I missed her all these years?  She's wonderfully ascerbic in all the ways I like and a wonderfully decadent baker just like I like too.  She's inspired me to grab this high altitude thing by the horns and get my BAKE back on because her recipes just can't wait.         This coffee cake was a wonderful way to start.  Dense, buttery with just the right amount of crumb.   &nbs...

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