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Blood Orange Ricotta Fritters

Blood Orange Ricotta Fritters

It is a rare day when I find blood oranges at any of my supermarkets. So imagine my excitement when I spotted some across the produce section. I literally clapped my hands, smiled, and honestly almost hopped with joy. It takes so little to make me happy these days. Regardless of my weird produce enthusiasm, I now had something new to play with…blood oranges.

After some research and internal conflict as to whether I go sweet or savory, I decided to at least start with sweet. Doughnuts sounded great but it was time for something a little different. I’ve had lemon ricotta fritters before, but never blood orange. Time to try something new! These little fritters were delicious. The blood orange is quite subtle but contributes enough flavor to make the fritters slightly sweet and perfect for a Sunday breakfast on the back porch. Try your Blood Orange Ricotta Fritters this weekend!

P.S. If you are like me, not all of your fritters will be picture worthy. Here are my alien fritters…Have fun!

The Not so Pretty Blood Orange Ricotta Fritters

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Sweet Grilled Cheese and Tomato

Sweet Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

I LOVE this sandwich! I visited a sandwich cafe this weekend and tried one of their specialties…a grilled cheese with honey. It was delicious!  I quickly began devising my version of a sweet grilled cheese and came up with this…Sweet Grilled Cheese and Tomato sandwich. The mix of creamy havarti cheese, juicy tomato, sweet honey, and buttery toasted sourdough bread is absolutely scrumptious! Give this easy sandwich a try today!

Sweet Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich Recipe

Serves 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

4 slices sourdough bread

1/2 cup sliced havarti cheese (cut straight off a block of cheese for thicker, gooey slices)

2 Tbls honey

4 slices tomatoes

2 Tbls basil, sliced julienne

1 Tbls butter

Directions

1. Build sandwiches by spreading honey on all four slices of bread and layering the cheese, tomatoes and basil between the bread.

2. Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 Tbls butter to melt.

3. Add sandwiches to skillet. Cover in order to fully melt cheese. Flip sandwiches when evenly browned, adding remaining butter. Cover skillet again to continue to melt cheese.

4. Serve sandwiches straight from skillet.

Bacon Country Gravy

Bacon Country Gravy

Biscuits and gravy is one of my favorite breakfasts. Every weekend, I wake up wondering what I can make and biscuits smothered with a country white gravy always comes to mind. If you aren’t up for making your own biscuits, you can keep some frozen biscuits in your freezer at all times. Although, I have to tell you that biscuits are so easy to make…see my homemade biscuits recipe here.

Back to Bacon Country Gravy. I don’t always keep sausage in the house but I usually have bacon in the fridge or freezer. So one day I woke up and I was craving biscuits and gravy and found bacon. I imagined what the gravy would taste like cooked in the same pan as the bacon and voila…YUMMY! Give this delicious Bacon Country Gravy a try this coming weekend!

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Pumpkin Week! Day Four – Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

It is day four of Pumpkin Week and still no pumpkin pie! Today I am focusing on breakfast. Pumpkin makes such a great addition to pancakes and waffles. I was craving that homey feel of a delicious pancake breakfast and that is exactly what I got. Mixing the pumpkin with some apple juice and apple sauce gives the pancakes a real autumn feel as well. Add some real maple syrup and you have the perfect weekend breakfast. It’s Thursday so pick up the ingredients and prepare yourself for a big breakfast this weekend!

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Chicken Sausage Hash

Chicken Sausage Hash

I have always had a love-hate relationship with sausage. In most cases, a fresh link sausage is quite delicious. Then my brain gets in the way. I think about what might be in the sausage, what the casing actually is, so on and so forth. My brain plays the same games with me when it comes to eggs but that is a story for another day. What I have found though is that my brain doesn’t seem to care if I am eating chicken sausage. It has become my new favorite type of sausage. I have tried chicken sausage stuffed with gouda and pear, chicken sausage stuffed with fennel, and now my favorite is chicken sausage stuffed with granny smith apples. It is mild with a hint of sweetness.

This Chicken Sausage Hash makes use of the chicken sausage with granny smith apples. It is just perfect for breakfast. Add some red peppers, onions, garlic and swiss cheese and you have a delicious morning hash. Top it with a fried egg and you have an outstanding meal…unless your brain has anything to say about it.

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Last of the Seasonal Strawberries: Easy Strawberry Jam

Easy Strawberry Jam

As we move from summer into fall, the last of the seasonal strawberries should be savored. Our grocery stores have a few left so grab some quickly and make some Easy Strawberry Jam. This strawberry jam will give you another few weeks of summery strawberry goodness as you begin to bundle up and wonder if we are in for a hard winter (well, not me really…I live in Florida!). I hope you enjoy!

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No More Biscuits in a Can!: Homemade Biscuits

Homemade Biscuits

For years I have slaved over a hot oven making canned refrigerated biscuits! I spent so much time twisting open the cardboard can waiting for the pop sound telling me I am ten minutes closer to somewhat satisfying, perfectly round biscuits. After today that hard work is over! I finally took the time to make homemade biscuits and found out that they are so simple and way more delicious. I literally took about twelve minutes making the biscuits from scratch and another ten minutes baking them. That’s it!

These biscuits are so simple yet they are so crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. The recipe is also full of ingredients I am going to bet you have in your pantry right now. So, take about 20 minutes out of your day and give in to piping hot, flaky biscuits!

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