Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza #KraftyCooking

“WHY, SOMETIMES I’VE BELIEVED AS MANY AS SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST.”  Lewis Carroll

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

Do you remember the days of eating cold, leftover pizza for breakfast?

(Ok…..I still do it sometimes, too!)

Breakfast, for me, is usually yogurt and fruit as I’m flying out the door.  But on the weekends, there is nothing that is impossible.  This pizza is good for any meal, really.  But no guilt is associated with the consumption of this pizza.  You won’t have to eat it quickly, while standing up and hiding behind the refrigerator door!  No cardboard crust.  No cold tomato sauce.  No cheese that comes sliding off in the first bite!

Just imagine . . . . . [Read more...]

Carrot, Apple & Walnut Bread #Twelveloaves

OF ALL THE SEASONS, AUTUMN OFFERS THE MOST TO MAN AND REQUIRES THE LEAST OF HIM.”  Hal Borland

Carrot, Apple and Walnut Bread | From My Sweet Heart

For me here in Washington, D.C., there’s always an awkward transition time between summer and fall.  Depending on where you live, you may know what I mean.  It’s officially autumn, yet the temperatures are still warm.  And that light jacket that you left the house with on a chilly morning becomes a burden by the afternoon.

I have similar issues with baking.  I want to delve in to more homey, comforting baking.  But then there are those warm October afternoons that leave you thinking about what you want to grill that night instead of what you want to bake that day! 

Twelve Loaves is a group of bakers who are very inspirational to me!  A huge thank you to Lora, of Cake Duchess who founded the group and to Renee of Magnolia Days and Paula of Vintage Kitchen Notes for all they do to keep this group running smoothly and on track!  Each month, we are given a theme or ingredient to bake with.  This month I was challenged with root vegetables!  The slight crunch of walnuts give a little texture to this bread; which is moist and lightly sweet with the flavors of carrots and apples.  And though this quick bread is full of autumn’s best fruits and veggies, it won’t have you in the kitchen very long! [Read more...]

Italian BLT Foccacia #Twelveloaves

IF THOU TASTEST A CRUST OF BREAD, THOU TASTEST ALL THE STARS AND ALL THE HEAVENS.”  Robert Browning

Italian BLT Foccacia | From My Sweet Heart

I am so happy to be a member of Twelve Loaves.  This wonderful group of bakers is founded by Lora of Cake Duchess.  And for novice bread bakers like me, it’s a great place to feel supported as I delve into the scary world of YEAST!  Actually, not all breads include yeast.  And not all of our offerings need to be bread.  But for now, I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to do a little more savory baking.

Each month, Lora will give us a theme or ingredient and we will all place our creative spins on it.  This month’s theme was a tribute to The Farmer’s Market.  And while there are so many great choices, I wanted to bid a fond farewell to summer’s beautiful tomatoes!  This light and fluffy foccacia is my Italian riff on a BLT.  Though I could call it a PAT.  Salty Pancetta, peppery Arugula and sweet balsamic roasted roma Tomatoes top one of the lightest, chewiest crusts of bread I have ever tasted.  All the stars and the heavens indeed! [Read more...]

Shallot, Herb and Garlic Cheese Muffins #TwelveLoaves

A MAN’S NATURE RUNS EITHER TO HERBS, OR TO WEEDS; THEREFORE LET HIM SEASONABLY WATER THE ONE, AND DESTROY THE OTHER.”  Sir Francis Bacon

Shallot, Herb & Garlic Cheese Muffins | From My Sweet Heart

I just love to bake.  Anything really.  Though mostly sweets.  But this is my first month participating in Twelve Loaves.  This group of AMAZING bakers, was founded by Lora of Cake Duchess.  And it’s going to provide me with a chance to flex my bread baking muscles!  And I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to add some more savory elements to my baking repertoire! 

This month, we were asked simply to bake a savory bread.  And these mild onion and cream cheese muffins are just that.  Caramelized shallots, herbs, and garlic cream cheese make these muffins savory enough for lunch.  And in a smaller portion, they are perfect as a side to many meals.  Thyme is the predominant herb here. But you can mix it up however you’d like.  And while these are certainly savory, they are incredibly light! [Read more...]

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

ALL HAPPINESS DEPENDS ON A LEISURELY BREAKFAST.”  John Gunther

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

It is so nice when I have time to make breakfast.  Actually, it is so nice when I have time to EAT breakfast!  Most mornings I find myself standing at my kitchen counter and gulping down a yogurt; or just grabbing a Starbucks along the way to work.  Sometimes it just feels good to slow down and treat yourself right and make something a little special.

These lemon ricotta pancakes are that little something special.  The ricotta makes these pancakes a little savory.  The lemon keeps them light and fresh.  And the maple and blueberries add just the right amount of sweetness.  A great idea for breakfast or brunch.  And it’s definitely a great way to start the day! [Read more...]

Black Bean Tart with Chili Crust

MY GARDEN IS MY MOST BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE.”  Claude Monet

Black Bean Tart with Chili Crust | From My Sweet Heart

I love creating vegetarian meals.  They sure do make the most colorful masterpieces!  When I moved to my home 18 years ago, I was excited to have several areas of my yard that I could devote to gardening.  Unfortunately now, so many trees on the perimeter of my property have grown so much, that my yard is now too shady for a proper garden.  And I’ve resorted to planting a few peppers and cucumbers.  My deck is the home of my many pots of herbs and my Meyer lemon tree!  Fortunately, I have a wonderful farm market nearby.  And with the exception of the black beans, all of the ingredients for this tart came from local sources.

Not only is this black bean tart vivid in color, but it is bright and bold in flavor as well. A light black bean puree, sweet corn and red bell peppers, spicy jalapenos, mild scallions and the kick of cilantro are bound by melted Monterey Jack cheese. All of this nestled on top of a flaky crust made fabulous by the warm spices of chili powder, cumin and paprika!  And to top it all off. . . . . [Read more...]

Black & White Sesame Seed Bread

IF YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY BREAD AND EXTRAORDINARY BUTTER, IT’S HARD TO BEAT BREAD AND BUTTER.”  Jacques Pepin

Black and White Sesame Seed Bread | From My Sweet Heart

I always find bread baking to be an amazing experience.  Even Wonder Bread could fill me with wonder!  I mean, just look at what you need to make bread.  Flour. Yeast. Water. Salt.  Can you think of any ingredients more bland than these?  Yet with a little time, and a little (ok…sometimes a lot!) of patience, you have a product which is so beautiful and delicious in its simplicity!  Add a few extra ingredients and you have something quite extraordinary!  This bread took me two attempts today.  But I learned a very basic lesson. . . . . [Read more...]

Garlicky Shrimp & White Bean Pizza

“THERE’S NO BETTER FEELING IN THE WORLD THAN A WARM PIZZA BOX ON YOUR LAP.”  Kevin James

Garlicky Shrimp & White Bean Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

I remember that feeling!  Picking up a pizza in my childhood in New England.  Especially on a cold night.  Being responsible for balancing that box so perfectly on my knees.  Careful not to shift too much so that the cheese wouldn’t ooze off to one side or another.  Making sure there was no pressure on the top of the box so that the cheese would not be sticking to the lid when I opened it.  The torture of the smell of bread dough and sweet Italian spice the whole ride home!

While I still enjoy a simple, classic, ‘extra’ cheese pizza; nowadays I find myself searching for more.  And the pizzas I love the most tend to have no tomato sauce in them at all!   Well a pizza can be made with just about anything you can think of!  This unconventional pizza is made with lightly marinated shrimp on top of a garlicky white bean puree and topped with crunchy home made bread crumbs and fresh herbs!  I guarantee you.  You won’t miss the box . . . . . [Read more...]

Plum & Coconut Spoon Bread

Plum & Coconut Spoon Bread

 Has everyone been enjoying their sweet summer corn?  The corn here in Maryland has been a little hit and miss this year.  Actually, I’ve had some ears that have been down right wonky!  So for this month’s Improv Cooking Challenge, I am opting to bake with cornmeal!  Kristen, from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker has challenged us to use corn and butter as the key ingredients in our recipes.  And I’ve decided to put a slightly exotic spin on the traditional spoon bread by adding . . . . . [Read more...]

Parmesan Tuiles with Heirloom Tomatoes

“APPETIZERS ARE THE LITTLE THINGS YOU KEEP EATING UNTIL YOU LOSE YOUR APPETITE.”  Joe Moore

Parmesan Tuilles with Heirloom Tomatoes | From My Sweet Heart

Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by KitchenAid.  Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

Well, temperatures here in the nation’s capital have been oppressive; reaching 102° today!!!  And I am feeling it!  I don’t know about you, but when it’s this hot; by the end of the day I feel so fatigued, the only thing I want for dinner is a bowl of cereal with ice cold milk!  And when I do eat a ‘meal’, it’s more like an appetizer.  So today, these parmesan tuiles were more than enough!  Light and crunchy, cheesy and salty; and perfectly topped with sweet, chilled tomatoes.

These are quick and easy to throw together and take great advantage of my beautiful, summer tomatoes!  I tried 2 different recipes for the tuiles.  And there was a clear winner for me . . . . . [Read more...]