blueberry cream cheese french toast

blueberry cream cheese french toast

Hosting brunch is one of those things that sounds good in theory, but actually can be kind of stressful. If you decide to make something classic like pancakes, you will quickly realize—as you hover over the stove flipping your twentieth pancake while the rest of your guests have already started eating—that perhaps a less labor-intensive meal would have been easier. The secret to a stress-free brunch is simply this: a main dish that is prepped the day before, so all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven and get ready for your guests to arrive. The other secret is to make a crowd-pleasing recipe like this baked french toast, in which crusty sourdough bread is layered with smooth cream cheese and fresh blueberries before being immersed in a delicious maple-flavored egg mixture, then baked in the oven to a golden brown perfection and topped with sweet, homemade blueberry syrup with hints of vanilla.

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ginger tea with lemon and honey

ginger tea with lemon and honey for two

For the past few weeks, it has been bitterly cold here in Los Angeles, dipping to bone-chilling temperatures in the 60’s, and grey overcast skies lasting the entire day. We’ve even had to wear jackets! But thankfully, we have a comforting recipe for a hot cup of ginger tea infused with golden honey and freshly squeezed lemon that warms the soul and soothes the senses, whether you live in LA or somewhere with a more… aggressive climate.

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classic hummus

classic hummus with vegetables

There is nothing that compares to homemade hummus, and this classic recipe is so simple you can make it in less than five minutes. Freshly squeezed lemon and raw garlic combine with the nuttiness of tahini and tender garbanzo beans to give this Middle Eastern spread a sharp, bold flavor that just cannot be found in store-bought hummus. It is extremely addicting and easy to prepare, but since it is so healthy you can enjoy this delicious vegetarian appetizer anytime.

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chocolate and peanut butter cookie dough cupcakes with toasted marshmallow

chocolate and peanut butter cookie dough cupcakes with toasted marshmallow

Actually, the full title should be chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and toasted marshmallow, but that would be too over the top… Kind of like these incredible treats, in which a dark chocolate cupcake is topped with a ball of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, before being draped in whipped marshmallow and then toasted to a deep golden perfection.

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pasta puttanesca

pasta puttanesca for two

This classic Italian spaghetti is irresistible not only because of its robust flavors, but it has some alluring history too. They say that in the olden days in Italy, the ladies of the night would simmer this fragrant tomato sauce near an open window and the inviting aromas of garlic, tangy capers, savory olives, and fresh herbs would lure customers off the street. And since it is so easy to make, they could have a quick dinner in between appointments. Well, thanks to their ingenuity, we can all enjoy this seductive dish no matter what kind of work we do.

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