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Buckwheat Crepes

 

Buckwheat Crepes from Cafe Fanny in Berkeley

Did you have one of “those” meals that you will always remember? With the food you can taste in your dreams and crave for months? This recipe is one of those. Over Thanksgiving my hubby and I enjoyed a very relaxing trip to San Fran and Wine Country. While there I was overwhelmed by all the great food  choices and decided to venture to Berkeley for breakfast at Cafe Fanny which was previously owned by Alice Waters. I would have loved to eat at Chez Panisse but figured this was a close second on my list.

It was a good choice. I had read a lot of great things about their granola which was even featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate…In a Bowl”. That morning we were torn between the granola and the buckwheat crepes so we got one of each to sample. The granola was great, as was the bowl sized cafe au lait, but the crepes were out of this world.

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Baked Oatmeal

I have tried to like oatmeal. I really have. I know it is a great breakfast choice to keep me full and to combine with a serving or two of fruit to start the day out right. But I just can’t like it. I once did a 30 day challenge where I made oatmeal a different way every morning in numerous combinations – water, milk, more liquid, less liquid, fruit, sugar, spices. Nothing. I gagged my way through each bowl jealously watching my hubby eat his daily bowl with ease.

A year or so later I found a recipe for baked oatmeal. It sounded amazing and took care of the one thing I don’t like about oatmeal- the texture!
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I received three different cupcakes cookbooks for Christmas and have been waiting for an opportunity to try a few recipes.

This recipe immediately caught my eye. Sweet chocolate with a hint of salty caramel! Perfect for any craving. Plus the mini size provides just the right amount of richness and guiltlessness for eating one (or two)!

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Simple but good

Sometimes simple is best. A little seasoning and proper cooking are all the ingredients need to shine. This recipe is one of those. Even if you have tried Brussels sprouts before and didn’t like them I encourage you to try again. The outside is crisp and caramelized and the inside is warm and soft (not mushy).

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