Carrot Zucchini Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

This is my first foray into baking with vegetables. I love carrot and zucchini cakes but I’ve never made them before. I’ve always associated carrot and zucchini cakes as a sort of old-timey dessert, probably because the first time I had zucchini bread was when Jeff’s grandma made it. Ah, good times. Continue reading


Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry-Vanilla Syrup

I love lazy weekends when I get to wake up late, stay in my jammies, and whip up a tasty brunch. This is a recent brunch I made that made Jeff say, “It’s like we’re at Yolk (our local favorite brunch spot)!” Needless to say I was pretty proud of myself. This is a quick and easy recipe that doesn’t seem like a quick and easy recipe, meaning it’s fancy enough to serve to guests or that special someone. Also, you can make the syrup the day before, keep it in the fridge until morning, and warm it just before serving making it easy to serve to a crowd. Continue reading

Crapko Family Oatmeal

This is a recipe from Jeff’s family. Jeff’s dad is the breakfast master in the Crapko house. Ever since Jeff was a little kid, his dad was in charge of making breakfasts, especially special weekend breakfasts. And I have had some awesome weekend breakfasts at the Crapko’s! This is one of the many breakfast recipes from my father-in-law’s repertoire. He would make this cinnamony, apple-and-raisin-studded oatmeal Sunday evening so it would be ready for the week ahead. In the morning, just spoon out some oatmeal into a bowl, pour in a little milk, and heat it up in the microwave. Continue reading

Asparagus and Caramelized Onion Quiche

So it’s spring time and that means ASPARAGUS SEASON! Asparagus is probably my favorite vegetable (and my fiance’s too) so it makes frequent appearances on the dinner table. I usually grill the asparagus with some olive oil, lemon pepper, and garlic. So easy and YUM!

So, this week Jeff and I went to Sam’s Club to stock up our freezer and pantry and we saw huge bundles of asparagus. I usually shy away from Sam’s Club produce, they tend to be over ripe on the verge of rotting… ewwww. But the asparagus that day was pencil thin and beautiful. So I did the usual grilling the first night but had lots of asparagus left over. And it being Easter Sunday, I thought quiche! Vegetables, eggs, cheese, pastry…. what’s not to like?!

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