Blackberry, White Chocolate and Lavender Scones

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These are the perfect winter sweet treat, tea time snack or breakfast item.  With a slightly unique collection of flavors though not too out there, making these still likely to be enjoyed by a vast majority of peoples palates.  The tartness of the berries, the ever so subtle floral of the lavender, and the sweetness from the white chocolate resulting in a playful, delicious combination.  A cinch to make.  They can easily be made dairy free.  And they are quite low in sugar.  Enjoy this beautiful berry swirled recipe!

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Pepper and Pancetta Piperrada

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Get excited for this special feature guest post, written by Maxx, my partner and equally creative force behind the new weekly column: Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts.  As an aside, to sample our mouthwatering, fudgy, decadent, showstopper of a chocolate cake, check out the link here.

Without further ado though, his enticing entrée and posting:

Fresh bell peppers shine in this recipe, a Spanish-influenced dish fitting for any meal.  I fixed this for Sunday brunch; the savory flavors working nicely in pairing with the velvety eggs.  If your knife skills are sharp, you can whip this up in 30 minutes, an easy preparation for sure.  The recipe is derived using this original for inspiration.

I had been seeking the opportunity to put Brooke to the test after I learned that she is somewhat picky about her Bell peppers.  I myself had never appreciated the subtleties in their flavor over the range of colors in which they are available.  A fortuitous family pack of peppers at the grocery store afforded me the opportunity to buy a quartet of them; green, red, yellow, and orange.  When preparing the dish, I reserved samples of each and administered a blind taste test.  Brooke correctly differentiated her least favorite, the green pepper, at first, before being swayed by the flavors of the orange.

Ultimately, she identified the similar tasting peppers: orange and green, and yellow and red, only she reversed her selections within those two pairs.  I was impressed overall after being skeptical in her ability to distinguish the peppers by color.

So, onward with what you’ll need to make this breakfast dish:

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Cranberry & Chocolate Autumnal Pancakes

Autumn is officially here, and with it, you’re looking at an especially happy camper.  I’ve lamented my love of and romance towards this particular season in several blog entries on Travels and Trdelnik, so I wont go into too much depth here.  For a list of enticing, awesome seasonal activities though, here you go.  A recent entry listing several hopefully interesting and inspiring ideas for readers (in addition to waxing on about my adoration of this time of year).  In the meantime though, these pancakes.

Gluten/grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Loaded with cranberries and pumpkin, two ultra healthy ingredients.  To name a few fun facts…apparently cranberries lower your risk of cancer, help increase urinary tract health, reduce inflammation, and are great for dental health.  Pumpkin, don’t even get my started on this one.  I love it.  A couple of the supposed health benefits: pumpkin is great for joint health, reducing inflammation, helps protect the eyes, and is great for your skin- giving it a glow and preventing premature aging.

Back to the pancakes and how to make this mouthwatering dish.  Its an easy one.  I eat these several times a week (in varying flavor varieties).  I’m willing to bet after sampling them, you might be tempted towards doing the same…;-)

As a side note, for LOADS more brunching food porn, recipes and stellar spots to eat breakfast, look no further.  This article has it all.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Long time, no post, I know.  With the ushering in of autumn and the beginning of October, I thought something with sweet potato would make for the perfect autumnal entrée.  This dish can wear many hats, from sweet snack, to breakfast for dinner or dessert, to one of many platters scattered across the table in a weekend brunching extravaganza.

Super easy to make, filling, lightly sweet, grain free/dairy free and healthier than your typical pancakes.  However, still just as scrumptious.

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Buckwheat Blueberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Yes, another pancake recipe.  This one is an old school variety (blueberry), traditional, well loved by most.  But given a modern makeover, a health conscious update with the use of buckwheat flour.  Which, unbeknownst to most, isn’t a wheat or grain at all but is actually a fruit seed.  Making this dish entirely gluten/grain free and REALLY healthy for you!

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Pumpkin Turmeric Buckwheat Pancakes

Can you smell it?  Yes, its still summer, but autumn is in the air.  Just around the corner.  Especially for us New Englanders 😉  (So cool that I can say that once again!).  Whether or not this excites or depresses you depends on who you are.  I think autumn is the ultimate season though.  The brisk air, vibrant colors on the trees, autumn nights, leaves rustling in the breeze, bonfires, walks in the woods, hot drinks in hand, bookstores, all things pumpkin flavored.  Just a few of the awesome aspects of autumn.

These Pumpkin Turmeric Pancakes are another 😉

Grain/gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.  Moist and totally delicious.  And taking less than 15 minutes to whip these babies up.  I had five for breakfast this morning.  No regrets there.

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Zucchini Coconut Bread

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Happy Hump Day!  Get excited!  This recipe is sweet, delicious and ultra healthy.  Its Paleo compliant, grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Whip up a batch and you’ll have a healthy, tasty treat for tea/coffee time every day this week.  Awesome stuff, eh?

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Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

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Happy weekend!  You know what that means…pancake time!  Here’s a spin on my latest recipe but with blueberries.  Summertime means berry pickin and eatin.  Plus lighter recipes.  This one fits the bill on all accounts.  Light, fluffy, lovely.  Yet grain/gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.  Yum, yum!

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Coconut Turmeric Pancakes

My first coconut flour pancakes!!  I have to say, these are far lighter and fluffier than buckwheat ones are.  Buckwheat pancakes are delectable, filling and bready.  Tasting totally like the real deal, grain and all (yet, without any ;-)).  However the coconut pancakes offer a different texture.  I am loving the lightness to them.

Loaded with majorly healthy ingredients.  To start, coconut flour.  For a short list of health benefits on this gluten free flour alternative, check out this link.

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Second, turmeric.  What’s being touted as a new superfood and for good reason.  To name just a few of the health benefits potentially earned by consuming this spice: can help prevent breast cancer and skin cancer, a natural painkiller, may aid in boosting metabolism, is used in Chinese medicine to treat depression, etc.  Whoa.  Who knew a single spice could be chock full of such power.  For a full list of way cool benefits, check out this link.

Now, how to make these tasty treats:

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Sweet Potato, Bacon and Egg Bowl

Ready for the easiest and tastiest breakfast you’ve ever had?  Here goes.  Just five ingredients needed.  Super healthy, rich, filling, SO yum.  I eat this one several times a week.  And imagine that after sampling it, you might find yourself doing the same ;-)Delicious and keeps you full for hours afterward.

This recipe serves one person so for two people, just double everything.  This entrée is Paleo, Whole30, grain/gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.  Enjoy!!

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