Quick Gluten Free Breakfast – Egg on a Pesto Filled Portabella

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All right, I am going to bring it up: New Years Resolutions.  There I said it.  I’ll let it sit for a few moments…. Okay now that we got the awkward part out of the way let’s get down to it.  I know you want to ignore them and just give up but come on! Let’s dust them off and see what our batting average is this April!  I have more than a few that I am still pretty far away from, but one that I have been really enjoying is the challenge of eating breakfast.   Now I used to live in Manhattan and breakfast was a cup of coffee (if I was lucky) and for a really special day I would have a yogurt.   But this year my health is of the essence which makes getting a healthy and protein/veggie rich start to my day even more imperative.

Wanting to get a good start to your day with breakfast is all well-and-good but what about the time! This is something I battle with on the daily.  I have so much to get done in the morning before I jet to the office.  So lately, I have been wracking my brain to think of grain free, quick, delicious breakfast ideas.  Because, let me tell you, if it isn’t tasty, it really doesn’t matter how healthy or quick it is.


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Easy Valentine’s Brunch

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There are so many things that I miss from Manhattan, having moved a year ago to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The list is long and consists of friends and moments, places and music, smells and feelings.  I won’t bore you with the details, but near the very top of my list, is Brunch.  Oh dear lord, what I wouldn’t give for a proper brunch.  Meeting friends on the corner of this numbered street and that avenue and stepping into to restaurant all abuzz with the glory of brunch.  The smell of fresh baked goods, the sound of coffee being French pressed, the sizzle of thick sliced, maple glazed, bacon and the cocktails, oh the heavenly cocktails.  The cocktail is truly what makes brunch, well… brunch.  I mean, let’s be honest, without a cocktail, brunch is just a very late breakfast.  Oh how I long for the brunches of New York City.

Being a silver lining kind of girl, I realize that now that I don’t live in a tiny, but seriously amazing, apartment (on the corner of 87th and Central Park West that I miss so very much, so very often).  I now have a beautiful kitchen that you can, you know, actually cook in!  So I get to now share my joy of the proper brunch with my new Pacific Northwest friends at my very own home. I mean, I still rent but you get what I am saying.  So I thought I would share one of my brunches with you my readers for this Valentine’s Day.


I thought a lot about what type of brunch to do for this post and I landed on a fantastic one.  I choose this since it can be done in no more than 15 minutes after just rolling out of bed with the one you love.  Or perhaps you’re a gentleman reading this and you want an easy brunch but you’re not a big cook.  Well this is so easy anyone can pull it off and yet so classy it is sure to impress your love or all your girlfriends on this the holiday of love.  So, get in the kitchen and put a little love into this simple brunch and share it with whomever you cherish, Happy Valentine’s Day my sweet readers.

 

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Butter My Hot Rum

buttered-rum To me, the holidays are about being around family and friends; hanging lights, trimming the tree, singing carols and drinking the old fashion cocktails of the season.  With times being what they are, in this busy life, you may never even have had the privilege, or the joy, of drinking a fresh cup of homemade Eggnog.  You may not even know that a Tom and Jerry is, not just a cartoon, a classic Christmas cocktail.  This drink took the forties and fifties by storm, when drunk in many a Hollywood holiday film (even though it has been a traditional yuletide beverage since 1820 when Pierce Egan wrote Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom; Pierce wanted to promote his book so why not invent a cocktail…best idea ever!)

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You may have even sung, “Here we come a-wassailing
 among the leaves so green; 
here we come a-wand’ring
 so fair to be seen.” but you may not have known that Wassail is a spiced punch that was given to the original carolers or (to put it bluntly) the peasants, who would stand outside and sing for a hot drink and meal at the feudal lords home.  The singing made it less like begging and so two traditions were born, Wassail and Carols!  I love to share these classics that warm you from your fingers to your toes and fill you with holiday cheer even when battling all the stresses that this time of year can sometimes bring.


So my gift to you my readers this the eve of Christmas Eve, is the American holiday classic, Hot Buttered Rum.  This cocktail gets its roots from way back in the colonial times when molasses started being imported in the 1650’s and those snappy colonials started adding it to everything, especially their spirited drinks.

 

 When the weather turned cold and the wind came whipping off the big pond, they would serve their rum hot with spices, molasses and a little butter to achieve a creamy richness and the Hot Buttered Rum was born.

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