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Breakfast Recipe: Giant Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits

2011_07_22-CinnBiscuit10.jpgI'm afraid that I haven't been very diligent with my breakfast-making lately. I feel that breakfast is the trickiest meal in the summertime. I don't want the hot comfort foods of winter and fall (steaming scrambled eggs, porridge of all sorts). But my cold breakfasts of yogurt and fruit can get old in their endless repetition. And yet — baking? In this heat?

The key to breakfast baking in the summer is to keep it as brief as possible, and that's where this recipe comes in. There have been a lot of Clif bars and leftovers eaten as breakfast in my household lately, so when these appeared my husband pounced, not believing his luck. Sweet, rich cinnamon buns — summer-style!



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Recipe: Panzanella With Roasted Squash and Tomatoes

2011_07_27-panzanella1.jpgThis is one of those recipes inspired by what we had on hand – half a loaf of stale whole-grain bread, pattypan squash from our CSA, and cherry tomatoes and rosemary from a recent food swap. Panzanella is a rustic Italian salad and although we love more traditional versions with ingredients like fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil, we thought we'd try roasting the vegetables this time. The result was sweet, earthy, and caramelized, with an added depth from the choice of herbs and bread.



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Quick Tip: Freeze & Thaw Tomatoes to Remove Skins

2011-07-27-SkinTomato.jpgGoing through the process of boiling water and poaching tomatoes just to remove their skins has always felt labor-intensive and rather annoying to me. Happily, I recently learned that freezing tomatoes can accomplish the same end!



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Spanish Doughnuts and Then Some: Churros y Chocolate

0727_churros01.jpgThe stick-shaped Spanish doughnuts called churros are often sold by street vendors. Better yet, they are sometimes served with hot chocolate. But the ultimate in combining their cinnamony, sugary sweetness with cocoa is by serving churros with warm, thick, dipping chocolate!



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Decorate Your Dessert Tableware With Powdered Sugar Paper Source

072511-platesugar.jpg Setting a pretty table is a must, but to be quite honest, I've never considered this little trick before. The image on the plate above isn't paint. In fact, it was stamped on and is made of powdered sugar. Yup, sugar!



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Best Lunches for Backpacking & Eating Outdoors? Good Questions

Q: Hi! I work outside (out in the wilderness) quite often and I'm tired of eating sandwiches for lunch.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on lunches that would be great for the outdoors, keeping in mind that it'll probably be sitting in my backpack on hot sunny days.

Sent by Nicole



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