Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

  What’s my key to hosting brunch, you ask? Everything’s made and prepped in advance. With this in mind, here’s my go-to brunch recipe – Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata.  This dish inherently abides by my “made in advance” rule.  You’re literally SUPPOSED to make and prepare it the night before.  For those unfamiliar with […]

My Favorite Morning Smoothie

I should trademark this phrase. ‘My Favorite Morning Smoothie.’  It’ll undoubtedly be the upcoming title of a new band,  a popular song, or political podcast.  Alas, for now, it shall be the modest title of my most recent post. (Don’t any of you go stealing it!) In addition to being low in calories and high […]

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Compote (and warm maple syrup and bacon)

  A classic recipe.  A memorable twist on it. You didn’t know National Blueberry Pancake Day existed, did you?  No, I didn’t make this day up … someone else did.  That said, I’m more than happy to celebrate.  I’m also more than happy to show you a fantastically simple, not-so-typical, blueberry pancake recipe. I’m also […]

Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Goat Cheese Quiche

So, here we go with the 100th recipe post on EmilyAlwaysCooks.  It’s been one heck of a yummy ride, and I’m already looking forward to post number 200. Quite befitting a make-ahead holiday recipe.  Rich and savory custard, flecked with smoked salmon, goat cheese, dill, and leeks with a buttery crust base.  I have no […]

Spinach, Zucchini, and Feta Frittata

    In the movie “Forest Gump,” Bubba goes into detail about how many variations of shrimp there are (you remember the scene).  He lists off 21 different kinds of shrimp if you include cooking methods.  I have a similar type of passion … for eggs! (Read the following sentence in Bubba’s voice.  It helps. […]

Mini Frittatas with Sausage, Spinach, and Gruyere

  There’s something about a warm breakfast during the winter months, especially on a weekday.  I sit at the kitchen table, eat my breakfast, sip a cup of tea, and get prepared for the day.  It beats the socks off waking up, maybe eating cereal or a breakfast bar, and running out the door. I […]

Crock Pot Apple Butter

I live on the windiest corner in Chicago.  Seriously.  Those pictures you’ve seen of people walking at a 45 degree angle, fighting the wind with hats and  scarfs flying through the air?  Those pictures were taken outside my apartment!  Earlier this week the high temperature was -15 degrees F, -40 if you include windchill.  Think […]

Pumpkin Maple Granola

  “Maybe Christmas, perhaps, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” Dr. Seuss was clearly writing about granola.   The boxed, store bought stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Homemade granola, on the other hand?  Well, it does indeed mean more. MUCH more.   I love this recipe because it […]