Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chocolate Chunk Scones

Hooray for the weekend. Everything feels so much less crazy than it did even a couple of days ago.

Dave and I worked cooking, styling and photographing on a shoot for a client this weekend, but we also saw Gone Girl (it’s an excellent adaptation of the book, but be forewarned that all of the characters are terrible people.) We met friends to watch the world series (go Royals!!) and we ran errands. I harvested several pounds of tomatoes from the garden, even though it’s almost November.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk & Cinnamon Scones | PDXfoodlove

And, of course, we cooked for ourselves a little, too.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Scones | PDXfoodlove

You can make these cinnamon-y scones with chocolate chips, but now that I know you can get bulk hunks of dark chocolate at Winco for WAY cheap, I tend to use that instead!
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk & Cinnamon Scones | PDXfoodlove

It’s way more fun to have big old chocolate chunks in your pastries, don’t you think?

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Apple Coffee Cake

There is absolutely nothing better than lingering over breakfast.

Today (yesterday to you probably by know) was the last day Dave’s parents were with us in town. They have a very early flight back to Florida. After spending a very busy weekend having fun in Seattle and at Mount St. Helens, we needed a little time to relax.

We slept so well, then Dave and I were up early and decided to get started on breakfast. I made a full Chemex of Coava coffee and Dave and I made this cake.

Apple Coffee Cake | PDXfoodlove

His parents had taken a day trip to Hood River while staying with us, so we have all kinds of apples. What better way to kick off a fall late breakfast?

Apple Coffee Cake | PDXfoodlove
Later, when his parents were up, we shared a meandering (and delicious) meal. It was so nice to take it slow. We didn’t have a lot of plans for the day and it did not matter that we hadn’t showered yet. I know we’ll see them again in just a few short weeks for the holidays, but it still feels good to take some time and not be on our way anywhere for some very sweet hours-that-feel-like-minutes.

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Apple Cider Donuts

Cooked up on October 9, 2014 Filed under: baking, bread, breakfast, brunch, dessert, fall, oregon
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There was a time when I totally pooh-poohed non-booze apple cider.

“It’s just fresh apple juice, right?” AKA the least interesting choice of juices among what’s usually available at the store. Why would that be exciting?

Apple Cider Donuts | PDXfoodlove

Well, it turns out that the “apple juice” that is commercially produced bears little resemblance to the cider anymore. It’s been filtered until the flavor and nuance are gone – not to mention the freshness. The tiny particles of apple that make apple cider cloudy or even opaque bring you a bright, less sweet and fresh-out-of-the-orchard flavor. But that fresh-from-the-orchard flavor doesn’t last long, so now is the time to get it.

Apple Cider Donuts | PDXfoodlove

We used apple cider and applesauce that we made to create these donuts:

Apple Cider Donuts | PDXfoodlove

Of course, we were also sipping big cups of cold cider the entire time :)

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Homemade Fall Spice Granola

Well, it’s been a busy one! I’m just getting back from two days in Seattle. I love traveling for work, but this one was pretty busy! I literally sprinted through the streets of downtown Seattle until I found a cab that could take me to the train station. I made it with about five minutes to spare.

Fall Spice Granola | PDXfoodlove

I’m excited to get back home. It’s thisclose to the weekend and I’m looking forward to enjoying some of our homemade granola with Greek yogurt. Dave likes his with milk; I love the tang from the yogurt. And we both love homemade granola so much.

I tried to “fall spice” this one up a little bit. Granola is so good on its own, but this week we had our first real fall weather, and I think we were both feeling like it was finally time to bust out the non-summer food as well.

This weekend is supposed to be sunny, but I have a feeling full-on fall food is going to be happening soon. Stay tuned.

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata

I love eggs. This will surprise no one who reads this blog with regularity. Is there a number of them per day/week that we aren’t supposed to eat? I’m sure there is a ceiling, but I hope I’m not close to it. Team healthy fat! Team protein!

Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata | PDXfoodlove

Dave was out of town this past weekend, so I was on my own to make and eat this frittata. But I’ve really enjoyed having the leftovers as a healthy lunch this week.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata | PDXfoodlove

Which has been a good thing, because while I’ve been solo at the house I’ve made a habit of staying up too late watching Star Trek and Sherlock and then not had a ton of time to make lunches. She says as she finishes a post at 12:40 a.m.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata | PDXfoodlove

A couple of things I like about frittatas: 1) they are such an easy way to show off whatever vegetables are in season. and 2) They’re pretty easy to make and the only non-negotiable ingredient is eggs. You could make them anytime.

Especially if you are the type of person who always has eggs handy.

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Oat Pancakes with Honeyed Roasted Figs

Cooked up on September 1, 2014 Filed under: breakfast, brunch, fun, meatless, spring, summer, Uncategorized, under 1 hour, vegetarian
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It has been the best long weekend.

On Saturday, Dave and I headed out to an adventure in wine country, visiting the Eola-Amity Hills AVA which is just west of Salem. I’ll be detailing our adventure there soon in another post. But we had a great time driving around together, meeting the families that make great Oregon wine, and enjoying each other’s company. We’ve basically decided to retire and become winemakers. I assume the gorgeous estate is easy to come by, yes?

Then on Sunday we toured Bull Run Distilling, makers of one of my favorite bourbons, with our friends Bee and Kevin. And we spent the evening at their house having a delicious dinner and all kinds of fun.

And finally, Sunday we played soccer in the park. We barbecued. We made tons of good food – including a chocolate cream pie, because OBVIOUSLY. Even though I’ve gotten 9-10 hours of sleep every night this weekend, I am exhausted.

Oat Pancakes with Honeyed Roasted Figs | PDXfoodlove

Also, we bought and consumed a ton of booze and ate all the best foods.

Oat Pancakes with Honeyed Roasted Figs | PDXfoodlove

I loved these oat pancakes because Dave put steel cut oats in them – This made them a little chewy, which I loved. I added a few roasted figs – the last of a carton that I already am feeling the urge to replace.

Oat Pancakes with Honeyed Roasted Figs | PDXfoodlove

And we topped it with a drizzle of local honey and a pinch of coarse salt.

Oat Pancakes with Honeyed Roasted Figs | PDXfoodlove

Adding some roasted produce will improve almost anything.

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So Easy Chocolate Croissants, aka Pain au Chocolat

Whew! I’m home again after two busy days in Seattle. It is crazy how much I’ve been back and forth this summer. And apparently I missed the hottest day of the year in Portland.

Easy Chocolate Croissants | PDXfoodlove

Due to so much travel, for the most part, tonight’s post is not so much a recipe but directions for using a few premade items to their very highest potential.

Easy Chocolate Croissants | PDXfoodlove

I do know how to make my own puff pastry; I have many times and I enjoy it. But sometimes you don’t plan enough ahead to do that. Or you just don’t want to. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying something so complicated if you aren’t going to enjoy the process of making it that particular time.

I love these pastries because when I studied abroad in London, they were actually a pretty cheap breakfast for my student budget. They would go on sale at Sainsbury’s for 2 or 3 for a pound, and I would buy whatever quantity the deal was for or more, and I also didn’t only eat them for breakfast. I couldn’t not eat them when I had them in the house. Let’s not talk about what I weighed when I got done with studying abroad. I don’t actually know, and I don’t want to know, but it was worth it.

Easy Chocolate Croissants | PDXfoodlove

And also, there is absolutely nothing better than having fresh chocolate croissants and chocolat chaud on a Sunday morning with your beloved. If you’re ever going for a romantic breakfast… this is a good way to impress.

Easy Chocolate Croissants | PDXfoodlove

Come on. Look at how flaky that is. Are you hungry yet?

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Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

I can’t believe the crazy amount of stuff we accomplished today and this weekend. We finished up some homemade orange liqueur. We made cake, scones, fish tacos, corn fritters, and of course, a cocktail. And, I got a ton of laundry done. But it’s been a hot one. The windows are all open and they will be all night. We’ve been drinking tons of water to stay cool. Kind of makes me want to have this smoothie again for breakfast:

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie | PDXfoodlove

I was shooting for a client recently and had an enlightenment: coconut water is so good in a smoothie. It was used instead of dairy in a smoothie I was shooting and I have to say, I’m a huge fan.

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie | PDXfoodlove

And, I got this pomegranate juice for another project, but I was excited to use it to make this smoothie have a little more pucker.

I don’t know what I’m going to do when summer is over and there aren’t berries growing everywhere. Cry, probably, into my frozen fruit smoothie. Heh.

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Farmers Market Migas

I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not from Texas or any of its bordering states, so migas are a relatively new thing for me.

That said… now that I’ve had them a few times, I am totally crazy about them. The only thing better than a yummy scramble full of produce, is a scramble full of produce, cheese and fried tortillas.

Farmers Market Migas | PDXfoodlove

Sound good? I thought so. Migas are not much more complicated than that. The traditional recipe is about what you’d expect: bell peppers, jalapeƱos, cheddar, etc.

We tried that and loved it. But with all the amazing summer produce we are enjoying, we had to mix it up. This version of the recipe is dedicated to produce from the height of summer.

Farmers Market Migas | PDXfoodlove

I recommend making this with farm/backyard eggs if at all possible – you see how bright in color these are? That ain’t photoshop. That is chickens eating bugs in the dirt in the yard the way the good Lord intended. I know they are more expensive, but they’re not that much more than a venti Frappucino, as people often point out. And it’s a pretty darn good point. Good eggs are so worth it.

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Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins

Yep, I’m still on the blackberry train. Two days in a row, I know! But that’s what happens when you decide it’s a good idea to bring home multiple pints from the farmers market.

Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins | PDXfoodlove

It’s kind of funny – we don’t really need to make food for days now, after our photoshoot this weekend. But my clients didn’t ask for any breakfast food this time, so I was still baking for our breakfast. And now we have breakfast for days, too.

This weekend we did a thorough audit of our downstairs food storage and our cupboards. I was shocked – we had a few things that were VERY old, and we just hadn’t dug deeply into our cupboard to find them. Our cupboards are so nice and clean now, we bought a bunch of extra Mason jars to store dry goods in an organized fashion and we’re on a kick to eat as much as we can from our fridge before going out and buying more. I bet if we wanted to, we could eat for a couple of weeks. But I don’t think that sounds very fun, so while we are eating more out of what we have put away, we’ll probably do a little shopping here and there.

And with these muffins, that meant one more tupperware container gone from the crowded fridge. Two birds with one stone! And delicious muffins to boot.

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