Breakfast / Brunch Recipes

Rye Crepes
Rye Crepes - January 5, 2015

The new year is here, and so far it has been crisp air, clear skies, thickest softest sweaters, afternoon reads, and big stews. We made crepes New Years Eve, and celebrated fresh starts, optimism, and our hopes for the coming months - a simple night of sparkling wine, crepes, and a far-away view of the downtown fireworks.

Bay Leaf Pound Cake
Bay Leaf Pound Cake - March 11, 2014

An incredibly moist and fragrant bay leaf pound cake from David Lebovitz's new cookbook. A perfect road trip cake.

Poached Eggs in White Wine
Poached Eggs in White Wine - November 7, 2013

Eggs poached in white wine peppered with minced shallots and herbs. A simple twist that immediately transformed the humble poached egg into something just a hint special and unexpected. Served over smashed avocado on toasted bread.

Pluot & Poppy Yogurt  Bowl
Pluot & Poppy Yogurt Bowl - September 9, 2013

A simple late-summer breakfast bowl - Greek yogurt with a bit of chopped dill incorporated, topped with sliced pluots, toasted oats, poppy seeds, and honey.

Miso Oat Porridge
Miso Oat Porridge - July 9, 2013

A simple bowl of toasted rolled oats finished with a bit of miso, then topped with a load of minced chives, walnuts, baby radishes, and a thread of cream. Also, a few snapshots from Los Angeles.



 
 
 
 
Saffron Raspberries
Saffron Raspberries - June 24, 2013

Beautiful raspberries tossed with saffron brown sugar, vanilla paste, olive oil, and toasted almonds.

Buttermilk Berry Muffins
Buttermilk Berry Muffins - March 12, 2013

Beautiful buttermilk muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, and buttermilk-tender texture.

Seeded Popovers
Seeded Popovers - February 4, 2013

Popovers are the most delightful thing my oven produces - sky-high and billowy. Here's my go-to recipe, a few tips, and the overall technique I use.

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl
Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl - January 20, 2013

A simple breakfast bowl made with Greek yogurt, fresh pomegranate juice, puffed quinoa cereal, toasted sunflower seeds, and honey.

A Lesson in Juicing
A Lesson in Juicing - January 13, 2013

I inherited a professional juicer, juiced everything in sight, and learned a few things in the process.

Sesame Banana Bread
Sesame Banana Bread - September 3, 2012

A banana bread absolutely packed with sesame seeds, made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, yogurt, ripe bananas, and lemon zest.

Rice and Sesame Pancakes
Rice and Sesame Pancakes - July 2, 2012

Really great pancakes made with lots of brown rice and sesame seeds. I throw in crumbled, toasted nori and spices to make them extra special.

Cottage Pancakes
Cottage Pancakes - February 9, 2012

A few of you asked about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned a few posts back. Here you go. Plus a look at some of the vintage photos I've picked up at flea markets and antique shops over the years.

Toasted Four Grain Cereal
Toasted Four Grain Cereal - January 30, 2012

A hot, filling, wintertime DIY four-grain breakfast cereal that you can trick out with all sorts of different toppings.

Blood Orange Gin Sparkler
Blood Orange Gin Sparkler - December 22, 2011

The citrus gin sparkler you want to be drinking at your next holiday party.

Super-eggy Scrambled Eggs
Super-eggy Scrambled Eggs - November 25, 2011

A slight twist makes these scrambled eggs extra special. I drizzled them with oregano pesto and served with a thick slab of toast. Thanks to Serious Eats for the excellent tip :)

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs - August 15, 2011

A scrambled egg recipe taught to me by the lovely Lynn from Satsuma Press - herby cream cheese is the last-second finish that make these eggs simple but special.

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler
Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler - February 23, 2011

A six recipe PDF sampler from my new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. It includes a few of my v. favorite recipes - Millet Muffins, Ravioli Salad, Avocado & Mustard Seeds, Black Sesame Otsu, Tinto de Verano, and a Tutti-Frutti Crumble. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Buns - December 20, 2010

Inspired by a cinnamon bun recipe in Lotta Jansdotter's new book, Handmade Living, these cinnamon buns are made from a cardamom-flecked, buttery yeast dough with a classic cinnamon-sugar swirl.

Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins - October 8, 2010

Savory muffins packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheeses, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Adapted from a recipe in a lovely little self-published Australian cookbook, Martha Goes Green.

Quinoa Skillet Bread
Quinoa Skillet Bread - April 24, 2010

A rustic, minimally structured, custard-topped, crusty-edged, herb-scented corn-quinoa skillet bread.

Multigrain Waffles
Multigrain Waffles - April 14, 2010

Poppyseed-flecked and made with a blend of barley, oat, and rye flours, these multigrain waffles are buttermilk-moist with a golden crust and a hint of tanginess.

Lucia Muffins
Lucia Muffins - March 30, 2010

These muffins are saffron-smacked and riddled with golden raisins, buttermilk battered and barely sweet. Said another way, Lucia buns reinterpreted as muffins. If you love saffron give them a try.

Figgy Buckwheat Scones
Figgy Buckwheat Scones - March 10, 2010

These jammy, fig-swirled buckwheat scones are from Kim Boyce's inspiring new book, Good to the Grain, about baking with whole-grain flours.

Orange and Oat Scones
Orange and Oat Scones - November 15, 2009

Rustic orange-scented oat scones peppered with currants inspired by a recipe in Romney Steele's new Big Sur-based My Nepenthe cookbook.

Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl
Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl - January 18, 2009

A perfect breakfast - thin slices of sautéed pears, ruby-hued cranberries, and plump, golden wheat berries are sweetened with generous dollops of maple-sweetened yogurt and finished with plenty of toasted pecans and a sprinkling of dried persimmons, ginger, and dates.

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake
Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake - September 22, 2008

A wonderful coffee cake recipe made from fresh wild huckleberries using maple syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar.

Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake - July 30, 2008

A savory, summertime ricotta cheesecake recipe made with shredded zucchini, dill, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Perfect picnic fare.

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa - May 4, 2008

A stunning berry-studded breakfast quinoa with pecans and blackberries, sweetened with agave nectar or honey.

Strawberry Panzanella
Strawberry Panzanella - April 17, 2008

A stunning, delicious sweet strawberry panzanella recipe. Bread cubes are tossed with a sweet brown sugar glaze, strawberries are mashed into a dressing, and it is all served family style.

Coconut Macaroon Pancakes
Coconut Macaroon Pancakes - April 10, 2008

A uniquely delicious pancake recipe. If you can imagine coconut macaroons in pancake form - moist, golden, coconut-packed, with just a hint of sweetness - that's what you'll get.

Breakfast Polenta
Breakfast Polenta - February 25, 2008

This breakfast polenta recipe is creamy, comforting and receptive to many add-in flavors and textures. For this version I served small bowls of fluffy yellow polenta topped with toasted almonds, jewel-colored dried fruits, and a drizzle of cream and honey.

Poppy Seed Pancakes
Poppy Seed Pancakes - February 18, 2008

My go-to poppy seed pancake recipe. Made with buttermillk, a generous amount of poppy seeds, toasted sunflower seeds. Drizzled with an simple-to-make, chunky citrus syrup.

Curried Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad - February 4, 2008

A variation on my favorite egg salad recipe, this version uses plain yogurt in place of mayo and incorporates curry powder, chopped apples, toasted pecans, and minced chives.

Video: Big Sur Power Bars
Video: Big Sur Power Bars - January 31, 2008

A homemade powerbar recipe packed with lots of toasted nuts and coconut, crisped rice and ground espresso beans. Video how-to as well as written instructions.

Raspberry Mega Scones
Raspberry Mega Scones - December 28, 2007

A fun twist on a traditional scone recipe. Instead of cutting dough into small pieces, a big piece of lemony scone dough is slathered with raspberry jam and folded in on itself.

A Tasty Frittata
A Tasty Frittata - December 20, 2007

The prettiest, tastiest, frittata recipe. Made with potatoes, onions, and eggs drizzled with a cilantro chile sauce.

Lori's Skillet Smashed Potatoes
Lori's Skillet Smashed Potatoes - November 29, 2007

This skillet smashed potato recipe make delicious, golden-crusted potatoes. With a bit of prep you can boil them off (pre-cook) the night before. They come together in just a few minutes just as you are ready to serve the rest of your breakfast or brunch.

Baby Bran Muffins
Baby Bran Muffins - August 3, 2007

A delicious bran muffin recipe made from a yogurt and whole wheat base with minimal butter - they can certainly hold their own against their not-as-nutritious counterparts.

Skinny Omelette
Skinny Omelette - June 13, 2007

Eggs cooked crepe thin and stuffed. A delicious and lighter alternative to heavy, cheese-stuffed omelette recipes - great for lunch and brunch.

Baked Eggs
Baked Eggs - May 18, 2007

Baked eggs in edible cups with cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and lots of vibrant spices.

Baked Doughnuts
Baked Doughnuts - February 12, 2007

A fun and delicious alternative to deep-fried doughnuts. This cinnamon-sugar dusted baked doughnut recipe turns milk, flour, nutmeg, sugar, eggs, butter, and yeast into perfectly dunkable, delicious doughnuts.

My Favorite Pancake
My Favorite Pancake - August 3, 2006

Favorite pancake recipe - tall stacks of golden butter-kissed pancakes with the best tasting blueberry maple syrup.

Vintage Jam Tarts
Vintage Jam Tarts - January 3, 2006

This jam tart recipe makes the cutest tarts ever. Cornmeal biscuit dough is the base, and you can play around with different shapes and sizes - they are delicious and buttery straight from the oven or at room temperature hours later.

Apple Coffee Cake
Apple Coffee Cake - October 4, 2005

Spicy apple coffee cake recipe punctuated with oozy, warm apples.

Homemade Yogurt
Homemade Yogurt - June 18, 2005

All about making yogurt from scratch - includes Wayne's special homemade yogurt recipe.

Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli
Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli - June 9, 2005

Michele Cranston's Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli Recipe. Made from lots of oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, honey, dried fruit and seeds.

Power Waffles
Power Waffles - May 7, 2005

A delicious yeast-leavened waffle recipe featuring oats, buckwheat flour, and crystallized ginger. A denser, heartier, more nutritious waffle, they also take longer to cook than a standard waffle, so they might not be the best choice for a waffle bar get-together.

Sweet Crepes
Sweet Crepes - April 30, 2005

The perfect standard crepe recipe from Larousse Gastronomique, I've included many variations and topping suggestions here as well.

Sour Cream Waffles
Sour Cream Waffles - March 24, 2005

Art Smith's sour cream waffle recipe - delicious, light yet structured waffles that cook up golden brown with just the right amount of outside crunch.

Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread
Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread - October 11, 2004

Stephan Pyles' banana bread recipe includes rum-soaked golden raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, and oven-caramelized ripe bananas.