Of course, feel free to use whatever produce you have on hand. This recipe is flexitarian. Did you know California grows more than 400 different commodities and ⅓ of all veggies produced in the U.S. and over ⅔ of the fruits and nuts.
Sprinkle toast with some flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top off with 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley. I like mine hot so I added Sriracha. Up to you, sassy.
Try this delicious breakfast bruschetta with some Domaine Carneros Brut by Champagne Taittinger. This recipe was inspired by the Wine Country Table cookbook’s breakfast bruschetta. Look for more delicious things like this by following the hashtag #downtoearth.
Over 80% of the wines farmed and produced in California come from a certified sustainable winery. We have more certified sustainable acres than anywhere else and we produce over 80% of all wine made in America.
A hearty broccoli quiche recipe with seared rutabaga and leeks in a buttery homemade crust. Plus how to store broccoli, leeks, and flour.
1stick unsalted butter
¼cupice cold water
Broccoli Quiche with Leeks, Rutabaga
1cupshredded cheddar cheese
Add 1 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt to a mixing bowl.
How to Store Flour: stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place, opened flour will last 1 year past the Best By date, 2 years if you place it in the fridge or freezer.
Cut 1 stick of butter into cubes and add it to the flour. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, careful to not overwork the dough. It will look like cornmeal when finished.
Slowly add in just enough of the ¼ cup of water to bring the dough together into a ball.
Shape the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Transfer dough to a 9-inch pie plate and gently press it into the bottom and up the sides. Trim off the edges and press with tines of a fork.
Refrigerate the dough-lined pie plate for at least 2 hours.
Broccoli Quiche with Leeks, Rutabaga
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add 1 tablespoons of olive oil to a saute pan and warm it over medium heat.
Add in ½ cup diced rutabaga and saute for 5 minutes until tender and browned. Add in 1 cup leeks and saute for another minute. Add in 1 cup broccoli and cook for 2 more minutes until florets brighten.
How to Store Leeks: leeks can make other foods smell like leeks. Best not to cut or trim them before storing. Wrap them fully in plastic wrap and place in the vegetable bin. They can keep for up to a few weeks this way.
How to Store Broccoli: trim the end of the broccoli stalk and store them just like cut flowers in the fridge. Broccoli will keep for a few weeks.
Set veggies aside to cool.
Whisk together 6 eggs, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and 1 cup of milk.
Fill the pie plate by layering between the veggies and 1 cup shredded cheese. Add in the egg mixture.
I got this pie plate from my mom. This Town & Country pie plate pattern was produced from 1974 to 1978.
Wrap the edges of the pie plate with aluminum foil or crust shields and bake the quiche for 45 minutes, or until the center is firm but jiggles a bit.
Let cool slightly before serving but this quiche is great warm or cold. Enjoy!
Warm up with a hot smoothie. This hot chocolate smoothie recipe is the perfect balance between healthy and indulgent. Sweetened with prunes, packed with oats, and chocolate chips.
3cupsalmond milk, unsweetened
Add the 3 ounces prunes, ½ cup almonds, ¼ cup oats, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to a large microwave safe bowl along with the 2 ounces chocolate chips and 3 cups almond milk.
How to Store Chocolate: Keep in an airtight container in a cool, dark, and dry place around room temperature. Avoid the freezer or fridge, as they add moisture.
Microwave for 3 minutes or until almond milk is hot and chocolate has started to melt.
Shelf Life of Chocolate: Milk chocolate, opened or unopened and stored properly, will last about 1 year past the Best By date, less for milk and white chocolate.
Does Chocolate Go Bad: It’s called a chocolate bloom when it has whitened. It’s the cocoa fat rising to the surface and is completely safe to eat. It’s called a sugar bloom if you see crystals form on the surface. Also safe to eat. If you see mold though, toss it out.
How to Store Oats: Rolled, Steel Cut, and Instant types will keep for 2 years in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. Once cooked, keeps for 7 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.
Carefully transfer mixture to a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add in 2 tablespoons of cream and ¼ cup brown sugar. Mix to fully combine.
BTW, brown sugar lasts indefinitely. Even when it gets hard as a brick, it is still safe to enjoy. Simply microwave the brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish at 10-second intervals until it is easily fluffed with a fork. Be careful not to melt the sugar!
Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Mix to combine. It’s really important to incorporate the brown sugar, which is why these ingredients are added after.
Bring mixture to a low simmer and cook for 1 minute. Add in the 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and mix to combine.
I recommend using real vanilla extract instead of the imitation kind. The real stuff lasts forever when stored in a cool dark place, whereas the imitation kind degrades quicker and is only good for one year past the Best By date. Plus the real stuff just tastes better.
Add in the 2 apples sliced and cook for 5 minutes at medium. You want to cook the apples but not burn the caramel. Only let the caramel sauce simmer.
Once the apples have softened, remove them and most of the caramel from the skillet.
BTW, apples are great for ripening climacteric fruits. This is a fruit that continues to ripen after being picked like stone fruit, bananas, avocados, etc. Just pop the apple into a paper bag with the other fruit you wish to ripen, roll it up, and let sit for a day or two until desired ripeness.
Caramel Dutch Baby
Warm ½ cup of milk in the microwave for 30 seconds on high until warm.
Fight food waste with this easy recipe for using up the last few bits of peanut butter in a jar. This PB & pumpkin spice overnight oatmeal is quick to make, filling & comes with food storage tips. Americans waste 40% of food produced here. Let’s stop it!
½cup rolled oats
½banana, thinly sliced
Scraping those last bits of peanut butter out of the jar is a pain, but getting them out is an easy way to fight food waste. We waste 40% of the food produced in this country. You can easily use up these last bits of peanut butter by pouring hot oatmeal into the jar or hot chocolate. Using it to make salad dressing is another way.
You should ideally have about 2 tablespoons worth of peanut butter in the jar. More or less is fine, but this recipe is intended for “empty” jars of peanut butter.
Add the oats, almond milk, sliced banana, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the jar of peanut butter.
Always buy pure vanilla extract. It has an indefinite shelf life, unlike the imitation kind.
Storing peanut butter is easy. The lid should be tight to prevent rancidification of the nut’s oils. This is caused by exposure to oxygen. Unopened peanut butter will keep for a year past the Best By date. Opened jars will last 6 months past the Best By.
Stir the ingredients well.
BTW, oats (rolled, steel-cut, etc.) have a shelf life of 2 years when stored properly in a cool, dark place, in an airtight container. Once cooked, just 7 days in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer.
Place the jar in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
When ready to eat, mix thoroughly and top with chopped walnuts.
A delicious mix of savory and sweet, this cornbread waffle has melted cheddar cheese and is topped off with a salted honey whipped cream and buttered bourbon maple syrup. An indulgent breakfast recipe for your next brunch.
Cheddar Cornbread Waffles
1 ½cupsall-purpose flour
1cupcoarsely ground cornmeal
6tablespoonsunsalted butter, melted
8ouncessharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salted Honey Whipped Cream
Pinch of sea salt
Buttered Bourbon Maple Syrup
1cuppure maple syrup
Cheddar Cornbread Waffles
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs. You can whisk the eggs before adding or whatever. It also helps if these ingredients are room temperature for the next steps.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Stir in the melted butter until it’s all incorporated. Fold in the grated cheese. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
For any leftover flour and cornmeal, store them in a cool, dry place, away from heat. Best in an airtight container. Both will last in the pantry up to a year past the best by date this way. If you store them in the freezer, they can last more than 2 years past the best by date.
If you are ever wondering if your baking powder or baking soda are still fresh and ready to use, here are a few simple tests you can do. For baking powder, add a teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. If it bubbles, it is still active. For baking soda, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 1 tablespoon of baking soda. If it bubbles, it is still active.
Eggs should last for a few months in the fridge, but you can easily test to see if they are good. Fill a tall glass with water, and carefully add the egg to the glass. If it stands on end or float, it is good as long as it is below the halfway mark of the glass. If it floats past that, toss it.
Heat your waffle iron to a medium-high setting.
When the waffle iron is ready, spray the iron with cooking spray, then pour about ¾ cup of batter at the center of the iron. This may vary depending on the size of your iron. Cook until crispy.
Salted Honey Whipped Cream
A pro tip on making whipped cream, put the bowl and beaters in the fridge for an hour before making it. It’s the fat in whipping cream that traps the air bubbles that make it light and fluffy. If it’s too warm, the fat melts and the air escapes.
Add the whipping cream to the chilled bowl and beat on low with a hand mixer. Increase the speed to medium as the cream begins to fluff up.
When the cream has some body to it but is still a sludge, add in the salt, vanilla extract, and honey. Continue whipping on medium to medium-high.
Beat until medium peaks form. A medium peak will appear perky and then soften a bit.
Whipped cream will last a few days in the fridge, in an airtight container, so you can make this ahead of time.
As always, I recommend using pure vanilla extract. Stored in a cool dark place, it will last indefinitely, compared to the imitation stuff. Same for real honey, even if it crystalizes, it isn’t spoiled by any means.
Buttered Bourbon Maple Syrup
Add the maple syrup to a small saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
Add in the bourbon, vanilla extract, and butter. Return to a simmer and cook for 1 minute.
You can make this ahead of time too. A layer of butter will form on the top when cooled but easily mix in when warmed back up.
Once opened, maple syrup will last about a year in the fridge. So lots of reasons to make these waffles! Butter lasts about 4 months in the fridge but up to a year when frozen.
Serve the waffles and drizzle the Buttered Bourbon Maple Syrup over the top.
Hard scrambled eggs, when done right, are creamy, firm, and yet fluffy. They are a masterpiece of simplicity. A hard scramble is the kind of eggs found in American diners.
Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk together until the mixture is pale yellow; about 30 seconds.
Melt butter in an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. When butter begins to foam, about 30 seconds, add eggs.
Cook the eggs, stirring and pulling the mixture across the pan with inverted turns, forming large soft curds. Continue pulling, lifting, and folding the eggs until no visible liquid remains. About 5 minutes.
Season the eggs with salt and pepper. You can also do this when whisking them.
Drizzle olive oil over the vegetable mix. Using a spatula, mix, and flip the mixture until evenly coated.
Salt the mixture.
Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 25 minutes, until the sweet potatoes can be pierced with a fork.
Take the baking sheet out of the oven and crack the eggs into the vegetable mixture so they are evenly dispersed. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the eggs set as desired
Remove from the oven, top with black pepper and green onions, and serve.
Easily make egg in the hole avocado toast for a group using this sheet pan recipe. Or do you call it egg in a basket? Either way, here is a healthy breakfast or brunch recipe for any time of day.
4thick cut slices of French bread
2avocados, ripe but firm
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and prepare a quarter-sized baking sheet (9 inches by 13 inches) by coating it with cooking spray.
Using a biscuit cutter, make a hole in the center of each slice of French bread.
Divide the butter between the slices of bread, spreading it around the edges of the remaining bread.
Cut the avocados lengthwise, pit them, and then peel off the skin, such that you have four avocado halves. This works best with avocados that are ripe but firm. If they are under-ripe, they will be hard to peel. If they are too ripe, the skin will remove easily, yet the fruit is difficult to work with.
Place an avocado half into each bread hole.
NOTE: Depending on the size of your avocados, the cup that held the pit might be too small to cradle an egg. No worries. Take a butter knife and cut the avocado in half lengthwise down the middle, and gently break the halves apart. This will make enough room for the egg.
Crack an egg into each avocado carefully. They will spill over to the bread, and that is a-okay.
Carefully place the baking sheet in the oven and bake it for 10 minutes, or until the eggs have set as you desire.
NOTE: Egg whites will continue to set once removed from the oven, so pulling them a little on the early side may result in the perfect baked egg.
Salt and pepper to taste and top with some red pepper flakes.
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