brunch

Honey & Brown Sugar Biscuits

Making biscuits from scratch is so easy. Honestly, it takes less time for me to whip up a batch of homemade biscuits than it does to muster up the courage to pop those terrifying cardboard tubes open. It’s an adult jack-in-the-box, as far as I’m concerned, and I am not a fan! The active prep […]

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Cinnamon + Brown Sugar Challah Bread Pudding

When I find a gorgeous loaf of bread, my instinct is to doll it up. My husband’s is to eat it, all of it, on the spot. We usually split the loaf and I get to cook with half of it and then I graciously turn a blind eye to whatever happens to the other […]

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Sweet Potato, Kale & Bacon Breakfast Skillet

I’ve tried to eat breakfast more regularly as my pathetic excuse for a New Year’s Resolution. Eat breakfast. That’s all I could muster this year – a commitment to doing something that, by nature, I already want to do. Last year, I was busy finishing school and planning a wedding and renovating a house. This […]

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Parmesan Chicken Baked Eggs with Cajun Skillet Potatoes

When I first started reading cooking blogs, phrases like “there’s nothing to it,” “it’s barely even a recipe,” and “it’s just the most simple thing ever,” really, really aggravated me. Well, I’d say in my head, thanks for wasting the internet to tell us all about the time you almost cooked. Your contributions to the […]

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Pecans and Cream Cheese Icing

We have had a beautiful snowstorm over the last couple of days. Picturesque, powdery snow and icicles have blanketed my little town. This is the perfect time of year for a winter wonderland to settle in. The Christmas lights are twinkling in the trees on the square and our (real) Christmas tree is up and […]

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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Granola

Starting the day after Thanksgiving with a big bowl of homemade granola is really the only cure-all for an indulgent day of eating. This recipe isn’t totally healthy, it’s more of a gentle slope from straight sugar back to whole grain reality.  If you’re emerging from your food coma with a raging food-induced hangover like […]

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Pumpkin & Sorghum Molasses Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

During our honeymoon, we fell madly in love with each other an amazing sticky sorghum cake and cinnamon ice cream dessert from FIG in Charleston. The cake is served warm, topped with a thick molasses sauce and a scoop of creamy ice cream. The photo that I took of the dessert isn’t very good, but […]

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Pumpkin Spice Popovers

This might be the most controversial recipe I’ve posted. What I’ve done is a perfect Halloween week recipe: a dark, sinister twist on an aged, revered recipe. What’s so frightful? Well. I’ve sweetened popovers. If you haven’t fallen out of your seat, you might not have grown up with British-influenced food. A popover is the American […]

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Baked Pumpkin & Cherry Oatmeal

Happy Halloween Week from The Sparkle Kitchen!  From this week through the week after Thanksgiving (ish), it’s my happy obligation to find as many uses for pumpkin as possible. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me. I’ve got some creative musings on pumpkin to incorporate into breakfasts (like today’s recipe), […]

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Brunch in Charleston

We had two glorious brunches during our honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina. The quintessentially gorgeous southern town showered us with its legendary hospitality every meal that we enjoyed in the Holy City, but the brunches were truly special.  The first morning of our honeymoon we walked from our great hotel, the Ansonborough Inn, to Toast! […]

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