Hidden Shamrock Irish Soda Bread

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Hidden Shamrock Irish Soda Bread - Happy St. Patricks Day

Traditional Irish soda bread just got a lot more fun with this hidden shamrock version. I’m not even Irish nor do I join in the festivities of St. Patricks day but this peek-a-boo pound cake soda bread is a reason to celebrate.

I had to wiki Irish Soda Bread because I wasn’t aware of it’s history or why we see it every year in grocery stores and bakeries around St. Patricks Day. There doesn’t seem to be any specific relationship between soda bread and St. Patricks Day other than being Irish. It seems Soda bread is just one of the most famous Irish specialties so what better time to eat it than an Irish holiday. Of course, Classic Irish Soda bread is now even more fun with this hidden burst of green shamrock.

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Banana Caramel Monkey Bread

Banana Caramel Monkey Bread | impeckableeats.com

Banana Caramel Monkey Bread | impeckableeats.com

If you’ve never made monkey bread but admired it from afar, let me be the first to tell you, it’s as delicious as it looks. This was my first experience with monkey bread and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Maybe I should have stuck with original and skipped the bananas, but what’s the fun in that? The bananas make it like a gooey caramel banana bread. But better. The doughy nuggets are easier to eat than a regular caramel roll and you feel like you’re not eating such a large portion (good luck stopping at just a few pieces though). Monkey bread may not be an American classic as of yet but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Huevos Rancheros Bowls

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

Brunch has become my favorite meal. With so many options of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch foods, what’s not to like? A Mimosa or Bloody Mary doesn’t hurt either. Huevos Rancheros seems to be popping up on brunch menus all over the country. These “rancher’s eggs,” as name translates to in English, are a twist on a rural Mexican farm dish that’s both hearty and delicious.

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Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry season is officially upon us and although I’m still obsessing over Rhubarb (more recipes to come!), blueberries are my favorite everyday eating fruit. Whether you buy them from a street vendor, at the grocery store, or pick your own at a farm, these healthy little juicy bursts of flavor are classic, versatile, and never seem to grow tiresome. I personally enjoy eating fresh blueberries by the handful but most people prefer them in or on a more substantive dish or dessert. One of the most obvious uses for blueberries – at least in baking – are blueberry muffins. I know what you’re thinking: “another blueberry muffin recipe, who cares” but this recipe is not just adapted from the “dean of American cookery,” it’s full of fresh blueberry flavor and cinnamon scented bread-like cake.

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Herbed Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomato, and Asparagus Quesadilla

Goat Cheese Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Quesadilla

Goat Cheese Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Quesadilla

Quesadillas have become somewhat of a Mexican American/Tex-Mex classic. The concept of a two tortillas sandwiched together with melted cheese couldn’t be simpler. Unfortunately, this common appetizer isn’t usually as healthy as it is simple. Arguably the most popular versions include a large amount of cheddar cheese, possibly some meat or chicken, and sides of both salsa and sour cream for dipping. Sure it’s delicious but why not take that same concept and make a healthier spring version? That was the idea behind this light and flavorful veggie-packed quesadilla.

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