Biscuits and Bratwurst Gravy


Food ‘n Flix this month introduced me to a movie that is now on my list of favorites. Hosted over at Eliot’s Eats, this month we watched August: Osage County. This was a movie on my to-watch list, that for some reason I never got around to. Julia Roberts is one of my favorite actresses, but beyond that, this was a very deep movie. I usually find that foodie movies don’t have the most depth, but this was the exception. I don’t know if I would particularly call this movie a foodie movie, but there were definitely many food references and images.

This movie involved so many relationships – dramatic, dark family relationships.


This movie depicts a very troubled family, family that has each of their own desires, motivations, and wills. And while, like I said, not really a food movie, a lot of their conversations, revelations, and arguments happen at the table, surrounded by food.

At one point in the movie, Violet (as played by Meryl Streep – the mother) says to her daughter Barbara (as played by Julia Roberts,) that the last time she saw her husband, “the Indian girl” made biscuits and gravy.

Well… I love biscuits and gravy, so that was that. Now, let’s explain this dish, shall we?

I was sort of lazy, hence the Pillsbury biscuits. But the gravy? I made that. And gravy is super easy to make. So, really, this was a super easy meal. We had breakfast for dinner when we had this dish. Earlier in the day we were at the cell phone store getting a new phone and somehow biscuits and gravy were brought us. The sales guy suggested making the gravy with bratwurst. So, I did! And it was delicious.

Luckily, we didn’t have any fights around our table. Actually, I think we ate on our laps on the couch watching TV, so perhaps that’s dysfunctional too.


Biscuits and Bratwurst Gravy

1 can of Pillsbury biscuits, baked according to the directions on the package
6 bratwurst links, chopped into pieces
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
plenty of pepper to taste


  1. Cook the bratwurst over medium heat, until browned on all sides.
  2. Add the butter to the pan. Once melted, sprinkle in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in half of the milk.
  4. Add the remaining milk and whisk together, until thickened.
  5. Tear your biscuits up and serve with gravy on top.

Brown Sugar Doughnut Batter Waffles


I woke up this morning craving doughnuts. But since we moved, it’s about a 20 minute drive to the closest doughnut shop. Yes, I live in the absolute middle of no where. No doughnut shop!

So I got online and googled “doughnut recipe.” I then saw The Kitchen Magpie’s post for Mini Doughnut Waffles and my mouth started to water. How could I pass up a combination of two of my favorite breakfast foods? I just couldn’t. And because I had (nearly) all the ingredients called for in the recipe, I rolled out of bed, pulled out the stuff, and had at it in my kitchen.

I replaced the white sugar for brown sugar. And then I noted down on my shopping list I need more white sugar.

simplyeggcellent_logo1I was also hoping I’d be able to find a roundup to submit my version of these doughnut waffles to. Bealleau Kitchen used to be the host of Random Recipes, which I participated in all the time. After many months of successful roundups, Dom retired the roundup. He started a new one though, Simply Eggcellent. I’ve been meaning to join along, but my blogging had tapered off. So this is my first submission to his new roundup! July’s Simply Eggcellent focused on breakfasts. Though I had something else planned to submit, who knows if I’ll actually get around to making it.

What’s exciting about eggs in the kitchen, is they get hidden in so many different foods. You can scramble them, fry them, or do something where they’re obvious, or they can be the binding element in your batter!


Also, I learned about this other roundup called Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club is hosted by Made With Pink and Maison Cupcake. These yummy waffle/doughnuts will be shared there too!

I made far too many for the two of this morning, so the rest will be frozen so Matt can throw them in the oven to warm up while I’m out of town.

Brown Sugar Doughnut Batter Waffles
(original source)

For The Batter:
1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup skim milk
3 cups all-purpose flour

For The Topping:
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter


1. In a large bowl mix together the sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice. Add the eggs, melted butter, and milk and stir to the sugar mixture.

2. Slowly stir in the flour. Mix the flour into the sugar mixture with a wooden spoon, until there are no dry spots of flour left.

3. Warm up your waffle maker and spray with cooking spray.

4. Once warm, place the batter in the middle of each waffle space. The dough will be sticky and thick. It will not spread out like a traditional waffle. My batter was spooned into the waffle maker in portions of about one heaping tablespoon each.

5. Cook for about 3 minutes, or per your waffle maker’s instructions, until the waffles are golden brown.

6. Let the waffles cool.

7. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Dip each waffle in the melted butter and then the sugar-cinnamon mix. Let set for about 5 minutes.

* this made about 12 waffles
* this recipe is also shared with Small Victories Sunday

Egg In A Nest

Moonstruck Eggs


This month at Food n’ Flix we watched the movie Moonstruck, hosted by Eliot’s Eats. Starring Cher, this movie is about a woman who has a dilemma. Does she marry the best friend of her late husband or the best friend’s brother?

This classic movie is not brimming with food references, though there’s enough to work with! Olympia Dukakis’s character, Rose Castorini, makes Cher (aka Loretta Castorini) this egg dish in the movie. This dish, which has so many different names depending on who you ask (egg in a nest, egg in a basket, amongst others,) brings me back to college . . .

Back in college, one of my housemates, Josie watched Rachael Ray all the time. In fact, Rachael Ray was on so much many things she said became running inside jokes in our house. One morning I came downstairs and saw Josie watching Rachael and Rachael was talking all about Birds in a Nest. We were totally put off by the name of the recipes (birds in a nest, really? That sounds gross.)  But after watching Rachael cook that egg inside the bread, we were both in love.

Birds in a nest became a big part of our breakfasts in college. They were easy and yummy. Whenever I make them now, all I think about is the good old days of when I started to cook for myself.


When the birds in a nest came on scene, I knew that was what I had to make. Rose serves the egg/toast combination with a side of red bell peppers. I don’t like red bell peppers very much, so I used tomatoes instead with some salt sprinkled on them and sauteed some. Delicious!

Egg In A Nest

1 piece of sourdough bread
1 egg
1 tbsp unsalted butter
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Using a round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the bread.

2. Put a skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter, allowing it to melt.

3. Place the bread in the skillet. Crack the egg into the hole in the bread.

4. Cook for about 2 minutes per side. Be careful when you flip the egg – you don’t want yolk everywhere!


* Besides Food ‘n Flix, I’m sharing this recipe with Mix It Up Monday

Greek Yogurt, Blueberry, and Chocolate Parfaits

IMG_9105This month upon surfing the waves of food blogs, I found a new monthly round-up that I decided to participate in. This new round-up is called Feel Good Food and it’s hosted by A Kick At The Pantry Door. Each month there will be a theme, where bloggers are challenged to make a healthy recipe holding to the theme that doesn’t lose the delicious tastes we all crave and love. This month’s theme was blueberries, which is more than perfect given the vast abundance of them right now at the farmer’s market.

I have blueberries coming out of my ears. Between the parfaits, pancakes, and a mocha-honey blueberry loaf, I still have a ton.

It’s great I’m entering this round-up so I can get some other ideas on how to use these blueberries from the other great recipes!


Greek Yogurt, Blueberry, and Chocolate Parfaits

1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp chocolate chips
1/4 cup granola


1. Spoon 1 tbsp of blueberries on the bottom of two glasses. Spoon 1/4 cup of yogurt over the top of the blueberries. Top with 1 tbsp chocolate chips and then 1 tbsp granola. Repeat the layers.

* serves 2
* 184 calories per serving
* Besides Feel Good Food, this recipe is shared with Wednesday Whatsits & Cast Party Wednesday


Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes


For the last few We Should Cocoa‘s I’ve made muffins. This month’s theme, mint, however got me into another breakfast kick. And you know, I might stick with pancakes at We Should Cocoa until I get some other ingredient that just kicks me into another direction with my chocolate. But we’ll see what next month brings before I make any pancake promises. I mean, you never quite know where the chocolate will lead you until you get there, you know?

We Should Cocoa is a monthly chocolate themed round-up hosted by Choclette and Chele. This month Victoria is hosting the mint theme!

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved pancakes. But I really loved pancakes that had chocolate chips in them. My mom also used to make me M&M pancakes when we were out of chocolate chips. Besides the fact that I have a crazy obsession with chocolate, I love chocolate chips in my pancake because they’re rather self-syruping. I’m not a huge maple syrup fan, but dry pancakes are bleh. If you add chocolate chips to the pancakes and they’re kind of melty, you really don’t need anything else. The pancake does it all on its own.

While my mom never made me mint chocolate chip pancakes when I was little, I would have went crazy for these. The mint was so nice with the chocolate (well, duh) and the pancake. It very easily could be a dessert. But dessert for breakfast works for me!


Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mint extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

2. In a smaller bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg, butter, vanilla, and mint. Once well mixed, pour into the dry mix. Stir together until all dry spots are gone. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. In a cast iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray, heat over medium-high heat. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown and the edges begin to bubble. Flip and cook on the other side for about 1-2 minutes.

* makes 8 pancakes
* besides We Should Cocoa, this post is shared with Wednesday Whatsits and Cast Party Wednesday

Better For Your Breakfast Sandwich


This month at Random Recipe’s, Dom challenged us to randomly choose a healthy recipe from our recipe collection. I only have one book dedicated to healthy food and I don’t currently have time to go through every book and every recipe to see if it qualifies for what I consider to be healthy. With ease in mind, I pulled the book off the shelf: Cook Yourself Thin a book based on a Lifetime TV show. Or was it the other way around?

Cook Yourself Thin is my favorite cookbook of all time. Dom challenged us to make recipes that are both healthy and happy – healthy recipes that make us smile. The best thing about Cook Yourself Thin is that everything I’ve made in the book so far has made me smile quite big. I opened the cookbook randomly to page 78, The Better For You Breakfast Sandwich. The book explains that this sandwich is meant to replace the traditional bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches with something healthier. This sandwich is approximately 300 calories – 300 calories of yum.

So.. I kind of predicted the one problem I’d have with the dish, but I decided to follow it to the tee anyway. The idea of a poached egg on a sandwich seemed sort of messy, but if the cookbook called for it.. Let’s do it! I made the sandwich and had some trouble getting the top piece of bread to stay on, but all was okay until I bit into the sandwich, only to look down to see egg yolk all over my shirt. The sandwich was delicious – I really liked the tomatoes. But oh man… That egg yolk was everywhere.


The Better For You Breakfast Sandwich

1 tbsp vinegar
2 English muffins
2 slices of colby jack cheese
2 thin slices of ham
2 eggs
2 slices tomato
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 350. Fill a large, deep skillet of water to a depth of 4 inches. Add vinegar and bring to a steady simmer.

2. Arrange the muffin halves on a baking sheet and using a round biscuit cutter, cut each side of the bread into a round. Cut the cheese slices using the round biscuit cutter. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom half of each English muffin. Cut the slice of ham into shreds and place on top of the cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake until cheese melts and top halves are toasted, about 4 minutes.

3. As the muffins are cooking, spritz the tomato with some cooking spray. In a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, saute the tomato slices for 1 minute on each side. Then season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano. Set aside.

4. Break one egg into a small bowl. Hold the edge of the bowl close to the simmering water and gently tilt the bowl to our out the egg into the water. Repeat with the remaining egg. Cook until the whites are solid and the yolk is runny, about 3 minutes. Carefully remove the eggs one at a time with a slotted spoon. Transfer to a  plate with paper towels to let drain.

5. Remove the muffin halves from the oven and transfer to a plate. Place a slice of tomato on top of the ham and top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper and top with the other half of each muffin. Serve immediately.

* serves 2
* Besides Random Recipes, I’ve shared this recipe with Wednesday Whatsits & Cast Party Wednesdays

Foodie Pen Pals: May


This month my FPP buddy was Miya from Ohio. Miya made me a box of all of her favorite things with a letter that explained why she included each item. I loved the box and even made the recipe that Miya included in the box for me!

  • On the 5th of the month you receive an email pairing you with information about who you’re paired with. You email that person to get information pertaining to allergies and dietary restriction.
  • By the 15th you put together a box of treats and mail them to your partner.
  • On the last day of the month you post a blog post about your box of treat

It’s your turn to sign up!


This box was full of a lot of thins I could snack on, which is great. Miya tells me she’s a snacker. Snacks right now are wonderful for me, with all the time I’m sitting studying for the bar and in class. I had been out of town when this box arrived. It was a delight to see and gave me a nice distraction from getting back into the groove of studying.

IMG_9033 (2)Miya first sent this flavored popcorn, ranking in at 100 calories for the whole bag. I was surprised with the size of the bag and how much carmalicious popcorn I could eat for 100 calories. This popcorn came with me with me to my bar prep class on Constitutional Law. It helped me get thought the 9-5 session.

IMG_9034 (2)Next up, Miya included jam from a local cafe that her and her daughter love. I’m not sure what flavor it is yet and I haven’t opened it yet, but she challenged me to make a homemade loaf of bread and slather this on it. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but  twill make a nice study break to make a loaf.

IMG_9035 (2)The next snack in the box was a Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bar. This bar is full of omega-3s and antioxidants. While I know it’s healthy and while I actually did like the flavor, the texture wasn’t all there for me. It wa sa good class snack though nonetheless.

IMG_9036 (2)Next up, French Pure Butter Cookies. Miya describes these cookies like “a little piece of heaven.” I can’t say I disagree! We actually ate some of these in the peanut butter further below and indulged.

IMG_9037 (2)Before opening this box I just thrown some crystallized ginger away, not because I didn’t like it, but because it was very old. I plan to have a baking adventure around these pieces.

IMG_9038 (2)I love mustard, so I was happy to see this hot dog mustard. I haven’t had a purpose for it, but a summer night grill of hot dogs may be in the near future.

IMG_9039 (2)Here’s that peanut butter I was talking about. Cookie Nookie is amazing. I’ve been hoping a foodie pen pal would send me flavored peanut butter because I’ve wanted to try it, but I couldn’t justify buying myself a jar of it. I’m not going to lie though, I probably shouldn’t have this in my house… it’s already gone. :X

IMG_9040 (2)Lastly, Miya included a jar of Herbs de Provence. She uses it on everything. I actually hadn’t ever used it before, so I’m glad she included a recipe for me to try it with. How else should I use this spice blend?



The recipe Miya included for me was for an asparagus and goat cheese omelet. I didn’t have any goat cheese, so I used what I had on hand: Monterey Jack cheese. I haven’t ever actually made an omelet before and I was shocked at how pretty mine looked when I was done. Besides using the Herbs de Provence  I’m going to need make some more omelets!

Asparagus Omelet

2 cups asparagus, cut into small pieces
2 tbsp unsalted butter
salt and pepper, to taste
5 eggs, beaten
3 oz Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
1 tbsp green onions, chopped
1 tsp Herbs de Provence


1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and toss to coat with butter. Add 2 tbsp of water and cover, steaming the asparagus until cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes.

2. Add remaining butter to pan and place back over the medium-high heat. When the butter has melted pour in the eggs. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the edges of the egg as it sets, titling the pan to allow the liquid egg to run underneath. Once the eggs have began to set in the center, sprinkle the cheese down the center of the omelet, topping with asparagus. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and remove from heat, allowing the residual heat to continue cooking the eggs for about one more minute.

3. Form the sides of the omelet into the center to cover the filling. Gently slide onto a plate and sprinkle with green onions.

* serves 2
* Besides the FPP roundup, this recipe is being shared with Weekend Potluck, #FoodieFriday, & Foodie Friday

Apple and Butternut Squash Hash

Apple Butternut Squash Hash


My life as a law student changed in the last few days. The reason for the lack of posts was due to a lack of cooking. This lack of cooking was due to the fact that I’ve been in trial. I wasn’t on trial for myself, but I was acting as the defense attorney. I was being supervised the entire time, but the trial was mine. It was my strategy, it was my questions, it was my opening and closing. I ended up not winning, my client was found guilty, but I truly feel that was because the law just wasn’t really on my side in this case.

While I wasn’t happy that I lost, it was a great experience. I’ve been pretty useless for the last week. I haven’t stayed caught up in my classes. I haven’t been cleaning my house. I haven’t cooked dinner or made lunch. All I’ve been doing is prepping.

I don’t even know how I’m going to make my life function when my trials are more than two days long. :)
Just kidding. I loved the whole thing and not cooking for a week was so worth it.

This is the first meal I’ve made since I took my trial hiatus. It was a great breakfast. I love the combination of apples and butternut squash.

Apple and Butternut Squash Hash

1/2 butternut squash, skin removed, seeds removed, and shredded
1 apple, seeds removed and shredded
1/2 lb mild Italian sausage
2 strips bacon, diced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Shred the butternut squash and the apple in a food processor with the grater attachment.

2. In a cast iron skillet cook the bacon pieces. Flip the bacon several times and cook until the bacon is crispy. Remove and set aside.

3. In the bacon grease cook the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.

4. Add the sausage to the skillet. Break up with a wooden spoon. When the sausage is half way cooked add the shredded apples and butternut squash. Add the basil, salt, and pepper and mix around. Cook for about 3 minutes.

5. Cover the skillet and lower the heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If after 10 minutes the squash isn’t tender, cook for 10 more.

6. Add the bacon squash mixture.

* serves 2-3
* shared with Foodie Friends Friday, Foodie Friday, & Weekend Potluck

Breakfast Casserole



I love dishes that are a hodgepodge of leftover food in the refrigerator that needs to be used. This hodgepodge developed itself into a breakfast. I made use of the eggs, potato, cauliflower, and hot dogs that were crowding my fridge. This is a super easy dish and is going to become a staple weekend morning breakfast in my house.

Breakfast Casserole

2 red potatoes, cut into pieces
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 hot dogs, sliced
3 eggs
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced dried onions
ground black pepper, to taste
vegetable oil, as needed


1. Preheat oven to 350. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet. Once hot add the potatoes and cook for 10 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the cauliflower and hot dogs and cook for 5 more minutes.

2. Whisk together the eggs, cheese, garlic powder, minced onion flakes, and pepper in a bowl.

3. In a baking dish mix together the eggs with the potato, cauliflower, and hot dogs.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.

* serves 3
* shared with Mix It Up Monday & Mealtime Monday

Spaghetti Squash Fritters


I don’t usually end up with leftovers, but I only made half of the recipe when I made the Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs, so I had extra spaghetti squash that was already roasted that I needed to use. I decided it would make a great breakfast. These fritters kept me full until lunchtime. They were seasoned perfectly and really easy to make and were definitely something different from the standard breakfast food.

I’m trying to use more leftovers to make breakfast foods. Yesterday I had the mushroom mixture leftover from the same spaghetti squash dish and served it over scrambled eggs. Today I’m having tuna patties on toast. And tomorrow I’m having poached eggs in curry (with a curry dish I haven’t posted about here yet, but will be doing probably tomorrow.)

Do you ever repurpose leftovers to make breakfast?

Spaghetti Squash Fritters

1 cup spaghetti squash, roasted and dethreaded
1 egg
2 tbsp onions, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch of chili powder
1/2 tbsp olive oil


1. Combine together the spaghetti squash, egg, onions, garlic, and chili powder. Make a batter by mixing it together.

2. Form about three patties with the mixture.

3. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot fry the patties for 7 minutes on each side.

* serves 1
* shared with Weekend Cooking