Favorites: Summer Berry Recipes

Greetings to all the foodies out there!

It’s hard for me to believe that there’s only about a month until the calendar once again turns to Autumn. To help me celebrate the offerings of the current season, I’ve decided to periodically post a collection of favorite recipes that I adore and I hope you will too. 

To kick things off – I bring you the Summer berry edition. Enjoy!


Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

I’m still waiting for the day that a strawberry recipe is going to disappoint me. Even this low-key strawberry cake got rave reviews when I baked it up for an Easter family gathering. Ever since that meal, it’s been put on the permanent list of items I MUST bake again!


Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit 

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

Some of my favorite food items are from breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all! Even if I was skeptical how much I’d enjoy a quinoa breakfast cereal at first, the taste of this dish won me over. Plus, it’s low-fat, gluten-free, lactose-free, and a very healthy oatmeal alternative.


Fresh Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

This fruit tart has a special place in my heart. You see, I was on a mission when I started baking them and only until my third iteration did I taste success (quite literally). A couple of years later, this is still my go-to recipe for a lighter dessert for fruit lovers. It’s a show stopper and the compliments always flow!

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Rice Cooker Pancake

Rice Cooker Pancake

Last week I came upon a post at Rocket News 24 about cooking one big pancake in a Japanese rice cooker. Yes, you read that right – a rice cooker. I really didn’t believe it unless I tried it for myself and I told several of my friends that I was going to attempt it on the first opportunity I got. I figured the worst that could happen was that it ruined my rice cooker and I’d have to buy another.

Rice Cooker Pancake

It turns out that I don’t have to buy a new rice cooker and the giant cake-sized pancake is amazing. Making this breakfast treat really is as easy as mixing up packaged pancake batter, pouring it into the pot of a rice cooker, and hitting the start button. Ding – the pancake is served!

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Blueberry Avocado Muffins

Blueberry Avocado Muffins

My dear friend J was over the other week with fresh avocados to make guacamole for us. Before starting the dish, my husband asks her how one peels an avocado. After telling him he was cute and laughing in his general direction, J explained to my husband that avocados don’t get peeled, but instead are cut and pitted.

As you can tell, fresh avocado is a new thing for my husband and to be honest, somewhat foreign to me as well. My family occasionally ate avocado when I was growing up, but as an adult, I never had a huge urge for them…until now.

Blueberry Avocado Muffins

After her fresh guacamole (which was super good!), J opened the avocado flood gates for us. She told us how she loved them on salads, in chili or soups or really anything she could get away with. I can definitely understand the allure of the creamy texture and rich flavor. This also got me thinking – can I put avocado in a baked good? The answer: yes, I can!

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Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

Ah, Saturday mornings! They’re probably my most cherished time of the week since they mark the glorious start of the weekends. (Insert a quip from the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey about “what is a weekend?”)

One of the things I make it a point to do every Saturday is to prepare breakfast for myself and my husband since I just don’t get that chance during the work week.

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

It wasn’t too long ago that I made Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and baked a batch of Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins, so I opted for something out of breakfast left field – quinoa. Yep, I just said quinoa. I know that it isn’t what usually what comes to mind when you think of morning fare, but simmered in soy milk with a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, quinoa takes on a fantastic new flavor.

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Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

“It’s like you made a cake,” said my husband as he took a bite of pancake. Yep. I discovered how to get away with eating dessert for breakfast – add chocolate and call it a pancake.

There are some weekends when I really crave a pancake fresh from the griddle and this morning was no different. I also wanted to try a recipe that I’ve never made before (because variety is the spice of life) and something chocolately sounded divine.

Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Say hello to possibly one of the most decadent and easiest to put together morning desserts meals – the chocolate pancake topped with chocolate sauce. Oh yes, you read that right. Not only are these chocolate hot cakes, but they are also topped with a very rich chocolate sauce.

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