Breakfast has long been considered the most important meal of the day because of its ability to provide energy and jumpstart your metabolism after a long night's rest. Looking past the purely utilitarian aspects, a good breakfast can do much more than just provide needed nutrients. On any special morning, cooking for your loved ones can be the perfect way to express just how you feel about them.
Here are some great tips and tricks from Big Girls, Small Kitchen to create a perfectly romantic breakfast. Cara and Phoebe swear by these recipes, stating that, "the proof is in those three precious words spoken through a mouthful of pancakes."
Whether you are cooking for the family or trying to impress a new significant other, these dishes are sure to make them swoon. Be sure to let us know your favorite breakfast recipes below!
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By Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine
Make Pancakes. Whether you go for Yogurt-Pomegranate, Pumpkin, plain, or Potato, pancake flipping is a surefire way to win hearts. Condiments can up the ante even more. Serve sweet pancakes with Honey-Nutmeg Butter, real maple syrup, and powdered sugar. For potato pancakes, top with sour cream and apple sauce.
Go Potatoes. Potato people are people with soul. Make a side of Sweet Potato Fries or Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes. Get your dose of veggies with Spinach Hash Browns or patriotic Red Flannel Hash, or serve potatoes as your main event in this delightful summer Bluefish Hash and these smile-inducing Hash Brown One Eyes.
Scramble and Fry. Once you master the art forms of slow-cooked scrambled eggs and olive-oil fried eggs, the world of breakfast is your oyster. Scrambled eggs are perfect for crowds, in English muffin sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas. Fried eggs can top hash browns of all ilk, fill breakfast sandwiches, and become the star of Piperade Pizzas.
Just Add Bacon. This one is easy. Fry up a couple slices of bacon if you’re feeding two; bake them off if you need whole rooms of people to be in love with you. Add to egg sandwiches, use to accompany French toast, or just eat plain.
The Scent of A Loaf. When you wake someone up with the cozy smell of homey bread, you don’t leave them much of a choice about whether they’ll love you forever. No-Knead Bread is especially noteworthy, since it rises without your attention, so you can, um, sleep. Set out butter, jelly, almond or peanut butter, and good cheese to accompany the loaf.
Melt Chocolate. Gooey chocolate converts people to your side without even trying. Plus, we hear it’s an aphrodisiac. Many breakfast recipes are enhanced by a handful of chocolate chips—the sweet ones, of course. Add chocolate to banana bread, most any muffins, and of course pancakes. Place Nutella beside the butter and jam if you’re having toast of any kind.
Big Girls, Small Kitchen is a food and recipe blog for twenty-something cooks looking for user-friendly, affordable ways to navigate their kitchens. The co-authors, Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, offer fun and easy entertaining tips to help all cooks make the most of the tools available, big kitchen or small. Their first cookbook, In the Small Kitchen, will be published on May 24th by Harper Collins.