Corn and Kale Panzanella

There was a point a few weeks ago when I just wanted to call a timeout.  What was already a pretty packed July was rapidly getting busier.  The e-mails, the requests, and the invitations kept coming in.  I have trouble saying no. This is especially true when it comes to work, but it occurs with other engagements as well. A dinner? Sure! A trip? Of course!  I want to agree to it all, afraid that declining will result in a missed opportunity.  But I hit a point when I just had to politely inform folks that I was booked for the next month.

Today, however, marks a number of deadlines for me.  I’ve been working on a few marketing campaigns and a cookbook shoot for the last month and a half and the majority of the work wrapped this past weekend.  I’m taking the day off before I gear up for three full days of work.  Despite the heat and humidity, I’m heading outdoors, picnicking in the Boston Common where a music festival is currently underway.

Before leaving you with today’s recipe (or, in this case, a link to a guest post I did), I wanted to direct you all to the summer issue of FoodieCrush Magazine.  If you don’t already know about it, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out.  It’s a beautifully designed publication from my friend Heidi and I’m so honored to have contributed photography for the last couple of issues.  Oh, and it’s FREE! Check it out here (and page 42 for the article I contributed to).

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SarahJuly 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

Want. To. Eat. Please.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlJuly 15, 2013 - 9:40 am

I have been dying for a panzanella salad!!

LirenJuly 15, 2013 - 10:20 am

Smart use of kale, corn and peppers! I adore a panzanella salad, and this update on the classic is just my speed. I will definitely head over to BHG and check it out.

Get some rest, you friend :-)

TieghanJuly 15, 2013 - 10:27 am

This looks incredible!! I love the kale and all the corn!

Katrina @ WVSJuly 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

This looks so tasty! And I love the new issue of Foodie Crush so far. I’m going to spend my evening reading the rest of it :)

Robyn Stone | Add a PinchJuly 15, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Lovely and delicious!!!

EileenJuly 15, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Ooh, what a great way to change up the classic panzanella! Ad who doesn’t want to cram as much summer corn into their mouths as possible right now? :)

cassieJuly 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Totally mouthwatering! I happen to have a bunch of fresh kale ready for a salad like this!

What a beautiful panzanella. I love all the bright colors in it, and it looks so tasty.

Alison LewisJuly 15, 2013 - 7:44 pm

great idea! On my list ASAP.

Mr. & Mrs. PJuly 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Sounds so flavorful! Best part very healthy!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJuly 15, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Mouthwatering!! Love the twist of using kale here :)

ElizabethJuly 15, 2013 - 10:40 pm

I know exactly what you mean about a busy July. It’s impossible not to try for every ounce of summer one can get, but it certainly is tiring. Such a gorgeous kale panzanella looks like the perfect thing for a laid back picnic in the Common.

Andrew FrishmanJuly 16, 2013 - 12:23 am

MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Panzella, expecially when I’ve tasted it.

¿Ensalada de pan? si, ensalada de pan.

JoanneJuly 16, 2013 - 7:31 am

Well I’m glad i’m not the only one who has been finding summer absurdly insane! Hopefully I can carve out some time to make this panzanella because WHOA does it sound good.

GrubarazziJuly 16, 2013 - 9:03 am

Panzanella is always delicious, but this twist looks even better. I love massaged kale in just about anything. Definitely going to try this!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveJuly 16, 2013 - 10:28 am

Amazing salad, Brian!

Belinda @themoonblushbakerJuly 16, 2013 - 11:05 am

This looks so good, and the addition of kale is great to liven it up a bit. Some times the normal panzanella salad leaf is too bland for me

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 16, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Glad to hear you are taking some time to get outside and enjoy summer despite a busy month!

Taste Love & NourishJuly 16, 2013 - 11:30 pm

I love panzanella salads and yours is so creative. Love it!

TidyMomJuly 17, 2013 - 5:45 pm

I’m so glad I have kale and corn in my fridge right now!!

Aimee @ Simple BitesJuly 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm

First, I loved your work in the Foodie Crush mag. Stellar, as always. <3

Second, can I have a big plate of this gorgeous salad?!

CarolynJuly 18, 2013 - 6:48 am

I have the same issue with saying no. It isn’t easy! But summer is slipping away so make sure you enjoy a little of it!

JeanetteJuly 19, 2013 - 10:14 am

I love your rendition of panzanella – always looking for new ways to enjoy kale!

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KaseyJuly 22, 2013 - 12:56 am

Gah! I kind of hate that about summer – all I want to do is get out and enjoy but I feel like I get bogged down in a million commitments. They’re generally all fun and awesome, but I feel you on your timeout!

ShainaJuly 25, 2013 - 12:42 am

I am with you on the overwhelming sense of summer pounding down your throat. This is a gorgeous salad.

Rachel SmithAugust 5, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Such beautiful photography. I LOVE kale – have been making lots and lots of kale chips with a borrowed dehydrator, but this looks like a lovely supper option….on my list of ‘things to make’ too!

Grilled Bluefish Salad

Isn’t it neat how the weather directly effects our eating habits?  A month ago, a dinner of soup or stew or pasta wasn’t out of the question.  But now the mere thought of turning the oven on makes me sweat.  Thankfully, I have a talented grill-master of a husband who knows how to cook fish perfectly, so we’ve taken most of our food preparation outside.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been preparing a lot of bluefish.  Caught along the East Coast, bluefish is meatier and more oily than a lot of other seafood from this region.  It’s a turn off for some, but I find that grilling it takes care of the “fishiness.”  The price of bluefish, which is usually found in local stores for $7 or $8/lb, makes it very appealing as well.  We’ll often buy an extra portion or two to make this salad, which we enjoy for lunch throughout the week.  Credit must be given to our friend, Kat, who served a bowl of this when we were together on the Cape last month and had mixed in some minced lemon slices.  It’s a wonder I hadn’t thought to do the same before, since I’m known for adding lemon zest or juice to almost everything I make.  It provides a surprising amount of zip, which is exactly what I want in summer fare.

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SarahJuly 8, 2013 - 12:30 am

These are such excellent photos. Makes me think even I could get into this, though I’m not a huge fan of oily fish.

TieghanJuly 8, 2013 - 12:38 am

Such a gorgeous salad. I too am all about grilling, seafood and salads right now. This is just perfect!

carrianJuly 8, 2013 - 8:51 am

sooo, I’ve never even heard of blue fish, but I do love the color blue so I guess I’m good to go! Looks lovely either way

JeanetteJuly 8, 2013 - 8:53 am

I love grilling fish in the summertime. Years ago, a friend brought over a fresh caught bluefish and it wasn’t fishy at all. Apparently, because it’s so high in oil, it gets fishy very quickly. Great idea turning it into a salad. I love smoked bluefish and would love to get a smoker to try making that.

Bev @ Bev CooksJuly 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Ohhhh maaaaaannnnnn!

LirenJuly 8, 2013 - 10:41 am

I can’t tell you how nostalgic I feel right now. So many summer nights we ate bluefish, as we spent many weekends boating and fishing on Long Island. Bluefish came out of our ears, and my mother would grill them whole for dinner. Sigh! Eric is truly a grill master, look how perfect they are! Love the idea of putting it in a salad.

Gerry @ Foodness GraciousJuly 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

I’ve never seen bluefish for sale here in CA, but I’d love to! Fantastic sounding meal…

Greg HenryJuly 8, 2013 - 5:53 pm

I too usually make extra fish for salads. I wonder why I never think to do that with other grilled foods. Hmmm. I will ponder that. GREG

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 8, 2013 - 10:05 pm

I’m always looking for a good excuse to not turn the oven on in summer and cooking and eating outdoors is so much more fun anyhow.

Ash- foodfashionpartyJuly 9, 2013 - 12:46 am

Grilling the fish with lemon sounds tasty and fun.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.July 9, 2013 - 12:48 am

I have not had bluefish, but this looks so good! What a perfect summer meal!

Diane {Created by Diane}July 9, 2013 - 4:04 am

I was just talking to someone about bluefish today, I haven’t had it in a long time, but recall having it often when I was young. This salad looks fantastic!

CarolynJuly 9, 2013 - 7:06 am

i don’t think I’ve ever had bluefish. The salad looks so light and fresh, perfect for this insane heat!

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Andrew FrishmanJuly 9, 2013 - 8:49 am

MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Bluefish salad, especially when it’s grilled (and I get to eat it)

Pez Rojo, Pez Azul

CamsJuly 9, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Bless you for this, and your friend Kat. I had never thought to add actual pieces of lemon in rather than just the lemon zest or a sprinkling of lemon juice. I feel like a light bulb has just flickered on, lol. I do not have a lot of experience with bluefish personally but I am game to try it. I will see if I can find it at my local market this week. Thank you!

Kellie HemmerlyJuly 10, 2013 - 8:13 pm

This looks amazing….I have some bluefish haters in my house. I’ll have to sub out for something else or just tell them it’s trout. :-)

JoanneJuly 11, 2013 - 6:57 am

I wish every day that living in Manhattan were more conducive to grilling, but I guess you have to sacrifice SOMETHING to live here. This sounds like such a tasty salad though, I’ll have to trek it over to my mom’s and make her let me use her grill so I can make it!

Laura @ PassTheKnifeJuly 11, 2013 - 9:50 am

With the heat in NYC, I’ve been making meals derived from meals derived from other meals. Your fish salad looks fabulous – just the right note for this time of year:) Must give it a try…

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJuly 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Yummy!! Grilled and made into a salad definitely makes it all more delicious :)

TidyMomJuly 15, 2013 - 11:00 am

I’m not a big fish lover, but my husband is….I bet he’d be thrilled if I made this for him!

Rochelle RamosJuly 15, 2013 - 6:14 pm

You make me wish we had bluefish here (we might, I just don’t know the translation for it in Portuguese yet)! That salad looks delicious, I can imagine it with grilled bruschetta on the side, mmm!

Your presentation couldn’t be more perfect. Those photographs! You are an artist.

Apricot and Cherry Crumble

“All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words.
That is what America is about.” 
- Harvey Milk

How far we’ve come.

Last week, when the Supreme Court announced it’s decision to strike down DOMA and to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, I sat at my computer, stunned.   I wasn’t exactly speechless.  In fact, I screamed so loud I’m pretty sure our neighbors heard me. I hadn’t expected to be so emotional, but it hit me hard.  As much as we’ve tried to tell ourselves that our marriage (which took place four years ago on June 20th)… our love… our life… was no different than anyone else’s, DOMA was always there to point out that it wasn’t real.  At least that’s how it felt… and it hurt terribly.

When the decision came in, I knew we had to do something to celebrate.  Maybe lobster and champagne. Something decadent.  I spent the afternoon buying groceries to prepare a nice meal.  By the time Eric got home from work that evening, I had the table decorated with wine glasses, cheese and cut up rounds of baguette. As he entered the kitchen, I rushed over and threw my arms around him.  ”We’re married… again!” I said. He laughed and gave me a kiss.  ”Yay,” he replied. “Now let’s pop open some vino!”

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TieghanJuly 1, 2013 - 12:57 am

What a fun and elagent dessert to celebrate and amazing thing! I am so happy for you guys and this looks delicious! Pass the bowls and spoons please!

SarahJuly 1, 2013 - 3:11 am

Hooray for justice and equality!! I’m so happy for you, and for society! I love your husband’s priorities too. ;P

Christy@SweetandSavoringJuly 1, 2013 - 8:06 am

This post made me so happy! Congratulations on being legal :) Also, this crumble sounds kind of spectacular. I love the second to last photo- just gorgeous!

steph@stephsbitebybiteJuly 1, 2013 - 8:32 am

This is making me so hungry!

mr. & Mrs. PJuly 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Sounds like a delicious combination!!!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthJuly 1, 2013 - 12:37 pm

what a beautiful celebration :)

EileenJuly 1, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Aw, yay! Congratulations! And this crumble definitely sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. :)

ElizabethJuly 1, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Congratulations on being married (again!). This looks delicious!

Tamie smithJuly 1, 2013 - 5:56 pm

It was one of the most moving decisions I’ve heard in a long time. There are millions of us who smile while watching the folks celebrate their marriage once again. Congratulations, you wonderfully lovely couple. A toast to you indeed! I will certainly try your recipe with much delight.

MarciaJuly 1, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Lovely post, Brian. Congratulations & thanks for sharing your happiness with us.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 1, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Hooray, happy news for love and marriage at last!

Dawn Sage SimonsonJuly 2, 2013 - 12:04 am

I’ve got to try this! It looks absolutely delicious!

CarolynJuly 2, 2013 - 6:48 am

Well, I certainly considered you married already! But it’s nice to be vindicated again. Hope you had some of this crumble to celebrate.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveJuly 2, 2013 - 7:34 am

Gorgeous and summery dessert!

JoanneJuly 2, 2013 - 7:53 am

I was super thrilled when I heard about the supreme court ruling…couldn’t be happier for you. You guys deserve to celebrate to the max…and this crumble is the perfect way to do it!!

Grace @ Earthy FeastJuly 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

Ahhh.. love, it’s the best thing in whole world. :) This crumble is pretty high up there too – perfect for a lazy hot day. I pinned it – it looks so good! :)

ShainaJuly 2, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Congratulations on the second wedding – vow renewal? That crumble needs to come to my house. I’m in love with the fruit combination.

JeanetteJuly 2, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Love crumbles and that lemon verbena sounds divine.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJuly 2, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Haha yeah I think I screamed as well when I heard the news. Also I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day. I was glued to Facebook and Twitter.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJuly 2, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Hooray!! What a celebration it was, I can never forget. And this crumble is the perfect way to usher in happiness!!

BillJuly 3, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Hi Brian,

Just discovered you blog and it’s really beautiful. I’m always glad to find another guy blogger in a food blog world filled with women. Sounds like we have some things in common. One of my favorite places in the world is Cape Cod. My partner and I were married at the Red Inn in P’town in 2010 and try to make it up every summer. We were very excited about the DOMA ruling as well.

BTW,this crumble looks fantastic. Gotta try it.


ColleenJuly 3, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Congratulations on the great SCOTUS news last week!! I was thrilled to hear the news, too!! :)

I also LOVE this recipe idea – it looks delicious – and perfect for a 4th of July BBQ. Can I ask, though, what kind of cherries you used? Do you need tart pie cherries, or regular bing cherries? Or another alternative that I’m not thinking of right now?


Sowmya UdaiJuly 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

This looks delicious.. Bookmarking it :)

Alison LewisJuly 4, 2013 - 8:48 pm

my mouth is watering! happy 4th!

Andrew FrishmanJuly 5, 2013 - 12:27 am

MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some cherry crumble!

¡Me encanta la oportunidad de probar el “encore” de este postre!

BillJuly 6, 2013 - 9:47 am

Awesome combination of fruits. Hard to beat fruit, flour, sugar, and butter! Thanks for a great recipe!

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TidyMomJuly 8, 2013 - 9:07 am

BEAUTIFUL summer treat!!

Nusrat AzimJuly 11, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Such a happy, beautiful dessert! Sweetness, grace, sex appeal all over :)

Gorgeous pictures. I always love reading your posts :)

Trevor Sis BoomJuly 17, 2013 - 1:20 am

DOMA was horrible and we too felt pained at how it served to make our marriage feel less than. If there is ANY silver lining to this it is that my husband and I now get to share a new sort of wedding anniversary with so many other couples. I think it will be quite lovely as we celebrate it all together each and every year. Happy Marriage day Brian!

EmmaAugust 18, 2013 - 6:46 pm

A most delicious apricot crumble recipe.

Spicy Carrot and Quinoa Tabbouleh

Yesterday afternoon I looked at Eric and suggested that maybe we head back to Boston in the morning. Yes, we’d have to wake up at 5:30 to give ourselves enough time to get to work, but it’s totally worth it.  It would mean another sunset, a few extra glasses of wine, and, most importantly, additional time surrounded by nature… rustling leaves, chirping birds and croaking frogs, and the soft, repetitive sound of rippling waves hitting the dock.

This weekend was rejuvenating. Amidst the stress in our lives, we took these few days to have some friends on the Cape to eat, drink, and play Taboo. Unfortunately, we need at least a few days to get into vacation mode (isn’t that sad?) so when we all began chatting about departing, a few of us suggested that calling in sick to work would be a good idea (unfortunately, Facebook ruins this).  We just all felt like this was what we needed right now… some time to clear our heads, to enjoy the presence of close companions, and indulge in epic feasts.

Before our journey down here, I made sure to have a few containers of food prepared. When I was making this bowl of tabbouleh and frantically photographing each ingredient, something I completely neglected was that I’d already posted a quinoa tabbouleh.  The good thing, though, is that they are quite different from one another.  The first is loaded with tomatoes and cheese and beets and can stand on its own as a meal, where as this is definitely a taboulleh that you serve with other dishes, like hummus and pita and all that good stuff.  But I do apologize.  I hope you’re not sitting there at your computers, completely bored by the site of this bowl.  I promise, though, it’s quite delicious and worth giving it a try.

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LirenJune 24, 2013 - 1:22 am

Please. Boring? Never. No such thing with tabbouleh. Your weekends at the cape sound lovely, no wonder it is hard to leave. I say you go ahead and play hookie.

TieghanJune 24, 2013 - 6:43 am

I love anything with a little spice. This looks like a darn good quinoa salad to me!

Jamie @lifelovelemonsJune 24, 2013 - 7:56 am

Love me some quinoa salad. Might have to try this next!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarJune 24, 2013 - 9:08 am

This quinoa is stunning! Love the look of this recipe!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlJune 24, 2013 - 9:10 am

Gorgeous recipe and photo. Completely relate to your desire to stay on the Cape another night!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthJune 24, 2013 - 12:15 pm

nothing is more relaxing than good food, great wine, and amazing company. And a bowl of quinoa with all these ingredient never gets old or boring :) have a good Monday

Russell at Chasing DeliciousJune 24, 2013 - 3:27 pm

I love that last image – gorgeous dish!

Mr. & Mrs. PJune 24, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Love!!! Such a nice twist on a classic…

MariaJune 24, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Pinned and wishing I had this for dinner!

Andrew FrishmanJune 24, 2013 - 10:30 pm

MMnnnn… I LOVES me some tabbouleh.

Viva la vida

Averie @ Averie CooksJune 24, 2013 - 10:46 pm

I love that you used carrots AND spiced it up. I should try this kind of spiced carrots rather than just in…spieced carrot cake cupcakes :)

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJune 24, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Love this spiced tabbouleh. I’ve never been to Cape before, but can definitely relate to the desire of not leaving :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 24, 2013 - 11:38 pm

I could use a nice weekend getaway to relax and enjoy nature, take me with you next time?

Cook RepublicJune 25, 2013 - 2:20 am

This is such a fantastic base dish. My mind is racing with all the variations one could make using different nuts and veggies. Thanks for sharing Brian! x

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveJune 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

Gorgeous tabbouleh! Totally not bored looking at this! :)

TidyMomJune 26, 2013 - 8:06 am

oh I’m NEVER bored by the site of ANY food on your site Brian!! looks delicious! and your weekend sounds heavenly

LauraJune 26, 2013 - 8:40 am

I’m the same way with getting into vacation mode. I think the stressy-ness of travel time and the sometimes hangry moments/meltdowns in the car/airport does this. Takes a very focused effort to fully power down. Also honestly, you could post at least 12 types of quinoa tabouleh and I would be SO into that. This one sounds wonderful and I’m intrigued by that all spice and mint combination.

shelly (cookies and cups)June 26, 2013 - 9:35 am

This one looks amazing…and I have to say the other one looks pretty delicious too :)

Jessica Eiss-HealthcoachJune 27, 2013 - 2:57 pm

thanks for an oil free recipe! Looks great and will be sure to make this. Do you know you have your site set up to use the first picture posted when someone links it? A dull picture of the quinoa comes up, instead of the pretty salad. Just thought you might want to change it, or give people the option to choose what pic, when they are linking it. I shared it in a FB group since it was oil free. thanks again!

KaseyJune 28, 2013 - 12:18 am

I always need a vacation from my vacations (I’m *still* recovering from Japan!). Your trip looks lovely from what I’ve seen on Instagram. This salad looks like the perfect thing to pack :)

Nusrat AzimJune 28, 2013 - 12:44 am

Chances are, if it looks good, it tastes good too :) Your salad is one hell of a flavor explosion in the mouth, I bet :)

JeanetteJune 28, 2013 - 7:42 am

Love how fresh and light this tabbouleh is – perfect for a summer gathering!

JoanneJune 29, 2013 - 6:37 am

Quinoa could never ever bore me, especially when it’s as pretty as this! I’m so glad you got to take a bit of time just to relax!

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJune 30, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Tabbouleh is one of my favorites! And this looks like a pretty tasty version. Love the addition of the chile – a simple twist!

KimJuly 1, 2013 - 5:07 pm

What a beautiful salad :-) Perfect for a picnic! You have inspired me to play with my own versions!

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Spring Garlic Pancakes

This is the week of milestones.  Yes, it was Father’s Day yesterday. But it was also Eric’s birthday (the big 32… I like to remind him that I’ll forever be his younger man).  In addition to this, we attended (and I photographed) our dear friends’ wedding.  Despite a week of rain, things lightened up Friday afternoon, just in time for their rehearsal dinner, and stayed bright and sunny for the next 36 hours.  The weather reminded me of our own wedding, which occurred four years ago this week.  It’s hard to believe that time has flown by like this.  I couldn’t be happier with the life we’ve created with each other.  Full of laughter and love (and no shortage of delicious food and drinks).  We don’t have a lot planned in the way of celebrations, but I can guarantee a lobster dinner and a bottle of champagne will grace our table.

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Liz @ The Lemon BowlJune 17, 2013 - 7:24 am

I could eat these every day!! We make a zucchini Asian version but I like this spring garlic idea.

Rachel @ Baked by RachelJune 17, 2013 - 8:26 am

You had me at garlic. Love the sound of these pancakes! And of course, happy anniversary! :)

Bev @ Bev CooksJune 17, 2013 - 8:57 am

I. Want. These. Cakes. Like. Bad.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJune 17, 2013 - 9:02 am

Yum! I have some spring garlic in my fridge from our CSA with no plans for it. I also conveniently have all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce in the fridge/pantry. I think it’s a sign. :)

carrianJune 17, 2013 - 9:16 am

They look just as wonderful as I imagined.

I had a lame scallion pancake over the weekend – I wish I had this garlic pancake instead! Happy birthday to your hubby!

jeanetteJune 17, 2013 - 10:00 am

My kids love scallion pancakes – love the idea of using Spring garlic instead of scallions!

Laura (Tutti Dolci)June 17, 2013 - 10:54 am

Love these savory pancakes!

cassieJune 17, 2013 - 11:04 am

These are stunning, friend! Great flavors.

EileenJune 17, 2013 - 12:51 pm

These pancakes sound like the perfect snack. I love the idea of switching up a traditional scallion pancake with green garlic!

LirenJune 17, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Happy anniversary AND happy birthday to Eric! My, what a week for you!

These savory pancakes are an old favorite I used to love picking up from the Asian stores back home. Thank you for inspiring me to make my own :)

Andrew FrishmanJune 17, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Mnnn…. I LOVES me some pancakes! (especially when they’ve got garlic in’em)

¡Ajo, ajo ajo ajo, Ajo, Ajo!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJune 17, 2013 - 4:05 pm

We love spring garlic pancakes! Perfect on a rainy day :) Wishing Eric a very Happy Birthday :)

RussellJune 17, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Yum! I will take them all!

Greg HenryJune 17, 2013 - 5:52 pm

I am not Asian, but I swear these are my ultimate comfort food. Though I never had them as a kid. Best argument I know for the idea of reincarnation. GREG

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 17, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Lobsters and champagne! You both know how to celebrate in style.

Denise WoodwardJune 17, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Happy Anniversary! And I must say I have been wanting to make scallion pancakes, and I want to even more now!

steph@stephsbitebybiteJune 18, 2013 - 8:07 am

Loving this recipe! Need to make these for dinner, or a snack!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveJune 18, 2013 - 10:23 am

Lovely pancakes, Brian!

Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerJune 18, 2013 - 10:56 am

These sound incredible, Brian!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarJune 18, 2013 - 6:05 pm

This is so awesome sounding!! LOVE the look of this recipe!

Louisa Gay BeeryJune 18, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Damned gorgeous!

Susan JackiewiczJune 18, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Gay- We made these last night with spring garlic from Josef’s garden! Yum!!!

Louisa Gay BeeryJune 18, 2013 - 10:13 pm

;0) How cool. Baby leeks maybe? Can’t wait to tell you about Charleston when we get back. Food mecca.

Debra BarclayJune 18, 2013 - 10:45 pm

I am making these tonight!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.June 18, 2013 - 11:52 pm

These look absolutely fabulous!

Cook RepublicJune 19, 2013 - 1:10 am

Wish you both the very best and many lifetimes of lobster and champagne dinners :-) And I am suddenly craving these crispy as pancakes! x

Sneh RoyJune 19, 2013 - 1:12 am

Wish you both the very best and many lifetimes of lobster and champagne dinners :-) And I am suddenly craving these crispy as pancakes! x

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 19, 2013 - 9:42 pm

This looks amazing! So creative

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Happy anniversary :)
Scallion pancakes are one of my fave treats. I’ve never had spring garlic though – it is like scallions? They certainly do look alike.

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Just a sneak peak of those pretty pancakes made me ecstatic :) Imagine whats gonna happen when I’d try ‘em. Havoc !

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We just finished cleaning up from dinner and I want to go back into the kitchen to make these.

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Honey, Ricotta and Berry Muffins

It occurred to me as I sat on the plane to Vegas that I hadn’t read a book in a while.  Like, a really long time.  Articles in The New York Times or pieces in The New Yorker, yes.  But an actual book?  It’d been over a year.  Before our trip, though, I purchased the latest David Sedaris book, thinking that maybe he could set things right.  And, you know what, he did.  As always, I found his words engaging, his stories honest and hilarious.  Just what I needed to get back on the reading wagon.  As I finished the book and flipped the last page (or, in this case, tapped my phone), I gave myself a pat on the back.  And now I’m searching for another great piece of literature (any suggestions are welcome).

Memorial Day marked the start of my family’s annual summer reading contest, where we see who can read the most books.  When it was just the four of us participating (meaning my parents and sister) the race was tight.  Over the last few years, though, we’ve invited other relatives and friends to join in and I’ve pretty much given up any notion of winning.  It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I’m so happy that we’ve continued this tradition.

Books and breakfast seem like the perfect summer pairing.  Mornings are when I get most of my reading done, either in bed or sipping on a cup of coffee at our kitchen table, the windows open to let a warm breeze in.  Leisurely mornings like that make every day feel like vacation.  While I’m kind of a scone fanatic, sometimes a muffin is what I crave.  As we roll into berry season, I feel the need to pack all of my morning treats with them.

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TieghanJune 12, 2013 - 12:24 am

These look amazing! What awesome flavors!

Laura (Tutti Dolci)June 12, 2013 - 12:54 am

I love berries with ricotta, these are breakfast beauties!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJune 12, 2013 - 12:59 am

I could have these for breakfast, every single day! Yum!

Rachel @ Baked by RachelJune 12, 2013 - 7:22 am

I always hated reading until I was out of school. Now I truly enjoy it but am finding the time to read harder. I’m currently, even if slowly, working on the latest Dan Brown book. Love these muffins, Brian! Lovely flavors.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarJune 12, 2013 - 7:38 am

I’ve been meaning to read the new David Sedaris book! Thanks for the reminder, and these muffins sound so lovely! Great recipe :)

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 12, 2013 - 7:52 am

That summer reading contest is such a great idea for a family! I’ve been reading the same book since March now… I’m determined to finish just so it will be done haha.

These muffins look wonderful!

steph@stephsbitebybiteJune 12, 2013 - 8:35 am

These are STUNNING! I am drooling over the bursting berries

Stephanie @ Girl Versus DoughJune 12, 2013 - 8:50 am

Love the idea of that summer reading contest! I really need to get on my reading list already; it’s getting out of control. But about these muffins… YUM. The honey and ricotta additions are my favorite.

carrianJune 12, 2013 - 9:02 am

At the risk of always being on repeat, gosh this looks gorgeous! I’m starving for muffins now.(I guess I have to get out of bed, wah wah wahhhhh)

JeanetteJune 12, 2013 - 10:09 am

I love fresh berries – this combination sounds fantastic!

Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicJune 12, 2013 - 10:52 am

I wish I had one of these muffins right now! Not sure if you are into memoirs, but I really enjoyed My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado.

Jenny @ BAKEJune 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

These muffins look incredible, and your photos are beautiful

Bev @ Bev CooksJune 12, 2013 - 11:23 am

Ohhhhhhhh my achy breaky heart.

Ken LeungJune 12, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.

hungryrabbitJune 12, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.

MarciaJune 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

An hour after eating my pitifully unsatisfying brown-bagged lunch slumped over my desk at work, having these photos pop into my inbox is quite simply cruel!
These look fantastic! A recipe keeper!

Nusrat AzimJune 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Eye popping !
Drool-inducing !

Lovely, of course :)

LirenJune 12, 2013 - 3:36 pm

I love how your family has a summer reading contest. Such a fun idea. I’m guilty of the same, I find that the more you write the less you read, or at least that’s the case for me. I’m trying to remedy that and will add David Sedaris’s new book on my list. That and these beautiful muffins.

mr. & Mrs. PJune 12, 2013 - 3:48 pm

These look wonderful!!! Need to try them asap!

thelittleloafJune 12, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Ooh, my company publish David Sedaris! Good choice :-) Lovely muffins too!

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Andrew FrishmanJune 12, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Mnnn… I loves me some scones, even when they turn out to be muffins.

Conexiones orgánicas verdaderos son como velcro.

CarolynJune 13, 2013 - 6:44 am

These caught my eye when you put them on Facebook yesterday. So pretty. I had to give up my New Yorker subscription. It was great when I commuted in to work on the T, but I barely have any time to read these days!

Sarah Mat GoodJune 13, 2013 - 9:25 am


I don’t have a lot of time to read these days as well and books just keep landing on my reading list. This muffin also landed on my list of recipes to try out. Can’t say no to a good-looking berry muffin.

Roxana | Roxana's Home BakingJune 13, 2013 - 10:47 am

I love berry season and I’m always up for some ricotta sweet treats. Gorgeous Brian

Igor BoltenkovJune 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Very vkusno!

Kelly BrissonJune 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Can’t resist, have to make these tonight. Great recipe, Brian. Thanks!

sweetsugarbelleJune 13, 2013 - 1:54 pm

The things you make always give me the overwhelming urge to type GAW-GUS! You are so talented, Brian.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJune 14, 2013 - 7:51 pm

This post reminds me of the many summers I spent reading books at the my Aunt’s beach house. I used to love doing that. Need to pick up the habit again. Especially since I can go to the beach year-round now.

Suzanne PerazziniJune 15, 2013 - 6:59 pm

What a beautiful set of photos! I am an author and I love reading. David Sedaris is a favourite. As for a recommendation, I am of course prejudiced towards my own books. You can see all of mine here:
Feel free to delete this link if you think I have been too cheeky.

KatieJune 16, 2013 - 11:19 am

The only redeeming factor of spending an hour on the T every day has been the amount of reading it allows me to get done! I’ve loved getting back into the habit of books. Your reading contest reminds me of when I was little – I used to keep a notebook with every single book I read written down it and the date I finished it. I used to compete with myself and would sometimes read two “chapter books” a day. (Go me.) These muffins look lovely, and eating one with a cup of coffee and a good book sounds like a perfect morning.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJune 17, 2013 - 2:49 pm

These muffins look amazing. Sadly, I don’t seem to have a lot of time for reading… But, I’ll happily munch on a muffin while entertaining Miss Maddie in the morning! :)

RussellJune 17, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Oooh. Yes please.

Christy@SweetandSavoringJune 17, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Whoa, the photos are mouth-watering and what a glorious combination- lemon, ricotta, berries…and honey?! Yes please :)

GourmandizeJuly 9, 2013 - 4:23 pm

These look beautiful! I just tried my hand at homemade ricotta… this seems like a natural progression…

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Confessions of a Food LoverSeptember 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

These look so yummy, can’t wait to try them.