Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Ten years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I first moved to Boston. The night my father and I drove through town, the car packed so tight we couldn’t see out the back window, I remember how struck I was by this city; how beautiful it was, despite the frigid wind and piles of snow. As we made our way down Commonwealth Avenue, which looked majestic decorated with white lights, I knew this was a place I could call home.

There are a number of moments that have had an impact on my life, but it’s hard to think of anything more profound than my move to Boston. This city has challenged me and embraced me. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  I know, I’m sounding totally sentimental. And if only you could see me now, holding a tissue, dabbing tears from my eyes.

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

Apple, Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

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  • KristenJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Beautiful post & beautiful recipe! Boston is lucky to have you!ReplyCancel

  • NaomiJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Looks like it was a great move for you. LOVE these scones—they look and sound delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda@themoonblushbakerJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Wow That is some move, but you have achieve so muchs ince then. It is nice to reflect sometime son where we have been, are now and going. No need to say sorry.

    Simply gorgeous scones!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Wow – 10 years sounds like a long time, definitely long enough to call home! I’ve always wanted to visit Boston. It sounds gorgeous and your description of it is lovely. I also love these biscuits :)ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Sounds like it was the right move for you!

    Love the scones. The flavors and photos are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

    10 years in Boston! Sounds like it’s really been the right place for you. Love the sage in these biscuits!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ simple bitesJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:19 am

    I can’t wait to visit Boston – and you! Beautiful post and lovely biscuits. Oh how I wish I had a few this morning.ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 22, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    I adore Boston, and I’m so happy you’ve found such a wonderful place to call home. The biscuits are gorgeous, too, and the combination of sage and apple with the cheddar sounds delightful.ReplyCancel

  • LirenJanuary 22, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Aw, Boston is a special town for a special guy. Amazing how ten years goes by in the blink of an eye!

    Hope you’re staying warm, Brian. With a kitchen warm from baking and these delicious biscuits, I imagine you are :)ReplyCancel

  • Mimi RippeeJanuary 23, 2014 - 1:03 am

    See are absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • With A SpinJanuary 23, 2014 - 2:23 am

    Lovely biscuits. I’ve been to Boston once and love the city.ReplyCancel

  • SiniJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:32 am

    What a wonderful love letter to Boston and a tempting recipe. I would love to serve them with a bowl of steaming soup.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 23, 2014 - 8:24 am

    It is crazy how vastly one single event can change your life so much. These scones are going to change the way I eat soup. I can see these pairing perfectly with a warm bowl.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey | Kitchen SerendipityJanuary 23, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Beautiful post Brian and you KNOW I love Boston. It will always be home. And I must try these – fabulous images! You make them look delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthJanuary 23, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Boston is a beautiful city and I am so glad you are able to call it home :) Cheers to many more years and memories there.ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Curly Girl KitchenJanuary 23, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I would eat hot biscuits with every meal if someone would let me. I think the next time I make biscuits, I should try them with apple.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    It’s so wonderful that Boston has had such a profound affect on your life. Love how warm and cozy these biscuits sound!ReplyCancel

  • Toni DashJanuary 24, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    I’m speechless. Your posts are more like a love poem to food than a mere recipe. Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • SoniJanuary 25, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Gorgeous looking biscuits!Been looking for a good recipe and this looks like the one to try!Love the apple and sage in there too.So yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jodee WeilandJanuary 25, 2014 - 11:01 am

    These biscuits look so good! I love the ingredients and great flavors. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 26, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    It’s Sunday morning and now all I want is one of these biscuits. (And I just had a huge bagel). You can tell I’m a carb girl! Thank you for sharing these Brian. I’m sending these to my mom in hopes she’ll make a batch for our brunch next weekend!ReplyCancel

  • WinnieJanuary 26, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Stunning, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Russell at chasingdelicious.comJanuary 27, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Oh my gosh I want a million of these!ReplyCancel

  • francescaFebruary 5, 2014 - 3:27 am

    This looks so yum. Hallo Saturday morning breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Averie @ Averie CooksAugust 8, 2014 - 2:47 am

    Brian these look crazy good! Wish I was nibbling on them now! pinnedReplyCancel

  • Bibs @ TasteometerAugust 8, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Sometimes a savory biscuit makes a refreshing change. I Love sage and grow it in my garden so I’ll have to try these soon.ReplyCancel

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

Breakfast Skillet via A Thought For Food

I haven’t worn a jacket at all this week. Or a scarf. Or mittens. Despite the rain, I’m close to pulling out my shorts and flip flops, but I know that as soon as I do we’ll get nailed with a blizzard.

Y’all might be wondering how I can handle 40 or 50 degree weather without a coat. Well, let me tell you, I’m kind of weird. Unlike other Bostonians who bundle up in enormous puffy jackets fit for a trip to Antarctica, I have been sporting a five year old smoker’s jacket from H+M. I like to think that it makes me a stronger person, someone who can handle anything… the freakin’ Polar Vortex.  But the jacket is barely a jacket anymore.  There are holes all over… and I know it’d probably be a good idea to upgrade to something more substantial.  I’m just hoping it’ll last until spring.

This breakfast skillet came about an in attempt to use up some root vegetables from our CSA (It didn’t quite work… we still have a few bags of potatoes).  There have been a few alterations that I’ve made since the first time I tried it a couple weeks ago, but overall the concept has remained the same: a ton of sautéed veggies, a couple of eggs cracked on top, and then loaded with avocado and fresh herbs.  I decided to include some (very slightly) pickled jalapeños on top, but, of course, those could be left off. Or you can just douse it with hot sauce if you don’t feel like going to the trouble of cutting up jalapeños.

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  • Heidi - Apples Under My BedJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:24 am

    Gorgeous, so much good in one skillet. I just can’t even imagine the coldness in your land right now. I’m currently sweating through our Summer.
    Heidi xo
    ps Heidi Swanson’s salt and vinegar potatoes are my current favourite way to happily use up any excess potatoes.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda@themoonblushbakerJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:30 am

    I am like you, I have the ability to stand sub zero temps. Last time I went to USA during Christmas I actually forgot a coat and Wore a thin water proof jacket the entire wintery trip.

    And yes it does make a stronger person ;)

    Lovely skillet I simply love food that you can eat straight f4om the pan.ReplyCancel

  • MariaJanuary 15, 2014 - 8:45 am

    What a great way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:50 am

    I saw this earlier on Facebook and yeah, I drooled. I’d replace the parsnips with rutabaga for lower carbs but other than that, I’m down with it!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    I’d eat this any time of the day. Beautiful photos, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 15, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    This sounds so good! I always love seeing surprising veg like parsnips and carrots combined with eggs-it gives me lots of new idea. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreJanuary 15, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    This is all-day-any-day food for me Brian! I so love your ingredient shots. You are a true artisan.ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!January 15, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Wow! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • angela@spinachtigerJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    This is a positively glorious brunch, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Beautifully put together, and wonderfully photographed. Makes me want to eat it through the screen.ReplyCancel

  • BrooksJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:09 pm

    Beautiful food from ingredients to finished dish. Your work brings joy, Brian. Thank you for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    Beautiful! I am a sucker for those runny eggs!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.January 16, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    gorgeous! I am hungry nowReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    You must be related to my husband with your refusal to wear a proper coat. The other day he was out in the 35-degree weather in a long-sleeved t-shirt. Of course, when you compare 35º to -50º it feels downright balmy. Skillets with the eggs added directly in are one of my favorite meals. I rarely eat them for breakfast because while I like breakfast food, I’m not much of a breakfast eater before 9a. This looks wonderful. Perhaps for dinner tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    This looks delicious! Have you tried or would you recommend serving this breakfast skillet with corn tortillas?ReplyCancel

  • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)January 17, 2014 - 6:41 am

    So so beautiful Brian! What a great way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspectiveJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Your spicy breakfast skillet is perfect for Breakfast, lunch or dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJanuary 17, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    I figured I’d stop by and see what you’ve cooked up and photographed lately while Maddie naps… I’m running on very little steam, but I always find your recipes and photos to be so inspiring. I’m loving this one… Especially the pickled jalapeños. I always make jars and jars of them every summer when they explode in my garden. I might have to put them to good use this weekend. Thanks for the breakfast inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • lisa @garlicandzestJanuary 17, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    I would like to jump off of a high dive, right into this! Looks yummy – your photographs are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Helen @ Scrummy LaneJanuary 18, 2014 - 4:57 am

    Beautiful photos! I’ve been seeing quite a few of these veggie and eggs skillet breakfasts around recently … must try one soon!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJanuary 18, 2014 - 9:58 am

    I want this for breakfast, lunch and then again later for dinner today. Just love this, Brian! Hope your year is starting off in a smashing way!xxReplyCancel

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  • Aimee+@+Simple+BitesJanuary 18, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    This looks so hearty and substantial, Brian. Would love to wake up to this for breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 19, 2014 - 8:54 am

    For most of the winter I end up wearing my Boston marathon jacket(/windbreaker) as a coat (but keep in mind my daily commute involves walking across the street to lab) but this year I’ve finally had to break out something substantial. It’s been weird.

    And if I don’t get to have this for breakfast in the next week, I might just cry. Breakfast-for-dinner would be okay also. Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 19, 2014 - 11:21 pm

    It was over 60 degrees here today. 60 DEGREES! What’s going on with our crazy weather!?!? Like you, I tend to bear the cold with less-than-stellar outerwear. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? And maybe it has something to do with the food I eat. All the fruits and veggies keep my immune system strong. This breakfast skilled would be great way to keep a good thing going! What a delicious and flavorful way to start the day. Thank you for sharing Brian!ReplyCancel

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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 22, 2014 - 2:48 am

    I don’t know how you do it, I’d be bundled up from my head to my toes in that kind of weather. I guess the weather out here has me spoiled.ReplyCancel

  • Beard and BonnetJanuary 24, 2014 - 11:00 pm

    This is seriously stunning!!! Making it this weekend for sure. Thanks so much for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • [...]  spicy breakfast skillet. Give me anytime! [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa [With Style & Grace]February 12, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    This is totally my breakfast comfort. I’m bookmarking to make one of these weekends!ReplyCancel

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  • NaomiJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:19 am

    You know I always love these post from you. Beautifully shot! Of course I love the donut, but all the food looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Fabulous pictures, as always. LOVE the food in Austin! :)ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 14, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Oh my heart hurts! Talk about homesick. Thank you for these gorgeous pics, Brian. They make me want to go back to Austin sooner than our next trip (scheduled for late March!)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 14, 2014 - 7:34 am

    So you guys basically ate ALL THE FOOD in Austin. I approve!ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreJanuary 14, 2014 - 11:42 am

    SO hungry now Brian….ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 17, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Your restaurant pictures always leave me salivating with no food in front of me to eat. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Shikha @ Shikha la modeMarch 7, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Your photos are amazing! I love Austin. I’m going for SXSW next week and I can’t wait. I went to Sway last time and loved it.ReplyCancel

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Meyer Lemon

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Meyer Lemon

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Meyer Lemon

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Meyer Lemon

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Meyer Lemon

The holidays felt like they were never-ending.  By the time Friday rolled around, I started to go a little crazy. Apparently, I have trouble relaxing (a freelancer thing?).  The first week without projects and inquiries, without a constant stream of messages hitting my inbox, was refreshing.  I spent time with my parents, my sister and her family, my in-laws.  I got to see friends in New York and check out some museums (a highlight being an exhibit of Dutch paintings, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, at the Frick. If you are in New York, it’s there until the 19th) We even saw movies… in a theater!

On the few days that Eric went into work these last couple of weeks, I’d use the time to photograph some recipes. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed picking up my camera.  For me, cooking and photography are two great forms of creative expression.  There are so many ways to capture the beauty of food. Not just the final dish, which, in the case of this roasted carrot dish, was surprisingly challenging (cooked carrots are funny looking things), but the whole process.  I spent over four hours shooting this (for those out there wondering how much time it takes to do a post… let’s just say I need to block out a full day to complete a single one).

We acquired a plethora of carrots from our CSA last week and I thought there was no way I’d get through all of them.  Between soups and stews and assorted other dinners, we still had a full bag.  I looked around our kitchen and my eyes honed in on two very lonely (and very ripe) Meyer lemons. Until this point, I’ve actually only cooked with Meyer lemons once or twice.  I knew that they were less sour than regular lemons and I thought they would actually be delicious roasted.  Half of this dish turned into lunch while the rest was served at dinner with a platter of baked salmon and couscous.

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  • LauraJanuary 8, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Your photos are beautiful – time very well spent. I’m happy to see a new recipe for Meyer lemons… now I have an excuse to buy a bag.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJanuary 8, 2014 - 8:15 am

    I could eat these with every meal – throw an egg on top, eat them alone, or add a grain! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • JennJanuary 8, 2014 - 8:39 am

    I love that 2nd image of the carrots, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlJanuary 8, 2014 - 8:50 am

    These flavors are right up my alley!! Love the lemon photos.ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 8, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Oddly carrots are on of my favorite veggies and I love roasting them. I cumin and meyer lemons are a very welcomed addition!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrushJanuary 8, 2014 - 9:42 am

    I have two little Meyer lemon trees who need a recipe. This looks gorgeous and fresh and ready to be eaten by me. Your photos and styling are GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Horbund - mmwineJanuary 8, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Brian, your photography is always so inspiring. Great work. I also love this recipe! I’ve been trying to find more exciting ways to eat veggies, and this fits the bill perfectly. Cheers to you!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthdJanuary 8, 2014 - 10:50 am

    i have never cooked with meyer lemon but wondering if regular lemon with a dash of sugar would be ok..enjoy the relaxing, free time while you can.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 8, 2014 - 11:27 am

    No one makes vegetables look as pretty and appetizing as you do, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 8, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    I love how simple and clean this is! Easy winter vegetables are the best, and the lemon and paprika sound perfect with carrots.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 8, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    I love meyer lemon everything, and this looks like a simple yet delicious side dish perfect for winter.ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Curly Girl KitchenJanuary 8, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    I’ve gone through a love/hate relationship with cooked carrots over the years (after a bout of the flu in college, following a dinner of cooked carrots), but I’ve come to terms with them and now love them roasted, with dark, caramelized edges. The meyer lemon with them sounds wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomJanuary 8, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    I don’t know what’s more gorgeous, the photos or the recipe!! I love everything about this Brian!ReplyCancel

  • LauraJanuary 8, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    I saw movies in a theatre over the break too! It was so weird ahaha. And it’s so true that some of the simplest dishes are the most difficult little jerks to photograph. This sounds so wonderful though. I just used up a few languishing meyer lemons in my fridge as well. Noting this for the next time that happens!ReplyCancel

  • Curly Girl KitchenJanuary 8, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    I’ve gone through a love/hate relationship with cooked carrots over the years (after a bout of the flu in college, following a dinner of cooked carrots), but I’ve come to terms with them and now love them roasted, with dark, caramelized edges. The meyer lemon with them sounds wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Silvija KadvanjJanuary 8, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    I wonder, can I use regular lemons? I live is Serbia, just regulars here… :)ReplyCancel

  • Dan from Platter TalkJanuary 9, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Incredible work. WIth photos like this arond, I could subside solely on this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJanuary 9, 2014 - 11:46 am

    you had me at “cumin”ReplyCancel

  • Joshua HamptonJanuary 9, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    I agree it’s a freelance thing, being unable to relax on a break and keeping yourself from checking your inbox. I was like that during the holidays too. I love this recipe. Meyer lemons on carrots sounds refreshing.ReplyCancel

  • GraceJanuary 9, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Gorgeous! These photos are just perfect. Your photography is so inspiring. I’m definitely going to try out these carrots, yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJanuary 9, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    I love the look of this dish, Brian! I just picked up a big bag of carrots at the market last weekend… I will have to give this a try. I’ve been using a lot of cumin this winter, and I think the addition of the meyer lemon is just perfect! Maddie will love it… Carrots are her favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreJanuary 10, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Simply perfect Brian.ReplyCancel

  • JulieDJanuary 10, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Okay wow, yeah. I love carrots but I am obsessed with Meyers…oh geez…I have to make this soon. Printing it now. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 11, 2014 - 7:51 am

    I’ve never been known to get crazy excited over roasted carrots…but these crazy excite me.ReplyCancel

  • LirenJanuary 11, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Your time off sounded much like my time off. What are holidays and weekends, again? I’m so glad you had time to enjoy some much needed downtime, with romps at the museum, too! And especially to roast and photograph these beautiful carrots. They are just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • YeadJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Roasted Carrots…..I have never seen anymore.But the way It’s look like tasty and yummy.Great brain.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:04 am

    Carrots and cumin are such a perfect pair!ReplyCancel

  • Rita Khoury JaberJanuary 17, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Looks yummy ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie @ The Suburban SoapboxJanuary 5, 2014 - 8:55 am

    As always, stunning photos. The food looks incredible and the hotel room is beautiful. Looks like the perfect weekend getaway!ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreJanuary 5, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Brian the beauty of your work never ceases to amaze me. Gorgeous. Off to share with the world…ReplyCancel

  • jaime @laviejaimeJanuary 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

    beautiful photos and the food looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 6, 2014 - 11:46 am

    The photos are so evocative, Brian. Incredible.ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 6, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    So my new suggestion for you: “Spend a day with Brian Package.” The lucky customer would get to follow you around all day, learn from you, meet the people you work and mingle with, enjoy a lovely dinner later that night with you and Eric…you could charge thousands (and as soon as we got the money, I’d be biting at the bit to sign up). What a lovely collection of photographs. Well done, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette ~ Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 7, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Gorgeous photos – love the lighting!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJanuary 9, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos! Definitely a place to add to my “must visit” list for the next time we are in Boston.ReplyCancel

2013 turned out to be a better year than I expected. 2012 was… well… stressful. As the end approached, I had wishes for a year that’d be just a bit easier to digest.  Overall, it was.  With every down moment, there were joyful events; the birth of my niece, vacations, epic dinners with friends, my first cookbook shoot, along with loads of magazine and restaurant projects.

I’m expecting that 2014 will be full of just as many milestones.  Family trips are already planned (to the Berkshires and, as usual, to the Cape) and travel to California is in the works.  Between all of this, Eric and I hope to purchase a property of our own (the search has been long… but we know we’ll eventually find the right place). And, of course, there will be plenty of delicious food created and consumed, which I look forward to sharing here.

Speaking of food… let’s talk about these brownies.  My sister is fond of anything with chocolate and mint.  Ice cream? Definitely.  However, these brownies, which my mom has made for us countless times, are her favorite. The best way to consume these bites is right out of the freezer. Yeah, I know… sounds weird. But, trust me, it’s awesome.  They do come out a bit harder than most brownies, but there’s something satisfying about gnawing on that frozen chocolate topping.  If you’re skeptical, try it… then come back and thank me.

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  • Lauren at Keep It SweetDecember 31, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I also love mint chocolate desserts and my mom has a mint brownie recipe she always makes that I love. Yours looks a little different but fudgy and delicious. Happy New Year, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Merry JenniferDecember 31, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I hope you have a wonderful 2014, Brian. It sounds like you have some lovely things in the works!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthdDecember 31, 2013 - 9:02 am

    i am so glad you had a wonderful 2013 and cheers to 2014 :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee Shuman (@FrolicChocolate)December 31, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Wow, just gorgeous photos. Reminds me of Sprouted Kitchen — which is why I’m so surprised I’ve only just now stumbled onto your blog! I’m really into how simple and impressive this dessert is, too. I can imagine creating an infinite amount of variations on it.ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}December 31, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    right out of the freezer sounds great to me, cold mint…I can almost taste the chill.
    Happy New Year Brian!ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 31, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Too funny! I remember eating this type of mint brownie exactly the same way as a kid! :) Thanks for the recipe – I may have to revisit them for my mint-chocolate-loving husband. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • MonetDecember 31, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    These look delicious Brian, and it sounds like 2014 is going to be a year of goodness and growth. Travel, new ventures, and love. What more could you ask for? And of course, plenty of good food. I can’t wait to see what you make for us! These chocolate mint bites are beautiful to look at (love that green layer!) and I’m sure they’re even more delightful to eat. Happy New Year, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 1, 2014 - 12:13 am

    Sounds like a great milestone of a year, Brian!! Congrats!!

    And these brownies? Now they just look awesome. Love the photos! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • AtikaJanuary 1, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Wow, I’m totally loving this mint brownie.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJanuary 1, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    I’m fond of all things chocolate and mint too! Good luck with 2014 – house hunting sounds like the most stressful thing ever, but once you get the right fit everything will all fall into place. xxReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!January 2, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • bridget {bake at 350}January 2, 2014 - 10:59 am

    love, love, love!

    Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

  • KristenJanuary 2, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Oh these brownies look amazing!
    Happy new year, Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJanuary 2, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    lovely! happy New year!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyJanuary 2, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Lovely! And the freezer idea is fabu. can’t wait to try! Cheers to a wonderful 2014 that includes many mornings full of happy *toasts* with a pipping hot cup of coffee!ReplyCancel

  • JulieDJanuary 2, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    These look so good, Brian! Hope your New Year’s celebration was fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 2, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Wow, love this!! They look so decadent and delicious.

    Good luck with the house hunt. And where are you going in Cali this year?ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 2, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    That doesn’t sound strange at all, in fact I always stash extra brownies and cookies in the freezer because I like to nibble on them icy cold!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 3, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Fun idea ~ these remind me of those mint Andes candies my mom used to get during the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!ReplyCancel

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  • Audrey KnoxJanuary 5, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    These look sooo good! I’m brand new to your blog, but I really like it so far, and I hope to discover more recipes, photos, and stories as the year continues!ReplyCancel

  • Molly @DoughvelopmentJanuary 6, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Ahh the Cape is one of my favorite places on earth! And these minty brownies look like they could be a favorite food of mine! Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina @ Tina's Chic CornerJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    I love chocolate and mint together! These brownies look so delicious! Sometimes a mint layer can come off too green (if that makes sense) but yours looks perfectly delicatable. :) Pinning to make!ReplyCancel

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  • Linda VitalesJuly 25, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    I love it.. it look so good..ReplyCancel