Breakfast Gone Wild! Our Top 10 Favorite Breakfast Inventions

Breakfast. While named for the morning hours, it is the meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. In my book, breakfast holds the title of the best meal ever. Hell, we tried to make lunch better by naming it brunch and serving breakfast for lunch. Breakfast wins. So let’s get on with it…our top ten breakfast dishes from Endless Simmer

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1. Blueberry Muffin French Toast

You think, “pancakes sound good this morning” but then you realize – I can have oh so much more.

 

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2. Irish Cereal Milk

Whoever said “it’s too early to drink is just oh-so-wrong.

 

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3. Breakfast Tacos

Through your breakfast in a tortilla….and add cheese. Lots of cheese.

 

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4. Breakfast Flautas

Something about Mexican breakfast food just feels right.

 

5. Selma Cocktail

More booze for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do.

 

6. Philly Cheesesteak B-Fast Casserole

This one’s tough. I could easily eat a cheesesteak for breakfast. But this is not always realistic. Somehow hiding it in a breakfast casserole? Done.

 

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7. Zucchini Meatball Quiche

Still my favorite quiche. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – this will not bore you.

 

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8. Kolaches

Donuts? Who the eff needs donuts?

 

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9. Breakfast Muffins

Whenever I have an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, I take it. Call them muffins if it makes you feel better – but these cupcakes are awesome.

 

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10. Philly Breakfast Sandwich

Yeah…I’m just going to leave this right here.

Popcorn Gone Wild! Top 10 Ways to Amp Up Your Popcorn Game

There isn’t much better at the movies than a bag of popcorn with that golden, salty, liquid fat poured throughout the bag. Artfully attempting to get every kernel, we push that damn button and try our best to get the butter down the gaps of the piles of popcorn. YUM. However, it is never as good when you are at home watching a movie. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good uses for popcorn. If you are forced to make microwave popcorn out of the bag, here are our recommendations:

1. Make it the Good ‘Ol Fashioned Way

There is something special about stove-top popcorn. It sounds different while it pops and it definitely tastes different from the microwavable popcorn. Add in that it is cooked with oil with melted butter on top and salt to your liking – I’ll take this any day.

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2. Snickers Popcorn

Why bother with picking between popcorn or candy? Or for that matter, having them separately? Put them together. A sweet and salty mix to the max, this popcorn could probably make a meal.

Check this one out at Cookies & Cups!

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3. Nutella Marshmallow Popcorn

Please tell me you at least tried popcorn dipped in Nutella. Add in marshmallow and you got me. Enough

Check this one out at The Bitter Side of Sweet!

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4. Marshmallow Peeps Popcorn

Speaking of marshmallow…this may be the easiest recipe on here. Butter, peeps, popcorn.

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5. Chipotle Almond Popcorn

Some people don’t have a sweet tooth. I don’t know how or why that would happen, but whatever. The Chipotle Almond popcorn gives a more refined take on popcorn and trail mix (minus the sweets, of course).

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6. Popcorn Cake

I have no words. Truly. Everything good in life, added to popcorn. YUM

7. Jalapeno Popper Popcorn

Like I said, some jerks don’t like sweets. BUT, everyone likes bacon. Yes, bacon in popcorn, with a little bit of spice.

8. Peanut Butter and Fluff Popcorn

For the fans of the classic fluffernutter. Nothing wrong here.

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9. Hot Chocolate Popcorn

This take on hot chocolate includes milk chocolate, white chocolate, marshmallows. It isn’t missing anything! Only thing I may change is melting the marshmallow rather than sprinkling on mini mallows.

Check this one out at A Kitchen Addiction!

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10. Cheesy Crunch Popcorn

You didn’t think we’d forget about cheese, did you? Not cheese powder, but REAL cheese. Put the sodium bomb of shakeable cheese down and get out the real shit. You’re welcome.

Check this one out at Super Healthy Kids!

Top Ten Things to Do With Your Leftover Wine

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I’ll admit it – we don’t always finish the entire bottle of wine. Sad, I know. Then, we’ll get into something else like beer or booze, and suddenly about one glass of wine has been sitting in the bottle for at least a week. We try another wine, and another glass sits in that bottle. The problems of a first world citizen…  Well, here at ES, we look to solve those first world problems, which is why we bring you the top things to do with your old wine.

1. Make Vinegar

Your mother makes good vinegar. But really…you can make your own vinegar with just some old wine, “mother,” cheese cloth, and a glass vessel of the appropriate size. If you have a party where there is left over wine, or tasted a few wines, you can even mix them together to fill a bottle and then use that to create your own homemade vinegar. Or, you can buy a bottle of wine to make vinegar (I vote for the other option). Once you get your mother, add the wine, let it sit, add more wine, let it sit, add more wine, let it sit, wait a month.

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2. Port Wine and Fig Poptails

While this is not necessarily the “spoiled wine” route, let’s be real – nobody ever finishes a bottle of port. Wine and figs all in one! I’m typically not a fan of port, but I think I could get behind this – no matter what season!

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3. Roasted Pork Loin Over Pumpkin Risotto

I know we’ve seen this one before, but it’s important to point out that even white wine can be used in cooking!

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4. New York Sour

It won’t be as easy for your friends to call you an old person with this drink. Instead, they’ll be like, “oh shit, your so cool!” …Maybe not, but it’s good.

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Kale Overboard! Top 10 Things to Do with Kale

DAMNIT. I’ve finally succumbed to the Kale trend. I will eat the brittle green leaves in various dishes (never juice though – never). I particularly enjoy creamed Kale. But I can appreciate the nutritional value and even the flavor of Kale when it is done right. So there…I’m putting my white flag up halfway to the trendy, hipster, “eat green, eat clean” health food nuts. But again – no juice. Anyway, here are our top 10 Kale dishes to try out.

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10. Red Quinoa Butternut Squash Stew

Now look at this fine kale specimen. It includes the tastes of kale, complemented by savory flavors. However, the rough green leaves are not poking your eye out. Bonus: it tastes delicious.

 

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9. Smokey-Sweet Autumn Breakfast Hash

I am a breakfast lover. I believe anyone who is not is wrong. This keeps breakfast satisfying while also giving a nice boost of fiber.

 

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8. Warm Fall Kale Salad

This salad is great on a fall or winter day and you’re running out of proteins in the freezer.
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7. Jamaican Jerk Kale Chips

The ONLY way I will eat or attempt to make kale chips.

 

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6. Kale and Carrot Salad

Why not add some sprouts and carrots to your kale and nuts? Huh?

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5. Coconut Kale Quinoa

Think of this as a side to braised beef or short rib. Salivating? You should be.

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4. Kale and Quinoa Bites

Now THIS is what I’m talking about. Put kale in a delicious muffin. Call it healthy. Win. Check it out at Wonky Wonderful.

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3. Cheesy Bacon Kale Stuffed Chicken

“What’s for dinner tonight” sometimes make me run for the salad bag and seeking out some chicken in the freezer. But this is a recipe that’s easy to implement. It may even impress. (Via Julie’s Eats & Treats)

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2. Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus 

Beet hummus, garlic hummus, pepper hummus, the list goes on. Why not try some garlic kale hummus this time? (Via The Roasted Root)

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1. Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

We typically have some pizza dough, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese in the fridge/freezer for those days we feel lazy. But sometimes a plain cheese pizza is not enough. How ’bout these kale leaves? (Via Just A Taste)

Baking Gone Wild! Top 10 Over-the-Top Baked Goods for the Holidays

I’ve been sucked in. For some reason, I can’t stop watching The Great American Baking Show. I don’t know if it’s the soothing voices of Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, the adorable British version of your grandma in Mary Berry (seriously – even her name), or the hunkish looks and personality (yes, I am comfortable with my sexuality) of Johnny Iuzzini. Whatever it is, I’m hooked. Then I started thinking about the 150 million dozen cookies my wife baked, the bread we are baking for Christmas dinner, the delicious cinnamon buns we have Christmas morning, the list goes on. We are in the heart of the season of baking. Some savory bakes, others totally sweet. Either way – we have it all. After much thought, eating, and more eating, we have the top ten breads, cakes, and bakes for the holidays. You’re welcome.

In no particular order…

10. Rolo Cheesecake Bars

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Thank god for bakers, right?

9. Six Layer S’mores Bars

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When a dessert is described as “oozing” with peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow, I’m in. Don’t tell me anything more.

8. Chocolate and Toffee Pecan Pinwheels

That is puff pastry. Yes, it does make everything even that much better. Carry on.

7. Pistachio Rum Mini Bundt Cakes

Pistachio Chewy Bite Mini Rum Cakes

Sure, you could make a chocolate bundt cake. But let’s be real – you’re making it from a box and nobody’s going to finish the whole thing. Try these for a change.

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Endless Beer: Top 10 Winter Beers

Our annual winter beer list is here. It’s taken a lot of taste testing to narrow it down. We’ve looked far and wide in search of the delicious suds that make us feel merry and bright. We’re looking for beers with high(er) ABVs, winter warmers, holiday spices, and the overall sense of “I have to save this one for a special occasion.” Enough talk. In no particular order, here it is…

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10. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Every year, Goose Island releases this gem at a very limited capacity. Some even say it is one of the rarest beers in the world. Anyway, typically weighing in on an ABV over 10%, Goose island does a good job of balancing out winter flavors into one tasty sip (or swig).

9. Troegs Mad Elf

This brew is also hard to get. However it is worth the hunt. We’ve featured it before, but it never gets old no matterhow many times you’ve had it. This is the essence of a winter warmer.

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8. Black Raven Festivus Ale

Get the Festivus Pole out and crack one of these open. Start drinking and let the insults fly!

7. Wingman Brewers Noel

This year, this one was one of my favorites. A great belgian ale that also has some of the Christmas spices we all know and love.

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PUMPKIN Gone Wild! 10 Ways to Use That Pumpkin on Your Porch

80% of Americans have at least one pumpkin still sitting on their porch – FACT. Well, not definitely, but you get the point. Many of us toss the pumpkin in the woods, others in the garbage. But why not EAT the pumpkin (or drink out of it)? Even though Halloween is over, you can still find a handy (and edible) way of using that pumpkin before throwing it out. These are recipes that require the real thing – pumpkin puree, real pumpkin…not pumpkin pie filling. You’re welcome.

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10.  Cauliflower-Pumpkin-Ricota Gratin

Total veggie dish…so it’s totally healthy. With one pumpkin and a large serving of cauliflower, you can feed a full family!

 

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9. Warm Kale Salad w/Pumpkin Seeds and Sweet Potato (or PUMPKIN)

I’m sorry to even say this…but yes, I like Kale. UGH. I understand the disappointment. But even if you don’t like Kale, adding in the pumpkin seeds for a good crunch, and substituting the sweet potato with pumpkin may finally get to you the “basic” status that you’ve been aiming for. If you don’t know what that means, clearly you aren’t cool.

 

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8. Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Yum. That’s all.

(Reluctant Entertainer)

 

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7. Tomato-Pumpkin Soup

Tomato soup is the perfect meal for a cold winter day. But we have not reached winter yet! Clearly, the only way to make it a seasonal dish right now is to….add pumpkin!

 

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6. Bacon, Egg, and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin

This is not for the faint of heart. But need I remind you of the FIRST word….BACON!

 

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5. The Pumpkin TAP

Personally, I believe this is the most useful.

4. Pumpkin Fried Rice

Try your own “fake out take out” night and impress the fam with this adorable dish.

(Judy in Her Natural Habitat: The Kitchen)

3. Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli

Cheese, pumpkin, and pasta. Need I say more?

(My Kitchen Addiction)

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2. Kaddo Bourani

While I love sweets, and overall American values like over-eating, it’s always fun to embark upon different flavors. This is a completely different way of using a pumpkin – put the pie crust away.

(Tiny Urban Kitchen)

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1. Pumpkin Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Ooey, gooey, pumpkin-y. Screw Cinnabon.

(Wild Yeast)