Breakfast & Brunch

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Smashed Pea Toasts with Turmeric Spiced Oil and Fresh Herbs

Recipe and photos by Olaiya …

Celery Root Hash with Smoked Salmon and Fried Eggs

Celery root has a velvety texture and subtle flavor that’s hard not to love if you give it a chance.

Roasted Asparagus and Salmon Frittata

This substantial frittata is packed with layer upon layer of flavor and makes for a splendid brunch or family supper.

Stir-Fried Breakfast Buckwheat with Bacon and Scallions

Much like rice, buckwheat can get very sticky when cooked, so I use an old-fashioned trick here that my husband learned during his travels in Poland: Coat the grains with egg before cooking them, to create a bit of a seal. The result is a perfectly chewy, flavor-packed stir fry that’s the definition of comfort food around here.

Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta and Roasted Strawberries

I love a filling that relies on the flavor of the fruit (and a little honey) rather than loads of added sugar. Leftover roasted berries are great on top of oatmeal or yogurt — or all on their own with a little whipped cream; sometimes I double the batch for that reason alone.

Pumpkin Spelt Loaf with Pepita Streusel

Whole-grain loaves can often be sturdy and squatty, but this fall beauty is almost stately in stature, with a light crumb and subtle kiss of spice. While I love grinding down pepitas to use in the batter, you can certainly use almond or hazelnut meal if you prefer.

Rustic Rosemary Cornmeal Tart with Wild Blackberries

The recipe has grown up with me and reflects my fondness for herbs with sweets and my propensity to add the crunchy, nuttiness of cornmeal everywhere I can! Make one big tart or individual galettes, and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. If there are leftovers, have a second slice for breakfast with coffee.

Baked Crepes with Leeks, Spring Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

These make-ahead crepes can be assembled the day before, then warmed up in a baking dish just as your guests arrive. D

Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

A simple, refreshing salad with bright zesty flavors. Juicy grapefruit and crunchy shaved fennel are arranged overtop a bed of vibrant butter lettuce.

French Toast Muffins

Serve these pretty French toast muffins as a starter, as part of the main course, or as a sweet ending to your special gathering.