potato+thyme frittata.

i thought you might get a kick out of the behind-the-scenes of this shot here.


and i know i promised you a certain limoncello cupcake recipe, but i wanted to be sure you all knew how to make an easy, tasty frittata to tide yourselves over until then.  😉

i make them differently every time, depending on my mood/ingreds on hand/etc.

this one was particularly tasty!

Potato + Thyme Frittata

[you will need a large, oven-safe skillet]

preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

sautée 4 red potatoes [scrubbed but not peeled], quartered and thinly sliced, in olive oil until tender.

isn’t the word “sautée” such a pretty one?  i love saying “sautée”.


ok, i’m done now.  wait.



while the potatoes are in the skillet [sautéeing], whisk 8 eggs, about 1/4 cup heavy cream [or half & half], several cracks of black pepper, a few generous pinches kosher salt, and the leaves from three sprigs of fresh thyme.

once potatoes are tender, pour egg mixture over the potatoes and let cook for just a minute.

remove from the stovetop and place in the preheated oven.  bake for 15 minutes, or until golden and set.

i loooove to top my frittatas with crumbles of goat cheese and sometimes a drizzle of Sriracha.

frittatas make GREAT leftovers for lunch.  and dinner.  and for a snack in between lunch and dinner.


ok, now i’m really done this time.




delicious kindness

delicious kindness, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

my morning did not go at all as i had planned (not to mention all the kids are home sick and i still don’t feel 100% either AND i have SO MUCH WORK TO DO OMG and this is so NOT the day to NOT HAVE COFFEE).

shortly after sending out my little tweet (aka: COMPLAINING and WHINING and being a BRAT), my doorbell rings, and what do i find? a HOMEMADE caramel latte at my doorstep, left by my lovely friend J.

and i? am undone.
kindness never ceases to blow me away.
especially when it takes such a DELICIOUS form.


thank you, j. ❤

simple things

simple things, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i have found the simplest things in life bring the greatest satisfaction.

this morning, i enjoyed an egg sunny side up with lots of freshly cracked black pepper, whole wheat toast with sweet cream butter, french press, an open window to usher in the beginnings of Autumn and some time with my guitar.

*happy contented sigh*

i hope you find something simple and lovely to enjoy today. you deserve it.


p.s. – my method for eggs sunny side up:

heat a pat of butter in a small skillet over medium high heat.  when sizzling, crack an egg into the pan.  cook for a minute or so until the white solidifies.  toss some kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper over top, and cover with a lid.  fry about 2-3 minutes more until the yolk *just* begins to solidify around the edges, but is “wobbly” in the center.  remove immediately and enjoy.

cinnamon muffins

with a hot cup of french press and one or two of these cinnamon muffins, your morning is guaranteed to be a lovely one…

cinnamon muffins

by iamchanelle.  makes 1 dozen

the addition of a little white whole wheat flour makes these muffins a little nuttier in flavour, which really adds a nice element to all that delicious earthy cinnamon.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk (i used almond milk, yummm)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted (i have tried apple butter here, but found these particular muffins already too heavy, and they did not release well from the wrappers – i recommend good old fashioned butter, if you can. results in a lighter muffin.)
  • 1 cup toasted walnut pieces, optional.
  • cinnamon sugar to top, not optional. 😉

preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
line 1 muffin tin with paper liners.

sift together flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  in a separate bowl, whisk together milk, melted butter and egg.
slowly incorporate into flour mixture, just until moistened.
stir in walnuts, if desired.

scoop into muffin papers, and sprinkle tops liberally with cinnamon sugar.

bake in preheated oven 18-20 minutes, or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

serve warm with a pat of sweet cream butter.

aaaaand, that’s a wrap!
that's a wrap
ba dum psssssshhhhht!
i’m here all week, heh heh….

hope you enjoy this little recipe i created for you.


magical buttermilk pancakes

magical buttermilk pancakes, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.


these are magical.

especially when topped with cinnamon cream syrup.
magical, i tell you.

these are the very same pancakes i told you about before – see how magical they really are? they can be blueberry, or plain, or chocolate chip, or even sprinkled with fairy dust. whatever you want.

Magical Buttermilk Pancakes
makes about 8 smallish pancakes.
i recommend tripling this recipe – these freeze exceptionally well if wrapped securely in plastic wrap (I love using that press&seal stuff).

1 large egg
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons applesauce (or oil. but trust me, you cannot even tell the difference when you use applesauce! try it.)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch kosher salt

* blueberries, chocolate chips, cooked and chopped bacon, etc. optional – about 1 cup.

heat a little butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Beat egg in a large mixing bowl, then incorporate remaining ingredients just until smooth.

ladle about 1/4 cup batter onto skillet and cook about 1 minute before adding any of the optional ingredients (blueberries, choco chips…) over the batter. i just grab a handful and sprinkle over the top.
When edges are golden and cooked through, flip pancake over and cook about a minute more.
Place in a warm oven, on a cooling rack or in your face.

best served with generous pats of sweet butter and cinnamon cream syrup, or real maple syrup. i mean, in my opinion.

hope you enjoy the magic!



THIS JUST IN:, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

my blueberry pancakes are MAGICAL. i am feeling better already.
and you know what that means???? i’ll be back to posting again, woot!!!

we have been insanely sick around here, which would explain the cricket chirping you hear every time you click on my blog…

hang in there with me, and i will share some super delicious recipes with you sooooooooon!  you know i love you.


once upon a lunch

once upon a lunch, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

Once upon a [lunch]time, in a kingdom far far away from some people, and not so far away from others, there lived a girl who was very, very, incredibly, unbelievably hungry. It was nearing twelve noon and she had not yet eaten a morsel of food that day. Famished and weak, she crawled into her kitchen, only to find not much more than a morsel of bread in her pantry. Looking further, she discovered an onion, and a handful of small sweet peppers. Grabbing a few sprigs of fresh thyme, a pat of butter and three eggs, she set to work. Fueled by the promise of nourishment, she thinly sliced the onions and peppers and caramelized them in butter until deep brown and soft.

In a small bowl, she whisked the eggs with a little cream, salt and pepper and cooked them over medium heat in a small skillet as she would an omelet. The aromas filling her kitchen were almost too delicious to bear, but she knew in mere moments her hunger would be satiated. She spread two slices of bread with the last remnants of butter and toasted them until golden. In the final moments of broiling the bread, she flipped one slice over and placed thin pieces of smoked gouda cheese upon it.
At long last, everything was ready to come together. Removing the bread from the oven, she spooned the caramelized onions and peppers on one slice, slid the omelet over the onions, sprinkled with thyme leaves, and placed the last bread slice on the very top.
She then placed the beautiful sandwich on a pretty white plate, made a salad of mixed greens and dressed it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with just a little sprinkling of fleur de sel.
She then searched her kingdom high and low for the perfect backdrop for which she could stage her lunch for all to behold. Taking a few moments to adjust white balance and ISO levels, she photographed her masterpiece over and over again until she took the perfect shot, though she was nearly dead from hunger.

Once satisfied with the finer art of presenting delicious morsels, she TURNED INTO A TERRIBLE OGRE and DEVOURED THE ENTIRE THING.

And she lived happily ever after.