Chocolate Toffee Scones & a Trip to In N Out

Throw all the ingredients in a food processor and make these quick and easy chocolate toffee scones |

I need to tell you about these Chocolate Toffee Scones, but first…

For those of you who live in Southern California and other places which are lucky enough to have In N Out, you know the deal. It’s ALWAYS busy. Before school? Busy. After church? Busy. Christmas Day? Busy. Seriously, Christmas Day? Yes Christmas freaking’ Day! It’s just the way it is. It’s a popular place; an L.A. institution, if you will. But I guess there are some people who just don’t get it. Read More…

5 Things I Love About Avocado Toast

Boost your immune system with Avocado Toast: an easy and healthy breakfast full of Vitamin C, B-6, and natural fiber. |

Is there anything new I can write about Avocado Toast?

Probably not, so I’m just going to write down the Top 5 things I love about it.

1. Easy

Seriously, I can’t think of an easier homemade breakfast. First, you toast bread. Then, you spread avocado and sprinkle stuff on it. Done.

2. Fast

There’s not that much one needs to do to make this breakfast. Refer to the steps written above.


Boost your immune system with Avocado Toast: an easy and healthy breakfast full of Vitamin C, B-6, and natural fiber. |

3. Healthy

Yes , avocado toast is loaded with fat-not the type that gives you a muffin top, but the good kind. Plus, it’s packed with vitamins C and B-6 so your immune system will be all boosted up.

4. Lemons

I love lemons. I love it in my Ginger Lemon Tea, Basil Beerade and especially in my Lemon Velvet Cake. In my opinion, avocado toast ain’t avocado toast unless it has tons of lemon juice; and I thoroughly enjoy the tart and bright flavor it brings.

5. Savory

Most days I want something sweet for breakfast, like a muffin or my absolute favorite, Waffles of Insane Greatness. But sometimes I want something that’s not going to completely spike my blood sugar and make me power-nap ’til lunch. Enter the brilliance of avocado toast.

Boost your immune system with Avocado Toast: an easy and healthy breakfast full of Vitamin C, B-6, and natural fiber. |

What about you? What do you love about avocado toast?


Recipe for Avocado Toast

5 Things I Love About Avocado Toast
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Makes 1 piece of Avocado Toast
Serves: 1
  • 1 slice of bread
  • half of one avocado
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice, lime also works here
  • lemon pepper, or cracked pepper and salt
  1. Double toast your bread. It should be nice and sturdy.
  2. Drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Scoop out avocado meat and mash onto toast.
  4. Spoon lemon juice over mashed avocado.
  5. Hit it with a copious amount of lemon pepper (or freshly cracked pepper and salt).
  6. Enjoy!



Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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I haven’t been making a lot of muffins lately. I suppose it’s because it’s July. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been working on my boozy coffee shakes or perfecting my mad drizzling skills. Eh, the fact of the matter is, it’s all of these things. Plus, the summer heat doesn’t really inspire muffin creation or consumption, in my opinion.

However, while working with Clabber Girl this month, I was given the chance to delve into their extensive recipe catalog and voila: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. It was the best reason to make them and it doesn’t hurt that zucchini is totally in season, right now.

I remember telling my buddy Snuda over a huge plate of truffle fries that I was going to make chocolate zucchini muffins. She made this face as if to say, “What? How does chocolate and zucchini even go together?” I can’t say that I was surprised by her puzzled look because I felt the same way. “Eh, what the hell,” I thought. “At the very least. it will be something I’ve never tried before.”

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After making them I was pleasantly surprised. These chocolate zucchini muffins are not too sweet and totally somewhat healthy for you. If you skip the sprinkled sugar topping they’re even healthier, although not as pretty. I mean, look at that crinkly top!

All in all, they’re great as a quick grab-and-go breakfast or post-workout snack. Consider them Mondo approved.


Recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins slightly adapted from Clabber Girl

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
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Makes 14 muffins
Serves: 14
  • 1½ c. all-purpose white flour
  • ⅔ c. whole wheat flour (or substitute white flour)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar, plus 1½ tbsp. for garnish
  • 3 tbsp. non-alkalized or Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. chocolate chips, divided
  • ⅓ c. canola oil
  • • 2 medium. zucchinis (7-inch long), cut into chunks
  • • ⅓ c. low-fat or non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • • 2 eggs, large
  • • ⅔ c. chopped walnuts
  1. Line standard muffin pan with 12 muffin cup liners or use baking spray to coat pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Place both flours, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder and ½ cup chocolate chips in a food processor. Pulse until chocolate chips are finely ground.
  4. While the processor is running, add canola oil in a low stream.
  5. Scrape sides and pulse until combined.
  6. Place chocolate mixture in a large bowl.
  7. Add chopped zucchini to food processor and pulse until finely chopped (you should have about 1½ cups).
  8. Add zucchini to chocolate mixture.
  9. Place eggs and yogurt in processor and pulse until blended. Add to zucchini/chocolate mixture.
  10. Mix until just combined.
  11. Fold in remaining chocolate chips.
  12. Divide batter among muffin cups until almost full.
  13. Top muffins evenly with 1½ tablespoon of sugar.
  14. Bake in middle rack of oven for 20-24 minutes.
  15. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  16. Keep in airtight container at room temperature for 3 days ( If it's hot the sugar tops may melt a bit).



Baked Maple Bacon Donuts

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Baked Maple Bacon Donuts! These are the donuts people have been talking about for ages. In fact, a buddy of mine asked me to join her at the Glazed Donut Cafe here in L.A.. I said I would once I realized they have a Brown Butter Maple Bacon Donut. I haven’t had a chance to get there yet, but let me tell you something…these bad boys will hold me until I do.

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I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I mean, I love me some bacon and I’ll never say “no” to a donut, but a baked maple bacon donut? I wasn’t too sure. It’s like putting two things together that have no business merging. Let me put it to you like this: cheeseburgers are fantastic and ice cream is to die for, but do you really want two scoops of meat-filled Rocky Road? I didn’t think so.

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On the other hand, what have I got to lose? Worst comes to worst, I’m left with a pile of crispy bacon and six maple glazed donuts.

I think I’ll be alright.


Recipe for Baked Maple Glazed Donuts

Recipe for Cinnamon Donuts slightly adapted from Buns In My Oven

Recipe for Maple Glaze

3/4 c powdered sugar
1 T milk or water
1 T maple syrup

Put powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add maple syrup and milk and whisk to combine. Dip donuts in glaze or spoon over the top. Top donuts with crumbled or chopped bacon. Enjoy!

Baked Maple Bacon Donuts
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Makes 6 donuts
Serves: 6
  • 1 c flour
  • ¼ c plus 2 T white sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ¼ t ground nutmeg
  • ¼ t ground cinnamon
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ c plus 2 T buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ t vanilla
  • 1½ t butter, melted
  • 4-5 strips of bacon, cooked
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease donut pan.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and butter.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
  6. Fill the donut pan and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  8. Glaze and top with crumbled or chopped bacon.



Dark Chocolate Waffles & the Art of Conversation

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I’m a people person.

Man, that sounds corny, but it’s true. I’m one of those people who draws energy from other people. Good lord, I’m starting to sound like someone who worked at the Psychic Friends Network. The truth of the matter is that if you’re sitting next to me at a cafe, I’ll just start talking to you like we’re old friends-I’m that chick. I mean, why not? Spread the joy…that’s my policy.

Usually, when this happens, I meet some interesting people. Or, at least have some fun and airy banter. Our conversation doesn’t have to be anything deep over a hot cuppa and biscotti. Let’s keep it light. Shall we?

And yet…

Sometimes it goes all wrong. On occasion, I choose the worst person with whom to start a chat. You know, that one dude who’s waiting desperately for someone, anyone to say anything to him, but doesn’t understand the art of conversation.

Check it out…

Dave and I went to Starbucks the other day for a coffee and a tea. I was in a mood and just wanted to get out of the house. We grabbed our drinks and sat down next to a guy working on his laptop.

“Let’s be friends.” I said.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me in weeks,” he replied, which of course, made me feel wonderful. I was all set to exchange pleasantries and then this happened.

“Usually, it’s white people telling me to go back to my own country.” Wow, um…that’s a bit much, but ok.

Dave tried to keep it light and said, “We usually try to keep that to ourselves.” Fantastic, I thought. Let’s laugh this away and get to talking about something else.

“I don’t consider you white. You’re too nice to be white.”

Ugh, I had chosen wrong. I chose to sit next to some nut job with an axe to grind. I wanted to scream at him “No! Keep it light, dumbass! You’re supposed to keep it light!” Instead, he unleashed upon us an endless stream of bullshit comprised of titles like Why Siri Sucks and My Healthcare Situation.

I guess I should’ve stayed at home. If I had I could’ve whipped up a batch of waffles and drank my tea in peace.

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Typically, I reach for a golden, crispy waffle, but not today. Today, I took a trip to the dark side.

These dark chocolate waffles are serious…not see-me-after-class serious, but are-you-really-trying to-have-this-for-breakfast serious. The answer is ‘yes’. Yes, I am and I did.

Dark Chocolate Waffles by I bake he shoots: a chocolate alternative for breakfast that's not overly sweet |

The kiddies probably won’t like this one. This breakfast is on the adult-side: super-rich, dark chocolate waffles that aren’t too sweet. Perhaps, that’s why I drizzled them with melted peanut butter. What?

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Don’t wait for a special occasion. Make them today. Invite me over for breakfast and make them for me. If you do, I promise to be on my best behavior…and keep the conversation nice and breezy.


Dark Chocolate Waffles Recipe

Dark Chocolate Waffles Recipe from Bon Appetit

Dark Chocolate Waffles
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Serves: 6
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • Unsalted butter, warm pure maple syrup and peanut butter (for serving)
  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Blend with a fork, then gradually incorporate dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  5. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form.(It took about 6 min)
  6. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  7. Heat a waffle iron until very hot; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
  8. Serve waffles with butter, syrup and peanut butter.