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Miso Oat Porridge

Miso Oat Porridge

My sweet tooth doesn’t generally kick in until after breakfast. Unless we’re talking homemade apple pie, I’d rather save the sweet stuff for lunch or dinnertime. This goes not just for crappy sugary cereals, but pancakes and waffles too.

Don’t go all Amanda Bynes on me. I promise you, I do love a big stack of blueberry pancakes fresh off the griddle. However, unless it’s a lazy, off-work morning and nearing close to lunchtime, I usually want to wake up to savory, not sweet.

Miso Oat Porridge

I’ve been seeing a lot of savory takes on oatmeal lately, and given my typical morning temperament, I decided to give one a chance. I chose a recipe from 101 Cookbooks, a blog I’ve been following for quite some time now. The recipes you’ll find there are generally simple but elegant, and always make me want to dive in.

This particular recipe calls for just four ingredients, along with a handful of your chosen toppings. As simple as it is, it really reinvents a morning bowl of oats. Toasty, and slightly salty from the miso, the bowl really becomes what you decide to chop up and throw on top of it.


Funny how just a few posts ago I was pleading for help on what to do with radishes. Now I’m eating them for breakfast.

For this, I went with some fresh herbs and minced onion to compliment the miso, and thinly sliced radishes to add a bite to the subtle, sweet flavor of the butter. Delish. I felt great after eating this, and will be adding it to my morning rotation, radishes and all.

Have you tried any interesting versions of savory oatmeal? I’d love to hear about them!

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Chocolate Pecan Nutella Thumbprints

When it comes to Christmas cookies, I tend to stick to a handful of childhood classics every year. Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies, I could do without. But almond balls and my mom’s Kris Kringles, those are mandatory staples. However, this year I’ve stumbled upon one more cookie recipe that might be a mandatory addition to my annual holiday cookie repertoire – these Chocolate Pecan Nutella Thumbprints.

The sister of my brother-in-law made these for a cookie swap, and ever since my mom got a taste of one, she’d been raving about them. My mom’s a chocoholic, but she’s particular when it comes to dessert. I knew if these cookies passed her shrewd chocolate test in order to make a lasting impression, they had to be stellar. And stellar they were when I finally got my hands on the recipe so that I could pop these out of my own oven.

There’s still time to make these before New Years. It’s a holiday excuse to get baking for your friends that you really shouldn’t pass up, especially when this recipe is yet to be made. These are an absolute must. Intensely chocolatey and almost fudgy like a brownie, I almost ate my age in these thumbprints over the days leading up to Christmas. The Nutella makes them all that much more decadent, and of course irresistibly delicious.

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