This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for french toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

Eggnog French Toast with Cranberry Sauce

This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for french toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

Eggnog French Toast

This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for French toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

I’ve gushed a lot about French toast– and if you think YOU have heard a lot about it, imagine the poor husband.  Plus, he has to EAT it all the time too!  (You no longer feel sorry for him, I know).  At any rate– I think about French toast a lot.  Way more than is healthy.  Recently, while mixing up a batch of eggnog, I thought– “Soaking bread in this would make the best French toast EVER!  It’s thick, it’s creamy, and it would make my favorite breakfast even more ridiculously amazing.”  And, for the record– I was right.  Use your leftover eggnog (or whip up a fresh batch!) and make this Eggnog French Toast with Cranberry Sauce for a decadently rich winter breakfast.

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Apple French Toast Bake with Raisins, Dates, and Pecans - An easy, vegetarian breakfast bake!

Apple French Toast Bake

Apple French Toast Bake with Raisins, Dates, and Pecans - An easy, vegetarian breakfast bake!

Apple French Toast Bake

This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples– cooked down and softened into a chunky applesauce– dried dates, raisins, nuts, and chunks of French bread all tossed in a custard sauce and baked to perfection.

Have you ever been assigned a food to bring to a party?  As in– handed a recipe and told ‘bring this?’  Awhile back, I was helping organize a brunch party, and that’s exactly what happened.  I was supposed to make a baked pumpkin French toast– and, of course, I did.  As excited as I was to try it, I was a little teensy bit skeptical.  You see, I ADORE French Toast.  I’m convinced (and I’m pretty sure that I’m right) that regular French toast, made with a thick French loaf of bread, is just about the best breakfast on the planet.  How can you improve on perfection?  Why try?  Once the smell of baked fall yumminess started wafting through my entire apartment, however, I was sold.  I immediately decided that baked French toast was brilliant– and then promptly forgot all about it.  Recently, however, with the fall air returning and gorgeous seasonal apples showing up in the stores– I remembered the tasty baked breakfast, and decided to make an apple-icious version.  This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples– cooked, seasoned, and mashed into a chunky applesauce– as well as dried dates, raisins, nuts, chunks of French bread, and a custard sauce.

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Savory Rosemary Apple Crêpes- A quick and easy lunch

Rosemary Apple Crêpes

Savory Rosemary Apple Crêpes- A quick and easy lunch

Rosemary Apple Crêpes

These Rosemary Apple Crêpes are light, delicious, and perfect for lunch.  Simply stuff one French Crêpe with apple slices, cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary, and then lightly grill.

It’s no secret that I love crêpes– I crave them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even for snacks in between!  If you’ve kept up with Champagne Tastes over the last few months, you know that I’ve been on a crêpe-binge– a crêpe-stravaganza— and have filled your phone screens and work computers with all things crêpe.  You’re welcome.  Let’s do this again, shall we?  Today– Rosemary Apple Crêpes– another simple and delicious way to fill your French Crêpes.

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Easy, Fluffy, Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles

Easy, Fluffy, Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

These easy-to-prepare Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles are light, fluffy, crispy, and delicious, and are ready in about 30 minutes.  This post is sponsored by Cuisinart, and features their counterspace friendly (and amazing!) Vertical Waffle Iron.

Do you have favorite breakfast for lazy mornings?  An indulgent, decadent way to start your weekend?  The husband is a pancake fan, and of course, you know I love French Toast.  However, there’s a special place in my breakfast-loving heart for waffles.  And not just any waffles, I want the pinnacle of waffles– the crowning glory of waffledom– the fluffy, crisp, and enormous Belgian Waffle.  These Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles are full of the rich, nutty flavor from coconut milk, coconut oil, and of course– shredded coconut.  Best of all, they’re ready in about 30 minutes.

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Cooking 101: How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

Cooking 101: Chocolate Crêpes

Cooking 101: How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

This easy how-to will help you make delicious, light Chocolate Crêpes with just a few steps.  Eat these on their own, or use them in decadent breakfasts and desserts.

What single ingredient makes almost everything better?  Stumped?!  No– you aren’t!  You know! Of course you know!  It’s brussels sprouts… (pause)… I’m just kidding, guys– it’s obviously chocolate.   You know it’s true– Cake is good.  Chocolate cake is excellent.  Coffee is a morning staple, but add in some chocolate for a mocha, and you have a steaming cup of delicious extravagance.  I could go on, but you don’t need to be convinced, do you?  It’s only natural, therefore, that when I found myself devouring crêpe after crêpe, that I couldn’t help wishing they were chocolate.  Well, dear reader, here at Champagne Tastes, I don’t just ‘wish’ something had chocolate– I make it chocolate!  These Chocolate Crêpes are simple to prepare, delicious, and perfect for both breakfast and dessert.

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These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone-ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep.  Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.  Or all of the above!

Do you love grits?  Personally, I adore grits, and would be happy eating them at any time of day.  I have a special place in my heart, however, for grits that are ready for me to eat when I wake up in the morning.  (Who am I kidding?  I love any food that’s ready for me when I wake up!)  Sometimes this happens when the husband takes pity on my pitiful, sleepy self, and makes breakfast for me.  Other times, however, it happens when I throw (literally– THROW!) food into the slow cooker before bed.  (Okay, you’re on to me.  I’m not nearly coordinated enough to ‘throw’ food… I ‘pour’ it).
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Pumpkin Spice Latte with REAL Pumpkin. Ready in 15 minutes, or Prep the pumpkin puree the night before, and it's ready in 5 minutes!

Pumpkin Spice Latte with Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Spice Latte with REAL Pumpkin. Ready in 15 minutes, or Prep the pumpkin puree the night before, and it's ready in 5 minutes!

Pumpkin Spice Latte with Real Pumpkin

This vegan-friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with spiced, lightly sweetened REAL pumpkin, steamed milk (or coconut milk), and espresso.

Does anything scream “Fall!” more than the Pumpkin Spice Latte?  Well yes, probably.  The mornings get chillier, the leaves start to turn, and we all start scrambling to remember where we stored warmer clothes (or is that just me?)  Pumpkins and other squash begin proudly flaunting their brightly colored skins, daring us to take them home and devour them.  And of course, I do.

The other, albeit unofficial, start to delicious autumn goodness is when Starbucks begins selling its Pumpkin Spice Latte.  At $5-$6 a cup, however, it’s a pricey habit to maintain.  Even if you have the cash to guzzle down one of these spiced coffee drinks daily, the chemical flavoring and excessive sweetness mean that this drink isn’t exactly the healthiest option.  Instead, try this recipe for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte with REAL pumpkin.  Making this latte is quick– the most time-consuming, 10 minute part of the recipe can be completed ahead of time, meaning you don’t need to wake up any earlier to enjoy pumpkin deliciousness at home before starting your day.

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Vegetarian Applesauce & Blueberry Crepes - For a delicious, sweet yet healthy treat, or a decadent breakfast

Applesauce and Blueberry Crêpes

Vegetarian Applesauce & Blueberry Crêpes - For a delicious, sweet yet healthy treat, or a decadent breakfast

Applesauce Crepes with Blueberries

These Applesauce & Blueberry Crêpes are stuffed with homemade applesauce spiced with cardamom, and topped with warm, delicious blueberries that have been heated until they burst.

Can I tell you something shocking?  Here it is– Up until recently, I’d forgotten about crêpes.  I hadn’t forgotten they existed, of course, but it had been a couple years since I gleefully devoured a French crêpe.  And, let me just tell you, I love, love, love crêpes.  I love them so much, that I briefly considered making a mille-crêpe cake for my wedding.  Even so, I’d forgotten about my love for these über-thin French pancakes.  Recently, however, while on our epic, cross-country expedition, the husband and I stopped at Michael’s Corner, a French creperie in Durango, Colorado.  While I dug into the creperie’s ridiculously fabulous food, I cried, “We have to move here so I can eat these every day!”  Next, I decided that even if we did move to Durango for the crêpes, I probably couldn’t afford to eat out EVERY day.  When I got home, I dusted off my crêpe pan, and started cooking.
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This easy how-to is a step-by-step tutorial on making French Crêpes

Cooking 101: French Crêpes

This easy how-to is a step-by-step tutorial on making French Crêpes

How to Make French Crepes

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

If you find yourself impersonating the fabulous Julia Child while declaring, “Bon Appétit!” before a meal, you aren’t alone.  (Or maybe no one else does this?  I’m sure I can’t be the only one.  I also like to take selfies with cardboard Julia at the Smithsonian,* so maybe it really is just me.)   Whether or not you’re a Julia-fan, you should at least be aware that, if you’re looking for a basic, go-to, will-not-fail French recipe– she’s your gal.  Her recipes have never failed me, and are always delicious.  Her recipe for basic French Crêpes is easy to follow, and is sure to leave you with a stack of delicious, ultra-thin French pancakes.

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Easy Power Muesli- Vegan and Ready in Minutes!

Glamping: Easy Power Muesli

Easy Power Muesli- Vegan and Ready in Minutes!

Easy Power Muesli

 “Glamping”– or, Glamour Camping– is the perfect way to enjoy time ‘with nature,’ while still feeling happy and full at the end of the day.  This series of “Glamping” recipes will focus on cooking outdoors, with recipes as exciting and fulfilling as your camping trip.  

What’s the fastest breakfast ever?  Cereal!!! It is a rare day, however, when I start my morning with a bowl of my beloved Cheerios.  Why?  You probably already know why– it’s the classic breakfast cereal conundrum.  Either I eat a bowl packed full of what is surely three, maybe four, ‘suggested servings’ of cereal, or I’m hungry again 30 minutes after I eat.  Some days, I could even eat four servings of cereal and STILL be hungry 30 minutes later.  It’s a problem.  However, when I was packing food for our cross-country, hiking and driving extravaganza, cereal just seemed like such a ridiculously easy meal that I couldn’t skip it.  The husband suggested muesli as a healthier, more filling cereal option, I put it on my grocery list… and then I couldn’t find it.  Anywhere.  I searched high and low, store after store, and guess what?  Still no muesli.  (On a side note, as soon as we came home, I found muesli everywhere).  Since I couldn’t find any pre-made, we made our own.  Once I realized how easy it is to mix together, I was happy we made our own and chose all our own ingredients.  This Easy Power Muesli is vegan, protein packed,* and a fabulous pre-hike breakfast.

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