Posts in the category: Breakfast

CSA 2014: Week 10 + Herb Polenta with Summer Squash and Corn Succotash

CSA 2014: Week 10 // Dula Notes

This week I made fattoush, again, because it uses a variety of produce from my CSA. Tomatoes, parsley and lettuce all came from my share and then I grabbed a fragrant bunch of mint from our planter outside. I like to grow mint in the summer for cocktails and smoothies. Just make sure to plant mint by itself because it grows like crazy. My stash of summer squash is growing, so I made my favorite  Summer Squash Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze and sent one loaf to work with Marc that was gobbled up quickly, even though it had some stiff… Continue reading

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup Recipe // @nicoledua

I’m hooked on Gossip Girl. It all started after reading through the latest issue of Vogue magazine peppered with Blake Lively dressed in high-fashion Americana. She’s wrapped in fringe, blankets and leather in breathtaking scenes shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It reminded me that I had missed the boat on Gossip Girl and that it was streaming on Netflix. I am now 2 seasons, dozens of Blair’s headbands, hundreds of Chuck’s quips and endless scandals in and I still can’t wait to sneak in an episode before starting dinner. On Gossip Girl, Rufus Humphrey is known for his waffles. He’s the… Continue reading

Strawberries and Yogurt Brulee

Strawberries and Yogurt Brulee Recipe // Dula Notes

Cindy just had a beautiful baby boy (yay, Cindy!) and while she’s taking care of that precious little guy, she’s asked some blogger friends to guest post. Today on her beautiful blog, Hungry Girl Por Vida, I’m sharing this easy, 4-ingredient recipe for Strawberries and yogurt brûlée! It’s like creme brûlée, but the healthy version! Head over to Hungry Girl Por Vida for the recipe.

Rhubarb Buttermilk Bread

Rhubarb Buttermilk Bread Recipe // Dula Notes

When you’re running or walking for exercise, do you give a smile and wave to passing people? I try to. I grew up in a very friendly community where everyone smiles. Even the people that have run so hard it looks like they might collapse muster a smile. During one of my parents’ visits, my Dad and I took a bike ride and he noticed that not many people acknowledged us on the trail. I had noticed a little, but his comment prompted me to pay a little bit more attention after that. Gathering research for my own amusement, let’s… Continue reading

Kimchi Fried Rice

This post is coming to you a day early because today mark five years of Dula Notes! It’s been one year since the big redesign and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bake-off, too. Which reminds me, I must make those cookies again very, very soon. I did want to take a moment to tell you how grateful I am that you stop by, read, comment, send me emojis on Instagram, make these recipes and generally cheer me on. This blog has become a big part of my life and you make it a happier, more lovely place. You’re the best. Really! While… Continue reading

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts // Dula Notes

It’s just the best coincidence that blood oranges are in season during Valentine’s Day so I can make things pink. One year I made Blood Orange Heart Scones and those are pretty great, but these waffle donuts are my favorite thing right now. They come together quickly and the recipe makes a small batch of 5 to keep your waffle donut crush in check. I wanted to make another batch as soon as I had my last bite, though. Aren’t blood oranges the dreamiest? Sigh. I should have a poster-sized picture of them above my bed. Isn’t everything better in waffle… Continue reading

Vegan Everything Focaccia

Vegan Everything Focaccia Recipe // Dula Notes

For New Year’s Eve, I planned to make rosemary grape focaccia because it was such a hit the last time. I bought the ingredients and was feeling good about that decision when I went to bed, but then I woke up suddently at 4:30 am on NYE day with the idea to make everything focaccia. I tried to go back to bed, telling myself that it would mean another trip to the grocery store. The idea wouldn’t quit, though. As soon as Marc stirred, I asked him in his sleepy state if everything focaccia sounded delicious or if I was crazy.… Continue reading

German Christmas Stollen 2013

German Christmas Stollen 2013 Recipe // Dula Notes

It’s stollen time, again. My Oma made it every year before she passed away and a few years ago, I decided to bring the tradition back to our family. My Oma didn’t have a recipe written down, so I did a lot of research looking at different “old school” German recipes and included the flavors my mom and I prefer, rum and almond. I also didn’t want any artificial ingredients like technicolor cherries. I use a combination of my favorite dried fruits: Thompson raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries and dried currants along with toasted slivered almonds. The dough is barely… Continue reading

Pistachio-Coconut Chai Coffee Cake

I like a little bit of sweet in my day and usually it’s dark chocolate, but sometimes a girl just has to bake. This easy coffee cake has the most beautiful golden brown topping with crunchy bits of pistachio and coconut mingled with fresh spices. It’s the grown up, tastier version of those sad Little Debbie coffee cakes. Remember those? I always felt very adult eating them as a kid, probably because it had the word coffee in it. This kind of cake just makes me smile because it is best shared with a good friend over a hot cup… Continue reading

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter

On Friday night, Marc and I went to my favorite wood-fired pizza place. It sits unassumingly next to the towering yellow awnings of a Buffalo Wild Wings. The parking lot is usually full and because our destination is a small place, I know the majority of those people are eating wings. To each his own, but I like slipping into the pizza place like it’s a secret that only a few of us know. I like to sit up at the 3-person bar and order a glass of their house wine and we split a salad and a pizza. At… Continue reading