As the season turns to sunnier days and the call of fresh produce stalls and farmers’ markets rise once again in the air, I’m inspired to clean off my countertops, stock the pantry, invest in a couple of new cookbooks, and dedicate whole weekends to the pursuit of culinary adventure.

Culled from the kitchens of our childhoods and the pocketbooks of now, these are some tried and beloved recipes to kickstart any spring/summer morning.

5 O’Clock Muffins – an easy apple muffin recipe intended for Afternoon Tea, but fabulous for breakfast, too.

Agave Beer Bread – the perfect winter treat, and a foolproof bread recipe. A true one-hour wonder!

Almond Pear Hostess Tart – a simple tart with a hidden under-layer of yummy almond paste!

Apple Streudel Muffins – a hearty, chunky apple muffin with soul.

Baked Berry Challah French Toast – an overnight french toast with an oatmeal crumb topping.

Baked Blueberry French Toast – a twist on the traditional french toast recipe; an overnight recipe that takes just minutes in the morning.

Banana Peach Bread – a tea-time bread meant to reassure and soothe.

Basic Breakfast Biscuit – a butter-less, foolproof recipe for drop biscuits (no shaping necessary!)

Basic Frittata – if you’re cleaning out your fridge and need something scrumptious to do with those eggs and veggies, this is the way to go.

Basic Granola Cookiesthe gateway cookie to greater granola adventures.

Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ever. – perhaps a bit of self-congratulatory hyperbole on my part, but these cookies are amazingly moist, divine, and oh! scrumptious.

Blake’s Mom’s Muffins – an easy-to-adapt muffin recipe with whole wheat flour, fruit, and applesauce.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffinsa breakfast muffin with soul.

Blueberry Pancakes, Summer Style – less sharp than sourdough, yet moist in the way that a good muffin is moist, these winners have enough substance to hold a significant load of maple syrup and butter.

Blueberry-Peach Crumble – a quick, deliciously rumpled use of your lying-about peaches and blueberries.

Caramal Challah Pudding – adapted from Nigella Lawson’s recipe; and really, she says it best.

Cherry Peach Muffins – a tale of unlikely partners, joined together in one luscious muffin.

Cranberry Pecan Scones – along with the heavy, dense, butteriness of scones, these babies pack in a good bit of wallop with the tartness of the cranberries.

Fire Escape Sun Tea – an easy-to-tend recipe for iced tea.

Jam-Filled Baked Pears – a no-nonsense baked pear recipe.

Kale and Haloumi Savory Pie – an easy savory pie with a parmesan pastry crust.

Lemon Blueberry Bread – a light summery treat that packs a zesty punch.

Lemon Curd Ricotta Scones – earthy, light scones to accompany the best of teatimes.

Lemon Ricotta Fig Tart – a surprisingly crisp summer tart with a decorative fig topping.

My Daddy’s French Toast – exactly what it sounds like; made with TLC and a whole lotta love.

Pumpkin Butter – brilliant pairing for the apple streudel muffins!

Pumpkin Butter Muffins – a seasonal treat for the senses.

Pumpkin Scones – an easy-does-it recipe for a basic spring/autumn scone. Perfect for lite dinner, too.

Pumpkin Surprise Tart – a perfect autumn treat, with a surprise ingredient to tempt you into a second helping!

Sassy Savory Broccoli Muffins – a muffin with a secret.

The Second-Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ever. – delightfully moist, these cookies are made with olive oil…and orange zest!

Simple, Succulent Scones – a blueberry and vanilla yogurt recipe that’s fool-proof and quick.

Strawberry-Raspberry Cave Pies – palm-sized treats made to fit a blanket fort or cave.

(Til Next We Meet) Peach Tart – a hands-on sweet pastry dough tart filled with peaches and reminisces.

Ultimate Blackberry Muffinsnot too sweet, but with a beautiful berry core, these are perfect for breakfast or any tea-time snack.

“Whuh-Oh Wow” Fudge + Agave-Balsamic Syrup – complement your spicy fudge with a sweet, tangy balsamic-agave syrup that soothes while it intensifies.


Got a brunch recipe you think we should try out? Know some good substitutes or alternate ingredients for recipes we’ve already featured? Then let us know! We’ll make you a gastronomical star; but most importantly, we’ll cherish your recipe forever.