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The Cookstr Weekly: Breakfast in Bed

February 10, 2014

Valentine’s Day can be a real bummer for food lovers: overpriced prix fixe menus and crowded restaurants, boxes of mediocre chocolate, and those chalky (although mysteriously addictive) candy hearts spring to mind. One way to get around that is to make breakfast the starring meal. Whether you have time for a bit of a leisurely breakfast in bed on the holiday itself, or you want to be ready to have that gift of IOU coupons cashed in, here are ten recipes for breakfasts that you’ll fall in love with.

Some of these recipes take two hours and others twenty minutes. Some are spicy and savory and others do a great job re-imagining breakfast as dessert. You’ll find something here to start the day right. No heart-shaped egg molds necessary.

Kara Rota
Editorial Director
Cookstr

Banana Pancakes
  by Jamie Oliver 

The trick to really stellar banana pancakes lies in the way bananas caramelize perfectly in butter and sugar. The little brown crispy bits are the best part. Jamie achieves a transcendent level of fluffiness in these airy pancakes by separating the eggs and whisking the whites. Serving these with créme fraîche rather than whipped cream adds a little sophistication and luscious tang. Served on a tray with some good coffee, these promise a spectacular start to the day.

More Breakfast Recipes from Cookstr

Breakfast Panzanola by Michael Chiarello
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Cinnamon Rolls by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds
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Breakfast Bread Pudding by Robin Robertson
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Gracie’s Make-Ahead Baked French Toast by Linda and Martha Greenlaw
  by Lorna Yee and Ali Basye 

This recipe is incredibly dear to me, because it was my first award-winning dish. A couple of years ago, over a hundred people in Seattle attended a charity event in which sixteen chefs competed against one another for the title of “Best Mac-and-Cheese.” Being by far the youngest and least experienced entrant, I was overjoyed when I won. This mac-and-cheese is packed with bacon, fresh herbs, a blend of four cheeses, and a crispy crumb topping. I hope this is a dish you’ll share as often as my husband and I do.” 

– Lorna Yee 
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