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Cherry Almond Egg Cream with Homemade Cherry Syrup

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When cherry season rolls around, I tend to overdo it at the Farmers’ Market.  One box turns into three, and while I have the best intentions of eating them all, that rarely happens.  So, when I was looking for a way to use some of this year’s excess, I stumbled upon this homemade syrup recipe from The Kitchn.  As the title says, the best part about it is that there is no pitting required!  Save for removing the stems, you can throw your cherries in whole with some sugar, and after a few minutes and a pass through a strainer, you’ll have a beautiful deep, dark liquid to use in a number of ways.  I tweaked the ingredient list here by adding a drop of almond extract, and by swapping coconut sugar in for white to give the syrup a richer flavor.

A jar of this will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, so feel free to go crazy adding it to everything…cocktails, ice cream, breakfast fare (French toast, pancakes and waffles would all be good choices!).  I decided to make an egg cream with it, ala my Great Uncle Stanley from Brooklyn – who was infamous for whipping these up!  Egg creams are traditionally made with milk (I used almond, but regular milk, cashew, coconut, soy, etc. will all work.), seltzer and either chocolate or vanilla syrup, but when you have a cherry version hanging around, why use anything else!?!

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Strawberry Coconut Cream Smoothie Bowls with Coconut-Oil Granola

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Can I please tell you guys how much I love this post!?!

This was one of those occasions where a recipe turned out perfectly, the light was just right for photos {I actually shot this in Upstate NY where the struggle is REAL, but I am learning that even in sunshine-y FL, winter light can be challenging!}, and the whole thing was pink, so there’s that.  If you do any kind of food blogging, I think you can feel me on those first two points; the third is more personal preference, of course : )

 

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As for the actual food, this is a cross between a smoothie and a yogurt-type “bowl”.  I made it using coconut cream, which is created when four parts shredded coconut meat are simmered together with one part water {Thanks the kitchn ; )}.  You can buy it in a can at Trader Joe’s, or find it at your local grocery store – usually in the International aisle.  Fun Fact:  The thick cream that rises to the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk is the same thing, so you could use that here, too {~ Just separate it from the liquid.}!

The granola meanwhile, is a mainstay snack in my family.  I brought it along with me for the trip down here – and while I wish I could say it saved me from airport junk food during our 3-hour layover – it did not {Total fail!}, but it did make for a nice breakfast the following day.  I think it would be equally as nice on Valentine’s Day, too : )  XX

 

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Stuffing Waffles with Chia Cranberry Sauce and Gravy…or Syrup

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So this happened…!

Let me set the stage for you:  A few months back, I ate at funk ‘n waffles, a dive {The place even appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!} in Syracuse.  I had the Chicken and Waffles with ‘Hot Sauce Syrup’ which inspired the topping in this post, and the Jive Turkey – essentially a waffled take on Thanksgiving dinner; both were so good.  I actually should have made it clear that I shared all of that because as much as I love to eat, that was certainly a mound of food, for two people even!

The “Jive” got me thinking about how I could recreate something similar at home.  Sneaks and I started recipe testing a few weeks ago.  The little man was especially involved in this one because my waffle maker sets off a beeping sound when it gets hot, and he was most definitely not a fan!  Like, he went bonkers barking and running and tumbling {I think I saw a legitimate somersault at one point!} all over the house.  Between the beeping and his antics, our neighbors must have guessed that we were up to something over here!  In addition to all of the noise, it was 80 degrees outside when we made our first attempt, and just not feeling very holiday-like for this Northern girl.  So, meh.  Try, try, try again.  I am proud to say that after a few more attempts though – and one photo shoot that was botched when my helper {Ahem, Sneaks…} decided to taste-test without asking – we got it down!

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