Apricot Breakfast Crisp

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apricot breakfast crisp

When it comes to breakfast items, I am more of an eggs and potatoes gal not so much a baked good or granola with yogurt lover. However, this apricot breakfast crisp from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook caught my eye over the weekend and I knew it was something I needed to try out immediately. Doesn’t hurt that apricots from the farmers market have been amazing the past few weeks or that I wanted to try the goat’s milk yogurt from The Shepherd’s Gate.  Well everyone, all I have to say is I don’t want to eat anything else for breakfast besides this.  Also, how was I not aware of the wonder that is having crisp cold and that it doesn’t only need to be served piping hot out of the oven? I have A LOT of missed cold crisp to catch up on so without further ado, here’s the recipe, and I’m off to enjoy another serving.  Continue reading


Americana Inspired Eats

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Boston showing love.

Here at CWDD, we love all things American flag: running shorts, tank tops, the flag itself, and of course recipes that involve making delicious foods that look like the American flag.

Liz and I both spend a lot of our free time researching recipes, maybe too much time. We love a good challenging recipe that is also very eye-catching. The recipes that we have tried below hit both of those marks right on target.

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Orzo Chicken Salad

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orzo chicken salad

Here we are, the week after the 4th of July, wondering how it’s already July and the summer is half over. I know I am.  Well cheer up, there is still lots of summer to enjoy and now you have a great pasta salad recipe to try out that isn’t like a normal pasta salad.  I love orzo and Whole Foods sells a really great orzo salad that costs about an arm and a leg just for a small amount so I like to make this instead.  This is a great during the week lunch recipe as it gets better the longer all the flavors have time to mix together in the fridge.  Disclaimer: it is hard not to keep going back for more, so stay strong and away from the fridge if you want to have leftovers!

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Vegetarian Grilling Menu

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A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend at that place above with several friends. Had a great weekend watching two friends complete a triathlon and walking around a lovely beach town, but best of all got to cook for multiple friends and use a grill. I without a doubt miss Southern summer evenings trying to get something on the grill before the evening’s thunderstorm comes rolling in and getting to try out different marinades. So as soon as I found out our rental house had a grill we could use, I knew I would be taking advantage of it. And since it is less than a week till the 4th of July, perfect time for me to post my grilling for vegetarians menu!

Vegetarian Grilling Menu

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Zucchini, Summer Squash & Bell Pepper Kebabs

Corn on the Cob

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

Fresh tomato sauce

Fresh tomato sauce

One of my favorite cooking things to do is make a big batch of something I can then freeze individually to throw into recipes whenever I feel like it. Broths, sauces, you name it, I probably have it in my freezer.  I find tomato sauce to be a great freezer staple and is something you can have simmering away on the stove while you do other stuff around the house.  The real key to a great tomato sauce, according to this Irish gal, is using a mix of canned San Marzano tomatoes and fresh tomatoes. Continue reading

Pancake Stack-ups

WOW! That is all we can say after this first week of blogging. We cannot put into words how wonderful y’all are and how truly grateful we are for all the amazing feedback. Please let us know if you make a recipe, we want to see your pics! So, use #CWDD on Instagram or Twitter so we can see them. You can even email us (champagnewishesdishes@gmail.com) with your pics, ideas, etc. We can’t wait to see them!

Now onto why you are really here, you want a recipe to try this weekend.

In our opinion, weekends are for brunching. Whether that means going out or spending time making brunch at home, we are all for it. Pancakes are amazing but what really makes them an impressive brunch dish is when you add something fancy to them. Continue reading

Roasted Dijon Potatoes with Spinach & Basil Pesto

Roasted Dijon Potatoes with Spinach & Basil Pesto

Recently I watched an episode of Giada at Home where she made her grandfather’s favorite recipes while her Aunt Raffy complained the whole time that she was doing them wrong.  GREAT EPISODE. Anyway, I got really inspired by all of them and have been making some dishes loosely based off Grandpa Dino’s favs.  Inspiration for this one found here.

A heat wave started in Boston today so the last thing I want to do was stand over a stove and make dinner, a light salad with some homemade pesto sounded perfect.  The dijon roasted potatoes, cooked in my toaster oven, added a nice crunch and spice.  I made my pesto with spinach as well as basil because I love spinach and can’t get enough greens but you are more than welcome to only use basil.  Also, no nuts or cheese found in this pesto because that would have required me buying them. Continue reading