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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sweet Potato Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese

Sweet Potato Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese
Sweet Potato Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese
It's been way too long since I've posted a new pizza or flatbread recipe on The Sweets Life. In fact, a quick dig through the archives showed that it's been almost a year...the last flatbread posted was this Bacon Apple Butter Flatbread with Caramelized Onions and Gouda. Pizza's on the menu at least once a month around here, but it's usually a "whatever's in the fridge and can be put on a pizza" type meal, which isn't usually blog-worthy.
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This flatbread, on the other hand, is definitely blog-worthy! Inspiration came from Martha Stewart, but I opted to use sweet potato instead of a Yukon gold. The best part of this flatbread was how crispy the crust was. Usually when I make pizza at home, I pre-bake the crust, but only at a temperature of 400F. Little did I know, the secret for the best, crispiest crust lie in a 500F oven!! From here out on I'll bake my pizza at a much hotter temperature! 
Sweet Potato Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese
The toppings were simple, but satisfying...and not to mention pretty! Skip the red pepper flakes if you have picky palates, but I liked the tiny bit of heat it added to the freshness that the asparagus and sweet potato contribute. Be sure and give this a try while asparagus is in its prime!
Sweet Potato Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese

One Year Ago: Avocado Egg Salad and Monster Cookies
Two Years Ago: Brownie Macadamia White Chocolate Cookies 
Three Years Ago: Mini Truffle Tarts and Open-Faced Teriyaki Chicken Burgers
Four Years Ago: Lemon Bulgur Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Berry Compote

lemon cornmeal waffles with berry compote
Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Berry Compote
We’ve been fortunate to have a pretty good sleeper on our hands. By four weeks, Brecken had already slept through the night a handful of times and even when she didn’t, I was only up with her once a night for a brief wakeup and feed. However, one Friday evening we found ourselves in a bit of a baby sleep hell. For whatever reason, our sweet baby decided she’d rather spend the night screaming and there was nothing we could do to soothe her for more than a few minutes.
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Our friends Paige and Zach were in town and I had planned to make breakfast for everyone, but by morning I could do nothing more than sit on the couch in a daze, cuddle Brecken (who was suddenly calm again), and chug coffee by the mugful. Thankfully Ryan got busy in the kitchen, whipping up these lemon cornmeal waffles. I don’t know if it was the extreme sleep deprivation or the fact that I was served breakfast and didn’t have to lift a finger, but these tasted like pure sunshine to me that morning. Breakfasts are typically pretty basic in our house, so it felt like a fun luxury to have something as fancy as these, which look, sound, and taste like they belong on a restaurant menu!

Skip the maple syrup and opt for making the fruit compote to top the waffles along with Greek yogurt. I think you’ll love this Spring breakfast as much as we did!

One Year Ago: Onion Focaccia
Two Years Ago: Banana Nut Bread Waffles and Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Poppy Seed Streusel
Three Years Ago: Peanut Butter Milky Way Blondie Cups and Mango Chicken
Four Years Ago: Broccoli Mushroom Almond Chicken and Panzanella Caprese