Here’s another great morning dish that can be prepped the night before and cooked in the morning, or even cooked the night before and served at room temperature A frittata is basically a crustless quiche with endless variations; you can choose any combination of vegetables, cheese, and herbs that appeals to you. If you’re watching your carbs, you can leave out the bread.

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Cranberry Coffee Cake

From the first time I made this seasonal rendition of a classic coffee cake, I have been eating far too much of it. It’s especially hard to resist when it’s war, when it’s cooling… and when it’s cold. There’s something about the addition of fresh cranberries that makes it special, but you can substitute blueberries or even leave them out entirely (and cut 10 minutes off the cooking time).

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Swedish Pancakes

I like to have my friends test prospective recipes, particularly on their unsuspecting children; kids often seem more open-minded when the recipe isn’t part of their own family’s repertoire. Twelve-year-old Charlie Steinberg isn’t exactly known for his eating prowess, but I had a good feeling about these pancakes. I told him I really wanted him to be honest and that he needn’t worry about my feelings if he didn’t like them. He was adamant. “I swear,” he proclaimed. “I love them. They’re even better than Grandma’s and hers are the best in Vermont.”

Serves 4 to 6.

6 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for cooking
Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

1. Place the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix well. Add the milk, melted butter, and salt and mix well. Add the flour and stir well until it forms a smooth batter.

2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently add the whites to the flour mixture.

3. Place a large cast-iron skillet or flat griddle over medium heat and when it is hot, add the butter. Place a drop of water on the pan and when it sizzles, pour tablespoons of the batter on the skillet and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 3 to 5 minutes total. Keep pancakes warm in a 200-degree oven until all pancakes are finished.

4. Sprinkle with lots of confectioners’ sugar and serve.

From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)


These craggy biscuits are equally at home on the dinner table (particularly with stews) or at breakfast (served with Flavored Butters). Either way, if you eat them as soon as they come out of the oven (which is when they’re at their finest), be prepared to eat too many. And don’t be tempted to shape these: they’re best when handled as little as possible.

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