Chard, Mushroom and Burrata Calzones

Chard, Mushroom and Burrata Calzones | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Here I am with the burrata again. It’s like when I discovered browned butter, and didn’t understand why I would ever make anything with regular melted butter again.

When burrata (fresh mozzarella stuffed with mozzarella shreds SOAKED IN CREAM) sits next to the plain old fresh mozzarella on the shelf? I’m going burrata all the way, baby.
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Quick(er) Whole Wheat Bread Bowls

Quick Whole Wheat Bread Bowls | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Ryan’s a man with simple food needs. When I feel stumped on new recipes, and ask him what I should make, his normal response is, “Make a stuffed something.” He likes food inside of food.

Last Saturday my very favorite person, this stuffed-food lover, turned 30. To celebrate this new decade, we went to his dad’s house in southwest Wisconsin for a weekend of slowing down, playing fetch with Teia in the wide open (WOW it’s funny how fast those tiny legs can go), and, for me, making some of Ryan’s favorite things.
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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Salted Coconut Oil Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Salted Coconut Oil Frosting | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Despite the recent surge of fall-ish recipes on my blog, I’m still in denial about this changing season thing. Although I usually love fall, I’m having to kind of force myself into embracing it. I could use another month or so of summer before the beginning of the end of the outside time.
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Maple Chai Spice Pancakes

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I’ve had a rather large stack of maple chai spice pancakes for breakfast every day for the past 5 days, and you know what? I’m not sick of them because they are THAT GOOD.

They were all leftover from last Saturday and Sunday when I tested this recipe like a crazy person.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.comMaple Chai Spice Pancakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I should know by now that when I set out to test a new pancake recipe it’s going to be a lengthy process. They’re just so finicky with their fluffy vs. thick vs. cakey ratios that you need to get just right, while ensuring they aren’t doughy, because gross…and THEN there’s the part of me that refuses to make pancakes that aren’t 100% whole wheat unless it’s a special occasion.

So now we have a goal of thick, fluffy, non-doughy pancakes that are 100% whole wheat and also contain no eggs, because I have a real-deal aversion to eggs lately.

I’m exhausting. Ryan’s a patient man.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

So anywho, this recipe took 5 tries to get just right, but I think I did it!…and just in time for the cooler air this weekend (at least in MN, that is). These cakes are fluffy, sweet, nutty, and full of those chai spices that warm my autumn-loving heart.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I recommend you sleep in, wear your pajamas and slippers for far too long, mix some cinnamon into your coffee grounds before brewing, and then whip up a batch of your own maple chai spice pancakes, because it’s September and that is just what we do.
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