RECIPE: THE LATEST COFFEE OBSESSION IS BANANA MILK COFFEE!

This is the newest coffee craze straight out of Brooklyn !#BananaMilkCoffee... Who knew? It is so rich and creamy-I love it! It isn't overly sweet or overly 'banana' either. And the perfect way to use that banana about to go bad. I used to have a smoothie with a banana in it for breakfast. Now, I put the frozen banana in my coffee and cut back on calories... You're going to want to try this! Bye, bye Latte!

You can add some different spices to it, if you want. I added some spice infused simple syrup and it was even better.

ICED BANANA MILK COFFEE

INGREDIENTS
1 mug of your favorite cold brew coffee or very strong brewed coffee ( I used Community Coffee Cafe Special), chilled with ice
1/2 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tablespoon simple syrup ( make sweeter if you want)

DIRECTIONS:

Chill the coffee with ice cubes if you are using brewed coffee. (Make your coffee stronger than normal.)

Whip the banana, milk and simple syrup together using an immersion blender or blender to create a frappe' or to a frothy consistency. Pour over the iced coffee. That's it! (Took me 2 minutes- but I always have frozen bananas in the freezer.)

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RECIPE: THREE CHEESE GRITS (SO EASY!)

Do you need something quick, easy, and comforting for breakfast or brunch during the holidays? This super fast grits recipe is perfect for Christmas morning or any holiday brunch because it's not only delicious, it's quick to fix and affordable, too.

I call these my 3G Grits; it is the Gouda, Gruyere, and Goat cheeses that take these grits from everyday to gourmet. You can use whatever combo of cheeses you have... it is the perfect way to use the leftover cheese you have hanging around in the fridge.

three cheese grits

THREE CHEESE GRITS

INGREDIENTS

2 cups quick cooking grits or stone-ground grits; cooked to package instructions

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup Gouda, coarsely grated

1/2 cup Gruyere, coarsely grated

1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Smoked paprika (optional, to lightly sprinkle on top)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Generously butter a shallow baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Make grits according to package directions. Stir in butter, heavy cream as the grits are almost done. Add the peppers, and stir in the cheeses, reserving a bit of each for the top. Stir until the cheese is almost completely melted and pour into the buttered dish.

Bake at 425 for 12 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately.

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RECIPE: MARTIE'S MINI PARTY FRITTATAS- PERFECT FOR BRUNCH!

I love to make frittatas. Basically, a frittata is like a big baked egg stuffed with deliciousness... and almost anything can go in a frittata. I like to make them on a Sunday night to use up whatever I have leftover in the fridge. This mini version is perfect for any get-together: Breakfast for the kids after a sleep-over, brunch with the neighbors, a bridal brunch paired with a delicious salad, and even a quick supper. Here's a basic mini frittata recipe that you can add your favorites to: Asparagus, corn, tomatoes, onion... just about any combo tastes good baked in eggs.

How to make miini frittatas recipe Martie Duncan

MINI PARTY FRITTATAS

Makes 2 dozen

INGREDIENTS

8 eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1 cup fully cooked ham or Canadian bacon, chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or more to your taste

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

pinch of Cayenne pepper (or dash of Tabasco)

1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2 mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, add the eggs. Whisk with a fork just slightly to break them up. Add the milk, salt, and peppers and whisk for a minute more to combine. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Fill the cups 3/4 full. Bake 8 minutes or until they puff up and become set in the middle. Serve warm.

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