Breakfast Specials: Quick Breads and Pastries to Help You Start Your Day

If you generally only indulge on weekends—or when the coffee-shop display proves irresistible—we have a rousing wake-up call: You can make these treats yourself, and most of those indulgent goodies you love can be made any day of the week. Several can be made ahead and frozen, then defrosted overnight and baked off while you shower. Our chocolate-hazelnut take on monkey bread actually tastes better if you make it the night before and leave the yeasted dough in the refrigerator overnight. Next morning, just bring the dough to room temperature and bake.

A couple of these sweets are made using store-bought all-butter puff pastry. It’s one of those things our food editors’ always keep in the freezer. It works beautifully in sweet breakfasts like our tempting take on that supermarket staple, the toaster pastry (Note: our version is baked in the oven like the rest of these treats.). And store-bought

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18 Easy Breakfast Casseroles Ideal for Brunch and Beyond

Casseroles are a hit for a reason—they require little prep work, are perfect for a crowd, and are absolutely delicious. If you’re hosting brunch or attending a potluck party, consider making one of our breakfast casserole recipes. Whether you’re team sweet or team savory, there’s something here for everyone.

Love the creamy nature of bread pudding? Try making our Panettone French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. The dried fruit in the classic Italian treat adds texture and sweetness to each individual slice (and it’s the perfect canvas for absorbing a rich custard). Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup for a breakfast bite that borders on dessert, but we promise you won’t hear anyone complaining about that.

In the mood for something savory? Our Turkey-Pastrami Croque-Madame Casserole is a crowd-friendly twist on the classic French ham and cheese sandwich. Ciabatta bread is nestled between a sharp béchamel sauce

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Fast food is comforting, but in low-income areas it crowds out fresher options

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Many Americans find comfort in familiar fast-food meals, but they undercut local food security. Getty Images

Many Americans take comfort in the routine of jumping into the car and grabbing a burger. They choose restaurants with familiar faces behind the counter. They even yearn for a favorite “greasy spoon” diner while having to cook for themselves at home during COVID-19.

People feel emotionally attached to food and the routines associated with it. These rituals provide a sense of comfort and belonging – even if the meal is from a fast-food restaurant and they stood in line for it.

I study food security in California’s Central Valley, which is, ironically, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. Food security means maintaining reliable, consistent access to food. It requires time and resources that are often scarce in food-insecure households.

Many people in the food-rich Central Valley experience

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Giada De Laurentiis on the Challenges of Shooting a Cooking Show in Isolation on iPhones

From learning how to do her own camera-ready hair and makeup to adapting recipes to work around grocery store shortages during a global pandemic, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis faced more than a few challenges when filming her new limited series, “Giada at Home 2.0,” in isolation this spring.

The Italian-American chef says the six-episode series, shot in a rental house using nothing but a handful of strategically placed iPhones and the help of her boyfriend, will offer viewers a rare peek into her life that they wouldn’t normally see when it premieres on Saturday, June 27 at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

“I basically haven’t done it all by myself in 18 years. When I started I did it alone, but I haven’t done it in so long,” she said in a recent interview with TheWrap. “I’ll tell you, prep everything in advance on your own, wash all the dishes

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