Sunday, October 7, 2012
Children who ate a good meal in the morning have different levels of brain activity than those that did not eat.
Last week, I was privileged to attend the Learning Connection Summit, a follow-up summit to a report that former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher released in 2004. This summit, which was chaired by Dr Satcher and Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth Foundation, provided an update on the science of food, learning, activity and weight. Researchers discussed how students who go to school without breakfast fail to learn as well as those who have breakfast. One study presented, showed how brain activity varied in kids who had breakfast before school versus those who did not. Brain scans showed a clear difference in brain activity in those who had breakfast before going into the classroom. Another session looked at the benefit of physical …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Here are some brunch recipes featuring eggs that were finalists in 45th Annual Pillsbury Bake-off
Now is the best time to stock up on fresh shell eggs. Beyond making colored hard-boiled eggs to decorate your spring table, give one of one the following egg-enriched recipes a try. All three were finalists at the 45th Annual Pillsbury Bake-off. We also would like to add to our recipe box any fabulous egg recipes that you may have to share. Breakfast Crostatas Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray. Carefully unroll dough onto cookie sheet; cut in half lengthwise ad crosswise to from 4 squares. Sprinkle dough squares with basil and rosemary. Top dough squares evenly with ham and cheese. Make a small well in center of ham and cheese on each square. To form crostatas, fold edges of dough up 1-inch over …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Lady Di's Diner in St. Charles has come out on top in our latest Chowdown Showdown.
The votes have been cast and we have a winner in our breakfast sandwich challenge. After all the nominees and the voting, Lady Di's Diner in St. Charles has come out on top. In an extremely close vote, Lady Di's Diner in St. Charles picked up one more vote than second-place Schnucks to claim the victory. Here's how the voting broke down. Thanks to everyone who voted and who nominated. Disagree with the votes? Got something to say about the winner? Let us know below. Check back on Monday for next week's Chowdown Showdown!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Vote for your favorite breakfast sandwich spot among this week's Chowdown Showdown finalists in the poll below.
On this weeks edition of the Chowdown Showdown we asked everyone to pick their favorite place to grab a breakfast sandwich. We asked, and you answered. We got a few responses, but you job is not done. We've narrowed down the field and now it's time to vote. And the nominees are ... You can cast your vote for your favorite among the finalists by submitting your answer in the poll below. Voting will continue through 5 p.m Thursday. Check back Friday morning to find out who has been chosen as this week's Chowdown Showdown Champion for having the best donuts in the county. After you've voted, be sure to tell us in the comments' section below why your favorite is the best. And if you think we missed a great place to get chocolate in this …
Monday, January 16, 2012
The St. Charles County "Patch" sites want you to vote for who you think has the best breakfast sandwiches in town by commenting below.
Welcome to another exciting edition of the "Chowdown Showdown"—a column aimed at finding the best foodie finds in St. Charles County. If you don't know the drill by now, allow me to fill you in. The weekly Chowdown Showdown is meant to be a way for readers to pick and vote on their favorite places to get certain entrees in St. Charles County. Each week, we will ask you to tell us your favorite place to get a cup of coffee or a burger or breakfast. This week we're thinking breakfast and, more importantly, breakfast sandwiches. We want to know: Where is the best place in St. Charles County to get a nice breakfast sandwich? Nominate can let us know your favorite spot by commenting below. You will be able to submit your nominee through 5 p.m…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This week we wake up our tastebuds as Cappucino's faces off with Ham 'N Egg for best breakfast in O'Fallon
Breakfast. It's not only the most important meal of the day, it also has the potential to be the tastiest. Breakfast is the only time of day when it's socially acceptable to eat a plate full of sugar as your main course. We sampled the sweet morning treats at Cappucino's and Ham N Egg to learn where to find the best morning food in O'Fallon. BEST HASHBROWNS Pro: At Ham 'N Egg, the thin sliced German style potatoes were scattered across a grill until they achieved a perfect golden brown. Crispy on the outside, buttery soft within - they were droolworthy. Con: They were a little on the greasy side (but worth it). Pro: The hash browns at Cappucino's were entirely grease free. Con: They were also mostly flavor free. The generic Waffle House …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Welcome to this month's Breakfast Battle. We're throwing down between Ham ‘N Egg and Cappuccino's to see were you can get the best all-day breakfast food in O'Fallon.
As I mentioned in my review of Fujiyama, you can find surprisingly good food tucked away in strip malls. I submit Ham N' Egg as more evidence in my ongoing defense of little places that do a lot with a minimal budget. The tiny 12 top diner is simply decorated with sunny orange walls over wood panel trim and a few country style decorations that look like they were picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond to keep the walls from being too monotonous. The tables have cheerful red, white and yellow striped vinyl cloths under glass to make for fast, efficient cleanup. The shotgun style restaurant allows you to see straight through the dining room and into the kitchen the moment you walk in the door. When I walked in, a nearby waitress in the middle of …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Marzipan mini pastries and decadent breakfast offerings make Oak Barrel worth visiting on a Saturday morning.
This charming bistro tucked into a strip mall feels like two restaurants in one. By day, it's a family friendly bakery with tempting sweets in the front counter and examples of wedding cakes on display nearby. By night, they have a small but well chosen selection of beers and wines to pair with their equally small selection of dinner entrees. Since Oak Barrel is mostly known as a bakery, people are more likely to visit during breakfast hours, when they offer selections such as fritata’s, a French Toast strata, and some basic egg dishes, all available until 11 a.m. Lunch is a small assortment of cafe style cold sandwiches paired with soup, salad, or something from the pastry case. On Saturday afternoon, a steady stream of couples came in to…