Simple and Delicious Challah Bread French Toast

As a brunch staple, French toast is one of those menu items that looks amazing and tastes even better. Who doesn’t love seeing that compote topped, whipped cream laden stack of goodness arrive at their table? My eyes bug out and I get so excited, but then I think to myself, “Hey, I could make the shit out of that French toast and save some money while am at it.” So, from one avid bruncher to another, here’s a recipe that you can make sans the up-charge.

To make 4 thick slices (you can multiply this recipe for as many slices as you desire)…


French toast:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons milk.
  • 1 loaf of Challah bread (you can find this at most grocery stores)
  • 1-2 table spoon(s) butter
  • Powder sugar for garnish

If you’re feeling fancy…

Blueberry sauce:

  • 1 cup blueberries washed and dried
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  •  In a shallow, flat-bottom pan or container, (I use 9X9 glass pie pan but anything with at least 2.5″ sides and at least 5″W by 6″L would work) beat together first 5 ingredients with a fork or whisk until eggs, milk, and vanilla are well combined and you can see the spices dispersed throughout the mixture.
  • Cut four 1.5″ slices out of your challah loaf.
  • Take the challah you just sliced, and place the slice or slices into the pan/container holding the egg mixture.
  • Let the bread rest in the pan for a minute or so on the first side, then flip the slice(s) the other side, repeating the one minute rest.

MEANWHILE: IF you chose the fancy option:

  • Throw all the ingredients into your smallest pot (aka a saucepan for all you newbs).
  • Bring to boil
  • Turn down your burner to the lowest heat level to let the sauce simmer (Simmering is when the water/sauce/liquid emits only tiny rapid little bubbles. It should look more like it’s frothing than boiling)
  • Let the sauce thicken for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Depending on how thick you like your blueberry sauce, a good test is to dip your spoon into the sauce and raise it out of the saucepan. If the spoon comes out with a nice coating and the drips coming off the spoon are slow and heavy, congratulations! You made blueberry sauce. If it’s too runny, then let it simmer a little longer. This will keep reducing the sauce till it’s the thickness you prefer.


  • Heat a large flat bottom frying pan, or skillet, on medium/high heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1-2 table spoon(s) butter to pan and letting it melt/ heat for about another 2 minutes.
  • When the butter begins to brown, add your first slice/slices. You want them to have at least a half inch separation in the pan so that they cook evenly.
  • Fry on the first side over medium-high heat for only about 2-3 minutes.
  • A good test is to check frying side of the toast: if it’s a golden-brown tone it’s ready to flip.
  • Repeat on other side.

Once all your bread is fried up, plate as desired with or without the blueberry sauce. Top with powder sugar and serve to your mouth!

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Quick and Nutritious Salad That Tastes Like Candy

Do this once on Sunday and have prepped chicken and greens for the week! It’s a nutritious and delicious meal for lunches that’ll get you through the rest of the day energized with zero indigestion (because no one liked a gassy or complaining colleague).

First choose your type of chicken. To save time I would recommend chicken breasts. They’re easy to cut into small bite size pieces for the salad, however a whole chicken can work it’ll just take longer.

I like one chicken breast a meal but ill leave that for the reader to decide.

Click here for a quick video for chicken marinade

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Ingredients you’ll need for marinade:

  • 1 ½cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • 1cup packed basil leaves
  • ¼cup packed chives
  • 2garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2anchovy fillets (optional)
  • 1scallion, white and green parts
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1lime
  • 2teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1teaspoon black pepper
  • 1(4- to 5-pound) chicken, halved through the breast and back bones, patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 to 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Ingredients for salad:

  • 50/50 Baby Arugula/Spinach Mix or any type of mix greens. A little Kale doesn’t hurt.
  • 3 lemons
  • Pepitas or Pine Nuts
  • Parmesan or Feta
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Herb Mix: Dill, Parsley, Chive
  • Jalapenos for a Kick

Salad Dressing:

70% Lemon Juice 30% Olive Oil

Step 1:

  • After you’ve completed the marinade (hopefully adding jalapenos) let the chicken sit for a couple hours or over night.
  • After either cooking the chicken on stove or grill. (Cut up chicken first before cooking on stove to speed up process)
  • On grill cook chicken six to seven minutes a side.
  • Check out the blog post on cooking meat perfect each time.

Step 2 The Greens:

  • Grab two handfuls of your greens. Sprinkle on Pepitas/Pine Nuts.
  • Add Parmesan and herbs daily to the greens to keep them fresh.
  • Cut lemons in half and then half again with open face down on cutting board. Use two quarters for each salad.
  • Cut tomatoes in half on Sunday or quickly in the morning before heading out.
  • Step 3 Getting Out the Door:

Throw the mix of greens and chicken into a to go contained and go on with the day.

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Minute Meals | The Wolfden Family Sandwich

Mom always said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But time is at a premium in the morning, and without mom there to pour your juice and butter your toast you may often be tempted to skip a homemade breakfast and resort to less-civilized options. (I’m looking at you, donuts)


After 20+ years of wiping your own ass, you likely have the morning routine down to a science. Your first meal of the day deserves equal efficiency and consideration. So, without further ado, here’s a quick, filling, and (most importantly) delicious breakfast to start your day strong.

Cook time: 8 min


  • 1 slice of bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 slices turkey/ham/meat of your choice
  • 2 tbsp hummus or 1 slice of cheese
  • Your favorite hot sauce or salsa


  • High protein (not hungry in an hour)
  • Low carb (no crash)
  • Balanced Fats and Oils (the good kind, your body needs them)


  • Turn stove top on medium high heat and place 10’’ sauce pan on stove
  • Get out ingredients from fridge
  • Grease the pan with small amount of oil or cooking spray
  • Crack the eggs into the pan, salt and pepper to taste
  • Put bread in toaster and start toasting
  • Let eggs cook till whites are about 2/3 solid (maybe 3-4 min depending on heat of stove)
  • Flip eggs over
  • Toast should be ready. Place toast on plate and add desired amount of your favorite hummus or cheese
  • Add meat to the pan
  • Remove eggs and put on top of toast
  • Flip meat, fry up for another 30 seconds
  • Put meat on top of sandwich
  • Add your favorite hot sauce or salsa to taste. ENJOY
  • I prefer my eggs over easy (makes a delicious combination with the hummus) and to eat with a fork and knife as I read an article or two to orient me to the day. However, for the on-the-go type, break the yolk to cook the egg through, add another piece of toast to the top and you have a quick and delicious breakfast sandwich that should hold up for the train/bus/car.

Finally, you’re encouraged to use this recipe as a canvas onto which you paint your own personal morning-masterpiece. Use some of last-night’s steak as the meat. Add sliced tomato, avocado, or basil to freshen things up. The possibilities are endless and the day is yours thanks to a quick, filling, delicious breakfast brought to you by…yourself

Quick and Simple Press Test to Know if Your Steak is Done

Cooking can be hard – from deciding what you want to make in the first place, to actually executing a recipe so it comes out the way you want it to – there are endless places for error.

Luckily, I inherited a really simple trick that enables you to test the “doneness” of your meat without having to cut it open. It’s called the “press test.”1st1.jpg

From here on out I will refer to the fatty-part-of-your-palm-at-the-bottom-of-your-thumb as your palm.

The press test works on all kinds of meat and it is incredibly easy.

You will need: two hands, a piece of meat, something to cook it on and some sort of cooking implement.

Once you’ve been cooking your meat for a few minutes and you feel as though you’re ready to test the doneness, bring your thumb and pointer finger together as though you’re making a loose “ok” symbol.

Then, press your palm and take note of how it feels – if you press on your meat (with your cooking tool of choice) and it feels about the same as your palm, it is rare.

This test can be repeated using your other fingers in order to achieve different levels of doneness.

Food Science | Egg-Celent!

Eggs are one of the most complete foods you can find. Think about it, eggs contain everything needed to grow a baby chicken. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and high-quality proteins and low in carbs and fat.

According to dietary research from Saint Louis University, people who consume eggs for breakfast, eat roughly 330 fewer calories daily compared to those who eat cereal, toast, or bagels for their morning meal. 1

‘Complete protein’ – 9 essential amino acids:

Amino acids are the Lego blocks of protein, which make up our body and feed your brain. Of the 23 types of protein-building amino acids, 9 are categorized as “essential”, meaning they cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be obtained via diet. Egg contains all 9 of the essential amino acids, giving you a truly “complete” start to the day.


Really Good Music | Backyard BBQ Playlist

Getting together with friends on a sunny afternoon, grilling burgers, drinking a cold beer and anticipating a huge food coma sounds like the right ingredients for a perfect BBQ. But we all know it’s not complete without some really good tunes. I mean, it could be fun to listen to your Mom ask you if you’re really going to have another drink, but we’re pretty practical and old-fashioned. We ignore her, crack two in front of her, and turn up the tunes and share some good vibes all the way into the evening.

A good playlist really makes a difference, and it’s often overlooked. And I get it, your Dad might want to DJ. But when he’s done telling you how much he’s really liking T-Swift these days, and when you can’t handle him shredding the air guitar to the Free Bird solo, plug this playlist in and tell people you’ve got it covered, then hide the cord.

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Also these can be listened to whenever and wherever so don’t discriminate.

Backyard BBQ Playlist

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How to Shop for Groceries the Right Way

Now that you’re in the awkward and confusing post-collegiate stage of life, there are certain amenities that you were once accustomed to that aren’t as easily accessible. One that we all cherished (and possibly took for granted) was the meal plan. What a luxury that was. Sure, you can eat out every meal but you should remember that Chipotle has a slim menu, $12 at the grocery store will get you much more than a burrito and a bag of chips, and when you stumble through the door at 2am, you’re going to wish you knew how to cook.

Here are a few tips that I’ve learned through trial and error on how to shop for groceries the right way to get into the groove of cooking:

Educate yourself

We are all blessed to be living in this age where unlimited amounts of resources are at our fingertips, so why not be resourceful and use them? Instead of binge-watching It’s Always Sunny on Netflix for the 5th time (guilty), check out some cooking shows and/or food documentaries for some inspiration.  For the left-brained individuals, Good Eats is a great show that explores the scientific technique behind cooking.  Be sure to check out Sorted Food, a popular and fun YouTube cooking channel. My personal favorites are Chef Gordon Ramsay videos on cooking basics. Another way to learn is through cooking blogs (ie: Serious Eats, Taste Spotting, Chow Hound, Food52, The Kitchn, Budget Bytes). And if you like to see Action Bronson stuffing his face, Vice channel, Munchies is a great watch.


Start small

We all know how daunting it can be to learn how to cook for yourself. That being said, setting small goals can help overcome the anxiety.  I began cooking simple dishes (click here for some 3-ingredient meals) with a weekly target of learning one new dish per week and built my goals (short-term and long-term) up from there.

Have a tentative plan

This might be harder to do since planning requires some forethought and a bit of effort.  Try making a general outline of your meals for the work week – this step can help ease the overwhelming stress of what to cook after a long day at work. Sit down and make a food calendar, what’s for dinner Monday night? What’s for lunch Tuesday-Thursday? If you’re work brings in lunch on Friday, shop accordingly. Meal planning can help you save money and limit the amount of wasted food.


Most importantly – have fun!

Feeding yourself shouldn’t be a chore. Cooking can be used as a creative outlet and the beauty of it is that there are no “wrong” answers. Food is something that should be enjoyed and the process of creating your own meals can be rewarding and empowering. It’s also a good way to socialize with friends with half the cost (and possibly calories) of eating out!

We promise you too can be this happy.

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Anyone else have any blogs or tips to share? Happy Cooking!


Easy Campfire Meals to Survive The Wild

Planning what meals to eat for a camping trip is undeniably one of the most fun parts of the process.
Ideally, you would sit down before you go to the store, write out all your meals, and buy only the ingredients you’ve agreed upon. I’m sure this happens for people who are legitimate, relatively intense campers or backpackers who have to think about what they carry and for how long.

However for the rest of us independent twenty-something-year-olds, I say “ideally” because once you actually enter the store it’s more than likely that your purchasing process will become a free-for-all, guided by a love of snacks and an unspoken mutual fear of starving to the death in the wilderness. And yes, this impulse can, and probably will, take over even if you are consciously aware of the fact that you’ll only be in said wilderness for 24 hours. Because, c’mon, we both know you can’t survive.

Regardless of which category of camper you find yourself in, here are some easy campfire meals to survive the wild.

Hobo Dinners



  • bread
  • carrots
  • onions
  • cheese
  • potatoes
  • veggie/meat patty
  • ketchup,
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • salt
  • pepper
  • + 21-flavor mixed seasoning
  • Tin foil (necessary)


  • First take a big sheet of tin foil and lay it out on the table.
  • Next, chop all of your food into small pieces and organize them onto different plates (like a buffet). This will make them cook faster. Take as much as you want of each ingredient throw them into your tin foil.
  • Add your desired amount of condiments/seasonings, and a drop of water to help the veggies cook.
  • Stir it all up inside your piece of foil, wrap the foil around the food (the longer and flatter they are the better they cook!), just make sure you make handles with the ends of the foil so it’s easier to pick up.
  • Now set it on the embers of the fire. Your hobo should be done within fifteen or twenty minutes, depending on surface area and food density.


Pro-tip: If you’re nervous about your embers or eating raw meat, or just getting hangry, go for the veggie patties – they’re usually pre-cooked so worse comes to worst you can eat your semi-cooked meal safely.

Pita Pizzas



  • Pita bread
  • mozzarella cheese
  • marinara
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • Tin foil (necessary)


Remember those awesome pizza lunchables we had in middle school? Well this is the same idea.

  • Take a piece of foil and create a circular indent a little bigger than your pita size. Take your pita and fit it into the space.
  • Next, generously spread sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on your piece of pita bread.
  • Now wrap the foil around the top of the pita, but try to create some separation between foil and pizza top so the cheese doesn’t get stuck, and watch it cook.

Pro-tip: Open up the pita and shove all your ingredients in there to make a pizza pocket.

 Hot Dogs



  • Wieners
  • Buns
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish


  • Stick a skewer, or if you don’t have a skewer then a stick, in that bad boy and get roasting. This one you do over the open flames.
  • Put your buns over some tin foil and let them toast.

Pro-tip: Cheddar-infused or bacon wrapped hot dogs make you feel fancy…And they taste bomb.

Cake Batter Oranges




  • Orange
  • Cake batter mix
  • Water/milk
  • Tin foil (necessary)


  • Slice off the top of an orange and cut/scoop out the inside. Try to leave as little orange and pulp left in the skin.
  • Mix the cake batter mix with water or milk. Pour the cake batter into the empty orange skin about ¾ of the way to the top. Wrap it in a tin foil ball with a handle and place upright on the grill/fire over the flame.
  • Should take about 30-40 minutes to cook, depending on desired consistency. Feel free to open up the foil and check on your little cake. The cake will be orange-infused, and you don’t need a plate!

Pro-tip: Bring frosting, or mix up the type of cake that you make in the orange for different delicious treats. You can also do brownies!

Banana Boats



  • Banana
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Tin foil (necessary)


  • Cut your banana in half vertically, leaving the skin on.
  • Stuff the middle full with marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  • Wrap in tin foil and place on a grill or on embers. It should just take a few minutes for everything to melt.

Pro-tip: Think peanut butter chips. Nutella is also delicious in these! And whipped cream is great on top. Let your imagination run!




  • Hershey’s chocolate
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows


  • Roast a marshmallow on a stick til it’s a golden brown (if you’re patient) or set that sucker on fire (if you’re not).
  • Place it between two graham crackers with some chocolate. A campfire classic.

Or just watch this, and pay attention Smalls!

Pro-tip: Stick the chocolate inside the marshmallow so it roasts with the chocolate melting inside. Or switch out Hershey’s for Reese’s peanut butter cups for an amazing alternative!

Now if it’s between you or the over-confident guitar player, I’ll say you are the real winner on this trip.


These Fish Tacos Are The Tits

We aim for easy meals here at The Daily Twenties because no one has time to play around in the kitchen. Fish tacos are a go-to meal. The ingredients are common, the prep is easy, and they can feed plenty of people.

What you need for some killer fish tacos that won’t kill you. Serves 1 person because I know you’re living alone.


  • Tilapia or Cod (You can pick up a bag of frozen cod filets at Ralphs or another grocery store)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Mango salsa
  • Garlic powder
  • Cilantro
  • Tortillas (smaller ones)
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Hot sauce


  • 1 hour before you want to eat. The cod has to thaw before you can start making anything. Fill up a bowl of water and submerge the filet in it (sealed in the plastic) for about an hour.  So I recommend taking it out of the freezer first thing when you get home. Or you can thaw it in the microwave if you’re in a hurry.
  • While its thawing take out your other ingredients and wash them.
  • Start dicing your tomatoes and onions.
  • Cut some strips of lettuce and slices of avocado.
  • Set your spread up on a plate for easy picking and put in the fridge.
  • One hour is up.
  • When your cod is thawed, turn your burner to medium heat, add some olive oil and wait until it starts to bubble.
  • Lay your filet in the pan. Cook 3-5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the lemon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cilantro evenly across fish. Just so it takes on some flavor.
  • You know it’s ready when then fish turn from a transparent white to a thick cloudy white.
  • When you’re about 5 minutes away from finishing your fish, start up another burner for the tortillas.
  • Spray some Pam on there. Each tortilla should take 2 minutes. Flip after 1 minute. Make as many as you want.
  • Put your tortillas on one plate, your fish on another, and break out your toppings.
  • Grab a beer and enjoy!
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Feed your soul while you feed your belly with this Spotify playlist to cook to.

How to Cut Avocados

Is it me, or can you eat avocados with just about anything? Sometimes when I’m on the go, I’ll literally just eat an avocado, but I often struggle to use the whole thing.

Here’s a great video on how to get all the good stuff.