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Perfect Pancakes and Strawberry Butter

Perfect Pancakes and Strawberry Butter
In my opinion, pancakes are the most perfect of breakfast foods. However, not all pancakes are created equal and I’ve been on a lifelong quest to find the perfect pancake recipe. My ideal pancake is thick and cakey, yet still maintaining a light fluffiness. My friends, I think my quest is over. I started with Ian’s dad’s traditional Saturday morning recipe and adjusted the baking powder, salt, and egg ratios until somehow I stumbled onto this combination that makes a great thick batter that puffs up into beautiful fluffy pancakes. Perfect Pancakes Makes about 8 medium sized pancakes, enough for about 2-3 people with good appetites 1 1/2 cup flour 2 Tbsp sugar 4 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 2 eggs 1 1/3 cup milk, at room temperature 1 Tbsp butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Strawberry Butter Combine all in a blender or food processor.

Chicken Parmesan Pot Pie with Mushrooms I recently read an article that identified the top comfort foods in America based on the results of a poll. A few of the dishes that made the grade startled me. Gelatin? I love chicken pot pie any old which way, even when made entirely from leftovers (yes, I do that too). Ingredients For the filling: 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs 3 medium leeks, well rinsed and dark green leaves removed 1/2 cup baby carrots 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons fresh (or 3/4 teaspoon dried) thyme leaves 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 12 ounces fresh mushrooms (I used creminis), halved or quartered if large 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced 3 tablespoons flour (Optional) 2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half 1 cup frozen or canned artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained Salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese For the topping: Preparation Place the puff pastry dough on a work surface lightly dusted with flour.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets These homemade chicken nuggets had the right texture, flavor and consistency of a standard McDonald’€s Chicken McNugget. However, it still tasted leaner (healthier) probably because I trimmed all the fat off the chicken pieces. Scroll to the end of this post for the printable recipe. I used a mixture of chicken breast meat and thigh meat, hoping the thigh meat would add some extra richness, flavor and moistness after frying. It was easier than I thought it would be. Homemade Chicken Nuggets (approx. 30 nuggets) adapted from For The Love Of Food Ingredients: 2 lbs. Directions: 1) Heat oil in a heavy-duty skillet (like a cast iron skillet) on medium-high heat while preparing the chicken nuggets – it should be ready to work with once half of your nuggets are ready to go in. 2) Cube chicken and place in a food processor. 3) Combine 1 tsp. salt and flour on a plate and have your beaten eggs in a small bowl ready to work with. 5) Roll chicken ball in flour, then in egg, and then in flour again.

Oven-Baked Caramel French Toast | Everyday Home Cook - StumbleUpon This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a special brunch… Make her this delicious french toast! Personally, this is a very special Mother’s Day for me, since I am now the proud mother of both a son and a daughter. My little girl will be 3 weeks old this Saturday, the 7th. She is quite precious, and I am loving every second of being a mother of two! I made this for my mom when she recently visited a few weeks ago after the birth of my daughter. Begin by making the caramel layer… It’s simple: sugar and butter. Next, slice up your french bread. Now that you know how many slices will fit, pour the caramel into the dish. The egg mixture can be combined by hand with a whisk, but it’s so simple to put everything in a blender. Chill the bread in the refrigerator overnight. Let it sit on the counter while you preheat the oven, and then bake until the bread gets to be light golden brown. Flip a piece of toast over onto a plate so the caramel is on top, and serve while hot! Caramel Sauce 1/2 cup butter

Zebra Cake | The Whimsical Cupcake Animal prints is something I never really got behind. It was something that I only saw on 75 year old blue-haired ladies that are way cooler than me or on kids who looked like walking cheetahs. Not really the look I go for. Lately everywhere I look, there’s something with some form of animal print on it and I find myself liking it. Ok, not EVERYTHING but a few pieces here and there. I can probably attest some of this animal print tolerance to my sister, she’s so stylish sometimes that it kills me. ;) I’m not sure what kind of demographic I reach out there in internet land, animal print lovers or haters, but I’m sure your love or hatred won’t apply to this cake. I said it. This is a simple cake needs no pillowy frostings, no fancy ganaches, and no whippy creams. Zebra CakeAdapted from King Arthur Flour Yields one 9″ or 8″ round cake Ingredients: Directions: 1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2) In the bowl of your mixer, blend the sugar and eggs until lightened, about 2 minutes. Like this:

Baking & Dessert Recipes & Pictures - *Fully Tested Recipes* Bananas Foster French Toast | Handle the Heat Cheeseburger Macaroni This delicious, incredibly cheesy dish is another one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It’s beefy, hearty and whips up in less than 20 minutes. Hope you love this one as much as we do! Start with one pound of lean hamburger meat, browned and drained. Add a package of taco seasoning. And one can of this. You don’t even have to bother to drain it! Gosh, I really like Rotel. Add two cups of beef broth. (You can also just use water if you want.) And one cup of elbow macaroni. By the way, I’ve tried other shapes of pasta in this recipe, and none of them seem to work as well as good old macaroni. Stir to combine, and heat to boiling. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk to combine, and continue to cook, whisking until the roux is fragrant and light brown in color, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 3/4 cup of milk. And bring the sauce to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Glorious!

cooking conversions Chocolate Mousse Recipe : Cafe Fernando – Food Blog - chocolate mousse - mousse - Chocolate July 13th, 2010 | Category: Chocolate, Puddings and Custards I’ve told you about the best part of working from home, but I realized I haven’t mentioned some of the not-so-delightful sides. First of all, according to your friends, you no longer have a “job”. Besides, what work? When I told you about my recent career change, you expected my posts to be more frequent, didn’t you? And not to worry; I still have the same intention. Maybe, after working day and night all those years (sometimes even without vacation days), I’ve gotten used to the comfort of my home and became a bit, ummm, you know, lazy… Maybe, I have been spending way too much time on eBay for antique bakeware. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ve developed this obsession to watch all the TV shows in the world (go Glee!) But if there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is this: Chocolate mousse must have been invented by the smartest, kindest and most charitable person in the world. Chocolate mousse. Bon Appetite! Ingredients Method