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Easter Pancakes

16 Apr

On the list of food items that I admit I am no expert at are pancakes. I am a fan of the Shake and Pour variety that comes courtesy of chef Betty Crocker. However, Easter weekend I was without and attempted to make not just pancakes from scratch, but Easter-shaped pancakes from scratch. Who hasn’t seen the video of those crazy detailed pancakes that look like The Beatles?

I Googled and found this basic pancake recipe from AllRecipes.com. The only adjustment I made was that I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Now the fun part, making freehand animals and shapes! Easy? Not at all and my first attempt at an Easter bunny ended up looking like a pancake from the black lagoon. Plan B, cookie cutters! Lucky for me, my mother bought me springtime cookie cutters that I found while looking for anything that might resemble a bunny shape.

I made a pancake sheet using my griddle aka my new favorite kitchen tool, and cut them out! So simple and pancakes became pancake dippers, perfect for a breakfast finger food.

C’est si yum!

Pancake Sheet

Cookie Cutter Shapes

Easter Pancakes

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Baked Cauliflower Bites

14 Apr

I know that I made cauliflower bites in my cupcake maker a while back but I made an updated version tonight and they are delicious! I’d made a cauliflower puree in my food processor and decided I wanted something different.

Here’s what I did for the puree:

3/4 head of cauliflower (it was a huge cauliflower. If you have a normal size one, you could use one whole head of cauliflower), shredded

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper

1/2 tablespoon of herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning

3/4 cup of low sodium chicken broth

non-stick cooking spray

Spray the saute pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Swirl the extra virgin olive oil and add the garlic. Remember not to let it burn! Add the cauliflower. Season with salt, pepper and spice mix. Saute and then as it seems tender, pour in the broth.

Break down the cauliflower in a food processor and let cool.

Puree

For the bites:

3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

cauliflower puree (the above makes almost 2 cups, pureed)

1 egg white (if you have closer to 2 + cups, use two egg whites)

Preheat oven to 385 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I got suckered in to buying a Quick Whisk yesterday so I used this to whip the egg whites a bit. Don’t overbeat them! I have this fun macaroon pan that I have actually never used to make macaroons in that was perfect for this. I baked these for about 12 minutes on one side, then flipped them over and baked them again for another 5-8 so it got crispy on each side. These would go great with some sort of Greek yogurt dip or sour cream.

bites1 bites2

C’est si yum!!

 

Garlic Grater aka the Coolest Kitchen Gadget EVER

10 Mar

My mom brought me back one of the coolest souvenirs from her trip to California, a grater. Don’t be fooled, this grater is about the size of a saucer and has little teeth to grate your garlic on. It can be used for chocolate and Parm too! To clean just wash with hot water.

Garlic Grater

Silk Iced Latte Review

5 Apr

Taking a break from entertaining to finally test Silk Soy Milk Mocha Iced Latte! One of my very best friends recommended it and unfortunately, in the Boston area, Shaw’s/Star Market is the only grocery that seems to carry it.

silk latte

First impression, is that it looks kind of dirty. It actually reminds me of what the water looks like when you rinse out your coffee filter. Looks can be deceiving though! It tastes great, with a subtle mocha and delicious coffee flavor. I didn’t add milk or anything to it but think if it was blended with ice it would be phenom! Definitely check it out!

New Knife Review

6 Jun

I love my santoku knives but don’t have a serrated one. I recently purchased Pure Komachi by Kai 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Bread Knife . LOVE it. I actually used it today to cut a baguette for toasty bread and the moment I thought to myself, “gee, this is a really great knife” I sliced into one of my fingers. No gross details but the knife is really good!!

I recommend getting one if you don’t already have one!!