Acorn Waffles

The three of us picked acorns last fall under the thinning leaves of a red oak. We made sure to leave behind the ones with holes, cracks or stains. We placed them on a tray in a single layer by the woodstove to dry. And even though we were careful with our selection, a few…

Orange and Autumn Olive Pancakes

Autumn Olive (Elaegnus umbellata) is ubiquitous. Right now in New England the branches are heavy with speckled red berries. The fruit is tart like a cranberry and what pairs well with cranberries? Orange. For us, pancakes always start with flour, salt and baking powder. The juice of an orange is combined with milk and added to…

Zucchini and Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Ice Cream

Last week I made Lemon Ice Cream. A delicious yet overpowering flavor if eaten alone, but when coupled with a vegetable and fruit studded waffle, it is pure perfection. Ice cream has become my hobby, there are so many flavors to discover. For the ice cream: Start by placing 1 1/2 cups each of milk…

Blueberry Oat Pancakes

A good morning calls for a good breakfast. Blueberries and oats are just the ticket. We start with a bowl of dry ingredients, a couple eggs, almond milk and a couple tablespoons of butter… We end up with beautiful golden brown flapjacks. Enjoy!  

National Donut Day

In honor of this blessed day, try: Blueberries in your donuts… or apples… or chocolate… or orange… or banana and peanut butter… or pumpkin… or try them all :)  

Violet Pancakes

Spring time is upon us.  New colors and new scents are blossoming into the landscape. Phlox is fragrant and purple violets pop against the sprouting greenery. Tender violet petals will brighten up plain old pancakes. Violets are high in vitamins A and C.

Banana and Walnut Waffles

It’s winter here in Connecticut. There’s not a lot of snow but it has been pretty darn cold. An overly ripe banana on the counter is the perfect opportunity to make waffles. Drizzled with pure maple syrup, these waffles will make you forget all about your nose hairs freezing when you step outside. Chopped walnuts give the waffles…

Coconut Granola

The best part of granola is its versatility. Shredded coconut, chopped walnuts and dates comprise this version. Coconut Granola 2 cups oats 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice 1 cup shredded coconut 1 cup chopped dried fruit of your choice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup honey or maple…

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes 2 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of nutmeg 2 cups milk 2 eggs 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 cup peeled and shredded sweet potato Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add milk, eggs, oil and mix just until combined. Stir in sweet potato….

Baked Banana Donuts ~ Elvis Style

Elvis famously loved his peanut butter and ‘nanner sandwiches fried in butter. That flavor combination is held up in these baked banana doughnuts with peanut butter and browned butter frosting. When bananas are too soft to eat, I put them in the freezer, peel and all. When I get the urge to bake with them,…

German Apple Pancake

Ice and snow. 90 minute delay. Perfect opportunity for a German Apple Pancake. Combine a couple of eggs, vanilla extract, milk, flour and just a pinch of salt. That is your batter. Apples spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg? Yes, please. Brown sugar makes everything better. The pancake will deflate once it is out of the oven, but…

Cranberry Nut Pancakes

Bags of fresh cranberries have made their way into the grocery stores here in Connecticut. That means Cranberry Crumb Skillet Cake … and Orange Cranberry Muffins … will be in the oven warming the house and these Cranberry Nut Pancakes will be warming our bellies. Cranberries have long been known to benefit the digestive tract. They also have anti-inflammatory qualities. …