Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fluffy Pancakes

We needed a quick dinner made from what we had here and these turned out to be very nice.
Our son on a home visit from college enjoyed these with us and that was nice.
We just filled small plates with little stacks and ate them with real butter and maple syrup. We haven't  had real maple syrup in a long, long time so it was like dessert and dinner all in one.

Fluffy Pancakes
Servings: 4

3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
cooking spray
1.         Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour".
2.         Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
3.         Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010            Printed from 12/17/2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sometime during the Summer Post

"Food is not about impressing people.
It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten,
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Lots of from scratch baking and cooking have been keeping me busy in the kitchen. So busy a homemaker have I been, as to not have been very diligent in keeping notes on it all!

The kitchen is being prepped (cleaning, organizing, stocking and so on) for canning --- my first real season of it. I shan't pretend to not have a level of intimidation at even starting but start, I must.

The lovely harvest is graduating from a first cucumber and growing zucchini to hands full and finally, shirts are being filled and we will next need a basket. Each morning, we are amazed and delighted (yes, delighted) over a new gift and God's goodness astounds us without fail.

Hopefully, I will be a wise manager of time and some journaling will be accomplished of the canning process. I am starting out with cucumber pickles, zucchini pickles and maybe a relish or two. My goal is to have no waste from the bounty heaven blesses this humble spot of earth with.

This morning, I got up at 5:00 am ---praise God for my recent return for early risings --- and got a few things done in the quiet glow of getting up before everyone. It even afforded me time to stir together some luscious muffins to make for my family to wake with. Smiles. . . they were a welcomed gift and so 'just right' for a before church eat.

Here they are and I will try to share more from my wrick wrack work as I go!

I just love what the man wrote with this recipe:

Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins

Submitted By: Robert Luebke
Servings: 8

"These delicious muffins were a significant part of the first dinner I had with my wife when we were courting. She's an excellent cook, and that first meal was truly a gourmet's delight. Now whenever she plans a menu and asks for my suggestions, I make sure these muffins are on it."
-Robert Luebke, Appleton, Wisconsin

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a bowl, soak oats in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in egg, sugar and oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 16-18 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Printed from 6/27/2010

A Whisk and a Prayer

I don't recall how I came across the blog I'm sharing today but it is SO one of my favorites! I  just love it so far. I haven't been subscribed to the RSS feed for long but I really have liked what I've seen so far.

Recents I just saw after being a week or so away from the computer include candy cane shortbread cookies and butter pecan shortbread! Yum-a-licious!

Visit A Whisk and a Prayer yourself to see some lovely recipes and pretty blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Veggie Venture

Another blog share... smiles.

I found this one day while searching the internet for Weight Watchers recipes that didn't include processed foods and were on the healthier side. I don't know if all this blog's recipes are whole foods verses packaged or processed but the recipes I've viewed so far have been pretty nutritious in content.

These aren't all WW but there is a section just for them. I eat whatever I want recipe wise because when I follow my points for the day (need to do that more) ... I just add the recipe to this online thing that will tell me how many points mine is. I just explained all that to let you know how I GOT to the Veggie Venture site in the first place.
It actually serves our family's needs well because there are easy to find WW recipes, vegetarian, and other healthy choices all in one place.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Garlic Soup - 56866 - Recipezaar

Garlic Soup - 56866 - Recipezaar

This is something I  had saved in my drafts folder for some reason. I probably wanted to try it and then post the recipe link, a photo and a small sharing on it. As you see, those things haven't happened but with all the cold weather chilling some of us and cold and flu season being in full swing... some garlic soup might be just what we need!