Showing posts from February, 2017

Triple-Banana Oat Pancakes

Imagine It! The convenience of blender pancakes made with just wholesome oats and banana and egg. No pancake mix. No refined flour. No added sugar. No gotta-get-to-Whole-Foods weird ingredients.But It's For Real! For some, it will matter that these light and tender pancakes are gluten-free and dairy-free. But for real pancake lovers? What matters most is that these taste and feel like honest-to-goodness real pancakes. And for people who mark the Christian calendar's Shrove Tuesday with pancakes for supper? This is your recipe!
FIRST. Just so you know, this family is downright religious about pancakes. We believe in pancakes, not just for breakfast but for supper. After-church pancake breakfasts are a given but when my sister and I were growing up, our mom also made pancakes (or waffles, yum!) for Sunday night supper, usually topped with soft scoops of vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. (Just think of that, melting ice cream pooled with warm maple syrup ...) Sure, for a dozen ye…

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe for Slow Cooker

The Recipe: Homey comfort food, it's the favorite for kids and grown-ups alike. This is my recipe for homemade meat sauce for spaghetti with all the flavor for a fraction of the calories. I make it ahead of time in the slow cooker for convenience and with a pantry's worth of spices for a low-fat and low-calorie healthy supper. Kid friendly!The Conversation: Remembering Italian suppers hosted by my parents, such exotic world cuisine through my child's eyes!~recipe updated 2017 for a little weekend cooking inspiration~
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When I was a girl, my parents hosted a dinner party for friends, fussing over the food and the table. The theme must have been "Italy" because the menu was classic Italian aka "Eye-talian" as interpreted by Prairie Canadians and Midwesterners who’d no more seen Naples than New York.(Side note: After this story first went live back in 2010, a note arrived from my 80-something father, a gentle reminder that dur…

Roasted Applesauce with Raspberries

The Recipe: It's such a simple idea, isn't it? Just throw a few raspberries into homemade applesauce. The results? A glorious raspberry gem color and a brightness never before tasted in applesauce. Is Ina Garten a genius? I think so!
My first batch of applesauce with raspberries, I cut the recipe in half. I didn't doubt the recipe, it came from Ina Garten's new cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey. (I've made a half dozen recipes from Ina's latest cookbook: one didn't work for us but five are new staples! Remember the beautiful Celebration Salad, the one with Maple-Roasted Carrots, Arugula, Dill, Cranberry Vinaigrette, Pomegranate and Glazed Pecans?)But surely three pounds of apples for applesauce would be plenty? WRONG.Because pure genius, that Ina, jazzing up everyday applesauce with raspberries.I also skipped her brown sugar and butter substituted the more unusual star anise for the commonplace cinnamon. Good calls? BOTH.
Served plain? Although "plain" u…