orange buttermilk pancakes with blackberry maple syrup

Orange Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Maple Syrup

Made-from-scratch pancakes take a few minutes longer to make than the pre-packaged mix, but they are definitely worth the extra effort. These tender and flavorful Orange Buttermilk Pancakes are perfect for soaking up the homemade Blackberry Maple Syrup. I topped these pancakes with fresh blackberries and peaches, but any other berry, sliced bananas, and toasted nuts would be delicious as well. Continue reading


green goddess dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

My husband and I just returned from a relaxing and fun-filled weekend in San Francisco. We had a wonderful time discovering new restaurants and revisiting old favorites, wandering around the city, and watching the Italians and Kiwis race for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to face Oracle/Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup which is being held in San Francisco Bay. I’ll be posting more about our trip later, but I wanted to share this recipe first. Continue reading

at the county fair: funnel cake

At the County Fair: Funnel Cakes

For many Americans, going to the state or county fair is as much a summer tradition as baseball and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Despite the searing heat and sweaty crowds, we flock to the fair to enjoy the carnival games, rides, attractions, and, of course, the food. For me, the food is only one reason to go. Shocking, right? I can skip the games (I’m way too old for stuffed animals), the rides (I never understood the appeal of spinning really fast while suspended in mid-air), and the animals (too smelly, too hot, and ewww, too smelly). I just can’t skip the corn dogs, grilled corn, and, of course, the funnel cake! Continue reading

Bob’s Red Mill Polenta and Hazelnut Flour Giveaway Winners!

Thanks so much to all of you who entered my second giveaway and for talking about your favorite polenta and hazelnut recipes in the comments section! You’ve given me inspiration for some new dishes to add to my repertoire.  I love soft polenta with an over easy egg on top for breakfast, but I never would have thought of having it with fresh fruit like Sharyn from The Kale Chronicles does. Emily’s grilled polenta with black bean and corn salsa sounds like a wonderfully light and colorful appetizer.  CakebyKat’s molten cake with hazelnut filling sounds divine as does macarons made with hazelnut instead of almond flour.  Tt, polenta as crust for a quiche?  Yes, please! Continue reading

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway Winners!

Thanks so much to all of you who entered my very first giveaway!  The three winners listed above will each receive a bag of Fine Ground Cornmeal from Bob’s Red Mill.

I will be notifying the winners via email this morning, so please check your inbox!  I need to collect your contact information, including your phone number to forward to Bob’s Red Mill. Continue reading

homemade chocolate syrup


Don’t you just I love it when something homemade turns out just as good and cheaper than the store-bought kind.  In this case, it’s bye-bye, Hersheys and hello Chris’ homemade chocolate syrup!  This do-it-yourself syrup has a rich chocolate flavor and has a nice smooth texture. It is fat-free and does not contain any high-fructose corn syrup.  It does contain a couple of tablespoons of corn syrup to prevent the crystallization of the sugar.  So not only does it taste great, but it’s also healthier, too!  If only I could think of healthy items to drizzle it on, but I digress…. Continue reading