September 3, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
This is from the Smithsonian website. It’s the next best thing to the Smithsonian itself. And, teachers? There is amazing stuff here.
Because it is the opening weekend of the college football season and the US Open is going on, we have a lot of sports on the television this weekend. Maybe that’s why I stumbled onto this list of great teammates in the history of sports.
Arne Duncan, you’re my hero.
My recipe for the french toast from Sam’s Cafe in Champaign, Illinois was featured on the Tasty Kitchen blog. Adrianna, from A Cozy Kitchen, made the recipe and blogged about it. Her photography puts mine to shame, so I’m glad she showed how pretty this meal really can be.
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August 31, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Do you menu plan? I do. I love it. It is one of those household chores that seems like it should be really boring and tedious, but I really love it.
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August 2, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Olivia is a getting to be a big girl. She’ll be one year old this month. Waaaah!
Starting a couple of months ago, Olivia began to refuse to be fed anymore. She would only eat finger foods that she could feed herself. Everything else got spit out, most often at me.
So, what to do with all the frozen cubes of veggie puree in the freezer. There is a gallon bag each of sweet potatoes and butternut squash, and couple quart size bags of other fruits and veggies. I can’t just throw away perfectly good food, but Tim and I aren’t the biggest fans of purees.
I decided to start with the sweet potatoes. I figured if people could make sweet potato pie, I could put them in other baked goods as well. What would happen if I say…put them in pancakes??
Awesomeness, that’s what will happen.
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July 26, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Sometimes, when I cook or bake, I have a very specific idea of what I want to make. I go out and find a recipe for what I want and gather the necessary ingredients. Other times, it is a very creative process and I just throw things together and hope for the best. On rare occasion, I look in the fridge and pantry and then find a recipe to fit the ingredients that I already have.
Raiding the pantry and making do with what I have is tricky because inevitably I come up short with one of the necessary ingredients. And most often, there is no substitute for that ingredient. So, when raiding the pantry does work out, it is particularly satisfying.
Last week, I picked up some frozen blackberries at the grocery store. One day, I hope to be able to walk out in my yard and pick my own fresh berries. Until then, frozen will have to do. I figured I’d do something with them and at the very least, I could always mix them in my oatmeal. After browsing through my King Arthur Whole Grains Baking cookbook, I found a recipe for Sour Cream Muffins. Lo and behold, I had every ingredient, including the berries.
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March 29, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
My husband, Tim, grew up in Champaign, Illinois. In downtown Champaign, there is a greasy spoon diner known as Sam’s Cafe. At Sam’s Cafe, they make the most delectable french toast I have ever put in my mouth. What makes this french toast special is that rather than dipping it in the typical egg batter, it seems like Sam dips the bread into a thinned out pancake batter. French Toast meets Pancake and they fall in love. Heavenly.
The other night, lacking any magical way to get Sam’s french toast to our home in Colorado in time for brinner (breakfast for dinner), we decided to try and hack a homemade version. Here is the result:
Notice that there is a thin layer of pancake all around the french toast? Yessss! That is what is so yummy about Sam’s french toast. Now, I’m not saying this is an exact replica, but, for us, it was close enough to satisfy the craving.
Here’s the recipe I pieced together:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
10-12 slices of bread (you’ll want something fairly thick and hearty so it will stand up to the heavier batter)
Beat eggs until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients. Heat a griddle over medium high heat until a drop of water skitters across the pan. Dip one slice of bread at a time in the batter until it is completely covered. Place on the griddle and cook until brown on one side. Then, flip and brown the other side. You will know the bread is ready to flip in the same way you know pancakes are ready: the edges look dry and bubbles have formed in the batter along the crust. Slather with butter and drizzle on some maple syrup. These also freeze well for breakfast later in the week.
What are your favorite brinner items? Have you hacked a favorite restaurant recipe?
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