Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins


There is nothing as cherry as a bright orange pumpkin.  And its just the thing for a moist and delicious muffin that fills the house with a heavenly scent.  Try these with or without the currants.  They make a great breakfast with a little margarine or cream cheese.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Best Buttermilk Pancakes


We have The Pancake Handbook: Specialties from Bette's Oceanview Diner and it has a great recipe for buttermilk pancakes.  They claim that they have perfected this recipe over the years at Bette's Diner--and I believe it.

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute  1 cup plain yogurt mixed with 1 cup milk.  For blueberry pancakes, stir in 1 cup thawed frozen or fresh blueberries and 1/2 tsp grated orange zest.  For apple pancakes add 1 cup diced peeled apple and 2 teaspoons sugar. For a gluten-free version use Cup4Cup in place of the flours.

Interestingly this batter can be used to make waffles as well without any modification.  Try it!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cranberry Walnut Pie


I like to think of this pie as the Midwest's answer to the South's pecan pie.  It's less sticky and gooey and has a nice tartness from the cranberries.  It's a great pie to serve at Thanksgiving.  Try it with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.