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Grandma’s Wheat Grass Cocktail

June 30th, 2008

Grandma’s Wheat Grass Cocktail - MakingBananaPancakes.com

We took a trip to Grandma and Tom’s cabin this weekend and had such a relaxing time.  I often think that my inspiration for cooking [and eating] comes from Grandma’s great food!  Every Christmas and Summer when I was a child my family would go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house.  Every morning there would be hearty oatmeal, fluffy pancakes, or homemade muffins baking in the oven.  We’d always sit around the table and have dinner as a family.  Grandma always (and still does) serves salad, bread, entree and at least two sides with every meal.  Needless to say I would have my fair share.  The food is always delicious and cooked with the experience only Grandma can serve up. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Saturday (or Sunday) Morning Scramble

June 28th, 2008

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Rachel and I always make a big breakfast (or brunch depending on how late we sleep in) on the weekends.  Some mornings it’s waffles with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream.  Other days I’ll come up with some topping or syrup to put on whole-meal pancakes.  We love to start the weekend with a large meal and it adds a fun tradition to our week. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

June 24th, 2008

 Strawberry Cupcakes with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

“These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!”  Those were the words of my beautiful wife after devouring one of these cupcakes I just whipped up.  That says a lot.  I really value her opinion when I cook but I have to say these little delights are SO GOOD! (…read more and get the recipe)

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Lemon Coriander Cookies

June 23rd, 2008

 Lemon Coriander Cookies

Elise and Garrett posted a recipe for making Orange Poppy Seed Cookies and I thought they sounded good and was about to make them when I read the end of the post.  Garrett mentioned that a “novel option” was to switch out the poppy seeds for some ground coriander and replace the orange with lemon.  I did just that!  The result was a happy mouth.  They weren’t as “savory” as I thought they might be, but they were good nonetheless. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Kale Chips

June 22nd, 2008

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Keep reading!  You might see the title and not give this snack another glance, but they were surprisingly better than expected.  A co-worker and I were talking about how much lettuce and kale I have growing in my garden and what to do with it all.  She mentioned that she has baked her kale before and they are almost just like crunching into a chip.  I thought, “that sounds like a good idea,” so I gave it a try.  I went out to the garden and picked a bunch of my first kale.  I had been letting it grow because I was too lazy to look up what to do with it! (…read more and get the recipe)

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Steamed Homemade Hot Chocolate with Real Whipped Cream

June 20th, 2008

Steamed Homemade Hot Chocolate with fresh whipped cream - MakingBananaPancakes.com

Heavenly!  Pretty much sums up this delicious cup up of rich, chocolatey goodness.  I have to admit, I am a coffee snob.  I like my coffee so I go to a lot of good coffee shops.  When I first saw someone order a hot chocolate at my favorite coffee shop downtown I was amazed to see them steam the milk and use REAL chocolate sauce.  To top it all off they put fresh whipped cream on top — something we didn’t have very often growing up.  I suppose it’s this attention to quality and freshness that makes Red Horse my favorite to begin with.  The point is, their hot chocolate amazed me!  I started noticing other coffee shops made it like that too and they were delicious!  Some still use the powder and water method which usually tastes either too watered down, not rich enough or slightly like tin. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

June 19th, 2008

The finished pie!

Rachel was at it again.  This time she used her Stahlbush Strawberries (just now coming into season) and Rhubarb (which has already been cut once, but it’ll grow more for a cut later on in the season).  As I said before she really loves smittenkitchen.  She thinks I need to get a nice camera (as opposed to my cheap, point-and-shoot, digital camera) to take quality food shots.  I agree, but I don’t want to fork out the dough. 😉 (…read more and get the recipe)

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Bread with Added Wheat Gluten [Update]

June 18th, 2008

Done Rising, let it bake

I tried making bread with the 1/2 cup of wheat gluten added as suggested by a friend.  I mentioned it in my whole wheat bread recipe, but didn’t actually try it until now.  The result was a bread that, when sliced, looks and feels much more like what you can buy in the grocery store.  I think it’s too much like what you get in the store.  Next time I am going to try my recipe with 1/4 cup of wheat gluten instead of the 1/2 cup I added this time.  We can usually finish a loaf of bread in about a week, so it’ll take me that long before I bake another loaf. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer Recipe

June 15th, 2008

Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer Recipe

Thanks Elise!  Your spritzer was great!  I followed Elise’s spritzer recipe and it turned out wonderfully.  Since Rachel is working at Stahlbush and the first rhubarb harvest of the year is just finishing we enjoyed tons of leftover rhubarb samples from their lab.  Rachel had mentioned they were harvesting, I had some fresh rosemary growing in our tiny garden and Elise posted this recipe.  It was a match made in heaven.  Serve this drink at a party (especially one with a pink theme) or just to enjoy the creatively unique flavors on your palate.  Here’s what I did: (…read more and get the recipe)

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Chipotle-Honey BBQ Bacon Burgers with Gorgonzola Cheese

June 14th, 2008

summer time burgers

I received (thanks Danae) a very good book a while back (if you like burgers) called “build a better burger by James McNair.  I was amazed to see all the varieties of burgers — all gourmet and DELICIOUS looking!  With this beautiful weather we’ve had in Corvallis the last few days I couldn’t help (…read more and get the recipe)

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