Monday, August 18, 2014

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes w/ Blueberry Sauce

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I am a huge pancake fan. I've wanted to try these pancakes for a while and finally did! I think there is just something about lemon mixed with blueberry that I can't get enough of!


The pancakes are really unique. I love trying something different. The texture is not like your average pancake either. This is a fun recipe, perfect to make on a weekend morning.


The real star of the show (in my opinion) is the sauce! As much as I love pancakes, I love sauce even more! It isn't overly sweet either so that made my husband  happy. It's kind of a bummer because he doesn't like sweets for breakfast. He always chooses hash browns, bacon & eggs over pancakes. But he really liked this sauce! Yay!! It is easy to make too. So, if you want something that will really give your pancakes the "wow factor" make this sauce! It would be good over any of your favorite pancakes but especially over these.



Lemon Ricotta pancakes w/ Blueberry Sauce


Ingredients:
  • FOR THE PANCAKES:
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil

  • FOR THE BLUEBERRY SAUCE:
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 -1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
Directions:
  1. FOR THE PANCAKES: Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta, egg, egg whites, lemon juice, lemon zest and canola oil. Fold this into the dry ingredients to make a thick batter.
  3. Spray or brush a skillet with canola oil and heat to medium-low. With a 1/4 cup measure, drop the batter onto the skillet, spreading it slightly.
  4. Cook the pancakes until browned on the underside and beginning to set (about 2 minutes).
  5. Flip and cook until browned on the second side (about 2 more minutes).
  6. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm.
  7. FOR THE BLUEBERRY SAUCE: In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and cornstarch, then set aside.
  8. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar & water. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the lemon juice-cornstarch mixture. Simmer while stirring until the sauce has thickened up, about 2 more minutes. 
  9. Pour over cooked pancakes and enjoy!
  10. Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Noble Pig (I added a little more lemon juice and sugar to the sauce)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Macaroni Salad

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The best macaroni salad! Perfect side dish at any BBQ or potluck!

This salad recipe comes from my brother, Preston. He really enjoys creating different recipes. He worked on this one for a while to get it just right. He is kind of a food connoisseur. If I ever want to know what to order at a restaurant I always call him for a recommendation. It's pretty entertaining to listen to him describe different dishes and how/why you want to order certain things, a certain way.We definitely share a love for food! 


I made this salad to go along with our french onion burger over the 4th of July. It is a great combo for a BBQ or potluck side dish.


Monday, August 11, 2014

French Onion Burger

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 A homemade burger that may just change your life ;)

We had these amazing burgers over the 4th of July at my in-laws. I had made these before and absolutely loved them so we decide to have them for the 4th celebrations! My husband and father-in-law love burgers. We like to call my father-in-law the grill master. He has been know to grill in the middle of the winter. A guys gotta do what a guys gotta do :).  A grilled hamburger was actually the first thing I ever ate at their house. I will never for get it. I was up visiting them in Utah for the first time. Logan and I had gone snowboarding that day and when we got home his Dad had grilled the thickest hamburger I had ever seen! haha. But what made them so good was the grilled pineapple on top. My mother in law was out of town that weekend so it was just me, a bunch of guys and burgers for dinner. Oh, he also steamed up some broccoli too. 


These burgers really are amazing! My mother in law who doesn't usually like mayo, sauce etc. on her sandwiches even said, make it as directed, don't leave out any of the toppings! It is seriously to die for. And the crunchy chips, a total must! Just trust me and give these hamburgers a try. If you or someone you know love a good burger, this is sure to be a winner. 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Edible (Egg-less) Cookie Dough

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So I was having a pregnancy craving for cookie dough the other day and I decided it was about time I make some! It's funny how when you can't have something you want it even more. Cause sometimes the cookie dough is better than the cookie. Am I right?! Anyways, eating raw eggs is frowned upon especially for women that are pregnant so I was really glad I found this recipe. I used large milk chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is our favorite around here!)

On an unrelated note, I am potty training my 2 year old (almost 3 year old in 2 months.) I know, it's a little late in the game but I seriously struggle with potty training. I am trying the "3 day method" and I hope it works cause it's the end of day one and I am already exhausted! I could actually use another batch of this cookie dough to help me through the day tomorrow ;) So go ahead an make yourself some, it's Friday and you deserve it!




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