Fluffy Citrus Pancakes

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Prep time: 15 minutes                                 Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 6                                                    Calories per serving: 290

What you need: 

1/2 cup flour

1 1/2  tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. orange zest

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1 cup of ricotta

4 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Toppings (Optional) 

Maple syrup

powdered sugar

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Putting it together: 

1.  In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, orange zest, salt and sugar; mix well. Set aside

2. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, orange juice, ricotta, butter, egg and vanilla; mix well

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; pour the ricotta mixture into the well. Stir together gently just until combined ( batter should be lumpy) Do not overmix.

4. Coat a nonstick griddle or large nonstick saute pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place over medium heat. For each pancake, spoon 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. When bubbles appear, gently turn the pancakes, and cook until lightly browned. Transfer the pancakes onto a warmed plate. Drizzle with desired toppings and serve.

In Honor of My Grandfather

I was thinking the other day, what could I do in honor of my grandpa? You see, I never met him. He passed away before mom and dad got married as did my grandma.

Grandpa’s family had Polish Deli and Kielbasa store in Chicago. There were three stores actually. And from what I have been told they were quite well-known back then.

When my dad’s dad retired, he sold the business to my grandpa and his brother, and they ran it for many, many years. I wish I had been around, as the kielbasa they made sounds like it was delish!

In addition to having been raised in a family who’s business revolved around wonderfully delicious polish sausages, my grandpa was a baker, and my mom has told me what a wonderful baker he was. She’s described him as an artist actually.

She tells a story of when she graduated college, my grandpa baked a cake for the graduating class.  He transported it from work where he baked and decorated it home. Fortunately, it was in a box, unfortunately during his travels the spare tire in the trunk fell on it and crushed one corner.

Mom tells a story of how grandpa whipped up some buttercream, cussing the entire time. He fixed it by cutting off the end of the cake and creating a spray of flowers with this buttercream. You could never tell what damage the cake had, nor how much grandpa that day!

So, the more I think about my grandfather, I think I too will open a deli/bakery when I’m done with school. I’ll start practicing my kielbasa making now.  I’ve been told that the recipe they had never was written down, but I’ll figure it out I’m sure. And everytime I bake a cake, I’ll think of grandpa.

National Apple Pie Day!!! – Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup frozen solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Filling

  • 3 1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Topping

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  7. Vanilla ice cream

Directions

For crust:
  Mix flour, salt, and sugar in large bowl. Add butter and shortening; rub in with fingertips until coarse meal forms. Mix 3 tablespoons ice water and vinegar in small bowl to blend. Drizzle over…

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There goes my Diet!!! – S’mores Oreos (What are your Vices?)

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According to theLA TimesNabisco’s newest flavor includes a graham cracker-flavored cookie with a chocolate-marshmallow creme filling.  Think s’mores that have been sitting out overnight. Still good, just cold. 

The cookie taste likes a graham cracker, and the filling a mix of chocolate and the classic Oreo creme. Before you know it, you’ve eaten half the bag.  

Looking back at some of Nabisco’s recent Oreo flavors, including red velvet, watermelon, fruit punch and limeade, it’s safe to say the s’mores cookies are a step in the right direction.

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The new Oreos will be available starting May 22 for a limited time and retail for $4.49. 

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Happy National Devil’s Food Cake!!! – Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

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Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

2-1/4 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1 cup water  

 FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter, cubed

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 

3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

 1/2 cup whole milk

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and cooled chocolate. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and water, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer batter to…

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Happy National Vanilla Pudding Day!!!

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Today is National Vanilla Pudding Day! The delicious, creamy pudding we know and love today has been around since the 19th century. Most culinary historians agree that our modern recipe evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome.

Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding in the 1950s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as a “busy-day dessert.”

To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious homemade vanilla pudding from scratch, or from an instant mix! For an extra special treat, pair it with fresh fruit or chocolate.

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Happy Belated Brisket Day!!! (May 28th) – How do you like your Brisket?

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Easy Beef Brisket Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 3 hoursYield: Serves 8

Ingredients

3 to 4 lbs of a brisket cut of beef3/4 cup barbeque sauce1/4 cup soy sauce1 cup of water

Method

1 Preheat oven to 300ºF.

2 In a bowl, mix together the barbeque sauce, soy sauce, and water.

3a Place the brisket roast on a large piece of aluminum foil. Spread the BBQ sauce mixture generously over meat. Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil and place it in a roasting pan. Bake for 1 hour for every 1 pound of meat.

3b Place the barbecue sauce and brisket in an oven roasting bag. Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour into the bag. Poke a couple small holes in the bag. Place the bag in a roasting pan. You may find that the cooking time is faster with this method, or you can reduce the oven temperature to 275°F.

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Animals are Better than Humans – They love Roadtrips (Man takes dying dog on a Bucket List Roadtrip)

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According toAOL News, when Thomas Neil Rodrigues found out his beloved pup only had a few more weeks left to live, he decided to give his dog, Poh, a trip of a lifetime.

In 7 weeks the pair took an epic road trip, visiting 35 cities along the way. Rodriguez told ABC News that “It was a great trip. I got to spend seven weeks with Poh. At first, I did not think he’d make it two weeks, but he did.”

Poh, who is 15, was adopted by his owner when he was just 8 weeks old. After doctors told Rodriguez that his friend of over a decade might now have much more time, he quickly took off on their last journey.

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“It was a little bit for him, a little bit for me.”

Prior to their trip, Rodriguez documented the journey on an Instagram account created…

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Happy National Macaroon Day!

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It’s National Macaroon Day! Macaroons are small unleavened cakes with a crispy outer layer and a moist, chewy center. Although they are the same size as cookies, macaroons do not contain any flour and therefore do not fall into that classification. The most popular macaroon varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate.

Culinary historians believe that macaroons originated in Italy. In fact, the word “macaroon” comes from the Italian word for paste: “maccarone.” A primary ingredient in early macaroon recipes was almond paste.

In 1533, Italian monks and nuns introduced macaroons to France. Two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, began baking and selling these small sweets to help pay for their housing. They became known as the “Macaroon Sisters,” and their baking became famous throughout Europe.

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