Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nutmeg flax Pancakes

I found this recipe in a Penzys catalog and thought it would be a unique addition to our awesome pancake recipe collection. The recipe calls for 1-2 t. of nutmeg. Using 1 t. scared me a little but it was awesome! Not too strong at all. The flavor reminded me of a cake doughnut. I served these with our blueberry sauce, it was a great combination. -Sarah

2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 t. salt
1 T. baking powder
1-2 t. nutmeg
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1 T. honey or brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla

  • Stir together dry ingredients. 
  • Blend eggs and wet ingredients until well mixed.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just incorporated. 
  • Cook on hot griddle. 

Sausage and Lentil Soup

I love cooking with lentils. They cook quickly and are such a fun alternative to the other more common things we eat regularly. I've made this soup many times. We all love it and it freezes well too. You can change the spice level with the sausage or the red pepper flakes. We all like things spicy and a spicy sausage lentil soup is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold day. We like to sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on our bowls.  -Sarah

1 pound Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 # lentils, rinsed
1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
32 oz. crushed tomatoes
14, oz can diced or stewed tomatoes
  • Brown sausage, onion and garlic. Drain if needed. 
  • Add broth, lentils, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce head and simmer covered for 30 minutes. (until lentils are softened)
  • Add tomatoes, bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes until lentils are cooked through. Adjust seasonings. 
(I found this recipe on the blog I've changed it slightly)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Norwegian Sour Cream Cake

This is actually a King Arthur Flour recipe that I found through Pinterest. I have always wanted a really good pound cake recipe and for me this is exactly what I've been looking for. The cake is moist and dense with an amazing butter and sour cream flavor. My family loves this cake and thinks it should be served as a coffee cake and a dessert cake. -Sarah

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sour cream

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan, 10 inch tube pan, or angle food pan. 
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar until well combined. 
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Stir in the salt, baking powder and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, alternating with the sour cream.
  • Starting with flour, add about 1 cup, alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream. Mixing at medium speed and combining well after each addition. Batter will be very thick when finished.
  • Scoop into prepared pan, leveling dough with spatula. 
  • Bake for about 60 minutes, checking with a tooth pick. Turn cake out onto a plate. 

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Another easy and delicious gluten free cookie recipe. These are so soft and chewy no one guesses they are gluten free. The M&M's on top make them even more tempting! -Sarah

1 cup sugar (plus more for rolling)
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
M&M's (peanut butter are awesome)
  • Mix first 3 ingredients until well combined.
  • Roll into balls and roll balls in sugar.
  • Flatten slightly on cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  • Push M&M's onto cookie tops before cooling.