Breakfast from the Heart…

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne, Vogue, October 1956

Heart-shaped Pancakes (use)

Happy Valentine’s Day! The Foodie family aren’t huge romantics, so this day often whooshes by with just a greeting of acknowledgment, and attended to like any other day.

But this V-Day, Ms. Foodie decided to be different (shocker!) and made Mr. Foodie his favorite meal: Pancakes. But these ones came straight from the heart, in the shape of a heart!

Ms. Foodie has tried lots of pancake recipes, and they never live up to the hype. So I came up with a few of my own. This simple Pancake Mix Recipe uses the following ingredients:

Dry:

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt.

Wet:

1/3 cup oil (Canola, Vegetable Oil)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 and 1/4 cup of milk (you can substitute Buttermilk or Almond Milk).

Ms. Foodie sifts the dry ingredients together, then I mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  I create a little well in the dry ingredients, then lightly pour the wet mixture in stages, mixing well at each pour. You don’t want to over mix the batter though–lumps are good!

Ms. Foodie does not own a heart-shaped mold (that lack of romance thing), so I carefully placed the batter into a non-stick skillet to form little heart shapes. Ms. Foodie found that this got easier and more precise with each heart.

Heart-shaped Pancakes (Naked-use) Aren’t they pretty? And a bit rustic–definitely a reflection of us. We’re simple folks who enjoy Simple Fare!

Ms. Foodie threw some frozen berries (minus strawberries–Mr. Foodie is allergic) into Maple Syrup, and warmed it, then melted some Butter in a separate server. Nothing makes homemade Pancakes happier than warm Butter and Syrup!

So from this non-romantic, to the romantics of the world, have a loved-filled day, and Eat Heart-ty!

New Year’s Brunch: King Hawaiian French Toast stuffed with Ham and Cheese

Ms. Foodie wishes everyone a Happy New Year!  After a night of ringing out the old and ringing in the new, it behooves you to start off with a delicious meal.  A new twist 0n Ham and Eggs is made to order!

I took some King Hawaiian sliced bread and coated it with an egg and sour cream mixture spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. After placing one slice on the griddle, I topped it with slices of Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Cheese, then covered it with a second slice of the coated.

Flip and cook like any French toast recipe until golden brown, and then serve it up with maple syrup or a preserve of your choosing.

A Bellini accompaniment is just the ticket–gotta do something with that leftover champagne!

Challah French Toast is what’s for Breakfast!

An homage to my Jewish brethren commemorating Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, accompanied by unorthodox thick-sliced Bacon.  Raised by a Southern Baptist Mamma–what can I say?!

Covered in Maple Syrup, with the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack playing in the background, it’s all good….