Saturday, December 8


These crepes are out of this world! Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most recently we ate them for dinner. These crepes are thicker than your traditional French crepe but in my opinion more delicious and easier to flip. I love that you can throw the ingredients in the blender and voila 1 minute later a beautiful smooth batter that cooks to a golden toasty brown on your griddle. I have filled these with blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, peaches and bananas...honestly you really cannot go wrong. Last week I found fresh pineapple on sale and filled ours with pineapple, bananas and homemade whipped cream. We ate the entire batch. Yikes! But really the batter by itself is fairly healthy. Not Green Smoothie healthy but still pretty good. Enjoy!

1 cup cottage cheese- I prefer small curd 4% milk fat
6 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high for 1 minute (you may need to pause and scrape the sides half-way through). Scoop out the batter in 1/4 cups onto a heated griddle or skillet. If using an electric griddle turn your heat to about 375F or if using a skillet on the stove, turn your heat to medium-high. Tilt the griddle to spread out the batter until thinned, cook until browned on the bottom and then flip.

Serves about 4, or 2 if your really hungry and thoroughly enjoying your meal.

Ready to flip! Notice the air bubbles coming to the surface and beginning to pop

Perfect golden brown
At this point my husband is saying "can we please stop the pictures and start eating". :) 

Green Smoothies

I'll admit it, I was skeptical of the whole "green smoothie" movement. I liked my yogurt fruit smoothies and didn't know if I wanted to introduce those green vegetables into my morning blend. It took some convincing from my friend Yvonne at Tried and Tasty and when I finally took her advice there has been no turning back. Green smoothies have become our morning ritual, as neither one of us are big coffee drinkers and provide a great energy boost for the start of the day. Here is a smoothie blend I've come up with. The ingredients are more of an approximation so have fun playing with the ratios and fruit blends.

1 large handful of fresh spinach
1-2 leaves of bok choy- cut into small pieces
2 heaping tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 frozen bananas- broken into small pieces
1 1/2 cup fruit juice- I love using the Dole pineapple orange blends

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Yield: 2 smoothies

Spinach, Bok Choy and Frozen Bananas!

I'm in love with the ZOI traditional style yogurt

Sunday, December 2

Cheesecakes for Two with Cranberry Reduction

There is something special about cranberry's during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Perhaps its due to the fact cranberry's are readily found in the stores around that time, and other than in November or December cranberry's are either non existent or exorbitantly priced. I was craving cheesecake for Thanksgiving dessert and thought the tart cranberry would be the perfect complement to the sweet and creamy cheesecake. There is also something delightful about ramekins when cooking for two. While an entire cheesecake in the fridge is temping...I just couldn't rationalize it. I used two crumbled sugar cookies mixed with about 1 tablespoon of melted butter for the crust and found my filling from The Weekend Gourmande. Follow the filling directions as indicated and bake in two 10 oz ramekins or four 5.5 oz ramekins. After a filling meal the 5.5 oz size was perfect for us.

To make the cranberry reduction, start with 8 oz of fresh cranberry's, about 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. (*if desired you can add additional sugar) Combine the sauce ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. At this point, strain the thickened sauce. After the cheesecakes have cooled, spoon the sauce over each individual cheese cake and serve. If you need your chocolate fix, lightly drizzle melted hot fudge over the cranberry sauce.

*The pictures do not do this dessert justice :)*

Chocolate Souffles

 The first time I saw a recipe for a souffle was in the Bon Appetit magazine some years back. My grandmother had a subscription and when she was finished with the magazine she would mail me the copy earmarked with recipes she thought would be good to try. The article was titled something along the lines of "Souffle Simplified" and showed step by step instructions of the magnificent dessert. Those images stayed with me and I promised myself that one day I would conquer the souffle. Fast forward 7 or so years and while I no longer have that particular recipe from Bon Appetit I found a delicious recipe for chocolate souffle from My San Francisco Kitchen /. I used four 5.5 ounce ramekins and baked mine for approx 14 minutes. Absolutely phenomenal! Enjoy! My next endeavor...savory souffles!