Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soft, Fluffy Pancakes from Scratch

These pancakes are absolutely perfect, seriously, you just can't go wrong with this recipe! This is hands-down the most favorite pancake recipe in our house, feel free to add berries or chocolate chips to jazz it up a bit!

Soft & Fluffy Pancakes
3/4 C. milk
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 C. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Non-stick spray

-Preheat skillet or griddle on medium heat.
1. Combine milk and vinegar in mixing bowl and let sit 5-10 minutes. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in egg and vanilla, then slowly mix in melted butter.
2. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto greased skillet or griddle, cook until golden on each side - about 1-2 minutes. Serve as desired!
-Makes about 10 pancakes.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Swedish Baked Sausage

We really love German cuisine in our home, it is often very simple to make (which is always a plus) and the flavors are wonderful. I have a cookbook given to me from a dear German friend of mine and every recipe I have made from that book has quickly become a house favorite. This particular recipe is referred to as being Swedish but you will find variations of this dish being served in many homes across Germany, I did change it up a bit and I loved the results. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

Swedish Baked Sausage 
3-4 potatoes, washed and cubed
1/2 onion, finely diced
1/2-1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 tsp. dried parsley
4 Tbsp. butter, sliced thinly
3 bratwurst sausages
1-2 C. chopped broccoli
1-2 Tbsp. mustard
1/3-1/2 C. breadcrumbs
3/4 C. grated Parmesan

-Heat oven to 375 F, grease an 8x11" or 9x13" baking dish
-Heat a medium skillet over medium heat

1. Add potatoes and onion to baking dish, toss well, season with salt, pepper, and caraway seeds. Top with half of the sliced butter. Place in oven and begin baking.
2. While the potatoes are baking place sausages in skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil if needed, cover and brown on both sides - about 10 minutes per side.
3. After 20 minutes remove potatoes from oven, stir well, season again with salt and pepper. Top with browned sausages, place chopped broccoli around sausages. Then, brush sausages with mustard. Top with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, remaining sliced butter, and sprinkle with just a bit more salt and pepper.
4. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, until cheese is browning and sausages are cooked. Serve!
-Serves 3-4.

*If your sausages are a bit dry feel free to serve them with just a bit more mustard.*

Here are a few assembly pictures for you :)

Here's the original recipe:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Light & Easy Curry Chicken with Spinach

Here is a VERY simple, and pretty healthy, version of curry chicken. Our family loved this meal and I know that you will too!

Curry Chicken with Spinach
1.5 lbs chicken, chopped
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
Salt & pepper
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. curry powder
1/3 C. frozen spinach
3 C. chicken broth
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 C. Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, or sour cream

1. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet, add onion and chicken. Season with salt and pepper and cook until chicken is browned and onion is translucent. In a separate bowl mix together broth and cornstarch.
2. Add remaining ingredients, except yogurt, to skillet and mix well. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and let simmer until thickened. Stir in yogurt just before serving.

*I prepare rice while the sauce simmers and it end ups cooking perfectly. I also served this dish with some Parmesan roasted tomatoes - slice a tomato, place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, top with Parmesan cheese and bake until browned (350 F).