Recipes

Pancake Cupcakes

IMG_5401Cold weather makes me want to eat freshly baked goodies. It is Spring but we are still getting cold nights in the 30s degrees or lower. I wanted an easy recipe that would be loved by all in my family. So I started with pancakes and turned them into cupcakes. 🙂

My very Easy Recipe:

Prepare the pancake mix per box instructions.Add 1 TSP pancake syrup, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp vanilla.Pour into pancake pans. Bake for 25 min at 350 degrees Farenheit. Serve with pancake syrup and butter.

 

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Lentils and Quinoa

Served Lentils and Quinoa

Lentils and Quinoa

Quinoa has been recently been given a boost in popularity due to its many benefits! What I like the most is that it is extremely low in  carbohydrate and it fills me up much more than pasta, rice or bread, without the calories! 🙂 It is very low in cholesterol and sodium and it has magnesium and phosphorus. It’s a great source of manganese, all great nutrients so important for me and my family.
In terms of flavor I  must say I had to try several recipes to start to enjoy and learn how to prepare it well. My husband and kids followed my footsteps and now I have to prepare double portions since they all want some.
Here is my favorite recipe. It is perfect as comfort food and great for any time of the year. That said, I can also see this recipe making a great cold weather crock pot or potluck meal.
  1. Prepare lentils per package directions. Prepare 2 cups of lentils. When seasoning, only add salt, pepper to taste and one basil leave. It’s best if you prepare the lentils from scratch. I recommend that you avoid the temptation to use canned lentils. The flavors will be better if you do not use canned lentils.
  2. Prepare quinoa per package directions. Prepare 1 cup of quinoa. When seasoning the quinoa, add:
    1. 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. If you don’t enjoy spicy foods then change the red pepper flakes part to 1/4 tsp.
  3. Mix the two preparations in one saucer or pot when both of them are ready. Let them cook for at least 10 minutes together. Add peas and carrots to the mix and allow the mixture to continue to cook for another 10 minutes, mixing well.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle dry parsley on top of each serving.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Some pics to illustrate the process.. and to explain why I love this dish so much. 🙂
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Quinoa in the Bag

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Mix of Lentils and Quinoa

Fully Cooked Lentils and Quinoa Cooking with Peas and Carrots.

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Yum! It’s ready to enjoy!

The Perfect Landing

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Risotto with Scallops

The Perfect Landing is a charming little formal restaurant that sits on top of the Centennial airport in Denver, Colorado. It offers traditional formal dining recipes such as risotto, Wellington beef and lobster thermidor. We had to order all of them, just because we no longer find many places that offer those dishes often. We enjoyed the experience, it was fantastic! I should also say that their service is outstanding! The hostess, the waiter and kitchen staff were absolutely impeccable.

We learned that it started as a catering service for the pilots only. Due to the success with their recipes and service, we are lucky it became a full service restaurant. It’s always been owned by a father and son, which shows the commitment to service and excellence.

Enjoy the pics! 🙂

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Beef Wellington

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Lobster Thermidor

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Pilot photo and antique register.

My easy version of Posole

 

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This is my version of Posole. Maybe you’ve tried authentic Mexican posole before… Well, this isn’t! I always try to make my version of the recipes I love and that is what I did once again here. Why? Well, the first reason is my kids have a hard time with chile in soups (as it continues to release spicy flavor and it can be too much for them.) In this version of Posole, I am training their taste buds by  making it without the chile but adding pepper flakes when serving. Second reason is I can’t eat pork, so I make it with chicken and give it an extra punch of flavor from other herbs and seasoning (not needed when making it with pork, as pork releases a lot of flavor by itself.) Last, I love to experiment with flavors and luckily for my family it all turns out delicious!

Here is my [easy] version of Posole in 4 steps:

1. Start by placing 2 cups of posole corn in 6 cups of water with salt to boil for 1 hour and a half. Add the chicken breast to the boiling water. (1 chicken breast is enough for 3 people.)

2. Add 1 TBSP salt, TBSP pepper, 1 TBSP cumin, 1 TBSP paprika, 1 cup of chicken stock, 1 TBSP oregano, 1 TBSP tarragon, 1 TBSP parsley and 1 clove of garlic (optional.)

3. Add 1/2 white or yellow onion cut in chunks, carrots and sweet peppers.

4. Let it boil until the posole corn is tender.

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Serve adding red pepper flakes and cabbage on top.

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Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.. Yum!

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Beautiful Pumpkin.

Yep! Fall is here and so we went out and got a pumpkin from the store. The kids wanted me to make roasted pumpkin seeds and we did! They were delicious.. Here is the recipe.

1. Cut the pumpkin and extract the seeds. The kids did this step and had a lot of fun. Here are the pics.

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Another shot of the beautiful pumpkin

It was a beautiful pumpkin so I am putting one more picture here, just because! 🙂

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Carved Spooky pumpkin…

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Spooky Carved Pumpkin

Pumpkins were removed.. and I had the cleaning task which is simply rinsing them with cold water.

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Pumpkin Seeds before Cleaning

Prepare a pan with parchment paper and set the clean seeds in the oven at 325 F degrees for 1 hour.

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Cleaned Pumpkin Seeds

Seeds cooking some deliciousness in the oven. 🙂

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Pumpkin Seeds in the Oven

When ready, take the parchment paper off, place 1/2 tsp of oil on a pan.

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Add the seeds and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cumin. Yum!

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Cumin

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Pumpkin Seeds being Seasoned with Cumin

Mix and get it back in the oven for 15 minutes..

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Pumpkin Seeds with Cumin and Salt Roasting in the Oven

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Pumpkin Seeds with Salt and Cumin Ready to Enjoy.

Wonderful and easy recipe for Fall.. I hope you can try it out. 🙂