RASPBERRY & PISTACHIO PANCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

January 30, 2017

I have really wanted one of those fold out elevated trays that make breakfast in bed possible. Trying to eat in bed without one of those ends up just feeling gross and frumpy. And if I am being served breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day, birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc., I want to,  you know, feel pretty and elegant while doing it.

So if these pancakes are happening for Valentine’s Day, which they are basically perfect for and so probably will, I need to invest in one of those contraptions promptly.

RASPBERRY & PISTACHIO PANCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLERASPBERRY & PISTACHIO PANCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
Serves 3 to 4

1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint raspberries
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
Additional butter

In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk in milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Grease a large skillet with additional butter. Over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet. Once bubbles form, flip until cooked throughout, about 1 minute. Serve pancakes topped with raspberries, chopped pistachios and chocolate drizzle.

RASPBERRY & PISTACHIO PANCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 and ½ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • ¼ cup pistachios, chopped
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips, melted
  • Additional butter
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk in milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla.
  2. Grease a large skillet with additional butter.
  3. Over medium heat, pour ¼ cup of batter into skillet. Once bubbles form, flip until cooked throughout, about 1 minute.
  4. Serve pancakes topped with raspberries, chopped pistachios and chocolate drizzle.

 

SPAGHETTI PIZZA

January 9, 2017

Sometimes pizza dough is kind of a pain that I do not want to mess with at all. I do homemade doughs sometimes (and they are tasty!) but you know the nights I just need to not have to have the forethought to begin preparing dinner on and off starting at 11:00am.

SO MAKE A PIZZA CRUST OUT OF NOODLES! So make a pizza crust out of noodles. The noodles get all crispy and tasty this way too. Yes, this is a crazy fusion food which normally feel a little gimmicky, not fancy, but I found myself feeling quite epicurean while I ate this. Probably one of the prettiest pizzas I have seen to date and certainly since the start of the 2017 calendar year.

spaghetti-pizzaSPAGHETTI PIZZA

1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
2 eggs
2 tablespoons parsley
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup pesto (my favorite recipe here), divided
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Mozzarella
Basil
Parmesan, shaved

When preparing spaghetti, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water before straining noodles. Toss noodles with egg, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, pasta water, and 2 tablespoons pesto. Drizzle a skillet with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and heat to medium. Press 1/2 of noodles in pan and cook for 8-9 minutes, until bottom is browned. Transfer pizza to a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining noodles.

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Place grape tomatoes in skillet over medium-low heat and drizzle with olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Roast for 4-5 minutes.

Spread pesto across pizzas and top with mozzarella and roasted tomatoes. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with parmesan and fresh basil.

SPAGHETTI PIZZA
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup pesto (my favorite recipe here), divided
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • Mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Parmesan, shaved
Instructions
  1. When preparing spaghetti, reserve ¼ cup pasta water before straining noodles. Toss noodles with egg, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, pasta water, and 2 tablespoons pesto. Drizzle a skillet with ½ teaspoon olive oil and heat to medium.
  2. Press ½ of noodles in pan and cook for 8-9 minutes, until bottom is browned. Transfer pizza to a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining noodles.
  3. Place grape tomatoes in skillet over medium-low heat and drizzle with olive oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Roast for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Spread pesto across pizzas and top with mozzarella and roasted tomatoes. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with parmesan and fresh basil.

Adapted from Playful Cooking

RENOVATIONS SCHEDULED FOR 2017

January 5, 2017

Since becoming homeowners, my favorite time of the whole year might be when we sit down around December to plan what renovations we hope to tackle in the coming year. And now this has become one of my very favorite posts to write too. Renovations for 2017!

One of our biggest goals this year is fulfilling our “Summer of the Exterior” initiative – basically getting our exterior to look nicer and have a functionality that works better for our family. From that, the year kind of broke down into trimesters, things we will do before summer (January to May) and things we will do after the summer (September to December), sandwiching together the Summer of the Exterior.

2017-renovations

JANUARY

Finish built-in desk

FEBRUARY

Demo mudroom closet
Tile kitchen

MARCH

Purchase coffee table
Purchase sofa table

APRIL

Install kitchen island
Add some open shelving in kitchen
Install recessed lighting in kitchen
Refinish kitchen counters
Paint kitchen cabinets
Paint kitchen backsplash

MAY

Paint sunroom floor (it won’t be white!)
Build a fence
Landscaping

JUNE

Finish building fence?
Refurbish basketball court
Remove lattice in sunroom

JULY

Build a grill pad
Install landscape lighting
New mailbox
Gut basement (I think we have some nasty mastic flooring to remove?)
Paint basement

AUGUST

Strip powder bathroom wallpaper
Tile powder bathroom
Board & batten in powder bathroom
New pedestal sink in powder bathroom
Paint powder bathroom
Rip out soffit and reinstall light in powder bathroom

We are taking it easy during the first part of the year. After knocking out one of the closets in the mudroom, we might hire out having the kitchen tiled and will just be keeping our eye out for a coffee and sofa table to buy.

I leave the last quarter of the year kind of open to tweak since projects can shift and we will always have to reassess where the budget is.

I am laughing because my goal this past year was to get the powder bath done before our halloween party and now it worked out that it is shifted back to August/September and will be my goal to finish it before next year’s halloween party again!

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