Dairy Free Pancakes

Recently I have one of my daughters friends over for a sleep over. Her friend is allergic to dairy products and requested I make pancakes for breakfast. I was able to get the recipe from the mom who graciously brought over the soy milk and Earth’s Best butter to use to substitute for the milk and butter. I was pleasantly surprise on how good this tasted and honestly I couldn’t tell the difference!

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Dairy Free Pancakes

  • Servings: Fourteen 4 inch Cakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon double acting baking powder
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons melted (earth best butter)
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups of soy milk

Directions:

  • Sift before measuring flower
  • Resift with salt, sugar and baking powder
  • Add dry ingredients to a medium bowl
  • Combine with eggs, butter and milk
  • Mix the liquid ingredients quickly into dry ingredients
  • Cook on hot griddle or pan

 

Brioche French Toast

Recently I discovered a new vendor at our local farmers market that sells French pastries. I was inspired by their brioche bread and decided to make breakfast for dinner. I like to add orange zest and nutmeg to my egg mixture, it makes the a great flavor for the french bread. The corn starch creates a crunchy texture to the french toast.

 

Brioche French Toast

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of brioche bread (cut into one inch slices)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup half & half or heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 – 4 tbsp salted butter  (to be used in the pan)
  • Pinch salt

Directions:

  • In a square shallow bowl beat the eggs and add the half and half
  • Add orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, corn starch and salt
  • Place bread into mixture one at a time to coat the bread
  • Place on a heated grill or pan with the melted butter
  • Cook until golden brown and crispy
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar and serve with warm maple syrup

 

Brown Sugar and Pepper Bacon

This is my favorite way to cook bacon! Using a center cut bacon brings down the fat content and baking it in the oven is key. Adding the brown sugar and fresh black pepper gives it that sweet and salty perfect bite.

Try it, you will be a star!

Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Bacon

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • Organic Center Cut Bacon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place wire rack on cookie tray
  • Spray with cooking spray
  • Place bacon on wire
  • Sprinkle each piece with brown sugar
  • Sprinkle each piece with black pepper
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes or until brown
  • Let cool for 5 minutes

Cheesy Potato Casserole

I’ve been making this dish for almost 25 years. To all my healthy eaters out there, this is not a dish you would admit to eating but it could be your dirty little secret to enjoy. This is my go to dish for any potluck, holiday meal or a side dish to a great steak. The most important thing to remember is to use high quality cheese. Don’t skimp and use cheap cheese! You can use whatever flavor combination you like it doesn’t have to be what I used.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs (bags) of refrigerated hash browns (you can find these typically next to the eggs in the grocery store. If you can only find frozen, let them thaw first)
  • 1/2 stick of good quality butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion (chopped up)
  • 2 tablespoons of chives (chopped up)
  • 1 pint of organic sour cream (don’t use light)
  • 1 cup of sharp good quality cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup of gouda cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Jarlsberg cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup of Le Gruyere cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can of campbell’s cream of mushroom soup (you can use cream of chicken if you want)
  • 1/2 bag of any plain potato chips (crushed)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400
  • Spray casserole dish with non stick oil
  • In a medium pan heat the butter and onions together and cook until soft
  • Add mushroom soup and mix well
  • Add all cheese and mix well
  • Add sour cream and mix well
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Add chives
  • In a casserole dish dump the hash browns in and mix in the cheesy mixture
  • Mix well and pat down into pan
  • Top with potato chips
  • Bake for 1 hour until golden brown and hot

Mix butter with onions
Mix butter with onions

Add soup
Add soup

Add cheese
Add cheese

Add sour cream
Add sour cream

Hash Browns
Hash Browns

mix well
Mix well

Pat down mixture
Pat down mixture

Add potato chips
Add potato chips

Quiche Lorraine

This is a delicious easy main dish you can serve for brunch or dinner. Pair with a nice arugula salad with tomatoes, your guest will ask for a second helping!

Quiche Lorraine

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • 4 jumbo organic eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 package of thick bacon
  • 3/4 cup of grated Jarlsberg cheese
  • 3/4 cup of baby swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan and romano
  • 1/2 cup of Le Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 unbaked pie dough
  • 1 9inch deep dish pie pan

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Prepare the pie dough into the pie pan and set aside
  • Chopped raw bacon into small pieces and cook in a skillet until crispy, drain on paper towel and set aside
  • Drain bacon fat out of the skillet but leave 1 tablespoon
  • Sauté the sweet onions until soft and translucent, remove and drain on a paper towel
  • Place the bacon evenly on the bottom of the pie pan
  • Sprinkle onions and chives on top
  • In a large bowl slightly beat the eggs
  • Add cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper
  • Mix together and pour into pie shell
  • Bake in oven at 450 for 15 minutes
  • Reduce heat to 350 and bake for about 45 minutes longer until cooked into the center.
  • Let cool for 1o minutes and serve

crispy bacon cooked
crispy bacon cooked

pie shell
pie shell

slightly beaten eggs
slightly beaten eggs

All the cheeses
All the cheeses

fresh nutmeg
fresh nutmeg

quiche before the oven
quiche before the oven