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Mr. Passi’s Pumpkin Pancakes

October 18th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

It’s a challenge to get in the recommended amount of vegetables each day. So if you can knock one off at breakfast, you’re on your way! My older kids made this in Chris Passi’s first grade, and it has been a popular item with kids and adults ever since.

Quote from Pepper, age 6, to Kysen, age 4: “Wait until you get in Mr. Passi’s class. He will never yell at you. And when you look up, you will see his smiling face.”

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Wonder Woman and Other Super Heros

October 18th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

At the playground, I pointed out a little girl dressed in high white boots, golden arm bands and a cape.
“Look, Cleo, she’s Wonder Woman!”
“Oh….because she wonders where her mama is?”

She’s obviously going through a little separation anxiety issue right now. So she’s at my side most of the time, especially in the kitchen, asking “Can I help you, mama?” She’s the Robin to my Batman. One thing she can do is reach all the spices in the pantry and bring them to me. Since recent studies suggest that many spices truly have super powers, I’ve kept her pretty busy finding and sprinkling these little powerhouses:

Super Hero: CINNAMON *new: our Vietnamese variety
Powers: Lowers cholesterol
To the Rescue: Sprinkle it in your morning coffee for a snappy start.
Super Hero: TURMERIC
Power: Preserves mental function (Alzheimer’s is extremely rare in India!)
To the Rescue: Toss cauliflower with curry powder (contains turmeric) and roast for golden goodness.

Super Hero: OREGANO
Powers: Antioxidant (45x more than apples!) and one of the best bacteria killers
To the Rescue: Add an earthy lilt to sliced tomatoes, tomato sauce and pizza.

Super Hero: GINGER
Powers: Anti-inflammatory; relives arthritis
To the Rescue: A teaspoon or two adds an Asian twist to ordinary chicken soup.

Hmmm….I wonder…what else can I do with these super-spices? Any ideas out there? Please – all of you Wonder Women out there – write in and school us with your own tips.

Bourbon Apple Pie

October 10th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Sugar and spice and … a little bit naughty. But oh sooo fun. No bourbon in the house, but I do have a fifth of Jack Daniels in the cupboard (next to the oven cleaner) for when my mother comes to visit. Last night I sauteed apples with some sugar and spices, poured in some Jack and popped it in a pie crust and it was awesome. This pie is more on the savory than sweet side, so a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream balances the flavors nicely.

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Split Pea Soup

October 9th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

We don’t get many rainy days in Colorado, so I really look forward to them.  Today we were treated to a rare rainy day.  I made split pea soup and took Einstein on a walk along the Platte River while the flavors in the soup melded together.  This soup is filled with flavor and makes enough for four.  It freezes well, so I usually make a double batch, freeze half and save it for when the snow falls as an apres ski treat.

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Good Morning Vietnam Sandwich

October 5th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

“Happy Donut.” The name doesn’t exactly market that fact that they also sell the most delicious sandwiches known to man. Toasty warm on the outside and thickly layered with crunchy marinated carrots, bright green cilantro and cold refreshing cucumber – all necessary to cool down the fiery chili-encrusted pork at the core – these Vietnamese sandwiches are dangerously addicting. If you don’t have immediate access to a Happy Donut or its equivalent, here’s an (I’m sure non-authentic, but satisfies the craving) equivalent. I started the preparation for lunch the night before, but we were so excited about it that we had them for breakfast, with Vietnamese style ice-coffee. Thus the name.

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