How to Make Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon-Apple Compote?

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 ½ cups flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon allspice
Zest of 1 lemon, grated or finely chopped
Pinch of salt
¾ cup milk
½ cup strong brewed black coffee, cooled
1 egg
⅓ cup dark molasses
2 tablespoons melted butter


In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, spices, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the milk, coffee, egg, molasses, and melted butter. Add the flour mixture to the bowl, and beat well until smooth and there are no more lumps.
Heat a lightly oiled frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Using about a 1/4 cup measuring cup or ladle, pour the batter onto the hot pan, cooking for about 2 to 3 min per side. Oil the pan between batches to prevent sticking. Serve hot with a spoonful of Chunky Apple Compote (see below). If you like, keep the pancakes warm in a low oven (180°F) until ready to serve.

Cinnamon-Apple Compote

3 tablespoons butter
6 baking apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Add the butter to a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted and bubbling, add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples start to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for another 5 minutes or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork. Serve warm.

How to Make Classic Homemade Mac & Cheese?

Recipe for Homemade Mac and Cheese
Homemade Mac & Cheese

There is nothing more satisfying than homemade macaroni and cheese. The boxed stuff has nothing on this treasured family classic – gooey Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses are combined with noodles and an assortment of different herbs and spices. A toasted bread crumb and Parmigiano-Reggiano topping adds a nice and crispy crunch to the dish. This mac & cheese is delicious on its own or served as a side dish. Continue reading How to Make Classic Homemade Mac & Cheese

How to Make Sweet Potato Praline Pie?

Holiday Pie Recipes
Sweet Potato Praline Pie

A Southern favorite, sweet potato pie with a sugary pecan topping is a delicious fall dessert that is popular around the holidays. Creamy sweet potatoes are combined with real maple syrup and spices. Chopped pecans are cooked in sugar syrup to make a delightful praline topping that is almost candy-like. Try this delicious pie and it’s sure to become a holiday tradition at your house, too!


Serves 8


1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes

2 large eggs

1/3 cup plus another 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1 pie crust for a 9-inch pie

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup of pecans, half of them lightly chopped, the other half whole



Prebake the pie crust (If you use a store-bought frozen crust, you do not need to pre-bake it, just let it thaw for 10 minutes and prick the bottom all over with a fork before using.):

Put the crust into your pie pan and crimp the edge in a decorative pattern. Transfer the pie crust to the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F. When the pie crust is chilled, line the pie crust with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Fill at least two-thirds full with pie weights (dry beans, rice, or stainless-steel pie weights). Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, cool a few minutes and carefully remove the pie weights. Prick small holes in the bottom of the pie crust with a fork and return to oven (without the weights) and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely before filling.

Make the sweet potato purée: In a large saucepan, cover the sweet potato cubes with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the sweet potato pieces are soft when poked with a knife or fork. Drain and purée in a food processor until smooth.  Add a tablespoon or two of water, if necessary, to get a smooth consistency. Let cool completely before using.

Prepare the pie. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place rack at bottom of oven. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and maple syrup until smooth. Add the sweet potato purée, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 3/4 cup of cream. Mix very well until completely smooth. Pour into the cooled crust.

Bake the pie: Bake on lowest rack for 50 minutes, until filling has set (fairly firm but not cracked). You may want to wrap the edges of the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the pie crust edges from burning. Cool on rack for one hour. Then transfer to refrigerator and chill completely.

Make the pecan topping: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of cream, and mix in. Add the pecans, mixing to coat the pecans with the sugar mixture. Let cool for 1 minute. Pour mixture over cooled pie. Use a rubber spatula to spread topping over the top of the pie. Cool until topping has hardened, about 30 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

How to Cook Chicken Florentine?


Chicken and Pasta Recipes
Chicken Florentine

Chicken Florentine is a wonderful pasta dish – crispy, moist chicken with sauteed spinach and pasta tossed in a creamy sauce. There are a few elements to putting this dish together but it is actually quite simple to make. It looks very elegant, however, and is definitely delicious. Serve this pasta dish with a loaf of warm French bread and a salad and you have a complete dinner. Continue reading Chicken Florentine

How to Make Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with Apples and Cranberries?

Autumn Recipes for Stuffed Pork
Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork

Roast pork tastes delightful with baked fruit,especially apples and cranberries. The sweet tartness of these fruits are a perfect match to the savoriness of the pork. Walnuts, maple syrup, and rosemary add a wonderful depth of flavor (and a little crunch from the walnuts). This dish is the perfect main course for a family get-together, especially in the fall when apples are in season. Continue reading ‘Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with Apples and Cranberries