Friday, June 8, 2012

[Tracy's Famous Pancakes.]

Yes.  Her pancakes are famous.  At least to me they are ... her kids rave about them.

Famous Pancakes

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cardomom
2 eggs
1 + 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter


- mix.  cook.  eat.

[Tracy's Minestrone Soup]

My friend, Tracy, invited me for lunch this week ... and served the most delicious soup ever.  I asked for the recipe, and she gave it to me.  Winning.

Minestrone Soup

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1/2 pound of italian sausage, ground
1 large onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup chopped celery, carrot and green pepper
2 tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
pinch of dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
2 cups of chopped tomatoes (19oz can)
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 cup of kidney beans
1/2 cup of elbow macoroni
freshly grate parmesan (optional)


- In a large heavy sauce pan, heat oil and butter.   Add sausage, brown lightly.
- add chopped onion, garlic, celery, carrot and green pepper.  Cook until softened.
- sir in parsley, basil , thyme, and bay leaf ... add salt and pepper.
- stir in the tomatoes and stock.
- bring to a boil.
- reduce heat and cover, simmer 10 minutes.
- add cabbage, beans and pasta.  Simmer for 30 minutes.
- serve with sprinkled parmesan on top.