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Banana Blender Pancakes

I'm wrapping up Brunch Week with a family favorite, pancakes. I chose this recipe because the last thing I want to do on a lazy Sunday or Mother's Day is wash a ton of dishes. Since these banana pancakes are mixed in the blender, clean up is super easy.  I made a few minor changes to the recipe.  I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a teaspoon of cinnamon. I find blenders work best when you add the wet ingredients first. I like to coat my griddle pan with nonstick spray but then also add a bit of butter. I've got a nice wide turner that's perfect for pancakes and I cooked them four at a time. I was very happy with how light and fluffy they turned out. You can top them with more bananas and drizzle them with honey or maple syrup, I think they'd also be fantastic with Nutella or peanut butter in between them and I'm definitely going to make the next batch a double and do some with blueberries. Thank you so much to Christie from A Kitchen Hoors Adventures for

Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan Bowls

These Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan Bowls would be beautiful for brunch, Mother's Day, or a baby shower. I used an 8" nonstick skillet, Frigo shredded parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper.  The key is really to be patient and also be attentive.  This isn't the kind of thing you walk off and do something else or you'll go from melty deliciousness to burnt in the blink of an eye. There was a bit of a learning curve.  The first one I didn't have quite enough cheese, the second one I flipped out onto the ramekin upside down and didn't notice til it had cooled. By the 3rd one I had it down.  This is actually the inside out one. Look how perfectly golden brown it is and oh-so-crispy! I love how you can see the flecks of black pepper, but obviously once you fill it it all gets covered up so make sure you turn them out the right way. You can definitely purchase all the ingredients for the salad separately but I grabbed two Caesar kits and a container o

Blueberry Jam Palmiers

 J is for Jam! This year I'm participating in a bi weekly challenge with some blogging friends to post recipes using all of the letters in the alphabet.  It can feature a food that begins with the letter of the week or the recipe name can contain the week's letter. I had so many ingredients earmarked for J that I had a hard time choosing which one to make, jalapenos, jam, Jell-O. In the end, I decided on these Blueberry Jam Palmiers which were inspired by a recipe on Bake From Scratch.  It's really simple, but you do need to be mindful of the defrost/chilling times. All you need are frozen puff pastry sheets, turbinado sugar, cornstarch and of course, jam.  I chose blueberry but it would be fantastic with raspberry, blackberry or even strawberry jalapeno. First you thaw the puff according to the package directions. Lay it out on a pastry mat or cutting board and sprinkle with some turbinado sugar.  Roll it out to a 12" x 12" ish square and then gently flip it o

Coffee Cake Donuts

One of my favorite things to make and one of my guys favorite things to eat are donuts. I absolutely love any excuse to break out the donut pans so I'm kicking off Brunch Week with Coffee Cake Donuts from The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook by Sara Mellas.    As per usual, I set out to provide progress shots and only snagged a few.  It's a pretty simple process, you mix up the crumb topping and stick it in the fridge, then mix up the batter. I liked to put my donut batter into a piping bag set into a large cup for easy filling. After the tins are filled, you sprinkle them with the cinnamon streusel topping. I thought I'd been pretty generous but I definitely would make double the amount of topping next time. I got 12 full size donuts and 12 minis but I might go for more batter in each one and not make the minis. I felt like some of them were a bit skimpy even though I filled the tins halfway as suggested. They're light, fluffy and have a nice crumb which is what I expect fro