rice cooker berry pancake

Rice Cooker Berry Pancake

Sometimes I feel, as a food blogger, that I’m supposed to have certain standards about how I make my food and what ingredients I use.  Sometimes I feel that way, but then I think to myself, screw it this giant pancake in the rice cooker thing is just too nifty to pass up.  Yes, nifty.  Not having to stand in front of the stove for patiently waiting for pancakes to cook perfectly is pretty nifty.  Being able to cook “pancakes” with the same bowl you mix them in is also quite nifty.

I was sold, and I have to say the results were even better than I expected. It has the texture of a pancake, it tastes like  pancake, it even kind of looks like pancake with the golden outer later and fluffy interior.

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strawberry french toast grilled cheese

Strawberry French Toast Grilled Cheese

I love the combination of fruit and cheese, and when you make a sandwich out of it with french toast it becomes a wonderful breakfast treat.  The more traditional version of this sandwich uses cream cheese instead of deli cheese, but I tried that version and thought this would be even better with some swiss or provologne. I think I was right, as my second try I used baby swiss and the slight nuttiness of the cheese made for a heartier (and tastier imo) sandwich.

For extra sweet decadent goodness, serve this with maple syrup or strawberry compote! I just used a little powdered sugar and that was good too.

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crispy baked chicken and waffles

Crispy Baked Chicken with Waffles

Jason and I recently visited Charleston, SC where we had some amazing food. One of the favorites was the chicken and waffles at Early Bird Diner (if you are ever in Charleston you must check this place out.) Since then, I’ve been thinking about making chicken and waffles at home.  At first I wasn’t sure about it because it’s kind of a lot of work to do at home.  The other issue, is that as you may have noticed, I am not big on frying. I do it sometimes, but whenever possible, I try to do a baked version. I just find it to be a big messy ordeal, and you can get fried food anywhere. But chicken and waffles without that crispy, succulent chicken just isn’t right!

Then I got lucky and saw this brilliant idea from Just One Cookbook to get crispy baked chicken by toasting the panko on the stove with a little olive oil first, then adding it to the chicken.  It really works! The chicken gets a nice crunchy outside without having to over bake it or use tons of extra oil. This really makes me excited because I make a lot of recipes with baked panko and while yes, it is an extra step, it’s very easy and makes a big difference if you want that crispy breading.

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perfectly poached eggs with buffalo sauce

Perfectly Poached Eggs with Buffalo Sauce

Making poached eggs is actually pretty easy if you just follow a couple of guidelines and don’t fuss with it too much. Poaching produces an egg with a wonderfully rich runny yolk, which is why I don’t really understand why the most classic way to make poached eggs is with hollandaise sauce. You take a runny egg and top it with a runny egg mixture? I don’t know, maybe I am missing something! In my opinion just topping the poached egg with a simple buffalo sauce (the term buffalo sauce used loosely because its really just butter sprinkled with cayenne sauce), is tastier and way less effort than hollandaise.

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