Monday, May 30, 2011

Plain Jane Pancakes & A Giveaway

Happy Memorial Day!! I hope you have the day off and have plans to laze around :). I am teaching Body Pump and otherwise????

Sunday was a beautiful day in Charleston. I started my day off right by walking the bridge with Amelia!! It was getting hot quick- it was over 80 degrees by 9 AM, but the breeze on the bridge made it feel just right. So great to catch up with Amelia :). After, I headed home for relaxation and yard work. Josh cut & edged the lawn while I weeded, laid down grass seed, and watered.

At night, Josh’s friend Jeremy came over to join Josh and Andrew in a video game marathon. I was feeling a little like I was living in a frat house haha. When it came time for dinner, I knew I wanted to make something from a fabulous cookbook I received to review, In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes From Our Year of Cooking in the Real World by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine (disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher). 


According to the publisher:

“This cookbook is what all twenty-something cooks need: user-friendly, affordable, yet delicious recipes based on the popular blog, Big Girls, Small Kitchen…Included in the book you will learn all  about how to cook on a budget, cooking for one, friends, family, date nights, brunch, and dinner parties, plus great cooking tips, whether your kitchen is big--or like my NYC kitchen--very small!”

Cara and Phoebe seem so down to earth and fun! I love the way they divided the book into the type of cooking you may be doing (my favorite chapter is clearly brunch!).  I also enjoyed all of the stories, tips and tricks throughout the book. For my first recipe, I tried the Plain Jane Pancakes:


I made a double batch, some plain (Jane ;)), some with chocolate chips. Both myself and all of my frat boys thought they were fantastic! I threw bananas on top and let everyone choose whether they wanted butter or syrup or both on top of their pancakes.


Other recipes I can’t wait to try? Winter squash patties, white cheddar mac n cheese and my mother’s garlic soup! I think there is something for EVERYONE in this cookbook. Do you want a copy of your own? To win, leave a comment on this post by Friday, June 3 at noon telling me the first recipe you “mastered” in your early twenties. For me, it would probably be stir fry (unless fajitas in a box count haha).

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