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updated 12/30/2011 1:09:14 PM ET 2011-12-30T18:09:14

Recipe: Cornmeal pancakes with blueberries and sour cream

Ingredients
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 11⁄2 cups buttermilk
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups light sour cream
  • 1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 pint blueberries
Preparation

Cornmeal is high in magnesium, zinc, vitamins B, C, and E, and all cancer inhibitors, plus the antioxidant properties can also benefit those with asthma. Gemini and other signs should definitely include cornbread, corn tortillas, or other corn products on their shopping lists.

Cornmeal pancakes are a nice alternative to other breakfast fare. You get the tastes of cornbread and buttermilk pancakes rolled into one delicious dish.

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.

2. In a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, eggs, and oil. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, stirring constantly. Pour the batter into a quart-size measuring pitcher.

4. Preheat a large griddle to medium-high heat.

5. Spray the griddle with nonstick canola oil cooking spray. Pour out enough batter for four large pancakes, using about half of the batter. When the pancakes get little bubbles all over, flip and cook the other side. The pancakes should be golden brown on both sides. Transfer the pancakes to a baking dish and place in the oven to keep them warm. Repeat, making pancakes with the remaining batter.

6. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.

7. Serve the pancakes topped with the sweetened sour cream and the blueberries.

Serving Size

Serves 8

Recipe: Grilled aspargus with black truffle oil

Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black truffle oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
Preparation

Asparagus provides vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus to the improved creation of hormones and a healthy urinary tract. As it says in the Doctrine of Signatures, if one thing bears a resemblance to another, it is said to benefit that which it resembles. So it is only natural that the phallic silhouette of asparagus should benefit the prowess of Scorpio or other signs that are in the mood.

Growing up in the Sacramento Valley, asparagus was abundant and one of my favorites. This is a preparation that has become a family favorite and is always a big hit, as I hope it will be when you serve it to your family and friends.

1. Wash and trim the asparagus. Toss with olive oil and salt.

2. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Place the asparagus in a grill basket or a fish rack. Cook for a few minutes on each side until the asparagus is marked and tender. Remove from the grill and place in a baking dish. Drizzle with truffle oil and lemon juice. Place on a serving platter and garnish with the lemon zest.

Serving Size

Serves 4

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