Acai Bowls

5 07 2012
I was in Hawaii about a month ago and we found the best breakfast ever. From a little shack by the side of the water, they were selling these amazing acai bowl concoctions. Acai is a super fruit from the Brazilian rainforest. You can find it pureed and frozen at gourmet stores like Whole Foods. Basically you blend the frozen puree with other fruit and pour it over some granola and fruit for a super yummy healthy breakfast or even a mid-day treat. Feel free to vary the fruit and the liquid that you use in the blender. 

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Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

5 04 2011

I purchased a new kitchen toy, and I am thrilled with it. It is a Cuisinart griddler. Basically it is an electric grill, griddle, panini press and waffle maker all in one. I love it. So, needless to say, I have been experimenting and putting it to the test. On the weekends, we try to make one special breakfast. This week, I cooked up these yummy pancakes. We thought the quick cooking oats added a lovely dimension in both texture and flavor. Read the rest of this entry »





Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas with Blueberry Salsa and Blueberry Balsamic Barbeque Sauce

19 06 2010
Now I never cook with chicken but I was trying to think of an easy recipe to show the goodness of this barbecue sauce at a food demo. So I gave into the Fathers who may want meat for their Father’s Day. I was on a roll to see how many recipes I could come up with to utilize my new favorite EVOO Wild Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar. I made the barbecue sauce to use as a traditional barbecue sauce, but I also thought it might go nicely with chicken quesadillas. I was right. This dish was well received at my demo today at EVOO Marketplace. This dish could also be made using grilled swordfish or even tuna.

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Blueberry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

19 06 2010
I wanted to come up with a good recipe for Father’s Day using EVOO’s Wild Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar. I created this yummy barbecue sauce. This is not too sweet and would be great brushed on pork, chicken or swordfish. I would brush it on before grilling and add more just before serving.
I also used this in a chicken quesadilla with avocado and cheese and then served it topped with a blueberry salsa.

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Blackberry and Blueberry Balsamic Spiced Syrup

19 06 2010
I just returned from another successful demo at the EVOO Marketplace. I came up with a few recipes using their new Wild Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar. I macerated some mixed berries in this spiced syrup and then served it over shortcakes topped with mascarpone cheese mixed with some EVOO Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar. It was delicious and a great summer dessert. This would also be great on pancakes, waffles or even ice cream.

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Pear Cobbler with Dried Blueberries and Cornmeal Biscuits

1 03 2010
This was the dessert we made at the cooking class. I chose it because it is a good example of a cobbler, which is just a baked fruit dessert with a batter or bisuit topping. Also, the great thing about cobbler is you can substitute almost any fruit depending on the season. Try peaches and berries in the summer, or maybe even a tropical cobbler with mango and papaya. This cobbler uses apple juice instead of sugar so it is really just sweet from the pears and blueberries. There is a little sugar added to the biscuits. The technique for making these biscuits is the same for making scones.

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Whole Wheat Berry Pancakes

28 02 2010

Sunday morning at the Dignan household and we just made the most awesome pancakes. I thought I would share them right away in case any of my readers are inspired to make Sunday brunch. This recipe originally called for buttermilk which I did not have. So I substituted plain yogurt and milk until I got the right consisitency. Read the rest of this entry »





Alternative to Jam

10 02 2010

My son, Tristan, discovered that if you toast a really wholesome sprouted bread, like Ezekiel, or a wholegrain bread and spread a little butter and then smash fresh raspberries on it, it is as good as spreading sugary jam on top. Who needs the added sugar? Kids are so creative and smart too.





Whole Wheat Waffles with Berry Sauce

14 01 2010

This recipe is frequently requested in my house on a Sunday morning. It does require a waffle iron. If you don’t have one, try making whole wheat pancakes and serving them with this sauce. It is so much better than syrup. I don’t use exact measurement for the sauce but I will give you the idea and you can make any necessary adjustments. Read the rest of this entry »