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Recipes: Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon saigon cinnamon

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 1/4 cups milk

1 egg

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2-1 Cup Wild Blueberries (small but powerful flavor!)

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.  Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.  Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.  Brown on both sides and serve hot.  We had it with some locally homemade maple syrup.  Mmmm…ready for our Sunday!

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Mini Meatballs

Mix some ground beef with horseradish mustard, salt and pepper, beef rub spices, and a bit of crushed anise seed.  Roll into small balls and place on a baking sheet.  Space them like cookies.  Sprinkle some grated parmiggiano reggiano cheese over them and bake until medium about 15-25 minutes.  Keep an eye on them so they stay moist.  These keep very well as leftovers and you can serve them with various things like pasta or salads.  Have them for dinner or appetizers.  You can flavor to your taste.

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Mini Meatballs Recipes, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Recipes: Apple Crisp with a Twist, Golden Popovers

 

 

Apple Crisp with a Twist, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Apple Crisp with a Twist, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Apple Crisp

Heat oven to 375 degrees .  Slice up 4-5 apples and place in glass baking dish.  Mix apples with a few tbsp flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar,  1 tsp vanilla, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp crushed anise seeds, and a tiny pinch of salt.

Make a crumb topping in a bowl with 1 c quick cooking oats, 3 tbsp soft butter, 1/4 baking powder, 1/4 baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 c white sugar, 1 tsp vanilla.  Crumble over apples and bake for 45 minutes.

Apple Crisp with a Twist, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Apple Crisp with a Twist, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

The Twist is adding in a small amount of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips (over apples before the topping.)  Serve warm alone or with a bit of icecream on a summer evening.  By adding in less sugar you can add in your favorite flavors.  This is like having peanut butter on apple slices, but all the flavors are subtle and create a scrumptious dish.  Crushed anise seeds are my favorite thing to add to sweet things like apple desserts, cookies, and even roasted beef dishes.

Golden Popovers Recipe, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Golden Popovers Recipe, Photography by E.V. Haven. evhavens.com

Each one has a beautifully unique shape and coloring.  These are snacks for the house while building.

Golden Popovers

1 1/4 C Flour

1/4 tsp Salt

4 Large Eggs

1 1/4 C Milk

1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Mix until consistency of heavy cream, about 1-2 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Oil, spray, or butter popover pan well.  If using non stick, like done here, then no need to grease the pan.  Fill up each cup 1/2-3/4 way full.  Bake for 20 min on 400, then for another 20 min on reduced heat of 375.  Batter can be made ahead of time and store in fridge, but use it at room temperature.

An easy way to fill the pans evenly is with a medium-large sized icecream scoop, or a batter bowl with a pouring spout on it works well too.

After you take them out of the oven, pop them onto a cooling rack, and pierce each popover with a sharp knife to let the steam escape, just a small cut works.

Warm right out the oven, these taste amazing.  Have for breakfast, snacks, or fill with your favorite dessert items such as chocolate and berries.  Add bacon and cheese for a savory treat.  These versatile popovers lend themselves to your favorite flavors.

Recipe: Fusilli Pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce

 

Fusilli Pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Fusilli Pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Week of Painting and Pasta.

Fusilli pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce makes great leftovers.  

Now that dinner is made for a few nights, we can focus on painting, painting, painting!

There are many varieties of fusilli.  These ones are my new favorite!  (De Cecco, Fusilli Corti Bucati No. 98)  They pair very well with a vodka sauce.  Add in some drained cooked beef to make the ragu, stir in your pasta cooked al dente, top with parmigiano reggiano cheese, and voila! (We use a zester to grate the cheese for a lighter texture.)  (This pasta noodle is also very kid friendly as some of the noodle breaks into smaller squiggles.  It’s very easy to eat!)

Fusilli Pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Fusilli Pasta in a Vodka Bolognese Sauce, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

This color is a beautiful French/Belgian Grey Linen shade called Quill from Olympic-Lowes.

It’s soft and bright, sophisticated and timeless, and it matches all of our furniture and fabrics.  Let the painting continue!

Recipes: Windy Afternoon

Recipe:  Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Sometimes all you need is to wander with your Love out to vast nature to satisfy the balance of your soul’s simple palette.  One very windy afternoon, we took a long overdue break from working on the house, and searched for some new favorite spots for our family to play, relax, breathe, and be in awe at for years to come.  The air in huge gusts of warm winds swirled in every direction.  The leaves shimmered, the water sprayed, and we filled our lungs with the beauty all around us.  No lists, just walking.  Knowing that we can go off to these other worlds any weekend filled our spirits with smiles and calm.  No airplanes, just a short drive, and we were there.  It doesn’t hurt that there are many icecream and dinner places around too.  Nature’s rhythms create simple recipes that always delight and leave you feeling light and one again.  You’re ageless and free to have new conversations together and with the trees.  Run, laugh, explore, in Love.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipe: Windy Afternoon, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Recipes: Simple Breaded Chicken and a Strawberry Mozzarella Salad

Breaded chicken and strawberry mozzarella salad.  Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Breaded chicken and strawberry mozzarella boston bibb salad. Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Simple Breaded Chicken

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place chicken tenders in a mixture of eggs and chicken rub seasonings.  Coat on both sides.  Then do the same in a mixture of flour, seasonings, and either cornmeal or breadcrumbs.  Place in a glass baking dish and place a chicken bouillon cube in a small amount of warm water.  Dissolve and add the chicken broth water into the dish.  Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.  The chicken is perfectly tender.  If you prefer crispy chicken, you can leave out the broth water and either cover with foil for some or none of the time for less time.  You can also drizzle honey over the chicken before the last 10-15 minutes are done for a lovely sticky glaze.  BBQ is also good.  This recipe is basic so that you can add your favorite flavors from curry to lemon rosemary.

 

Blackberry Almond Granola Greek Yogurt, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

Blackberry Almond Granola Greek Yogurt, Photographs by E.V. Haven.

The bunny Haven Collections

bunny Haven Dolcezza Art Gallery at evhavens.com

bunny Haven at evhavens.com

Wander into the shop to play with the wild animals and colors, click here to enter.

Check out my artwork, books, recipes, films, and life inspiration on this site.  New delights are added daily to the collections.

 

The new Count the Bunnies Nursery Print is available here.  If you would like custom colors to match your child’s or any room, please message me.

The print below is made up of Layers of my iconic bunny silhouette creating a fade shadow that is both modern yet neutral for any room. The optical illusion creates a reverb in your eyes. Music enthusiasts might dare to go here. 

Sale 8 X 10 Archival Art Print The bunny Haven icon by EVHaven, $25.00

Sale 8 X 10 Archival Art Print The bunny Haven icon by EVHaven, $25.00

My new bunny Haven icon is now available on an Archival Art Print, 8 X 10, for $25.  It is featured in a robin’s egg blue/Tiffany blue.  If you would like a custom color, please message me.  To see it in the shop, click here!

 

bunny Haven Art Gallery at evhavens.com

bunny Haven Dolcezza Art Gallery at evhavens.com

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