Pistachio Pancakes


Fox5 News demo, Feb. 26, 2014.

Can I make a confession? I’m not a huge fan of pancakes. It wasn’t always the case. Our father used to make great pancakes every Sunday that he was home while we were growing up. It was one of the domestic things he did really well. He didn’t follow a recipe, maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to make — or find — pancakes as good as his. Or maybe it was just being a kid and loving pancakes then. Anyways, this recipe has change it all for me. They are just amazing — I’ve had them draped in maple syrup, smeared with sour cream, and drizzled with molasses.  Whatever you put on them (my husband likes his with hot sauce), these pancakes are so flavorful and have such a nice texture, my love of pancakes is back. If you want to have a little fun with them — who doesn’t? — and you have it on hand, add a few drops of green food color to the batter.  It’ll make them look very pistachio-y.  Just slightly tweaked from a recipe originated on the blog peanutbutterandpeppers.com. Read More

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies


We cooked these up for Fox5 News Feb 26, 2014.

The heady combination of cardamom and pistachio evokes the Middle East.  Serve these cookies with sliced oranges drizzled with honey and crushed pistachios, or vanilla icecream topped with toasted chopped pistachios. It’s worth hinting down the unusual ingredients for these cookies. Pistachio flour and nut paste are available at specialty grocery stores and on line. These cookies were a hit at US Botanic garden January 16 2014 and Adrienne demoed them again January 22 2014 at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton MD. Recipe adapted from simplysavory.net. Read More