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Obviously, I love all things food, and what goes better with food than wine?  I just started taking a wine course with Kevin Zraly.  His book, Windows on the World: A Complete Wine Course, is so informative and I am learning so much. There are so many new wines that I’ve tried that I didn’t think that I liked that I’m now a fan of. I always thought that Riesling was too sweet for my taste, so I wrote it off. Then he introduced me to French Riesling from Alsace, Trimbach, and now I’m ordering it with dinner! I will always be a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Cloudy Bay is my jam.  You can open my fridge at any time and find a bottle chilling inside.

Most mornings I eat the same thing: Greek yogurt, granola (I love Purely Elizabeth), and fruit.  My other favorite breakfast is pancakes. I make mine in the blender.  I have a Ninja and it works great, but you could use any blender.  It's a super healthy and easy recipe that you can't forget:  1 cup cottage cheese or yogurt, 1 cup rolled oats, and 2 eggs. That's it! Sometimes I'll add sliced banana, or this time of year I like to put in a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin and cinnamon.

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You will never look at pancakes the same way again. It truly doesn't get any easier than this. Pancakes on a weekday before work or getting the kids off to school? No problem! They can be done in about 5 minutes. They are healthy, full of fiber and protein and you can give them more of a boost by adding some flax seeds or chia seeds. I've found that if I use Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese, I sometimes need to add a splash of milk to make the batter; yogurt will also make for a slightly denser, more protein-rich pancake.


1 cup (240 ml) cottage cheese or Greek Yogurt
2 large eggs
1 cup (80g) rolled oats


1. Preheat a griddle over medium-high heat

2. Out the cottage cheese, eggs and oats in a blender until smooth.

3. Spray the griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter from the blender onto the griddle to make your desired size of pancakes. Cook until bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancakes, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Flip and cook for one minute more. Serve with maple syrup, butter,  jam, whatever you like!