Pancake Mix and Muffins

Here is a busy morning breakfast cheat that works so well it has become a constant instead of a cheat. I make a few tweaks to pre-brought pancake mix for quick and easy muffins. Because pancakes are prepared to be light and fluffy you achieve a light and fluffy muffin that bakes up super high and uniformed. In addition, since pancakes are not meant to be overly sweet you get an almost bread like muffin. You can add ingredients to appease that sweet tooth if you choose.

Pumpkin Spice:

Because it is early September and there is nip in the morning air I have a craving for fall flavors. Today I am opting for a pumpkin spice pancake mix. For the most part, you can follow the package directions when changing pancakes to muffins. The one crucial thing you want to remember is to decrease the liquid.

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Masa Harina Pork Chops with Roasted Vegetables

Pan fried masa harina breaded pork chops that fry up crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.

Look up Masa Harina and you’ll probably get a thousand tamale recipes to pop up. That’s fair. Masa Harina and corn tortillas go hand-in-hand, But don’t stop there. There are so many other ways to use masa harina. A 50/50 blend of all-purpose flour and masa harina in your bread recipes will bake up a slightly sweet and nutty loaf. Like flour it can be used as a thickener which adds another layer of texture and flavor. Champurrado, the traditional Mexican hot chocolate, is made with masa harina. I’m not going lie, this both appalls and intrigues me at the same time. Yet, hands down, my favorite way to use it is as a breading. Masa harina’s gritty texture and rich corn flavor makes it ideal for dredging.

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Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes

A light and fluffy vanilla pancake batter with bits of fresh strawberries folded in.

What is your favorite fruit? I’ve never been much of a fruit person preferring veggies to fruit until the day I was introduced to strawberries. Our babysitter brought some over picked fresh from her family farm. Once she sliced into those plump red delights and I caught a whiff of that fruity, rose-like aroma I was hooked.

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Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops

These pan-seared pork chops are sealed in our savory dark roasted coffee rub to create juicy, caramelized, and tender pork chops.

Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops

Cedar Oak Farms
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Rest Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • COFarms Coffee Rub
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for searing
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Pat the pork chops dry with the paper towel and rub generously with COFarms coffee rub.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium high until shimmering, add the chops, rosemary, and garlic.
  • Sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Turn and sear the other side for 2 minutes. Add the butter melting and spooning over the chops until the internal temperature reaches 135°F about 3 – 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the chops.
  • Remove the skillet and chops from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
Keyword Coffee Rub, Pork

Brussels Sprout Pizza

Craving a light and tasty pizza! This Brussel Sprout Pizza is brushed with garlic oil, caramelized onion, roasted brussels sprouts, bacon, cheeses, and fresh herbs all on a brick oven crust.

Brussels Sprout Pizza

Cedar Oak Farms
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 package brick oven pizza crust (2 crusts)
  • 4 tablespoons garlic olive oil ((see recipe above))
  • 1 large caramelized sweet onion ((see recipe above))
  • 1 cup roasted brussel sprouts ((see recipe above))
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (like rosemary and oregano, divided)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Using a pastry brush, generously brush the pizza crusts with the garlic oil.
  • Layer the onion over the crust, equally divide the onion between the crusts.
  • Divide the brussel sprouts between the crusts, arranging them strategically between the onion.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the herbs over each crust.
  • Equally divide the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle over each pizza.
  • Sprinkle the remaining herbs over the cheese.
  • Equally divide the parmesan cheese and sprinkle over each pizza.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Keyword Pizzas & Flatbreads