If you have ever been to Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis, chances are you know exactly what I am talking about. Nine times out of ten I prefer savory breakfasts, but these pancakes are the one out of ten. With a subtle lemon flavor and extra-creamy ricotta cheese,  these are sure to become a favorite.

“When my wife, Cynthia, patrols the floor of the restaurant, she looks for diners ready to order, then swoops in and insists someone at the table have the Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes.  It’s cute, but it kind of hurts in a way. We have dozens of items on the menu that I think are worthy of her overzealousness. But she has a jones for those hotcakes. Come to think of it, after three years in this restaurant, I don’t think she’s ever ordered anything but the hotcakes”
~ Damn Good Food

The recipe is from Damn Good Food, by Mitch Omer and Ann Bauer. It is a cookbook/memoir of Mitch’s journey through life, addiction and cooking, with recipes from his restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen along the way. The recipes alone are reason enough to buy this book, but the story was intriguing enough to keep me on the couch until it was finished. Next on my list to make? His famous home-made peanut butter…or the Walleye BLT. But maybe I’ll just let the devil decide…


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meat & potatoes

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haiti: the mission

In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, I just didn’t feel like writing about food or the latest recipe I have tried. I fell in love with the people and country of Haiti and my heart goes out to them right now. I urge you to donate if you can – small or large,

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earthquake in haiti

Since the news of an earthquake in Haiti, the country and people have not been far from my mind. I hope and pray that our Haitian friends and children are ok and safe. I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the people of Haiti, as they are so near and dear to my heart.

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