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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Oakville Grocery Co. In Napa

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Founded in 1881, is the oldest operating grocery store in California. Since it’s opening Oakville has been a destination for both locals and visitors alike. Next time I visit Melissa, and we make a trip to Sonoma and Napa, I”ll be sure to tell her this is one place I want to visit.

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Let’s take a peek at some of their gourmet baskets!

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My Pumpkin Cheesecake Pancakes With Cinnamon Butter

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I don’t know about you, but once October and the fall season starts, I’m in heaven. This is my favorite time of year, especially for food. These pancakes will take you to a place you will never want to leave. Now you know that I’m a big fan of taking a little help from the grocery store whenever I can.

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To make these I add 2-1/2 cups of my favorite pancake box mix to a large mixing bowl. To that I add 1/2 a cup of ricotta cheese, 1/2 a cup of pure pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, 1-1/4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of a pumpkin spice blend. This is my own blend (recipe below) that I make during the holidays, because I tend to use it more often, however; they have pumpkin spice ready available at most grocery stores.

For my pumpkin spice recipe:

1/3 cup of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

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Next I add 1-2 drops of the cream cheese emulsion, which is just an extract made from water instead of alcohol. It gives you the flavor of cream cheese without actually adding cream cheese and it’s Gluten-free.  You can get this at any baking supply shop. I just mix all these ingredients together. Do not over mix. Have a non-stick saute pan ready and heated with a light spray of non-stick cooking spray and ladle in the pancake batter. I do one at a time.

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While these pancakes are working, I make a quick flavored butter with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar and 1/2 a stick of softened unsalted butter mix those together wrap in plastic and refrigerate.

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So that’s it. I promise you, that these pancakes will be a hit in your family like they are in mine. I serve them with a small scoop of the cinnamon butter and real good maple syrup.

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Like Butter Baby, I’m On A Roll! A Parker House Roll

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The Parker House roll has stood the test of time and that’s because it’s just delicious. I love bread, it’s definitely my biggest weakness. Now there are probably recipes out there for these scrumptious little bites of doughy goodness, but who has the time during the week when you need to get dinner on the table. I like to have my evening free so I can catch up on some of my favorite shows before having to get ready for the next work day. Someone has come up with a recipe that’s in the freezer section of your grocery store. They have managed to take all that work out of your hands. Listen, I love making things from scratch as much as the next person, but sometimes there not enough hours in the day with our lives being so busy. I don’t mind taking help from the store whenever I can. Now I do like to make them a bit more special with my flavored butter that gets brushed on top of these gems. I melt 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary ( that I add in after the butter has come off the heat), 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and just a pinch of salt. All you have to do for these rolls is place them into a pan, and inch or so apart. cover them with a tea towel and let them sit in a warm place for a least 3-4 hours. Now I know that sounds like a long time, but there are a couple of ways to get around this. First do this before you leave for your day and when you come home they will be ready to pop into the oven at 375 for 10-14 minutes. Second, put your oven, and preheat the oven on the lowest setting you have. Mine is ‘warm” about 180 degrees, then turn it off and place the pan or pans of rolls into the oven, and cover them with a tea towel. They will proof in a little over, half the time. When they come out of the oven and are piping hot, brush some of that buttery goodness all over the tops of the rolls. If you’ve never had a Parker roll, you’ve got to try them, just sayin’.

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