Contemplating the Future and Kane’s Donuts

It’s been way too long since my last post. Nearly 16 months. I’ve been struggling with what to do with this blog while trying horribly to lose weight, not to mention crazy work and family life happenings.

I have tossed around the idea of possibly switching to more of a “lifestyle” format that examines more than just food, providing a better way for me to comment on other aspects of my life. As much as I adore food, it does not make up all of me.

But while I still figure things out…here’s this glorious pic of some fabulous donuts from The world famous Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, MA.

If you have suggestions of what you’d like to see or if you’d follow me to another blog, please let me know in the comments below.

Pictured below: (from top right, clockwise) — Reese’s peanut butter cup, apple cider, chocolate coconut, Maine blueberry, turtle and chocolate glazed.

Find more about Kane’s at: http://www.kanesdonuts.com.

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Review: Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe

Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe Exterior in Columbus OhioWhen my father-in-law said he wanted to take us for breakfast at the Honeybaked Ham Store when we were visiting Columbus earlier this fall, I thought to myself, “Really? The Honeybaked Ham Store?”

One of my faults about food is coming to a decision much too quickly — even before getting to the final destination. This was just one of those times.

Now, I love me some Honeybaked Ham at the holidays. I’ll be hovering over that pork carcass peeling off the sugary coating and licking my fingers of its savory juices. The leftovers are perfect for omelettes and sandwiches in the following days.

The Honeybaked Ham Store runs Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. This sit-down restaurant churns out hearty breakfast sandwiches, towering pancakes and mouth-watering good eggs benedicts.

So, let’s take a closer look at this breakfast mindblow…

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Review: Red’s Kitchen and Tavern

Red's Kitchen and Tavern exterior signI’m always on the lookout for the next best place for breakfast. I’d have to say breakfast is – by far – my most favorite meal of the day. If I had my way, more places would just specialize in breakfast 24/7. Because honestly, who doesn’t like an omelette for lunch sometimes or some pancakes for dinner?

Well, there’s a new place to get breakfast (and those other two meals a day) on Boston’s North Shore. Red’s Kitchen and Tavern opened earlier this summer and has been busy.

But, let’s take a step back about 50 years and start over in Salem, Mass. This is where Red’s Sandwich Shop first gained a loyal, local following. The sandwich shop stands in a building that dates back to the 18th century and has served meals to many over the years. Based on that popularity, it was a natural progression to open up a second location. Flash forward to May 2012, when the second location – Red’s Kitchen and Tavern – opened up on Route 1 in Peabody, Mass. This location is spacious and new. So, let’s take a look inside…

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Recipe: Mini Dutch Babies

Mini Dutch BabiesGoing along with my recent German Pancake or Dutch Baby obsession (see this last post about a mug-version of this baked pancake), I found this great recipe recently for mini Dutch Babies. Perfect if you have a mini cupcake pan!

So now, you can whip up this baked delight and share it with others or just have some smaller versions for a different breakfast, brunch or dinner option.

Let’s take a look at this recipe that originally showed up on the Momathon Blog.

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Recipe: German Pancake in a Mug

German pancake in a mugBy now, you all know how much I adore German pancakes, also called Dutch Babies, from these posts here and here. These huge concoctions of egg, milk, butter and a little bit of flour are oven-baked to a golden marvel.

Today, I wanted just a smackerel (I think that might be a Pooh Bear word) of that Dutch Baby taste so I recalled a pin on Pinterest that I found a few weeks ago for a German Pancake baked in a mug. The recipe is an adaptation of one originally done on Bittersweet: Sugar and Sarcasm blog. I ended up tweaking my version a bit by using two full eggs.

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Review: The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The savannah at Animal Kingdom LodgeEditor’s Note: This post is featured as part of the Disney Blog Carnival No. 43. Check it out for more posts on all things Disney!

A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is a pure adventure as we found out on our most recent vacation. The sprawling hotel is full of amenities and jaw-dropping vistas of the resort’s own savanna. Waking up from a room here, is like waking up in the middle of Africa. You can find a giraffe outside your patio one morning and a herd of zebras on the next.

Animal Kingdom Lodge has several different spots to satiate those elephant-sized hunger pangs you work up after walking in the parks all day. There are the three sit-down restaurants – Jiko, Boma and Sanaa – plus the quick service eatery, The Mara.

Let’s take a closer look today at The Mara…

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Holiday Inn Express Pancake Machine

Pancakes in a MinuteFile this post under weird things I have eaten. What do you get when you cross a conveyor belt with one of the most beloved breakfast foods?

Holiday Inn’s express pancake machine. This counter-top appliance churns out one pancake every 18 seconds. So, how does it work? Well, thanks to a trip to Brattleboro, Vt., for Christmas, I got to see first-hand how this gadget works.

According to Hotel F&B magazine, an industry publication for hoteliers, the flapjack maker was rolled out to all of Holiday Inn Express’s 1,800 North American hotels in early 2011. Each machine comes with bags of premade mix that each make 35 pancakes. The batter drops onto a Teflon-coated belt, which lasts for about 60 bags of batter or approximately 2,100 pancakes. (Wow, that’s a lot of syrup!)

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