I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Papa's Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes, right? I hate the way they make me feel afterwards, but these packed with protein give me energy, not making me tired. Papa brought the recipe from Russia, I was at first skeptical, cottage cheese in pancakes, huh? I was sold, I love them and this is the only pancake we make in our house! Mom, Katya and David love them with blueberries, too!


1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 t vanilla
1 pint blueberries (optional) 
Oil for pan
Syrup or other toppings of your choice


In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, cottage cheese, milk and oil. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and whisk until completely blended. Brush a griddle or large pan with oil with heat on medium  Working in batches, form each pancake by spooning about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet. Cook, until bubbles form on top of pancake and flip once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to plates and serve with your favorite toppings!

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