A Sunday for Pancakes

Running With Forks Pancakes

I love Sundays for their silence.  For the morning light that creeps in through the blinds, the ability to nestle in the sheets a bit longer and regenerate and the extra time to sit with a cup(s) of coffee and make something simple, yet delicious.

I extend the last few sips of my coffee for as long as I can, which means I'm still working on the cup from breakfast this morning as I sit down to type, not to mention in a new favorite mug that has a skateboarding cat riding a path into the mountains, next to a lake surrounded by trees and under the big sunny sky. New staple mug. 

After devouring our pancakes, we kept repeating that this really was "the best pancake recipe ever" and I realized I should probably not keep those things to myself, but share them with you and let you experience their deliciousness as well. I hope you find as much joy in them as we do on a lazy and glorious simple Sunday morning. 

Best Pancake Ever


  • 3/4 c heavy cream, milk or nut milk

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 c all-purpose flour or gluten free all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or organic cane sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 large farm egg

  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • dash of cinnamon

  • extra butter for cooking


  1. In a medium bowl, combine heavy cream or milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit to sour.

  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  3. Add egg to heavy cream, melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk to combine.

  4. Slowly combine cream into flour and gently whisk until smooth consistency.

  5. Add a dab of butter to hot cast iron skillet. Once melted, using an ice cream scoop, measure one full scoop of batter and pour into center of pan and let sit. Once bubbles form, quickly flip. After 30 seconds, use the back of the spatula to gently press and cook until lightly browned on both sides.

  6. Add another small dab of butter and continue with remaining batter.

  7. Finish with your personal choice of powdered sugar, maple syrup, honey and yogurt, fruit compote, etc. Possibilities are endless, but I like to keep it simple and sweet.



Did you say Biscuits?

Running With Forks Homemade Biscuits

They weren't kidding..."the most achievable morning biscuit." I'm in love with Sunday Suppers and their magnificently beautiful cookbook. I woke up knowing I wanted to flour my hands and have a lazy Sunday morning in the kitchen and what better way than a soul-satifying, comforting and SIMPLE recipe of sausage and gravy over homemade biscuits.  It's not the sort of breakfast you'll have every day, but it's all about balance and enjoying the simple pleasures, right?  Couple that with a long, slow roast of coffee...that's how we do it in our house (as long as an adventure is not awaiting us). 

Homemade Biscuits with sausage and gravy


  • Homemade Biscuits (recipe in the Sunday Suppers Cookbook)

  • 1 lb organic pork breakfast sausage

  • 1 tbsp Irish butter

  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour, plus more

  • 1 c heavy cream

  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and break into a few large chunks. Brown each side of the pieces and then using a spatula, continue to break up the pieces as it cooks until meat is browned all over, thoroughly cooked and broken into smaller pieces. Remove meat from pan and set aside on a plate.

  2. Melt butter in pan and add flour, whisking continuously, until a thick paste forms. Slowly whisk in half of the cream until it thickens and is a smooth consistency. Add more cream or flour until desired consistency and amount is achieved (you can also use additional water as a thinner).

  3. Fold sausage back into pan to combine with the gravy. Season with salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper.

  4. Halve the biscuits and arrange desired amount of sausage and gravy over bottom half of biscuit. Add another twist of fresh cracked pepper and finish with the biscuit top. BON appetit!

Running With Forks Making Biscuits
Running With Forks Biscuits and Gravy

A Green Breakfast

Running WIth Forks Green Smoothie

This is probably a top favorite and request of a favorite little lady I have been cooking and creating menus for over the last six years.  You've got to know that this green breakfast is jam packed with nutrients that will most definitely get you stepping out the front door with your best self shining. And the best part, you can make a big batch and keep them loaded and ready in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack the next day! 


Prep time: 5 mins | Total time: 7 mins  | Serves: 1-2


  • 1/2 an avocado

  • 1/2 a small fennel bulb

  • 1 large handful spinach

  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped

  • 1/2 c pineapple, chopped

  • 1 tbsp flax seeds

  • 1 c nut milk

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp almonds, chopped

  • 1 tbsp walnuts, chopped


  1. In Vitamix or high powered blender, combine all ingredients through the nut milk and blend on high until smooth. Adjust taste if desired.

  2. Pour into a bowl or mason jars and top with remaining nuts and seeds when ready to eat.




Toast Obsession

Running With Forks Pear Toast
Running With Forks Salmon Toast

Yep, it's official... I. AM. OBSESSED. WITH. TOAST. There aren't enough places around this town with good ol' toast.  I'm going to change that and you can quote me on that.  But, in the meantime, while you're waiting, I'll just be making it at home, for myself and for anyone else who wants to sit down with me and indulge in the many possible creations for this brilliant and simple idea we call toast.  Did you know that toast was created to make stale bread more palatable, and at one point, Streetband/Q-Tip even had a song named 'Toast' where they used toast as an instrument and the sound of toast being scraped later in the track...ummm....yeah, that happened. 

While living in Venice, I frequently (when I say "frequently", I mean "daily") walked down with Chloe to the little local joint GTA (Gjelina Take-Away) and it was almost a certainty that I'd order a toast. Sometimes the granola, sometimes the spicy breakfast sandwich with kale, but most likely...toast...and a cortado.  God, I miss that place. And with that nostalgia and longing for a good local spot where everyone knows my name and the toast that I want, I have to settle for toast at home.

Above, my favorite, salmon toast (wild alaskan smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled cucumber, capers, radish, dill) and pear toast (winter red pear, whipped cream cheese and yogurt, maldon sea salt, thyme).

Running With Forks Salmon Toast

Salmon Toast


  • Artisan bread, sliced (and optional: lightly toasted)

  • 4oz Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon

  • 2 oz Organic Cream Cheese

  • 1 Pickled Cucumber, thinly sliced/shaved

  • 1 Tbsp Capers

  • 1 Radish, thinly sliced

  • 2 sprigs fresh dill

  • Maldon sea salt

  • fresh cracked pepper


  1. Arrange your mise en place of ingredients.

  2. Spread cream cheese onto slice of artisan bread.

  3. Layer with salmon, cucumber and capers. Top with radish and dill sprigs and a pinch of maldon sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Voila!


Running With Forks Pear and Thyme Toast

Winter Pear Toast


  • Artisan bread, sliced (and optional: lightly toasted)

  • 2 oz cream cheese

  • 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt

  • 1 red or asian pear, thinly sliced

  • maldon sea salt

  • 1 sprig thyme

  • optional: drizzle of honey


  1. Arrange your mise en place of ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, whip together cream cheese and yogurt. Adjust amount of yogurt for desired taste and consistency. Spread cream cheese onto slice of artisan bread.

  3. Layer pear on top of cream cheese/yogurt and top with maldon sea salt, a sprig of thyme and optional honey drizzle for added sweetness. Done!

Running With Forks Toast

Simple Morning Oats

Running With Forks Oatmeal

Oats.  So simple.  So hearty.  So delicious.  And absolutely perfect for cold winter gray mornings like today. To be honest, I rarely gravitate towards making it for myself, but I've had lots of oatmeal requests as of late and...well, I guess all the conversation centered around the tiny little grain stirred something up within me.  I woke up this morning and nothing seemed more satisfying than a warm bowl of oats, perfectly layered with fruit and nuts.

Not only is this recipe simple and quick - requiring 10 minutes or less from start to finish - its incredibly easy to customize to whatever you have on hand in your kitchen. If pears and goji berries don't do it for you, give apples and goldenberries a try.  Maybe you're like me and you don't crave oatmeal in the morning, so all it takes is swapping rolled oats out for steel cut oats or possibly another grain altogether like quinoa or millet.  (note: cooking time will be a bit longer with another grain).  Play with this bowl, make it your own and enjoy it on these cold winter mornings. 


Warm rolled oats cooked with pears, goji berries, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. A simple and healthy vegan breakfast loaded with protein, fiber and fruit.

Prep time: 3 mins | Cook time: 7 mins | Total time: 10 mins

Serves: 2


  • 1 cup whole rolled oats, dry

  • 2 cups water

  • inch of maldon sea salt

  • 1 tbsp goji berries

  • 1 tbsp golden raisins

  • 1 small Bosc pear, chopped

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tsp maple syrup

  • Additional toppings: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, bee pollen, almond milk


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Once boiling, add the whole rolled oats, pinch of maldon sea salt, goji berries, golden raisins, chopped pear, cinnamon, walnuts and pumpkin seeds, stir to combine and reduce heat to low. Cook until the water is absorbed and oats are tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in maple syrup.

  2. Divide the oats between two bowls and top with additional walnuts, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and a sprinkle of bee pollen.

  3. Just before serving, add a splash of almond milk. Enjoy!