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Recipe of the Month

Kathy Stuck

May 12, 2023

Breakfast for Mom: Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes and Grand Champagne Cocktail

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Level: Easy

  • Total: 45 min (includes sitting time)

  • Active: 30 min

  • Yield: 16 pancakes


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup polenta [X]1 teaspoon baking powder 

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

  • 1 cup buttermilk 

  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)2 eggs 

  • Grapeseed oil or any oil

  • Maple syrup, warmed, for serving 


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, polenta, baking powder and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, ricotta, lemon zest and eggs. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and fold together, using a rubber spatula, until just combined. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the polenta to soften.

  2. Preheat a rimmed griddle to medium-low heat. Add oil to coat the griddle.

  3. With a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto the griddle. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the pancakes to a plate and continue with the remaining batter. Serve warm with lots of warm maple syrup.

Grand Champagne Cocktail

  • Level: Easy

  • Total: 10 min

  • Prep: 10 min

  • Yield: 4 drinks


  • 4 shots orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)

  • 4 teaspoons honey

  • 4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed

  • 1 bottle Champagne or Prosecco,well chilled


Special equipment: 4 chilled Champagne flutes

  1. Add the orange-flavored liqueur, honey and strawberries to a blender and process until smooth.

  2. Fill the chilled glasses halfway with the strawberry mixture and then fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.

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