NORTHWOODS COOKS: Breakfast is served!

A stack of pancakes topped with a variety of summer berries, maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream is a fun way to start the day. (Adobe Stock)
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Start summer mornings with a homemade breakfast that will keep everyone satisfied and energized as they go about their day. Whether it’s a stack of pancakes topped with maple syrup and fresh blueberries and strawberries or a rich quiche, these recipes will make weekend breakfast or brunches special.

The pancake recipes are from “North Country Cooking.” The oatmeal and omelette recipes are from the Connor Phillips family of Nevis in the Cub Scout Pack 56 cookbook from 2010.

Blender Pancakes

2 cups buttermilk


1 egg

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Pour buttermilk into blender. Blend in egg. With blender on slow speed, slowly add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Pour directly from blender on to a hot griddle.

Make-Ahead Pancake Mix


10 cups flour

2 cups powdered milk

6 Tbsp. baking powder

1-1/2 Tbsp. salt

1-1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups shortening

Sift dry ingredients three times. Cut shortening into dry mixture and store in a covered container.


To make pancakes for four, beat 1 cup of milk and 1 egg. Add 1-1/2 cups pancake mix and fruit, such as fresh blueberries, and bake on a hot griddle.

Omelets in a Bag

Have each person write their name on a quart-sized freezer bag with a permanent marker. Crack 2 eggs (large or extra large) into the bag, shake and mix. Put out a variety of ingredients, such as cheese, ham, green peppers, tomatoes, hash browns, salsa and chopped onions.

Each person selects ingredients of their choice and places them in their bag. Shake the bag to mix ingredients, then make sure the air is out of the bag before sealing it. Place 6 to 8 zipped bags in rolling, boiling water for 13 minutes. When bags are opened, omelets will roll out easily.

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

3 cups quick oatmeal

1 egg

2 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

4-1/2 cups milk ( 2 percent or whole)

3/4 cups brown sugar

2 green apples, peeled and sliced

1 cup raisins

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 Tbsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients and mix. Use a large (16-cup) casserole dish or two smaller casseroles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.

Serve topped with milk and brown sugar.

This recipe came from a cookbook in my collection.

Quiche a la Benedict

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

4 slices Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 Tbsp. grated onion

1 clove garlic, pressed

4 eggs

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup biscuit baking mix (Bisquick or another brand)

3 Tbsp. butter, softened

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 dash hot pepper sauce (optional)

1 prepared 9-inch single pie crust

1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir asparagus until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir Canadian bacon, grated onion, and garlic into the asparagus; cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat, cover, and set aside. Whisk eggs, cream, biscuit mix, butter, Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and hot sauce together in a bowl. Place the pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and spread asparagus mixture into the crust. Spread Colby-Monterey Jack cheese over the asparagus mixture in an even layer, and pour the egg mixture slowly over the quiche. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is lightly puffed and browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Readers are invited to submit four to five of their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to and they may appear in a future issue.

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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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