More Food, More Wine

Some exciting things are happening around here!

One thing that I’m really pumped about?

I was chosen as a Food & Wine Blogger Correspondent through Foodbuzz, which means I’ll be scouring the Food & Wine archives for great recipes and posting 4 recipes a week for one month – starting now!

A few weeks ago, Foodbuzz sent out an email to their Featured Publishers asking for submissions on what recipe we would make first – of course, I chose a pizza recipe ;) BUT – this happened so fast that it’s not actually the first recipe I made!

Part of being chosen as a Blogger Correspondent is that I also received a year-long subscription to the magazine for my participation, and you can win one, too! You can click on the image below or the link at the bottom of the post to enter to win.


I can’t wait to share all these recipes with you.

While I’ll be trying at least 4 new recipes a week, I’ll still be tweaking them in my own ways ;)

One of my favorite things to do when trying new recipes is to make healthy swaps, and I’m excited to see what I can come up with using Food & Wine recipes as the inspiration!

Some of the easiest swaps?

  • Whole grains! It’s so easy to use brown rice instead of white or whole wheat pasta for regular/white pasta, and, in most recipes, you won’t even notice.
  • Cut back on the butter or oil. Some recipes definitely need butter, but many don’t actually need all that’s listed in the recipe.
  • Add double the veggies called for in the recipe. This is also a great way to bulk up the meal, add more nutrients and vitamins and texture, and it means the meal will give you even more servings.

I’m so excited! I’ve got so many recipes printed off already…it’s hard for me to decide what to make in the next few weeks.

For breakfast, however, I knew I would be making these as soon as I saw them.

Blueberry Corn Cakes with Maple Syrup


This recipe was already on the healthier side, but I did make a few swaps – I used oat flour instead of the regular flour and raspberries instead of blueberries.


Oat flour is just ground oats and it has a touch of sweetness that regular flour doesn’t offer. I thought the mix of cornmeal and slightly sweet oat flour would be delicious in these corn cakes, especially with the tart raspberries and maple syrup.


What a fun weekday breakfast!


Another tip?

If you want pancakes or waffles or biscuits in the morning, mix up your dry ingredients at night. It doesn’t seem like it will save time in the morning, but mixing up all the dry stuff last night saved me 5-6 steps and a few measuring cups! That also means a few less dirty dishes in the morning.


What are your favorite healthy swaps?

And do you have any suggestions on recipes I should try?



FOOD & WINE is giving away a year-long subscription to a lucky reader from BranAppetitClick here to enter and read official rules.

This post is part of a series featuring recipes from the FOOD & WINE archive.  As a FOOD & WINE Blogger Correspondent, I was chosen to do four recipes a week from FOOD & WINE.  I received a subscription to FOOD & WINE for my participation.


  1. Those corn cakes look great! I always use the same substitutes as you mentioned. I also like to use no-sugar added applesauce instead of oils in many of my baking recipes!

  2. Oh my gosh I love Food and Wine! I can’t wait to see what you make!

  3. What a fun opportunity!! I will be looking forward to your picks :-)

  4. Instead of creamy salad dressing, I cover my salad in 1%cottage cheese….more protein punch! (Also, mixing in some hummus to it gives it extra pizzazz.)

  5. This plate of corncakes ia absolutely gorgeous! And those bananas look so light and fluffy- I almost thought they were marshmallows…that would be good though, wouldn’t it? Marshmallows…droool.

  6. How awesome!! I can’t wait to see all the yummy creations :)

    The pancakes look awesome. I hardly ever have them for breakfast because they don’t really do a good job at filling me up (dont know why) but I love a small batch for an after dinner treat :) With slced banana and peanut butter, or course!

  7. I don’t drink but I do like dishes cooked with wine. Unfortunately I cook with the stuff from the grocery. This might push me to actually buy something from the real section :-)

  8. I cut down half the sugar when baking, and it tastes just as good. And I sub half the butter with applesauce.

    I’m loving your pancakes.

  9. I love this! So fun!

    I always substitute applesauce for oil. It’s just habit. :)

  10. I’m very excited that you get to do this! I really wanted to get picked. I feel like FoodBuzz never chooses me for anything. Food & Wine is one of my favorite food magazines, and I make recipes from it all the time. I will be living vicariously through you!

  11. This is awesome Brandi! Congratulations :)

  12. hey brandi how are you an you are amasing well didn´t know you did this but is great an thank´s for talking about honduras,jovenes, an us we sure miss all of you guys even michell :)……………..,,,
    well hope you take care an take care of MR.DOC. NICK well keep me posted in you´r cooking blog maybe you could make me a cook? heh see yah everyone said hello from the clinick an the crew

  13. hi,thans for the info, great read, looking forward to the next update. if u do twitter follow me @favoriterecipe and i will follow you back

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