Jan 01

Happy Holidays – Joan Swan

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There aren’t a lot of opportunities for culinary delights in my debut paranormal romantic suspense, FEVER. My hero and heroine are too busy running—from cops, from undercover operatives, from private investigators. Who has time to eat?

Though, during a breather at a mountain cabin, my hero makes breakfast and blueberry pancakes are on the menu.  YUM!  So I thought I’d bring you an awesome blueberry pancake recipe, along with a few tips for perfecting your own pancakes.

And since we’re on Guilty Pleasures today…we are not counting calories!

For an extra treat…scroll down for an excerpt from that scene in FEVER.

My favorite breakfast guilty pleasure is French toast.  What’s yours?  One lucky commenter will will a copy of Joan’s Debut Book FEVER, on 2/28/12. BUT since there is a delay before the winner will get their book, the winner will also get a $5 Amazon gift card.  Winner will be selected on 1/2/12, using random.org

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (you can also divide this among all purpose and cake flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg 

Other ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp warm melted butter
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil


Step 1: Prep

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the buttermilk. *Perfect pancake tip #1*
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine with whisk.
  • Mix only until the batter just comes together.
  • Whisk in the melted butter.
  • Do not over-mix! *Perfect pancake tip #2* 

Step 2: Cook

  • Heat a flat griddle or large pan. *Perfect pancake tip #3*
  • Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil. *Perfect pancake tip #4*
  • Ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle to the desired size *Perfect pancake tip #5*
  • Sprinkle the blueberries into the pancake on the griddle. *Perfect pancake tip #6*
  • Flip when cooked on that side *Perfect pancake tip #7*
  • Cook another minute or two
  • Serve hot  

Perfect Pancake Tips

  1. Use a large whisk to mix the ingredients until the dry ingredients are just mixed in. The large whisk allows for more air to be whipped into the batter resulting in light and fluffy pancakes.
  2. Don’t overbeat the batter or you will have flat, tough, chewy cakes. If you have time, refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes before you start cooking the pancakes.
  3. Heat the griddle until drops of water dance and evaporate immediately. If your griddle has a temperature control, heat it to 375 degrees F.
  4. Using butter in your batter and cooking spray on your pan will result in a golden brown, buttery pancake without any burning.
  5. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour the batter onto the hot griddle. Pour quickly, keeping at least a 2″ space between each pancake.
  6. Wait to add blueberries until the batter has already been poured on the griddle – this will keep them from bleeding into batter.
  7. Let the pancakes cook until the edges start to look dry and bubbles form on the uncooked surface. Don’t move the pancakes before this, because they will just break apart. Handling the pancake too much with make it tough.
  8. Use a long handled spatula and carefully slide it under each pancake. Using your wrist, quickly flip the pancakes.
  9. Serve with melted butter, real maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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Read FEVER Chapter ONE
Firefighter TEAGUE CREEK is not the man he used to be. Six years ago while on a routine call, a warehouse explosion left him with burns over eighty percent of his body. When he awoke in a hospital, his injuries had miraculously healed, leaving him with the burning question: what really happened in that warehouse? Subsequent events added to his suspicions: forced separation from his engine company, interrogation by mysterious military personnel, restricted visitation with his wife and, ultimately, her suicide.

But the bizarre circumstances didn’t end there. Two years after his wife’s death, he has been convicted of murdering the first woman he dated since, incarcerated at San Quentin State Penitentiary and denied an appeal. He’s lost the daughter he lived for, Kat, and the career as a firefighter he loved. Believing the original warehouse fire is somehow linked to everything that’s happened since, Teague gives up on the system. Instead of fighting an invisible enemy, he scrapes together a plan to escape prison, reclaim Kat and flee to South America.

Doctor ALYSSA FOSTER is only two weeks away from attaining her loftiest goal to date: securing an attending radiologist position at one of the finest hospitals in the country. Her success means status, respect and proving her worth to her family. But Alyssa’s future is forever altered when she is abducted by one of her forensic patients, Teague Creek. Early on Alyssa realizes this is no ordinary man. He has a strange ability to create heat within his body, which he uses to both hurt and heal.

It doesn’t take Teague long to figure out he’s grabbed the wrong woman. Instead of a bargaining chip to use in exchange for Kat, he’s saddled with a witness. And she’s picked up on his developing pyrokenetic abilities. As the two reluctantly grow closer and she eventually believes his story, a bond emerges between them. And that bond only strengthens as Alyssa helps Teague both embrace his powers and demystify their origin. During their trek across California to find Kat, they both find themselves attracted to each other in ways neither of them expected. But that attraction may just get them both killed. Because this isn’t about a missing little girl anymore. Someone wants Teague gone. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of him.

Excerpt from FEVER:

He moved through breakfast preparations in a fog. His mind bounced from Luke to Seth to Tara to Kat and lingered on Alyssa. She was such an intricate, fascinating, frustrating, maddeningly beautiful woman. Yes, he’d been imprisoned for three years. Yes, he’d probably react to any woman. But what had developed between them over the last few days was far more complex than simple physical chemistry.

“Okay, look.” Alyssa’s voice brought his attention around. She stood near the counter, waving a hairbrush in one hand. “I’m not going to keep doing this in the dark. I want answers and I won’t let up until I get them.”

She was wearing jeans that rode low on her hips with her pink-painted toes peeking out beneath the hem. A long-sleeved, deep green, v-neck sweater clung to the breasts that had been pressed against his chest last night and a tight abdomen he’d seen and felt first hand. Hot damn, she looked good in clothes that fit her cute little body.

“Where’d you get those?” He shifted on his feet to relieve the sudden tension in his groin and turned back to the griddle.

“Bedroom closet. I hate to tell you this, but one of the boys has been sneaking girls into the fort.”

“Seems times have changed.” Teague waved the spatula at the table. “Sit down, food’s ready.”

“Did you hear me?”

“How could I not hear all ninety-eight pounds of you threatening all two-hundred pounds of me?”

“A hundred and twenty pounds, thank you.”

“Not even after you ate every scrap of food on that table.”

He set the pancakes down in the only vacant spot on the table. Alyssa stared at the feast in amazed confusion.

“How could you possibly…? Where did you get all this…?” Her stomach rumbled so loud the sound drowned out the still-sizzling griddle. She put a hand over her belly, her cheeks pinking to a beautiful hue. “Oh, my God. I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I saw this food.”

Teague didn’t wait for her. He sat and forked steaming pancakes onto his plate. Alyssa set her brush on the counter and pulled out a chair. She heaped two ladlefuls of scrambled eggs onto her plate, plucked up four strips of thick-sliced bacon then started in on the pancakes.

“Eggs,” she mumbled around her food. “Where did you get eggs?”

“They’re powdered. That fish food must have worked because you’ve got to be damn good and hungry if you’re eating those without noticing. Your eyes are about twelve times the size of your stomach.”

She pointed at the dark circles embedded in the hotcakes. “What are these?”


She smirked at him. “These can’t be from a powder.”

“No, those are from the freezer. You don’t get out much, do you doctor?”

“Ha-ha.” Alyssa clopped off a chunk of butter and slathered it over the cakes, gushed on syrup and butchered them as she tried to cut them into bite-sized pieces. Then she heavily salted her eggs. Once the preparations were done, she started eating. Or rather devouring.

With a strip of bacon in one hand, her fork in the other, she started a two-handed method of eating Teague had never seen outside a firehouse. A lopsided grin pulled at his lips as he watched.

She flicked and absent glance his way. “What?”

He chuckled, reached across the table and wiped a smudge of syrup from the corner of her mouth with his knuckle. “You look like a chipmunk hording for winter.”

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  1. Michelle Bledsoe

    Happy New Year Joan!!
    My favorite breakfast is a loaded omelet smothered with cheese and a huge side of hash browns…LOL
    I am so excited that it won’t be much longer before your book comes out.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  2. Joanne

    My favorite breakfast is anything I don’t have to cook (which doesn’t happen too often). I do enjoy chocolate chip pancakes and eggnog french toast, and hash browns. Gosh, now I’m hungry.
    That was a great excerpt.

    Happy New Year!


  3. Thecrazygranny

    Happy New Year!!
    My fav breakfast is a eggs benidict omelet. But the best part is when we would go to the resturant iwould meet my hubby after work at 7am. It felt kinda naughty, like I was meeting my lover. The waitress would give us some funny looks.

  4. Tonya

    My favorite breakfast food is pancakes. I like them with just butter or with butter & Dark Karo Syrup. I don’t eat any other kind of syrup. I also love biscuits with gravy & cheese omelets from the Waffle House. I’d rather go out for breakfast than any other meal.

    The cover of FEVER is gorgeous. I’m adding it to my TBR list.

  5. Karen

    My favorite breakfast is eggs, hash browns and bacon. That alternates with biscuits and gravy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Di

    Yummy Yummy Yummy! Love either pancakes or French Toast with real maple syrup!
    Time is ticking away until Fever is out – really looking forward to this one.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  7. Lb Scrapgirl

    ok the pancakes made me hungry for breakfast, so i got go.

  8. Nay Nay

    Happy New Year to everyone at Guilty Pleasures! My favorite breakfast is French Toast with a side of crispy bacon. Especially if I don’t have to cook it. LOL

    Thanks for the great post. It made my hungry so I’m gonna go have some breakfast. (Cereal since we are going to a New year’s Day Brunch)

    < ^_^>

  9. Sue Sattler

    This sounds like a great book. My grandkids love it when I make pancakes. I remember my grandmother making me pancakes, such a great memory.

  10. DiDi

    Those pancakes sound ALMOST as yummy as the FEVER cover!

    My Nonnie used to make “baby” pancakes for me when I was little, I thought they were super special because she made them only for me. They were, but back then I didn’t realize it was the same batter as everyone else’s just made smaller. What I wouldn’t give to have her here still making me some baby pancakes.

    She also made wonderful apple pancakes and banana pancakes. OH and HOMEMADE biscuits and grits..ok my TEXAN is showing 😉

    Happy New Year!

  11. redjuliet

    I love french toast. It is my favorite thing to order when I go out to breakfast! Fever sounds like a wonderful book that I will be putting on my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Kathryn Merkel

    Happy New Year Joan!

    My favorite breakfast is the chef’s special omlet served at a local greek restaurant. I wish I could have it every morning. It’s loaded with spinach, onions, fresh tomato & feta cheese. Yummmm. Ok, now I’m hungry.

    BTW: My uncle makes blueberry pancakes just like that at our annual family gathering in August. He turns out perfect cakes over a charcoal grill, beside a beautiful lake. I’m not a syrup fan, so I always bring a big jar of applesauce.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  13. Timitra

    My favorite guilty pleasure breakfast is a turkey sandwich, I don’t get to eat it that often but when I do I tend to go overboard!

    Fever sounds like a devour in one sitting read…smoking hot cover!!!!!!!

  14. Eileen

    That recipe looks so good! I’m going to have to try them one day when the college boy comes home. He’s the pancake eater. The story sounds so intriguing. I love the cover too. Very hot!
    happy new year!

  15. Bookwyrm369

    I love blueberry pancakes!! Will definitely try this recipe 🙂

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  16. Na

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  17. Na

    Happy New Year Joan. I’m excited for 2012 for you! I know you have a story to introduce to the world. As I’m typing this I have a craving for pancakes and I hear my stomach grumbling… 🙂

    I love a chicken salad or egg salad sandwich for breakfast.

  18. Cathy M

    Happy new year everyone! And I can’t wait to try your pancakes, Joan.

    My favorite calorie laden breakfasts are french toast and bacon, and home made cinnamon rolls.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  19. Leagh

    Can I just say that I LOVE the cover of that book. Wow, so sexy.

    Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2012.

  20. Maria D.

    Happy New Year Joan and Guilty Pleasures! I just had brunch and pancakes were a part of the menu..lol…though just regular, not blueberry. I love all breakfast foods but if I have to pick a favorite that I don’t make but love to order when I’m out it’s Swedish Waffles…with whipped cream, butter and syrup…yum. Can’t wait for Fever to come out…

  21. Cec

    Happy New Year Joan!!

    That is one very HOT cover!!! Fever sounds like a very great read, I’ll be adding it to my tbr pile.
    My favourite breakfast would be an omelet with capsicum, onion and olives on toast.
    Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe:)

  22. Catherine Lee

    Love your blueberry pancake recipe. This morning, I had a crab cake tostada, with pico de gallo, black beans, and guacamole, topped with 2 fried eggs and drizzled with sour cream. It was the special at the restaurant and it was spectacular–even if it does sound a bit peculiar. Otherwise, I’m a big fan of eggs benedict.

  23. Bianca

    My favourite brekkie is homemade pancakes with lots of butter and maple syrup. YUM! Your cover looks hot. Happy New Year!

  24. Meagan B

    My favorite breakfast has got to be an omelet made from my own chicken’s eggs…


  25. Shelly

    Blueberry pancakes are my favorite. The cover is smokin hot! Enjoyed the excerpt for Fever. Really want to read the rest of the story. 🙂

  26. MelissaS

    Yummy! Okay the pancakes look delicious too!!

    My favorite breakfast includes but is not limited to, eggs, bacon, biscuits, pancakes and at the moment I’m hooked on the chocolate rice crispies.

    Melissa S

  27. MaryC

    Thanks for the reipe – sounds delicious!

    Love the cover of FEVER, have had it on my list since I first heard about it – can’t wait to read it.

    Wishing all a healthy, Happy New Year!

  28. Joan Swan


    I LOVE my eggs and hash browns too! Adore omelets but rarely get them because they’re always so damn HUGE!! Though that is great for leftovers!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  29. Joan Swan


    I’m with you! I don’t cook my breakfasts. If I’m not going out with the DH (our date choice of the week), I head to McD’s for a simple egg mcmuffin. 🙂

    Glad you liked the excerpt!

  30. Joan Swan

    LOL, crazygranny,

    I LOVE meeting my DH for breakfast. It’s our special time to catch up with each other since we work such odd schedules!

    I didn’t know they made such a thing as an Eggs Benedict Omelet!!

  31. Joan Swan

    Thanks Tonya,

    Kensington did a great job with FEVER’s cover. I can’t wait to see BLAZE’s cover…should be out soon. Squee!!

    My DH loves his biscuits and gravy! I’ve never heard of Karo syrup being used as regular syrup…are you from the south? My DH grew up in Texas.

  32. Joan Swan

    Hi Di,

    A woman after my own heart! Though you can get decent french toast most places, really dynamite pancakes are far more difficult to find.

    Thanks for coming by!

  33. Joan Swan

    Hi Nay Nay,

    The crisp bacon is a given with the french toast. There’s just something missing without it! And when the bacon accidentally (or not) comes in contact with the syrup…the heavens open!

  34. Joan Swan


    Sweet! You’re passing on your memories to them now!

  35. Joan Swan


    I’m loving your Texan as my DH is Texan as well :). There is something about those silver dollar sized pancakes that I swear makes them taste better!!

  36. Joan Swan

    Red Juliet,

    You’re reading my mind! Loooove my awesome french toast!

  37. Joan Swan

    Oh Katheryn,

    Pancakes on a grill brought back childhood memories of camping. That is a distinct flavor, the pancake with the tiny smoke flavor. YUM!!

    Your omelet sound mouth watering!! Healthy too. What a combo!

  38. Joan Swan


    You just have to be different, don’t you?? 🙂 Turkey sandwiches are my lunch of choice!

    Thanks for the FEVER cover love.

  39. Joan Swan

    Hi Eileen,

    I’m sure you’re college boy will LOOOOVE them. Love anything home cooked I imagine. 🙂


  40. Joan Swan


    Me too, girl, me too!!

  41. Joan Swan

    Hi Na,

    I love both those sandwiches…usually for lunch, but I’ve been known to have breakfast for dinner, so who knows!!

  42. Joan Swan


    You can come over my place anytime…that is my kind of carb breakfast!! YUM!!

  43. Joan Swan



  44. Joan Swan

    Hi Maria,

    If I’m at a restaurant where I know their french toast is so-so, a waffle is my next fav choice!

    Thanks for the cover love…:)

  45. Joan Swan

    Hi Cec…

    Okay…omelet with capsicum, onion and olives on toast????


    What is capsicum? And why would you have an omelet ON toast?

    Help me!!!

    Thanks for the cover love!! 🙂

  46. Joan Swan


    >>This morning, I had a crab cake tostada, with pico de gallo, black beans, and guacamole, topped with 2 fried eggs and drizzled with sour cream????

    Holy Guacamole!!!

    That’s amazing!!

  47. Joan Swan

    Thanks Bianca,

    I love your key there “lots of butter”…


  48. Joan Swan


    How cool is that? Omelet with eggs from your own chickens!!!

  49. Joan Swan

    Thanks Shelly,

    Hope you enjoy!

  50. Joan Swan



    You had me up until chocolate rice krispies….

  51. Joan Swan

    Hi Mary,

    Hope you enjoy!

  52. JoAnna

    Happy New Year!
    My favorite breakfast is eggs benedict with extra hollandaise sauce and you can’t forget the bacon. Basically a heart attack on a plate. But I love it.

  53. Megan

    The recipe looks amazing! Happy New Year everyone!

  54. AquarianDancer

    Instant Breakfast in my Starbucks Mocha with chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and REAL maple syrup. Yummy.

    AquarianDancer @ Gmail . com

  55. Tiss

    My favorite breakfast is BACON!
    I love Bacon.

    The Story sounds intriguing. Thanks for the excerpt.

  56. Jo Johnson

    My new years resolution is to live healthier in 2012. Take better care of myself!

  57. Jen B.

    I do love a good breakfast. Most mornings I just have sausage and tea. However, I have a recipe for cheddar and bacon pancakes. Yum! Darn, now I have to go pull out the recipe so I can make them soon.

  58. rainie72

    I don’t know what was more YUMMY, the pancakes receipe or the snippet from the book. I’ll just have to try both and get back to you! Thanks for the giveaway & HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!

  59. Anonymous

    Thanks for the recipe! We have a big breakfast once a week on my husbands day off and I can’t wait to try these.

    Put the book on my TBR list!

    Heather E

  60. Joan Swan


    I’ve never had eggs Benedict, but I’m sure I’d love it!

  61. Joan Swan

    Aquarian Dancer,

    You sound like an iHop person! They have great plates with all that. YUMMY!

  62. Joan Swan


    I’m a bacon lover too! Applewood smoked, thick cut, not too crisp. Perfection!

  63. Joan Swan

    Jo and Megan,

    Happy New Year!

  64. Joan Swan


    Cheddar and bacon…interesting! Bet they’re yummy!

  65. Joan Swan

    LOL, Raine, too cute! Let me know!

  66. Joan Swan

    Hi Heather,

    You sound like me and my hubby. Only it’s my day off and I don’t cook…he takes me out. 🙂

  67. flchen1

    Mmm…! Those sounds delicious, Joan! And so does Fever! 😀

    As for favorite breakfast? I’m a sucker for fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and some fruit on the side 🙂 But I love all breakfast stuff, especially if someone else is making it 😉 Thanks for celebrating with us!

  68. Jerry Wittle

    I usually don’t eat breakfast unless it’s for dinner. Then it’s pancakes or an egg and sausage sandwich. Happy Holidays!

  69. Kathleen O

    Joan I am putting your books on my tbr list for sure..

    Happy New Year

  70. Kathleen O

    whoops for got to add that my fav breakfast is French Toast and susuages…with hashbrowns..

  71. Raonaid Luckwell

    Of late my favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs with cheese and biscuits.

    Sometimes bacon, egg and cheese.

    I use to love the bagel sandwhiches at Mikey D’s..

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  72. DiDi

    WOW!! THANK YOU ALL for stopping by and welcoming Joan! Joan thank you for sharing!!!

    There are some interesting and delicious sounding breakfast combos. Catherine Lee – your New Year’s Day breakfast sounds delish!!

    I forgot to mention my favorite breakfast….IN BED =)

    CONGRATULATIONS Heather E you won a copy of Joan’s book FEVER and a $5 amazon gift card. I will be sending you the gift card via email. And I will give Joan your email so she can send you your book in February.

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