Ina PinkneyIna Pinkney is the “Queen of Breakfast” and she will help you change the landscape of your breakfast table, just in time for the holidays. On a personal note, Ina Pinkney is truly a kind and delightful person. I first met her while attending the Women Chefs and Restauranteurs Conference in Los Angeles in April 2016.  My dear friend, Barbara Lazaroff introduced us. Ina and I connected once again in Washington D.C. in October where she was attending the distinguished Les Dames d’Esocoffier conference.  I happened to be in town at the same time for the Julia Child Award gala at The Smithsonian.  I love when those unexpected hugs from heaven occur.


Ina Pinkney is an accomplished chef, cookbook author, media personality, Chicago Tribune columnist and a former restaurateur. In addition, she was featured in the documentary Breakfast at Ina’s.  Ina made her first cake at age 37.  She is an inspiring example of how to successfully pursue your passion at any age or stage in life.

For the home chef, Ina recommends these tips to create a nourishing and nurturing breakfast experience for your family and friends:

  1. Ina’s Pasta Frittata recipe is perfect for your holiday breakfast, and remember to serve it with delicious bread along with room temperature sweet butter.
  2. Feature gingerbread pancakes at your breakfast table (Ina’s recipe is in her book).  To raise the flavor profile of gingerbread, Ina recommends adding dry mustard to the batter and potato starch (substitute this for a little of the flour).
  3. For her blueberry pancakes with lemon curd recipe, Ina has a great shortcut.  Fold Dickinson’s lemon curd into homemade whipped cream for the delicious topping.

As a polio survivor, Ina Pinkney has a heart for charities whose mission is to end polio.  Here is a link to two great organizations that are making a difference in the world to eradicate polio:  Rotary Club’s End Polio Now and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

What are your special breakfast recipes and traditions during the holidays?

Savor the day!

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