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The Perfect Pancake!

2005_1020easter0012 This recipe is from Bethane (shown here with my dad and my uncle , click on the photo), my best pal. When we were kids, there was absolutely nothing that comforted us more than a midnight trip to the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for a midnight snack of warm chocolate chip pancakes with lots of butter, whipped cream and syrup. This is her very grown up yet utterly delightful version of our adolescent favorite! We came of age in the late 70's hence the name and you can feel free to draw your own conclusions! Whatever you decide, these are wonderful and make sure that you have really good maple syrup. Bethane's a fanatic about syrup. No Aunt Jemima please!
Don't even think about the sugar free stuff.
I think that she's right and a really wonderful milk stout would be the perfect accompaniment alongside an enormous platter of applewood smoked bacon and some chicken and apple sausages. She also suggested that if you don't like (who doesn't like chocolate!) chocolate that you could use   freshly diced apple or pear instead! Or what about  apples sauteed in butter with cinnamon and pecans.... Whatever you choose please enjoy...and maybe these will be the beginning of some new trips down memory lane!
 
"Hormonal Pancakes" A.K.A.  "Flashback Pancakes" (because they're a TRIP!)
You will need!
Arrowhead Mills Multi-grain pancake mix as directed or
buckwheat or other hearty whole grain.
Organic milk i.e. rice, oatmeal or reg.
Rice oil
Fresh ground cinnamon & nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp. real butter
Pure maple syrup-grade B preferred
Nestle semi-sweet morsels
Nestle butterscotch morsels
Pre-heat griddle.  Warm maple syrup.  Mix batter as directed.  Add fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.  pour batter on hot griddle then dot pancakes with both chocolate and butterscotch morsels.  Flip when bubbly.  Serve with butter, maple syrup and a smile!
These are great accompanied by dark ale or scotch.
      
            
         
 

The Perfect Pancake!

2005_1020easter0012 This recipe is from Bethane (shown here with my dad and my uncle , click on the photo), my best pal. When we were kids, there was absolutely nothing that comforted us more than a midnight trip to the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for a midnight snack of warm chocolate chip pancakes with lots of butter, whipped cream and syrup. This is her very grown up yet utterly delightful version of our adolescent favorite! We came of age in the late 70's hence the name and you can feel free to draw your own conclusions! Whatever you decide, these are wonderful and make sure that you have really good maple syrup. Bethane's a fanatic about syrup. No Aunt Jemima please!
Don't even think about the sugar free stuff.
I think that she's right and a really wonderful milk stout would be the perfect accompaniment alongside an enormous platter of applewood smoked bacon and some chicken and apple sausages. She also suggested that if you don't like (who doesn't like chocolate!) chocolate that you could use   freshly diced apple or pear instead! Or what about  apples sauteed in butter with cinnamon and pecans.... Whatever you choose please enjoy...and maybe these will be the beginning of some new trips down memory lane!
 
"Hormonal Pancakes" A.K.A.  "Flashback Pancakes" (because they're a TRIP!)
You will need!
Arrowhead Mills Multi-grain pancake mix as directed or
buckwheat or other hearty whole grain.
Organic milk i.e. rice, oatmeal or reg.
Rice oil
Fresh ground cinnamon & nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp. real butter
Pure maple syrup-grade B preferred
Nestle semi-sweet morsels
Nestle butterscotch morsels
Pre-heat griddle.  Warm maple syrup.  Mix batter as directed.  Add fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.  pour batter on hot griddle then dot pancakes with both chocolate and butterscotch morsels.  Flip when bubbly.  Serve with butter, maple syrup and a smile!
These are great accompanied by dark ale or scotch.
      
            
         
 

Fair Food!


Before you is one of the most wonderfully decadent things ever invented! It's a funnel cake, that magical mixture of fried dough and confectioners sugar served warm and absolutely oozy with your choice of toppings! I had mine with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge and it was extraordinary! You can usually find these delectable things only at fairs and carnivals, so it's worth the extra calorie and sugar overdose once a year! This one came from the Great Geauga County Fair which is held every Labor Day weekend!


Fair Food!


Before you is one of the most wonderfully decadent things ever invented! It's a funnel cake, that magical mixture of fried dough and confectioners sugar served warm and absolutely oozy with your choice of toppings! I had mine with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge and it was extraordinary! You can usually find these delectable things only at fairs and carnivals, so it's worth the extra calorie and sugar overdose once a year! This one came from the Great Geauga County Fair which is held every Labor Day weekend!


Fresh Tomatoes , Almonds and Basil!

Basil2 This is one of those combinations that is so obvious that you forget  them until the middle of winter when you would possibly sell your first born child for a fresh tomato sandwich! Fresh tomatoes are( I think) one of the best parts of summer. I am constantly looking for things to do with them, and this morning I found one of the most amazing combinations ever. I was standing out on my porch, savoring the sweet cherry tomatoes growing in my window boxes and eating a handful of freshly roasted, salted almonds. Then it struck me! There was a beautiful sweet basil plant growing next to me and I quickly snipped off some of the flavorful leaves. Seconds later, I was in heaven! It wasn't the basil and tomato that was unusual, but the addition of the almonds. The combination of basil, tomato and almond was ambrosia to my senses, and drizzled with a bit of the fresh olive oil that my nephew just brought me from Florence was perfect. It doesn't need anything else! (Well, maybe a bit a cracked pepper, but nothing else!)  Don't try this without the roasted, salted almonds( Trader Joes are THE BEST!), because the roasting and salt creates a buttery flavor that is amazing. I usually blend pine nuts with basil and tomato, but I think that this could make the most wonderful pesto sauce with the addition of a wee bit of garlic (not the normal 8 cloves!) and some freshly grated manchego cheese for a Spanish flavor. I would also use this as a dip for fresh mussels that had been quickly steamed in a bit of broth and white wine.   This sauce drizzled on freshly grilled tuna and served with some roasted potatoes and a sumptuous red wine, would make a very sexy dinner for two!


Fresh Tomatoes , Almonds and Basil!

Basil2 This is one of those combinations that is so obvious that you forget  them until the middle of winter when you would possibly sell your first born child for a fresh tomato sandwich! Fresh tomatoes are( I think) one of the best parts of summer. I am constantly looking for things to do with them, and this morning I found one of the most amazing combinations ever. I was standing out on my porch, savoring the sweet cherry tomatoes growing in my window boxes and eating a handful of freshly roasted, salted almonds. Then it struck me! There was a beautiful sweet basil plant growing next to me and I quickly snipped off some of the flavorful leaves. Seconds later, I was in heaven! It wasn't the basil and tomato that was unusual, but the addition of the almonds. The combination of basil, tomato and almond was ambrosia to my senses, and drizzled with a bit of the fresh olive oil that my nephew just brought me from Florence was perfect. It doesn't need anything else! (Well, maybe a bit a cracked pepper, but nothing else!)  Don't try this without the roasted, salted almonds( Trader Joes are THE BEST!), because the roasting and salt creates a buttery flavor that is amazing. I usually blend pine nuts with basil and tomato, but I think that this could make the most wonderful pesto sauce with the addition of a wee bit of garlic (not the normal 8 cloves!) and some freshly grated manchego cheese for a Spanish flavor. I would also use this as a dip for fresh mussels that had been quickly steamed in a bit of broth and white wine.   This sauce drizzled on freshly grilled tuna and served with some roasted potatoes and a sumptuous red wine, would make a very sexy dinner for two!