Buttermilk Pancakes

Here are our food highlights lately!

I’ve been trying a new recipe every week, and last week the new thing was buttermilk pancakes. Jake is the official pancake maker in the house, but this week I wanted to try my hand at it. I used the basic recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, subbing sour milk made with fresh lemon juice for buttermilk. I also added in a pinch of cinnamon and more milk, because the batter wasn’t the right consistency. Other than that, the only trick was to make sure that the pan was the right medium temperature and paying attention to flip the pancakes at the right time (when they start to get air bubbles). The results were fantastic. My mom, who is a big foodie, even said that they were the best pancakes she’s ever had. On my first shot, too!

I’ll add that I probably would have messed it up had it not been for years of watching master flipper Jake.

Hot chocolate

Last week was all about snow days, so there was plenty of hot chocolate to be had. We just make ours out of milk, cocoa, and sugar on the stovetop (with marshmallows on top!). Super simple.

Pork, cheddar, and apple meatballs

They don’t look too fancy, but these pork, apple, and cheddar meatballs pack a huge flavor punch: so much so that they don’t need any sauce! We put ‘em on top of egg noodles and added in buttered sautéed mushrooms and frozen sweet peas.

The Filling Station

The Filling Station

We love going out for brunch on the weekends, and this time the kids voted for us to go to The Filling Station. We have a smaller version of the coffeehouse within walking distance to our house, but they wanted to visit the bigger, expanded menu location. They got the exact same thing they get at our neighborhood location. Hah!

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I find that planning a few really simple meals during the week helps reduce “I’m too exhausted to cook, let’s order something” nights, and this week that meal was beef tacos with spanish rice, beans, and pineapple. Also, I recommend this taco seasoning.

Chicken Tikka Masala

I used chicken tikka masala with rice pilaf to bribe my sister into staying to help during the snow day madness. It’s what almost everyone requests when they come for dinner!

We had a lot of dinner guests, so I bought frozen naan and a jar of mango chutney from Trader Joe’s to spread the meal further. My mom also made some fantastic baked carrots with olive oil, salt, cumin, chili powder, and curry powder. They were delicious and I’m thinking they’ll have to be a permanent side for this meal! Mangos are a good addition too, and they help cool your tongue after eating spicy food.

Snicker-doodles

We’ve been all about some snicker-doodles lately. Jake’s mom gave Eliza a big tub of sugar cookie dough, and we used it for these! It’s crazy how much better snicker-doodles are than sugar cookies because there is only one small difference between the two: you can fake snicker-doodles by rolling balls of sugar cookie dough in a mix of equal parts of cinnamon and sugar. Way better. Defies logic.

What have you been savoring lately?