Pancakes! If you didn’t know by now, they’re my favorite food. I’m always on the lookout for new and fun ways to cook, eat, and serve them, as well as any varied style that’s out there. Our friend Rachel shared with us this particular recipe, which was featured in the New York Times. Similar to a German dutch baby, this baked delight puffs up in the oven to form a buttery, light pastry–a perfect treat morning, noon, or night!
I met Kate when we worked for the same television network just over seven years ago. She oversaw one sector of my department’s production activity, and she was great at her job. She was also fun and quirky with a quick sense of humor. Although we mostly communicated over email, I knew she was a good person. Over the recent years, I discovered her interest in food and cooking was just as strong as mine. It made sense to give her the spotlight. Although Amir and I worked at the same company for a very tiny window of time, I’m not sure if he’s ever met Kate. I do know that it would be fun for us to all cook together one day. Here goes Kate!
What are your favorite on-the-go breakfast options? Do you remember those milk and cereal bars that hit the general market a few years ago? They were an odd product for sure, but the whole idea of sending people into the world with some sort of morning meal was at the heart of it. Breakfast burritos come in their own handy handheld and edible wrapper. Granola bars and fruit are also quick and easy grabs to help you hit the road on time. Then there are muffins. Warm muffins with a dab of creamy butter have been a popular choice for a snack, but of course, they make for a great start to the day.
We like to do a lot of things from scratch. That’s why kneading bread, rolling out pie dough, and beating cream into fluffy soft peaks is fun for us. We like to be hands on with foods and figure out how they work. And how they work best. That’s why you see a bowl of ground, watery nuts above. That, friends, is almond pulp. It is what you’ll find left behind if you make your own almond milk. Maybe you’re wondering to yourself, ‘Self, why are these guys making almond milk when it’s at the store?’ Well, there are lots of things that just seem easy to do by hand, so why not do them. At least once. If it’s not worth the time, effort or cost, then feel free to buy it. But at least you can say you’ve tried to do it. And that, friends, is the only answer we can give.
Some people adore pumpkin. Some of us do not. It is one of Amir’s favorites, but the other half of this Duo has never been that impressed. Until recently. Pumpkin is everywhere right now, which is exciting for many people. Wasn’t it just last year that the canned pumpkin purée shortage wreaked havoc upon the nation’s bakers? It was also last year that we went all out and cooked up an all-pumpkin dinner party. When Trader Joe’s touted the first newsletter announcing the arrival of canned pumpkin this season, we stocked up on a few cans to work with for the months of October and November. We discussed different ways to use the pumpkin and argued about the types of families that serve pumpkin pie and/or sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. There was no clear winner for the latter. As for the former, how would we use up all this canned pumpkin? And would the uses be enough to change an ambivalent pumpkin eater or a fan? The findings would be a welcome surprise.
Face it people. Not every meal will have great photos. That’s just a fact of life. Or maybe it’s just a fact of blogging. We spend so much time running around trying to make food look great on a plate, which is fine if you have the time. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Or a plate! Especially when you’re going on a road trip. For Amir’s birthday, we hit the road to San Luis Obispo with food in one hand and a camera in the other. Have you ever taken photos of your food while a car is in motion? Let’s just say it is not an easy feat, but we did not want to keep these recipes from you. Regardless, no road trip is complete without something to nibble on. On our last drive to San Diego, there were pop tarts nestled into a basket. As we’ve both crossed over into a new year of age this past October, it was high time to balance an early breakfast with something sweet and something substantial. This was the perfectly portable cure to rumbling bellies in the morning.
What is one of the best meals you’ve had for breakfast? There are some people who can’t even wake up in time to eat in the morning, and then there are the rest of us who cannot start the day without at least something in our belly. We both have to eat in the morning, whether it be a Tuesday morning before work or a Sunday morning after an evening of tequila shots. It must be done. Now, we do not live together, so the first meal of the day is rarely shared, and we both have our own preferences for food anyways. But everyone likes potatoes right? Here is a side dish that would fit right on the side of either one of our breakfast plates.
We wish there were burrito trucks that drove through neighborhoods, ring-a-ling-linging the bell like the ice cream man. Catch him at the intersection and pick up a meaty, cheesey handheld tortilla vessel for just a few bucks as you head out for the day. Oh, if there were a burrito man in the morning, he’d be well worked and well paid for his kindness. Essentially when it comes down to Los Angeles’ street food, most of the tasty but not so good for your health stuff is available after hours, not early in the morning. As soon as bars and clubs close, busy streets are filled with vendors selling bacon wrapped hot dogs with mayo and peppers (please don’t knock it ’til you try it) and trucks shelling out hot tacos and overflowing burritos for mere dollars. What more could you ask for at 2:30 am? If only, they’d change their hours to accommodate our usual week day morning schedule. We’re suckers for convenience.
Upon opening the fridge this morning, all we could do is stare at a couple of leftover pieces of sweet potato pie on the top shelf. We wanted to eat the pie for breakfast so bad, but there was that ringing guilt with the voice of our mothers saying “You can’t have pie for breakfast!” Plus, we’d already had cookies for breakfast this week. Well mother usually knows best, but the pie looked so good! How do we satisfy the temptation while still making mom happy? Sweet potato pie pancakes–a new world of divine! We put together this recipe and even sent it to our moms. They both want a piece over the holiday!