Sunday, April 8, 2012

A food journey of sorts...and Easter Pancakes

Happy Easter Everybody!!!

I'm finally back from vacation! It seems like it's been forever since I've been home with Burt and even longer since I've gotten to post anything new. The latter isn't exactly true. While visiting family in New Jersey I did manage to post two blogs, but ended up getting so busy chasing around little miss Lorelai that all of the other food I'd made didn't make their way on here last week. It's okay, though. I have plenty of awesome food pictures to share with you of some of the tasty foods I've gotten to try this week, as well as an old fashioned pancake recipe cut into Easter shapes made especially for Lorelai. (Although, that was all Burt's idea.)

This picture was taken at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania an hour or so before we reached Jersey. The sandwich above is from a place called Dinic's, located in the market. Omg, there isn't enough words to describe the tastiness of this pork sandwich marinated in juices and topped with fresh provolone and broccoli rabe. It was so good I had to stop myself from eating the entire thing  in one sitting. If you're ever in Philadelphia, try this place. You will thank me.

Yes, yes I did go to Serendipity 3 in NYC and had myself one of their famous frozen hot chocolates. Was it awesome? Absolutely. The two hour wait in the 30 degree weather however, was not. But at least I can check off one of my bucket list foods that I've wanted to try forever.
Pina coladas at the Tiki bar on the boardwalk. What could be more relaxing? 
The most addictive frosted sugar cookies ever! Spongy in texture and available at most supermarkets, they are my favorite and I think I ate about 5 in 2 days. Yikes!

Who would've thought that New Jersey would have some of the best pizza I've ever tasted? The Coal House, famous for the coal-fired pizzas are light on the cheese, with a simple tomato sauce, topped with fresh pieces of basil. It is probably one of the freshest pizzas with the best pizza crust I've ever tried in my life. It is so light and crispy, yet full of flavor that you could eat the crust by itself. It's amazing and worth a trip to the Jersey shore any day.

It is Easter today, and we've spent the morning together as a  family watching Lorelai tear apart her Easter basket and cooking a mid-morning breakfast of pancakes. We love pancakes and make them a few times a month on the weekends. Today, we cut out Easter shapes to make our pancakes more festive. Very easy and also very tasty. Why do pancakes shaped like bunnies and carrots taste better? Because it's Easter of course!

Old-fashioned Easter shaped Pancakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs white sugar plus 1/4 tsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbs butter melted, plus more for coating pan
  • Easter shaped cookie cutters
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees or warm setting. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Use a fork to make a well in the center. (A well is when you push all the dry ingredients to the outer edges and leave the middle coated with just enough flour to cover the bottom of the bowl.) Melt the 3 Tbs of butter in a small saucepan and pour in the well, along with the egg and milk. Whisk together to combine. Heat a medium size frying pan on medium heat and coat the pan with a 1/2 Tbs of butter. The pan is heated enough when you drop a tsp of water on it and it sizzles.  Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the frying pan. Let cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the sides firm up and bubbles are present on the top of the pancakes. Place finished pancakes in oven on a tray lined with foil to keep them warm. Repeat with remaining batter. When all the pancakes are finished, cut pancakes with different Easter shaped cookie cutters. Serve with butter and warmed syrup.

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