Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pancakes, Wine, and Chili

Our company arrived safe and sound.  I get the sense we are going to have a busy weekend starting with breakfast.  I pulled a recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes from my Food Network Magazine that is different from what I usually make.  This recipe calls for cornmeal. 

1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C cornmeal
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
2 1/4 C butterrmilk
2 eggs
oil for the pan

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just blended. Leaving a few lumps will result in fluffier pancakes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add enough oil to grease it lightly and leave a film on the bottom of the pan.

Ladle the batter, about 1/2 cup at a time, into the pan. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on the bottom and bubbles start to form on top, about 3 minutes, then flip and continue cooking another 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Put the finished pancakes on a sheet tray and let sit in the oven to stay warm as you finish. Serve topped with the berry syrup, butter and confectioners' sugar.

For the syrup mix 1 C maple syrup and 1 split vanilla bean in a sauce pan over medium-low heat.  Before it simmers, add a pint of your choice of berries (I used blueberries) and remove from heat.  Let this set for 30 minutes for flavors to incorporate.

They a were very good!  The cornmeal really changed the texture.  I would love to try these again with plain maple syrup and cooked sausage mixed into the batter.

The Texas Reds Festival just happens to be going on this weekend in Bryan, Texas so we headed over to check it out.  Great music, food, and people watching.   All the Texas wineries bring out their wines to taste and many vendors were on the street selling their goods.  One highlight to speak of is the fried Oreos.  They were a hit.

Another was the homemade soda.

The best event of the weekend so far was clearly the lighting of the Queen theater built in the 1920's.  Awesome.  She was in disrepair, but is lovingly being restored, lit for the first time since closing some 30 plus years back.  If you are interested in seeing what it looked like before restoration go to

Taken by Trevor Templeton
Tonight is Tailgater Chili made from the Food Network Magazine served with Fritos, onion, and sour cream.  Sorry I have no photos of the food today; we were hungry.

Was a great day!