Five Things

I would consider my “Signature” or most requested dishes.

5. Vegetarian Black Bean Soup. I just blogged about this a few weeks ago, but I’ve been making this for a few years now.  It’s a great and easy riff on traditional tortilla soup, and it turns out great every time!  Definitely a crowd pleaser.

4. Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and almonds.  I’ve seen a few Food Network personalities make versions of this dish, so one Thanksgiving I decided to combine a few recipes and give it a try.  It quickly became a staple at my family’s Thanksgiving table.

3. Rice Krispie treats.  This one is so easy, but so good.  Whenever I make a version of rice krispie treats to bring to a party, they get raves. I love them too, but I feel like people don’t realize that all I did was melt butter and marshmallows and add cereal. I usually make them because I need to pull something together at the last minute, and quickly realize that I could have made a soufflé and gotten fewer compliments.

2. Granola.  I saw a recipe for granola about three years ago and decided to give it a try. At the time, I didn’t even realize you could bake granola at home.  Three years later, my mother requires me to make a big batch to leave with her every time I visit her house.

1. Buttermilk Pancakes.  My grandmother trained me to make these with my great grandmother’s recipe at a very early age.  By the way, this is my great grandmother Sarah Church, aka Sadie.  This is my number one requested dish by friends and family hands down.  They are simple, light, and fluffy every time!

What is your best dish?

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My Signature Dish

Everyone has a signature dish.  I don’t care if you’re the chef at five star restaurant or a TV dinner aficionado, I know there’s one dish that you make better than anything else. I love to cook and bake so I like to think that I have several signature dishes, but if I had to choose my most requested it would definitely be my buttermilk pancakes.

My favorite thing about my pancakes is that I’m the only person that makes them.  My mom doesn’t even know the recipe.  I hold the power!  The recipe was handed down from Sadie #1 (my great grandmother), to my maternal grandmother, and then to me.  When I visited my grandparents as a kid I always requested these pancakes.  I learned the recipe, because we simply made them so often.  And I started making these for my family at home when I was in middle school.  To this day, if I’m at my parent’s house on a Sunday, I’m probably making pancakes for brunch.  Even though my grandmother is still making pancakes, I hate to admit it, but I’ve been told the student has exceeded the master.

I’ve read hundreds of pancake recipes over the years, and nothing compares.  These pancakes are light because of the egg to buttermilk to flour ratio, and they aren’t particularly sweet.  They are the perfect canvas for syrup, butter, berries…  I actually refuse to put any add-ins in the batter, I’m a purest, but toppings are my key to success.

Today is your lucky day:

Sarah Church’s Buttermilk Pancakes

Yield: about 8 pancakes depending on size

2 large eggs

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup AP flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

3 Tbs vegetable oil

butter for skillet

Method

1. Turn on stove to warm up skillet/griddle.

2. Beat the eggs together with the buttermilk.

3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Wisk until batter is only a little lumpy.

4.  Whisk in vegetable oil.

5. Add butter to the skillet and test heat by flicking a little water onto the skillet.  If the water sizzles and skips across the skillet then it is ready.  In this instance, I definitely like it hot.

6. Add batter to the skillet in desired size.  Flip after a couple minutes when there are bubbles on the surface.  If you peak at the underside, it should be golden brown.  After you flip them, the second side should take a minute or less.

7. Remove from skillet and serve.  Don’t forget to re-apply butter to skillet between cooking batches or as needed.

I highly recommend eating these immediately.  I usually put them on the griddle while my family is already sitting at the table.