Thursdays Are For Cooking

| December 23, 2021

Buttermilk pancakes

Well, since it’s getting around that time of year, the idea that we should watch calories when we can burn them off throwing snowballs at each other from behind the walls of our snow fortress just doesn’t go over too well, especially with kids. So I’m reposting the buttermilk pancakes recipe – the old-fashioned thing where you have to make them from scratch instead of throwing the frozen stuff into the microwave – and adding that you can serve these with sausage of your choice or nice, crispy bacon. Whatever you do, make sure you’re using real maple syrup, not that stuff that looks the part but tastes like cardboard.

We had a dusting of snow here last week, but nothing – not even a light rain sprinkle – so far this week, and yet, we still want the real stuff on our plates, don’t we?

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 ¼ cups sifter all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 beaten egg

1 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons of salad/corn oil, melted shortening or bacon fat

– Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.

– Combine egg, buttermilk, and corn oil/bacon fat. Stir thoroughly

– Add to dry ingredients, stirring until the flour is moistened. The batter will be LUMPY and THICK.

– Cook on a hot griddle or in a skillet, but be sure to “grease” the surface first!!!

– Let one side cook, then flip ONCE ONLY!

Should yield four pancakes. I managed to get 4 plus one small one.

You can either melt the butter you’re going to put on this stack, or just put it between the pancakes in the stack.

Serve with heated (real) maple syrup and some good breakfast sausage or nice, crispy bacon, and this will keep your kids and grandkids happy and likely to ask for more. And if you’re going to make popcorn, get the loose popcorn at the store, use corn oil in the popper, and use a real popcorn popper, instead of using the mircowave stuff. There is a huge economic benefit when you compare the cost of the bag of microwave popcorn to a stovetop popper with about 1/8 cup of popcorn kernels that will fill a good-sized bowl. The stovetop popcorn costs less per use than the bagged mircowave stuff.

What’s for lunch on Christmas Day? How about some bean soup? That white bean soup recipe I posted last week should do the trick, with lots of crackers and chips and whatever else The Horde of Children will eat. I’d add some cornbread to that, too, as a filler. Then send them back outside to scrape the ice and snow off the car windshields and build a snow fort and starting lobbing snowballs at each other.

That’s the way we used to do it…. back before things went wierd on us.

Might be a good time to start a discussion on stocking up and being as self-sufficient as possible. The price of food is becoming ridiculous and we need to be thinking ahead. It’s the reason I post recipes that let you make food from scratch, instead of buying boxed stuff out of the freezer at the store. I have no idea where things are going to go. None of us do. But we can at least be as resourceful as possible. If you’re going to cook from scratch, things like stovetop biscuits are in online videos now. And – well, let’s have a good family gathering and holiday and look ahead. It has been worse than this. We aren’t in another Great Depression yet.

Category: Cooking, Economy, Holidays

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Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

Just in time to mention that the other day I picked up Hunts Diced 2matoes, Hunts 2mato sauce and 16 oz ground Publix mild sausage. Already have the penny and when ready, I will put the bag on the scale and take out 8 oz. The sausage is in the freezer section of the reefer right now.


Did someone say ‘sausage’?

Breakfast Sausage
You’ll need:
• 1 lb ground pork
• 2 teaspoons dried sage
• 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
• 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
• ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
• pinch cayenne
• 2 tablespoons cold water

You’ll do:
In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Form the sausage mixture into small balls.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and lightly coat the pan with oil.
Place one of the balls of the sausage mixture in the pan and press with a spatula to flatten.
Cook until well browned on one side, flip and brown on the second side until cooked through. A little pink (stop that Chip) is fine with me. I am happy at 160F internal, you maybe not so much. Now spell “Trichinosis”.

Thought so.

Pro tips: Set the mix to rest for an hour in the reefer to let the flavors meld, if you have time. Overnight is best if possible. I fry up a small sacrificial patty to check for season, and adjust as needed.

Thanks, Ex!


Cue Dave Hardin screaming/crying for gravy and biskets to go with the sausage in… Y’all know how he is!

num num num!!!! Mi’Lady knows how The Gun Bunny lubs him some flapjacks, ‘specially with a side of beast. And yeppers, use the bacon drippings as the lubricant for well,….reasons. For those that hasta, get on the AlGloreBull Amazing inherwebz and research the availability of Pure Cane Syrup. You’ll never go back to tree sap again!

Tanks Matey! Let’s Eat!


Not so fast, I did mention Chip.


For those who like to cook under pressure…. Because pressure vessels do not do well with items that need to be browned (such as pancakes) and being that we are close to Christmas, I am going in a totally different direction….. Mulled Wine 1 750-ml bottle of bold red wine 1/2 cup brandy 1 apple, thinly sliced 1 orange, thinly sliced 2 cinnamon sticks 2 star anise 3 cloves 1/2 tsp whole allspice berries 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns 3 tbsp brown sugar 6 oz preferred liquor, divided (optional) Step 1 With the inner pot placed in the main unit, add all ingredients except the optional preferred liquor. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock the lid. Turn on the Instant Pot. Turn the valve to “sealing” to allow the unit to come to pressure. Step 2: Cook on High Set the cooking time to 3 minutes and cook the ingredients on high pressure. The unit will beep when the 3 minutes have ended. Step 3: Release the Pressure After 3 minutes, it’s time to release the pressure from the Instant Pot. Do a natural / slow release and not a “quick release.” Step 4: Strain the Mulled Wine Use a fine-mesh sieve to separate the mulled wine from the solid ingredients. Set the fruit and spices aside for later use and return the mulled wine to the Instant Pot. Step 5: Use ‘Keep Warm’ Function The Instant Pot has a “keep warm” function that comes in handy for preventing your recipes from cooling down. Use this mode to have warm mulled wine ready all night. Step 6: Serve, Garnish and Enjoy To serve, ladle approximately 4 ounces of warm mulled wine into serving glasses. Adding 1 ½ ounce of your preferred liquor to each glass is optional. Garnish with the spices and fruit that were previously separated from the mulled wine, like an orange slice and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy! And….. Pressure Cooker Wassail Ingredients 8 cups apple cider 4 cups orange juice 5 cinnamon sticks 10 cloves ½ tsp nutmeg (preferably freshly grated) zest and juice… Read more »


You’re more than welcome. I made the mulled wine last year and am making the wassail this year.

It should be noted that you can make both in a slow cooker. It will take longer, but the results should be the same. (Cover the pot while cooking, of course.)

So in other words, if you are having friends and family over, start a crock of either, let it cook and then be hailed as a culinary and mixologist extraordinaire.

(Where you are, these are both good for warming people up, so there is that.)

Wilted Willy

Oh Ex, how you drive me crazy with your great food!!!
I will beg my wife to make those for Christmas mornings breakfast!
As always,
Love you and your food!!!
Take care and stay warm,


Love buttermilk pancakes. I’m going to lookup how long pancake batter will keep.


Up to 4 days if anybody wondered.


Double wrap air-tight and it’ll freeze for a month or more.


Nice. Thanks for the info. So much better than bisquik pancake mix.

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I need to compare this buttermilk pancake recipe with the Martha Stewart recipe my wife uses. (Yum!)