The Way to a Man’s Heart

is through his belly.

And though you may cook a mean Indian chicken tikka, there are just some dishes that, in general, most men crave over others.  You know the kind of dishes I’m talking about…the ones that make your man go, “Ohhhhh yeah!  We’re having ______  tonight!”

So you need to have the man-town friendly recipes down.  It’s kind of like learning the mother sauces when you’re in cooking school.  From these mother sauces, all other delicious foods are created.  Well, learning to make your man the best lasagna, meatloaf, roasted chicken, grilled T-bone, bacon cheeseburgers, apple pie, pancakes, etc will win his heart.  And from there, you will be able to sometimes sneak in a sundried tomato cream sauce over his piece of chicken, or a kalamata olive into his salad.

As I post my “manly” dishes, I’ll link posts to my previous ones, so that you’ll always be able to find meals to make your man’s heart beat triple-time for you.

Here’s one of the classics – a breakfast go-to:

PANCAKES!

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These are perfection.  Finally.  It has taken years and years of trying recipes and variations of recipes for me to find the fluffiest, tastiest, fool-proof pancakes.

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Start with 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour in a large bowl and

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add 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour,

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2 tablespoons white sugar,

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1 teaspoon baking powder,

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1/2 teaspoon salt.

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Whisk together to combine.  Set aside.

 

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In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups buttermilk,

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2 large eggs,

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1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and

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3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled.

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together gently with a rubber spatula until just combined, about 10 seconds.

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Some lumps, as seen above, are exactly what you’re looking for!

Set this batter aside for about 10-15 minutes before you cook it.  This gives it time to “rise” and will work out some of the lumps on their own (the lumps are really little balls of flour that will eventually “burst” and mix in, dissolve, with the rest of the batter.)

Heat your non-stick griddle to medium heat, mine is perfect at 375 degrees.  Moisten a paper towel with some vegetable oil and wipe the griddle with it, till the entire top of the griddle is shiny, but not wet.

Pour out 1/2 cup-fulls of batter onto the griddle.  Do not disturb!  Let the magic happen on its own.  You’ll see it start to look fluffy and bubbles come to the surface.

You do not want to flip the pancake until the bubbles in the center of the pancakes burst.

Then, you end up with the tastiest, fluffiest pancakes that your man will love you for!

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If you make them all at once, keep them warm on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven.

Bon Appétit, Ma Chérie!

 

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