September 26, 2012

National Pancake Day

"Bill Clinton's foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes." - Pat Buchanan

It's National Pancake Day!

Sponsored byVan's Natural Foods

Our country is a big melting pot of nationalities... and every country we've collectively come from to create Amur-KAH has a type of pancake they eat. Our French and Belgium ancestors made thin, light crepes, while in Germany their pancake recipe calls for potatoes.

While pancakes aren't terribly difficult to make, they can be time consuming - especially if you're like me and burn the first two (or twelve) before finding your pancake-making-groove. With so much happening in the last few months of the year, I'm grateful that I get to celebrate today with Van's Natural Foods. They make a variety of frozen breakfast goods including buttermilk, multigrain, and wheat-free pancakes. In my opinion, they taste just as good as homemade ones... I threw them on my grill and - literally - a few minutes later had light, fluffy pancakes that weren't burned on the outside and raw on the inside (which is probably how they would have turned out if I had attempted to whip some up that quick). And with no preservatives, no artificial flavors, and zero trans fat how can I not love them?

Van's started in the 1970s when the Van Dam family opened a waffle restaurant in Southern California. By the late 1980s, they had outgrown themselves and the Van Dam family decided it was time to bring their creations to a whole new group of customers — right in their local grocery. Since then they've been creating waffles (pancakes, muffin tops, English muffins, French toast, etc.) that everyone can enjoy (including gluten-free, organic, vegan, mini, and whole grain options).

I didn't have any maple syrup in the house to drown my pancakes in, but I did have plenty of just-picked apples and cognac. Needing something to top my pancakes with, I thought I'd try my hand at making an apple compote... which makes sense since it's ALSO Johnny Appleseed Day (born in 1774 in Leominister, Massachusetts, John Chapman walked across 100,000 square miles planting small orchards and sharing his faith with settlers).

Happy National Pancake Day!

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