My family has put me in charge of the cooking.  I’m sure this is by default rather than ‘Chel is the best cook ever, so we pick her.’  My husband has this job thing he goes to every day.  S goes to school.  K and J aren’t allowed to use the stove.  So it’s me by default.  One of the perks of being top chef is I am in charge of the menu.  (And amazingly, we happen have lots of foods I like for dinner.)  If I’m in the mood to try a new recipe..woohoo! The family gets to come to the table in fear and trepidation.  Sometimes these meals work out fabulously.  Sometimes…not so much.  But either way, I get to decide what we’re having and when, which is definitely a plus.  However, the biggest downside of being top chef is I am in charge of the menu.  I get the privilege of coming up with meals my crew A.) enjoys B.) doesn’t get sick of and C.) are at least somewhat healthy.  I get to do this day after day after day after day after live long day.  Some days/weeks I’m great at planning.  Other times it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and I think “I probably should figure out a plan for dinner soon.”  Today was one of those days.  I have a couple ‘go to’ meals when I don’t have a plan, such as spaghetti, grilled cheese, etc.  And breakfast.  I love breakfast for dinner anytime, and it’s a really great plan for those days when I have no plan, like today. The only trouble with breakfast food is usually requires a ‘short order cook.’  I will never have a successful job being a short order cook.  I’m more of a slow-and-steady-and-eventually-get-the-job-done type of cook.  I’d like to believe if I wasn’t cooking amidst the ranks of three children it would be faster, but I’m sure I still won’t win any records.  

So today I wanted breakfast food with as little short order cooking as possible.  What do I do when I need a recipe?  What I always do…head to the internet!  Some of you had to cook long before the internet…I shudder to think of it.  Spend hours looking through books to find a recipe that hadn’t even been rated!  With no comments on how it tasted or how to tweak it!  Oh the horrors!  How did you ever do it?!  I’m so grateful I don’t have to live in those terrifying times.  The internet is my friend, especially when it comes to the kitchen.

Anyway, back to the story at hand.  Today I was in the mood for pancakes, even though they are heavy on the amount of time needed standing in front of the stove. J was napping, so I thought I’d live crazy and try it.  As I was looking for a pancake recipe online I found a recipe for Finnish pancakes.  I’m not Finnish, I have never been to Finland, and I did not know they had their own pancakes.  I’ve been missing out.  Kropser: baked pancakes.  OH. MY. WORD. Yum. S declared them the best pancakes he’d ever had.  Dad and K loved them.  I found them easy, tasty, and requiring no ‘short order cooking.’  SCORE!!! 

In case your wondering, I’ve included the link for the recipe.  I’ll let you read the reviews and decide what you think.  I would describe the Kropser as a cross between french toast and pancakes.  Did I mention the yummm part?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Pam
    Apr 17, 2011 @ 07:18:41

    Hey, I made pancakes this morning too. The bad side of that is that I used up all my blueberries yesterday. I understand the positive: I'm in charge of the menu, and the negative: I'm in charge of the menu, thing. Bev says in the insurance world, they say, "The good news is, people are living longer…the bad news is, people are living longer." Anyway, I'll try your new recipe. I'm impressed you take the time to search them out!


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