Pancakes and Panned

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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Pancakes and Panned

Last week was interesting for foods fixed during the week. I made pan roasted chicken with a creamy Boursin cheese sauce and chicken and dumplings. The first is a dish that has been in my repertoire for over two decades, thoroughly enjoyable. The second is one that continues to evade perfection. I can make a great soup but I have yet to find the perfect dumplings. In fact, I made three versions this time and was not happy with any of them. I will keep trying. Sunday’s breakfast was pancakes with walnuts and bacon, tasty and a little different from the usual blueberries, apples or bananas. The pancake recipe came with my wife nearly 28 years ago. However, I decided to switch things up with the addition of chopped walnuts and bacon. It was very good and I will make it again. Dinner on the other hand was truly a first and I am afraid somewhat not repeatable. Everything was cooked/finished in the over. Roasted quartered Yukon gold potatoes seasoned with chervil, salt, pepper, onion and garlic power was the starch. Roasted Brussels sprouts seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon peel was topped with a mixture of bacon and cheese before serving. Finally, I marinated a pork loin in salt, sugar and lemon juice. Seasoned it with rosemary, marjoram, sage, salt and pepper and pan roasted it. At one time all three dishes were in the oven together. It was served with an apple cider reduction and vinegar sauce. By the way, pan roasting refers to first searing the meat in a skillet and then transferring the skillet to the oven to finish cooking the meat. It is faster than just roasting and delivers better flavor as a result of the searing. I would love to have offered anyone of these as the recipe of the week but I didn’t measure or time anything. So, the recipe of the week is Pancakes with Walnuts and Apple Smoked Bacon. Enjoy!

Panned

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