Monday, October 08, 2007

What should you eat on the first weekend of October?

Pumpkin Pancakes!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 ounces.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
If you have time, process the pumpkin with about 1/3 can of milk in the food processor to break up the fibers, if you don't, just stir together the wet ingredients. Whisk dry ingredients together (you can do pumpkin pie spice if you want.) Add wet to dry and stir until just combine. Allow batter to rest while griddle is heating. Batter will be fluffy. Drop batter onto the grill, spread out with a butter knife or spatula. These take a little longer than regular pancakes to cook. Turn once until both sides are golden. Serve with maple syrup....

...and if you're us, with whipped cream stars too.

One of my favorite toys is my whipped cream dispenser. I have wanted one for a long time, but couldn't justify spending the cash, because honestly, a whipped cream dispenser? I saw one at my mother-in-law's, so fancy, so pretty, so...Austrian.

One day a package arrived at the door. Inside the package was not only this fancy aluminum dispenser but a candy apple red soda dispenser as well. The cream dispenser is wonderful, you can place a pint of sweetened cream with a drop of Mexican vanilla inside and it stays whipped for a week. No more separating cream, or throwing away excess.

I still haven't used the soda dispenser...any ideas?

El Guille approves of pumpkin pancakes.

Oh no! What's that we hear? Sounds like Proximo is awake.

It's time to play, Little Sleepy-Face.

In other news, my sister Jeffiner works for a law firm.

All last week when clients were calling for appointments, she didn't schedule a single one for Monday. Why? Because it said 'Holiday' on her calendar. I laughed, and laughed, and laughed, because it was Columbus Day. Who besides banks close on Columbus Day?*
The lawyer at the firm looked at his calendar and said, "Hey, we don't have any appointments, do you think we should close for Columbus Day?" Jeffiner printed up the signs for the doors posthaste.

So, if you are needing a holiday, go ahead and enforce one.

In other-other news,
Happy Birthday, Other Half!

You're older than me!
(still and always.)

*Should we even celebrate Columbus Day anymore? I'm having survivors guilt. Wait, no, you're having survivor's guilt. Someone should be feeling guilty, I think. It was my ancestors' monies that paved the way for Columbus. So, uhm, thanks for all the gold and silver, Xochitl Girl, and for the land ~j, Can we still be friends?


Lindsey said...

A whipped cream dispenser has been on my "list" for so long. I have never made pumpkin pancakes, but now I have to make them.

And you should see the way NY shuts down for Columbus Day--it's turned into Italian Pride Day. Parades, parties, music, food. And everyone gets the day off--even the schools.

Did you see the program on PBS about Columbus? It was great. Some historians traced his route using instruments and maps that were available to Columbus and his crew.

Mrs. Dub said...

I was feeling guilty about Columbus Day, until Mr. Dub forgot to enforce it at his workplace. And until my guilt was transferred to how many pumpkin delicacies I want to be eating right now.

mandy said...

Too bad my husband doesn't like pumpkin. Those pancakes sound heavenly. And I've never even heard of a whipped cream dispenser, but now know I NEED one.

To answer your question, federal employees (including my husband) celebrate Columbus Day. Oh, and ten other holidays a year. I need to get a government job.

Azúcar said...

Mandy, that's why I laughed so hard, I have never heard of a private sector business taking Columbus Day off. Then again, I've never been in NY on Columbus Day either.

Those dispensers are freaking awesome, they're one of those things, like a blowtorch, that you just WANT but can't ever justify. I'm here to tell you that they're worth it.

Mrs. Dub- these pumpkin delicacies really aren't that sweet, so when you serve them with maple syrup, they're perfection. I'm just sayin'. Also, they're a big hit with the under 5 crowd.

compulsive writer said...

Pumpkin Pancakes? Yum. They look delicious.

Whipped cream dispenser? I want one. I also want things I really really want to magically appear at my door. (Today that would be someone willing to rescue my ruined dining room table.)

Your kids? Much too cute--and Filthy Padowan looks so, um, benign.

Guilt? I think some of my ancestors plundered and pillaged entire villages for a living, so I'm keeping my mouth shut.

cabesh said...

They totally do Columbus Day here--huge sales at the stores, NO SCHOOL, lots of businesses closed. The east coast--they think they own Columbus Day....and St. Patrick's Day

~j. said...

This is hysterical to me. Last night, Darin said, "I think schools in other places are starting to close for Columbus Day," to which I replied, "No, schools in other places have ALWAYS been closed for Columbus Day." Tia called yesterday morning: "What're you doing?" "Taking the kids to school." "They have school on Columbus Day?" My reply: "Yeah. We don't celebrate that so much here on The Rez."

You're welcome for the land. We can still be friends. Once siesta is instituted in this country, we'll be MORE than even.

Marilyn said...

Pancakes of any kind are a hit at my home, but these look divine. I will definitely try them.

A whipped cream dispenser sounds perfect, but I am wondering why it keeps the cream whipped? What is the secret?

Azúcar said...

Nitrous Oxide.
If you look at the picture, you'll notice a white dispensing tip and a black thing with a silver center. That silver center is a cartridge of nitrous oxide. You place the cartridge inside the black holder and screw the holder onto the base. The base has a way of puncturing the cartridge so the nitrous oxide enters the body of the dispenser. The bottle gets REALLY COLD, almost frosty. It's so cool, literally and figuratively.

I'm learning so much about Columbus Day! I'm actively working to bring the siesta to all my amigos.

Jennifer B. said...
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Jennifer B. said...

Can't wait to try those pancakes.

That was a stroke of genius by your friend Jeffiner. Hope they enjoyed the day off!

Kalli Ko said...

I have an addiction to all things pumpkin and this is not helping. It's true, and now it looks like I have to get myself a whipped cream dispenser so that I will look far more sophisticated when squirting it directly into my mouth.

Columbus Day makes me wish I was Italian, most so I can wear excessive gold jewlery, but also because you get to celebrate Columbus Day.

fijiangirl said...

My hubby (government employee) got the holiday off. My son, public preschool did not. Whip cream dispenser from where... I might need to get me one. Yes, certinaly a need not a want!

RC Cola! said...

Those pancakes look like heaven.

Yay for Proximo! What a darling.

I was hoping I'd get Columbus Day off, but then again, I'm always full of wishful thinking.

Lucky Red Hen said...

In your expert opinion, would this recipe work for the Belgian waffle maker (maybe add a tablespoon of vegetable oil so it doesn't stick)?

Tiffany Twisted said...

I'm just glad that other half is always older than me too.

I thought you wanted a fall party?? Soda Machine = Party time. At least for the first run.

Tiffany said...

EG - Step AWAY from the whip cream dispenser.

What happened to Amerigo Vespucci Day? Isn't he our namesake?

Your sister is AWESOME.

Julie said...

I can tell you what to do with the apple red soda dispenser: keep it (and the whip cream dispenser) away from Filthy Padawan.

Emily said...

Proximo's sleepy face pretty much hurts my feelings, it's so cute!

Thanks for the pumpkin pancake recipe; will most definitely be making them.

I'm in no position to debate the ethical-ness of Mr. Columbus, but I pretty much think a Holiday is always a good idea.

Azúcar said...

In the name of journalistic integrity, I did find him with the dispenser last week, but he couldn't figure it out. To dispense you must hold it upside down. He had it sitting on the ground in the same position as the picture above. He was pressing the lever, but just the gas was coming out.

LRH, I don't know if it will work with waffles. Return and report? I still have some extra pumpkin left over, maybe I'll try it tomorrow morning.

kiki said...

Yummy! I'm dying to try it! I'm going to have to make someone spend the night with me tomorrow night so I can get up and make them on Thursday morning since it's my day off and I work all this weekend.

Karen said...

Thanks for the super recipe. Made them for dinner tonight and the kids (teen and littles)love them.
I don't have one of those cool whip cream dispensers though. darn.

Julie said...

"He was pressing the lever, but just the gas was coming out."

Did he just inhale? Does this explain some of his fake Parmesan cheese artwork?

Marie said... involving squash. My winter obsession has returned -- thanks for splashing kerosene on the fire!

I got Columbus Day off, but I forgot about it until the last minute so I spent the day cleaning. House looks good, but I would've preferred an adventure...

Azúcar said...

He's not smart (dumb) enough to capture the gas. Give him 5 more years before he's a true sniffer.

Azúcar said...

I made waffles this morning by adding one more egg, for a total of two, to the recipe. They turned out great! The recipe is so fluffy that I had to push down the top of the waffle iron a little to make the batter spread out more.

cabesh said...

Dearest Azcuar-

Since you are the queen of all things culinary, I was wondering if you could recommend a trifle recipe.

With much gratitude,

Azúcar said...

I have no trifle recipe. That's the good thing about trifle. I will tell you my secret: real, homemade ingredients. Make a real cake from scratch. Make pudding from scratch. Whip cream. You can either mascerate fruits in sugar, and drain, or you can add unflavored gelatin to the mascerated fruits (your call.)

Cut cake into pieces, top with berries/fruits, then pudding, then cream. Repeat, ending with cream layer. Garnish with fruit.

Sue said...

Aaaaagh! I get busy at work and somehow miss three Azucar posts in a row? How? Why? Also, When? I am a loser. I love your sister. And also a little in love with your baby.