|One Very Happy Dog!|
Isn't this just the luckiest dog alive? Grandma has never known a dog that didn't love to go riding, but few of them get their very own motorcycle ride! That red band around his belly is his very own seat belt. His favorite teddy bear is along for the ride and his little trailer is lined with a comfy rug and has a wind screen to keep stuff from blowing in his eyes.
Grandma went to the store to get the few things she needed to make a special meringue and lemon curd dessert, the kind of thing that makes you look like a rock star but takes no time at all! With one thing and another, she hasn't gotten the meringues done - you do need to "cook" those the night before - and as usual, Grandma keeps taking "just one little taste" of the lemon curd. Last summer she took a notion to make some lemon curd tarts and it took six tries to get both tart shells and lemon curd ready in the kitchen at the same time. Lemon curd is just so scrumptious straight off the spoon when it is too hot to cook.
Never mind, try again!
Bake it Easy with Grandma
Grandma has an aunt that in her younger years was famous in her rather large circle as the "hostess with the mostest." She always made entertaining look SO easy! She could lay around in the swimming pool all day long, get out at 5 pm, towel dry and be beautifully attired & greeting guests by 7 pm! No, she did not have a maid!
Grandma has never had quite Auntie's aplomb when it comes to entertaining, so she adores recipes that make it look like she does. This Dutch Apple Pancake is one of those. You could even make the apple part a day or two ahead. One pancake will serve two to four, depending on what you serve along with it. (Grandma particularly likes bacon or sausage, perhaps some fresh fruit and of course vanilla ice cream.) If you are feeding more just use two skillets and double the recipe.
Dutch Apple PancakeInviting people for Saturday or Sunday brunch is a fantastic way to entertain! The atmosphere is much more relaxed, the food is usually much less expensive. This Dutch Apple Pancake is one of those things that is guaranteed to make people think that you just SLAVED in the kitchen. Don't tell anybody, but it only takes about 5 minutes!
|Apples added to the pan to sauté|
|Sautéed apples, ready to cool|
NOTE: You can make this the day before (or even two) and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook the pancake. Let it come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before continuing.
|Ready to add the milk|
|Batter ready for the pan|
NOTE: You can make the batter the night before and refrigerate it overnight. Let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before baking.
Baking the pancake:
Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter into an oven safe pan. Grandma uses her trusty, well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Place the skillet into the oven to melt the butter and heat the pan while the oven preheats to 425F, about 10 minutes.
|Into the hot pan with the batter!|
Pour the batter into the hot skillet. This is easiest to do if you leave the skillet right on your oven rack while you add the batter. Grandma took her's out of the oven for picture taking purposes.
|A taste of Vermont, made right up the road from Grandma's|
So, Grandma must confess that her friend the pooch up at the top of the page brought a certain movie to mind . . . you know the one, where the French Mama gives her daughter the book How to Train Your Dog as the secret to a happy marriage? Grandma just had to go look it up on Youtube:
Grandma looked and looked for this movie, but apparently the internet lied this time. It is not available on Amazon Instant Video or on Netflix. I guess I'll just have to break down and buy If a Man Answers - they don't make them like this anymore!
Taco Salad for dinner, thanks to a great idea from a reader! Here's a little more Bobby Darren and Sandra Dee on my way out the door -