My favorite holiday activity growing up was with my papa. We’d go to a restaurants — usually when we were doing some crazy last-minute holiday shopping — and we’d always grab lunch somewhere. My dad would ask me if I thought the server was nice (he or she usually was), I’d nod excitedly and my dad would jot down a tip that equated to double the amount of the bill. And then we’d leave immediately because imagining what her reaction was when she or he opened the bill fold was much more fun than getting a big ol’ thank you. I always hoped she or he would buy something nice for themselves. Or maybe if they were having a bad day from waiting on impatient people, that it’d reaffirm that not all people are bad. Til’ this day it might be one of my favorite memories with my dad.
Besides tipping generously just ‘cuz, another thing I have to have during the holiday season is gingerbread anything. I’d like to just put it out there that I’m super picky about gingerbread baked goods. It can’t be too spicy or else my nose itches and I get a brattitude. The amount of spices needs to be just right. These pancakes are one of my favorite recipes from PANCAKES (da cookbook!).
I’d be a bad blogger if I didn’t say that, “PANCAKES (da cookbook) IS A GREAT COOKBOOK TO GIVE AS A GIFT.” (Gotta pimp out your work sometimes, you know?)
OMG I’m throwing a pancake party! There will be little silver dollar pancakes and orange juice and cold-brewed coffee just for you! I’ll be there too saying hi and signing books, if you like. If you’re in Los Angeles, please come out. The party is at Poketo, one of my favorite stores for all things cute and interesting. Angie, one of the co-owners, and I have become friendly over the past few months and when she suggested that we throw a pancake party, I leaped at the chance.
The Pancake Party is next Saturday, July 27th from 11am to 2pm. Please RSVP to this Facebook invite. Hope to see you there!!! P.S. Have I ever told you I’m shy?! I’m shy.
This lil’ picnic story is in collaboration with Evernote Food. Running this blog, developing recipes for various companies, writing a book, etc. requires organization. It’s actually not my strong suit, you should see my sock drawer, so Evernote helps me A LOT. I’m not trying to sound like a commercial but seriously my life would run very differently (read: a hot mess) without Evernote. I use it to organize recipes, write blog posts (pre-posting on this lil’ blog), to-do lists, grocery lists and even my personal stuff. AND, I even used it to write my entire book. Yes, I wrote PANCAKES in Evernote before transferring it to a Word document. I’m what Evernote calls a psychotic “power user” (I added the psychotic part). My favorite part is that it’s on the cloud which means I can access Evernote from my phone, even when I’m away from my computer–it’s a dream.
They recently launched Evernote Food and I use it too! Going to restaurants and saving recipes is a big part of my life. Evernote Food let’s me “tag” restaurants that are either on my “to-hit” list or places I’ve been to and want to save and remember–it’s particularly helpful when traveling to a new city (hello summer vacation!).
When they got in touch with me it was a dream come true and I was all like, “you know I’m obsessed with Evernote, right?” They thought I was a little weird, but mostly were just stoked that I was super stoked about their product.
We decided to make some stuff together. And since it’s summer we thought a fun picnic story would be great.
This is the last time I mention pancakes. Promise. (JK I would never promise such a thing.)
Today I’m bringing you Coconut Pancakes. For this pancake situation, I teamed up with my friends Geri and Erin of LEAFtv. If you’re unfamiliar, LEAFtv is a how-to concept (and soon-to-be shoppable video site) that’s fresh, fun and beautifully shot. And! Their music is always really awesome. You’ll start by watching one video and then find yourself having watched 10. They’re addicting!
We shot about six recipes/videos in one day and this is the first one to be released. These pancakes are some of my favorites–the flavors remind me of being on a tropical island with a pina colada and a book in my hand. I need this in my life soon. If you’re currently reading this from your iPad sitting on the beach, then I’m jealous. If you’re not, then, well, we have these pancakes.
To all of you who entered the giveaway on Tuesday, THANK YOU! I read every single entry (and still reading–it ain’t over!).
I LOVED hearing stories about your first cooking experience. Some of your stories were funny, simple, most involved grilled cheese, a lot of them were accounts of utter disaster, and some even involved pancakes! Others were sweet, visceral and really really beautiful. Some of your memories involved grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles who are no longer with us but left such an enormous impact on you and your relationship with cooking and food. Thank you for sharing these super personal stories. I loved reading them. I cherish them. I hold them close.
Today I’m sharing a very savory, non breakfast-ey recipe from the book. Coming up with 72 pancake recipes is a lil’ tough, so when I got to the dinner portion, I included all sorts of “pancakes.” There are patties, fritters, savory popovers, arepas and huaraches. I love these Spicy Black Bean Cakes. They’re really simple to put together, hella flavorful and they’re gluten-free! Woohoo! Oh and the Avocado Buttah is delicious.
I wrote a cookbook. It happened. I haven’t spoken about it much because sometimes I’m shy. But today is the day when I scream it from the rooftops, text you to tell you about it, using lots of emojis and exclamations points, nudge you to maybe, only if you want to, pre-order it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
My lil’ ol’ humble cookbook is being published by St. Martin’s Press and the release date is coming soon (eeeek!), May 28th!
This cookbook, like all cookbooks, was a labor of love with the help of my awesome literary agent, Danielle and super smart and fellow food-lover of an editor, BJ. The pretty pictures and styling was done by my friends, Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. The cookbook is about my favorite breakfast food ever invented: pancakes. There are 72 recipes of breakfast pancakes, dinner pancakes, nerdy pancake information and even some savory and sweet toppings.
Before I show you a bunch of pictures of the cookbook, I feel like we should talk about these Banana Bourbon Pancakes because they’re pretty major. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites in the book but I do. I just do. These are one of them.
The bananas are caramelized in a bit of bourbon, butter, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. They’re cooked until golden brown and then added to a bourbon-spiked pancake batter. Holy moly. They’re fluffy and boozy and slightly sweet and oh so very delicious. I love. Just love.