“…We are an American family.”
Images from inside Twelve Chairs in Fort Point, Boston
For some reason, these five words in the President’s powerful speech on Tuesday night really resonated with me. Maybe it’s because we have been traveling around the East Coast in the last two weeks, and our thoughts are with those who were affected by the storms. Maybe because all of this moving around, discovering new places, and meeting incredible people reminds me of our cross-country summer road trip. Maybe because that is what we are trying to do with our dinners—making people feel part of a larger whole.
Food has the incredible power to turn strangers into family. It can also remind you how precious the family we have is. But the range and variation of how this happens is as diverse as our country itself. Are there ritual meals in your life that join strangers and family? How do you bring people together around food?
In celebration of our American family, we have an autumn pancake recipe for you. The almighty pancake fills you with warmth and happiness, while being perfectly shareable and easy to make. But most importantly, they provide a time to join our American family together at the table. “Breakfast is ready!”
Pear Pancakes with Whiskey Maple SyrupAlthough my Vermont family will probably think it’s a sin to mix anything with the precious gold, the whiskey syrup is a delicious complement to the pears. For this recipe, please refer to the original pancake recipe, and add the additional ingredients below and of course, subtract the blueberries. This makes enough for 2 hungry people. 1½ tsps pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves) 1 large pear, thinly sliced 2 tsps whiskey finely chopped dark chocolate
Add the pumpkin pie spice to the dry ingredient mixture. Mix until incorporated.
After pouring the pancake into the skillet, carefully place the pear slices on the pancake and push in a bit so that they sink into the batter.
While the pancakes are cooking, heat ½ cup maple syrup in the microwave for about 30 seconds, checking often so not to overflow. Mix in the whiskey until incorporated. Mix again before serving.
Sprinkle the chocolate over the cooked pancakes and top with syrup!