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ARTICLE: Pancake/Waffle & Syrup Glossaries

Pancakes
Polka Dot Ceramics Collection, available now at SurLaTable.com, $31.50 for four pieces as shown (the feathered chickens are $9.95 and $19.95).

 

We received our weekly marketing email from Sur La Table today. If only we had room for all of the wonderful merchandise they dangle in front of us!

As New York City apartment dwellers, we live by a goods accounting principle called SOSO—Something In, Something Out. Otherwise, we’d be sharing our bed and bathtub with extra sets of dishes, woks and 10 cookbooks we’ll never get to read.

Don’t we wish we had room for this gay, polka dot breakfast set: a plate, bowl, mug and individual teapot for $31.50!

Instead, we’ll have to content ourselves with the pancakes, as we do have a pantry with white flour, buckwheat flour, regular cornmeal and blue corn, plus genuine maple syrup and some of Robert Lambert’s exotic fruit syrups (Golden Date, White Ginger, Grapefruit, Texas Lemon, Kaffir Lime, Bergamot Orange—who said Maple had exclusive claims on pancakes?).

 

  • Different Types Of Pancakes: Pancake lovers should check out our Pancake & Waffle Glossary to discover dozens of different types of pancakes from A (aebleskiver) to T (tlacoyos)…plus W for waffle, of course.
  • Different Types Of Syrup:You can learn about the 14 different types of syrup (not flavors, but types), plus other sugars and sweeteners, in our Glossary Of Sugars, Syrups & Sweeteners.
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    FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Banana Hot Chocolate

    Don’t monkey around: Purée a ripe banana and add it to hot chocolate.

    One banana is enough for two eight-ounce cups (it stretches further if you want just a little banana flavor). Here’s the simple recipe,

    We’re not saying this is a health drink, but it combines potassium and antioxidants and it sure is a mood elevator. For more variety, see our 25 ways to glamorize your hot chocolate. You can find our favorite products in the Cocoas and Hot Chocolates Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine—we’ve reviewed more than 75!
     
    RECIPE: BANANA HOT CHOCOLATE

    Ingredients For 2 Cups

  • Ripe or over-ripe banana, puréed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Prepared hot chocolate (any kind is O.K.)
  • Optional garnish: whipped cream or marshmallow cream, crumbled graham crackers, banana chips
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    Preparation

    1. ADD 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a grind of fresh nutmeg to the banana purée; then divide the mixture evenly between two mugs.

    2. POUR the hot chocolate (reheat as needed) over the purée and stir well. Garnish as desired and serve.

      Hot Chocolate
    Hot chocolate + banana = Banana Hot Chocolate (photo Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE).
     

    Banana purée is just one way to glamorize hot chocolate. See our 25 Tips and enjoy a different variation almost every day of the month.
     
    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COCOA & HOT CHOCOLATE

    There is a difference between cocoa and hot chocolate.

  • Cocoa is made from cocoa powder, hot chocolate is made from shaved chocolate bars.
  • Both are mixed with hot milk or water, but since cocoa powder is defatted (most of the cocoa butter is pressed out), hot chocolate is a richer beverage. It can easily have double the cocoa butter of cocoa powder.
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    FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Bad Wrap (For Cheeses)

    Fresh Chevre With Peppercorns
    I’m a living, breathing food—don’t plastic-wrap me! Fresh chévre topped with pepper from Cypress Grove Chevre.
      January 20th is Cheese Lover’s Day, so be sure to give your favorites the respect they deserve. Fine cheese is a living food that breathes and ages. Most cheese should not be kept in plastic wrap, which essentially suffocates the cheese, allows moisture to condense on the inside of the wrap and hastens spoilage. Stores may wrap cheese in plastic for efficiency, but their inventory turns over quickly. The one exception to the plastic wrap rule is dry, aged cheese like Parmesan, where the cheese’s moisture is largely evaporated. Wrap all other cheeses in waxed paper or butcher paper, both of which are protective but porous. Never buy more cheese than you plan to consume over the next few days: Enjoy cheese at its peak flavor. Explore the wonderful world of cheese in the Cheese Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
     

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Kitchen Diary

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    Convert your old Filofax or Week-At-A-Glance to a kitchen diary.
      Keep a diary in your kitchen—or a document on your computer—of entertaining occasions and what you’ve served to which guests. It serves as a mind-jogger of what was popular, what dishes didn’t fly, who didn’t like fish, who has peanut allergies, et cetera. It also will remind you not to serve the same thing to the same people next time! We retrofitted our old Filofax to include sections for events, menus and guest lists; ideas for future events and pockets for clipped recipes and tips.
     

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    ON OUR RADAR: Interesting Nibbles From The Past Week

    Actor Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights, Carlito’s Way, Fast Food Nation, Magnolia, Traffic and dozens more) loves Cabot Cheese, and stars in the company’s new ad spots featuring “aging Cheddar hunks.”
    We love Cabot Cheese, too. Its Clothbound Cheddar won Best Of Show at the 2006 American Cheese Society Awards (read our review).The The Reduced Fat Cheddars save up to 75% fat without sacrificing any flavor. The Cabot Creamery website has tons of great recipes. Here are some of our favorites:
    Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Grilled Pizza
    Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding
    Black Bean Bruschetta
    Baked Salmon With Peppercorn Cheese Crust
    Cappuccino Noodle Kugel
    Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup
    Cheddar Crisps Cheese Sticks
    Chicken, Corn & Tortilla Soup
    Matzo Brie
    Potato, Cheddar & Cabbage Casserole (get ready for St. Patrick’s Day)
    Nacho Stuffed Shells
    Pumpkin Soufflé
    Reduced-Fat Cheese Fondue
    Spicy Potato Soup
      Cabot Cheddar
    A stack of Cabot flavored Cheddars.
     

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