Food Liberalism & The Death of the Pancake

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Adrian Rutt

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  1. Avatar veronica d
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    But wait, I’ve been getting blueberry pancakes since I was a tiny veronica. This is not new.Report

  2. Avatar Damon
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    Pancakes! Pancakes!

    Dude, your new couple is WAY BEHIND. Crepes are the thing now.

    Damn reactionaries!Report

  3. Avatar Kim
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    Meh. Have you seen how many recipes there are for spicing up beans?
    Ooodles and oodles and oodles of them.

    A pot of good fresh plump beans is a treasure that doesn’t need spicing up — just a splash of oil and plenty of salt.

    Of course, good luck finding fresh beans up North, they’re a homegrown delicacy.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    If you go to Maine, blueberries are traditional, which just futher proves that New England is always First in Liberalism.

    I’m not too upset over pancakes. Mess with my biscuits and someone is going to get hurt.Report

  5. Avatar Adrian
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    Thesis: I like regular pancakes; that’s it. That was the entire point 🙂Report

  6. Avatar veronica d
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    I’ve been known to add a little bit of jalapeño.

    Oh my stars!Report

  7. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    Chocolate chip pancakes are perfectly acceptable fare, if you are under the age of 12.Report

    • Avatar Murali in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      Chocolate chip pancakes are awesome and I’m 31Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Murali
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        I have friends like that. The calendar says they are in their 30’s, but they are still 12…

        😉Report

        • Avatar Dave in reply to Oscar Gordon
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          @oscar-gordon

          Would you like to call me 12?

          😉Report

          • Avatar RTod in reply to Dave
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            There is no way you eat pancakes with chocolate. Dude, isn’t your entire diet lean meat veggies and protein powder?Report

            • Avatar Dave in reply to RTod
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              @rtod

              RTod:
              There is no way you eat pancakes with chocolate. Dude, isn’t your entire diet lean meat veggies and protein powder?

              Ha! Well, I was running something resembling a Paleo diet for a while, but once I found myself getting more and more into old school bodybuilding workouts, my diet had to change alongside it. Doing hypertrophy workouts in a glycogen-depleted state sucks, even in a caffeinated state.

              On training days, my macros are approximately 35% protein, 45% carbs and 20% fat. Most of them I consume between dinner and post workout (I work out at night). My food choices most of the time – small amount of fruit, a small sweet potato and oatmeal, which I have with dinner, pre and post workout meals.

              As far as my liking chocolate chip pancakes, my son likes them so I make them, and if he has any leftover, I’m not shy about taking a small bite or two. I don’t eat them as a regular meal.

              That said, don’t think I haven’t thought about substituting one of my oatmeal meals for some uncooked pancake batter. I don’t think it would be as filling and I don’t care for the added sugars.

              @oscar-gordon

              I’ll not be intimidated by your musculature! You are obviously 12!

              To be fair, considering that I’m 5’5″, I have to admit that there are 12 year olds taller than I am. I can’t say I like it either!!!Report

              • Avatar Kim in reply to Dave
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                Doing any workout in a glycogen depleted state sucks…dude.
                Try working out with someone with liver failure…Report

              • Avatar Dave in reply to Kim
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                Low intensity steady state cardio is manageable. It may be one of the few things that can be done reasonably well in that state without hitting a wall.

                I experimented with a protein sparing modified fast last year, and other than low volume maintenance lifting, walking on a stairmaster or inclined treadmill walking was one of the few things that didn’t make me feel like crap and burned a fair amount of calories.

                Disclaimer: I don’t recommend anyone try what I tried.Report

          • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Dave
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            I’ll not be intimidated by your musculature! You are obviously 12!

            (Besides, you are the way the hell over in New Jersey…)Report

          • Avatar North in reply to Dave
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            You ain’t fooling no one. The only carbs you consume are in your liquor.Report

    • Avatar El Muneco in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      Pancakes are prepared using the “muffin method”.
      Chocolate chip muffins are delicious.
      Therefore, chocolate chips are fine in pancakes.Report

  8. Avatar Damon
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    EVERYONE BOW DOWN TO MY FIAT.

    French Toast Panettone.

    It rocks. Plain and simple. (mixing a little almond extract with the egg wash makes it ever more rockin’.)Report

  9. Avatar RTod
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    I am OK with blueberries, but I am willing to forge a coalition with the anti-blueberry ranks if they will join me in my efforts to stamp out the scourge of beets from our society.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to RTod
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      Have you ever had spring beets, smaller than your pinkie, and with beet greens?
      If not, you need to try ’em.Report

    • Avatar Murali in reply to RTod
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      Beets are fine so long as you cook them and mix them with other things so that you can’t tell that they’re in thereReport

      • Avatar DavidTC in reply to Murali
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        The best way to cook beets: Boil pasta, and then drain off the water into a pot. Cook the beets in the used water. Throw the water and beets away, eat the pasta.

        Another recipe: Take the beet juice and use it to draw on the boxes of microwave dinners. Then take the dinners out of the box, microwave them according to instructions, and eat them.

        An old folk recipe, requires some good aim: Take some uncooked beets and a sling into the woods. Use the beets to hunt a wild turkey. Eat the turkey.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to RTod
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      Beets are awesome. Roast them up until they are soft, peel the skin off, eat them plain. Red, candy striped, or gold, don’t care, love them all.

      Also good pickled, or in a salad with gorgonzola.Report

    • Avatar DavidTC in reply to RTod
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      I am OK with blueberries, but I am willing to forge a coalition with the anti-blueberry ranks if they will join me in my efforts to stamp out the scourge of beets from our society.

      This.

      I keep telling people, when I see them purchasing beets, that their heart is in the right place of getting that off the store shelves so others will not accidentally think it is food and serve it to people, but that is simply not how the market works. If people would simply *stop buying* beets, that poison would eventually be removed from store shelves. (Well, or the FDA will eventually get off their asses and sue the beet producers for the various lies they tell the public, such as beets being ‘edible’.)

      And a lot of the time, when people buy beets to dispose of, the beets accidentally end up in the pantries anyway, where they can be accidentally given to people as if they are food. I help by throwing them them out whenever I see them, but there is only so much I can do.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to RTod
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      The entire Polish nation will mobilize against your Anti-Beet Alliance.Report

    • Avatar aaron david in reply to RTod
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      Though I am indiferent to pancakes, I shall pledge my shield to your anti beet coalition. They may plant their 13 thesis’, but we know it for the fairy tale it is.Report

  10. Avatar Adrian Rutt
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    I suppose I can put my pancake radicalism aside and get on board with this.

    I was at the gym the other day, and my friend was drinking a Beet-infused pre-workout. It’s natural so it’s cool. It’s what cavemen drank before they would fist-fight woolly mammoths.Report

  11. Avatar Kazzy
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    As I’ve written before, pancakes suck. But the very sucky IHOP chain has been selling a variety of pancakes for at least two decades.

    More importantly, food experimentation is a wonderful thing and should be embraced. It will undoubtedly yield failed outcomes, but the process is the only reason we aren’t still eating rocks (fact… look it up).Report

  12. Avatar Atomic Geography
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    Just so ya know, Jan 28 is National Blueberry Day.

    Blueberries resisted domestication. The first commercially grown blueberries were sold in NJ in 1916, exactly 100 years ago!!!!! and “blueberry fever” swept the region. I’m guessing people in the NE were putting blueberries in pretty much everything, pretty much right away.

    So does 100 years represent a recent challenge to tradition, or tradition itself. Perhaps that’s how we should define liberalism/conservatism.Report

  13. Avatar Stillwater
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    This whole post is misguided. And UnAmerican. The pan cake – so-called in honor of the long-honored Greek god of blueberries and chocolate chips, much loved by real Americans – has been associated with flighty experimentation in US artesinal food stuffs throughout history. Lincoln’s wife Mary was famous for purchasing expensive Illinoisian berries (expensive because they were illegally imported from the South) for inclusion in Abe’s cakes during meetings with foreign dignitaries, including those from faraway places like the Confederacy. Jefferson’s notes reveal a cotton-based pan cake recipe which included fibers from naturally grown non-GMO “hemp” sprinkled with hand-picked mushrooms fried in butter. The historical record mentions this dish being served only once at an official function tho TJ’s head chef claims the meal was served daily as a form of both mental and physical sustenance. Andrew Carnegie is purported to have created an iron-ore-based pan cake served with yogurt and strawberries which John Rockefeller purchased for $432 million dollars. The list goes on and on.Report

  14. Avatar Michael Cain
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    A great deal of this discussion reminds me (pleasantly) of Rex Stout’s Too Many Cooks and Nero Wolfe’s lecture “Contributions Américaines à la Haute Cuisine”, asserting the subtle superiority of American poultry that has been regularly fed fresh blueberries over anything available in Europe.Report

  15. Avatar j r
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    I don’t really know what this post is about it, but it should most definitely be called “Food Progressivism…”Report

  16. Avatar KatherineMW
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    A relation of mine who’s on a paleo diet makes “pancakes” out of eggs and banana.

    They’re edible, but they are not pancakes.Report

  17. Avatar Natasha Emerson
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    Great writing style and tone, very enticing!

    I think you are right, society is changing. Everyone should have popcorn for breakfast, for goodness sake! Or, something of the sort.

    Ha, jokes.

    Keep up the great work, you are truly a great writer,
    NatashaReport

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