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Special Holiday Meals  
By Maggie Turner  


Monday, April 24, 2000

Special Holiday Meals

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The road to ruin is paved with good intentions. This does not concern me as my intentions are not good, nor are they bad. My intentions are without moral persuasion. My intentions are to live simply and well. This is what I want. Good and bad do not come into it.

I mention this because I have recently been asked to "promote myself". I find self-promotion a painful charade. It seems to require enhancements, meaningless enhancements. I loathe meaningless enhancements, to myself and to others. I do not intend to be obtuse when asked to "blow my own horn", but I am. It is just that I cannot assimilate the need for all the loud noise. If you want to know me, for goodness sakes talk to me. There really is not any other way to find out

Easter Sunday brought my "Oldest Daughter" and her "Intended" for brunch. We fried bacon and baked our ever-easy Giant Oven Pancake. We served all of this with an accompaniment of pure maple syrup and a variety of fruits: pineapple, home made applesauce, sliced pears, and sliced peaches. After devouring everything on the table, we opened the huge chocolate bar that traveled all the way from England this past weekend.

We had a pleasant day with our daughters and their friends. Soon enough, it was time for the "Oldest Daughter" and her "Intended" to start their long journey home. A pleasant peace descended when they and "The Teenager" had departed; a peace based on the surety that they would all return in good time.

When Attila asked me what special meal I would like for Easter dinner I had to think carefully. After much thought, I realized that I wanted to mark the passage of the season. I wanted a BBQ. We fired up the gas BBQ and lathered BBQ sauce on our organic pork patties. My-oh-my it was a good meal! Commercial burgers are on my banned food list, so those we prepare at home are a special treat.

Giant Oven Pancake

1/4 cup butter
3 whole eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 375 F. Place butter in baking dish and place in oven while preheating. Place eggs in bowl and beat at high speed for 1 minute. With mixer running, add milk, flour and sugar and beat until blended. (I just whisk it all in a big bowl) When butter is melted, remove pan from oven and pour in batter. Bake until fluffy and brown, about 20 minutes.
Notes: A favorite for breakfast at our house. Easy enough that the kids can make it! Great with fresh sliced strawberries or other fresh fruit, canned pineapple.

1093 Calories; 65g Fat (54% calories from fat); 32g Protein; 94g Carbohydrate; 697mg Cholesterol; 715mg Sodium

From: The Convection Oven Cookbook, page 68


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