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Twice Baked Potatoes

Last Saturday, my wife made up a couple of twice baked potatoes to go with our supper. I scrubbed 2 large baking potatoes, then pierced them with a fork and cooked them in the microwave on the baked potato setting. When they were done and nicely soft on the inside, my wife cut them in half lengthwise. She then scooped out the cooked potato into a bowl, leaving about a quarter inch thick potato shell. She mashed the removed potato with about a tablespoon of butter. She then added some salt, pepper, a tablespoon of chopped cooked bacon, 2 heaping tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley, a whole minced green onion, and about a cup of shredded old Cheddar cheese. She mixed the filling well and then spooned it back into the potato shells and topped each potato half with about 2 tablespoons of shredded old Cheddar cheese and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.

The potato shells were placed on a baking sheet and placed in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes, which was just enough to perfectly melt the cheese on top and get the inside of the potato nicely hot again. We had them with a dollop of sour cream and they were delicious! Stay tuned for posts about the rest of our supper that night. It was amazing!

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Fluffy Pancake Re-do

Yesterday morning I made the pancakes again, this time with fresh baking powder, and it seems to have made all the difference. This batch definitely cooked up light and fluffy. I’m not ready to call it a complete success yet though. There were a couple of things that I will improve on next time.

For starters, when I added the hot melter butter to my egg, I didn’t stir it up quickly enough and the heat from the butter cooked the egg a little bit. I don’t think it made a difference in the end product, but I will ensure to stir it up right away next time. The other thing I noticed is that my pan was too hot, and by the time the pancakes had the characteristic bubbles on top, they were a bit overdone on the bottom.

Regardless of my continuing pancake challenges, they still tasted delicious. I popped a nice large pat of butter on the stack and served them up with pancake syrup (instead of the maple we had last time, which my wife finds overly sweet), some sliced bananas (these add a real creamy richness to the breakfast) and some crisp bacon.

I have to say that my bacon is still not where I would like it to be, or at least not the way my wife would like it to be… yet. She is very specific about how she likes her bacon and I rarely succeed in preparing it exactly the way she craves. She likes nice, thinly sliced bacon, that is crisp, and just about melts in your mouth. I tend to prefer my bacon to be thick cut and very meaty. She finds that this always produces a hard, tough bacon that is difficult to eat. I welcome any “perfect” bacon tips you might have.

In the meantime, I will keep working on the pancakes again, possibly another morning this week. Look for more pancake pandemonium from me.

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