Our meeting place is Ellen's Bakery in Sylvan Lake. I mentioned them a few months ago when they were filming a movie next door with Eric Roberts.
Not only do I get to see my old friends once a month, but I also run into other folks I know from work or yoga. It is a very popular place.
I ordered an omelet and had one of their wonderful New York style bagels. Not those soft things they sell at some bakeries. (Which reminds me that it has been ages since I made any of my own.)
My friend Shelley ordered cranberry-walnut pancakes. She insisted that I taste them. I was hesitant since raw cranberries are usually pretty tart. Well, they were delicious.
I decided that this can't be that hard to duplicate (unlike rice pudding). I took out my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe and set at it this morning.
Oh my. How good. Now I know why she only ate half of her order. These are very filling.
Here is my poor attempt at photography. I mean, who wants to try to get the best picture when you are dying to see how they taste? The recipe, adapted from Cook's Illustrated, follows.