Blizzards and Brunch.


The snow’s coming down pretty hard, nearly everything is cancelled for today and we can’t go anywhere…which means a long and leisurely brunch chez Thiry.

imageHomemade chocolate chip pancakes are the perfect blizzard brunch comfort food. I’ve posted my pancake mix recipe elsewhere before, but I thought I’d post it again now in case you too are stuck at home today and need a brunch suggestion. Heck, chocolate chip pancakes are even perfectly acceptable for dinner, in my opinion.

Sunshine’s Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

  • 6 c whole wheat flour (use white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour if desired)
  • 3/4 c sugar (but I use a little less)
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl; mix very thoroughly.
  2. Store in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator.
  3. To make pancakes: whisk together 1 cup of mix, 3/4 milk, and 1 egg.  Heat griddle to 375 degrees F.  Use 1/3 c batter.   Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or drop in some blueberries if desired. Makes about 5 pancakes.

Not everyone needs all those carbohydrates, though. Personally, I’m skipping the pancakes and having a slice of frittata instead:

Oven Frittata

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 T half-and-half
  • 1 c grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese (really any cheese will work), divided
  • 3-4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 c sliced fresh green onion
  • 1/2 c garden salsa (homemade is nice, but Pace or some other brand is fine too)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs and half-and-half with a wire whisk in medium bowl. Stir in salsa, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the crumbled bacon and the green onion.
  2. Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
Sunshine's oven frittata

Sunshine’s oven frittata




13 thoughts on “Blizzards and Brunch.

  1. Are you getting it up your way, too? I haven’t looked at the radar. The weather channel’s website says we’ll get about a foot of snow by tomorrow and wind chills will be down around -10 to -20 F (-23 to -28 C) by the morning.

    Looks like I’ll be getting my unnecessary carbs in anyway, since the kids want to use the leftover chocolate chips to make a batch of cookies when they finish their game of Parcheesi, and I will not likely be able to resist fresh-from-the-oven cookies. 🙂 But there’s heavy duty shoveling in my near future, so I guess it’ll be okay.


  2. I love kids – they don’t let little things like a blizzard keep them from jumping on the trampoline.

    Not me, though. I’ve spent most of the day in the kitchen. This weather makes me want to cook and bake. And eat, which I’m trying not to do, since I haven’t exactly made it out to shovel yet. I figure if I procrastinate long enough, Phil will get home from ski patrol and do it.


  3. All the schools have already cancelled for tomorrow. My husband just got home from ski patrolling and couldn’t get up our driveway, which is a third of a mile of twists and turns up and down hills through the woods. He’s going to plow the driveway now and I’m hiking down to his car to get the camera and take pictures. It feels like a holiday here! Technically I’m supposed to go to work tomorrow even though there’s no school but I doubt if I’ll even be able to get anywhere on our dirt road.


  4. Sounds like a productive snow day. I’ve been trying not to bake as I packed on 2 pounds over the holidays (all of it from cookies and holiday cocktails), but I made a nice pork roast and gravy for my husband while he was working at the mountain today.

    It’s a good idea to let Phil take care of the snow. Shoveling is an exercise in futility unless you live in the suburbs on a .25-acre lot.

    We have a long driveway too and I only shovel pee paths near the house for the dog. My husband doesn’t mind clearing the rest with our snowblower though I know how to use it so I can take care of things when he’s away.

    Looks like your daughter is enjoying the snow. If she bounces off the trampoline, at least it will cushion her fall.

    My girls are always coming up with new ways to amuse themselves in the winter. Last year, after an ice storm, they decided that our driveway would make a good luge run because it’s curvy and at the time it had high snow banks on either side. Before I knew what they were up to my eldest had put a ski helmet on my middle child, stuck her in one of those long plastic sleds, and pushed her down the driveway head first, screaming all the way. Luckily, no one was hurt.


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