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Home Cookin': Pancakes for Dinner 

Published February 12, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

As an elementary school student in suburban New York in the 1980s, one of my favorite cafeteria meals was Brunch for Lunch. Once a month, we’d get a sometimes crunchy, sometimes soggy waffle served with a couple of links of pork sausage, both items drenched in a decidedly not-from-Vermont maple syrup. 

A childhood friend whose daughter now attends our alma mater reported to me that the 2014 version of Brunch For Lunch includes updated options like frittatas, whole wheat waffles and turkey sausage.

Some things have changed, but others remain the same — the novelty of having one meal in place of another still gives me a thrill.

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That’s why when I came across “Not Just for Breakfast Anymore," a New York Times Magazine feature by Mark Bittman about savory pancakes, I couldn’t wait to give the recipe a whirl. My mouth watered as I read how Bittman whipped up a quick batter, added scallops, onion, parsley, salt and chile, fried it all up in olive oil and finished the pancakes off with a squeeze of lemon. In the article, he gives more than a dozen recommendations for other savory pancake ingredient combinations.

Most of them are a little too exotic for my 4-year-old son, Theo, and 6-year-old daughter, Mira, so I took the concept and adapted it to my kids’ palates. I cut up bell pepper and slices of ham, chopped up some chick peas, thawed out some frozen peas and corn and grated a little mild cheddar cheese, then put each ingredient in a small bowl. For me and my husband, Jeff, I included some bay shrimp, grape tomatoes and caramelized onions. Making the batter was simple — just eggs, milk and flour.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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