We all love pancakes, right? My favorite are extra fluffy melt in your mouth on the inside and crispy (slightly overdone!) on the outside…Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering’s pancakes are called “Crepey Cakes” because they’re so light and dreamy like a crepe, but with more “heft” – we use whole grains in our batter.
It doesn’t matter whether you like whole grains, make your own, or they come from a box – a couple of tips to always insure your pancakes aren’t doughy and leaden: 1) Pour your liquids in first and mix them up. 2) whatever liquid your recipe calls for, add 1/4 more liquid (milk or water) – so, if you’re making pancakes for 4, and your recipe calls for 1 cup milk, ad 1 1/4 cups milk. 3) Scatter your dry ingredients over the liquid and using a fork or a whisk, not a spoon, lightly fold stuff toge ther til incorporated but some lumps remain. Pancake batter is in effect a “dough” and you don’t want to activate the gluten too much or they’ll become tough. 4) and probably most importantly, let your batter REST for 10-15 minutes before you dribble it into the pan. Don’t stir your batter to get it into the pan. We’re (me and all the people in my head) happy to answer any questions you may have about your batter – email them under “Ask/About Lula’ on the website www.lulasforlunch.com Have a satisfying breakfast! Or brunch, lunch, dinner…I LOVE pancakes for dinner!!
If you follow these two steps, you will almost double the volume of juice you get out of lemons, limes, oranges, grapepfruit and the like. First, pop them in the microwave. One fruit for 15 seconds. Each add’l fruit gets 5 more seconds. Then, place them on the counter or cutting board and putting the force of your “elbow grease” behind them, roll them around a bit. You’ll be amazed at the amount of juice you’ll get! Lula uses citrus in a myriad of recipes…Pork Loin with Peach Mango Salsa, and Salmon Piccata are two. Go to www.lulasforlunch.com and guess which menu items contain citrus…there are several on our Breakfasty/Brunchy menu alone!!! – Lula
Folks I stumbled upon another brilliant way to get rid of stuffing (IF you have any leftover!!!) I always have it left over because it’s probably my favorite part of the meal besides gravy, and I make double the amount of stuffing to the amount of anything else I make!!
Fry up some breakfast sausage while you’re nuking your stuffing. If you would prefer, Italian sausage works beautifully as well. Sometimes Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering puts Italian sausage in our stuffing if I’m in that sort of mood for Thanksgiving. Lay the sausage on top of the hot stuffing and top it with a fried egg. Kind of like eggs ‘n toast but richer and BETTER!!!! This should be accompanied by a steaming hot cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. Just sayin’. Happy coma, Lula
Greetings from Lula! When slicing, dicing, etc. on your cutting board, turn your knife OVER and use the blunt edge to “scrape” ingredients into the pot or bowl or whatever…this increases your knife’s life immeasurably, and you have to hone or sharpen only half as much! Happy chopping, Lula
I’m not a beer drinker. There, I said it. There are some beers that taste good to me, but in general, I don’t like the carbonation (I don’t drink pop either) and what it does to my ‘constitution”. That being said, Cincinnati s a great beer town, and is becoming more so every day with our new micro-breweries and pubs. So, I thought, perhaps there are others out there who might like to know what they’re drinking, or talking about, when celebrating our city’s great tradition. Here you go:
Beer (ALL beer – lager, ale, stout, bock, pilsener, porter, etc) is made from the same ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. What makes a different taste, style, or type of beer is the addition of other ingredients, different types of yeast, and fermentation temperature. Age also changes the flavor of beer. So let’s touch on the 5 major “types” of beer and try and make sense of it:
ALE: Ales are not aged, and are made with a yeast that floats to the top of the vat during fermentation. They contain a little more alcohol than lagers. They often have a hint of fruit in their flavor or aftertaste. A type of ale is STOUT. Darker and stronger than regular ale, a stout is brewed with toasted malt.
LAGER: The yeast in lagers sinks to the bottom of the vat and is fermented slowly and at cool temperatures, and take one to six weeks to age. Types of lager are:
PILSENER: About a third fewer calories and about 20% less alcohol than regular lager. Pale and golden, they are your “light” beers.
PORTER: The stronger flavor of this lager comes from toasting the malt before brewing. It is a bit higher in alcohol content as well.
BOCK: A dark German style of lager, bocks are traditionally spring beers, but these days they are brewed year round. They are rich, and thicker (in Germany they are made by freezing the beer and taking off the top layer of ice to thicken it). Bocks are brewed with roasted malts.
Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses beer in some of our recipes. Try our Ballpark Casserole – our Brats and Metts are poached in beer before grilling. Or, this fall, order our Cheddar-Ale Fondue, served with our Brats and Metts as well as our homemade German Salt Rye! You can always order our Beer Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sandwich from our Deli! Cheers!
Happy Father’s Day
As I write this newsletter, my daddy is sitting in a hospital waiting to go home. He’s been there several days after a collapse at home and a diagnoses of pneumonia. This is his second hospitalization for pneumonia this year and naturally, everyone in the family is concerned. Daddy has an amazing spirit, though, and I’d like to share some of the things that keep him going:
Daddy is very slow to anger, but when he blows, find the nearest cast iron bathtub to crouch down in. For daddy, explosion is sometimes the best medicine.
Daddy would rather be on the water (ON, not IN) than ANYwhere else in the world. Preferably in silence.
Daddy is a man of few words (hence the silence above).
At 83, Daddy still races in regattas, and still wins.
Clint Eastwood looks a great deal like my daddy.
Daddy has a very dry sense of humour, and he’s so slick you don’t even know that sometimes it’s directed AT you.
Daddy has a hard time saying no to the people he loves. This makes them love him more.
Daddy is a well respected Harley “dude”, at 82 graduating from a Heritage Softail to a Freewheeler Trike.
Once daddy makes a promise, you can count on it. You can really count on my dad.
Daddy hobnobs with some extremely hi-falutin’ people. You’d never know it. Daddy’s never thrown a name around (Jimmy Buffet for one) or tried to impress anyone with his connections (Russian Olympic Sailing Team, America’s Cup winners, Silicon Valley billionaires). As you can see I am not above throwing names around on behalf of my daddy.
Daddy doesn’t get to indulge in his favorite foodstuffs very often anymore because of his health problems, so in honor of him this Father’s Day, Lula’s is offering some of the things he loves. Click here to see Lula’s for Lunch…and More! father’s day menu. I love you daddy, and I miss you!
We’re talkin’ Rhubarb, here…known all over the US as “Pie Plant”. I first tasted rhubarb when my daddy began growing it in our back yard for my mother to make pies. He had grown up on Rhubarb Pie in Michigan and my mom had never heard of it!
Officially a vegetable, rhubarb has been treated as a fruit for centuries. I find it to be a very interesting vegetable because of all of its contradictions: used as a fruit but it’s a vegetable, its leaves are toxic (yes they will KILL you if you eat a bunch, or just make you really sick if you only eat one or two), and its root has been used medicinally for eons to cure several maladies, constipation for one!Chemicals in rhubarb have also been found to destroy leukemia cells and lung cancer cells. Go figure!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie comes to mind when rhubarb is brought up in conversation, but Lula has a base recipe for several lovely dishes using RASPBERRY Rhubarb. Enjoy this pic of our Raspberry Rhubarb Fool! You can ask for a derivation of this combination anytime from February thru July usually – or until we run out!!
Spring has sprung and with it so has the asparagus! Did you know asparagus is related to the lily? You can get green, purple, and white asparagus for a lovely bouquet. Don’t shave purple asparagus either – the fabulous color is only skin deep. Purple asparagus contains about 20% more sugar than the other two, and less fiber, so it’s sweeter and more tender.
Store ALL of your asparagus upright (cut stalk down) in a little bit of water in the fridge – it’ll last much longer! The next time you visit Lula’s website, or Lula’s Facebook Page, order our refreshing Chilled Creamy Asparagus Soup, our lovely Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart (or tartlettes if you’re having an appetizer party!) or our FABULOUS Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Roast Beef with our Homemade Wasabi Crème!
‘Tis the season, and I thought you might be interested in the humble beginnings of one of America’s favorite holiday desserts.
Transparent, or Syrup, Pie, has been around the US for eons – it uses the most basic of readily available ingredients and even the poorest usually have them on hand: eggs, butter, and a sweetener in the form of whatever’s local (honey, maple, sorghum, cane, molasses). The Industrial Revolution came along and the US began to have a surplus of corn, and of course, we had to figure out what to do with it, so, at the beginning of the 20th century, a cheap liquid sugar was invented using cornstarch, by the Corn Products Refining Company – and they called it Karo.
In the late 1920’s-early 30’s an executive’s wife (of the heretofore mentioned Corn Products Refining Company) made a transparent pie using Karo, and added pecans. Notice the wife’s name is not in the history books. As usual in a capitalist society, let’s create that need then fill it! The CPRC began heavily marketing KARO pie and an American staple was born.
This same pie, with added cream, is called syrup pie. It tastes (no WAY!) creamier and more custardy, but is still extremely similar to transparent pie taste. It’s a little runnier and you need to adjust your solids to your liquids if you’re going to try this avenue. A great way is to substitute only egg yolks instead of whole eggs as the yolks contain less water than whites.
My bottom line is – if you like historical recipes, go ahead and try Karo Pie (google google google!). But if you really want a great tasting Pecan Pie, use an original sweetener – my favorite being maple – but that’s for YOU to decide. I also add bourbon because I’m, well, me!