Saturday mornings are pancake mornings at our house. In fact, I was looking through some old videos yesterday (on my day off) and I had recorded some footage of my then-toddler daughter and I cooking pancake shapes and then smothering them in syrup. That is evidence enough that this has been a tradition for at least a decade around here. This morning was no different: chocolate chip pancakes on the cast iron grill topped with some mixed berries and a generous slog of maple syrup (…did I mention we live in Canada?) My plate looked particularly photogenic this morning, and so I took a shot before digging in. All of this, the old videos, the Saturday routine, the fresh fruit…

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My twenty inch cast iron grill pan sees service at least once a week (when we’re home, that is) on Saturday mornings as a pancake making workstation. For at least a decade our family tradition is a fresh batch of these simple breakfast treats. 1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour3 tablespoons of granulated sugar1 tablespoon of baking powder1 egg3 tablespoons of vegetable oil1 teaspoon of vanilla1 1/2 cups of white milk1/2 cup chocolate chips The flour, sugar, and baking powder get mixed together in a medium bowl. The egg is whisked in a 2 cup measuring cup, then I add the oil, vanilla and milk and mix again. The wet and dry are combined, mixed lightly, populated with the…

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