Will’s a great friend who recently graduated from cooking school and became a chef. He’s got his own blog at Gotta Cook! We’re always thrilled when he agrees to cook for us. Here’s what he had to say about the morning this photo  was taken.

I usually work Thursday through Monday, from 3:00 pm to either 10:30 pm or 11:30 pm and on Saturday nights I work until midnight. It takes me 30-40 minutes to get home most nights and about an hour to relax enough to get to sleep. Needless to say early mornings are not my favorite time, although I do try to get up with Margaret to make her breakfast, sometimes lunch, and just spend a few minutes together.  So, it needs to be something special for me to get up, shower and get dressed, ready to be in Cary (35-45 minute drive) by 8:00 am.

Well, that is exactly what we did on Saturday the 28th.  And it was well worth it. It was breakfast at Roger & Sally’s house, featuring Lindy’s famous cinnamon buttermilk pancakes. And to add to the fun and good food, Karen from Little Miss Maple was here with some decent store-bought Grade B Maple syrup, but more importantly, with some homemade Maple syrup that friends gave her.

My contribution was a 5 lb slab of homemade bacon. I wish you could have been there! The food was awesome and Nate, Karen’s husband and my good friend, was taking pictures for blog posts. If you have read any of my posts you have seen some of Nate’s work. He and Karen are a great team: she cooks and arranges the food and Nate takes the pictures that really capture the essence of the food.

Now, back to the food. Lindy’s pancakes were amazing! Really, amazing. I like buttermilk pancakes to begin with, and I also like cinnamon sugar. I would never have thought to add cinnamon sugar to the pancakes. I’m going to attempt to describe them for you.

Here goes: First of all you have that nice sour tang from the buttermilk (real buttermilk, I might add) that makes buttermilk pancakes what they are. Then you get a little taste of the cinnamon sugar, unless of course you are lucky enough, or smart enough, to get one where the sugar has fallen to the bottom of the pancake and caramelized a little. Then you get this incredible crunchy, cinnamon-ey goodness that really needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Oh, and if you were smart enough to pour a little of the homemade Maple syrup on top of the pancakes you have that added into the mix. The combination of flavors is much more than the sum of it’s parts.

Oh, add to this above mentioned goodness some home cured, home smoked bacon sliced thick and cooked up by yours truly and I think you have a breakfast fit for a king. Well, perhaps not a king, but it was an awesome breakfast to share with my wife and some very dear friends. And, while I still don’t like getting up and out the door that early, I would do it again. Anytime, just give me a weeks advanced notice so I can cure some bacon for the occasion.

Oh, and to top everything else off, I got to sit in “The Red Chair” and have my picture taken while cooking bacon. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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