Welcome to the April Meeting of Eden Cooks! Eden Cooks is a cooking club for any interested members of the Eden community. We will meet on the forum to discuss everything from tips and pointers for less well-equipped kitchens, explanations of cooking terms, and important techniques. There will be a featured recipe each meeting, with pictures taken as I prepare it for you. I will cover some ingredient substitutions to make each recipe more friendly to people with dietary restrictions.
We've had plenty of exotic meeting topics over the last few months: Jamaican soup, Vietnamese pho, and the slightly indulgent chocolate truffles of February---so I thought April would be a good month to get back to basics. We'll be making buttermilk pancakes and homemade brown sugar syrup together. This is an excellent meal when you've just had a sleepover (we are Eden, after all! ) , and it can also make a great "oh dang, I'm really hungry and I don't have any fancy ingredients on hand!" rescue meal. You can save pancakes to make easy peanut butter sandwiches on for tomorrow's lunch, too.
The real reason I decided to feature buttermilk pancakes in this meeting is that I just learned that you can get a box mix for pancakes at the grocery store. This is crazy! Why pay $4 for a box of stuff when you could make the same meal for about $1, and know exactly what goes in it? So, if you want to cut your food bill a little bit this month, and impress your overnight guests, come learn to make your own delicious pancakes!
During the meeting, two $25 gift cards to EF will be awarded to the winner of a trivia contest from information that I will provide during the meeting, and to the first person to guess a lesser-known kitchen implement from pictures I'll show.
The meeting will take place on the EdenFantasys forum in this very thread at 8 pm EST on Monday, April 16th. I'm really excited to get back to my cooking roots with you all this meeting, so I can't wait to see you there!