Making Pancakes from Scratch with Ruhlman’s Ratios

My kids roll through different breakfast foods that are their favorites. For a while, it was oatmeal. It changed to eggs and then yogurt. They’ve recently been into pancakes. Lauren and I eat a low carb so it’s not something we really ever have or keep pancake mix in the house.

Well, that’s no problem. Food author and commentator Michael Ruhlman wrote an amazing book called Ratio. In many foods, there are common ratios that you use to make them. For example, pancakes are 4 parts flour to 4 parts liquid to 2 parts egg to 1 part butter.

To make it even easier, Ruhlman has a Ratio app that you can use to pull up and calculate the output of the ratios, along with standard cooking instructions.

I looked in our fridge and pantry and I had all of the ingredients. And it’s Saturday. I didn’t have anywhere to be. So, we made pancakes… from scratch. It was easy and the kids LOVED them.

I highly recommend the book Ratio. It covers things like bread and biscuits to mayo and various dressings. It makes cooking increasingly easier. Maybe Saturday morning pancakes will become a thing with the kids. 🙂

Sparkling water is so hot right now.

It’s been fascinating to watch as sparkling water has become such a mainstay of American culture over the last few years. According to The NY Times “Sales of domestic sparkling bottled water — not including imports like San Pellegrino — doubled between 2015 and 2017 to $8.5 billion, according to the DrinkTell database.”

This space has gotten so big that Pepsi Co is launching their sparkling water brand Bubly to try and compete with the dominant La Croix.

As I’ve become more health conscious, it’s been a great substitute for sugary soda and it gets me to drink more water, which is always good. I have a fresh 12 pack of La Croix in my fridge.

David Chang’s Ugly Food on Netflix

I’m really impressed by how chef and Momofuku restauranteur David Chang has been able to build not just a restaurant empire but an audience to push his unique point of view.

That audience has gotten him a show on Netflix, Ugly Delicious. It’s launching later this February. Check out the trailer.