I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to see who wins Top Chef Masters. Being laid up with a bad back for the past week has gotten me completely caught up on television. Yay me!! Ok, maybe not so much. I love watching cooking shows, but I also love being in my kitchen and when you can’t stand (walk, sit, sleep, breath – you get the picture) the kitchen is no place to be. So, I lived vicariously through the Cheftestants on the show.
If you watch Top Chef Masters, you’ve probably noticed that the show is being sponsored by Anolon Cookware. Beautiful cookware…that all matches.
My kitchen cupboard is like a resting ground for old, mismatched pots and pans. I pick them up at yard sales, got a few for wedding gifts (those are the nice ones) and some are hand-me-downs from my Mom. So when Anolon got in contact with Virtual Potluck and asked if we would like to do a promotion for them, I was stoked. Pots – that match? Sign a sister up!
They sent me a 2 quart covered saucepan and a 5 quart covered saute pan. Both – GORGEOUS. (and they match). I am so in love with them that I’m ready to put a garage sale sign in my yard and haul my ugly lot to the curb – and then buy the rest of this Anolon line to…..you guessed it, MATCH. I might even buy a pot rack and display them like art. If you know me, you’d know that I am totally anti-pot-rack. Totally! Don’t get my wrong, I think they look amazing, in somebody elses home. I personally don’t want to clean pots before I use them and I don’t live in a house with a maid (unless you count me) so..no thank you to the dust collecting pot rack. My opinion, everyone is different. Don’t lynch me. Thank you.
Back to Anolon. The saute pan is amazingly perfect. I love it with my whole heart. I made pancakes in a dry pan and they came out beautifully browned and evenly cooked. No oil or butter necessary. Love it. The pancakes are my recipe for Applesauce Pancakes that are super easy to make and require no butter or oil either. You can make them lighter by substituting all purpose flour, but I like to slip in the whole wheat whenever I can. I hope you take a moment and check out www.anolon.com for some beautiful cookware. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Check out all of the other Virtual Potluckers posts for Anolon here.
Let’s go make some pancakes…I’m hungry.
A quick and low fat recipe for pancakes that will fool your anti-whole wheat eating kids. The peach compote comes together quickly and the syrup is so tasty, you may just want to put away the Aunt Jemima.
- 1 pound fresh peaches, skinned, pitted and sliced (or frozen)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/8 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 3 egg whites, lightly beaten until frothy
- 1 1/2 cup fat free milk
- In a medium saucepan, add the peaches, brown sugar, water and cinnamon and bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has started to get thick and the liquid is syrupy.
- Mix dry ingredients in a batter bowl with a whisk until incorporated well.
- Add the applesauce, egg whites and milk and stir until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Preheat your griddle and using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter onto the hot griddle. Top with sliced bananas and cook until the bottoms are golden and then flip.
- Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!