"I can eat that."

by Stacey Jaros


Jeff will eat almost anything. Squash is something he really does not care for. I attempted this recipe because I thought it would hide the flavor and, most importantly, the texture of the squash. Plus, Jeff likes fried things. I was relieved when that reasoning turned out to be valid.

After the first taste Jeff said, "I can eat that." Phew.

The thing I found most surprising about this recipe is that it called for Bisquick. That was not an ingredient Noni kept in her kitchen. I remember once when lots of extended family was staying at my grandparents' house while they were away. My mom's childhood friend, whom I called "Aunt" Gene, was going to make pancakes for everyone. I wish I had a picture of her face when she started looking for the Bisquick and my cousins and I told her it didn't exist in Noni's house. I can almost picture her, gulp, realize she had to make something from scratch she wasn't used to doing. I don't even remember if we ended up having pancakes that day.

Here's another recipe with too-few-for-my-comfort instructions.

 It cracks me up that I didn't include the Bisquick in the photo of my ingredients.

It cracks me up that I didn't include the Bisquick in the photo of my ingredients.

Zucchini Pancakes

1 8 ounce corn muffin mix
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 Cup milk
2 Cup shredded unpeeled zucchini squash
1/2 Cup Bisquick

Mix and fry in small pancakes.

 When I first grated the zucchini I wondered if I should drain some of the moisture from it. It was a pretty wet mess. Once I mixed it into the other batter ingredients I could see that wasn't a problem.

When I first grated the zucchini I wondered if I should drain some of the moisture from it. It was a pretty wet mess. Once I mixed it into the other batter ingredients I could see that wasn't a problem.

 I made these on a work night and I didn't feel like getting the electric griddle out. It probably would have been faster to do so because I could have fried more at one time.

I made these on a work night and I didn't feel like getting the electric griddle out. It probably would have been faster to do so because I could have fried more at one time.

 I had the pan too hot. It was a good thing I didn't do all the batter at once. These were pretty close to burned and the inside was undercooked.

I had the pan too hot. It was a good thing I didn't do all the batter at once. These were pretty close to burned and the inside was undercooked.

 A closeup of one pancake from the second batch. The outside is brown, not burned. The inside is cooked.

A closeup of one pancake from the second batch. The outside is brown, not burned. The inside is cooked.

 Eventually I was able to manage several, non-burned, pancakes. It didn't make a lot but it was a yummy side dish.

Eventually I was able to manage several, non-burned, pancakes. It didn't make a lot but it was a yummy side dish.