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June 15, 2013

Josh Drespling: Breakfast for dinner? Yep, as long as I’m makin’ bacon!

NEW CASTLE — A while back I was rummaging through the kitchen tying to figure out what to make for dinner. My daughter was in the the other room complaining that she was hungry and my wife was echoing with the usual, “What are you doing for dinner?”

As I perused the freezer I saw we had chicken, pork chops, some ground meat, and bacon. Bacon? It was calling my name. Tempting me with its delicious, salty and smokey flavor. As I snapped out of the Jedi mind-meld the bacon had held me in for a moment, I concluded that bacon was only breakfast food — right?

I began to rationalize and convince myself that bacon is a perfect dinner food, too. I thought of burgers with thick, juicy bacon served in the finest eateries for dinner, and a simple BLT, which is a lunchtime staple.

However, as much as I would like to, I just couldn't serve bacon alone. What is a good accompaniment for bacon besides ... more bacon?

Well, pancakes of course. Much like Bill Cosby in his classic comedy bit about feeding his kids chocolate cake for breakfast, I thumbed through the list of ingredients in my mind.

We've got flour in there, that’s a grain. Milk, that covers our dairy and we also have eggs. Eggs are always good and have lots of protein and of course with the inclusion of the bacon we already have four food groups covered.

Not bad, I thought. If I throw on some maple syrup maybe I can call that a serving of fruit (maybe).

Proud with my incredibly thorough decision, I announced my intentions to my waiting household. My declaration was greeted with a raised eyebrow from my wife and a “For supper?” comment from my daughter. I didn't expect such resistance when I told them of our evening’s menu, but I guess I took them by surprise.

As I prepared the scrumptious vittles, I attempted to explain my perfectly logical decision to my wife and daughter, but it fell on deaf ears. I began cooking and the house filled with the scent of bacon and I could see their opposition quickly fade.

As I served the meal to my anxiously waiting diners, I stacked their plates high with the delectable pancakes and bacon. I topped everything off with Amish butter and warm maple syrup. It was only a matter of moments before both of them were asking for more. I even got a hearty compliment from my daughter: “You should make this every night, Daddy.”

My breakfast for dinner experiment was quite a success despite the initial resistance. I'm sure you have heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree, so why not eat it twice or even three times per day?

Especially if it includes yummy bacon.


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