Lisa Bondurant

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I spend my time raising kids, gathering eggs, cutting wood, scoping out trees for tapping, making syrup in the last days of winter, watching my garden NOT grow in the summer, writing, wishing that there were more hours on the clock for sleeping.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Dusted Morning

 The temperatures plunged and the trees rested again. A good time to stoke the fires and cook off the last run of sap. As dusk fell, the snow blew in from the Highlands to the west. The tiniest  flakes that sparkled in the last light of sun reaching out from the western mountains.
 The air inside the house grew warm and tropically steamy and sweetness filled every breath.

 By the first light of dawn, a snow dusted morning and syrup in the pan.

School is delayed, so a perfect time to make a special breakfast for the kids, corncakes and bacon with the first syrup of the season. The corncake recipe is passed down from my Grandfather in West Virginia.

3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
1 cup milk
2 T. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Mix in milk and oil, do not over mix. Batter should be thin, so add a little water if needed.
Fry on a hot iron skillet.You know what to serve it with, warm maple syrup!

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