Based on a few recent conversations, there appears to be a great divide in America. No, not Republican vs Democrat, or 1% vs 99%. It's bigger than that. And it's all about breakfast.There are those who believe breakfast has a short-serve window of dawn to noon, and then there are those who believe it's the best meal for any time of day (or night). I am in the latter camp. I can eat breakfast no matter what time it is. I know I didn't coin the term, but we've called it "breakfast-dinner" in our family for years.
Pancakes at 7pm? Yes, please. Scrambled eggs for lunch? Sold. Why the crazy insistence on serving those delicious things before noon? After all, what is a quiche but an excuse to make a breakfast item more fashionable for those too chicken to admit they like morning food in the evening? I believe crepes were invented for the same reason. They're just pancakes when you get right down to it.
There are a lot of breakfast cookbooks out there, but many of them are too concerned with where the sun is in the sky. That's why I like The Big Book of Breakfast. Note the coverline: Serious Comfort Food for Any Time of the Day. Exactly.
All of my favorite food groups are represented:
- Fruit (Cooked Fruit Compote, Baked Filled Apples)
- Eggs (Swiss Baked Eggs, Frittata Saltimbocca)
- Pancakes (Sour Cream Pancakes, Spiced Orange Pancakes)
- Biscuits (Lemon-Scented Biscuits, Sausage and Gravy on Biscuits)
- Bacon (Breaded Breakfast Bacon, Bacon and Cheese Strata)
So which side are you on? Are you a rational being who understands that food is food, no matter what time it is? Or are you a freak who won't eat eggs once the little hand on the clock passes 12? Not that I'm biased...