Stuffed Coconut Banana Fosters Pancakes - We start by making the cream cheese frosting which is just 1/2 cup of whipped cream cheese, a tablespoon of brown sugar, a dash of vanilla and a shot of rum. Whip well until smooth and combined.
Now we can move on the pancakes. We start by melting a tablespoon of butter in a saute pan and add in 3 large bananas with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Cook the mixture down until the bananas turn to mush and the sugar and butter have thickened into a caramel.
Place the banana fosters into a blender with a can of coconut milk until thick and smooth and reserve.
In a large bowl combine 1 1/4 cups of quick cooking oats, 1 cup of the coconut banana mixture, 1 cup of milk and tablespoon of honey. Whisk well.
Now the dry ingredients. We add 1/4 cup each of whole wheat and all purpose flour and teaspoon each of baking powder and salt. Then we add two beaten eggs and whisk well.
We get a non-stick skillet warmed up and grease it up with butter. We pour enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.
Cook the pancakes until bubbles form on the top and the bottoms turn a golden brown then flip over.
Stack the pancake on a plate and smear it with the frosting.
Place another pancake on top with a scoop of the cream cheese frosting and some chopped bacon. A drizzle of real maple syrup and these babies are good to go. These were so good and decadent, almost like eating dessert for dinner.
Pig Minds Brewing Joe Daddy Coffee Stout - We'd still like to consider this beer a local, Machesney Park is only a couple hours west of Chicago and their beers made it down to one of our local liquor stores. We opted for this Imperial Coffee Stout as our maiden voyage beer from Pig Minds. The beer pours like a cup of black coffee, pitch black with slight tannish bubbles bouncing on the surface. The aroma smells like liquid chocolate rum balls. The flavor is super boozy and a tad sweet. There is a definite coffee richness to the beer. All of these flavors played in perfectly with the sweet and boozy pancakes.
Elder "Lore" - The melodic doom that is the mighty Elder puts forth quite possibly their best release to date with 2015's "Lore" which is no easy task considering the band's impressive discography. The disc is comprised of five perfectly crafted tunes providing a little over an hour of musical enjoyment. Grab some beers, turn it up and enjoy the journey that begins with "Compendium". Right off the bat you're treated to some ridiculous fret work first with some clean classical scales then again when the hammer drops on some seriously heavy riffage. The vocals are super catchy in a Red Fang kind of way making this the perfect opening track for the album. "Legend" begins with a chill, atmospheric instrumental that builds and builds before ratcheting back down when the vocals kick in. The tune is a complex, layered mix of Ozzy and Mars Volta. The title track begins with a bullwhip of a riff and a locked in heavy groove immediately before spiraling into some proggy/doomy territory. At almost 16 minutes long, this tune has a lot of layers to it. "Deadweight" is a dark, heavy number with a Tool-like feel. The guitar work is menacing and the whole track slams like there's no tomorrow. The album closes with "Spirit At Aphelion". The intro is features some beautiful guitar playing then transforms to cool, groove oriented rocker featuring quite possibly the best riff on the album. The song may actually be the best track on the disc. These guys also kill it live if you get the chance to catch them on their current tour.