sunday morning buttermilk pancakes
originally from the diamond-j ranch in montana

- 2 c flour
- 1 tsp salt, baking power, baking soda
- dash o' sugar
- 3 c buttermilk (make sure it's not gone bad)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 c melted butter
mix dry, add wet. lumps are ok. pour out onto med-heat cast iron skillet (if available). flip when bubbles form and edges dry, or when the underside is the color of a cold western sunrise. makes enough for about four or five college students at 10am on a sunday. sprurge for real maple syrup. best sitting outside on flagstone or a blanket.

john levy's variation: replace milk with orange juice. i've never tried this, but apparently it makes for caramelized edges and thin, tastey pancakes. the story behind it is that a friend of my grandfather's, back in his west coast surfing days, had a big party at his house. the next morning he woke up, hung-over and hungry, having promised to make his famous pancakes for everyone, and discovered that there was no milk. the understandable logic of "well, orange juice is a liquid. throw some in there" followed and saved the day.