Host a Literary Lunch: Five Book-Inspired Recipes (page 2)

Host a Literary Lunch: Five Book-Inspired Recipes

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Updated on Sep 15, 2010

If you give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Pancakes for lunch? Why not! This story follows the chain of events of what happens when you give a pig a pancake. Many of Numeroff’s titles ( If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin) are wonderful reads for theme-based snacktimes.


What You Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ stick of unsalted butter (4 tablespoons), melted and cooled

What You Do:

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, milk and melted butter. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, taking care not to over mix. (The batter will have some lumps.)

Using a ladle, pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto a heated nonstick skillet. Once the batter begins to bubble (about 2-3 minutes) flip the pancake and cook the other side for about the same amount of time.

Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler

After this inquisitive flamingo is told that it is the shrimp she eats that makes her pink, Sylvie goes on a colorful edible adventure to see what happens when she eats more unusual items—like a striped towel . The watercolor illustrations capturing her journey are delightful.

Simple Shrimp Salad

What You Need:

  • 8 ounces bay shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

What You Do:

Toss the shrimp with the ranch dressing and season with salt and pepper if needed. Halve and pit the avocado. Place one avocado half on a chilled plate with the center upright to serve as a bowl. Fill each avocado half with the shrimp and serve.

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