Although I don’t know where the name “Johnny Cakes” comes from or if there were even a Johnny involved I do know that I’ve been testing out king-sized beds and pillows so I can get some king-sized Zzzzzs at night. Me + a 6’3″ tall husband on a queen bed = no good. Through the trial I’ve found out I don’t like my mattresses plush but rather my pancakes. My lack of sleep always leaves me ready to just spring out of bed and make my way to the kitchen for breakfast.
Recently I have experienced the unexpected goodness of blue cornmeal. I mean, where has this been all of my life? One of the best kept secrets of the grocery store aisles, and to me the superior sibling to the more common yellow and white cornmeal. It is more intense, slightly nuttier and naturally sweeter in flavor, it has more of a crunch texturally and it’s blue! Come on! Not to mention it a slight nutritional advantage over its more traditional counterparts, has a lower GI and is loaded with fiber with about 20% more protein. I personally like to use Arrowhead Mills Organic Gluten Free Blue Cornmeal. You can usually find it at health food stores. This New Mexican staple is now a regular resident on my pantry shelves.