Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Bye Bye Birdie" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater

We had another terrific night at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater!

Bye Bye Birdie holds a special place in my heart.  It was the first stage musical I ever saw as a young child.  And it made a huge impression on me, staring my love of musical theater.

Eric and I had a great time.  Dinner was delicious, as usual.  I had their famous Chicken Chanhassen, he had a steak.  We had a great table and excellent service, and there was plenty of time to visit and enjoy our dinner before the show started.

Once more, the CDT delivered a spot-on performance of romance, comedy, song, dance, and true love.  The darling story of Albert and Rose, Hugo and Kim, and Conrad Birdie and his "One Last Kiss" before he goes off to the military came to life with great costumes and wonderful  music.  My personal favorite number is "The Telephone Hour" - a gossip extravaganza with the whole cast of teenagers trying to spread the news of Hugo and Kim getting pinned while jamming up the town's phone lines.  I remembered every word from my childhood!

And like every great musical, the guy gets the girl, and the other guy gets the other girl, and the whole town is blissfully happy, and the spirit of American service and teenage dreams hold fast and true for both the cast and the audience.

There are plenty of great tickets still available for many upcoming performances.  Make sure you call the box office to reserve yours today:  952-934-1525.  And visit for more information about this show and other performances running now and new shows in the future.

A couple of pictures from the show:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ham and Cheese Surprise Pancake

We needed something for lunch today.

I had ham, cheese, and of course bread and tortillas, but I wasn't up for the grilled ham and cheese sammie or ham and cheese quesadilla.

I've always thought a savory Surprise Pancake would be yummy.  Our usual one:

is of the sweet and maple syrupy variety.

This recipe made a 10 inch cast iron skillet full and fed 5 kids and one mom.  It was thoroughly gobbled by every member and some had an extra sliver.  It was that good.

In hindsight, I would add some chives, green onion, or an herb like tarragon or thyme.  Sauteed onion would be good, too.  Bacon could replace the ham, or even sausage.  Lots of options here.

Serve it for lunch with a green salad and/or some fresh fruit.  And a glass of white wine if it's that kind of lunch.  Don't rule it out as a dinner, either.

Ham and Cheese Surprise Pancake

1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
5 large eggs
2 tsp dijon mustard
8 ounces grated cheese (swiss, cheddar, parm, co-jack, whatever)
6 ounces ham, diced
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil

Heat oven to 400.

In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk and mustard, mix well.  Add flour and salt and whisk until most of the lumps are gone.  Stir in half of the cheese and ham.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.

Put butter and oil in a 10 inch cast iron skillet.  Heat in the 400 degree oven for 5 minutes, then take pan out and swirl to grease the sides as well.  Pour in the mixture and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and ham and bake for 5 minutes more.

Cut into wedges and serve!