by Charlott Nelson
makes 4 servings
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Beat egg in medium bowl with whisk, until well blended.
Stir in the sour cream. Add remaining ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix. Batter can still be slightly lumpy. Heat large non-stick skillet on medium heat.
Melt small amount of butter in pan to fry pancakes in. Working in small batches, spoon 1 Tbsp batter into skillet for each pancake into skillet; cook 2-3 minutes or until bubbles start to form on tops, flip pancake and fry till top and bottoms are golden brown.
Writing this column affords me the benefit of being known as the “Recipe lady” and to meet many of my readers. But this week was one of my most favorite opportunities. The end of June I got a letter in the mail from Charlott Nelson, a beautiful 90-plus woman from Milaca, asking Kallie, my daughter, and I to come out and she would make for us the recipe she shared in her letter. With my schedule and Kallie’s, it took us near a month to be able to accept that invitation.
It was a beautiful Sunny afternoon when Kallie and I arrived at Charlott’s country home, driving up a long driveway, we quickly spotted Charlott sitting in the shade of the tree with her beloved dog. Charlott has many beautiful spots in her yard where she can sit and watch the birds, water her lovely flowers and pick produce from her small, well-tended garden.
Charlott invited us in and we enjoyed seeing her home where her husband was born in 1913. She showed us around and it was like stepping back in time to visiting my grandma’s house. I enjoyed seeing the crocheted rugs, the lamp with a beautiful picture painted on it and all the pictures around the house with dogs and kitties in them.
Charlott treated us to a beautiful lunch of pancakes, (which you must try as they are amazing), gelatin salad, sausage and rhubarb sauce (which I have not had since I was a child). The pancakes were served with real butter, which Charlott believes is a must when cooking or baking. It was delicious!
With our tummies full, we went out to her beautiful screened in porch and visited away the afternoon. She is an amazing lady who has many friends who stop by to visit frequently. I can understand why, as she is a gracious hostess and her stories are so interesting. She tells of meeting her husband in Minneapolis and going to dances, about early days of married life on the farm and how they would water the cows by pulling buckets of water to them on a sled, of her love for her husband who is in heaven and her beloved puppies. It seriously was the best afternoon I have enjoyed in months. It felt like a touch of what heaven must be like, sharing friendship, food and stories while enjoying the view of God’s nature.
Leaving that afternoon, after sampling homemade cookies while carrying a bag of garden goodies, Kallie and I got in my car and she said, “I love that grandma; can we go see her again?” Those were my sentiments exactly. Thanks, Charlott, for sharing the recipe and the beautiful day.