For Sher- A Celebration of Food

I first ran ino Sher of What Did You Eat in the food blogging medium discussing Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” on someone elses blog.

I never got the chance to meet Sher personally, but I remember she posted that Americans were a “bunch of corn chips” talking about the section in the book about corn.

The comment made me laugh and that was when I began reading Sher’s blog.
I read more than I commented, as the dial-up demons of the day kept me in comment wars with my computer.

I was saddened to learn of Sher’s passing on the 20th of this month.

The Bread Baking Babes are holding, For Sher- A Celebration of Food, today.

Since I first ran into Sher in a conversation about corn, I chose to make her
Jalapeno Corn Pancakes.

We grow our own jalapeno so I don’t have to worry about food warnings out right now about this pepper.

It is funny, but we were also discussing food scares and warnings the day I first began reading
What Did You Eat. It was around that big recall on spinach years back.

Jalapeno Corn Pancakes made a wonderful brunch served with egg, salsa, and sour cream since I lacked the avocado in Sher’s serving suggestion.

I will be missing Sher with the laughter and thought reading her blog, and comments on others blogs, brought into my life. I am sure many others that never met her in this life will be missing her too.

Jalapeno Corn Pancakes

3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup masa
1/3 cup corn meal
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup jalapenos — seeded and chopped
(you can reduce the amount if you wish)
1 cup corn — fresh or frozen and

Blend dry ingredients in a large bowl. Blend milk, eggs and oil in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix with a large spoon until incorporated. Lumps are okay, do not over mix.

Serve with fried, poached, or scrambled eggs, black beans and avocado slices.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rosa
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 11:41:26

    Those pancakes look wonderful! A tasty dish! Sher would have loved to see this post, I’m sure…




  2. Sue
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 14:26:33

    Thanks Rosa.


  3. Kalyn
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 14:27:59

    She did say the funniest things, didn’t she? I know I’m really going to miss her blog and her wonderful comments.


  4. JMom
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 18:11:02

    I’m sorry to hear about Sher, she sounds like a wonderful person based on what those who knew her have said. I wish I had found her food blog before she passed away.

    This is a wonderful way to honor her memory. Your jalapeno pancakes look delicious.


  5. Kevin
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 19:26:51

    Jalapeno corn pancakes sound good and placing an egg with a runny yolk on top sounds even better.


  6. Sue
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 20:23:04

    Kalyn, Yes she was so funny at times.

    JMom, I wish you could have found here before too. The pancakes were very good.

    Kevin , they were very good and they reheated so well too.


  7. Natashya
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 22:49:40

    The pancakes look like a great Sunday brunch food.
    Your tribute to Sher was funny and touching. A celebration of her personality.


  8. katie
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 02:46:49

    They sound like they have a bit of a kick! “A bunch of corn chips” – I like that…
    Lovely photos; lovely tribute…


  9. Kashim & Othello
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:10:27

    Your pancakes look so wonderful!
    Reading all the memories people have of Sher makes me think she was a real special person and it saddens me even more that she had to go way to early!


  10. Sue
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 09:00:48

    Thanks Natashya, Katie and Kashim.

    Yes Sher was special, by what I got from my limited interaction.


  11. Christine
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 20:35:16

    I still find myself going to Sher’s blog, just to see her smiling face again.


  12. Sue
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 06:19:24

    Christine that is sweet.


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    Jul 29, 2008 @ 14:30:58

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  14. Sue (coffeepot)
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 15:14:44

    Thank you Haley.


  15. Lisa
    Aug 01, 2008 @ 13:45:35

    I loved her writing, too. What a loss this is! I just found out about it today, and I can hardly believe it.

    Making her pancakes is a wonderful tribute. And they look scrumptious. I’m sure she would be proud.


  16. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 01, 2008 @ 16:49:48

    Lisa , Hi it is so sad.

    I sent in my Julia URL today.


  17. Glenna
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 23:58:58

    I remember those! Perfect choice. Thanks so much Sue. You’re right. I think it was her sense of humor and how down to earth she was that first attracted me to her too.

    That was lovely.


  18. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 03, 2008 @ 07:16:22

    Thank You Glenna. Sher was special.


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