Chocolate Pancakes with Vanilla Ice Cream and Warm Cherry Sauce – The Emeril Epidemic

chocolate pancakes with vanilla ice cream, warm cherry sauce, and hot fudge

If you’re wondering why you’re seeing so many pancakes all over the food web today, don’t think it’s just because IHOP is giving away free pancakes. They are doing that, and blogs are posting pancake recipes because today is Pancake Day, another way to commemorate Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday. Today is called Pancake Day because people would make pancakes to use up butter, eggs and milk before Lent.

For all the other times when I was a good girl, when I was cautious – hell, I’ve basically been abstaining for the last two years – it would be just my delicious luck to go unprotected the one time when it actually matters, and get infected. Once. Just once! As if almostsharing my Asian heritage with Semi-ho Sandra because her last name is Lee weren’t enough, now I am diseased. Tainted, if you will. I have been (self) diagnosed with . . .

The Emeril Epidemic.

Technically, he’s a pandemic because he’s basically everywhere, but I have this thing with alliteration.

The only reason I ever watched tv was for the Food Network, and truth (that will reveal how old I really am) be told, I even loved watching the original Essence back when Emeril was still a relatively unknown chef who always looked into the wrong camera during taping. I loved the Food Network and could even say I had an unhealthy addiction. As expected, there were changes as the the years went by. While I liked some new shows and personalities like Ina Garten and Loverboy Bourdain, far more new shows reflected a whole new direction that didn’t appeal to me. Overall programming on the Food Network was declining.

I gave them the benefit of the doubt, though, and convinced myself that the magic would come back. Like a battered wife, I made excuses, telling myself it was my fault that I couldn’t stay up late enough to watch re-runs of A Cook’s Tour that the Network had relegated to 3 AM slots. Given my bloggy, work-at-home schedule, it actually worked better for me to have uninteresting shows during the daytime that wouldn’t distract me. I even argued that Emeril was a case study in celebrity marketing brilliance. I was fooling myself but finally, cancellation of the original Iron Chef (Japanese) was the epiphanous moment that forced me to take drastic action.

I cancelled cable.

I’ve abstained from the Food Network for almost two years, and I don’t regret it one bit.

But that’s the danger with these things. You could have been exposed to it long before you ever started taking precautions, and once you’ve been exposed, you’ve got it. You may not know you have it, but it’s in you, somewhere deep down in the dark, scary place. It can remain dormant for years, and it’s possible that it may never develop into a full-fledged affliction, but when you least expect it, it could flare up like a cigarette butt in a field of tumbleweeds. When your mental defenses are down, when you’re under psychological duress, when your emotions are hitting lustlovey highs and workstress lows like it’s that time of the month every day of the month, it’ll rear its ugly head that looks strangely like…Emeril Lagasse’s.

chocolate pancakes with homemade vanilla ice cream
calm before the storm

Suddenly you’ve metamorphosed from a shy, quiet food blogger with simple taste to a chubby, pink-cheeked troll of a showman tv celebrity chef. A breakfast of a simple stack of pancakes metamorphoses into a chocolate pancakes with Bam! homemade vanilla ice cream hurled on top and you toy with your own emotions by Bam! sending a deluge of warm cherry sauce to carve deep crevasses in a vanilla matterhorn that’s already cascading in creamy rivulets over cocoa cliffs, and then you’re caught up in the excitement, you’ve crossed the line, you’ve gone too far, so why hold back now?! You can’t! You just can’t hold yourself back from by Bam! drizzling hot fudge all over the deep, dark, dirty delicious mess.

It took everything I had to not spank powdered sugar like virgin snow all over the stack, the plate, and the countertop.

There’s some sort of prescription treatment for this, isn’t there?

Resources from Around the Web:
~ Boston Globe’s Simple Cherry Sauce with Kirsch
~ EatingWell’s recipe for Chocolate Pancakes (and they serve theirs with a raspberry sauce)
~ CDKitchen has a recipe for chocolate pancakes with the kick of Kahlua
~ a good, basic recipe for Chocolate Pancakes at Recipezaar
~ Better Homes & Garden recipe for Chocolate Pancakes via Everything and Nothing

** this post originally published on 08.11.07 **

** a year ago today, naked isn’t naughty when you’re eating greek salad **
** two years ago today, there was flailing flesh and finger cymbals at koutoubia **

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  • kates

    I definitely can’t get into Sandra Lee. Can’t stand how she “floats” around her kitchen and weights 50lbs, not to mention how she seems to throw gross canned and packaged food into everything… ugh.

    I do watch Ina Garten’s show, Ace of Cakes, and Alton Brown’s show pretty much every day. I should probably cancel my cable, haha.

  • kates

    I definitely can’t get into Sandra Lee. Can’t stand how she “floats” around her kitchen and weights 50lbs, not to mention how she seems to throw gross canned and packaged food into everything… ugh.

    I do watch Ina Garten’s show, Ace of Cakes, and Alton Brown’s show pretty much every day. I should probably cancel my cable, haha.

  • yoko

    Yes! I used to watch Food Network for the original Iron Chef, too, and was upset when it was canceled. I’ll watch Ina Garten, Giada di Laurentiis, and Tyler Florence on occasion, but I’ve stopped tuning in on a regular basis. I keep cable really just to watch football anymore. It’s kind of a shame I can’t have a 1/2 year subscription. :P

  • TeddyBallgame

    Good to see you back on the regular.
    Is it possible that you’re dancing around an argument for (even) more niche marketing/programming for already specialized networks?
    Having very little in common with my Moms, visits are spent cooking and watching the FN – which she loves and I can’t stomach.
    Inevitably, a conversation something like this goes down:
    Moms: Oh that Paula…
    Me: Is she drunk?
    Moms: Maybe. Look at those peach, marscapone and Jack Daniels pop-overs! We should make that!
    Me: For who? Who eats like that?
    Moms: Everyone but you and your vegan friends.
    Me: I’m not vegan. I’m not even vegetarian. Am I adopted?
    Does the Food Network to splinter and offer a younger, more practical and, no offense, more refined slate of programming?
    Sara – get on the horn!

  • ironstef

    oh man, I (obviously) loved the OG Iron Chef. I miss it. I don’t mind an episode of the new one now and again, because I think Alton is pretty cool (what can i say I 3> nerds), and I like Mario. I’ half watching with Next Iron Chef because Michael Ruhlman’s a judge and Minceal Symon, who was in Ruhlman’s “Soul of a Chef” is on it. But it’s no original. No one can replace the Chairman. He was so cool, they didn’t even dub his lines…he was the only one with subtitles. That = awesome.

    The only shows I like havint Food tv for are Alton Brown’s shows Good Eats and Feasting on Asphalt (the latter I LOVE) and Nigella. Although I’m never up early enough on Sunday mornings to catch her :(

    I think I’d be okay without cable. Sure I was addicted to Top Chef , but that was silliness. Oh wait! What about No Reservations?!?! what do you do about that?

  • ironstef

    I apologize for all the typos just now. too little sleep plus a couple delish pale ales…in my defense.

    :)

  • Anonymous

    Digg your writing! You rock!
    Love your ching chong wing wong, Sandra Oh one liners! So funny.

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  • Anonymous

    “… sending a deluge of warm cherry sauce to carve deep crevasses in a vanilla matterhorn that’s already cascading in creamy rivulets over cocoa cliffs …”

    Ohhh baby, I love it when you talk ‘foodie’ like that!

  • christianne

    I’m also ticked-off about the cancellation of the original iron chef! Though not enough to cancel cable….

    Just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it!

  • Cindy. Lo.

    I just wanna submerge my face in that dessert.

  • joanh

    omg. will you ship that to me?

  • cypherus

    I am probably going to be only one here saying that I still enjoy the FN, but I do! Like everyone, I agree that there are shows that I hate and normally pass by, but have you asked yourself why you watch, or not watch, the shows? I watch them to be inspired, to learn, and even to *gasp* be entertained.

    To not make this a totally biased comment I will say that I stopped watching Emeril a long time ago, but every now and again if nothing is on I will keep it on in the background if only to hear his double entendre’s. I also can’t stand Semi-ho (I laughed when I saw that for the first time here) Sandra Lee. Personally…she scares me…I watched her make some sort of winter beverage and she stuck butter in it and that was enough for me…Anyway, I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the FN and while there aren’t shows on like there used to be, there will always be something to learn and be entertained about.

  • hermz

    Props on keeping “epidemic” and “pandemic” straight. ^___^

  • Sara

    Yum, these look SO good!

  • Sara

    Yum, these look SO good!

  • sarah j. gim

    @FloridaAvocado: not to mention that 25 of those 50 total pounds is “chest!”

    @yoko: but you’re okay with Giada? she’s as scary to me as Sandra Lee!

    @TeddyBallgame: i love paula deen! i want her to adopt me. well, i actually just wanted to marry into the family via one of her adorable sons but they’re now both married.

    @IronStef: explains your handle ;)

    @anonymous #1: is sandra oh as funny as me?

    @anonymous #2: i just re-read what i wrote and it made me gag a little. LOL.

    @christianne: glad you’re enjoying it!

    @cindy.lo: wait, who said that was dessert? we eat that for breakfast :)

    @joanh: absolutely will ship to you! just put $100 in my paypal account at…

    @josh: it’s okay to like the FoodNetwork. as long as you don’t mind our laughing at you ;)

    @hermz: had to make up for getting “gene pool” wrong

    @sara: they are! make some!

  • chocolateshoesandcoffee

    This thing is insane! We would like to see it on http://chocolateshoesandcoffee.blogspot.com/

    Can we re-post it over there?

  • sarah j. gim

    @chocolateshoesandcoffee – feel free!

  • sarah j. gim

    @chocolateshoesandcoffee – feel free!

  • natalie

    woah…that is what i call breakfast!!! :)

  • Anonymous

    typical and traditional italian coucine.. very good look http://www.blogfood.it

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    DAMN incredible – This is dessert, a breakfast a snack all wrapped up into one!!
    I am a big Ina fan and Paula on Food Network – Do not have time to watch too much on the tube!

  • All for free recipes

    that pancake looks devilishly deliciousss! its like a dream come true. i wonder if i’ll have the bravery to actually attempt to make this or eat it. haha

  • Jennifer

    speechless!!!! simply divine!!

  • Jennifer

    speechless!!!! simply divine!!

  • Marysol

    That’s not breakfast.

    That’s the feast I want for my last meal!

  • Dawn

    I love Emeril! He is the reason I kick my recipes up a lot of notches.
    The old Emeril was good; I miss it too. Do you like Emeril Green on PlanetGreen?
    Yeah there is something hot about Bourdain…him and all his chain smoking…

  • laura

    OH that looks dangerous! That's all I will be able to think about this afternoon. Chocolate … ice cream … pancakes .. must have..

    As for Food Network, I think Ina, Giada & Alton are their saving grace. Especially Ina. She makes me swoon!

  • Pandalicious

    damn, those pancakes and ice cream look to die for.

    i love food network! emeril is ok.. but giada and danny boome are the most fun to watch. sandra lee is hella annoying!

  • Pandalicious

    damn, those pancakes and ice cream look to die for.

    i love food network! emeril is ok.. but giada and danny boome are the most fun to watch. sandra lee is hella annoying!

  • Christie @ fig & cherry

    Oooh so sinful – in the best possible way! :)

  • samantha

    I couln’dt agree more about Emeril – he is the ultimate. Bam – you never really get over him. Celebrity chef or no – he is the best.

  • freeway-j

    Ice cream for breakfast is the ultimate! You should try 26 Beach in Venice for brunch. They have 2 ice cream and 1 peanut butter and chocolate breakfast option:

    The Polar Bear – 2 French “croissant” toasts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh berries, melba sauce & grated white chocolate

    Peaches N’ Cream – 2 French “croissant” toasts topped with caramelized peaches, a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream & melba sauce

    Reece’s Peece’s – French toast stuffed with creamy peanut butter, chopped Reece’s, & topped with grated Belgian chocolate & served with chocolate sauce on the side

  • Rebekka

    MMMMMMMMMmmmmmm

  • Melissa

    Food Network: porn for fat people

  • ThatsSoYummy

    Oh My this looks amazing, eventhough i am not a fan of cherry sauce, more of a chocolate girl all the way, these look Yummy ;-)

    Great job.

    If your ever looking for milk chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes let me know.

  • ThatsSoYummy

    Oh My this looks amazing, eventhough i am not a fan of cherry sauce, more of a chocolate girl all the way, these look Yummy ;-)

    Great job.

    If your ever looking for milk chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes let me know.

  • Eboni

    Not to be redundant or anything, lol, but those pancakes look absolutely indulgent! I love your blog and will remain faithful. How wonderful and inviting it all looks! I have got to start taking my own photos!

  • Shirley

    I’ll be over in a minute with my spoon! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. This is the most scrumptious thing I’ve ever seen. Maybe with the exception of Johnny Depp.

  • Shirley

    I’ll be over in a minute with my spoon! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. This is the most scrumptious thing I’ve ever seen. Maybe with the exception of Johnny Depp.

  • Sweet Temptress

    How do I subscribe to your site? I’ve searched all over for the RSS link.. but couldn’t find it.. :(

  • Sweet Temptress

    How do I subscribe to your site? I’ve searched all over for the RSS link.. but couldn’t find it.. :(

  • sarah j. gim

    @EvilMonkey here’s the rss feed via FeedBurner:

    http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TheDeliciousLife

    strange that your browser/reader doesn’t pick it up off the page…will check into that.

  • sarah j. gim

    @Freeway-J i love how adding “French Toast” to the dish makes peanut butter, chocolate, ice cream and candy totally appropriate for breakfast.

    @ThatsSoYummy Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes sound AUSOME. and do we drizzle that with hot fudge as well?!

    @Shirley scrumtious. pancakes, agreed. Johnny Depp, not so much. but if you were to throw in, say, George Clooney, i may renege.

  • A_Flama

    Ahhh… DELICIOUS!!!

  • A_Flama

    Ahhh… DELICIOUS!!!

  • http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com Katharina

    That stack of pancakes looks delicious! Now THAT is a scoop of ice cream… and drizzled with warm cherry sauce! I’m going on a getaway this weekend and I’m hoping to enjoy a breakfast like this made by someone other than myself. Take care!

    p.s. I love your blog and writing style!

  • pancakeho

    August 11, 2007. A day that will live on in infamy… Where was I at the time? Who knows. What I do know is I read this – probably on Monday August 13th. Lucky 13. At work. I was 30 something. A young buck with a very nice office, built in bookshelves that would require a Silver Spoons like ladder to reach the upper levels and a sad look in my eye. A look that said why can’t I eat pancakes instead of being in this office. Thanks for ruining my August 13th.

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