breakfast reward

When I was growing up, sloppy joes were a special treat. First you crumble your hamburger and fry it up. Drain the fat and mix in tomato sauce and spices and cook until it is a viscous mass of tasty delight. Served over bread or on a bun and it is proof that the messier something is, the better it must taste.

We always had plenty of food at the table, but it was common fare. I wonder back if it was just a way to make some hamburger stretch into a whole meal. No matter, sloppy joes belong in the comfort foods of my youth.

The Pancake Cafe is a little place in Naperville that can be great for breakfast. It is a family restaurant for breakfast and lunch that always has some novel special. The other day my daughter and I stopped in and they had a sloppy joe omelet. I couldn’t refuse…


It didn’t let me down, and maybe helped build me up, ( sigh. )

My daughter a much more conventional eater decided on the crepes with cornbeef hash, always a good choice. So what is better than a later morning breakfast and fine conversation. Very few things come to mind.


After this, there was no choice but for her to run and me to ride my bicycle along side in the brisk Chicago weather.


20 Comments on “breakfast reward”

  1. mindfuldiary says:

    Yum! Those pancakes look great! Wouldn’t know anything about sloppy joes, but if it’s just tomatosauce (spaghetthi sauce), then I just might have a clue :D. I admire your relationship with your daughters.

    • billgncs says:

      You know, I am so glad that my daughters and I have grown into friends. And I am very proud of the people they have become.

      Sloppy Joes were the ambrosia of my youth ( smile )

      Here’s a sloppy Joe recipe from cooks,com —

      3/4 cup water
      1 cup ketchup
      4 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
      1 onion, minced or 1/2 tsp. onion powder
      2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
      1/4 tsp. basil
      2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
      2 tbsp. dry mustard
      1 tsp. salt
      1/4 tsp. pepper
      1 to 1 1/2 lb. ground beef

      Brown ground beef with onion and garlic; drain. If beef is very lean, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to enable better browning.

      Simmer until tender and some of the extra sauce is evaporated, about 25 minutes.

      Serve over buttered, toasted or grilled buns.

  2. Pass me the Maalox, please, Bill

  3. Must admit that crepes were the first that caught my attention 🙂 Looks like you have had a nice breakfast in a lovely company.

  4. Man I used to love sloppy joes too! My mom made it with left over spaghetti sauce! I like the relationship you have with your daughter – very cool!

  5. vbholmes says:

    Sloppy joes and omelets–two favorites (so much for cereal this morning).

  6. TheOthers1 says:

    Carbing up before exercise? That sloppy joe omelet looks very interesting.

  7. Looks great. Will try it myself next time we’ve got some mince in

  8. Clanmother says:

    We had sloppy joes all of the time when I was a kid. Tasted fantastic…and they were always associated with something fun!

  9. Oh my gosh that looks so good!

  10. Sydney Fong says:

    If you want me to gobble up all, I think it last me a month!
    Haha! Thanks for sharing the yummy stuffs! 🙂

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