Joshie’s Chocolate Chip Pancake Day

You just have to love the little people, they are like little sponges.  You never know what they will absorb, how much or how they will interpret anything that they see or hear.  Our little family blog has been fun for all of us and a learning experience.  The little ones already know that we have to take pictures of food before we eat it, they know that sometimes they have to take retake photo’s for pictures that are going on the blog.  They know about food days and silly holidays coming up.  We have fun discovering new things together.  Of course because he’s older and understands more than Eric and Kaylee, Josh takes the blogging a little more seriously than “oh grandma is gonna put our picture on the blog.”  Which is the reason why this morning I have to share a funny Joshie moment which more than likely was blog related.

Earlier today I received a funny private Facebook message  from Josh and Kaylee’s other grandmother Mio.  Evidently yesterday, Josh told Mio that it was National Chocolate Chip Pancake Day and requested chocolate chip pancakes.  Of course she wouldn’t doubt Josh since she knows that Josh is involved in and with the blog, so it would only make sense that Josh would actually have accurate information about a “National Anything Day.”  So, Mio sent me a message to say thanks for the day and then asked if she had been “duped.”  I laughed so hard because……

  1. Yesterday was not National Chocolate Chip Pancake Day
  2. I did some research and can’t even find a National Chocolate Chip Pancake Day
  3. Josh really does listen to my blog chatter and has now used this knowledge to his advantage

Josh loves chocolate chip pancakes, he must have had a craving for Chocolate Chip pancakes so he created a day for it, pretty creative for an eight year old.  So, in honor of Joshua’s creativity, I am declaring February 5 as National Chocolate Chip Pancake Day created by Joshua K. who’s love for chocolate chip pancakes lead him to convince his grandma, Mio, that chocolate chip pancakes had to be made in honor of the day.  And Mio…you weren’t duped, you were seeing genius in action.  I love it!

Today I have a recipe for you that I know Josh would never create a day for or even as for because it has hamburger in it and way too many other things he doesn’t like but Walt does, it’s Cincinnati Chili.  Cincinnati Chili is a regional style of chili con carne characterized by the use of seasonings such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice or chocolate.  It is commonly served over spaghetti, sometimes being mistaken for a spaghetti sauce rather than a chili.  This chili is packed with flavor as noted by the number and variety of spices it calls for.  You’ll note that I have listed several different assembly versions of the chili after the initial sauce recipe, the number before the word “way” determines which ingredients are selected.

I made this dish last week as part of my promise to use my cookbooks rather than the internet sites.  This recipe is from “Square Meals” Alfred A. Knopf – New York – 1984.  This recipe won’t disappoint, you will pick up all the wonderful flavors of the spices and the chocolate.  Let us know how you like it!


5 Way Cincinnati Chili


What You’ll Need:

1 lb.  Finely ground – ground beef

2 Medium onions chopped finely

2 Cloves of garlic minced

1 Cup (8 oz. can) Tomato Sauce

1 Cup Water

2 Tbsp. Ketchup

1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1 Tbsp. Paprika

1 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Honey

½ ounce Unsweetened Chocolate – grated

½ tsp. Turmeric

½ tsp. Ground Cumin

½ tsp. Marjoram

½ tsp. Allspice

½ tsp. Cinnamon

¼ tsp. Nutmeg

¼ tsp. Ground Cloves

¼ tsp. Mace

¼ tsp. Ground Coriander

¼ tsp. Ground Cardamom

½ Dry bay leaf – crumbled

Additional Chopped Onion

What You’ll Need to assembly your Cincinnati Chili:

  • 2 Cups Shredded cheddar cheese  (Or more)
  • 1 Can Red kidney beans – heated and drained
  • Heavy Pasta Noodles (I used Spaghetti, broke them in half and cooked them – then mixed in a tablespoon of butter


In a large skillet, brown meat, garlic and onion

Add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, vinegar and honey

As mixture begins to boil add the spices – mix well

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour

**If the sauce gets too dry to ladle – add some tomato juice**

Constructing Cincinnati Chili:

It’s all in the chili and the assembly of Cincinnati Chili.  5-Way Chili is the authentic Cincinnati Chili, however for those who don’t like the beans I’ve also included assembly for 4 and 3-Way Cincinnati Chili.

In a single serve bowl build your Cincinnati Chili as follows

5-Way Chili

  • Pasta
  • Chili
  • Beans  (DO NOT add to chili, are added in the assembly)
  • Onions
  • Cheese – lots of cheese to cover

4-Way Chili

  • Pasta
  • Chili
  • Onions
  • Cheese

3-Way Chili

  • Pasta
  • Chili
  • Cheese

4 thoughts on “Joshie’s Chocolate Chip Pancake Day

  1. Josh is a genius. To this day I lover chocolate chip pancakes and rarely have pancakes without the chocolate chips. Some of my favorites are banana chocolate chip and cranberry chocolate chip. Whole wheat of course.

  2. Thanks Robin!! I make Josh chocolate chip pancakes every Sunday morning when he is with us. Josh does not cut the pancake at all, he eats it whole almost like a slice of pizza and I love seeing the choclate all over his sweet, smiling face. I too only eat chocolate chip pancakes and have never had banana chocolate chip pancakes I’ll have to work on changing that!! Have a great day!

  3. I make the small pancakes and eat them the same way. No syrup. For the banana pancakes I add 2 ripe mashed bananas to the pancake batter. For the cranberry I wizz about a cup of frozen cranberries in the food processor and add to the batter. The tangy cranberries with the chocolate is delicious although sometimes cranberry is more of an adult taste.

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