Editor's note: The ingredients and directions have been adjusted for this column. We apologize if your oatmeal pancakes didn't turn out well when you tried it.

What in the world is going on in the kitchens of America?

Nothing, absolutely nothing. Doesn’t anyone cook anymore? We keep hearing that during the recent pandemic more people were cooking at home than ever before. That’s not true! They are not cooking, they are just reheating or mixing stuff and ordering out a lot.

Will future kitchens just be an empty room with storage shelves? My wife might turn it into a hobby and sewing room. Well, maybe not, she still likes the idea of me cooking for her, and I mean really cooking. Not whatever they call cooking today.

OK, OK, I am on a tear today, but you can’t blame me. I just came back from the grocery store. Oh, and it’s not a grocery store anymore. It’s a supermarket and fast-food restaurant. I entered the produce area looking for salad ingredients and what do I find but pre-cut lettuce, onions, tomatoes and peppers. All you do is mix it together, and if you are too lazy to do that, there are pre-made salads ready to put in your shopping cart. Come on America!

My visit didn’t get any better as I traveled down the food isles. Fresh cut meats and poultry already seasoned along with vegetables and ready to cook or whatever you call it today. I passed the fresh dessert and said to myself, no one will ever bake again.

But what put me over the top and started this rant was when I came to the pasta section. Precooked pasta in a bag! Are you kidding?! Can’t we even boil water anymore? Do you just rub the package and it heats the pasta? That wouldn’t surprise me.

I am afraid to give you a recipe. Do people still have stoves? Here we go. I will make it simple. Take two sticks and rub them together until they get hot.

You will need a stove for this one!

Healthy Oatmeal Pancake

1/1/2 cups ground oats

1 egg

1 cup milk

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

A little splash vanillas extracts

Spray oil or butter for cooking

Place in mixing bowl baking powder, brown sugar (or your favorite sweetener equivalent), egg, vanilla, and milk of your choice. Mix well and let the batter sit for 10 minutes. It will thicken.

Using food spray for frying, either fry into pancakes or if you have a waffle iron, you can make a waffle. Serve with your favorite topping and enjoy!

Costa Magoulas is dean of the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management at Daytona State College. Contact him at (386) 506-3578 or costa_magoulas@daytonastate.edu.

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