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Cal Orey
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What’s Cookin’ at Callie’s Cabin: Sweet pancakes for summer storms

I love pancakes. Since my life here on the South Shore, I've served them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. I've made these classic cakes from scratch, ordered them at restaurants, heated up frozen ones, and did it the semi-homemade way. I've savored these silver dollar cuties to donut-size circles plain, with fresh blueberries to juicy peaches, and this time around I turned to my favorite — chocolate chips.

On hump day, I was ready to take my Brittany and Aussie out for their romp. But the sky was gray. On our way, out of nowhere, the sound of thunder, lightning, and hail hit. While driving in the rain pouring down fast and hard, visibility almost zero, the boys were smiling and we humans were a bit surprised seeing the water ponding on the way home, despite dealing with past summertime thunderstorms. It was big, bad, and like a scene out of the film "The Day After Tomorrow" with its wacky climate and quarter-size hail. No dog walk. And when we entered the cabin we were all soaked as the TV National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

The weather event was exciting but nobody got the much needed, feel-good endorphin high from an afternoon dog walk. So, I gave the boys treats and hit the pantry. In a heartbeat I said, "pancakes"—much like a scene out of "Something's Gotta Give" when Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson's characters both agreed that's what they wanted to eat.

Chocolate Chip-Strawberry Pancakes

1 cup Heart Healthy Bisquick mix

3/4 cup organic 2 percent reduced-fat milk

1 organic brown egg

1 cup chocolate chips (dark or milk)

European-style butter

Pure maple syrup (or honey)

Strawberries, fresh, sliced

In a bowl, mix pancake mix, milk, and egg. Fold in chocolate chips. On medium heat, pour batter into frying pan. When the pancakes bubble, flip. Serve with a small pat of butter, syrup or honey, and berries. Makes 5-6 small pancakes.

I dished up three pancakes with the works from Mother Nature. I enjoyed each round cake almost as much as walking the dogs. The pancakes were hot, sweet, and special with the syrup, butter and strawberries. It was perfect as the rain came down and the dogs ate their dinner. It may have been a switch of plans, but sometimes going with the flow works out just fine. I tried to explain that something's gotta give to the canines but they didn't get it.

Motto: The world would be a happier place if everyone enjoyed dogs and ate chocolate chip pancakes.

— Cal Orey, M.A. is an author and journalist. Her books include "The Healing Powers" series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, and Coffee) published by Kensington. (The Healing Powers of Honey and Coffee are offered by the Good Cook Book Club.) The Healing Powers of Coffee, Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Honey are sold at Walmart stores nationwide. Her website is http://www.calorey.com