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(recipe, Jessica Harper)
In the tradition established by my mother, I have always (even in my crabbiest phases) liked to make a big, leisurely breakfast on Sunday mornings. Up until recently, however, this presented the kind of challenge I grappled with in Mr. Steele's 7th-grade math class. You've got four people, two of whom will not eat pancakes, three of whom refuse to eat oatmeal, and two of whom do not like scrambled eggs. Only two will eat French toast but one prefers white bread and the other whole wheat. What (the hell) do you feed them for breakfast? Is there a common denominator here? My answer was often Special K, which three members of my family will eat (okay, not four, but close — I get a B from Mr. Steele), although one uses skim milk, another prefers 2 percent, and a third likes soy with a little flurry of wheat germ. Because I'm math-challenged, it took me years to solve this problem definitively with the discovery of these pumpkin pancakes. All four of us love them, which makes them a Miracle Food (and pumps my grade up to an A).