This is the most basic recipe for a slightly thick pancake. It's just as easy to make a quick homemade batter as it is to open a box mix, which needs ingredients added to it anyway. And using organic ingredients seems to give the pancakes a cleaner and truer flavor. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Crispy Hash browns - These are so good! I don't ahve a potato ricer. I use a thick towel and squeeze out all I can. They are crispy and delicious. They key is to keep it a thin layer. Use two pans if you have too many potatoes, don't make it thicker.