I Learned a Cooking Tip on Criminal Minds
I posted on Living Large’s Facebook page on Sunday morning that Dale didn’t pick up the remote on Sunday morning and instead, kept the house nice and quiet while we both read.
While I do not like the television blaring 24/7, I’m not anti-TV. I think there are some good educational, as well as entertaining programs.
Not many, but Dale and I have favorites we watch together.
Sometimes, if I’m paying attention, I can learn from the entertaining shows too.
Take “Criminal Minds,” for example.
We watched an episode last week we had DVR’d (as we do most programs to be able to fast forward through the ads) and two of my favorite actors, Kathy Baker, who starred in the 1990s series “Picket Fences” and William Russ, who played in the 1980s series, “Wiseguy.”
The two played (bad) parents trying to appease their son who was paralyzed in a car accident.
Little did I know, Kathy Baker would be opening up a cooking mystery that has boggled my mind for a couple of years.
Dale and I like to eat breakfast at a restaurant called “Cracker Barrel” when we are traveling. They simply have the best pancakes we’ve ever had. A little crispy on the outside with a soft, airy middle.
I’ve never figured out how to get the slightly crispy outside. I even bought the mix from the restaurant the last time we were there and cooked it up on our cast iron griddle. No dice.
My pancakes came out as always, not with that slightly “fried” crispiness on the edges.
Anyway, on “Criminal Minds,” Kathy Baker’s character tells her son, “I will even make your favorite pancakes, just like you like them with a little oil in the pan so they’re crispy aournd the edges.”
Dale and I looked at each other like we had won the lottery.
Of course, pancakes were on the menu for Sunday brunch and now I know I can get those same slightly crispy pancakes at home.
The key is using just a little oil and not under or over-cooking.
It all sounds so simple to me now, I’m amazed I needed a fictional television show to help me get our pancakes just right.
Just goes to show one can learn something in the most unexpected places.
Have you ever had a “Eureka!” moment in which you learned something quite expectantly?