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The Art of Winging It

March 19, 2018

I realized something this morning.  My dad taught me how to bake.  It wasn't a scene like you'd picture in your mind.  We didn't stand for hours in the kitchen leaning over cookbooks and breaking eggs.  It was one recipe that changed how I approached cooking forever.  

 

Pancakes.  Sounds pretty innocuous, I know, but these pancakes were different.  They were different in a way that made them far superior to the pancakes my friends parents made, or even the ones we had at our favorite restaurant.  I couldn't put my finger on why they were so much better.  They were crepe-like, with a buttery consistency.  All the other pancakes I tried were fluffy and cakey.  

 

It was the day before I was leaving for college.  I needed to know what made these pancakes so delicious.  He used Bisquick, so I knew I had to start there.  But when I asked if we could buy a box to take to school, he was quick to answer yes, with a caveat.  I needed to know "the secret".  Yes, I did need to know the secret!  I thought it was simply the recipe on the back of the box.  My dad laughed and said "You NEVER follow a recipe.  What you need to do is experiment and see what it is about the combination of the ingredients you like and don't like."  He proceeded to share his super-secret pancake recipe with me.  I still use it today.  But what I took from that was even more important than the actual recipe (which my kids now use, to raving reviews!).  I learned that by practice and play, I could make a cookie that would be uniquely mine.  That's exactly what I did. 

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