Pancake cooking: spotty or smooth?

Although the stereotypical giant diner pancake has a smooth, evenly-browned color, I tend to prefer the abstract art of uneven browning on my pancakes. It’s all about your pan and your fat, so it’s choose-your-own-adventure time, pancake edition. Throw a knob of butter in the pan, swirl it around, and top it with pancake batter–you’ll get that uneven

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On leavening: baking soda

During a surprisingly memorable middle school talent show act, a classmate of my older sister staged a sort of cooking show where she “demonstrated” how to bake something–maybe cookies? Under the requisite floppy chef’s hat, she mixed and stirred and muddled her way through the recipe, doing just about everything wrong. I don’t actually remember

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Orange pancakes with caramel sauce and pistachios

I’ve settled into a lovely and only partly intentional routine of spending one weekend day out exploring my new city and the other almost entirely in the kitchen. (Boston friends–I love sharing! Of course, the three courses on the dinner menu may be breakfast, brunch, and cookies, but hey, it’s the new thing.) Last week

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