There came a point where I had to ask just somebody, “Is Applebee’s getting worse?” Or as a kid did I just have a really low food standard?
When I was 10 years old, I viewed Applebee’s as the highest culinary achievement in dining. The food there was sooooo good. Then, I went back about a year ago and it was, well Applebee’s. I think maybe both happened. I grew up and they got a little more… frozen? Microwaved?
(Same question to Forever 21. Am I getting more modest or are you getting more trashy? Ready for this see-through t-shirt trend to be over).
Pancake mixes are my final example. As a young pup at many slumber parties, waking up the next morning and making pancakes (from a box) was soooo yummy and I just sat at my plate wondering if food could ever be better.
Fast forward 15 years and I made these homemade p-cakes after living a life of box mixes. I nearly dropped my fork.
Oh, this is what pancakes can taste like.
Serves 7-8 large pancakes
1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 and 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.
Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into circles. Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.
- 1 and ½ cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 and ¼ cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.
- Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Pour ¼ cup batter into circles.
- Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.
Adapted from All Recipes.