After three weeks off, we’re back with a bang. Sorta. This week we watched Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and made some hillbilly pancakes (with bonus College Kid blood syrup).
3/4 c milk
2 T white vinegar
1 c AP flour
2 T white sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 T butter, melted
cooking spray as needed
- Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk.
- Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
Morgan’s Take: We decided to go with pancakes for this because of the adorably awesome scene where Dale attempts to serve Allie pancakes. It was sweet in a creepy way! So these are basically a homemade buttermilk pancake. They are amazingly fluffy and delicious. The batter for this was a bit thick, but is so light and effervescent and bubbly. The pancakes are tall and fluffy and light without being super heavy. Basically I loved these and I’m probably gonna make these my official go to basic pancake recipe 🙂
Final Grade: A+
Andy’s Take: For the past decade and a half, maybe closer to two, I’ve used the same recipe for pancakes. Since that time, I haven’t found anything that comes even close to how great they are. The pancakes we made tonight came pretty close, however. They were really fluffy, way fluffier than any I’ve made before. The milk + vinegar combo really added a nice tinge to the pancakes, and the syrup was the perfect compliment to it. I do wish that we would have used some vanilla or maple or brown sugar or something else to give it an extra bit of flavor. Really good pancakes, but still second place to the other ones.
Final Grade: A
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a horror comedy movie about two hillbillies on vacation and a group of college kids who keep trying to kill them. It stars Alan Tudyk as Tucker, the goofy sidekick from the TV show Reaper as Dale, and Katrina Bowden (Cerie from 30 Rock) as Allison, one of the college kids who gets “kidnapped” by the hillbillies.
Morgan’s Take: This was a pretty damn awesome movie. It stars Steve the Pirate and the chubby friend from Reaper as hill billies with hearts of gold and Cerie as a slightly less vapid version of herself! Sure, they all had actual names in the film, but this is how I thought of them. This movie was humorous and the plot was fairly predictable, but I think that was kind of the point. I don’t think the makers of the movie were out to shock us with anything here. It’s a spoof of a horror movie complete with the awesome cliches and without taking it too far into spoofdom that it’s not even funny and is just stupid.
Final Grade: A+
Andy’s Take: As a huge horror movie fan, this movie was great. It totally ripped apart most horror movie cliches and showed them from the point of view of the “bad” guys. Annoying college kids get creeped out by hillbillies at the gas station? Turns out one of them’s just looking at pickled eggs because he likes them. Hillbillies kidnapping an attractive college girl? She fell into the water and hit her head on a rock and wasn’t coming up. The bad guys torturing the captured girl? Turns out Dale just wanted to make her some pancakes because he likes her. I don’t really want to spoil too much of it, so don’t watch the trailer and just watch the movie. It’s totally worth it, if a little gory (if that might turn you off.)