Friday, February 12, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Cabin Fever

What happens when you take five college friends, put them in a cabin in the middle of nowhere and add a few kooky characters with a contagious and fatal skin disease?

Party in the woods!

This past week, Mother Nature decided to drop back-to-back snowstorms on the DC area.  It was wonderful.  Judging from the continuous stream of Facebook rants and Twitter updates throughout the week, however, I think the stir craziness started setting in around Tuesday for others.

In honor of the Blizzard(s) of 2010, today's Sugared Cinema pick is Cabin Fever.  Directed by Eli Roth (of Hostel and Hostel II fame), this horror movie was well-received by critics and has become a cult classic since its release in 2002. 

And today's recipe?  Pancakes.  Duh.

(search YouTube for "Cabin Fever pancakes" if you're confused.)

 (I don't know.  I can't explain it, either.)

It wasn't until last year that I made pancakes from scratch for the first time.  Incredible.  I couldn't believe how simple the ingredients were and that I had relied so heavily on the yellow box for so long.

Go the DIY route.  You'll be a hit in the kitchen.

This is my slightly modified version of a Williams Sonoma recipe. 

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Did you bring your homework assignment from Wednesday?  Good.

For those of you who forgot, I have extras to go around.

And if your dog ate your homework, I would be more concerned about the health of your pup than these pancakes. 

Now, let's get this party in the woods started!

In a bowl, beat or whisk eggs until frothy.


Add the buttermilk, melted homework assignment and vanilla and mix together well.


Oh man.  I can really smell the honey and cinnamon in the butter.

Add the dry ingredients:  flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Sorry cornmeal.  Forgot to get you in the pic.  Next time.


Mix until just blended.  You don't want to overdo this step.

Lumpy bed = bad
Lumpy batter = awesome


Heat a lightly greased griddle to 350 degrees or a frying pan over medium heat.

Pour 1/4-1/3 cup of batter for each pancake.


When bubbles start to form on top and the edges look dry (usually about 3-4 minutes), give them a (careful) flip.

Cook until underside is golden brown.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

Since this is breakfast and I want to maintain at least a tiny bit of a responsible image, there isn't a beer pairing for today.  Now, if this were a champagne blog...

Alright, enough talking.  Let's eat.

Don't forget to slap on some of that butter from Wednesday night.  It'll take your pancakes to the next level.

Sorry, more talking.


 Happy Friday.


  1. Now that looks like a very, very tasty breakfast! Those look delicious. :D

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  3. don't forget to use a full stick of butter when frying it up!

  4. wow wow ali girl you are so talented. I am making your wakey wakey for the morning

  5. It's funny how people complain about the weather but it's something we have no control over.