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Syrup Silliness

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That one singular picture of Log Cabin syrup in the pancake recipe has provoked more outrage, criticism and “fail”s than probably anything I’ve ever done.  And that’s pretty funny.  I guess I just never realized that maple syrup had fanboys.

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As the recipe makes its rounds on the internet I get sporadic influxes of comments and emails etc. and I’ve gotten so much flack for that syrup that I figured I’d go ahead and put this out there:  I don’t care what kind of syrup you use.  I don’t care if you use syrup at all.  Whether you want to slather your pancakes with honey mustard or tap the finest, mapleiest syrup straight out of a tree, I don’t care.  As long you think it tastes good, that’s all that matters.  And I happen to like “fake” syrup (and its price tag).  It’s what I grew up with.  So why do you care?  I get that you don’t like it and that’s fine.  But, I’ve never said that anyone has to use exactly the same brand of ingredients that I do.  That would be ridiculous.  It never once mentions “Log Cabin” in text anywhere on the recipe.  It’s just in that one picture because it’s what I personally used.  I’m not trying to sell it.  So when someone writes “God, I can’t believe he used Log Cabin.  FAIL”  it comes off, to me, like a desperate grab for some false sense of superiority.  Like, “haha look how dumb and uninformed that guy is compared to me and my real syrup.”  Come on.  Syrup?  Really?  That’s going to be your measuring stick for the character of a person?  The only thing pettier than that is a singer named Tom.

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Now, I make jokes about chili packets or bisquik, but I’ve used both before and a lot.  I don’t have anything against them.  Not really.  People can’t always afford to buy tons of ingredients or shop at a local organic grocery store.  I understand that very well because I am one of those people.  My last trip to the local Whole Foods cost me more than double what it would at a regular store.  I just can’t do that all the time and I’m never going to expect you to.  Make no mistake, I don’t do fine dining or cuisine.  I’m not a chef and my recipes will NEVER require anything that you cannot find at an average American grocery store (because that’s what I have access to).  You’re going to see me use low-rent ingredients and it’ll be on you to upgrade if you so choose.  But, even at the base level I will never make a comic from a recipe that I don’t stand by.  And I stand by my pancakes.  I think they’re delicious no matter what kind of syrup you use.  So, do me and everyone around you a kindness:  Grow up, realize that other people like things that you don’t, and get over it.

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To the rest of you:  Thank you so much for the kind comments and actual constructive criticism.  I love you.

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New recipe is forthcoming.

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-Tyler

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Oct 11

Whereabouts/News

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Dear Readers,

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I know you don’t come here to listen to me yap so I’ll try to keep this short.  You come here for the recipe comics and there hasn’t been a new one posted in a while.  I know this sucks, but I do have reasons.  Some of those reasons are boring and I won’t bother you with them.  Some of them are rather exciting and I will bother you with them.

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So, here’s the skinny.  A little while after I started making these I was contacted by a literary agent.  Said agent has represented successful comic books and cook books in past.  After shooting emails back and forth and a couple of phone conversations and a little reference checking on my part, I have the retainer paperwork in hand and I have begun work on a book proposal which will be pitched to editors and publishers.  So, to all the folks who have been asking for/suggesting that I do a book:  I’m well on top of it.

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This does NOT mean I will discontinue the blog.  On the contrary, I will have to keep it up in a more regular fashion.  Bring on that fiber.  However, if a book deal happens I will have to double my efforts and at least half of what I do will have to be saved for print.

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So, yes, there has been a delay in my posting.  But, no, this is not over.  Not by a long shot.

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Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to you all.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  It’s been a wild ride so far and it is only getting better.

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-Tyler

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Sep 11

Attention Google Chrome Users

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Many Chrome users have noted that the subscribe button “doesn’t work.”  As I understand it, Chrome has no way to handle rss feeds on its own and will require an extension which can be found here.  I’m working on a better solution, but this will be the fix until I can get that implemented.  Apologies all around.

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A quick note

Work on the site is ongoing.  I just wanted to mention that I do know that the subscribe button does not work in Chrome.  I’m trying to figure out a work around on that.  Bear with me for just a bit longer.

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PS  I should also mention that the next recipe is currently underway.  I will try to have it posted around Sunday and keep up some semblance of a regular posting schedule after that.

 

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