Krusty: I gave him a couple of blintzes to paint my fence but he never did it.
Chester J. Lampwick: Those blintzes were terrible.
Krusty: Paint my fence!
Chester J. Lampwick: Make me.
– The Day the Violence Died (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 18)
What I love about the exchange between Chester J. Lampwick and Grandpa / Krusty is there is no way to know if the corn muffins were actually lousy or if the couple of blintzes were actually terrible. It seems fairly likely to me that Chester just didn’t feel like painting a chicken coop and/or fence – what with him being a literal bum and all. I realize that Grandpa and Krusty aren’t exactly reliable either, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this and attempt to make non-lousy corn muffins and non-terrible blintzes.
Plate of Corn Muffins
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal and 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Pour mix into muffin tray and bake for approximately 15 minutes.
Verdict: I would total paint a chicken coop for these muffins. These were especially delicious warm out of the oven with some butter. Chester, you were missing out on this!
A Couple of Blintzes
Full disclosure: I’d never even heard of blintzes before seeing this episode. So I got the recipe directly from Tori Avey. I copied everything as closely as possible since I had no idea what I was doing.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- Package cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
Whisk eggs and add milk, water and vanilla. Next add sugar and finally flour. Mix until well combined with no lumps. Warm a skillet with oil until hot. Pour enough batter to coat the entire skilled in a thin layer to make a crepe type shape. Cook blintz shell for about a minute or more and remove from heat. Make all your blintz shells and cool and set aside.
Mix all the blintz filling ingredients until combined. Scoop the filling onto one side of the blintz shell and fold the blintz “burrito style”. Heat a skillet with oil until hot (but not smoking) and place the blintz folded side down. Fry the blintz on one side for 1 minute and then flip and fry on the other side, they should be browned evenly on both sides.
Verdict: Were these blintzes terrible or is it just that my cooking was terrible? Unlike a lot of my efforts, I actually really tried to make this as closely as possible to the recipe and feel like I succeeded. The blintz shells came out nicely and folded properly. The filling worked and everything fried up together and stayed in one piece. I actually just think I don’t like blintzes very much – which maybe isn’t that surprising given that I wasn’t a huge fan of Noodle Koodle either. Perhaps Jewish cuisine that involves dairy is just not for me? I could eat matzah ball soup for a week and I’d be very happy. So, these blintzes weren’t terrible, they just weren’t my favorite thing.
Cromulence: Plate of Corn Muffins 8 Disgruntled Goats out of 10 / A Couple of Blintzes 5 Lester and Elizas out of 10
Chester J. Lampwick Foods – Part One From: The Day the Violence Died (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 18)