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squeeze bottle pancakes
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With the aid of a plastic squeeze bottle, readily available at the restaurant supply store for about five bucks, you can get out of your pancake rut and into some artfully dispensed brunch. Plus, no drips all over the stove and counter!

Cut a larger hole in the tip of the bottle to allow the batter to dispense. Add food coloring if you must (hey, kids have to eat too), eat with your hands if desired and draw whatever strikes your fancy. But in case your jet propulsion engine blueprint burns before it’s time to flip it, two helpful hints: loopy flower shapes cook most evenly, and allow for two or three screw-ups before you get the hang of it.