Ken Burns might have "Jazz," "The War," and "The National Parks," but I have "My Dirty Skillet" -- the hottest new documentary taking the world of cinematography by storm.
You know how I always tell you about the joys of stainless steel cookware in class and you always tell me about the pain and suffering of scrubbing these pans for half an hour? Janet Bucceri (my lovely assistant) and I try to persuade you guys that a stainless steel skillet can take less than a minute to clean if you know a few tricks, but you often have a skeptical look on your face.
Our dynamic duo has teamed up to bring you this unabridged video that is intended to make a stainless steel convert out of you. I wrote the script, and played the lead role in this exciting drama. Janet provided her cinematography talent to bring out the natural beauty of this narrative.
I am sure NPR will be calling any moment now for an interview, but I thought you guys deserve the first question and answer session.
Q: What did you cook in the pan before filming?
A: Skirt steak. It was the movie crew's lunch.
Q: Did you go easy on dirtying that pan since you knew you'll have to scrub it on camera?
A: Are you kidding me? I did everything I don't normally do: overheat the oil, leave empty spots in the pan to create as much splatter as possible, and leave the dirty pan to sit for at least an hour before starting to clean it. The fan could barely keep up.
Q: Are you planning a sequel?
A: Most likely. We do it Star Wars style. What you saw is episode 2: how to clean an extremely dirty pan, and we are thinking episode 1 might be in order: how do you prevent your pan from getting so burnt up in the first place, avoid fire alarms, and keep those brown bits yummy instead of bitter. We'll have to come up with a slightly shorter title.
Q: Do you have any questions for your viewers?
A: Yes! When do you guys watch this stuff? In my office day job days, I used to keep up with the world of food media at work. You are sitting there bored in your cube... what better thing to do than browse epicurious or catch up on your favorite food blogs. But when you are playing a video, doesn't the rest of your office know that you are goofing off? They probably are too, but at least they are doing it quietly. So, what's your strategy? Do you wear head phones? Or do you watch this stuff at home?