Twin Peaks Is Actually an Ode to Breakfast Foods

published May 16, 2017
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Twin Peaks
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Twin Peaks, the cult-classic TV series that premiered in 1990 and was canceled (prematurely, if you ask me) after only two seasons, is returning to Showtime on Sunday, May 21. David Lynch is once again bringing us back to the quirky town of Twin Peaks, population 51,201.

The central question of the show — who killed Laura Palmer? — was answered in season two, but these new episodes promise more mystery and intrigue. One thing we can certainly count on? A lot of coffee. And donuts. After rewatching the series (for the … fifth time? Don’t judge me!), I’ve come to the conclusion that Twin Peaks is really just an ode to the glorious world of breakfast foods.

If you’re planning a viewing party for the show’s premiere, this breakfast-focused one, inspired by some of the show’s best food moments, is sure to be a hit. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dale Cooper would be proud.

1. Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

I’m going to start with the most obvious here. You can’t have a Twin Peaks viewing party without some hot coffee. But don’t even think about serving it with cream or sugar — Agent Cooper likes it “black as midnight on a moonless night.”

Brew It

2. Cherry Pie That’ll Kill Ya

A slice of fruit pie can most definitely be a breakfast food — don’t try to tell me otherwise. Nothing can beat Norma Jennings’ cherry pie at the Double R Diner, but yours will be a close second.

Bake It

3. A Table Full of Doughnuts

Thanks to Lucy Moran, the lovable, ditzy Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department receptionist, Agent Cooper, Sheriff Truman, Deputy Brennan, and Deputy Hawk are never without doughnuts. “A policeman’s dream,” says Cooper. To which Truman replies, “Yup, Lucy sets this up for us every night.”

Make It

4. Griddle Cakes with Ham and Maple Syrup

When it comes to the food trend of pairing sweet and salty, Agent Cooper was ahead of the game. His order to Trudy, the waitress at the Great Northern Hotel, is truly ingenious: “Short stack of griddle cakes, melted butter, maple syrup — slightly heated — and a side of ham. Nothing beats the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham.”

Make It Happen

5. Eggs & Bacon

In another scene with Trudy, Agent Cooper requests a very specific treatment of his bacon and eggs: “I’d like 2 eggs over hard. I know, don’t tell me — it’s hard on the arteries — but old habits die hard. Just about as hard as I want those eggs. Bacon, super crispy, almost burned. Cremated.”

Maybe you like your eggs on the over-easy side, or your bacon a little less crispy? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.

Eggs & Bacon, Any Way You Like

6. Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Nothing beats a glass of grapefruit juice in the morning — “Just as long as those grapefruits … are freshly squeezed.”

Spike that fresh-squeezed juice: Grapefruit Mimosas for a Crowd

Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Tell us what you’ll be making for your viewing party in the comments!