BACK TO THE DAYS

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I thought I would revisit some of the games that I used to play and tell you what I think of them today. I think I told you I had begun to play World of Warcraft the other day. Day 3 finds me at level 16, back with my old guild, Bran’s Believers, which was the second guild I had formed and is now run by my friend, John, known in-game as Camber. I bought the complete game which comes with a character level 90 boost. More about that later. I am very rich for my level as Camber gave me a huge amount of gold. Thus I bought a better bow and was able to fully train my character up to the max for her level. I w,as able to chat with Oschelan and Annaleighh and Rosethorne. Great friends and guild-mates from years back. So far I am frustrated only that my character is so low that I have no mount and that I can’t find where the quests are, but that was true before. I also miss having fancier armor and looking more feminine than I currently do. I love the new quests I’ve encountered, especially The Balloon Quest in Stormwind, one of the game’s major cities. I play a human hunter and it seems to fit me better than the healer characters I tried hard to learn in this game. I also made a Pandorian, a new race since I left. She is also a hunter. I find her very cumbersome and find the quests much harder than the ones I face as a Human Hunter. I chose tailoring and sinning as my main professions, along with cooking, fishing and first aid as my secondary professions. Cooking is my favorite. Big surprise.

 

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The Next President from Prodigy was the very first online game I played. Talk about addiction. This game was addictive and very expensive. Those were the days you had to pay for your online time. The game came out when President Clinton was running for his first term. There were 6 candidates at the start of the game and as in the real election, candidates were weeded out until only 2 were left and finally it was time to vote. This was the best gaming experience I ever had. No drama at all and met some wonderful people. I dragged a couple from Prodigy’s Food Board which is where I usually had hung out before the game came into being. One of those people, Camber, the now leader of Bran’s Believers, I had met on the Food Board, got him involved in The Next President, and so the circle revolves. From the Next President, we tried our hands in a Star Trek type game on Prodigy. That game didn’t really intrigue me, although I am an avid Star Trek Fan.

 

kingcleowyn - The Shadow of Yserbius

This looks like my original Leah character!

 

 

Yserbius from The Imagination Network was the first. This is still my very favorite game. It was where my character was born and where MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard), my guild was born. This is where I met Sethiel, my long-time questing partner and my best friend. Yes, I have two best friends. I am lucky. The Shadow of Yserbius was a puzzle-based MMORPG that really brought people together. Many of those friends I am still friends with. It took me a long time to go to the mountain, which is how people used to refer to The Shadow of Yserbius as. The man who is currently running Bran’s Believers, Camber, tried to get me to go and tried to teach me. No luck. Let me back up a bit. The Imagination Network was an online service (I think that is what you would call it.) that hosted many forums and games such as a version of Yahtzee, backgammon, a golf game and was the first that I know of that you could “chat” real time to people. Anyhow, one day, a couple of neighborhood boys did some work for me as a good deed. To repay them, I told them about INN (The Imagination Network) and told them they could play. They created Leah. They made a friend who helped them get Leah a few levels and told me his name was Aljo. The next day I decided to see if I could go to the mountain and meet this Aljo and see what the game was about. Aljo was great and he was a good teacher. So Leah was begun as was her saga. I will tell that some other time.

 

Empiriana

 

Next came a game called Empiriana. Empiriana was a good puzzle-based MMORPG, but it’s developers, for whatever reasons, never kept up with the game. Also, the game was really the first graphical game I know of.  It was a decent game with great players. Met so many good people here. But our time was short-lived.  The developers didn’t keep it up so we got bored.

 

 

Asheron's Call

Onward to Asheron’s Call. I have so many fond memories of Asheron’s Call. It is here that I met my best friend, known then as Annabelle. She and I had the most fun shopping for high fashions in that game. It is also the game where my in-game children, of whom Annabelle became one, would bring me incredible gifts. I really loved Asheron’s Call and in my heart it remains my second favorite MMORPG of all time. My guild, MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard) flourished here. We should have s stayed there. I believe we’d all still be together if we had. The game is downloading as I am typing this. I am not finding the installation of this game easy. It’s probably me and the late hour and my impatience though. Why don’t they make things easier for us non-geeky gamers? Now this is strange. They allow you to download the game but then tell you that you need to purchase an account. So forget that.

I tried Everquest just once and very briefly. I did not find that game user-friendly at all. Within five minutes I fell into water and couldn’t find my way out. Forget that!

 

 

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So I thought that I would re-visit Dark Ages of Camelot. For some weird unknown reason I don’t qualify for an account. Too late to worry about it tonight, but I am a person of little patience, so I say, they lost out!

 

World of Warcraft 2

 

And now back to World of Warcraft. This is a good game and the powers that be keet making the game more exciting. There have been many changes since I last played, and from what I see, it’s for the better. I really like that they are throwing today’s social issues such as homelessness into the storyline. Cudos for that Blizzard!! The graphics are great as always, but the servers are crowded and thus lag is great. Lag is frustrating to all gamers, but most MMORPGS suffer from them. If someone ever solves this problem, I am willing to wager he/she will become a millionnaire. There are good people playing this game and I find that there is a more mature group playing it.

So, that was my journey into the addiction of gaming. Gaming is a good release. I wouldn’t say it is relaxing. Maybe just the opposite, but it does take you away from the problems of your own life. It stirs your emotions and fosters friendships and in some cases romance, or romantic entanglements. I know of at some marriages that we broken up due to gaming. One on-line friend had to quit gaming because he was so addicted. I am fortunate, Paul allows me this folly. First because he worked 12 hour days before he retired, and I was home alone and lonely. And now, he does his computer thing while I do mine, although we are joined at the hip.

Do I think gaming is good or bad? What a difficult question that is. I think it’s a good thing if done in moderation. I hate it when I see young kids sit and play for hours everyday and on the weekends when they should be out having the time of their lives. I know there are kids who are shy in real life, or don’t quite fit in. I think for them especially, trying to make real life friends is crucial and to interact and learn social skills is crucial. I think that for adults, it is a great way to unwind after a day’s work or if you have nothing to do on the weekend. But even then, go out and socialize. People in real life are important. I learned that lesson the hard way. I became reclusive and came up with excuses on how I needed to stay home. I only wanted to be with my on-line friends.

Now, on the positive side. Gaming teaches leadership, team work and does teach some social skills. Netiquette is essential in gaming. However, there is definitely a lack of it, in my humble opinion, when it comes to going after quest kills. Then people are greedy, pushy, etc. It’s like a sale at a bargain basement. Everyone for themselves. I hate that in the gaming world, but I guess, that’s part of gaming. Gaming is fun, entertaining, and fascinating. If you get into role-playing, it is a good way to be creative.

The thing I hate most about gaming is the PvP (Player vs. Player) aspect. I am a pacifist at heart and even for pretend I abhor the idea of killing others. I respect the human race too much to be comfortable killing other players. So I choose not to duel others and not to go on battleground raids. I stick to killing monsters and non-player characters (NPCs). I am limited my play time and am not getting consumed with leveling, which I never did anyhow. My time mostly went into running my guild. I never got a character over level 20 because of this. Maybe this time I will be able to play and learn the game. Who knows, perhaps now is my time to really get to the end game which I have never been able to do. Wish me luck!

While looking for graphics, I came across a great post about the psychology behind WoW at the Metropolist.  Here is the url for an interesting viewpoint about MMORPGs: http://www.themetropolist.com/play/latest-play/cant-stop-playing-world-of-warcraft-can-learn-psychology-behind-mmos/ 

Gamers, when they get hungry like a quick meal that is easy to eat at their computers.  Here is such a recipe.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Home Cookin Chapter: POULTRY

Chicken, Zucchini, And Prosciutto
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preparation: 15 minutes
cooking: 20 minutes
Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 pound (about 8 slices) prosciutto
3 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 lemon

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Directions:
Heat oven to 400° F.

Season the chicken with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over
medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the chicken to the oven and roast for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a second skillet, over medium heat, heat the
remaining oil. Cook the prosciutto until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per
side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the zucchini, garlic, and remaining salt and pepper to the
skillet and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

Add the prosciutto and zucchini mixture to the skillet with the
chicken, squeeze the lemon over the top, and toss. Divide among
the plates.

source: Kate Merker
December 2006 via
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chicken-
zucchini-prosciutto

Photo: Anna Williams

 

Servings: 4

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This post is dedicated to Sethiel, Blackie,  Ham and his boys, Annabelle, CamberSojo, Truefoe and all of the rest of my wonderful MRA family!

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ANTI-SUPERBOWL – PART II

Poor deluded Woodstock!

Poor deluded Woodstock!

ANTI-SUPERBOWL FUN – PART II

We’re picking up with details for the Chex Mix Throw Down and Board Game Party

CHEX MIX THROW DOWN AND BOARD GAME PARTY:

Basically it is the same party as the Popcorn Thrown Down and Movie Party that I posted yesterday. See that post at https://atzimmesrevived.wordpress.com/category/anti-superbowl-fun/  .  Use the same ballot that is on that page for choosing the best Chex Mix, but  you will ask guests to bring a large bowl of a Chex Mix concoction to enter in the Throw Down Contest, and everything else is same, except put out a bowl of the Original Chex Mix instead of plain popcorn and a bowl of M&Ms and a bowl of Dried Cherries mixed with Cashews and Bridge Mix or other chocolate like Whoppers. For your entry, choose one of the favorites or find your own:

Chocolate Mint Chex Party Mix (recipe to follow)

Peach Cobbler Chex Party Mix (recipe to follow)

Kansas City BBQ Chex Mix (recipe to follow)

 

STAR WARS-STAR TREK-DR. WHO MARATHON PARTY

Rent, buy, or borrow, enough DVDs of one of the above themes (I think I’d go with the original Star Trek series for it’s Camp value) to last maybe 3-4 hours. By that time the game should be over or it will be dinner time. Have a variety of snacks and beverages. Try using recipes that go with the theme. Basically, enjoy the movies, have lots of laughs, and have good treats on hand. If you run out of watching materials, try to write an episode as a group. That should be good for lots of laughs. Now, for some recipes:

FOR STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES:

Deviled Crab (recipe follows)

Mushroom Cheese Canapes (recipe follows)

Plomeek Soup (recipe follows)

Nutcake (recipe follows)

Just make things up! Really, nothing sounded too great to me. If anyone has any great recipes for this category let me know! If I have time, I’ll continue researching this tomorrow, but onward…

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SNACKS TO CURL UP IN BED WITH A BOOK AND READ WITH:

Maybe the title of the book you are going to curl up with can be an inspiration to you…I am current reading an e book called Season of the Harvest which is Book I of the Harvest Trilogy by Michael R. Hicks. The book so far (I’m on Chapter 5) talks about corn. So for my snacking, popcorn is a natural, as is corn chips with salsa. I have to have chocolate, and since I’m being indulgent by staying in bed just to curl up and read, I would have to have some good truffles (homemade or purchased, as long a.s they are chocolate and truffles, I don’t care which) and I would have my diet coke so I can stay awake to enjoy the book.

I am also reading Andrew Greeley’s (may the good Father rest in peace), Irish Tiger. Greeley is the other of my two favorite authors (Diana Gabaldon being the other). Since the main character, Nuala, is Irish, I would nosh on green colored goodies and minty treats.

Or, since we are ordering Chinese food for dinner, why not have oriental snacks such as:

Frozen Mini-Egg Rolls

Frozen Pot Stickers

Asian-Flavored Snack Mix

Some nice Chinese Tea or a Chinese Tea or Japanese Sake would be good too, but I’d stick with my diet coke.

CUDDLE AND MAKE DINNER TOGETHER PARTY FOR TWO

Well, the cuddling part should be obvious and you should know how to do it, right, so I’ll go on to the cooking together. Split up the menu and each of you prepares part of it. Make it simple but fun. I would advise making dessert the night before so you can sleep in as late as you wish, although don’t forget the Rose Bowl Parade will be on. I do love watching that parade a nd the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ok, now for some more advice. Try to stay out of each other’s way while preparing. Knives can be dangerous is small crowded places and we don’t want anyone hurt. Have some relaxing, romantic music going while you cook and sing while you work. Sing to one another. One other thing, don’t forget to buy the champagne the night before, or other wine to enjoy during dinner. For our menu I suggest the following:

Appetizer – Shrimp Cocktail – buy the shrimp already cooked. If frozen, defrost as soon as you can. Buy or make your favorite cocktail sauce. Place a bit of lettuce in a Margharita glass, then place 4-6 shimp in it so they make a pleasing design. Serve with cocktail sauce on the side. Garnish with a half a wheel of fresh lemon on the rim of the glass. This is a good dish for the least experienced of you to make.

Soup – Chilled Corn Soup With Fresh Basil (recipe follows)

Salad – Fresh Tomato-Mozzarella Salad (recipe follows)

Entree – Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary. (Recipe follows. This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people so you have two choices, freeze the leftovers for nights you don’t want to cook or cut the recipe in half. You need to get up early to make this as it takes 6-8 hours just to cook. I’d add another hour to prep-time. Paul and I are slow cooks, meaning it takes up forever to prep recipes, that is why I’m saying an hour of prep time.) If you want to sleep in late, broil up a couple of good steaks and bake a couple of potatoes to go with them.

Side Dishes – Crispy Asparagus (recipe follows) along with the potatoes from the Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary if you make the lamb, or with baked potatoes if you opt to broil some steaks. This recipe is for the person with the most cooking experience to make.

Dessert – Elegant Eggnog Dessert (recipe follows) – To make this dessert, you MUST make this THE NIGHT BEFORE!!! The most difficult part of the recipe looks like it would be the cutting of the cookies for the trim. I would buy double the amount of cookies that the recipe calls for, just in case. If you have leftovers, nibble on them in bed!

 

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The recipes:

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Chocolate Mint Chex Party Mix

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“Mint lover? You’re only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes away from a

make-your-own minty snack!”

PREP 15 mins

READY IN 15 mins

Original recipe makes 6 cups

Ingredients:

3 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal

1/2 cup mint chocolate chips

1/2 cup peppermint-flavored dark chocolate pieces (MSS NOTE: Like

M&Ms)

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Directions:

In large microwavable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside.

Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.

In medium microwavable bowl, microwave mint chips uncovered on

Medium (50%) about 1 minute, stir. Microwave an additional 15

seconds at a time, until chocolate is mostly melted and can be

stirred smooth. Pour over cereal, evenly coating pieces.

Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute.

Spread on waxed paper; cool 5 minutes. Stir in candies.

Store tightly covered.

Nutrition:

Calories141 kcal

7%Carbohydrates21.2 g

7%Cholesterol0 mg

0%Fat5.3 g

8%Fiber1.2 g

5%Protein1.9 g

4%Sodium147 mg

6%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Mint-Chex-Party-Mix/Detail.

aspx?evt19=1

Servings: 0

 

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peach cobbler chex party mix

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Peach Cobbler Chex Party Mix

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“Peach cobbler flavors in an easy Chex® party mix.”

PREP: 10 mins

READY IN: 15 mins

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 8 cups

Ingredients:

6 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal

2 cups pecan halves

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 (1.2 ounce) packages freeze-dried peach slices

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Directions:

In large microwavable bowl, place cereal and pecans.

In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter, brown sugar

and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring

after 1 minute, until mixture is boiling; stir. Pour over cereal

mixture, stirring until evenly coated.

Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes, stirring after every

minute. Toss in peaches. Spread on waxed paper. Cool 5 minutes.

Store loosely covered.

source: Recipe by Chex® Party Mix via

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peach-Cobbler-Chex-Party-Mix/Detail.a

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Servings: 0

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Kansas City BBQ Chex Mix

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Kansas City Bbq Chex Mix®

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Three ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to have this

great-tasting snack ready. Chex Mix® Barbecue snack mix coupled

with cheese and sausage makes quite a treat.

Kansas City BBQ Chex Mix®

Prep Time 10 min

Total Time 10 min

Ingredients

1 Bag (8.75 oz) Chex Mix® barbecue snack mix

1 Cup cubed pepper Jack cheese (4 oz)

1/2 Cup bite-size pieces summer sausage

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Directions

1 In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information Serving Size: 1 Serving

Calories110 ( Calories from Fat45), Total Fat5g (Saturated Fat1

1/2g, Trans Fat0g ), Cholesterol5mg Sodium190mg Total

Carbohydrate14g (Dietary Fiber0g Sugars2g ), Protein2g ; % Daily

Value*: Vitamin A0%; Vitamin C0%; Calcium0%; Iron0%;

Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim

Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0

Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;

Carbohydrate Choices:1 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000

calorie diet.

source:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/kansas-city-bbq-chex-mix/d3021

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Servings: 12

Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim

Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0

Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;

Carbohydrate Choices:1 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000

calorie diet.

source:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/kansas-city-bbq-chex-mix/d3021

441-2a3d-4bfa-97a5-dfe4400220c2

Servings: 12

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deviled crab

Home Cookin Chapter: STAR TREK RECIPES

DEVILED CRAB

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Deviled Crab: One of the many items that the food processor unit can

replicate onboard old Constitution class starships. (“Mr. Scott’s Guide to

the Enterprise”)

Deviled Crab

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh crabmeat

2 ribs celery, finely chopped

2 eggs

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely chopped

3/4 cup corn bread crumbs

3/4 cup white bread crumbs

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Dash of Tabasco

Preparation

Combine crabmeat, bread crumbs, onion, pepper, and celery in large bowl. Beat

together remaining ingredients until smooth. Mix well with crab mixture. Pack

into a shallow baking dish-a quiche dish is perfect. Bake at 350F until hot,

about 30 minutes.

You may use all white bread crumbs if you prefer not to use corn bread

crumbs.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Home Cookin Chapter: STAR TREK RECIPES

MUSHROOM CHEESE CANAPES

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Mushroom Cheese Canapés: Among one of the items that the food processor unit

can replicate aboard old Constitution class starships. (“Mr. Scott’s Guide to

the Enterprise”)

Mushroom Cheese Canapés

Ingredients

3 Tbs. butter

1 shallot, peeled and minced

1/2 lb. mushrooms

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese, grated

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup heavy cream

Salt and white pepper

12 to 13 slices of thin white bread, cut into 2 1/2-inch rounds

Preparation

Heat butter in medium skillet. Add shallot and cook over low heat for 5

minutes, and add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms become tender (about 20

minutes), and stir in lemon juice and salt and pepper; set aside. Then,

combine cheese, egg, and cream with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 550 degrees. Butter bread on one side and place on slightly

greased baking sheet. Drop a dollop of the mushroom mixture onto each bread

slice, and top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Bake until

cheese mixture browns slightly. Serve warm.

Serves 8

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Plomeek Soup

Home Cookin Chapter: STAR TREK RECIPES

PLOMEEK SOUP

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Plomeek Soup – Star Trek: The Original Series

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startrek.com

Plomeek soup is a traditional morning meal on the Vulcan homeworld. Taking a

page from the mostly vegetarian Vulcans, the Earth version is vegan-friendly.

You’ll Need:

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

5 carrots

2 small-medium sweet potatoes, peeled

3 small-medium beetroots, peeled

3 sticks celery

1 litre vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

Vegetable oil

Parsley for garnish (optional)

Start by peeling the beetroots and then the sweet potatoes. Wear a pair of

gloves when peeling the beetroots if you don’t want to get pink hands! Then

chop up all the vegetables, including the onion and garlic cloves, into

chunks. Don’t worry about making them too exact as they will all get blended

at the end.

Start by sauteeing the garlic and onion in vegetable oil until soft. Then add

the rest of the vegetables and cook for a few minutes. Add 750ml of the

stock, reserving the rest. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer

until all vegetables are quite soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Ladle portions of the vegetables and stock into a blender and blend until

smooth. Alternatively, you could use a hand blender if you have one. When all

the soup is blended, check the flavour and add salt and pepper to taste. At

this point, check the soup’s thickness – if too thick, add the remaining

vegetable stock as needed.

Serve and garnish with parsley if desired – although I’m sure the Vulcans

would consider this highly illogical.

SOURCE: http://foodreplicator.tumblr.com/post/31475290319/plomeek-soup

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Home Cookin Chapter: STAR TREK RECIPES

NUTCAKE

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Nutcake: With Spock’s katra logged in McCoy’s mind, Kirk described him as

fruity as a nutcake. (“Star Trek III: The Search For Spock”)

I suspect Kirk meant, nutty as a fruitcake. Presumeably the fruitcake is a

lost recipe in the 23 century, and slang is slipping.

Nutcake

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. soda

2 tsp. vanilla

20 oz. canned crushed pineapple (not drained)

3/4 cup chopped pecans

1 stick oleo

8 oz. cream cheese (room temp)

1-3/4 cup powdered sugar.

Preparation

Mix the flour, granulated sugar, eggs, soda, vanilla, pineapple and juice,

and pecans well. Pour into a 9×13 greased and floured pan. Bake in a

preheated oven at 350F for 40 minutes.

Mix the oleo, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together, then pour over the

hot cake.

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Asian-Flavored Snack Mix

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Asian-Flavored Snack Mix

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source: Gourmet Live | January 2011

By Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez

Photo by Chris Gentile, Gourmet Live

via

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Asian-Flavored-Snack-

Mix-365215

Yield: Makes 14 cups

Active time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

“The Asian standbys of soy sauce, hoisin, and toasted sesame oil,

along with those crisp and shiny Japanese rice snacks, have become

so much a part of American cuisine that’s there’s nothing ‘ethnic’

about this truly addictive party mix. We guarantee that you won’t

be able to keep from nibbling on it all evening long! In fact, we

predict that you will find yourself making it often because you

won’t want to run out of it.”

Ingredients:

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

8 cups (3 ounces) popped popcorn

6 cups (6 ounces) rice cereal squares

1 (5 ounces) can chow mein noodles

1 (3 oz) package Asian rice cracker snack mix

2 cups salted roasted cashews or dry-roasted peanuts

1 cup wasabi peas or dried peas

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preparation

Preheat oven to 250°F with racks in upper and lower thirds.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk in

sugar, soy, hoisin, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger and cayenne.

Remove from heat.

Combine popcorn, rice cereal, chow mein noodles, Asian snack mix,

cashews and wasabi peas in a very large bowl. Drizzle with butter

mixture and toss well to coat. Spread evenly in 2 large (18- by

13-inch) rimmed sheet pans.

Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, a total of 1 hour.

Cool completely in pans on racks.

cooks’ notes: Snack mix can be made 2 days ahead and kept in an

airtight container at room temperature. If for some reason it

needs to be re-crisped, reheat it in the rimmed sheet pans in a

preheated 250°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

nutrition information: per serving (10 servings)

POWERED BY Edamam

Calories484 Carbohydrates52 g (17%) Fat27 g (42%) Protein10 g

(20%) Saturated Fat9 g (47%) Sodium476 mg (20%) Polyunsaturated

Fat5 g Fiber4 g (15%) Monounsaturated Fat12 g Cholesterol36 mg

(12%)

Servings: 0

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Home Cookin Chapter: SOUPS

Chilled Corn Soup With Basil

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Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 appetizer servings, or 6 to 8 servings as an hors

d’oeuvre

Chilled Corn Soup

“No-cook, chilled blender soups are so quick to make it almost

feels like cheating. This one stars sweet corn that’s been tarted

up with buttermilk and lime juice, spiced with garlic and

scallion, and imbued with fresh herbs. While straining it isn’t

entirely necessary, it will give you a smoother, more elegant

soup. But when it’s too hot to breathe, let alone dig out the

strainer, you have our permission to skip it.

Serve this in espresso cups or shot glasses as an hors d’oeuvre,

or in bowls as a first course.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 ears corn, shucked

1 ½ cups buttermilk

½ cup basil leaves, more for garnish

3 scallions, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, more to taste

1 fat garlic clove, roughly chopped

¾ teaspoon fine sea salt

Radish slices, for garnish

Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

.

PREPARATION:

Slice kernels off corn cobs (you should have 3 to 3 1/2 cups

kernels). Discard cobs and place kernels in a blender. Add

buttermilk, basil, scallions, lime juice, garlic, salt and 1/3 cup

ice cubes to the blender and purée until very smooth.

Strain mixture through a sieve, pressing down hard on the solids.

Serve soup garnished with radish slices and a drizzle of olive

oil.

source: MELISSA CLARK

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016659-chilled-corn-soup-with-

basil

MSS NOTE: The soup is a pale green when completed. I would

strain the soup if you serve as a shooter or in espresso cups,

otherwise I would not strain as I like something to chew in my

soup most of the time. Also consider the person you are making it

for. Do they have digestion problems, swallowing or chewing

problems? If the answer is yes, strain the soup.

Servings: 0

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ROSEMARY LEG OF LAMB

Home Cookin Chapter: LAMB, VEAL AND PORK RECIPES

Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker with Garlic and Rosemary

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“To add flavour, I like to give meat a quick turn in a hot pan to brown the

outside before tossing it into the slow cooker; sometimes this is difficult

with a long leg of lamb; when I have a bone that makes it impossible to lay

the piece of meat into a skillet, I brown it quickly on the grill. Browning

meat adds flavour; if you like, pour whatever liquid you plan to use in the

slow cooker into the pan to loosen all those flavourful browned bits – give

it a swirl and then pour into the slow cooker. Browning your veg will boost

flavour too.

If you like, toss a couple handfuls of new potatoes or diced thin-skinned

Yukon gold potatoes (don’t peel them) into the bottom of the slow cooker

first; they’ll cook in the lamb juices, winding up dark and sticky. (Add a

squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of oregano as you scoop them out if you’re

a fan of Greek lemon potatoes.) Lay your lamb leg overtop; add rosemary and

garlic and a few glugs of red wine or stock. (This would be a great way to do

smaller lamb shanks too.) If the bone is sticking out of the slow cooker, lay

foil over the top and crimp it around the open edges, sealing those gaps.

Voila.”

Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker with Garlic and Rosemary

olive or canola oil, for cooking

1 bone-in leg of lamb

4-5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into chunks, or about the same

quantity of small new potatoes

1 head garlic, peeled

salt

a few sprigs of rosemary

about a wineglass full of red wine (or stock)

Rub the oil all over the lamb and either brown it in a hot pan or throw it on

the grill to get some colour. Meanwhile, toss all the potatoes and about half

the garlic cloves into the bottom of your slow cooker.

Put the lamb on top of the potatoes, squish a few more cloves of garlic and

rub it over the surface, then sprinkle with salt. Toss in a few sprigs of

rosemary and pour some wine in around the potatoes, cover (if the bone sticks

out, cover the lid with foil to seal in the heat) and cook on low for 6-8

hours. Carve the lamb and serve with the potatoes, finished with a squeeze of

lemon, if you like. Serves 6-10.

SOURCE:

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/leg-of-lamb-in-the-slow-cooker-with-garlic

-and-rosemary/

Servings: 0

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Crispy-Asparagus-OR

Home Cookin Chapter: VEGETABLES

Crispy Asparagus

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SERVES 4

“Crispy Asparagus is a dish that works just as well alongside a

juicy dinner steak as it does for a brunch or light lunch. This

fresh veggie side dish is sure to become a regular on your menus.

What You’ll Need:

1 pound asparagus, trimmed

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 cup Italian-flavored bread crumbs

1/2 cup olive oil

Parmesan cheese (optional)

.

What To Do:

In a deep skillet, heat 1 inch water over high heat until boiling.

Add the asparagus and cook until crisp-tender; drain.

In a shallow dish, beat the egg and milk until well combined.

Place bread crumbs in another shallow dish.

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Dip

asparagus in egg mixture then into bread crumbs, coating

completely. Sauté asparagus in hot oil until golden. Drain on a

paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately. Note

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese just before serving, if you’d

like. Share This Recipe

Read more at

http://www.mrfood.com/Vegetables/Crispy-Asparagus#PFW4jQPFswIQm5G3

.99

Servings: 0

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elegant eggnog dessert

Home Cookin Chapter: Desserts

Elegant Eggnog Dessert

======================

“This impressive dessert has become so popular that I have to make

three every year—one for my

Husband to take to work, one for our family on Christmas Eve and

one for his family Christmas Day!

Any flavor of Pirouette cookies can be used, and vanilla can be

substituted for the rum flavoring.” —Lisa Scanio, Tampa, Florida

TOTAL TIME:

Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients:

1 can (13-1/2 ounces) Pirouette cookies

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

2 cups cold eggnog

1-1/3 cups cold whole milk

2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup heavy whipping cream

.

Directions:

Cut each cookie into two 2-1/2-in. sections; set aside. Crush

remaining 1-inch pieces.

In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, cracker crumbs and

butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the

eggnog, milk, dry pudding mixes, extract and nutmeg until smooth.

In another large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold

whipped cream into pudding mixture. Spoon over crust.

Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, remove sides of pan. Arrange reserved cookies

around dessert and press gently into sides.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared

eggnog. Reduced-fat eggnog is not recommended.

Source: Originally published as Elegant Eggnog Dessert in Taste

of Home December/January 2008, p21

Read more:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/elegant-eggnog-dessert#ixzz3OFY

bEYBp

Publisher Photo

Servings: 12

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Stack of Books clipart – http://fairviewoklibrary.org/?page_id=131

Ear of Corn clipart – http://sweetclipart.com/multisite/sweetclipart/files/ear_of_yellow_corn.png


ANTI-SUPERBOWL FUN

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I hate football. Thus, I hate Super-bowl Sunday. I know many of you out there feel the same way, so here are some ideas to make the day a better one. At the end of list, I will give you details of the suggestions that have *s after them.

1. Have an Anti-Super Bowl Party. Gather together your friends who have been deserted all football season and have an Anti Super Bowl Party. While the football fans are having beer and pizza, serve your friends more sophisticated fare like pretty drinks and appetizers.*

2. Go through the digital photographs on your computer and rename them something besides DM004102.

3. Play World of Warcraft or other favorite MMORPG for hours of uninterrupted enjoyment and munch on snacks and pizza. Have a soft drink or a beer, whatever is your pleasure.*

4. See a movie or go to a popular restaurant (not a sports’ bar though). Since everyone else will be glued to their TV sets, it will be easier to get in and I bet the service will be better!

5. Invite some friends over for a Popcorn Throw Down Challenge and Movies.*

6. Invite some friends over for a Chex Mix Throw Down Challenge and Board Games Party.*

7. Throw a Star-Trek or Star-Wars Marathon Party or even a Dr. Who Marathon Party.*

8. Take a tour of your City and stop in places that you have never been to before. End your tour with a dinner at a new restaurant.

9. Have a mani/pedi party complete with lotions, nail polish and stick-on decals. Order take-out from your favorite gourmet shop for you and your friends.

10, Take your favorite snacks and a good book to bed with you. Call for Chinese take-out for dinner.*

11. Write that novel you always wanted to begin.

12. Cuddle with that special someone. Make dinner together and make it special.*

Most importantly, put the emphasis on enjoying yourself and doing what you really want to do.

ANTI-SUPER-BOWL PARTY

Relegate the Super-bowlers to the basement or den and choose another room for the Anti-Super-bowlers Set up the dining room for your part of the party and the kitchen for the Super-bowlers Set the Super-bowlers’ table with paper stuff, yours with linens. Also have a comfortable sitting area for your end of the party so you can sit and chat or play games, or watch a movie. Make sure that you discuss all plans with your Super-bowler so that he/she understands the game rules. Make sure you both respect the other’s party and that noise is kept to a minimum unless really necessary like when a touch-down is made. Also make it clear that the food for one party does not get shared with the guests from the opposing party. Fair is fair.

Ok, the important thing is good friends and food. For our Anti-Super-bowl Party we are going to serve wonderful stuff.

Set up a wine bar. Include some of each type of wine: a sweet white, a dry white, a sweet red and a dry red. Of course you must include a bubbly wine too. A blush would also be a nice touch. Set out some seltzer water so people can make spritzers if they wish and a variety of juices such as cranberry, orange and grapefruit juice so guests can get creative. Also, some may not wish to drink alcohol.

Set up a cheese, fruit and cracker platter. I would include the following:

a nice wheel of brie made with fruit or the Parmesan-Coated Brie (recipe follows)

slices of apples and green grapes and fresh raspberries

a good-sized wedge of Jarlsberg cheese

a good-sized wedge of Sharp Cheddar

a nice smoked cheese

a small pile of cocoa-dusted nuts

a small pile of dried apricots

a small pile of Craisins

Place a small basket of crackers (I would use three different kinds of crackers) and some slices of a small Baguette.

I would also set out a bowl of trail mix (recipe follows), a bowl of butter mints and a bowl of cashew nuts. Use silver or crystal bowls, if possible.

After about a half an hour, bring out some fancy bite-site tidbits such as:

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (recipe follows)

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (recipe follows)

Mini Egg Rolls (cheat and buy the frozen ones!)

Place these appetizers on doilies placed on your fanciest serving platters.

For the dinner menu I would serve something elegant but simple and not too heavy as people are probably full from noshing.

I would begin the meal with a nice fresh fruit cup. Instead of a salad, I would put out a platter of fresh baby vegetables such as carrots, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and whatever else you think you want to add. Serve with a dip instead of dressing. Don’t do a vinaigrette though, do something creamy and rich. For the main course I would Almond Orange Crusted Chicken (recipe to follow) with couscous mixed with sauteed red peppers and peas for color. For desert something ultra decadent like Mint Chocolate Chip Mousse Cake (recipe to follow).

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT MARATHON

For the pizza, order out! Go ahead and splurge on wings too! But save these goodies for dinner.

Have a good supply of your favorite beverage(s) on hand and nearby. Just remember, you need to see those wee monsters and your reflexes need to be quick enough to kill them before they kill you!

For your snacking pleasure here is a variety to keep you munching away:

Chex Popcorn Pretzel Party Mix (recipe to follow) for your sweet tooth

Smoked Paprika Popcorn (recipe to follow for your savory tooth

Pour yourself a big bowl of M&Ms and go to town! Let’s save Azeroth together!!! “For the Alliance!”

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POPCORN THROW DOWN CHALLENGE AND MOVIE

Throw down the gauntlet and challenge your guests to come up with the best tasting unusual popcorn and ask them to bring it to the party or ask everyone to bring their popcorn makers and ingredients to make at your house. Before the party, ask them to come up with a name for their creation so you can make up the voting ballots. The ballot could look something like this:

NAME OF ENTRY

TASTE

AROMA

UNIQUENESS

PRESENTATION

TOTAL POINTS

I would give 1 point for taste, 1 for aroma, 2 for uniqueness and 2 for presentation. So highest point total per entry would be 6 points. In case of a tie, do a second vote on scraps of paper asking people to vote for their favorite of the tied entries.

Have plenty of beverages and choose a good light-hearted movie. Have some plain old fashioned popcorn to serve too! Here are some popcorn ideas for your entry:

Red Hot Popcorn

Pepperoni Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

This post is longer than I expected it to be, so I will close it with recipe and continue tomorrow with the rest of the party details and recipes. Without further ado, the recipes:

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MARILYN’S TRAIL MIX

1 cup Craisins

¼ cup Dried Apricots; snipped into sliver-sized pieces (cut with a scissors)

½ cup M&Ms

½ cup Cashews

1 cup Corn Chex cereal

¼ tsp. Cinnamon

Mix all together.

NOTE: These measurements are a guideline. I never measure when making my trail mix. This is really how I make it:

2 handfuls of Corn Chex, 1 handful Craisins, about 6-8 Dried Apricots (snipped into slivers), 1 handful of M&Ms and a few shakes of Cinnamon. In other words, measure by what you feel. You also have to take how many people you are making this recipe for. I figure 2 cups of mix per person but 1 cup is probably okay too, especially if you are serving with other things. If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container and it should last a while. However, Paul and I find this addicting, so it doesn’t last long in our house.

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Home Cookin Chapter: APPETIZERS 2014

BACON-WRAPPED SHRIMP

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ACTIVE: 20 mins.

TOTAL: 40 mins.

SERVES: 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 clove Garlic; GRATED

1 tsp. Paprika

1 tsp. FRESH Thyme

3 tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Kosher Salt

1 lb. (about 24) LARGE Shrimp; PEEELD AND DEVEINED, TAILS INTACT

12 slices Bacon; HALVED

.

DIRECTIONS:

POSITION A RACK 3-4″ FROM THE HEAT SOURCE AND PREHEAT THE BROILER.

Whisk the lemon juice, garlic, paprika, thyme, olive oil AND 1/2

tsp. kosher salt in a SHALLOW BAKING DISH. Add the shrimp AND

toss to coat; MARINATE IN THE REFRIGERATOR for 20 mins.

TURN THE SHRIMP IN THE MARINADE TO COAT WELL. ONE AT A TIME,

REMOVE EACH shrimp AND wrap with a piece of bacon; secure with a

TOOTHPICK, if desired.

Place SEAM-SIDE DOWN on a baking sheet. Spoon any remaining

marinade over the shrimp. (MSS NOTE: I would cover the entire

baking sheet with aluminum foil BEFORE I put the shrimp on it.)

BROIL, TURNING THE SHRIMP ONCE, UNTIL the bacon is SLIGHTLY CRISP

AND the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 mins.

source: pg. 65, Food Network Magazine, Nov. 2014 issue, Volume 7,

No. 9.

Servings: 0

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prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

Home Cookin Chapter: APPETIZERS 2014

PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED ASPARAGUS

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24 asparagus speaks (1-1 1/4. lbs.), trimmed to 6-inch lengths

24 VERY THIN slices provolone cheese (12-14 oz.)

12 VERY THINN slices prosciutto (8-10 oz.), halved lengthwise

Cracked Black Pepper

1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil

1-2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

MSS NOTES: I’d use corned beef instead of prosciutto and I’d omit

vinegar.

.

1. Place a steamer basket in a LARGE skillet. Add enough water

to come just below bottom of basket. Bring to boiling. Place

asparagus in basket. Reduce heat to MEDIUM-LOW. Steam, COVERED,

for 4 mins. Remove asparagus from basket; immerse in ICE WATER to

cool quickly. DRAIN asparagus, PAT DRY with paper towels.

2. Wrap a slice of cheese and a half-slice of prosciutto around

each asparagus speak. Arrange wrapped asparagus on a serving

plate.

3. Before serving, sprinkle with cracked pepper. Drizzle with

oil and balsamic vinegar.

MSS NOTES: I’d omit step 3 all together.

MAKE AHEAD: Prepare as directed through Step 2. COVER and chill

up to 24 hrs. Serve as directed. (MSS NOTE: I’d serve as is but

at room temperature.)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: PER SERVING:

268 cal, 20 g fat (8 g sat. fat), 29 mg. cholesterol, 876 mg.

sodium, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

SOURCE: p. 10, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest,

“Celebrate the Season 2014” magazine.

Servings: 8

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Home Cookin Chapter: POULTRY

almond-orange-crusted chicken with fennel-arugula salad

Almond Orange Crusted Chicken With Fennel Arugula Salad

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source: Created by: Ellie Krieger, cookbook author, “So Easy:

Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week.” via The

Almond Board of California via

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Almond-Orange-Crusted-Chicken-with-Fe

nnel-Arugula-Salad/Detail.aspx?evt1

“Traditional chicken dinner gets a modern-day makeover with sliced

almonds and orange zest to perk up an old standby. Use the left

over orange slices for a refreshing side salad with arugula,

fennel and lemon juice.”

Ingredients:

1 orange

2 egg whites

3/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 (4 ounce) pieces thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast

Cooking spray

1/2 small bulb of fennel, halved, cored and thinly sliced into

half-moons

4 cups arugula, lightly packed, coarsely chopped if leaves are

large

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Ten minutes before you are ready to cook the chicken, put a baking

sheet in the oven to pre-heat.

Finely zest the orange and set the zest aside. Cut the top and

bottom off of the orange, sit the orange on one end on a cutting

board and cut the entire peel and pith off by cutting downward

following the shape of the fruit. Then, using a paring knife,

remove each section of orange from the membrane. Set the orange

sections aside.

In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy. In

a large shallow bowl or on a plate, combine the orange zest,

almonds, and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

Put the flour on a large plate.

Remove the pre-heated baking sheet from the oven and spray with

cooking spray.

Dip the chicken breasts, one at a time, first into the flour,

shaking off any excess, then into the egg white, and then coat

with the almond mixture and place on the baking sheet. Spray the

top of the chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 6 minutes, turn

and bake for 6 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through

and the coating is golden.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the fennel, arugula and

orange sections in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together

the olive oil, lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of

salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to

coat.

To serve, place one large or two small chicken cutlets on each

plate and top with a mound of the salad.

Servings: 4

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mint-chocolate-chip-mousse-cake-2011

Home Cookin Chapter: CAKES 2013-2014

Mint Chocolate Chip Mousse Cake

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June 7, 2011 in Cooking | Tags: mint, mint chocolate chip, mousse

cake

Chocolate Cake

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granular sugar

6 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup mini chocolate chips

¾ cup coffee

6 Tablespoons safflower oil

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

3 medium eggs

Mint Chocolate Chip Mousse

4 cups cream

¾ cup granular sugar

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

¼ teaspoon green food color paste

1/3 cup cold water

1 Tablespoon gelatin

½ cup hand chopped chocolate [these are the chips]

Peppermint Spread

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate Glaze

2 tablespoons cream

2 tablespoons granular sugar

½ Tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon honey

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

.

When conceptualizing recipes, I tend to draft up a large list of

ideas that are possible creations. Mousse cakes are one such

recipe with endless possibilities and certainly a mint chocolate

chip is one of those have to make ideas. If you see the photo and

think mint chocolate chip ice cream, that’s exactly where I got

the idea. Growing up this was and still is my favorite flavor, not

to mention this minty green color is at the top of my favorite

paint colors list.

Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F

Prepare a 12”x8 ½” sheet pan by coating it with butter and lining

with parchment.

Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking

powder and salt.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the oil,

vanilla extract and eggs. Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Next,

whisk in coffee.

For this recipe I chopped a block of chocolate for the chips

needed, but mini chocolate chips will work just as well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with chocolate

chips and bake for twenty minutes. After baking, allow cake to

rest for a few minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack lined

with parchment. Why parchment? This cake is very moist and will

stick to just about anything it can and with a handful of

chocolate chips in this cake, it will be hard to resist eating any

broken cake pieces

As instructed in my Neapolitan mousse cake recipe, the size of

this cake is a little smaller. A cake board frame measuring twelve

inches by four inches was constructed. The left over cake can be

used to make trifles or saved for another mousse cake recipe later

on.

Mint Chocolate Chip Mousse

Sprinkle the gelatin over the cool water and allow to bloom.

Meanwhile, in a bowl combine the cream, sugar, colorant and mint

extract. Beat just before soft peaks form. The consistency will

still have soft peaks but they droop a little more. You want to

stop at this point because the folding in of the gelatin will work

the cream further. Heat the gelatin over simmering water. Remove

from heat and warm the remaining cream. The cream should be

slightly warmer than room temperature. Combine the gelatin and

warmed cream. Pour this mixture over the whipped cream and fold

in. Fold in the chocolate chips and fill the mold. Chill for

several hours to set the mousse.

To make chocolate chips for the mousse, simply fine chop any

quality semi-sweet chocolate.”

Peppermint Spread

To make this high intensity flavor layer for the mousse cake, whip

together all ingredients in a bowl and frost the top of the

chilled mousse cake.

Chocolate Glaze

Melt cream, sugar, butter and honey in a saucepan on low heat just

until combined. Whisk in cocoa powder and vanilla. Once cool,

spread chocolate glaze over the peppermint spread and chill for

the last time.

If you plan on serving this the next day or so leave the cake

board frame on so the mousse does not dry out. When the moment

arrives, use a long knife and slide it down along the cake board

in one direction. This will keep the layers more intact. Mousse

cakes are best carved when they are cold.

This recipe serves ten if cut into slices and less for square

cutouts.

Servings: 0

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chex-popcorn-pretzel-chunks party mix

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Chex™ Popcorn-Pretzel Chunks Party Mix

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“A favorite among the Chex™ team members, this crunchy super-snack

disappeared in no time. Don’t be surprised if the same thing

happens at your next party!”

GRAB THESE ITEMS…

4cups Vanilla Chex™ cereal

3cups popped popcorn

1cup fish-shaped pretzel crackers

2tablespoons butter or margarine

1jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1/2cup candy-coated milk chocolate pretzels

.

STEPS

1Spray very large microwavable bowl with cooking spray. Mix

cereal, popcorn and pretzel crackers in bowl.

2In medium microwavable bowl, microwave marshmallow crème and

butter uncovered on High about 1 minute, stirring after 30

seconds, until crème and butter are melted and can be stirred

smooth.

3Stir, pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.

Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute,

until mixture is glazed.

Cool 5 minutes; stir in candies. Spread on waxed paper to cool.

Break into chunks. Store covered.

TIPS Method Note: This sweet and salty snack is super-yummy and

easy to make, but the marshmallow creme makes the prep a bit

sticky. To minimize stickiness, spray bowls, spoons and spatulas

with cooking spray before using.

NUTRITION Serving Size:

Calories 80 (Calories from Fat 25); Total Fat 3g (Saturated Fat

1g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 125mg; Total

Carbohydrate 12g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 6g); Protein 1g % Daily

Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 4%; Iron 15%

Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1

Carbohydrate Choice MyPyramid Servings: 0 tsp Fats & Oils; 0 oz-eq

Grains; 0 oz-eq Meat & Beans *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000

calorie diet.

source:

http://www.chex.com/recipes/chex-popcorn-pretzel-chunks-party-mix/

16c419de-90d4-46d6-bf49-c22c39806004

Servings: 20

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smoked paprika popcorn

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Smoked Paprika Popcorn

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{ ingredients }

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon grapeseed or canola oil

1/3 cup popcorn kernels

2 teaspoons walnut oil or olive oil

.

{ directions }

Mix the smoked paprika, salt and onion in a small bowl and set

aside.

In a medium pot, heat the oil and popcorn, covered, over medium

heat. As the popcorn pops, shake pan occasionally and immediately

remove from heat once the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between

pops. Pour popcorn into a large bowl, removing any unpopped or

partially popped kernels you see. Drizzle with walnut or olive oil

and toss with your hands to coat evenly. Scatter smoked paprika

mixture over popcorn and mix with your hands until kernels are

evenly coated.

Keeps for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

I use two types of oil because I like the subtle flavor the

walnut (or olive) oil adds to the mixture, but feel free to use

grapeseed or canola for both cooking and coating the popcorn.

Instead of cooking the popcorn on the stove, you can start with

unflavored, unsalted air-popped or microwave popcorn. I won’t be

mad.

source: http://www.eatyrgreens.com/smoked-paprika-popcorn/

Servings: 4

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red hots popcorn

DISCLAIMER:  This photo does not belong to the recipe.  I found photo in a Google search. ~MSS

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Red Hot Cinnamon Candy Popcorn

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Makes 4 quarts

“A sweet and spicy popcorn treat that can be enjoyed all year

round.”

INGREDIENTS

16 cups popped JOLLY TIME® Butter or Crispy ‘n White Microwave Pop

Corn

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

3/4 cup red cinnamon candies

1/4 tsp baking soda

.

DIRECTIONS

Place popped popcorn in large bowl. Melt butter in medium

saucepan; stir in sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon candy. Heat to a

boil; continue boiling, stirring constantly, until candy is

dissolved completely. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove

from heat; stir in baking soda. Gradually pour over popcorn,

mixing well. Allow to cool completely on foil or buttered wax

paper. Break apart and store in tightly-covered container.

source: http://www.jollytime.com/recipe/red-hot-cinnamon-popcorn

Servings: 0

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pepperoni

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

PEPPERONI PIZZA

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Pepperoni Pizza

Cook 1 cup chopped pepperoni in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large pot

until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving the drippings. Pop 3/4 cup

popcorn kernels in the drippings; toss with the pepperoni, 1 cup shredded

mozzarella, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon

each granulated garlic and dried oregano. Season with salt.

Read more at:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-flavored-popcorn-recipes.page-

2.html?oc=linkback

hot chocolate popcorn

Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

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Ingredients

1/2 cup un-popped popcorn (about 16 cups popped)

14 oz white candy melting disks or vanilla almond bark

2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup Hot Chocolate (powder) mix

4 oz milk chocolate

Wax paper

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Instructions

Make your popcorn using an air popper. (If you don’t have an

air-popper and use microwave popcorn, use plain or lightly

buttered/salted.)

In a large bowl combine your popcorn and marshmallows.

Melt you white candy melts according to package directions and

drizzle on top of popcorn/marshmallow mix. Stir to coat evenly.

Spread your popcorn on a wax paper lined counter. Immediately

sprinkle your hot chocolate mix on top of wet popcorn.

Melt your milk chocolate in the double boiler or microwave and

drizzle on top of popcorn. Let chocolate set. Store in an airtight

container for up to 3 days.

Yield: makes approx 18 cups of popcorn

source: http://cookiesandcups.com/hot-chocolate-popcorn/

Servings: 0

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:

Charlie Brown and Lucy Football cartoon – http://notesfromachair.com/2013/02/03/dickens-the-super-bowl-and-me/

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Super Boy Eating Popcorn clipart – http://www.mycutegraphics.com/graphics/superhero/superhero-eating-popcorn.html

Trail Mix clipart – http://imgarcade.com/1/trail-mix-bag/

OF ZOMBIES AND SUCH

Brad Pitt in World War Z

Brad Pitt in World War Z

 

The other night, Paul and I finally got to watch Brad Pitt in World War Z. Now, I am not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but I do admire his work. I go more for the old fashioned male Hollywood movie stars like Cary Grant and Clark Gable, Tab Hunter and David Niven. But, that’s just me. It’s the same when it comes to the women stars. Give me Susan Hayward, Ida Lapino, Debbie Reynolds and Sandra Dee. I think Jane Fonda rocks! Also, I hate scary movies, but World War Z got good reviews and sounded interesting. I loved fictional characters such as orcs, zombies, goblins, elfs fairies, etc. from my days of playing such games as Yserbius, Asheron’s Call and World of Warcraft, just to name a few. I used to be a die-hard gamer. You could not pry me away from my computer. I’d play for 12 hours straight if I didn’t have to work. I even led an online guild for 20+ years. So, I figured a movie with zombies should be cool, wouldn’t you?

I did not find Word War Z to be cool. Not in any way. I did think it was a well-thought out movie, full of too much violence for my taste, but well-done. The acting was good, especially in light of the fact that there seemed to be too few spoken lines. Brad Pitt was good as was the supporting cast. The make-up and effects were great, but I doubt if it this movie will win any Academy Awards. I don’t think I’d like it to.

However, I would rather talk about the story-line. When I asked Paul what he thought about the movie he told me that it was ok because it wasn’t possible. I couldn’t believe he said that. I totally disagree. I think it is not only possible but very likely. His reasoning was that no one could look like the zombie as portrayed in the movie. I disagree. For those of you who don’t know the story, it is about a viral disease outbreak that turns people into zombies. After turned, they in turn bite others, infecting them. Suddenly the entire world is infected, with few exceptions. How do you contain an epidemic of that magnitude? I feel we’ve seen signs this is possible from such diseases as AIDS and now Ebola, Scarlet Fever, Smallpox, etc. I think that we’ve seen people who were as emaciated and pale as the zombies in World War Z in victims of the Holocaust and AIDS victims. So, I say, yes, we can very probably become zombies when Mother Nature decides do inflict the right disease upon us.

I was  fascinated by a scene between Brad Pitt’s character, a UN investigator and family man, and a young genius doctor who specializes in diseases. The young doctor told Brad’s character that Mother Nature was the cruelest demon of any and the most ruthless, that it is within her power to destroy mankind. But, he goes on to say, like all criminals, she is egotistical and likes to play games, thus she likes to leave clues on how to foil her plans. He said to follow the clues and solve them and you can control the spread of the epidemic. Mother Nature…wow….a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the feminine persona…Mother, the nurturer and healer….also Mother, the demonic mass murderer. What a horrible but interesting picture of her. But given the horrible destruction she’s already shown us in diseases and storms of all kinds, how accurate that picture is.

I was so taken with this movie, I decided to return to the world of zombies and dwarfs and goblins and I reinstalled World of Warcraft’s free download tonight. Being an addictive personality, I am praying that I don’t get hooked again as it would take away my writing time and I’d rather write and be creative than sit and kill monsters all day and night. We shall see. If you keep visiting me and make some comments if will help me fight my addiction. So take pity on me and read and interact with me via comments. That will keep me focused and dedicated.

I am writing this on Sunday night at 11:00 pm because tomorrow I will not get a chance to write a post as I have to go to the doctor’s office. I think my cancer has returned and I need to check it out. Please say some prayers for me. I’m not overly concerned though. I am putting my faith in G-d.

Here are some zombie recipes for your delight:

 

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Home Cookin Chapter: BEVERAGES – ALCOHOLIC

Zombie #5

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1 oz light rum

1/2 oz creme de noyaux

1/2 oz triple sec

1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

1 1/2 oz orange juice

1/2 oz 151 proof rum

.

Strain ingredients into Collins glass filled with ice. Top with

151 Proof Rum.

19% (38 proof) Serve in: Collins Glass

Read more: Zombie drink recipes

http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/3236/#ixzz3NuvSjkS3

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http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/halloween-zombie-chex-mix/ef2ef34f-03a0-41f9-99e7-9714a2483c28

Home Cookin Chapter: HALLOWEEN 2014

 

 

halloween zombie check mix

 

 

Halloween Zombie Chex Mix®

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This mix is a great way to use whatever Halloween candy you have

on hand.

Prep time 15 min

total time 1 hr 15 min

ingredients 7

servings 20

Ingredients

4 Cups Vanilla Chex™ cereal

4 Cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal

2 Cups chopped chocolate Halloween candy

1 1/2 Cups candy corn

1 Cup orange or red candy melts

1 Cup chocolate candy melts

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

.

Steps

1 In very large bowl, mix cereals. Chop chocolate candy into

bite-size pieces. Add to cereal mixture along with candy corn.

Toss to combine.

2 Spread mixture evenly on waxed paper.

3 Melt orange and chocolate candy melts separately as directed on

packages. Stir 1 tablespoon oil into each color; stir until well

combined. Drizzle melted candy coatings over cereal mixture.

4 Let stand about 1 hour or until candy coating is hardened.

Break into pieces to serve. Top mix while chocolate is still soft

with orange, red or brown sprinkles for an extra-festive touch.

Servings: 0

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ZOMBIES-RISING

 

 

Home Cookin Chapter: HALLOWEEN 2014

Zombies Rising

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Epicurious | October 2011

By Zilly Rosen

Photo by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Yield: Makes 12

Take a close look at the graveyard, and you might see a zombie

rising from the dead—if you see a

Rotting hand reaching out from underground, you can be sure the

rest of the zombie will soon follow. They’re coming to get you…

This delectable mud cupcake gives you a taste of the grave from

the zombie’s perspective. Remember to warn your guests that the

hand is secured using a toothpick.

Ingredients

Mud Cupcakes

10 Oreo cookies

1 3/4 oz semisweet chocolate

1 cup white all-purpose, cake, or pastry flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

6 tsp sour cream

2 tbsp water

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Decorations

12 1/2 oz Half and Half, colored green with 1 drop mint green

paste food coloring

1 quantity Dark Chocolate Ganache

2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

A little clear piping gel

12 Plastic Flies

Toothpicks

.

preparation

1 The day before, make the hands. Roll the green Half and Half

into 12 balls and then roll and press one end of each ball to thin

it out into a cylinder shape. Flatten the rounded end so that the

piece of frosting vaguely resembles a Ping-Pong paddle.

2 Using a craft knife, make one cut on one side of the flattened

area to make a thumb. Pull it out to the side. Make a second cut

in the middle of the remaining rounded portion, and a third and

fourth cut on either side to create 4 fingers.

3 Pull and mold the tips of the fingers to make them slightly

pointed. Using a toothpick, score 3 lines into each finger to

create joints. This will be the palm side of the hand. On the

reverse side, use the toothpick to indent a fingernail shape at

the end of each finger.

4 Bend the fingers up from the palm to resemble a claw. Prop the

hand against a vertical surface so that it dries in the claw

shape. Make another 11 hands in the same way and let dry

overnight.

5 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12

cupcake liners. Crush the Oreo cookies into 1/4-inch pieces. Spoon

1 tablespoon spoon into each liner, reserving the remaining

pieces.

6 Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven on low, stirring every 15

seconds, or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently

simmering water, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and

let cool. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together and set

aside. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and, using an

electric mixer, beat together until pale and fluffy. Blend in the

melted chocolate and then gradually beat in the eggs and mix well

together. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Add half the

flour mixture and blend in, then mix in the water and remaining

flour mixture until incorporated.

7 Spoon half the batter into the paper liners and spread over the

cookies. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of chocolate chips to each. Add

the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips

and cookie pieces over the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes,

turning once halfway through baking, until well risen and firm to

the touch. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

8 When the cupcakes are cool, spread or pipe the Dark Chocolate

Ganache on top of each cupcake. Mix together most of the chocolate

cookie crumbs and all of the chocolate chips in a dish and dip the

top of each cupcake into the mixture to create graveyard earth.

9 Push a toothpick into the wrist end of each hand and press into

the earth to anchor it. To enhance the effect of the hand rising

from the grave, paint clear piping gel in different places on the

hand and at the base, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate cookie

crumbs on the gel so that it sticks. Finish by adding a Fly.

From Zombie Cupcakes: From the grave to the table with 16 cupcake

corpses by Zilly Rosen, (C) © 2011 Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

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COMMENT: Just make sure you realize the half and half they’re

talking about is not the stuff you put in your coffee. Click

through to the recipe.

by karenehart19 on 2013-10-28

SOURCE:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Zombies-Rising-367230

Servings: 0

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World War Z photo – http://virtualborderland.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/review-world-war-z-2013/

Zombie Family clipart – http://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/original-zombie-clip-art-26268153