Archive for April, 2010

Tuesdays With Dorie – Chockablock Cookies

Posted in food on April 27, 2010 by uglydudefood

You know how you play through The Legend of Zelda and you conquer a series of bosses (each of which requires a specific skill or tool), and then you get to the castle of the final boss and you need to use each one of those skills or tools to battle your way through the dungeon and ultimately defeat the boss?

These cookies are the castle of the final boss.

They are full of nuts, raisins, coconut, molasses, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and pretty much every ingredient I’ve ever used to bake a Tuesday With Dorie recipe. Having successfully conquered the Chockablock Cookies, there is nothing left. It’s time to stab the Master Sword through Gannon’s head and call it a day.

The cookies themselves were okay. A little too busy, as you could probably guess. Maybe too molassesy, too. Still edible and delicious, mind you, but not my favorite and I’d probably go for something a little more focused if I were to make a cookie outside of the realm of TWD.

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Discount Shopping

Posted in food on April 24, 2010 by uglydudefood

Went shopping at a local Bargain Outlet chain, and I had several weird pictures with nowhere to combine them.

Something seemed not quite right about this sign.


Orientals: At these prices, they’ll fly!

I found this sticker book from 1990; this is my second time owning this sticker book, although last time was 20 years ago.

The sticker book came up on the receipt as “B&D Hurts Ass,” which may be the name of the assortment, but maybe it’s just some weird joke the employees pulled because they figured nobody would buy a twenty-year-old sticker book.

And this is actually from the last time I was there, but this is Gumby, and he’s BACK, BABY. And he brought his old friends: Green Lantern, Superman, Jar Jar Binks. Wall-E, and St. Patrick’s Day Pillow!

Tuesdays With Dorie – Sweet Cream Biscuits

Posted in food on April 20, 2010 by uglydudefood

These were really good and turned out perfectly. Gave us an excuse to cut, bread, and pan-fry some homemade “popcorn chicken.”

Saturday Night and the Double Down

Posted in food on April 18, 2010 by uglydudefood

I never really blog anymore, do I? It’s usually a brief sentence or two followed by the obligatory bad-lighting picture of whatever the heck it is. Whatever happened to my old blogtime posts of yore (now forgotten to the ages) that were full of thoughts and feelings and emotions and Bon Jovi lyrics?

I feel like I was probably in a much better emotional place before I had my weight-loss problem back in college. At least more in touch with that kind of thing. When I starved myself, I found ways to block out hunger and a bunch of other stuff that I really shouldn’t have been blocking out, and I really haven’t regained the capacity for several of those things. Now that I’m hovering around 220, I’m 60 pounds heavier than my lightest weight. BMI tells me that I am overweight, but I feel that I’m in the best physical shape of my life. This has not helped my problems with self-expression.

I’ve harbored a belief for several years now that blogging about personal issues is amateur, and a quick ticket to Nobody-Caresville. However, this is my blog so I blogged about my blahs. Deal with it; it’s not likely to happen again for a few years anyway.

On other notes, I’m sure you’ve all heard of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new “sandwich,” the Double Down. It’s bacon, cheese, and some sort of dressing, sandwiched between two chicken fillets. It sounds absolutely horrid, and there is no way that I would ever try this thing. It’s not even a health issue that causes me to recoil; it’s surely no worse than a two-piece chicken meal, so whatever. I just can’t stomach mayo and salad dressings. Blargh.

Still, the constant stream of advertising and blog chatter about the Double Down got my stomach rumbling for some fried chicken. And not just any fried chicken, but particularly the Colonel’s original recipe. My fiance and I had a debate about dinner last night after I expressed interest in KFC. First she tried to convince me that any fast food restaurant would have chicken tenders (SO not the same). Then she pooh-poohed my distant second choice of Popeye’s. Finally we agreed that I’d get take-out somewhere else for her while I enjoy my chicken.

So bravo, KFC. While your sandwich seems disgusting, your marketing was in-your-face enough to get me salivating, and I subsequently entered KFC for the first time in at least eight years. You win.

By the way, every one of the ten people in front of me ordered at least one Double Down “sandwich,” so I guess this is a thing.

And how’s this for a Saturday night: I took some time off from a Dr. Who marathon to bake cupcakes for tomorrow’s Dungeons & Dragons game; while I was waiting for the cupcakes to bake, I read several comic books. Just an ordinary Saturday night for a 25-year-old, am I right?

Swedish Visiting Cake

Posted in food on April 13, 2010 by uglydudefood

This cake is real good and real fast. Should have baked it a little longer, as the middle was just a bit too liquid. Otherwise, a general success.

Wednesdays With Dorie – Marbled Mocha Bundt Cake, and the First Annual Lando Calrissian “It’s Not My Fault” Technology Award

Posted in food on April 7, 2010 by uglydudefood

You may have noticed that this website ceased to exist for five days. There was a billing snafu, but crack scientists worked for almost a week to figure out how to extract money from my credit card. I’m glad that they figured it out. Anyway, I’m giving myself the Lando Calrissian “It’s Not My Fault” Award In Technology. It’s not my fault!

With that said, I did bake my bundt cake on time this week, as evidenced by this Tweet. Lack of website was not a good enough reason for me to miss my first-ever TWD.

I can’t say that my cake particularly marbled, and I don’t know why. Seems like I just have mocha-cake. Still, it’s delicious and probably my favorite bundt we’ve made thus far.

Wednesdays With Dorie – Marbled Mocha Bundt Cake, and the First Annual Lando Calrissian "It's Not My Fault" Technology Award

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 by uglydudefood

You may have noticed that this website ceased to exist for five days. There was a billing snafu, but crack scientists worked for almost a week to figure out how to extract money from my credit card. I’m glad that they figured it out. Anyway, I’m giving myself the Lando Calrissian “It’s Not My Fault” Award In Technology. It’s not my fault!

With that said, I did bake my bundt cake on time this week, as evidenced by this Tweet. Lack of website was not a good enough reason for me to miss my first-ever TWD.

I can’t say that my cake particularly marbled, and I don’t know why. Seems like I just have mocha-cake. Still, it’s delicious and probably my favorite bundt we’ve made thus far.