Archive for November, 2010

Tuesdays With Dorie – Devilish Shortcakes, Thanksgiving, Etc.

Posted in food on November 30, 2010 by uglydudefood

Hello,

I made the Devilish Shortcakes tonight. They are supposed to have whipped cream and fruit in them, but they also are supposed to not be burnt to a crisp on the bottom! We all have to make sacrifices.

chocolate char shortcakes

Here is some food from Thanksgiving.

Here is a new kind of Marshmallow Peep. I almost thought we’d make it out of the holiday without a new kind! These are sugar-free peppermint stars. They have the consistency of a sponge and the flavor of bad toothpaste. Every ingredient on the back of the package looks like the name of an industrial grade detergent.

Here is my redo of Dorie’s caramel pumpkin pie. This went over pretty well.

Here is the most complete shot of 100+ World Peace Cookies, as part of an annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. The doodie logs are all in my freezer right now, as a death in the family kept me from going to the party.

That’s it. Shhh.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Russian Roulette (Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes)

Posted in food on November 23, 2010 by uglydudefood

For Thanksgiving week, TWD is taking a little break from new recipes and encouraging people to make old favorites. I made the chocolate cupcakes, which is convenient because Rachel volunteered me to make cupcakes for a party at work. Also pictured are cookies and cream cupcakes, which I made as a second option.

Additional foods, in the least appetizing pictures ever taken:

Eggplant Crepes, previously made. Pay close attention to hungry dog Harley Quinn.

A recipe from Hungry Girl LOL for “fried” chicken made with Fiber One LOL which ended up tasting like a bowl full of cereal WTF.

Four cheese rigatoni with corn/peppers/tomato. The rigatoni was good, not the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had but edible and good for a few days of leftovers. A few simple additions actually made corn edible to me, so good show.

I’ll be remaking Dorie’s Caramel Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving, and Dorie’s World Peace Cookies for an upcoming cookie exchange party. Now is the time for empty calories!

Tuesdays With Dorie – Cranberry Lime Galette, various foods, three murders

Posted in food on November 16, 2010 by uglydudefood

I made the galette this week and it burnt. IT BURNT. How did it burn? I don’t know, it just burnt. My previous galette did the same thing, but in a different oven. Perhaps galettes are just stupid. It couldn’t be me; I am not the one who is burnt.

galettedown

These are Dorie’s “My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies,” made with the peanut butter variant. They were good, made at the whim of Rachel.

cookies

This is the Farmer’s Market Bowl. You’ve met before.

framers makret

These are little chicken spring rolls with peanut sauce. Our tortillas were super dry and they wouldn’t wrap without falling apart, so I just made little chickeny flatbreads.

spring unrolls

This is Caribbean Jerk Chicken with fruit salsa. As far as entrees go, this was the best one from the week.

JERK

This is a chocolate covered mint Peep, which tastes nothing like Peeps and everything like generic-brand crappy marshmallow-filled chocolates (NOW WITH MINT!). Not a slam by the way, because I still liked it, just not at all Peepsy.

pEEP

A coworker took me out for my birthday and these were the fish tacos that I ate with my mouth.

INGESTED

Tuesdays With Dorie – Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake (and Roma Artichoke & Tomato Ragu) (and Leeks with Bel Paese) (and parenthetical statements)

Posted in food on November 9, 2010 by uglydudefood

I made some stuff!

The cranberry shortbread cake is nothing short of amazing. The physics of the cake…just yowza. I guess it comes from handling/mixing the batter very minimally, but it’s quite good. The addition of oranges to the cranberry jam made this cake go from good to great.

blech

I also made two very disappointing foods for a recent meal. Roma Artichoke & Tomato Ragu and Leeks with Bel Paese. The ragu (as described in this recipe from a vegetarian cookbook) does not come close to the typical definition of ragu (meat sauce). Obviously vegetarian, but also served cold or at room temp. I can get over that, whatevs, whatevs. But it’s super strong. The recipe calls for you to dump not just marinated artichokes into it, but also all of the salty brine oil. It’s very strong and very acidic and not very good. We have a set of notecards with recipes on them, and this notecard got thrown away.

The other recipe, leeks with Bel Paese, was just so-so. It actually helped cut the flavor of the ragu pretty nicely, but it turns out that Rachel and I just aren’t big leek people. I don’t think I like them as the main event, although they definitely have their place in other recipes. The Bel Paese cheese was nice and mild and complimented the leeks very well. We kept this notecard but will probably think twice about making it again.

DONE WITH FOOD. I don’t really have a very good venue for non-food-related stuff, so I’m just gonna keep going and see what happens.

As always I’ve been reading some comic books. I wait for stuff in trade paperback and only started reading comics a little over a year ago, so my comics are scattered between new and old. I usually alternate: DC, Marvel, independent.

I finished Grant Morrison’s run on JLA last week in Vol. 6: “World War III.” I’m not much one for massive team-ups. My favorite JLA stories are ones where they split up into smaller groups. That way, they can focus more on character and less on insane action. The more heroes that are involved, the more difficult things get for me to understand. DC’s “Crisis” series are virtually incomprehensible.

“JLA: World War III” does a decent job with balance. There’s a nice one-off story with Hal Jordan/Spectre. The battles are balanced. There are nice character moments for Green Lantern, and a great Batman/Superman finale.

I also read “Secret Invasion: Fantastic 4.” This was my first Fantastic Four comic, and I’m sure I could have chosen a lot better than this. This was a tie-in to an event that I know very little about (aside from the Secret Invasion: Spider-Man series I read, which oddly did not have Spider-Man in it). It was decent enough. Two of the Fantastic Four were absent. The story seemed to rely on some familiarity with past storylines, but thankfully the book gave enough background and was also padded with a few past issues that explain things. Probably not worth reading again unless I get into “Secret Invasion” proper and want to see how things fit in.

Finally, I read a novel called “The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey,” an illustrated collection of Jewish folklore and wisdom as told by a wild west rabbi. I got this book for $0.25 at a library book sale, but knowing how good it is, I’d probably have paid cover price for it. It’s a really quick read, and it’s funny and folksy.

By the way, the new “Avengers” toon on Disney XD is quite good, and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” is holding up its quality level on the Cartoon Network.

On the non-comic front, I got a bunch of new CDs for my birthday on Saturday. So far I’ve listened to the new Ben Folds/Nick Hornby album, “Lonely Avenue” (really great, stand-out tracks on first listen are “Levi Johnston’s Blues” and “Belinda”). I also listened to Sufjan Stevens’s “The Age of Adz,” and it took me a little to get into it but by the end I was all about it (even the 25-minute track with autotune solos).

I’ve still gotta get through a couple of recent Weezer albums, Giacchino’s score for “Lost Season 4,” Elfman’s score for “The Wolfman,” and the new Belle and Sebastian disc. I also got Lego Rock Band, so Rachel and I will be drumming/singing (respectively) to a whole bunch of new songs including the Ghostbuster theme song.

So that’s what I get. I hope you bakers like longwinded digression into dweeb topics, because that’ll probably be here to stay for a while. I cut out personal stuff long ago because I figured people don’t care, but I care and I pay for webhosting, so eat a hat. If you like food, just read the top of posts. If you come here for funny, that’s dumb; go to my Twitter instead, where there are metric tons of jokes. If you’re looking for naked pictures, here you go

Tuesdays With Dorie – Peanuttiest Blondies (and Broccoli Lasagna Bianca)

Posted in food on November 2, 2010 by uglydudefood

Hello friends! I made blondies and lasagna, and then I typed the names of them in the subject line as best I could remember.

nuttiest

This is the peanuttiest blondie. These came out perfectly and tasted delicious.

peanuttiest lasagna named after a rescuer

This is my first ever lasagna. The recipe that I used was from a vegetarian cookbook that fancies itself “healthy.” What that means is that you use egg beaters instead of eggs and fat-free ricotta instead of real cheese. It leaves you with something that’s kind of lacking but for 250 calories for a mighty slab of lasagna is not bad.

One essentlal missing ingredient: salt. Not in the recipe at all. As a recipe stickler, I didn’t put any in, but that was a big mistake. I shouldn’t have to garnish my food with salt later. It should come out flavorful.

I’d make it again since the prep is fairly easy and the leftovers go a long way, but I’d use some real, fatty ingredients and spice it up a bit more somehow.

My next trick will be to pull out my pasta maker and actually make the noodles myself. May Grodd have mercy on us all.

peanuttiest half-bearded man

This is my Halloween costume – I went as Good Twin/Bad Twin. My clothes also fit the bill, as Rachel ripped up one side and smeared it with all manner of foul-smelling stuff. After a work day of smelling like yellow mustard, I was ready to throw in the towel.

peanuttiest floral-print sheets

This is Rachel’s costume. That’s a straight-up Beetlejuice ghost, mofos.

peanuttiest dog named after a batman villain masquerading as a batman

This is Harley’s costume. Playing for the wrong team.

peanuttiest ape advice

This is APE ETIQUETTE at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Enough said.

I also spent my non-gym, non-baking portion of the night reading a chunk of Grant Morrison’s run on JLA and it’s really good and OH CRAP YOU ALL LEFT ALREADY.