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Posted on February 17, 2010 | Make a Comment
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, so naturally we dove into a pancake dinner. Good times. We aren’t much for plain pancakes around here — I’m all about the chocolate chip, my wife’s into the banana and/or chocolate chip variety.
Naturally we are right-thinking people and build this around Alton Brown’s Buttermilk Pancake recipe, found over yonder at the Food TV site. I grew up on the Bisquick variety, so the conversion to this one is extra-welcome, and definitely worth the very minor extra steps (composing your own mix, acquiring buttermilk, separating the eggs).
Posted on February 15, 2010 | Make a Comment
I’m going to try to talk food three times this week. It’s going to be light on words, unless there’s a recipe for me to offer in-post, but hey, you’ve got some eating to do.
First up is my new favorite dinner. It is not healthy, but it is good: Chicken Lazone.
Posted on January 1, 2010 | Make a Comment
I started to write this recipe up, and then got the odd feeling like I’d posted it before. Sure enough, I had, over a year ago back on my Livejournal, in my sole food-tagged post until this blog started replicating over there.
So! Scratch the rewriting, then. Instead, you get the illustrations the previous edition lacked. Enjoy.
Posted on December 28, 2009 | Make a Comment
I always like to get a day of recovery after travel. This past Sunday was exactly that.
Our morning started with a trip to Mayorga Coffee down in south Silver Spring. Christie had gone there a few times as part of one of her moms’ groups, and had nothing but good things to say about it.
Hm, make that almost nothing but good things. The bad thing was that it’s shutting down at the end of the year.
Posted on December 23, 2009 | Make a Comment
Popovers are ludicrously easy to make (though the cleanup afterwards can be a mild pain sometimes). I have deep, fond memories of the popovers of my youth. I’ve eaten them with strawberry preserves and butter with an accompanying lobster bisque while sitting by Jordan Pond in Maine. Everyone should have popovers in their lives — the crispy fluffy eggy buttery goodness of them. Today, I share the recipe with you. They are this easy. Make them. Better yet, make them for people you love; they’ll know how you feel.
Posted on December 16, 2009 | Make a Comment
This is an alternative version (though not much changed) of a recipe I found by “Mudflower” over on Recipezaar. I change a few methods here and there to make the preparation easier, and often make a one and a half times sized recipe, which just fills our ten quart pot (so you’ll want a reasonably large one even when making the regular amount). The soup that results is really damn good — spicy, for sure, but with a lot of flavor surrounding that heat, lots of nicely developed corn flavor.
You can look at the original recipe if you like at the link above, but I’m going to supply my take on it here, embellished by the experience of making it several times. Takes between 1 and 2 hours to get to the result, depending on how slow you are (I tend to be a bit slow). Enjoy!
Posted on December 9, 2009 | Make a Comment
This is my Gamer Chili recipe — a modified version of one that Rob Donoghue (there he is again!) threw at me earlier this decade. It got the “Gamer Chili” moniker for being very easy to throw together the morning before a game, and with a big enough crock pot (I usually do a double batch, but my slow-cooker is pretty high capacity), it can easily feed a table of 6-8 hungry gamers. I may have posted it somewhere before, but it’s always good to get out there.
Posted on December 2, 2009 | Make a Comment
I love these “cow to cone” guys, but they’re local to Ohio, and while I do consider them reason enough to travel to Origins, it only happens once a year. So we’ve taken to making the occasional delivery order — affordable within their closest delivery area, at least, as you can get 9 pints packed in dry ice shipped to you for all of a $10 charge, making each pint cost between $9 and $10. That might sound pricey, but Jeni’s quality is completely worth it. That’s not to say that every flavor is an instant hit for me, but the quality and craftsmanship of each one is undeniable. This is the sort of ice-cream that I like to shallowly skim with a spoon, so I can put just the right amount on my tongue to melt before going to the next. Jeni’s flavors lends themselves to savoring.
Here’s a quick tour of the flavors I’ve tried from the two shipments we’ve had so far. I’ll include their descriptions, then my comments.
Posted on February 25, 2008 | Make a CommentMy friend Jess Nevins/ratmmjess is in town doing some research at the Library of Congress for upcoming encyclopedic works of his. While he's been here, I've taken on the role of Cruise Director: plying him with food, drink, and friendly people.
It's Jesstoberfest in DC.
Thursday night: Boardgames/cardgames with righteousfist and John M., with deadly pizza from Monterey's Gourmet Pizza. (I still think that Angelico has the edge, but was a damnfine za.)
Friday night: Drinks and dinner at the , with oletheros, crossbonesdj, and geekchick.
Saturday: Nuffink Jess-related, as he needed to rest after putting a couple gruelling days over the microfiche/microfilm reader. (Though boadiccea, rottgrub, and I dig go to Gadsby's Tavern, which I've always wanted to go to.)
Sunday: Trucked up to Silver Spring to visit/strategize/chew the fat with drivingblind and rob_donoghue (and omphaloskepsis fluttering around in the background).
There should be at least one or two more episodes of Hangin' with Mr. Nevins before he toddles back off to jolly old Texas-land.
Posted on October 21, 2007 | Make a CommentRan an alpha playtest session of S7S for the Musketeer group today. Much violence doen to their particular setting, then: chili!
The Crail Falcons ran into a PC-equivalent NPC, and had to deal with his awesome (which was extreme). Indeed, they matched Sigur Stormeye's awesome, and raised it!
At the end of the session, we ended up with Kate Fokker (debela) leaving the Crail Falcons and taking the position of the President and CEO of the newly-formed International Bank of Crail, and Armand Martel (taschoene) taking leadership of the squad (but on detached duty), with his comrades Corbeau (rob_donoghue) and Shien Huang (nixieq), also on detatched duty.
You see, they met Sigur Stormeye -- the lover of one of the Pirate group PCs, who is desperately searching the 7 Skies trying to find her. (Unfortunately, Lady Livia Petro is in the company of two individuals with the Gift of the Merhorse, and a koldun -- with a blackglass artifact, no less -- and has been hanging out on a secret pirate cove, so she's unfindable. Like you do.)
Summary: Armand got some from his girlfriend. Corbeau and Shien faked the destruction of the Salamander Skyship the Drak Cultists wanted, and Kate formed an organization that will change the (financial) shape of the World. Not bad for a day's work, eh?
Lastly: It looks like the "Musketeer Group" may be travelling to Barathi Real Soon Now. My goal is to have a Pirates session that establishes them on Barathi (following their subtle plan), and then having a gigantic, climactic joint session where much awesome happens.
After the MUsketeer group left, I went to the supamarkette -- to buy CHILI FIXINS!
Yes, indeedy-do, it's the first chili of the season. I dub this batch "talking on the phone to your mom while listening to very loud 80s music" chili. It should be ready around midnight, after my careful stirring every fifteen minutes.
Many thanks to taschoene for grabbing some arrowroot starch and chili powder from Penzey's in Falls Church -- which I have until now avoided, due to the New Austerity (tm).
Because, gods, the amount of money I could spend in Penzey's in quite amazing.
2.5 hours to chili, yo!