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Happy St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to enjoy a healthy serving of corned beef and cabbage or shepherd's pie--whichever's your pleasure--with some soda bread and a Harp. Or Guiness, but Harp's more my speed. Or even better, an Irish coffee.

I've made Irish bread (though not soda) and Battenburg cake for Life Group tonight.
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Bunqui )

Secret menu )

Also? Just FYI: I love Niagara Falls.
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I'm very excited. One of our friends is going to Texas for Christmas, and he asked George if there's anything he could bring back for me. Geo, being the sharp thinker he is (and maybe missing the nice zip that his lamingtons usually have) told Friend that I'd really like a bottle of La Vencedora vanilla. This is the best vanilla (this, and the vanilla I got in Honduras years and years ago) I've ever used. The bottle of La Vencedora my MiL brought back from Texas many years ago finally ran out, and we haven't found anything to match.

So after the new year, I'll have a new bottle of Mexican vanilla. Yay! \o/ And my baking will be zippy again!
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Or maybe not.

Thanks to Dean's recently revealed love of Ding Dongs Bing Bongs, I went out on a quest to find a recipe for homemade Ding Dongs.

And I found one. (I actually found several, but this is the one I tried.)

Pretty simple in concept, they're a little bit time consuming (rather like buckeyes in that regard).

And I need to experiment with the amount of filling (hearts in my cupcakes!) I put in. I didn't want the cupcakes to 'splode, and as a result, I didn't put in nearly enough.

Heartless cupcakes below the cut. )
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1. Soup is good food.
2. Microwaveable soup in a cup is a brilliant invention. (Though I do miss the self-heating cans that have the pop button on the bottom.)
3. Pumpkin soup is especially amazing.
4. I kind of love that they're expanding Dean's palate this season. We're all well acquainted with the fact that Dean loves pie (comfort food). And burgers. And any variety of fries. Big pretzels get a special mention. But this year, we've also been introduced to his love of chocolate snack cakes, edible birds (in a perfect storm), and most recently, licorice. I was particularly tickled by his description of licorice as "chewy little bits of Heaven." It was an acquired taste for me, but I do like black licorice.
5. My rings are looser. Part of that is probably the cold weather setting in, but I like to think that part of it is from my current dietary habits and treadmilling more regularly.
6. Speaking of treadmilling, does anyone care to discuss Jason Teague's character arc? SV is part of my treadmilling viewing (because it doesn't demand my undivided attention), and each time I watch Jason's arc, he becomes more and more tragic.

Well, that was a quick lunch.
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Okay. We all know that pie is a recurring theme in SPN. Dean loves pie. Pie was a comfort food Mary offered him as a child. Generally speaking, pie is a very fandom-friendly dessert (SPN, Twin Peaks, and Pushing Daisies, just to name a few).

This season, however, SPN is expanding it's culinary pallet to include cupcakes and waffles. And it's making me hungry.

Cupcakes have been mentioned in "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" . . . HEARTS IN MY CUPCAKES! (And yes, I've been trying to figure out how to create a jelly-filled cupcake that "bleeds" when you bite into it, for next Halloween.

And there was a reference to Dean's penchant for Ding Dongs Bing Bongs in "Slash Fiction." This, unfortunately, has sent me on my current culinary search for a recipe for homemade Ding Dongs. The cake, of course, is standard. The filling is easy. It's the coating that appears to prove a challenge, a challenge I now want to take on! Forward!

Waffles, of course, speak for themselves. I got Geo a fantastic waffle iron for his b-day, and we've used it almost every weekend since.

I need a pie/cupcake/waffle icon. *nods*
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So. Traveled trans-continental non-stop yesterday. Oy!

Had a wonderful time once we got checked into our hotel, though.

The Magic Castle Hotel is a renovated apartment complex build in the 1950s. As a result, our suite is actually a former apartment, complete with kitchenette, modest living/dining area, cute little bathroom, and one bedroom. Perfect for a single person in Hollywood, I'd think.

All the apartments surround a courtyard, the centerpiece of which is the pool, which is open 24/7. (I'm thinking late night swim before we leave.) I can totally see the complex having parties, with everyone's doors open and having a good time.

Went for a dip in the pool yesterday, then got ready for dinner at Yamashiro, up the hill a ways. (The hotel provided free shuttle service.) We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I discovered a beer that I really like (Pyramid Apricot), and I took the waiter's recommendation and changed my entree order (I ordered the pasta and vegetable dish, he told me how it was totally not as advertised on the menu, and was actually one of only a couple items on the menu that he really didn't like.) I ended up ordering the baby back ribs. Now, the funny thing is--ribs, yams (sweet potatoes), and cornbread is that it's something I could totally get back in Virginia. Heck, it's a Southern staple combination. The difference? The Asian twist to everything. Yes, I ate the ribs with a knife and fork (totally NOT how one eats ribs). They were mighty tasty, and this coming from someone who doesn't eat ribs (because of the whole messy finger food thing). The yams were whipped super-smooth and fluffy. And the cornbread had--get this--a dash of anise in it. As George said, "Why does this remind me of Christmas? Ah! It's anise." And for dessert, I had chocolate souffle cake, and he had a pretty darn amazing ice cream cookie "sandwich."

We then walked down to the farmer's market, but it was dark, and I was tired (jet lag, you know), so we came back to the hotel.

I slept for 8 hours solid for the first time probably since our trip to the Outer Banks two years ago.
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Tonight is the season premiere of H50, which Geo has been looking forward to. Friday is the SPN season premiere, which I have been looking forward to.

The weather is cooling off. Fall is definitely on the way.

We had waffles made with Geo's new waffle maker for breakfast on Saturday. Very tasty indeed.

Then we had a delightful time for Geo's b-day open house. I made (from scratch) a strawberry cake with cream cheese coconut frosting, and Geo made vanilla ice cream.

Should probably go start supper now.
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Photographic this-n-that )
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Tonight Geo and I went out to our favorite "special occasion" restaurant. I had a gift certificate, so we went out to celebrate his getting to go to work on Mondays.

This place is delightful. The atmosphere is very classy, mellow, and relaxing. The food is very good. And as I told Geo, if I were single and a cougar, I'd have to make a comment about the wait staff as well. He laughed. But seriously, the service is always outstanding. It almost makes you self-conscious when you're used to eating at really casual family restaurants.

Success

Apr. 1st, 2011 01:00 pm
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The Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle was a great success last night. The nine-year-old told me it was a good one and to put it "in the box" I think is what he said. (Recipe box? Maybe?) I told him I'd put a star beside it. (I put foil stick-um stars by favorite recipes in my cookbooks.)

Plus, it looked really good. I'd forgotten the elegant simplicity of presentation with trifle.

Geo and I are going to another film festival, this one in Cleveland. Since it's Ohio, much of the fam will be joining us.

I'm also back on my meds that make me drowsy. Zzzzzzzzzz . . .
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Sometimes I think God talks to me via the radio, even if it's just to make me smile.

I have three radio stations programmed into my car radio (we don't pick up a whole lot where I am) that I rotate between. It's somewhat uncanny the frequency with which I turn the radio on to a song that's been on SPN. Even on the automated mix station.

Today, flipping back and forth between commercials, I hit upon "The Weight." I'd never even heard of the song before Jensen's impromptu rendition last year. Now I've heard it on the radio twice in what seems like a very short time. Came in in the middle of it . . . right as it was going into the verse that Jensen says is his favorite.

It made me smile.

So did this:




These guys crack me up without even trying. Seriously, they should take their routine on the road.

Also? Olive oil is proof that God loves us and wants us to be healthy. (I made aglio e olio for dinner last night. Good grief but is it delicious. And stupid easy to throw together. With olive oil and garlic, both of which are very good for your health.)
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A culinary question for the f-list (and any random passers-by).

So. I've moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. And in doing so, I've discovered that a very popular dish in these here parts is banana pudding. (Actually, it's a trifle, not a pudding.)

We never had this in Ohio, though it is on any given box of Nabisco 'Nilla Wafers.

Well, we're going to a potluck this week, and Geo has expressed a desire for trifle. (I love trifle. I don't know why it's been years since I made one. I used to do them frequently. One of my favorite wedding gifts, from one of my favorite of Geo's at-the-time-bachelor friends, was a trifle bowl. He said he had no idea what a trifle bowl is, but it was on my registry. I told him I was thrilled with it and thanked him profusely. Now, where was I? . . . )

Well, last year, Southern Living published a recipe that I've been very interested to try: Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle.

Now, knowing that banana pudding is a very Southern dessert/comfort food, but also knowing that we don't make it in the North (and I'm not overly fond of banana creme pie), I decided to try to find out why it's a "Southern thing."

Here's what I found. (I find the history of food fascinating.)

So I guess my question is this: Are you from the South, and if so, where, and is banana pudding popular where you are, and do you like it? (Okay, that's, like, four questions, but I think you get the idea.)

(Also, I'm feeling the need for a new "Nomnomnom" icon. Anyone interested in creating one?
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A couple of f-listies have asked, "What's Texas sheet cake?" :-)

It is a delicious chocolate cake that is baked not in a cake pan, but on a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan. So it's a huge cake, though not as tall as a standard cake pan cake. The recipes I have (and the one I bought) have a very rich, sweet chocolate frosting for it, but for some reason I seem to remember my mom using a brown sugar or caramel frosting on the Texas sheet cakes she used to make. Because the frosting is so sweet, a little goes a long way.

Texas Sheet Cake
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Oh, my word, you guys. I just made the most amazing soup for dinner tonight. You know how last week I mentioned having pumpkin soup and how finding a comparable recipe was my new culinary quest? You guys. Here's what I found.

Well, first of all, I found pumpkinsoup.org. Everything you wanted to know about pumpkin soup but didn't know to ask. Lots of interesting recipes there of varying levels of complexity.

But that's not where I got tonight's dinner from.

No, one of my newest go-to sites for recipes (I also subscribe to the hard copy magazine) is the Southern Living website. Being from Ohio, I also try to find things on the Midwest Living website, but nine times out of ten, I like the Southern Living recipes better. (If I want Midwestern recipes, I usually head to the church/fundraiser cookbooks from back home.) The trick is to watch your fat ingredients, because if there's one thing Southerners like to cook with, it's fat.

But I digress.

Tonight's dinner was originally printed in the October 1997 issue of Southern Living.

Pumpkin-Corn Chowder

I used 1 cup of half-and-half and 1 cup of 1% milk in place of the 2 cups of half-and-half. And you could use vegetable bouillon cubes or other vegetarian bouillon for a vegetarian variation.

A mild, creamy soup to warm your tummy on a cold winter evening. And delightfully easy, because if you are what you eat, then I'm fast, cheap, and easy.

Also of note: Today I started burning my favorite Christmas fragrance candle. Yankee Candle's Sugared Plum (which they have since repackaged under a different name and color). I've used this fragrance for years, for as far back in our marriage as either Geo or I can remember. It's a warm, comforting fragrance that makes me content and nostalgic at the same time. It smells like Christmas at home.
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Thanksgiving was both relaxing and hectic yesterday.

My first sweet potato pie (photo taken with my new camera):



Parades, food, family, movie )

Black Friday )

Adding an additional bright to the day )

Plus bonus landscape photo )
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The pumpkin pie is in the oven, so I'm sitting down a moment to type of the BBQ recipe for [livejournal.com profile] kimmer1227

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork )
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Burgers and corn-on-the-cob on the grill.

The first pumpkin pie of the season.

Nomnomnom.

And later, new epi.

Life is pretty good.

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