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How NOT to cook.
March 26, 2008, 3:20 am
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Just remember: When you tell someone with a headache that you’ll cook for them, they won’t forget.


Also, the new cat? Totally cute. Yes. We got ANOTHER ONE.


March 26, 2008, 3:17 am
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I have been discovered.


Popcorn Balls!
March 19, 2008, 4:29 pm
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What can I say, I had a craving. SOMEONE was talking about them last night. Well, so was Deborah. (Who, by the way, is all annoyed by the fact that she’s number Four on my list of things I like.)

Well Popcorn Balls. I’m making them soon. Why? Because I love them. And because they look like easter eggs if you make them weird shapes, so I’m doing that instead of going home.

Well the basic recipe is pretty easy, good for college students, kids, and my mother.

I tend to use a BIG bunch of pop corn. Somewhere between 4-6 quarts. Depending on how much of the sticky binding goo I make. (I tend to eyeball stuff, it’s faster..and so I eat sooner.) The lazy way to do this? Make 2-3 bags of microwave popcorn. Screw those fancy popcorn makers. That’s why I can nuke stuff. Stick it in a warm oven to keep it hot. Or just have someone make it just as you start making the syrup.

The sticky syrupy junk:
Sugar: 2 cups
Water: enough to dissolve the sugar (1 to 2 cups, but less water than sugar)
Salt: healthy pinch
Corn syrup: 1/2 a cup (the reason I haven’t made these yet…Need to stock pantry)
Vinegar: 1/2 cap (or a teaspoon)
Vanilla: 1 cap full (teaspoon…optional, but yummy)
Other small optionals: a little cayenne, some maple syrup, peanut butter, Kahlua, banana extract, peppermint extract, marshmallows, that kind of stuff. Just tweak as you see fit.

Basically, make a syrup:
FIRST: melt some butter in the pan.
Dissolve the sugar, corn syrup, salt, vinegar, and whatever else in the water, and make you-self a simple syrup. Stir it. A LOT. This stuff gets hot, so be careful, take your time, use medium heat, and let it get good and sticky. Let it start to bubble. It’s technically “Hard” stage on a candy thermometer, or 250F…That translates to kinda bubbly and sticky. It’s not an exact science. It’s really hard to screw these up.

Once you have syrupy yummyness, toss in the popcorn, stir to coat, butter you hands, and start shaping. You’ll figure out if you like them more loose, or more dense, leave them on a lightly buttered cookie sheet (or cutting board, if you’re me…). For fun, dust on some colored sugar at the end…they start to look like play pen balls.

*Yes this entry was written a while ago, sorry. Just got around to finishing it. OKAY!?!?! I’ll make them soon.

Salt: a love/hate relationship.
March 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
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So, it’s well known by many that I have salt issues. Not like, it’s falling out of my ears or anything, or that I don’t like it. I like salt, I REALLY REALLY DO. I just forget to add salt.

Case in point: Egg drop soup. I always buy low sodium broth if I’m buying stock (I’m LAZY! Yeah, I know, I hate me too.) About two weeks ago I made egg drop soup and somehow neglected the salt. It tasted like crap. And I was left to wonder why. In my saltless stupor.

Deborah then swooped in and salted the soup, making it taste not bland. I was forced to admit defeat. Damn.

This leads me to wonder. Why do I neglect the salt so much? I’m a big fan of kosher salt. I like it better than granulated. (Damn you Alton Brown!) But I haven’t been using kosher salt for about two years. I just forget to buy it. Again, with me sucking at life.

This leads me to my next idea. I’ve been planning a pantry stocking set of entries, and with my salt prompting I think it’s time. So Item one on the “Well Stocked Pantry” list is: Kosher Salt (unless you need the iodine. Then you’re beat.)

One final thought: Iodized salt: They iodize salt to prevent thyroid problems. Like goiters! Fun. So if you’re going to make the switch, eat some sushi once in a while. (It has iodine too.) Yeah.

Well, we had to talk about this eventually.

So, dumbass homophobic Oklahoma State Representative, Sally Kern, made some interesting hate speech recently.

HRC has some stuff to say about it, as always. Great. Another one.

I’m just fed up now.

Aside: Common Ground will be doing SOMETHING with it. I’m basically thinking letter writing campaign, because it was the first thing in my head. And I refuse to support the disaffection of the movement.

OMG I’m SORRY already!
March 11, 2008, 1:13 am
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Blog hiatus until I get my act together.

Probably tomorrow. Kay?

Blender: Of Doom!!!
March 5, 2008, 3:32 am
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So I just found out that you can use a blender as a Grinder/Food Processor. Just stick a mason jar on the top! Seriously? How cool is this? Yeah.

Blowing. My. Mind.

So Cool.