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So I'm making cheesecake today. Three of them to be exact. But I have good reasons for my madness. See, it all started at Meijer...A few weeks ago, Justin, the Grocery department manager, said that someone had given him a whole cheesecake, and he invited to let us eat some. I ate it, and dude, it was the best cheesecake I'd ever eaten, so I asked who gave him the cheesecake, and I nearly fell out of my chair when he said it was Frank, a guy who works in produce.

Let me tell you about frank. Frank is about nine feet tall, he's got biceps bigger than my head, and he's got a beer gut (but it's not like you'd ever think to point it out because he's nine feet tall and he's got biceps that are probably bigger than YOUR head, too, and he could crush you with his little finger). He talks in this wiseguy accent and any minute you expect him to come around the corner and whisper that he's gonna make you an offer you can't refuse. I call him Frank the Shank (but not to his face, cause, you know, he'd put out a hit on me) and essentially, he's the LAST person you'd think would be baking a cheesecake. But you haven't tasted this cheesecake. Seriously. I mean, I was terrified to go looking for Frank the Shank, but I also have my priorities, and I wanted to be able to make that cheesecake. So I wandered around the store, and I see Frank the Skank (FTS) strolling by (he never walks, he only strolls) and I popped out and said "Hey Frank? I hear you make a good cheesecake? Could maybe I have the recipe please if it's ok and you don't mind?" He turns around and looks at me as I'm saying this, and I half expected him to tell me he was going to put a horse's head in my bed, but he comes over to the aisle where I'm standing, and he gets all excited and starts waving his arms, and he starts telling me about this recipe. He's like, "Oh, it's really easy, you won't believe how easy, you'll do great at it, I have faith in you." And he starts laying out this recipe, and we start talking about baking, and the merits of real vanilla over imitation vanilla, and the reasons why his cheesecake is superior to the other recipes I've made (the secret is in the amount of sugar he uses and the sour cream in the topping) and it's an awesome conversation. The recipe he has makes six cheesecakes, but he cuts it in half like his family does, and when he brings me the recipe a few days later, it's written on this ratty old sheet of paper and it's his only copy, so I have to write it down and give him back the paper, but I'm glad to do that (I'm glad to do anything, dude...BEST. CHEESECAKE. EVAR.) so I copy the recipe and buy the ingredients this morning, and now I' making three cheesecakes. Lucky for me we have a crew potluck tomorrow, so everyone else will eat my cheesecakes because no way in fuck will I ever eat three (I can't even finish one by myself) but I'm so geeked to have a good cheesecake recipe (and so grateful to FTS for sharing his family recipe with me).

In further food news, I bought the ingredients to make pita nachos today but I'm tired after making three cheesecakes, so we'll see. These nachos have a lot of variation (sometimes I use beef marinated in yogurt and Garam Masala and melt feta cheese over the top, but today they're Italian style in honor of Frank the Shank, so they're going to have mushroom, spinach, artichoke, sundried tomato in olive oil, and 5 Italian blend cheese melted on top). I just cut up the pitas into chips, crisp them in the oven with garlic powder and curry powder and some salt (I love grease, as you all know, but they really get TOO greasy when you fry them) then I layer the vegetables and cheese on top and put them back into the oven for a bit to melt the cheese). They're so delicious, but I'm also really tired (I say as I update my LJ instead of getting off my ass and cooking them).

I bought my mom a late mother's day present. It's not late yet, but it will be by the time it arrives, and I hope she realizes it's from me...it's a copy of the movie "Spanglish." I know a lot of people hate that movie, and it's not perfect, but I still love it, and I hope my mom likes it, too. It's a good mother/daughter movie if ever there was one.
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I told my manager that if they hold me over and don't let me go to church tomorrow, I'm going to call a lawyer. He said I can't do that, so I want to do it just out of spite. I signed a non-discrimination policy that said they wouldn't discriminate against me based on my religion, and holding me over so I don't get to go to church every week comes pretty close. I don't know why it's so fucking hard for them to let me go at 7:30 so I can go to church. We're scheduled out at 6 AM, so I'm already staying an hour and a half over, and this is the only day where I've ever asked not to stay. I think they're being pricks about it, honestly. We'll see. If they make me miss church AGAIN, I will be out for blood.

So what do you do when work makes you want to kill everyone? You get home and make yourself a big, juicy steak (on sale at Meijer for $2 a pound) and some cheesy bacon barbecue mashed potatoes.

Say what?

I know, it may sound really gross, but I invented this recipe when I was a kid screwing around with some leftovers on my plate, mixing them together and discovering it tasted good, and the resulting recipe tastes divine, I swear. I mash 1 and 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes with 1/4 cup soy milk, 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 4 slices crumbled bacon, and 1/4 cup original Open Pit barbecue sauce. Trust me, it's delicious. Would I lie to you?

There were MOBS of people waiting to buy "Twilight" at midnight at work. I was fearful for my life, but luckily I survived. Seriously, people were grabbing it off the display as we were wheeling it out, they didn't even wait for me to stop. I had to physically restrain myself from buying a copy myself (no money, no, bad Lillian, and you're not allowed to spend food money on a movie, either, I know you're thinking it). I wasn't going to see the movie at all, but then I read the book on Tuesday and loved it, so now I kind of want to see the movie and compare the two. I'm going to be getting a copy here soon, so I don't need to buy one, but it was hard looking at Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson staring at me from the display all night and not grabbing myself a copy. :-p

Time to go eat my food and watch the Food Network. Nom nom nom.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
Happy Thanksgiving!

You wish you were me, you know it. Why? Because THIS is what I had for Thanksgiving dinner this morning when I got out of work (it cooked all night in my slow cooker and then I ate it this morning):

PIX )

Hope you all had a great day. I'm going to shoot myself in the face so I don't have to work tonight on psycho shopping day...every lane of our store was open today and there were still lines out the door, and if friday is supposed to be worse...we're all doomed.
edgarallenfrog: (pissed off)
Tuesday was fun. I had an appointment for a girly exam at Planned PArenthood at 10 AM, and when I got there, I let them know I was sick, and they didn't want me coming in if I was sick, so we went 'round and 'round. Seriously, it was a big fight, we nearly came to blows. I said I could come back later, but I didn't have insurance, so there was no guarantee I wouldn't still be sick, they told me to go to the doctor anyway, I told them I went to the free clinic and all they gave me was amoxicillin which does what it always does, covered my symptoms for ten days and then they came back. My voice kept raising, and it wasn't a pretty sight. Finally they called the nurse in charge (this was just the two secretaries) and she told them to let me in, and she examined me and gave me a throat culture (which the doctor who said I had bronchitis, the one who gave me the amoxicillin, never did). After a few hours and checking me out (which technically she's not supposed to do, since she's just supposed to give pap smears, but it was a nice gesture) she said what I had suspected. I have something that's viral (like a really really bad cold) and since it's viral, antibiotics won't do anything but possibly mask the symptoms. Like they did last time. So then we proceeded with the regular pap smear and everything went alright (except I hate it when they suggest that I'm not "relaxed" because I'm uptight about sex. No, I'm uptight about you shoving cold metal shit up my cooch, I'm actually ok with sex and my naked form, I walk around the house naked all the time, and if one more person says "once you have sex more, you won't mind the exam" I'm going to scream. Again, don't mind you seeing my cooch, mind you shoving cold metal shit up it. Understand?)

Anyway shmanyway. Went home and got ready for work that night, and had a fun time. I got in the door, went straight to the cold medicine aisle, grabbed a package and opened it, ready to take some pills, then scanned it at the checkout to pay for it, and all hell broke loose. Apparently, opening something before you buy it, even though it's something I've done thousands of times as a customer, is STEALING OMG when you work there. Would have been nice to know that. I'm paying for it right now, how am I stealing it again? To make matters worse, it was flagged as an at-risk item so I couldn't buy it without my ID (which I never bring to work with me) so it took me ten minutes to work through the ensuing clusterfuck before finally clocking in. they write people up for being a few minutes late now. If I get written up, they're going to catch hell form me, because it's their fault I was late in the first place. So I didn't have cold medicine and was late. It was a great night. I felt like shit.

Even better, when I got home, I tried to sleep and my nose and throat closed up three times which left me waking up unable to breathe. IT happened all the time when I was a kid, but I haven't been this sick since I was about 20, so I forgot how bad it is. My throat panics when I can't breathe and closes up, which makes me even less able to breathe. IT took a menthol cough drop, a double dose of both benedryl AND claritin, and a double dose of cold medicine (which my coworker was so nice to buy me with her ID) before I could sleep for even five hours. I hate being sick. Things continue to be touch and go and I keep hocking up lovely phlegm and my head feels swollen and my glands are swollen and my chest hurts. Ugh. Icky poo. But now that I'm not taking amoxicillin I will admit that I feel different, and I probably should have insisted on a throat culture or something before I let them give me that crap, or argued that I should get a prescription for the generic of Bactrin because that stuff worked with my sinus infections. I dunno. I hope this passes quickly. We're all a bunch of sickies at work, so we keep giving each other shit back and forth and it's not pretty. If I just have one of my infamous colds and I can get a handle on it without antibiotics masking the symptoms and allowing whatever it is to grow worse under the surface, then maybe I'll feel better in two weeks. If not, I'm going back to the free clinic and having a talk with them, not just letting them give me a "you probably have this, here's some amoxicillin" which they did all the time even in the "real" hospital when I was a kid.

*hocks up phlegm*

Yummy.

50 Book Challenge Update

#34: "Water Witch" by Deborah LeBlanc


This was another worthwhile Leisure horror novel. She actually took the time to create a good mystery instead of half-assing it like most horror writers I've seen. I'm impressed. Well worth the read.

In which I rant about food )


So I've been doing a lot of writing for the Halloween horror month at http://www.cinema-crazed.com and I'd like to share my reviews and such with you all in case you want to read them (please do if you have time, and let me know what you think, it would boost my spirits even if you think they suck which I hope you don't).

Lakeview Terrace Review

My Review for the Samuel L. Jackson badass neighbor from hell movie, "Lakeview Terrace"

Silent Night, Deadly Night Review

My review for the campy slasher classic "Silent Night, Deadly Night"

My Review for Silent Night, Deadly Night 2"

Holy shit this movie was bad. I looked forward to it for so long I should have known better, but good LORD. My review is funny though IMHOWISHAAAO (in my humble opinion which is seldom humble and always an opinion)

My Review of "Friday the 13th"

I love this slasher classic. I think I articulated why pretty well. I don't think it gets the respect it deserves for being such a creepy, nasty movie.

My "Friday the 13th Part 2" Review

This movie kind of sucks, but it's fun to watch and mock with friends.

My "Friday the 13th Part 3" Review

This movie blows as well, but I offer reasons for why it blows less than part 2.

My Review for "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter"

I really like this movie in spite of how horrendous it is at times, and I think it's a worthwhile creepy flick to watch ever Halloween season.

My Review for "Friday the 13th: The New Blood"

This movie mostly blows, but I have fun with it anyway.

My Review for "Friday the 13th: Jason Lives"

As a series, given that this is the sixth sequel, it's way better than it has any right to be.


My Review for "Fear of Clowns"

I love independent horror movies, and "Fear of Clowns" is one of my favorites.


My Review for "Haunted Highway"

This is a movie that gives all independent horror movies a bad name. I tried really hard to be funny with this review. Maybe you will like it.


My Review for Ulli Lommel's 1980 Horror Flick "The Boogeyman"

Everything Ulli Lommel touches turns to shit. Read this and find out how bad horror movies can be.


31 Halloween Horrors, my most recent Cinemusings Article

I'm proud of this more than anything else I've written this month. If you don't read anything else, read this. I had a lot of fun with it and I hope you will too.


In the next few weeks, more reviews are to come. It should be a fun time. Check for more updates flooding your Friends List with spooky fun!
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Words cannot describe how pissed off I am at some of the people I work with. this one girl names Lizette, some of my friends there hate her, but I tried to give her a chance and not hate her just because they did, you know? Well she's a lazy bitch, she pushes an empty cart around instead of stocking, and today, she hit me in the stomach with a fucking trash cart. Hard enough to knock me down. Fine, ok, it was an accident, but the bitch didn't even apologize, she rolled her eyes and walked away. I hope she fucking dies, goddammit. Seriously, do you know how sorry I would be if I hit someone with something like that? I would probably cry I'd feel so bad. what does she, not have a soul? To make it even better, I bit my tongue while I was hit in the stomach, and it swelled up in my sleep and now hurts like hell. GAH I hate people.

I made scones this morning, using a Sandra Lee recipe as inspiration (mmmmm, sconey goodness). They're chocolate chip and coffee. I tried to make chocolate coffee fudge too, also from a Sandra Lee recipe, and it turned out like crap. I hate it when people fuck up recipes. you don't need four cups of sugar to make fudge like that, only three, trust me, I do it all the time, and I fucking stirred that thing like a hawk, let it come to a full roiling boil before I started timing the 10 minute cook time, everything. Still turned out like crap. I'm pissed. I should probably not have tried to make a Sandra Lee recipe, since she tends to be on the crazy side, but it sounded really good. I learned my lesson. But the scones were amazing. I think because I pretty much ignored her recipe and made them the way I thought I should. :-p

2 cups jiffy baking mix
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 stick of margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg set aside for egg wash

Combine all ingredients (except the egg you set aside) and stir them. Add more flour if you wish to make the dough moldable. Form into a big, flattened circle in the bottom of the bowl and cut into 6 triangles. Arrange them on a GREASED baking sheet (I have an electric oven. It burns anything ungreased, even if it's nonstick. Trust me, I've tested this one) then brush scones with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar, then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Eat. Die happy.

You know what's funny? Seeing people on the Food Network website fight back and forth for post after post about whether scones are supposed to be baked on a baking sheet or in loaves. I personally have never heard of baking scones in loaf pans, but I accept that some people must do it this way. these people though, they're of the "OMG you DUMBASS EVERYONE KNOWS U BAKE SKONEZ N A LOFE U R SO DUM" "OMG U DON'T BAKE SKONEZ IN A LOFE U STUPID CUNT" variety. I got a chuckle out of the situation.

The guys who were mysteriously in my apartment this morning when I came home loudly put in a new furnace, and guess what? I now have central air. Must resist urge to use it excessively, because it's hotter than the fifth ring of hell in here. but yummy, central air! No more dying of secondhand chain smoke from the fan in my window that STILL doesn't cool things off in here.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (werk)
Hey [livejournal.com profile] peskipiksi, I discovered how to make Ketchup edible.

1/2 cup Ketchup
3 TBSP Sriracha Chili Sauce (This stuff is worth buying, it's amazing, and no, [livejournal.com profile] terminal83, I'm not taking that term lightly, I was literally amazed how good this sauce tastes)
3 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 TBSP Schezuan stir fry sauce
3 tsp garlic salt

I used this as a dip for my homemade French fries, and man, they were delicious.

And Now for Something Completely Different )
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (werk)
This was one of those "I want to kill the world, I don't want to leave the house after I get back from work, what do I have in the freezer/cupboards?" day. I decided on a small chuck tenderloin, thawed it, and cut it into small pieces with kitchen scissors, and decided to just sautee it with some onions and garlic. But after getting the minced garlic and chopped green onion into the pan I smelled them and decided to add a can of mushrooms. then I remembered when was a kid I used to sautee mushrooms, onions and garlic with canned tomatoes and eat that, so I tossed in a can of tomatoes. then I realized it looked kind of soupy, so I figured "what the hell" and added half a bottle of beer I had leftover (only I have half a bottle of beer in the fridge, I swear) and tossed in the rest of a jar of salsa I bought when I was feeling too lazy to make salsa one day. Then I added some fresh cilantro from my freezer, some fennel seed, red pepper flakes, garlic salt and Italian seasoning, and some red pepper (what? I like spicy food, shut up). I stirred in the raw steak last because I like mine rare, even in soup, and sauteed it until the steak looked just done, and ate. It really tastes delicious and I recommend you all try it. It would be amazing with ham or even just the veggies with some pine nuts. It's versatile and yummy and warm and just what I wanted to eat on this dreary night.

I discovered Tofutti makes ice cream sandwiches with no dairy that are better than any ice cream I've ever had. I also discovered Reese's makes peanut butter sauce that has no whey or dairy pestilence in it, and over the ice cream sandwiches this stuff is amazing.

Tomorrow I have to deal with Peggy, the evil mastermind of Arby's, the idiot that makes my life miserable by being a stupid domineering bitch that we can't talk back to since she owns god. Or at least Arby's. I'm looking forward to it. Should be as fun as unnecessary root canal surgery.

I'm reading "Mysterious Skin." I loved the movie, but this book blows it out of the water, which is hard to do, so I'm impressed and I intend to read anything and everything Scott Heim ever writes ad being idolizing and stalking him and building a shrine to him in my closet.

I haven't forgotten about your questions [livejournal.com profile] truly_divine I just have a migraine right now and my brain isn't working. I blame Mysterious Skin. You should too. :-p

Email Fun

Dec. 14th, 2007 07:46 pm
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I think all of you should email representative Bob Dixon from Missouri. Why? Because when my friend emailed him asking him to recognize same-sex marriages, Dixon replied that he didn't want to receive such emails and if he wasn't removed from the list he would take legal action.

This is his email address: Bob.Dixon@house.mo.gov

This is what I wrote:
Dear senator,

This is NOT a mailing list. This is a collection of citizens exercising our legal right to petition our legislators with our concerns, and it's something you signed up for when you decided to be a legislator. If anything, the fact that a lot of people have contacted you asking you this question should tell you that a lot of people feel that same-sex marriages should get legal recognition and instead of threatening to take legal recognition against them, you should instead listen to your constituents and work to address their concerns. Now, will you please consider working to give same sex marriages legal recognition? Thanks.

Lillian Patterson


What is it with Missouri? Why do all the nasty comments seem to be coming from that state? I've only gotten two personal responses from my Michigan emails, and one said "thanks for the email" and one said this:

Rep. Smith was a vocal opponent to this ballot proposal and has opposed every other attempt to deny all our citizens equal civil rights. It is an unfortunate truth that at no time during her service as a state legislator has there been a majority in either the House and the Senate willing to step up and support securing these civil rights. Legislation has been introduced in the past but has never received the support necessary to pass it, or many related issues.

She will continue to support these efforts, however. Thanks for your advocacy.

Mary Sansbury, Legislative Aide


State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith
54th District
State Capitol
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
517.373.1771 (p)
517.373.5797 (f)


And this is coming from a state that voted not to recognize same-sex unions, so it seems to me any nasty comments would be coming from this state, but I guess not.

In other news, I made spicy/sweet Indian Stew today. One of my favorite comfort foods.

1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 large chunk fresh ginger
8 cloves garlic
4 fresh sage leaves

(Process these in food processor)

5 potatoes, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 10 oz package pine nuts
4 tablespoons red curry powder
2 lbs lamb breast, de-boned, cut into chunks, and salted liberally
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cut shredded coconut
2 bay leaves
2 cans coconut milk
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

Sautee lamb until it starts to brown, add contents of food processor, onion and potatoes, stir in all ingredients except coconut milk, simmer for approximately 10 minutes, add coconut milk, stir, salt liberally again, then simmer, covered, for about an hour. Eat. Die Happy.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (viva la vie boheme)
So we had a huge blizzard Tuesday night, and I had Wednesday off, so me and Asia, another girl from work who lives in my apartment complex, decided to hang out at my apartment after work and drink. I polished off my Smirnoff Ice and she drank the rest of my hard liquor so I wouldn't have it in the house anymore. that girl can drink like a fish, but when as messed up when she stumbled back to her apartment with her cousin at around 9 PM. I captured the whole event plus plenty of beautiful blizzard pics and my delicious meal of the next day under the cut.

Also, I received my order from Pangea foods today so I can make non-dairy cheesecake for the crew Christmas party. Anyone who's in the know about these things, the reason my order was so expensive was because they told me I had to order a cold pack with my cream cheese to keep it from spoiling, but I was thinking that in the winter that might not be SUCH a big problem. should I risk it nest time without the cold pack or not? Please don't reply and tell me they require a cold pack because the cream cheese is perishable, I already understand this because I have ordered it and I live in thew world so I understand the nature of food that is perishable, what I'm wondering is if it would be too big of a risk to try ordering the cream cheese without one so I don't end up having to spend $20 every time I want two fucking containers of cream cheese. I dunno.

Photologue Under Here )

Booyah

Dec. 8th, 2007 06:17 pm
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Thanks [livejournal.com profile] peskipiksi, [livejournal.com profile] rabiddangirl, [livejournal.com profile] dacnomaniac, and [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjunkie for the Christmas cards.

I made probably the most delicious thing I've ever made today. I rummaged through my cupboards and freezer and put together this:

Spicy Thai Creamy Tomato Potato Soup

Liberal dashes olive oil
2 shallots finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 8 oz package pine nuts
1 large carrot thinly sliced
1 can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed until the pestilence they're canned in is gone
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
4 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup siracha chili sauce
2 14 oz cans coconut milk
1 14 oz can chicken stock
8 small potatoes, unpeeled but chopped into large bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons garlic salt
dash ground mustard
dash fennel seed
1 lb frozen shrimp, peeled with tail off

pour olive oil into large soup pot and sautee next 3 ingredients until shallots are slightly caramelized. Add next 5 ingredients and the 1/2 cup siracha chili sauce and simmer. Prepare potatoes by piling them in a microwave safe dish, covered with water and covered, microwave on high for 20 minutes and then drain. Add to soup. Add coconut milk and stock. Whisk together Dijon mustard and siracha and toss shrimp to coat with mixture before adding to soup. Simmer for 10 more minutes tops (you don't want the shrimp to become rubbery). Serve.

Seriously, I thought maybe I was inventing something disgusting when I was tossing things together, but this is absolutely delicious, spicy and warm and mealy and YUMMO (fuck all you all haters, I LOVE Raechal Ray). I also bought some silk soy eggnog like drink last night and it was so delicious that I inhaled it and I want 30 gallons of that shit. Seriously. Awesome. I also caved and ordered some tofutti cream cheese from Pangea foods so I could make some holiday cheesecake this year without dying. It was kind of expensive but worth it I think in the long run.

I would have pics of all the food and such, but my camera's battery seems to think it needs to be charged or something ridiculous like that, so it stopped working because I haven't charged it in oh, four months. :-p
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So as not to kill your f-list, pics and commentary under the cut )

Most of all, even though I screwed up a few things, I'm proud of how well I think I did with all the food, and even though the pumpkin custard wasn't as good cooked as it was raw, I'm excited I tried it because now I'm going to rename it "Pumpkin Nog" and serve it as a drink for Christmas. Seriously, I admit when I screw things up, but you should all try this drink because raw it's DELICIOUS.

I'm thankful for the chance to cook my own meal, for the digital camera to document it all (so I can't lie and you all know my mistakes...stay away from the mushroom soup! I walked out of the kitchen after adding it and Is aw on the food network that Paula Deen was doing the same thing for her gravy and thought that was a good sign...noo...bad sign...but if you ever want to make mushroom soup taste more fancy you'll want to try this then :-p) and the food was so yummy. Hope you all had great thanksgivings too.

FOODZ

Nov. 19th, 2007 02:11 pm
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I made the best cookies in the universe the other day. I feel triumphant. When I was a kid making cookies for my church group, this one recipe (chocolate chocolate chip, with no brown sugar, only white, and oil and 2 eggs being the only wet ingredients, and they always turned out amazing) was the best ever and everyone loved it, but the eggs in recent years have made me sick, and I wanted to experiment with the chocolate chips, since chocolate has always given me a sore throat but when I bought the vegan chips at Meijer last time they didn't hurt my throat, so I used them again just to be sure. It's official, these chips, which proudly advertise that they're "soy, dairy, and gluten free" don't hurt my throat. Score! Here's the recipe I adapted:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (meijer sells a 32 ounce box for $3.38, walmart sells a 32 ounce box for $1.36...omg)
3-4 tablespoons soy milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups raw sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups whole wheat flour
one bag chocolate ships

Mix wet ingredients, add dry ingredients, cram in chocolate chips. the batter will be very wet and slimy. Bake cookies in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Eat. Collapse into chocolate coma.

I'm prou7d of these cookies, since I haven't had my chocolate chocolate chip cookies in years and I was a tiny bit worried after my last brown sugar free cookie incident. but they seriously turned out even better than the other recipe. Yumminess.

Also, since I am having thanksgiving dinner by my own self and don't have to worry about making anything anyone else wants to eat, I'm going to make spicy dijon mustard hot pepper chicken and some stove top stuffing. I'm pretty stoked. As per Rachel Ray's suggestion, I'm going to weigh the chicken down with a bunch of cans in a pan on top of the chicken to crisp up the chicken. we'll see how it turns out.

I have today off, I have to work tomorrow, and then I have three days off in a row. I'm excited. Party time! What is everyone else making/doing for thanksgiving?

OWOWOW

Nov. 12th, 2007 10:31 pm
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Dani, my migraine is in hyperoverdrive. Can you make it stop? Pretty please?

I apologize for any typocraphical errors in this post, I can barely see right now.

50 Book Challenge #7 "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich

No review, because my brain is fried. Mostly, it's a worthwhile book, but some of the observations she makes about low-wage workers are "duh" inducing. Yes, we would organize into unions and demand better pay, except in Michigan we'd lose out jobs because Michigan is an "at will hire" state and we need our jobs, so we don't do that. I kind of wish I were on a vacation and I could go back to living upper middle class after a year. Or better yet, if I could make the money she made as working class, since it's about twice what I make (but the cost of living is higher, as is her rent, and she couldn't have gotten income based housing since she was lying about her work history). I also wish I had money I could dip into whenever my jobs didn't work out, or that I could start out in each city with $1,200 like she did, instead of the $250 I had to last me those 2 months I was unemployed. But yeah, it's a good book. You all should read it.

For [livejournal.com profile] stateparks I'll post my hummus recipe. This has always worked out for me (even better with a food processor).

1 can garbanzo beans, drained
2 tsp. lemon juice
salt to taste
1/4 cup sesame seeds toasted
2 tbsp. sesame oil
olive oil (to taste, about 1/2 cup)
4 cloves garlic (more to taste)

process sesame seeds and oil in food processor until smooth (you can buy tahini in the store, but it's expensive and it's just sesame seeds and sesame oil processed like this). Add garbanzo beans and garlic and lemon juice and salt. Start processor and slowly add olive oil until desired sliminess consistency. Enjoy with chips or however you eat hummus.

tomorrow I work until three, then I plan to come home. nothing but dying sounds fun for me right now, but hopefully I don't have the migraine tomorrow. hope springs eternal. anyway, I have a fun night of excitement, and then on wednesday I'll be heading to Grand Rapids with people I don't know to go to a GLWTFBBQ meeting. Commence hyperventilation.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (empty wallet)
I am the master of making delicious food when there's nothing in the kitchen that I can fix into a cohesive meal. Witness my brilliance!

I'm Desperate and Want Stuffing but Don't Have Bread Stuffing in a Pinch
1 Leek
4 cloves garlic
1 carrot
1 cup salted roasted peanuts
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (thyme, basil)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh sage
1/2 stick margarine
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pre-packaged pizza crust, shredded into chunks

Chop all vegetables and process in food processor until pasty. Sautee in butter and olive oil until tender. Add bread chunks and applesauce and mix well. Add 1/2 cup water and sautee for a few minutes. Scoop mixture into processor and process until smooth. Eat. Get fat.

I ROOL.

P.S. This is just me bragging about how I can make delicious food from borderline disgusting ingredients. See actual post here.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (suicide)
Today at work I worked with Michelle, which was good, but it's stressful working drive-thru. I need to get my shit together. As it is I freak out so much because of the stress. Plus at 4 when I was supposed to get out my replacement wasn't there, so Angela, the manager coming in, dicked around until 4:22 and then strolled over and said "I guess I can take the headset now." That's it, no "thank you" for staying. She's such a bitch. I hate working with her, and I work the next 3 days with her. Joy.

Fun With Cooking:

1. Remembering your peanut butter fudge, which you make by mixing peanut butter with confectioner's sugar, promise to make pumpkin fudge the same way for your friend's birthday
2. Open can of pumpkin and mix in confectioner's sugar
3. After mixing in entire bag of confectioner's sugar, notice that the "fudge" is still soupy, slimy pumpkin that is not at all fudgy
4. Glare angrily at bowl
5. When glaring has no effect, sigh and look up recipe for pumpkin fudge with fewest ingredients
6. Dig under sink for emptycans until you have roughly enough to buy ingredients
7. Trudge to Walmart, leaving pumpkin mess in bowl without cleaning it up because you are angry at it
8. On way to walmart, get brilliant idea
9. Turn in cans, buy ingredients, walk home
10. After making fudge, contend with leftover pumpkin slop by adding 2 eggs, baking soda, and flour. Mix into batter and pour into cupcake pan. Mix small bit of leftover pumpkin slop with 1/2 can vanilla frosting for pretty orange pumpkin frosting.
11. Frost cupcakes, and note how moist and sweet and delicious they are.

I like how I made a mess, but then in the course of trying to fix my mess, I came up with a good idea and made something pretty awesome. This will help me survive working with Angela tomorrow at least. :-p~
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (hot guy)
I have succeeded in making the best vegan chocolate chip cookies EVAR! No dairy, and they're made with these freakish chocolate chips from Meijer that have a bag that loudly proclaims "I am wheat, soy, dairy, and gluten free!!!!!!!!!!!!" Come ON, do regular chocolate chips even HAVE gluten in them? Or WHEAT? Stupid chocolate chips. But they are indistinguishable from regular chocolate chips, and they're awesome I tell you, AWESOME. Here is my recipe:

2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla (dump some in, you'll be close)
2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix margarine with sugars and vanilla, add salt and baking soda, slowly add flour (might be less than 2 1/4 cups when you're done, mine was closer to 2 cups). Mix, get hands messy, wash hands, try to stir with spoon, get impatient, mix with hands again. Add chips, become enraged when they won't all mix into the dough, end up sprinkling excess over last batch of cookies when done.

These bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, and when done the edges are crispy and the centers are chewy, and they're delicious and they have no eggs so you can chow down on the dough. I'm amazed how well these hold together and how good they taste, especially since the other kinds I tried making were such a disaster (must be my oven, according to [livejournal.com profile] vegan_snark, can't have anything to do with the recipe). I am triumphant! I am a good cook! I celebrated by making some less than vegan burgers (mostly the same recipe I used before, but Iw as out of mozzarella cheese and the muenster cheese had a slight case of mold, so I used some sliced cheddar cheese and also threw a slice of bacon into the food chopper with the veggie mixture. It was divine).

I am full. I'm going to vomit. And "Don't Look Now" and "Carrie 2" are very good movies, much to my surprise (come ON, Carrie 2?!?!? WTF?)
edgarallenfrog: (pissed off)
Migraines suck. The next person who equates a migraine with a headache as if they're the same thing is getting a brick to the face.

I'm investigating vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes for my next try at making them. Thus far, everyone who insisted the only problem with my last ones was that I didn't use brown sugar is making a questionable assertion, as at least half of these recipes don't include brown sugar plus when I made the "vegan cookies" again and used brown sugar they STILL tasted like porcelain...at this point, I think the biggest problem was that I didn't use eggs in the recipe, and they don't sell "vegan egg replacement" around here, and I'm frightened of using tofu in my cookies. The one recipe that has the best reviews doesn't use eggs at all, it just asks for one cup of margarine as the only "wet" ingredient in the cookies at all, so though it is a little frightening, this recipe is likely the one I will try, since I'm not a fan of eggs or what they do to my stomach. Not that the egg in cookies has ever made me sick the way eating just cooked eggs by themselves ever did. Some of the vegan recipes are very weird, in fact, one doesn't have any sugar at all, just 1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of applesauce, and while yes, maple syrup IS essentially sugar, I've used it in recipes before and the cookies were bitter because it's not ENOUGH sugar, especially not 1/2 cup of it. I hope at least one of these recipes is edible, but I'm not holding out much hope. :-p

I made some awesome fajitas today.

1/2 onion
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1 habenero
3 sprigs cilantro
4 cloves garlic

Puree

1/2 to 1 lb. strip steak, sauteed with spices (garlic salt, red pepper, seasoning salt), cut into chunks and ground. Add to vegetable puree and mix well. Spread mixture on flour tortillas, sprinkle with cheddar cheese, roll tortillas and sautee in olive oil, turning until golden on both sides. Eat. Pass out into food happy coma.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (empty wallet)
I just made the best burgers ever.

one 1/2 pound of steak, cut into small chunks and ground
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 sage leaves
2 sprigs cilantro
1 habenero pepper
2 tbsp. garlic salt
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion
2 slices American cheese

Combine all ingredients in bowl except for American cheese. Mix with hands and form into 2 large patties. Sautee on each side in olive oil until golden brown. Melt American cheese slice on each patty. Serve immediately on pocket pita bread, garnish with ketchup and mustard.

seriously, delish.

Just got back from playing games at Allison and Randy's house. that was a lot of fun.

Movie

Oct. 27th, 2007 12:18 pm
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (censoship)
Watching a movie for free = awesome. Even if the movie is Saw 4 and thus a piee of crap that isn't really worth seeing. Review is here. Essentially, Darren Lynn Bousman is back as director, and having made all the films except the first, his preference is still to shoot everything as if he were a film student making a Nine Inch Nails video. You get that metallic swooshing sound effect over everything, jittery jump cuts in the middle of people's sentences, and eerie, atonal music playing almost constantly. All of these devices are employed even in the non-suspenseful scenes in the hopes of creating a false sense of intensity. But it doesn't work, all that really happens is you sit there annoyed at the artifice, waiting for the 148 minutes to be up so you can see the reveal and find out what happens. And then that never happens, you see a bunch of crap thrown at you that doesn't really explain anything. Hello waste of time. Just watch all the death scenes on Youtube, because those are amazing and then you don't have to worry about the rest of the movie. Trust me, it never comes together like the rest of the series. It's like they stopped trying. But yeah, free movies + purpose in life due to reviewing movies = good.

You know what else is good? Easy-as-fuck Rosemary potatoes. Cut redskin potatoes into chunks, toss them in a container with a lid, toss in salt and herbs de provance (rosemary, thyme, savory, etc. all in one little bottle) and olive oil, put a lid on the container and shake it until the potatoes are coated, microwave them for 10 minutes so they're starting to get soft, and then bake them at 400 or so for 15 minutes or until golden and devour them. MMMMM comfort food. I was ecstatic to learn that the dollar store sells hotdog buns, so I scraped up enough dimes on the way back from work to buy the buns, so I'm having polish sausage on buns with mustard today for linner (lunch/dinner) and I'll probably make more potatoes. At this rate, the $2 I spend on the bag of potatoes is really worth the money, I wonder if I can scrape up enough money to get more potatoes? At the rate I'm going I'm going to run out after today (MMMM CARBS). I hope and pray that I really will get my food stamps next month and I'll be able to buy food. MMMM FOOD. Weight gain what? But I might not have to worry too much about my weight. I DID walk to work yesterday, walk home, walk to the theater, learn the show was sold out so I bought a ticket for the later show, walked home, walked to John's to see my kitty and drop off his birthday present, walked to the theater...my legs are so tired. It's at least 7 miles of walking in one day. My body is not pleased. Perhaps I shall not gain too much weight. I dunno.

I'm angsting today. It's only mild angst and I think it's mostly brought on by my social anxiety. I thought someone was calling my name on the way to the theater last night but they were calling their dog/cat/small animal named Lily, so I looked like an idiot stopping and looking at her, plus there were other anxiety-ridden things throughout the night (large crowds of people in lines for movies are scary) and the GLWTFBBQ meeting causes some stress too, because I'm mad at myself that I'm too terrified to go to one of their movies nights but even the thought of one of those movie nights sends me into gales of terror.

I need to take my Airborne and my calcium and my vitamins and my fish oil and start my polish sausages (LMAO, start, like I do more than put them in the microwave). It's shaping up to be a good day.

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