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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: BBQ Pulled Beef! on: June 02, 2010 09:52:25 PM
That looks yummy!  I've been looking for slow cooker recipes.

My only question would be how much beef to use with the amount of sauce you describe.  One pound?  Four pounds?  Did-a-cow-walk-in-here-and-fall-apart pounds?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Open Source Swap on: November 14, 2009 07:44:12 PM
Ooh, sounds interesting!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need sci-fi food (or: Take me to your food cubes!) on: November 14, 2009 03:23:12 PM
I suspect the OP's party took place already, but hey.  Grin

I just recently re-watched Babylon 5.  There is a scene in "Walkabout" where G'Kar offers Na'Kal a dish, and Na'Kal takes it to be breen, imported from the Narn homeworld.  G'Kar explains that it is actually Swedish meatballs.  "It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs. I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never get explained or which will drive you mad if you ever learned the truth."  So, Swedish meatballs would be a good food to serve.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Cinnamon rolls! on: November 14, 2009 02:57:35 PM
This afternoon, I tried out a cinnamon roll recipe that I clipped from the Penzey's Spices catalog.

The result:





I'm afraid I didn't think to get any in-progress photos until the cinnamon rolls were already in the oven.

The recipe is probably copyrighted, so I won't post the exact recipe.  But basically you make a sweet dough with yeast, white flour, sugar, eggs, milk, and butter, let it rise, punch it down, and let it rise again.  Roll it out into a rectangle, and cover the rectangle with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Roll it up into a cylinder, slice it into individual circles, place the circles onto a greased cookie sheet, let them rise one more time, then bake.  The icing (which you can see in the second picture) is confectioner's sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract.

To lower the calorie and carb content a bit, I used Splenda sugar blend instead of the sugar in both the dough and the filling.  There's no good substitute for confectioner's sugar, though.

They are really good, and husband-approved!

Thanks for looking.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Sushi! on: October 28, 2009 10:19:57 PM
Ok...I've since made california rolls & veggie rolls, but when I went to the grocery to buy salmon...they told me that their meat wasn't 'sushi grade'...

There is a store, not too far from my house, that is known for fresh produce, meats, and fish.  I buy tuna and salmon from them from time to time.  Thus far, I haven't tried to use their fish in sushi, but we'll get tuna steaks and grill them medium-rare, and we have yet to get sick.  Smiley  The staff at the fish counter have told me that all their fish is caught fresh the morning of sale, and one of them once refused to sell me tuna, stating that that day's catch wasn't up to their standards.  So I'd be comfortable buying fish there and using it in sushi.

Now I want sushi, and it's 1:19 in the morning. Sad
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Firefly Round ?? on: October 21, 2009 09:22:33 PM
Firefly swap??  *ears prick up*  I would so be up for another round.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sushi Swap! on: September 21, 2009 03:40:50 PM
Did somebody say sushi?  *ears prick up*

I have a pattern somewhere for some cute knitted sushi... I'll have to see if I can find it.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need sci-fi food (or: Take me to your food cubes!) on: August 30, 2009 09:19:32 PM
Harpoon Winter Warmer would be a great "spice beer", but good luck finding any this time of year.  Undecided  There is "spice coffee" in Dune - you could try adding cinnamon to coffee, or if you want an alcoholic version, use cinnamon schnapps.

I've had the Romulan ale you described.  You mix light rum, blue curacao, and everclear in equal proportions, and chill it.  Don't serve it to anyone who might get behind the wheel of a car in the next week or so...!

For Firefly, you could try char siu bao (although that's pretty labor intensive), or you could make "wife soup" (although that could be hazardous in a party setting).  Or you could just set out a big bowl of fresh strawberries.  You can also offer rice wine or plum wine.

For Stargate, well, they always seemed to have jello in the mess hall, so you could make jello and/or jello shots.  You could do little tuna sandwiches too - "This... is the infamous tuna torture."

For Babylon 5, hmm, perhaps you could come up with a version of flarn and/or spoo?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Star Trek - another round on: August 30, 2009 08:45:50 PM
I could be convinced...
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mini Nerd Swap? on: August 18, 2009 01:44:15 PM
This sounds like fun!
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