Saturday, October 31, 2009

What the Well-Dressed Germophobe is Wearing This Halloween

Who would want to wear this mask for Halloween

when EVERYONE knows the best-dressed goblins will be wearing this

Did you get your vaccine yet?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Labors of Like

Last night I made buns to go with my Derby City chicken salad (payday lunch!). I used my bread machine to make the dough before I baked it in the oven; hence a labor of like as opposed to a labor of love.

Here's the finished product. I used more sugar than the recipe called for but added a little whole wheat flour, so yeah, totally evened out on the healthometer.

The recipe was designed to be baked in a bread machine, but my machine turns perfectly good bread dough into a semi-baked load of crap. So, using the dough setting on the machine (Many thanks to my McKids' late grandmother for giving me a top-of-the-line machine back in 1992 that still makes great dough), here's how it goes:

Homemade Hamburger Buns

1-1/4 cups milk, slightly warmed to around 80 degrees
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cups sugar up to 1/3 cup
2 tbs butter, softened
3/4 tsp salt
3-3/4 cup bread flour (I used 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1-1/2 tsp yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine in order of list. Set bread machine to dough setting, then check your facebook status, have a nice cocktail, or sort your sock drawer.

When dough cycle is finished, knead the dough on a slightly floured surface a few times, basically to coat the outside of the dough with flour. Separate into 12 pieces (or in the case of yesterday, 11, since one went on the floor, which was not clean enough for the 5-second rule). Shape pieces into rolls, brush the top with some milk or butter (either is good) and let rise on the top of the stove for 30 minutes. Bake ABOUT 15 minutes in a 350-degree oven until tops are brown. YMMV on length of baking. Check after 10 minutes, then every minute or so after.

Cool, hide rolls from bread thieves until dinner, and serve with hamburgers or any sandwich filling of your choice.

PS. If you want to make these the old-fashioned way, try this. It's harder, but your family may love you more and be ever the more thankful. (Sure, get back to me on that)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Liveblogging Top Chef Las Vegas

The Thursday Night Smackdown Lady is liveblogging Top Chef Las Vegas. Read about it here.

You will need a legend for the cheftestants as she (and I) could not remember any of their names until just recently.

Shiv = Jennifer (the tightly wound blonde)
Robin = Robin (she's the sympathy chef "I beat cancer twice" blah blah blah)
Brothers Michael and Brian = one's an a-hole, one's cuter and nicer.
Weed = that other Mike with the bad tan
Beardie = Kevin (just give the title to him already)
Not Jonah Hill = Eli

Her blog is not family friendly.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Stuff I Like

This album (back in the vinyl days),

a lovely bottle of wine,

and some long-forgotten, man-cooked dinner made for a very romantic evening.

Stuff I Like

Many years ago, some friends of mine served this snack at a gathering, and I've been eating it ever since. Somewhere in the healthy spectrum closer to crudités than chip and dip, and who doesn't get tired of eating carrot sticks dipped in ranch dressing?

Slice the pickles and cheese and arrange on a platter with the Triscuits. Farmer's cheese is pretty bland on its own but works well with the pickles and crackers.

Bon Appétit!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Donuts in my day

Someone from a research study here in the hospital kindly brought in Dunkin Donuts this morning. I wished immediately they had been Krispy Kremes, ingrate that I tend to be.

But as I sat licking the glaze off my fingers, it occurred to me that when I was a child, getting donuts was a big dang deal, not an entitlement, and happened only occasionally. Donut magic for me was Delta Donut in my hometown, Clarksdale, and because it's now the Blues Mecca (who knew?!), Urbanspoon has been there, eaten that, and written a review. Read about it here.

I think it looked like this 30 years ago too.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Napoleon Dynamite

Happy Birthday to a guy with skills. Jon Heder is 32 today. What's he going to do on his birthday? Whatever he feels like he wants to do, gosh!