Feb
19
2019
3

A productive day! [UPDATED]

Cleaned the house, baked a strawberry pie, got dinner ready for cooking later, and wrote about 850 words of a story I’ve been trying to write for ten years and now I know how it’s going to go. Annnnnnd then I remembered that I write things on this site, too. Clearly, there need to be more hours in the day.

But the crust on that pie looks like it baked up pretty nice, though. I’m going to score a win on that in advance. If only because it’s really, really hard to mess up a fresh strawberry pie.

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Feb
02
2019
12

Uncle Moe’s Chili For People Who Don’t Make Chili.

I threw this together for the playtest yesterday. The core of the recipe comes from here, but I had to change things around because of dietary issues. Still, chili isn’t hard. I’m sure that everybody in the universe will call this version of it an abomination, but five people ate it all, so I guess abominations are tasty?

Time to cook: thirty minutes prep; six hours cooking in a crockpot at low.

What you’ll need:

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Dec
30
2018
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Tweet of the Day, I Can’t Make These, Dammit edition.

Half of the ingredients are on my wife’s Not Allowed To Eat list.  Merely showing her the recipe would be cruel.  Seriously, I’m not even going to mention it to her.




Dec
17
2018
4

Behold! Roast beef!

It’s been what either my dad or Stephen King would call a piss-cutter day*, but at least the roast came out nice:

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Dec
16
2018
8

The Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery at Chez Lane.

Not my mystery, mind you (my family did pies); my wife’s.  She’s making her mom’s from-scratch chocolate chip cookies, and they’re just not spreading out in cooking the way that she remembers them doing when she was a kid.  We’ve just finished discussing the possible reasons why; she’s fiddled with the margarine, the mixing, and whatnot, but to no avail.  I think that it may be the oven, but that just may be my general opinion about electric ovens vs. gas*. (more…)




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Dec
15
2018
6

Seed cakes!

Did three at a time, this time.

Two of them are for the baronial meeting / Christmas party tomorrow; I made the third because the smell will drive my wife mad if it’s in the air there when she gets home this afternoon and there are no cakes for her to sample.  If I have a self-criticism, it’s that I may have skimped a little on the poppy seeds*.  Of course, the batter tasted fine, so maybe I’m worrying about nothing.

Moe Lane

*Recipe here.  Only, I went back to using poppy seeds and orange zest.  Don’t get me wrong: it’s delicious with caraway and lemon, but I just like it better this way.




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Dec
14
2018
9

Gonna bake this weekend.

Baronial populace meeting is a holiday party and a cookie contest this month.  I’ll let my wife make the cookies (she does pizzelles up a treat); what I’m going to do is some seed cakes.  I cannot conceive of a SCA gathering that will turn its collective nose up at Tolkienesque seed cakes.  I simply cannot.

Note: for this particular recipe I am going back to using orange zest and poppy seeds; I’ve done it up both ways, and I like it better without caraway.  Caraway seed cake is not bad, mind you.  It’s just not what I want in a seed cake.  Although I do admit that the shire had neither poppy fields, nor orange groves.  Be interesting if it did, no?




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Nov
27
2018
1

Medieval Dinner tonight!

My wife’s doing it for her Northern European medieval group, but I just got off of ‘put steak gobbets on skewers for charcoal grilling’ detail.  It’s one of those dinners, you see.  There’s going to be hunks of steak on sticks and roasted parsnips and something involving spinach and something else involving a wine sauce and I took most of the rest of the jug* of sweet red wine and made sangria out of it and it isn’t actually wretched.  It’s also not European, but people rarely object to glasses of not-actually-wretched sangria, so there.

Should all be tasty.

Moe Lane

*Not Gallo, but not much farther up the wine evolutionary ladder, either.  Brings back memories of drinking the stuff when I was half this age, with one-fifth the household income.  Good times.




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Nov
15
2018
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It is a day of POTATOES!

I had two bags — one red, one white — and they were not quite elderly.  Yet.  So I took the white potatoes, quartered them up, salted, peppered and oiled them, and tossed them in the oven to bake at 375 degrees for an hour.  The red potatoes I half-heartedly tried to dice, then tossed them in the leftover olive oil;  I dumped the whole thing in a crockpot, added sweet paprika, lemon pepper, herbs de provence, butter, and will be cooking it on high for at least two and a half hours.  They won’t crisp up that way, I think — but my wife can probably hash brown ’em tomorrow and that’s all that I care about.

Potatoes!




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Oct
12
2018
5

Recipe: Uncle Moe’s “Just add stuff until it works” Broiled Sliced Potatoes.

What you’ll need:

  • red potatoes that you bought last week for the pot roast and never cooked
  • red pepper that’s been in the vegetable drawer for two weeks but it looks OK
  • olive oil
  • the bag of shredded cheese that you keep in your fridge on general principles
  • the last two cooked sausages from a couple of days ago
  • onions.  Not that you can include them, because of dietary issues, but dammit there should be onions in this

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