Or a pie. Pumpkin, and I have no idea how it came out. I got the recipe off of a can, because we’re doing Thanksgiving dinner on our own for maybe the first time since my youngest son was born and that means we have to make everything ourselves.
So… pies! (My wife made an apple upside down thing and we’re keen to see how that’ll go, too.)
Anyway, here’s the challenge: I have a Goodreads Giveaway drive going: if I get nine more orders on the Backerkit store for a signed copy of FROZEN DREAMS, I will do a Goodreads Giveaway for five more signed copies. AND! If I get those orders in before the end of the month, I will make this recipe!
My buddy Joe Cunningham’s cornbread recipe. Yes, yes, I am aware that there are Forbidden Things in it. Still doesn’t sound half bad, honestly. And we got everything except the Cajun seasoning, which I can pick up tomorrow. Maybe I’ll make it part of the Goodreads Giveaway Drive?
Uses this recipe, only with orange zest and poppy seeds. This is kind of an escalation, in its way: yesterday I noticed that my neighbors were cooking on the BBQ, and I was roasting up some vegetables myself. So I laid on them some baked potatoes and roasted corn and tossed in some fresh onions because I can’t cook them anyway. I mean, hey, all that goes with BBQ, right? No sense wasting good vegetables.
Only they sent over a couple of groaning plates of BBQ – far too much in response to the corn and potatoes – so there’s nothing to do except go bake some seed-cakes and send one of them over. This is my standard go-to when it comes to getting free BBQ from neighbors, and it’s worked out well for everybody so far.
How far am I prepared to go for the FROZEN DREAMS Kickstarter? Friends, I’m ready to caramelize onions. Even though we all know that all those articles about how fast and easy it is to make caramelized onions are cruel LIES that society tells itself in order to keep from facing the awful TRUTH of an uncaring COSMOS. But yeah, two more backers – a mere two! – and Caramelized Onion Bacon Tarts get made:
Wow, OK, that worked. “That” being my promise to make this recipe if I hit two grand on the FROZEN DREAMS Kickstarter today. I did, thus necessitating the assemblage of the ingredients. I was particularly impressed with the way my wife handed me a bunch of muffin cups when I asked, slightly despairingly, whether we even had such an esoteric item. She’s good at that sort of thing.
I have everything except the sprinkles. I will do this. I will not be constrained by the artificial chains of sanity, and none shall stand in my way! Not society, not civilization, and nay, not even my wife and her endearing wince at my enthusiasms! The muffins will be made. THIS, I COMMAND!
No online recipe for this one: I got it from Betty. Normally my wife makes these, but she didn’t have time today and I figured I’d give it a whirl. Turned out fine, although I should have added a little vinegar to the milk I used in lieu of buttermilk. Ach, well, it tastes good and it’s reasonably fluffy banana bread.
Ate up pretty good, too: the center roast hit just the right spot of rare for my father-in-law and the remains promise many, many wonderful things later. Also, I may or may not have had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner (standing rib roast, roast potatoes/sweet potatoes, parboiled string beans in sesame oil*) and am now nursing a rum-and-coke while my wife loads the dishwasher. All in all, a good dinner.
*Oh! And my wife’s mushroom gravy from last night.