JoshWillTravel’s Collected Recipes for Summer 2021

JoshWillTravel’s Collected Recipes for Summer 2021
Eatin‘ good in the neighborhood!”

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Mullah’s Chai Recipe!
yes this is it, and you make it to taste
(from the “Buck & Mug” with Don Brown’s blessings)
from the Teahouse of Mullah Nezzuradin’s Donkey

Ingredients:
Black Tea
Fresh Cardamom
Fresh Ginger (grated or sliced)
Fresh Mint
Honey (optional)
Milk/Cream (optional)
Lemon (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Directions:
In first pot, boil fresh cardamom and sliced fresh ginger for a few minutes.
Drain the seasoned hot water into large teapot.
In a second pot, boil water, remove from flame,
Steep black tea and mint for 3 minutes.
Combine in teapot, serve, and finish off with honey and milk or cream.
Lemon and sugar are optional. Enjoy it!

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Teahouse of the Mullah Nezzuradin’s Donkey, Agoura 1984


Carnation Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor’s Fiesta Salad

Ingredients:
Lettuce, Diced Roast Beef, Fritos Corn Chips, Kidney Beans, Grated Cheese,
Diced Tomatoes, Sliced Avocado, and Choice Of Dressing.


Chinese Chicken Salad (just add chicken)
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Old Fashioned Beef Stew

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Spaghetti Pie

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How to Butcher a Kangaroo:

NOTE: Kangaroo meat is very lean and high in protein, essential B vitamins,
iron, zinc, omega-3 (an essential nutrient associated with fish),
and omega-6 fatty acids, and is very low in fat (only about 2%)
But the meat also has a high concentration of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
which has been associated with the build-up of arterial plaque,
and can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.
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Kangaroo was always eaten by the aboriginal Australians, and the
meaty tail, roasted in a pit of hot embers, is considered a delicacy down under.

Kangaroo Meat is illegal in the state of California!

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Stuffed Camel (Don’t try this at home!)

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(seriously, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!)


Don’t Eat Horse Meat! 
Horse meat is illegal in the states of California and Illinois.

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Fried Rice with Minced Beef

Ingredients:
1/2 pound minced beef
iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 bowls white rice, preferably leftover and reheated
2 tsp light soy sauce
salt, to taste
sugar, to taste

Marinade:
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp chicken powder
2/3 tsp sugar
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp shaoxing wine
a pinch of pepper

Method:
Marinate minced beef with marinade for 15 minutes.
Heat oil over medium. Cook beef until 80% done. Set aside.
Add some oil again. Stir in beaten egg. Stir constantly until 60% done. Add rice, preferably reheated beforehand as it’d shorter the cooking time. Quickly stir fry evenly. Sprinkle salt and sugar to taste. When the rice is really hot thoroughly, add light soy sauce.
Toss in beef. Continue to cook and combine well. Add shredded lettuce and spring onion until softens. If you’d like to taste the crunchy veggie, then don’t fry too long. Serve hot.

Combination Fried Rice:
First, when it comes to fry rice, we have to use leftover rice because you don’t want any soggy rice. Mixing with all the other vegetables and meat, the rice would be just right, not so dry or soggy.
Second, use as many favorite ingredients as you like. There’s no only one rule to combine ingredients for fried rice. So, be creative and enjoy whatever you like.
Third, the right order is to pan fry eggs, then followed by rice. Many people make the mistake to put in rice first, then pour in whisked eggs. This would make the rice soggy and mushy by absorbing the egg mixture.
Last but not least, don’t stir fry all ingredients with rice in the first place.You have to sauté the meat and vegetables separately. Then combine with the fried rice when it’s nearly done. Simple and easy

Ingredients :
3 bowls leftover rice
1 onion
1 sausage (I used Continental Frankfurt this time)
1 slice ham
6 mushrooms
1/2 cup green peas
3 eggs, whisked

Seasoning:
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
A pinch of black pepper, to your taste
salt, to your taste
sugar, to your taste

Method:
Blanch green peas in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Cut onion, sausage and ham into small cubes. Slice mushrooms.
Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and sauté onion on medium-heat pan, add in mushrooms until tender. Put in green peas and sauté for 2 minutes. Set aside.
Heat pan on medium heat, sauté sausage and ham until light brown. Dish up.
Clean the pan with a piece of kitchen towel. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, pour in whisked eggs. When the egg mixture is half-way cooked through, add in leftover rice. Stir well for about 10 minutes on high heat. When all rice is evenly heated up and mixed well with the eggs, add in onion, green peas and mix well. At last, add the sausage and ham. While stirring all ingredients together, generously sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper. Drizzle the soy sauce all around the rice and toss. Taste it by yourself. When you’re satisfied, it’s done.

Tips:
You can use whatever greens you like, for example capsicum, celery. Other meat, like chicken, shrimp, beef or BBQ pork can be good choice too.
If you preheat the chilled leftover rice in a microwave beforehand, it would shorten the cooking time. Save your energy~
Enjoy your fried rice!


Old Fashioned Chicken Pie

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Edible Flowers
Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Dandelion, Elderflower, Hibiscus, Lavender,
Lilac, Marigold, Pansy, Peony, Snapdragon, and Sunflower
(and read our previous Blog Post “Dandelion”)

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Coffee Break!
(read our previous Blog Posts about “Coffee”)


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Thanksgiving 2015 – Baking (the night before)


Soft Oatmeal Cookies – Makes 2 dozen

Prep Time:15 minutes (then chill dough for at least one hour)
Bake Time 10 minutes
Total Time: ~2 hours
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
Option: add a cup of raisins or nuts

Directions:
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture.
Mix in oats. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Grease the cookie sheets with vegetable oil or shortening
Roll the dough into 1″ balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
Flatten each cookie with a fork dipped in sugar.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes
before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Sugar Cookies!

Ingredients:
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder) and mix well.
Roll dough into teaspoon sized balls, and place them on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes (or until golden).
Let stand two minutes before moving the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Decorate with candies or icing or crystalline sugar if desired.


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Candied Orange Peel
Strips of orange peel cooked in sugar syrup until they are soft and chewy.
They can be sugar coated or dipped in chocolate for extra fun.

Ingredients:
3 Oranges – navel or Valencia
2-1/4 Cups Sugar (granulated)
1-1/8 Water
Sugar for coating and/or Chocolate for dipping (optional)

Directions:
Prep and Blanche the Peel:
Rinse  and clean three navel or Valencia oranges.
Cut the top and bottom off each orange. Score the skin into quarters.
Remove the skin (both peel and pith). Cut into strips about ¼” wide.
(eat or save the peeled oranges for other use)
In a medium saucepan, place the strips of peel and cover with cold water.
Blanch the peels: Bring the water to a boil. When the water boils, drain the water from the orange peel strips. Rinse in fresh cold water. Repeat at least two more times.
Blanching removes any bitter flavor in the orange peel. (TIP: Blanch the peels 4-5 times).
Drain the water and place the peels in a bowl.

Sugar Syrup:
Use the same saucepan, and whisk together 2-¼ cups sugar and 1-⅛ cups water.
Bring the mixture to a simmer over a low heat.
Cook 8-9 minutes at a constant simmer, adjust the heat, and make sure it doesn’t boil.
Add the orange peel. Cook about 45 minutes to 1 hour on medium-low heat, until the white pith is translucent (not white), adjust heat as needed – maintain the simmer, keep from boiling.
Swirl the pan occasionally to make sure that all of the peels get covered with syrup.
DO NOT STIR, this will cause crystallation.
Drain the cooked syrup from the orange peels – (set aside and save for another recipe).
Toss the peels in a bowl of sugar to coat, or dip in melted chocolate and let set. (optional),
Transfer to a drying rack. When they are dry, store them in an airtight container.


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White Chocolate Lemon Truffles

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Easy Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:
1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (8 oz)
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
Cocoa Powder for dusting
(optional: add powdered sugar to cocoa powder for dusting)

Directions:
Warm the condensed milk in saucepan over low heat
(WARNING: it will burn if the heat is too high)
Remove from heat and add cocoa powder (sift to remove clumps)
Mix well until firm (like frosting)
Place in a plastic wrap lined pan, cover, and form into desired thickness
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours (wrapped in plastic wrap)
Spread cocoa powder on cutting board
Place unwrapped chocolate on cocoa powder
Dust the top with cocoa powder
Cut into squares, and round the edges (or form them into shapes)
Finish with cocoa powder and serve
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Easy Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:
1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (8 oz)
1 bag of Chocolate Chips
(substitute semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or white chocolate chips as desired)
(optional: add chips, nuts, caramel, peanut butter, marshmallows, other flavors
and spices – mint, cayenne, etc., or candy – M&Ms or cut up candy bars as desired)

Directions:
Melt the Chocolate Chips in a double boiler over low heat
Add the Sweetened Condensed Milk and mix well
(WARNING: it will burn if the heat is too high)
Remove from heat
(add additional ingredients as desired and mix well)
Pour into a tin-foil pan or plastic wrap lined dish and refrigerate until solid
Cut into squares and serve


“Jailhouse Pie”
(from Lifetime’s “Cellmate Secrets”)

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Ingredients:
Non-dairy powdered creamer
Packet of Kool-Aid (choose your flavor)
Oreo Cookies or other filled sandwich cookie
(use the center filling in the pie mix, save the cookie pieces for the crust)
Sprite or 7-Up (or any other liquid beverage that pairs with the Kool-Aid)

Directions:
Combine creamer, Kool-Aid, and cookie filling in a large bowl
Add liquid in small amounts and mix well until viscous
Pour into small bowls, lined with the sides with the cookie pieces
Refrigerate until firm and serve
(Optional: Top with whipped cream or Cool Whip)


Frozen Banana with Chocolate Sauce
(so simple, and so good)

Ingredients:
Banana (frozen)
Chocolate Sauce

Directions:
Remove frozen banana from the freezer, let thaw 15 mins
Peel the banana (you may have to use a knife to remove it all)
Slice frozen banana into 1″ thick pieces and place in small bowl
Top with chocolate sauce and serve immediately

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NOTE: Bananas should be put in the freezer just as they ripen,
for best dessert results. Even a banana that is a little green is okay.
(freeze a number 5-9 banana on the picture chart)

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Tip: To prevent bananas from turning brown too fast,
wrap a piece of tinfoil around the top of the bunch.


S’mores, S’Mores in a Cone, and “The Cookie Monster”
(you don’t have to just use graham crackers for a great dessert!)

Ingredients:
Chocolate (Hershey milk chocolate bars)
Graham Crackers – two pieces, top and bottom
Marshmallows (large puffed)

Directions:
Place chocolate on bottom piece of graham cracker (open face)
Roast marshmallow over open flame until warm/hot
Place marshmallow on top of chocolate
Sandwich with the top piece of graham cracker and serve

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S’Mores in a Cone:
substitute a waffle or sugar cone for graham crackers
“The Cookie Monster”:
substitute chocolate chip cookies for graham crackers
(or try other flavor cookies, like peanut butter, oatmeal, or sugar)


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“My Oh My, I Like Pie!”

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HOLISTIC AND HERBAL HEALTH STUFF:

Drink One Cup and it will clear up mucus and phlegm
in the sinuses, chest and lungs:
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Drink One Cup and it will clear the lungs and respiratory tract:

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NOTE: This Blog Post is still UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
We will continue to add new recipes here until the end of August 2021


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June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day!

Bon Appetit!

It’s an exclamation!

A salutation for someone about to eat!

It means GOOD APPETITE in French.

ENJOY YOUR MEAL!

Listen and learn how to say Bon Appétit correctly:

NOTE: you shouldn’t be wishing guests “Bon Appétit”…..
the French phrase is actually highly impolite.

Merci! (Thank you in French) Bon Appetit!

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Professional Cooking Tips!




June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day!

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day!

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It’s NOT from Germany, it’s 100% American!
In 1852, American Samuel German created a dark baking chocolate (with a higher sugar content than previous baking chocolate) for the Baker Chocolate Company.
Baker’s “German’s Sweet Chocolate’s” brand was named for him.
In 1957, “German’s Chocolate Cake” recipe was published in the Dallas Morning Star as the Recipe of the Day created by Mrs. George Clay, using Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.

The company was originally named Walter Baker & Company in 1780.
Baker’s Chocolate was owned by the Baker family for 115 years until 1895.
Baker’s Chocolate Company was bought by the Forbes Syndicate in 1896 and sold to the Postum Cereal Company in 1927. Postum changed their name to General Foods, which was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1989. On March 25, 2015, Kraft announced its merger with Heinz. Baker’s Chocolate is now owned by Kraft Heinz, the fifth largest food company in the world.  Their products include a variety of bulk chocolates (including white and unsweetened) and sweetened coconut flakes.

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German Chocolate Cake
(with coconut pecan and chocolate frosting)

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake:
2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Coconut Frosting:
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
large egg yolks
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Chocolate cake:
Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir in the boiling water. (will be very thin)
Pour batter into greased 8 or 9-inch round baking pans
(optional: use a round piece of wax or parchment paper for bottom of pan)
TIP: Use room temperature ingredients.
Run warm water over the eggs to bring them to room temperature.
Warm the buttermilk for just a few seconds. It makes a difference in the chemistry.
When baking at high altitude add 3 more tablespoons of flour.

Pre-Heat Oven and Bake at 375°F
Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (depending on cake pan size = a 9” pan takes less time)
Insert a toothpick in the center to test: the cake is done when it comes out clean.
Cool the cakes 5 minutes in the pans and then invert onto wire rack to finish cooling.

German Chocolate Frosting:
Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolks, and evaporated milk
in a saucepan and bring to a low boil over a medium heat.
Stir constantly until thick.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, nuts and coconut.
Cool completely before spreading it on the cake.

Chocolate Frosting:
Melt butter and stir in cocoa powder,
Add powdered sugar and milk slowly, and beat the mixture to a consistency that will spread.
Add in a small amount of milk or a little extra powder, if needed to thin or thicken the frosting.
Stir in the vanilla.

Assembly:
Place a cake round on a plate.
Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on the the cake.
Spoon half of the coconut frosting on top, and spread a smooth layer.
Leave ~1/2 inch between filling and edge of cake.
Place the second cake round on top.
Spread the chocolate frosting over the entire cake (top and sides).
Spoon and spread the remaining coconut frosting on top of the cake.

Decorate:
Use a piping bag and special tips to create the swirls on top of this cake.

Make Ahead:
Both frostings (coconut and chocolate) can be made ahead and refrigerated. Coconut frosting will keep 1-2 weeks (depends on the ingredients used) and Chocolate frosting will keep 2-3 weeks. Remove from fridge an hour before frosting the cake, and spread at room temperature.

Freeze and Store:
Bake the cake layers, allow them to cool completely.
Wrap separately in plastic wrap and then pace each one in a ziplock freezer bag.
Freeze for up to three months. TIP: Frost the cake when frozen, it’s much easier to frost!
The assembled cake can be frozen. Cover it well and it will keep for 2-3 months (slice the cake, wrap each slice in plastic wrap, and store in a freezer-safe container).
Defrost and bring to room temperature before serving.

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More Cake!
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Bake your cake and eat it too!




CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

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Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Saturday!

4:20am: We slept for a few hours and then we woke up early, before 4:00am.

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8:45am: We went back to bed.
The dogs got fed, the dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso.


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We watched “History Detectives” – an episode we’ve seen before on Rock and Roll stuff.
It features Bob Dylan’s Fender guitar from Newport ’65, a couple of Beatles’ autographs, and a Frank Zappa art piece. Great episode.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!


The 2012 episode found out that the airplane pilot’s daughter had the guitar in New Jersey, and after a legal battle, she sold the Stratocaster at auction. Indianapolis Colts owner and Rock and Roll collector, Jim Irsay bought Dylan’s Newport guitar in 2013 for $965,000.

Irsay also bought Jerry Garcia’s one-of-a-kind “Tiger” guitar, made by Doug Irwin, at auction for $957,000 in 2002, and spent Five Million Dollars on some of David Gilmore’s guitars when they were auctioned for charity a few years ago. He has an amazing collection.


10:05am: We took the dogs outside again. We made another cup of espresso.
And then we cut up a pineapple, and ate a couple pieces.

12:25pm: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs again.
We took them outside and now they’re napping.
We made another cup of espresso and ate brunch/lunch.
On the Menu: toasted onion bagel with lox and cream cheese, dill pickle,
celery & carrot sticks, Italian salami, and a black&white cookie
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4:45pm: We took a long nap with the dogs. Then we took the dogs outside.
And we just made a cup of espresso.

5:20pm: SO FUCKING TIRED OF THIS SH*T.
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5:55pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.

Josh Daniel LIVE from Atlanta, GA (two sets!) – Celebrate Life Everyday!
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7:40pm: We took a shower! Aloha Saturday Night!
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23:33 (11:33pm): Chillin’ in the Home Office. We made some dinner.
We played with the dog. Now he’s sleeping.

On The Menu: Turkey and pepper jack cheese sandwich on a toasted egg bagel,
And a piece of fancy chocolate cake for dessert
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President Joe Biden and the United States:
Recognition of the Armenian Genocide at last! 
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The Armenian Genocide was the systematic mass murder and ethnic cleansing of One Million ethnic Armenians by Turkey (the Ottoman Empire and its ruling party, the Committee of Union and Progress) during World War I.


Sunday, April 25, 2021Sunday! Oscar! Oscar! Sunday!

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8:15am: Sunday morning. Dogs got fed. Dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso and some orange juice.  Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We ate a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese.

12:10pm: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! And we have liftoff.
We went back to bed and slept for a little bit. And then there was barking…..
We took the dogs outside. And now we are fully chill. But we are hungry too.
Choreboy is about to arrive, and now there’s some stuff to do around the house.

So, Choreboy did two loads of laundry and scooped all the poop.
He cleaned out the fridge, which was already pretty empty.
And then he did some dishes. He’ll be back tomorrow most likely for more.
It’s cold, and gray, and windy outside today.
We ate a toasted egg bagel with peanut butter and raspberry jam for lunch.
And we made some popcorn and drank a coke during the Oscars.


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On The Menu: Popcorn and a coke. Let’s do this.
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6:02pm: OSCAR! OSCAR! LIVE from Union Station on ABC7 in Los Angeles.
BLOGGING THE 93rd Academy Awards – THE OSCARS LIVE!
Regina King onstage. And now make it stop please…. so self-indulgent.
And never let writers speak in public. FFS. Just STFU okay?
5:15pm: Commercial break. Cadillac promo and spot.
Expedia spot…. good luck with that. ABC Sesame Street promo.
Another fucking long ad…. WTF? Oh, Verizon. YEAH THEY SUCK.
WOULD YOU BUY A CADILLAC?
We’re back with Laura Dern (in Bjork’s leftover swan dress?)
International Feature Film…. yeah, you didn’t see any of the nominees.
“Another Round” from Denmark wins. And the filmmaker is in the house.
Did anyone get the memo to STFU and just say thanks….. Yak Yak Yak….
HOLY SHIT! DJ Questlove from The Roots can you play him off please!
His daughter was killed in a car crash and now you’re going to hear about it.
WHO IS THIS GUY? GET THE FUCK OFF THE STAGE! Okay moving on.
Best Supporting Actor. OSCARS SO DIVERSE.
Oh shit, Laura Dern looks like she’s wearing the Goat Pants from “Dragnet”.
Daniel Kaluuya? British accent. Thanks to mumbles….  OH zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Steven Speilberg’s “West Side Story” preview – December.
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M&Ms funny, Disney “American Idol” promo, local ABC7, DisneyBundle, SanDiego.org, Mercedes S-Class, ABC news promo
Don Cheadle in a brocade tuxedo jacket and silver bowtie – Make-up and Hairstyling
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” – Oscars so diverse! BLACKLIVESMATTER!
and Costume Design “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Ann Roth (is not there so, no speech!)
Verizon, Susan Sarandon – powertothepatients, Dr Pepper Zero Sugar,
Lancome – Julia Roberts, HULU promo for Handmaid’s Tale, and Cadillac again.
Bryan Cranston at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and the Jean Herschholt Humanitarian Award goes to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) – and it’s their 100th Anniversary. Thanked everyone, and that’s the best speech of the night 
Best Director from last year speaking in Korean. And there’s a translator. Best Directing.
And now there are subtitles…more Korean. “Nomadland” we saw that one. It was boring.
David Fincher was nominated too. And Chloe Zhao wins for “Nomadland” of course. 
Okay, kitchen break during this speech……….
Rolex/Oscar best pictures, .., HULU promo for Nine Perfect Strangers”,
Another weird spot for Swarvorski crystal!, Mercedes AMG,
Rez Ahmed? Indian, with a British accent from “Sound of Metal” sign language….
Achievement in Sound award – get it? “Soul” we tried to watch it.
“Sound of Metal” wins…. he’s happy.
Now a foreign guy is reading a Thank You speech with an accent.
“and now I would like to say something more personal….” MORE RAMBLING.
Back to Rez. Live Action Short Film. Did you see any of them this year?
BRAVO! Our friend’s son co-produced “Two Distant Strangers” – BRAVO!
And now the speeches…. “Police will kill three people”  More self-indulgence.
MORE COMMERCIALS. Google. Sign Language. AARP. Over 50? Adidas. Beyonce.
Ashley Homestores. AppleTV+,ABC promo “The Bachelorette – Be a Katie”
Reese Witherspoon for Animated Short Film  – Okay did you see any of these? 
Time to feed the dogs. “If Anything Happens I Love You” wins. Cool music Questlove!
Gun violence….. thank you, thank you. Animated Feature Film. Good film clips.
And “Soul”, we saw some of that one. And it wins. Yay, Jazz! Thank you everyone:
and Questlove, Disney, and music teachers and art teachers, and Jazz musicians.
Commercials: Disney+, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Lancome “Idole”, Subway app, ABC promo for “Home Economics”, and more Commercials, Lexus (black family), Visit California (interracial family), Hyundai Sonata.
Marlee Matlin (and interpreter) for Documentary Short Subject, did you see any of them? “Colette” wins. Now it’s really time to feed the dogs.
Documentary Feature Film. “My Octopus Teacher” wins, and we fed the dogs while they were giving the speech. The TV was on in the kitchen. And we took the dogs outside. Now we’re back in Home Office. That speech was WAY TOO LONG. 
More. Cadillac again….same commercial for the third time. Boring. 
Diversity in all the commercials too! Target “Black Beyond Measure”, Verizon Apple, FX promo for (black) “Pose”, ABC promo for “Rebel”, Verizon pandemic commercial, Verizon Oscars 5G promo
Asian guy presenter. Visual Effects. “Tenet” wins. Quick speech we didn’t listen to.
And now it’s Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actress reading from the teleprompter.
Yuh-Jung Who? for what film? “Minari”, nope didn’t see it. Yuh-Jung Your is Korean.
Broken English, thank you, okay thank you, “don’t believing in competition, how can I win over Glenn Close?…. thank you so much, like to thank my two boys…… mommy work so hard”
Google – octopus (with Netflix and Youtube tie ins), Emgality migrane medicine Lilly Co., Julia Roberts Lancome, SNOOP! Zoe Saldana. Wassup? Corona Beer “the fine life”, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” shortie. Google. Oscars subtitles promo.
Halle Berry, and what happened to her hair? Best Production Design. Nice cleavage Halle.
“Mank” wins. Nope, didn’t see it. Might see it. Wasn’t sure, but now we might. 
And Best Cinematography. Phedon Papamichael is nominated. But “Mank” wins.
Amanda Seifreid is gorgeous in red. 
Lin Manuel-Miranda “In the Heights” preview. Another New York Broadway musical film.
More DIVERSITY. And more commercials: Blue Moon Light Sky Citrus Wheat, FreshPet dogfood, ABC “Big Sky” promo, more commercials, Honda, Spectrum wifi, Mercedes-Benz, ABC promos for AfterOscar and the NFL Draft. Back to Union Station.
Harrison Ford. Notes. Stupid editorial notes for “BladeRunner” from the studio. HAHAHA. Best Film Editing. “Sound of Metal” wins. Really? We didn’t see it, but, Really?
Another Danish guy! Danish Film School. Thanks everyone.
Shout out to the Deaf Community. Thanks everyone else. 
Viola Davis. Start by quoting Maya Angelou…. here we go.
Tyler Perry gets the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Yay Tyler!
HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO BOYCOTT GEORGIA!
And now a speech about a homeless woman and shoes, racism, civil rights, rambling now.
“Mother taught me to Refuse Hate.”  GOOD SPEECH. Very “Diversity”
Commercials…. Cadillac with Regina King, Oprah! “Super Soul” on Discovery+, Incognito by Morningstar Farms artificial meat, ABC Promos, Verizon Navajo Nation,
Zendaya. Yellow dress. Music. Original Score. “Soul” wins as expected. Trent Reznor (who was also nominated for another film), Jon Batiste – SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST! – from Colbert’s show, and Atticus Ross onstage. Jon Batiste speech is rambling on, and it’s a good one. Yay Jazz! Zendaya is just sparkling! Music time.
Original Song (just clips, not full performances). FAIL. H.E.R. wins. “Judas and the Black Messiah” wins. “Fight For You” is the name of the song. Thanks to everyone. Very pretty in a blue sequined Hadjib dress?

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, play a game with the Oscar audience. Did “Purple Rain” win  an Oscar, and she swore on LIVE TV. No, the score was nominated, but none of the songs. THIS IS JUST AWFUL. Feeling really Diverse as they bulls*t on Live TV. Donna Summer for TGIF! “Let’s Dance” won an Oscar for “Thank G-d It’s Friday”. Glenn Close “Da Butt” and this must be set-up… she swore on Live TV too. Glenn Close just put the boogie in her butt!
“Glenn Close correctly identified a clip of Da Butt written by Marcus Miller and performed by the DC-based band Experience Unlimited (EU) from Spike Lee’s 1988 film, School Daze.”
Questlove is inspired. He directed the “Summer of Soul” documentary – short preview, and Zendaya for Lancome “Idole”, Flonase, Jeff Goldblum annoying you for Apartments.com, Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC Promo, ABC “The Good Doctor” promo, Diversity again, she’s jamming, for Grey Goose Essence, and now The Resorts World commercial! It’s weird.
Mercedes-Benz EQ, KABC news promo
Angela Bassett in a big red dress – very dramatic and SAD.
In Memoriam. COVID-19, inequality, hatred, racism poverty. Lot of people died.
And the list of celebrities is really long. RIP. We worked with a couple of them. SAD.
May the Four Winds blow them safely home.
Commercials: David Bowie “SpaceOddity” for AirBnB. Acura, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” again, Rolex Oscars “best picture” again,   
Electric Company theme! Rita Moreno. BEST PICTURE nominees now. Okay.
Anthony Hopkins clip. “Judas” clip. “Mank” clip with Gary Oldman. “Minari” clip.
And “Nomadland” which will win. “Promising Young Woman” clip, “Sound of Metal” clip, and “The Trial of the Chicago Seven” clip. And the Oscar goes to “Nomadland” of course.
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Chloe Zhao wins and Frances McDormand and a bunch of other peeps onstage. Chloe says thanks and then Frances takes the mic and howls….okay.
Commercials: man, we are tired of commercials, Verizon/Oscar bumpers, Verizon pandemic, Starbucks! FX on HULU promo
Rene Zellweger (in a peach dress). Leading Actress. Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Carey Mulligan. And Frances wins of course for “Nomadland” 
– very short thank you speech
Joaquin Phoenix. Leading Actor. Anthony Hopkins. Rez Ahmed, Chadwick Bozeman RIP, Gary Oldman, Steven Yuen. And Anthony Hopkins wins.
And he’s not there. So no speech.
Questlove says thank you and goodnight. The End.
MUSIC WAS LIVE AND OFF THE HOOK!

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Senovva bumper – LED Walls “provided by”
And it pretty much sucked, and wasn’t very entertaining.
If we weren’t blogging it. We would have turned it off at the beginning.
No surprises. And not very exciting. Just pretty standard awards format,
with the usual COVID-19 adjustments, Nice that there was live audience, but it was STUPID and NO MASKS just sets a bad example for the public and will probably affect PUBLIC HEALTH. But, hey, lots of commercials, and lots of DIVERSITY. See Oscar isn’t so white…..
YEAH RIGHT. Alright, we’re done . That sucked. It’s going to be a ratings disaster tomorrow.
The dogs are sleeping here in the Home Office and we are hungry for dinner. 

8:22pm: “Oscars After Dark” following the Oscars. ABC is so damn DIVERSE!
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Trent Reznor, Jon Baptiste, and Atticus “After Dark”


9:20pm: We stopped, took the dogs outside,
and then went into the kitchen and made dinner.
And it’s drizzling a little outside. They said it might rain and they were right.

On The Menu: Breakfast for Dinner! Breakfast Burrito!
2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a quesadilla with salsa verde 
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We took the dogs outside again. And then they fell asleep.
And then we fell asleep…..

NO END TO THIS BULLSH*T. NO END IN SIGHT.
WE WON’T BE AT YOUR PARTY ON SUNDAY NIGHT!
ZERO CONTACT IS STILL THE RULE!
DO YOU THINK THAT I’M A FOOL?
DO NOT PARTY! AND HERE’S WHY:
IF YOU PARTY, YOU MIGHT DIE!

NOTE: We stayed the fuck home, and watched the Academy Awards’ Train Wreck.


Okay, here’s one for #StorySunday (on Monday):
Way back in the mid 1980s, we started gambling in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. And then we started working in the Hollywood film industry in 1989, and we met Frankie Valli and a old school “Friend of Frank’s” comedian named Joey Villa. Joey was friends with Meshulam Riklis and his wife Pia Zadora. Riklis was a corporate raider who bought the Riviera in 1973. Our friend Joey was booking the comedy room at the Riviera and also appearing in the “Splash” Revue stage show for many years, so when we visited him in Las Vegas in 1991, it was all VIP fun and a big party with Perry Como in the Penthouse. It was Old School Vegas, with real mobsters, and black tie glamour, at the Riv. “And now it’s all gone” They blew it up and tore it down, and now it’s a parking lot for the expanded LV Convention Center. Vegas just eats its own. So, we have a matching set of souvenir Riviera mugs, and ashtrays, and matches and even mini shampoo bottles from the many hotel stays. And sometimes we stayed next door at the El Morrocco/La Concha Motel or at another Strip hotel. And so we found this mug when thrifting, right before they announced the closing and demolished the hotel in 2015. We have so many crazy Las Vegas stories. They moved the Crazy Girls bronze statue to Planet Hollywood, so you can still see rub their butts for good luck. (if you’re interested you can read more about Las Vegas, the Riviera, and Joey Villa in our previous JoshWillTravel Blog Posts)

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The “Crazy Girls” bronze relief statue at the Riviera Hotel


Monday, April 26, 2021 – PINK SUPERMOON TONIGHT (8:32pm PST)
Full Moon is named for the Spring bloom of the pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata (creeping phlox or moss phlox), also called “moss pink”

2:50am: Hello Monday morning, we’re up early. We fell asleep with the dogs for a little bit.
Not sure how long. It’s too early. So, we thought we’d update this Blog Post…. 

4:45am: Two hours later. And we decided to try to watch Disney/PIXAR’s “Soul” again.
Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Mystics Without Borders and Moonwind Stardancer on the brink of madness!
NOTE: “Soul” was great. It was beautiful. And it had a great Disney ending.
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11:55pm: Recapping Monday. Nothing happened.
We didn’t mean to take the day off, but it happened.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We got the newspapers and the mail.
The housekeeper came. We took a nap with the dogs. We drank espresso.
Drink coffee. Drink water.
It was a nice day outside. And now it’s overcast and drizzling a littlest midnight.
We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese for lunch. And we just made dinner.
On The Menu: Mac’n’cheese just before midnight (and we are done now)
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The three key aspects that will lead to our well-being and happiness:
an end to poverty, a reduction of inequality, and the protection of our planet.

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If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, get professional help immediately!
If your distress impacts your daily life for any length of time (a couple days or many weeks),
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If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
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Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe (in Encino)

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The Paris Baguette for dessert! They have pastries and cakes and all kinds of good baked stuff! And they have food (sandwiches, and other eats), and coffee too.
But it’s all about the pastries.

Located in Encino in the Encino Town Center (aka Town & Country) Shopping Mall, there’s a big parking lot that’s usually pretty busy.  But once you enter, it’s a cafe, clean, no frills, with lots of light inside. It also smells pretty wonderful with all the baked goods.

Outside there’s an open patio, raised above the level of the sidewalk that fronts on Ventura boulevard. Not really good for conversation because of traffic, but a good place to sit and people watch and also view the busy activity at the Encino Commons.

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Check out the amazing selection of wonderful looking treats!

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Tiramisu Cream Puff!

On The Menu: Tiramisu Cream Puff! (got the last one)

Paris BaguetteEncino Town Center  Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA and various locations

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“And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast”
– The Eagles’ Hotel California

We are hosting The Thanksgiving Feast again this year, as we do every year. There will soon be 15-20 people in our kitchen, living room, dining room and big den enjoying fabulous food and wonderful desserts. The last couple days have been prep for the party and early this morning we baked our (make it every year or get ready for guilt) Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake. The recipe is available in a previous Blog Post if you are interested, link below or use the Search Box at the top of the page.^^^^^scroll up^^^^^

NOTE: Our “Guest coming from the furthest place” was my sister’s good friend, who came from Stratford-upon-Avon, England this year to party with us!

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A woman was looking over the turkeys at the grocery store,
but she couldnt find one that was big enough for her family.
She asked the stockboy…”do these get any bigger?
The stockboy said “no ma’am, they’re dead.

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“EAT ME!”

 

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NFL FOOTBALL! Tradition!
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

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Last Minute Interception! Game Over! Da Bears Win 24-20!

 

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Buffalo beat Dallas 26-15

 

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New Orleans beat Atlanta 26-18

 

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This is from last year, but it happened again!
Our food supply is not safe. (sorry to bum you out)

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And then there’s the food for Thanksgiving ….

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A Big Bird! Turkey Time 2019!

On The Menu: Turkey with gravy and 2 kinds of stuffing/dressing, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn pudding, cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, green bean casserole, roasted veggies & yams, deviled eggs, fresh baked challah bread, fruit plate,
Grandma’s cherry cheesecake, chocolate cake, apple pie & pumpkin pie with whipped cream, homemade cookies & fudge, wine, vodka, tequila, coke, egg nog, and coffee/espresso

 

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Just Desserts!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake 2019:

 

Enjoy it.

A Quick Warning for Our Friends:
USE CAUTION! Your mental health may be severely impacted by the holidays!

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Leftovers Day 1: Hot Turkey sandwich (open face) with stuffing and gravy on challah bread, creamed spinach, cranberry sauce, and a dill pickle

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Burning Man – Camp Envy 2014!

Vamos a la Playa? NOPE!
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We were looking for ONE TICKET and ONE VEHICLE PASS for BURNING MAN 2019 this year, and the Main Sale and the OMG sale sucked. And so we are not going. It was not meant to be. Too much work to get ready and not enough time.
We will be watching watched with CAMP ENVY again this year. (more later)
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Burning Man – Camp Envy 2019

It was THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER here in Los Angeles. HOT! HOT! HOT!
And it continues to be hot into September.
Today it was only 90 degrees in the San Fernando Valley.
At least we don’t have Hurricane Dorian to contend with!
The stories coming out of the Bahamas are terrible.

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He is such a Happy Boy!

Another Birthday! And so another year flies by, and we get older.

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Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday! There was a lot of CAKE! And then a pumpkin pie.

On The Birthday Celebration Menu: Partying with Family and Friends!

Birthday dinner #1 – Sushi fest! Rainbow roll, spicy tuna cut roll, baked scallop California roll, albacore sashimi special, yellowtail special, eel & avocado roll, stuffed squid, veggie tempura, shishito peppers, green tea ice cream, hot sake and a coke. And then Ice Cream Cake for dessert!
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Birthday dinner #2 – Bone-in NY Steak, red potatoes, steamed broccoli, caesar salad, bread & butter, cran-raspberry-orange juice and Boston cream cake for dessert.

Birthday dinner #3 – BBQ chicken sandwich and corn on the cob with cran-raspberry juice. And then a birthday cheesecake for me! Four cakes in three days, so fat.

Birthday dinner #4 – Grilled filet mignon, corn on the cob, mac’n’cheese, cucumber slices with peanut sauce, bread & butter, pumpkin pie and a coke.
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And since we’re talking about food, we just had our annual Labor Day Barbecue Party!
With some killer Surf and Turf! Steak, lobster tail with melted butter, baked beans with bacon, corn on the cob, bread and butter, cornbread muffins, fruit salad, chips, tortilla chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, Mango nectar w/gin, cherry pie and vanilla ice cream

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And more cake. Chocolate cake. There was cake and then half of it was frozen, and then there was cake again. And it was really good.
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And More and More Recipes!

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Here are more recipes! There are already a lot of recipes available on our Blog.
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Hor d’oeuvre?
Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Weenies! (“on a stick”)


Ahi Tuna Poke (Makes 4 Servings)

Ingredients:
1lb. Sashimi Tuna (use sushi-grade fish, not just store-bought tuna)
2 Ea. Avocado, Cubed
1 Ea. Vine Ripened Tomato
¼ Cup Cucumber, diced
¼ Cup Sweet Onion
1 tsp. Inamona, heaping
6 Ea. Scallions
¾ Cup Light Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Water
1 tsp. Rayu
Truffle Oil To Taste

~ Cooked Rice
~ Tortilla Chips

Procedure: Dice Ahi Tuna into ¼ inch cubes and set aside. Dice the tomato and onion into a fine dice. Cut the scallions into thin rings. In a mixing bowl, combine the tuna, sweet onion, tomatoes, scallions, cucumbers and inamona. Mix lightly. Next, add the soy sauce, water, rayu, and truffle oil to the mixture, again tossing lightly.


Sticky Chicken
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Sticky Chicken Dry Rub Ingredients:
4tsp salt
2tsp paprika
1tsp cayenne
1tsp onion powder
1tsp thyme,
1tsp white pepper
1/2tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp black pepper
1-2 large onions cut into quarters.

Directions: Combine all ingredients except onions. Coat chicken, insert onions into chicken. They call it sticky. We use minced onion instead of onion powder.
Bake for 4 hours at 300 degrees. We recommend cooking it breast side down for 2 hours, then flip it over. Also, you should baste it in the juice every half hour or so and add carrots if desired after 2 hours. Use the juice for gravy if you like. (tsp=teaspoon)


Potato Latkes (Pancakes) – Happy Hannukah!

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Potato Latkes (pancakes) – Happy Hannukah!

How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce (or grated apple) and sour cream.


Quick Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie
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Mrs. Frank Sinatra’s Spaghetti and Meat Balls

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Ingredients:
Meat Balls
1 lb chopped/ground meat (1/2 beef, 1/2 pork)
1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Italian cheese
1 tsp finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all well, form into balls, brown in oil and put aside until sauce is done.

Sauce
1 large can Italian style tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp ground parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
thyme
salt and black pepper

Directions:
Brown chopped up onion and garlic in oil used to brown the meat balls. Strain tomatoes, add paste to the juice. Add the oil in used to brown the onion and garlic, but remove all sautéed ingredients. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and parsley. Cook the sauce (covered) for 1 hour, with meatballs added, over a slow fire. Boil spaghetti in water, salted to taste. Remove spaghetti, drain. Serve it on a platter over which you have poured the sauce and meat balls. Add layer of cheesed another layer of sauce. Serve piping hot.


Swedish Meatballs
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The Alpine Village Inn’s famous CHICKEN SUPREME SOUP recipe
(from the Las Vegas Review Journal after the restaurant closed in March 1997)
Ingredients:
2 quarts water
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons Accent (monosodium glutamate) 
1 pound ground chicken (cooked)
1 medium onion, ground
Yellow food coloring (optional)
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 to 3 carrots (ground)
Roux:
1/2 cup oil
1 cup flour

Cook:
Boil the soup ingredients for 30 minutes.
Cool: Remove the pot from the heat and allowed to cool slightly.
Blend: Ladle the mixture into a blender, about 2 to 3 cups at a time, and blend until almost smooth. Be careful during this process, hot soup in a blender can shoot everywhere even with a lid on. The blender process gives the soup a creamier texture.
Thicken: To prepare the roux, heat oil add flour slowly and stir with a wire whisk. It should be the consistency of mashed potatoes. Don’t burn the roux.
Pour the blended mixture back into a large pot and add the cooked roux and continue to cook until the soup thickened.
Note: when adding the roux, use small amounts and watch the consistency (try not to over thicken-you may not need it all), it should look like a thick gravy.

SEASONED COTTAGE CHEESE (Serve as a condiment or a dip)
2 pounds cottage cheese, small curd
1/2 teaspoon caraway
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Accent (monosodium glutamate)
1/2 teaspoons white pepper
1 tablespoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Mix all ingredients together and chill for several hours or overnight.

 


Corn, Cheese & Chili Pie

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JOSHWILLTRAVEL’S QUICK CHILI (No Beans)
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Ingredients:
1/2lb pork sausage, 1/2lb ground beef, 1/2 chopped onion, can of stewed tomatoes, half of a small can of tomato sauce, half of a small tomato – chopped, chili powder, red pepper, cumin, garlic, black pepper, and salt.

Directions:
Brown the meat and onions, add to pot with tomatoes and sauce, add spices to taste, simmer for awhile and let sit for a bit before serving. Add beans, peppers, other spices, whatever you like. Serve with toppings: grated cheese, chopped onions, crushed nacho cheese tortilla chips, sour cream and/or creme fraisch, etc.


Amy Chen Lozano’s Thai Lettuce Cups
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Directions: (non-traditional)
Sauté minced shallots, ground pork, ground chicken, minced shrimp.
Season with black pepper and fish sauce.
Turn off heat and toss with lime juice and mint.
Serve in fresh, crisp Romaine lettuce leaves (with chopped nuts if desired)*

*this line added by JoshWillTravel


Runzas! (Dough filled with ground beef and cabbage)
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Constance Hall’s Cogs Biscuits (from the Folger Shakespeare Library)

Around 1672, Constance Hall recorded a dish called “Cogs Biskett”, a recipe for savory biscuits seasoned with caraway seeds and saffron. And here it is slightly adapted for your 21st-century kitchen:

“To make Cogs Biskett
Take 3 pound of fine flower well dry’d a Ounce of Carraway seeds 6 spoonefull of suger Double Refin’d 6 spoonefull of Ale 6 Eggs the whites of Two and wett it with warm Milk 2 peny worth of safforn lett it Lye to Rise”

Ingredients:
5 cups of unrefined, white flour
3 tbsp sugar
3 tsp.caraway seeds
1 generous pinch of saffron
1 tsp.salt (or to taste)
3 tbsp beer (use a beer with yeast in the bottle; look for the phrase ‘on lees’)
4 eggs
About 1 ½ cups of whole milk
Optional: Additional sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:
Thoroughly mix the flour, sugar, caraway seeds, saffron, and 1 teaspoon of salt. To the dry mixture, add beer, 3 eggs, and 1 egg white; save the yolk. Stir the mixture as you slowly and sparingly add the milk, adding just enough milk that you are able to work the flour into dough. Put the dough on a floured surface and knead, drawing in flour if the dough is still sticky. Knead until the dough is smooth and bounces back when poked. Cover the dough with a dish towel and leave it to rise for 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 390F. Grease one or more mini-muffin pans with butter. Pull or cut away portions of the dough, roll each into a ball that is 1 inch across, and place it in the tray. Beat the remaining egg yolk with a little water, and use a pastry brush to brush it onto the tops of the biscuits. Finally, sprinkle the biscuits with sea salt. Bake for about 20 minutes and remove the biscuits from the oven when they are slightly browned on top. This recipe will make approximately 36 mini-muffin-size biscuits.

Alternatives:
The biscuits can also be prepared in any size on a cookie sheet (perhaps as 18 biscuits in a larger size) or as a single loaf in a loaf pan. This will affect how long it takes to cook them, however. Watch closely to avoid over- or undercooking them.
NOTE: If you cannot locate beer with yeast in the bottle, you can try a filtered beer, but you might want to add a bit of yeast. (see the section below)

Modernizing the recipe and cook’s notes:
Converting a period recipe to modern methods can be a challenge. In this case, the most accessible ingredient for a 17th-century household is actually the least accessible for us. The original text implies that the ale in Cogs Biscuits was used as a leavening agent, which means that the beer had to have active yeast in it. Most modern beers are pasteurized and filtered—processes that kill yeast—whereas early modern brews would have been quite alive and active. Our solution was to use a beer with yeast in the bottle (look for the phrase “on lees”); we used a beer by the Unibroue company of Québec, available from Trader Joe’s. The lack of availability of living, yeasty ale is a reminder of how much the brewing industry has changed since the 17th century.
As modern cooks, the original recipe gave us pause. There is no added fat (butter or oil) in the biscuits. No mention is made of salt, and the recipe calls for a large amount of flour with relatively little sugar.  It asks the cook to “wet”’ the mixture with milk (requiring quite a lot of milk), after adding only a dash of ale. The recipe also gives no instructions as to how to actually cook the biscuits—it assumes you’d already know how! It was not even clear if we were supposed to knead the dough. However, in the process of cooking the Cogs Biscuits, we found that the recipe worked just fine. The milk and eggs added enough moisture and fat to give a nice texture. We opted to knead the dough to help it rise, and we cooked the biscuits at 390F until they were lightly browned on top.
We also discovered that the basic Cogs Biscuits recipe easily lends itself to improvement and variation. We recommend being generous with the caraway and saffron. We tried the biscuits in a variety of sizes and chose tiny muffin-like poppers, baked in a mini-muffin pan, our version of a “cog.” But we also tried making a big loaf. Every size turned out well; the sliced loaf was lovely with some cheddar. You can also roll the dough into whatever shape you like.


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Tonga Toast – Serves 4
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Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar & 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Batter Ingredients:
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Tonga Toast Ingredients:
1 quart canola oil, for frying
1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
2 large bananas, peeled

Instructions:

1. Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
2. Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
3. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)
4. Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
5. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
6. Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice.
7. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
8. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
9. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.


 

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Just pour off juice/syrup from a can of sliced pineapple. Replace with Jello made with half the water in the direction. Chill and let set!

 


Cannoli Cream Puffs

Ingredients
Pastry Puffs:
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt (reduce to 1/4 tsp.if using salted butter)
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs

Cannoli Cream Filling: 3 parts cheese, 1 part sugar
1 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese (Don’t use low-fat, use whole milk)
or 1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar (use more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp cinnamon oil (USE CAUTION!)
1/2 tsp vanilla
chocolate chips (milk chocolate or cocoa drops, not semi-sweet or bittersweet)

Mix all cream filling ingredients to a creamy consistency and fill cannoli shells/pastry puffs using a pastry/plastic bag or spoon.
Garnish with chopped pistachio, chocolate chips and confectioners sugar.


Chocolate Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
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These were made without food coloring and almond extract (instead increase to tablespoon of vanilla extract). Also substituted plain white vinegar, mini chocolate chips, and reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup. They were delicious!


Long John Donuts

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Ingredients:
1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
1/4 C. warm water (110° to 115°)
1 C. warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3-1/4 to 3-3/4 C. all-purpose flour
Oil for deep-fat frying
Glaze:
1-1/4 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, salt and egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Cut into 3-in. x 1-in. rectangles. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 400°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Combine glaze ingredients. Dip tops in glaze while warm.


Manny’s Churros (makes 18-20)
Manny G. Suarez RIP

Ingredients:
Vegetable Oil
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
2 tblsp butter (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oil (1-1/2 to 2 inches) to 375 degrees in a 12-inch skillet or fry pan
2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Beat in granulated sugar gradually. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in butter and vanilla.
3. Fit a pastry tube with a large star tip.* Fill with dough. Squeeze dough into hot oil in 6-8 inch lengths, cutting off ends with a knife. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep war. Repeat with remaining dough. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
*Tip: A cookie press with the star plate can be used in place of the pastry tube.

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Orange Cake and Orange Cookies

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$100 Mayonnaise Cake and Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Frosting
Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons softened Butter
2/3 cups Peanut Butter
1 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
¼ cup Milk
2/3 cups chopped peanuts (optional)
Directions:
Cream together butter, sugar, and peanut butter in a large bowl. Add milk and stir well. Add nuts (optional). Spread over warm cake. Place frosted cake under broiler about 4 inches from heat source. Broil just a few seconds, or until it starts to bubble. Do Not Scorch!! Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.


Los Angeles City Schools Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
Directions:
1. combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, nutmeg, and oil.
remove 1/2 cup of mixture from bowl.
add 1 tsp cinnamon and set aside for topping.
2. combine remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, baking soda, egg and buttermilk. blend well.
add to flour mixture. do not over mix.
3. spoon butter into greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
sprinkle with 1/2 cup reserved topping.
Bake at 375 degrees30-40 minutes.
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Cornbread & Cornbread Muffins (with optional  BACON, cheese and jalapeño!)

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Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Corn Meal
1-1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Eggs (beaten)
3 Tbsp Butter (melted)
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1-1/4 Cup Milk
Optional: Add 1/4 Cup of Honey to the batter mix

Directions:
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin pan and/or baking dish with more vegetable oil
Use a ~1/4 cup of batter for each muffin (fill each ~2/3 full)
Bake for ~18-20 mins or until they pass the toothpick test
Let cool and enjoy.

NOTE: This is basically the recipe on the Corn Meal box, so make adjustments for taste, time and temperature as necessary. We also like to add stuff before baking.
And the pictures show the product of a Doubled Recipe, so there will be fewer muffins.

Cornbread with BACON, cheese and jalapeño!
6 strips of Bacon (cooked and diced into very small pieces)
2/3 small block Colby Jack Cheese (diced into very small pieces)
1/2 small can of Diced Jalapeños (diced again into very small pieces)
Add Bacon, cheese and jalapeño to the batter mix and bake!
Adjust baking time as necessary, usually a little longer.

TIP: Bake in advance and freeze.
Let muffins cool completely and FREEZE them.
Then thaw them out and warm them before serving on the day of the party.


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Drop Scones

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake
(for a small spring-lock baking pan)

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake 2015

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients:
2 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 cup butter (melted)
4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons White Sugar
½ teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:
Grease spring-lock cake pan all around with a stick of butter. Mix ingredients in large bowl and press on bottom and sides of spring-lock pan to form crust. (avoid loose crumbs if possible)

Cheesecake Filling Ingredients:
4 ¾ packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (8oz. each)
1 small carton of Knudsen’s Sour Cream (8 oz. or ½ of a large carton, use other half for topping)
½ small carton of Half-and-Half
4 Eggs
1 cup White Sugar
Punch of Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Juice from a small lemon
½ Can of Comstock Cherries (use other ½ for topping)

Directions:
Blend all ingredients except cherries (or mix by hand for thicker texture). Pour into crust. Spoon in cherries at various locations and depths. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees for 1 ½ hours. Cool. Note: butter in the crust will cook off, so make sure to use a drip pan, cookie sheet or tin foil to catch the melted butter.
Topping:
1 small carton of Knudsen’s Sour Cream (8oz. or other ½ of large carton)
½ cup of sifted Powdered Sugar
½ Can of Comstock Cherries
Beat together and top cake (once it is cool). Decorate with remaining cherries around the top of cake. Heat oven to 450 degrees and put topped cake in for 3 minutes only. Chill and serve when ready.


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Strawberry Santas!
1 lb large strawberries
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute – to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.
3. Once strawberries are filled, top with the ‘hats.’ Decorate according to photo.
4. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.


LADYFINGERS RECIPE
(from “The Joy of Cooking”)
*for the Feast of St. Stephen and to celebrate Boxing Day*
Makes about 30 Small Cakes
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“Saint Stephen with a rose
In and out of the garden he goes
Country garland in the wind and the rain
Wherever he goes the people all complain”

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Have ingredients at about 75 degrees.

Sift: 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Sift before measuring: 1/3 cup cake flour and Resift 3 times!

1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
Beat until thick and lemon colored

2 egg whites
Whip until stiff, but not dry

Add and Fold the sifted sugar gradually into the whipped egg whites.
Beat the mixture until it thickens again.
Add and Fold in the egg yolk mixture and:
Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Add and Fold in the sifted cake flour.

Shape the dough into oblongs with a paper tube
Place the dough on ungreased paper on a baking sheet;
or pour into greased ladyfinger molds.

Bake about 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove the baking sheet from oven.
Immediately slide the parchment paper (with the ladyfingers) onto a wire rack.
Let cool for just a minute and remove them from the paper using a flat spatula or knife.
Cool completely on wire rack. (If they cool before removing them, they may stick and are hard to remove without breaking)

Ladyfingers are best fresh on the day they are made. To freeze, place in a plastic bag between layers of wax or parchment paper and store frozen for up to one month.

Ladyfingers are long, thin sponge cakes shaped like a large finger. Also known as Boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, Naples biscuits, Savoy biscuits and biscuits la cuiller. They can be served with desserts like ice creams, custards and coffees, and they are used as a component in other desserts. Ladyfingers can be either soft and cakey or dry and crispy, but they always have a sponge-like texture. Their texture makes them a perfect choice for soaking up flavors, which is why they are frequently used in other desserts. Ladyfingers are usually plain with a neutral taste, but can be flavored with any extract, a bit of citrus zest, cocoa or spice to give them a flavor that stands out.


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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get Baked for Festivus! Sharing my recipe.
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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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SPRING FORWARD! FULL MOON!

SPRING FORWARD! HAPPY PURIM! FULL MOON!

Who? Who? The Owl cries.
Over and over it calls.
Who is it seeking?

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD AN HOUR!

Went to a funeral for a friend on Friday.
We learned March 10th is known among Gamers as “Mario Day” because MAR 10.
And so it was fitting that our old friend Mario’s funeral was March 10th.

“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

The funeral service was held in a Catholic church “over the hill” in Simi Valley. It was followed by a short service at the burial site in a nearby cemetery and a reception at the family home. There was a large turnout of friends and family on a sad and beautiful Friday morning.

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The 23 Freeway to Simi Valley, California

We drove north from the San Fernando Valley on the 101 freeway to Thousand Oaks and the 23 freeway and then into the backside of east Simi Valley, a suburban community in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It’s farther away than we remembered.

We arrived on time, parked the car and joined the crowd outside in front of the church. We  saw some of our old friends from the “crazy eighties” for the first time in many years. And also a few friends who were at the New Year’s Eve party, our last celebration with Mario.

The funeral included a Catholic Mass and Communion service, a nice eulogy from his son and tearful biblical readings from his two daughters, and then a lesson/lecture from the priest that went on too long. The wooden pews (benches) are really uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time and we don’t do a lot of kneeling on a regular basis.

There was pianist who played and sang three hymns and “Avé Maria”  during the service. And one of the young nephews sitting in the 2nd family pew threw up in front of me just as they were starting the communion, which Mario would have thought hilarious! They took the sick kid out and only a few people really noticed.

NOTE: We don’t talk a lot about religion, because we were raised properly in a time when the topics of religion and personal politics weren’t discussed in polite conversation.

It was a nice service. We were there to support the family and mourn our friend Mario. After the church service, we drove over to the cemetery (which was only a few blocks away) and there was a short graveside service. Then after the cemetery service we drove over to the the family house for the reception. We didn’t take pictures at the church. We snapped one pic of the pallbearers carrying the coffin from the hearse to the gravesite before the cemetery service and only took a couple pics of the food when no one was watching at the reception, not wanting to be rude or inappropriate.

At Mario’s reception there were two large identical tables of food and a dessert table. There were chips, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and flats of 1/2 size bottled waters too. They served croissant sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit and more. And there was a sheet cake that read “Aloha Mario Agent 007”. It was a very nice spread!

We paid our respect to the family and stayed longer than we thought catching up briefly with old friends. Tempus fugit! Time flies. The unfortunate circumstance makes the reunion bittersweet and we all have a deep connection to the family and feel their pain and loss. We had to leave because the puppies were left in the crate and we needed to get home for them. So we said our goodbyes and headed home, this time across Simi Valley and then on the 118 east to Desoto Ave, where we filled up the gas tank ($3.05 per gallon!) and then south across the San Fernando Valley on surface streets at rush hour.

At home, we took care of the dogs and crashed hard (mentally and physically tired). We slept for a couple hours, had dinner, started this Blog and then went to sleep.

NOTE: Mario’s obituary and my small tribute are in our previous Blog.

Saturday! Happy Purim!
It was a beautiful day, tempered by the sadness of Friday, and after feeding the dogs early, we went back to sleep. We were hosting a Purim dinner party in the evening, so some of the day was spent in preparation for the event. Our guests came around 6pm and the party ended about 9pm.

Purim is “Jewish Carnivale”, a fun holiday festival held in Spring that commemorates the defeat of a plot to massacre the Jews in ancient Persia (between 465 BC – 424 BC) as recorded in the Old Testament’s Book of Esther. The joyous holiday is celebrated with readings, feasting and merriment! And like most other Jewish holidays, gifts of food are given to the less fortunate and other charitable acts are performed.

Saturday full moon
The owl in the pine tree calls
California!

We went out after the party, stopped at the market and got home after midnight. We made a “late-night” burrito and then went off to bed. And Daylight Savings Time at 2am… we set the clocks ahead and lost an hour of sleep.

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12:30am> Tri-tip, cheese, red rice & bean burrito with avocado and salsa; tortilla chips, avocado, red rice & beans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

Sunday, Sunday….
After feeding the dogs early, we went back to bed.
Nothing accomplished all day long, except we made Brunch
and raked the leaves in the backyard. Then we took a nap.

The gardeners were at the house working and installing new backyard lighting all day long, so we had the dogs in the office and numerous other distractions to keep us occupied.

Around 7pm we went out for a nice Sushi Dinner (comfort food) and when we got home we worked on this blog (and see our previous Blog “Procrastination”). And there are more than a few half written Blog posts that still need finishing saved as drafts. We’ve just been sad and uninspired recently due the death of our friends and hearing the news of another friend seriously injured in a traffic accident. The state of our government is really scary. We are trying to remain calm and positive under the circumstances, but we are feeling it.

On the Menu:
Brunch! 2 eggs over medium, bacon, toasted bagel with peanut butter and fresh raspberries, more fresh and fruity raspberries, 3 mini cinnamon rolls, a small glass of orange juice and an iced espresso.
Sushi! Rainbow roll, spicy tuna cut roll, California roll, eel & avocado cut roll and a coke.

A warm night in March
Sushi dinner comfort food
Full moon on Sunday

That was our sad and boring weekend. And we wrote some new haikus too.

Monday Morning 10am: dogs are fed, played with and have been outside, we had a cup of coffee (espresso with mocha mix) and now we have finished this Blog. What does today have in store for us? Find out tomorrow….. or maybe the day after tomorrow!

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Gazpacho (makes 6 servings – about 1 1/4 cups each)

Ingredients:
1 cup finely chopped unpared cucumber
1 avocado, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
2 tblsp red wine vinegar
1 quart tomato juice
2 tblsp olive oil
Sour Cream

Directions:
1. Place cucumber, avocado, onion, salt, oregano and vinegar in large pitcher or serving bowl. Pour tomato juice over vegetable mixture; stir gently. Cover; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
2. Stir olive oil into juice mixture just before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

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Chipotle’s Guacamole Recipe:

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole

Ingredients:
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados. Skined and deseeded. (Save the pit!)
finely chopped onion (white, yellow or red, a thin slice diced)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 chrushed/chopped garlic cloves)
1/2 tsp ground cumin (adjust amount to taste)
1/2 tsp cayenne power (adjust amount to taste)
dash of red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 dashes of lime juice (fresh or bottled, to taste)

Optional Ingredients:
small amount of finely chopped jalapeño pepper (fresh or canned, to taste)
small amount of finely chopped fresh cilantro or dried cilantro flakes (to taste)

NOTE: Adjust the amount of spices depending on the size/ripeness of the avocado, the amount of “HEAT” you like in your guacamole and the food you are serving it with.
Don’t hide the flavor of the avocado! And if you over-spice, just add more avocado.
We do not like a lot of cilantro! (and sometimes we don’t want any at all)
Use other spices to add “Heat” instead of cilantro if you agree.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small-medium size bowl.
Use the back side of a fork to crush and mix the avocado, onion and spices.
DO NOT OVER MIX! Guacamole should be slightly lumpy.
Chill in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes, serve in small bowls or as a garnish.
(to prevent “browning” place the unwashed pit in the bowl with the guacamole)

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole (ingredients)

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Manny’s Artichoke Recipe

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Manny’s Artichoke Recipe (from Manny’s Bistro in Westwood and the Renaissance Faire)

Manny’s Churros (makes 18-20)

Ingredients:
Vegetable Oil
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
2 tblsp butter (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oil (1-1/2 to 2 inches) to 375 degrees in a 12-inch skillet or fry pan
2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Beat in granulated sugar gradually. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in butter and vanilla.
3. Fit a pastry tube with a large star tip.* Fill with dough. Squeeze dough into hot oil in 6-8 inch lengths, cutting off ends with a knife. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep war. Repeat with remaining dough. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
*Tip: A cookie press with the star plate can be used in place of the pastry tube.


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Steak-On-A-Stake (makes 6 servings)
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Steak-On-A-Stake (makes 6 servings)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds of beef loin sirloin steak, boneless, 3/4″ thick
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tblsp honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp sesame or vegetable oil
2 tblsp dry sherry
Pineapple chunks
Black olives

Directions:
1.  Cut meat into strips about 3/4 inch wide and 2 inches long; place in shallow baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients except pineapple and olives; pour over meat. Cover; refrigerate  and marinade 1 to 2 hours, (turn meat over in marinade at the 1/2 way point).

2. Remove beef strips from marinade. Thread on a 9 or 10 inch bamboo (or metal) skewers, using about 5 pieces of meat for each. Grill 4 inches from medium-hot coals until meat is browned, 3 to 5 minutes on each side (or broil in oven 3-4 minutes on each side)

If desired, baste with separate marinade mix (do not use marinade used for raw beef). Garnish with pineapple chunks and black olives.

TIP: Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before prepping the meat to prevent them from burning.

NOTE: We used a London Broil, cut it into chunks and broiled the meat 3-4 mins on each side instead of grilling for these pics.


Sylvia’s BBQ Ribs

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Lilian Disney’s Home Fried Finger Lickin Chicken

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“Sticky Chicken” Dry Rub and Directions for Baked Chicken
(add flour and egg wash for a Baked “Fried Chicken”):

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Citrus Cuban Garlic Chicken (just like Versailles Restaurant’s)

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Baked Buffalo Wings
Bake at 400 degrees for 45 mins, dip in butter & sauce, bake another 45 mins
(use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or your preferred brand):

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Orange Fruit Ice (makes about 3 pints before freezing)
or Strawberry, Lemon or any fruit flavor you wish!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water (CAUTION!)
3 cups orange juice (fresh squeezed is recommended)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp grated orange peel
Mint sprigs

Directions:
Dissolve sugar in water; cool. Stir in juices and grated peel. Pour mixture into freezer container or ice cream maker. Freeze until firm, stirring frequently. Serve in hollowed-out orange shell if desired.* Garnish with mint sprigs.
*Tip: The juice from the fresh oranges can be used as the juice in the recipe.
NOTE: For other fruits, use a blender/juicer/food processor and adjust the amount of sugar as necessary (less for berries, more for lemon).

Lemon Fruit Ice (makes about 3 pints before freezing)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 cups boiling water (CAUTION)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
Mint sprigs

Directions:
As above, use hollowed-out lemon shells if desired.


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“Fiesta” Ice Pops (makes 4 popsicles)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice
2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup honey-ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine.
Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze.

Honey-Ginger Simple Syrup (makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup honey (or agave syrup)
6-inch knob of ginger, chopped

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine water and honey (or agave syrup) on medium heat until the honey dissolves.  Add chopped ginger and simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool slightly.  Strain and let cool completely to room temperature.
There will be usually be some syrup leftover. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

Homemade Ginger Ale

Ingredients:
1 cup club soda
3 Tbsp honey-ginger syrup
Ice

Directions:
Combine ingredients. Squeeze a lime over the top and enjoy!


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Marge’s CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE
(my friend Mark Teich’s Mom, pics below by Mark)

1. mix 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup flour
2. add 1 stick butter (melted and cooled a bit), 2 slightly beaten eggs,
1 cup semi -sweet chocolate chips and 1 tsp vanilla
3. pour into a unbaked pie shell
4. bake 1 hour at 325 (test with toothpick when done)
5. serve with whipped cream or cool whip (my fave)


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Margaret’s Green Goddess Dressing:

Use equal parts of mayo and light sour cream, (about 1/3 cup each), add a few tablespoons of buttermilk, a TBLSP of lemon, 2 anchovies, 2 small garlic cloves, salt, pepper, about a TBLSP of parsley, it calls for a tsp of tarragon but Margaret prefers a tsp of dill. Mix it all in a food processor or blender, refrigerate and let chill for a couple of hrs to let flavors marry.


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Disney’s Secret Recipes!

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We had NO IDEA how many “Disney” recipes and cookbooks there actually were!

There are the “real” Disney theme park recipes. There are recipes from old restaurants associated with Disney. And there are “Disney Inspired” and Disney themed recipes.

We’ve collected a few favorite recipes, but in researching this Blog, we found so many more!

So, here are some fun Disney recipes now shared on our Blog. Bon appetit! Enjoy!

DISNEY RESTAURANT MENU RECIPES:

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BIG THUNDER RANCH MENU RECIPES:

NOTE: Big Thunder Ranch opened in 1986 and closed permanently on January 11, 2016 and will soon be the new 14-acre “Star Wars” Land.

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OTHER RECIPES
and More Items of Interest:

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Mickey Mouse Pancakes at the River Belle Cafe!

The Famous DOLE WHIP (copycat) Recipe:

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Vintage Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Cookbook Recipes:

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And here’s the Malasadas (Jelly Donut) Recipe from the Aulani Hotel in Hawaii:

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Disneyland’s Mint Julep

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And a Disney “Adult Beverage”
(See Our Fun Cocktail Recipes Page!)

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Shrunken Ned’s Jungle Juice Cocktail

Ned1 oz Vodka
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Lemon Heart or Bacardi 151 Rum
1 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Orange juice
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Add ingredients into a shaker with ice (except the Lemon Heart 151 rum). Shake vigorously. Pour into exotic or hurricane glass. Float the Lemon Heart 151 rum on top. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Kungalooza (1990s & 2010s)

Kungalooza Then & Now

Kungalooza Then & Now

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POPCORN!

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Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Updated June 30, 2019> a couple pages from “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook”

Updated July 18, 2020> Mickey Mouse Beignets and Pumpkin Twists

UPDATED November 6 2020> 

Disneyland Hand Dipped Corn Dogs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 of vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup of corn meal
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp of butter melted
  • 8 hot dogs
  • Popsicle or craft sticks
  • Heat vegetable oil to 350F in a large pot
  • Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  • Add the egg, milk and melted butter and whisk
  • Insert a stick into each hot dog making sure to leave enough of the stick out to create a handle
  • Pat each hot dog dry with a paper towel
  • Then transfer the batter to a tall glass for easy dipping
  • Dip each hot dog into the batter covering it completely and transfer immediately into the pot with the  hot oil
  • Fry them until golden brown for about 3-4 minutes
  • Put on a paper towel to drain


Menu from the Walt Disney Studios Commissary in Burbank
(sometime between 1967 and 1969)

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