May the weather be nice for a change?

After a week of rain and a weekend that had more rain and even snow, cats everywhere are asking that question. Luckily for them, and those of us who have to amuse them during rainy days, the answer appears to be yes, the weather will be quite a bit nicer here in Denver this week.

 Now that the weather is nicer, we can get back to our normal lives, which involves (or at least should involve) comic books, chocolate chip cookies and good beverages. True, there are some times other things that need our attention, but those are the most important.

 What is better than a nice warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven? A  double chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. While not something to indulge in daily, such a cookie is twice as much chocolate crammed into the same amount of cookie.

 What should we do while waiting for our cookies to bake? Read a comic book of course. Comic books are uniquely suited to kitchens if you think about it for a moment, they are easy to store, most are thin enough to stick anywhere they will be out of the way, plus they are a quick read for whenever you have a few minutes while you are waiting for something to be ready.

Thanks for reading.

The last days of April 

As we come to the last as of April we should talk a moment to look back and ponder the first full month of spring. It was very spring like, the weather unpredictable, warmer than normal one day and winterlike the next.

 It has been a dry spring, however we must always optimistic that the weather will cooperate and bring plenty of rain everywhere over the next few months.
The next few weeks, as everyone begins to think about gardening, the comic books of choice are, of course, any with rabbits in them. However any other cartoon comic book with animals in it is also acceptable, providing that at least one  animal can be seen in a garden.

 Yes, this is a great time of year to ignore superheroes, everyone needs a break now and then after all.
It’s also a great time to make an extra batch of cookies, it’s possible the best time to indulge in cookies after the winter holidays. 

Never forget chocolate chip cookies, you should never get caught without a few. However a batch of oatmeal cookies can be a nice addition, or you could make your favorite kind of cookie, the only thing you need to make sure you do is enjoy and have fun making the cookies.

You should, of course, have your favorite spring drink with your cookies, lemonade is always good, it adds a bit of tang to go along with your cookies, it can counter the sweetness. Tea or the ced tea is also an option, it’s all up to you.
Thanks for reading. I hope you can enjoy the last days of April.

Marching out

March is on its way out, which means an e d to marching humor in these titles, at least until next year.

At least the weather is as unsettled as always, unseasonalble warm today, but winter like by the end of the week, unless the weather casters are wrong again, which wouldn’t be a surprise.

As we begin to move toward Summer, many of us will begin thinking about ice cream sandwiches, however I urge you to wait, you’ll savor them a lot more if you wait until the weather turns hot.

If you really need something slightly different from a normal chocolate chip cookie, try adding some cocoa powder to your cookie dough, you’ll get a double chocolate cookie which is great.

 This is a good time to begin deciding what comic books you plan on reading this spring and summer, you have many options as always,, many large developments in the main comic universes are happening this year, or so I’ve read.

 However if you plan on reading older comic books, you will want to plan ahead so you can find what you want. Don’t forget to consider comic books outside of your comfort zone, don’t ignore bugs bunny if you normally only read superman for instance,  everything has something in  its favor, even if it’s not something you think you’ll enjoy.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy those cookies and comic books this week.

Marching forward

As we march forward toward the end of March, we begin to see that the weather has changed, rain is more likely than snow, though we cannot rule out at least one or more snow storms,.

Many plants have been fooled, however, they begin to bud out. And put themselves at risk of being destroyed by a late, heavy, snow. Such risk is dangerous, but admirable.

 It is just this kind of risk that we should all take upon ourselves when choosing a comic book to read this week. We should expand our horizens, accept that we might not enjoy every comic book we read, we might hate some of them, we might even find ourselves feeling that we wasted our money, but we will always be able to say that yes, we tried that comic book.

With the changing weather, we find ourselves forced to get ready to hang up the hot chocolate mug for the season, however before you do, you need to make sure that you completely clean it, you don’t want to leave so much as a drop of chocolate on the outside, it might not hurt the cup, but come fall you’ll be thankful that you took a few extra moments to make sure it was clean.

As it is Spring, you might be tempted to change to oatmeal cookies for a few weeks, or even some other kind of cookie you occasionally enjoy. If you do, just make sure that you keep a few chocolate chip cookies on hand for a treat, you’ll be glad to did.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your week.

How to ruin any food: Gingerbread men and other Christmas cookies

Tonight we are going to be ruining gingerbread men and other Christmas cookies. I know, it’s a crumbly thing to do, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Shall we get started?

Before we begin, once more I feel compelled to offer these words:

WARNING: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU ENJOY GOOD FOOD.

The rest of this post in intended to be humorous and not to be taken as new culinary treats about to sweep the nation.Any attempt to ingest the substance described below is not suggested and should be avoided. If you do attempt to taste any of the following food related ideas, please be warned that disgust, nausea and possibly even death could be the result.

History of Gingerbread men and Christmas cookies:

Gingerbread men have a long history, gingerbread has an even longer history. Ginger seems to have been added to cake/bread dough almost as early as it was discovered. As such it fits into this series of posts quite well. If you’re interested in much more information on gingerbread, men and otherwise, I suggest these sites:

http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/crossculturaldesserts/a/gingerhistory.htm

http://ezinearticles.com/?Fun-Christmas-Facts—The-History-of-Gingerbread-Men&id=5368665

As for Christmas cookies in general, I wasn’t able to find any definitive source for when they really originated, save for the assumed fact that gingerbread was likely one of the first kinds of cookies made for Christmas.

 

What they are:

Gingerbread men are gingerbread cookies cut into the rough shape of a human figure and decorated with frosting or other edible sweets, such as candied fruits or candy.

Other Christmas cookies tend to be much simpler, normally a sugar cookie cut into a cheerful shape and frosted, occasionally with sprinkles on top.

 

How to ruin them:

First we’ll tackle gingerbread men.

 The dough:

Gingerbread is fairly simple to make, a lot of ingredients, but nothing too strange, like wise the process of making the dough is straight forward. This helps as we have a much easier time ruining it if we don’t have to worry about special directions to follow.

A normal gingerbread calls for molasses and ginger. Instead of this, simply take several cans of ginger ale and boil it down into a thick syrup. To get the normal dark color, add a can of root beer or Worcestershire sauce.

Cloves and cinnamon are also staples in gingerbread. Use cinnamon candies instead and just toss in whole cloves, its much more health if you have to chew through something don’t you think?

You can always throw nearly anything else you have into the gingerbread, the strong taste of ginger is easily capable of hiding other flavors. You might consider adding broccoli to your gingerbread, I only suggest you chop it finely.

Cutting gingerbread men:

Don’t limit yourself to normal looking gingerbread men, make gingerbread zombies by leaving off a limb or the head.

 Frosting them:

The frosting in the best way to ruin gingerbread men. Use of cayenne powder is strongly encouraged. If you need a dark-colored frosting just use soy sauce. Red frosting? Tomato paste works great.

If you decided to go for zombie gingerbread men or some kind of mutated gingerbread men, don’t worry about where you put the features, be creative and mix it up. Eyes on the right foot? No problem.

 

Sugar cookies:

Sugar cookies pose problems for everyone, it’s hard to make them that aren’t ruined no matter what you’re going for, so why mot just have some fun?

The dough doesn’t offer many opportunities to ruin these cookies, so use a normal recipe.

Cutting shapes:

The shapes of the cookies can help ruin them. Consider digging out Halloween cookie cutters, there’s nothing like biting into a witch on a broomstick on Christmas eve.

Pumpkins are also good, as are nearly any other cutters that aren’t Christmas in nature.

Baking:

Over bake them, it doesn’t much matter as long as they aren’t burned, if you do burn them, just say that you made gingerbread cookies.

You should manage to get a nice, hard cookie that can nearly break your tooth, that’s what you’re looking for in a ruined cookie.

 Frosting:

Frosting sugar cookies is the best place to ruin them. Change the frosting by adding any of these:

  • Tomato paste
  • Cola
  • Root beer
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin

Any one of those will ruin the frosting quite well, two or more might result in the universe being destroyed along with the cookie.

Instead of sprinkles, try using granulated garlic or onion powder. Coffee grounds can also be used in moderation, as can pepper flakes if you desire to add a bit of spice to your cookies.

Any of these suggestions should work with any other kind of cookies you might want to ruin for Christmas.

 

There you go, sure-fire ways to ruin gingerbread men and sugar cookies.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me again next Saturday night when I ruin another helpless food.

Please feel free to comment with your own suggestions on ruining gingerbread men and other Christmas cookies.