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Baking Fail
Tried to make these last night as per the recipe given and they pretty much failed horrifically. The taste was ok, but the directions are shameful. Going to have to re-work it.

Chocolate Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 9 large bars or 16 smaller bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes
For the sugar cookie bars:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate frosting (double all this):

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Rainbow sprinkles

To make the bars:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined.

Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely.
To make the frosting:

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. On low speed add in the powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, salt, and cocoa. Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

Remove the bars from the pan using the foil overhang. Let cool. Frost with a thick layer of frosting. Sprinkle with sprinkles before cutting into squares. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Roasted Poblano Sweet Corn and Potato Soup recipe
Stolen from Iowa Girl Eats blog.

Was worried about how it would turn out. Soups can be notoriously fickle things. Thankfully this was a winner, the smoky bacon with the poblano and bite of the corn... Delicious. Enough for me to post and save to make again later.

Serves 4-5

2 poblano peppers
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut in half then thinly sliced (I cheated/cheaped out and used 3/4 of an onion - still good)
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized potato, peeled then chopped into 1/2" dice (about 1 cup)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk, divided
1 cup sweet corn, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly rub poblano peppers with extra virgin olive oil then place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through then transfer peppers to a large ziplock bag to steam. Once cool enough to handle, peel off skin, remove stem and seeds, and then chop (can be done ahead of time.)
Meanwhile, crisp bacon in a large soup pot over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain, reserving 2 Tablespoons bacon grease in the pot. Add leeks, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until tender and caramelized, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic then saute until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add potatoes and peppers into the pot then stir to coat.
Whisk flour and 1/2 cup milk together in a small dish then set aside. Add remaining milk and chicken broth to the pot, season with salt and tons of cracked black pepper, then turn heat to medium-high to bring stoup to a bubble, stirring frequently. Turn heat back down to medium then simmer until the potatoes are softened, 5 minutes. Stream in milk and flour mixture while stirring then continue to simmer until stoup is slightly thickened, 5 minutes.
Add cooked bacon and sweet corn to the pot then simmer until corn is warmed through. Taste then add more salt and pepper if necessary, ladle into bowls, and then serve sprinkled with fresh cilantro, if desired.

RIP Poopie
Lucky passed away. Found him this morning. He was already cold, there was nothing I could do. Poor old guy must have died overnight. He didn't want to eat his dinner last night. I prodded him to eat a bit, but he just didn't want it. Guess he was sicker than I thought. I feel bad that he's gone, but he doesn't hurt anymore. I just hope that whatever happened it didn't hurt him too much. Got him down to the Doggie Funeral Home in the morning a bit after I found him. I never had a dog die on me like that, they've always had to be put down. I think he was about 14 or so, don't really know but he had a good life for when we had him. What a bummer for a holiday.

Needless to say I'm a bit off kilter today. Been trying to to think about it here at work, but you can't totally separate life out. It's been busy, that's helping to keep it pushed away. The other dogs aren't even noticing that he's gone. Red licked my face while I was crying, but the trio just doesn't care.

Have to pick up the rest of his stuff when I get home. He didn't have any toys, but he had a bed and a blanket and a food bowl. His collar is still upstairs by the bathtub where I had to clean him up last week. It never went back on him.


Jalapeno Chicken Rice Recipe
Been a while since I put up a recipe. Like everything else, this was a previously published recipe until I got cooking and realized I didn't have something I needed. So, technically it is mine, while based off of someone else's work. William ate two bowls of it, so it must be good. The 'four' servings suggestion is just that. It won't fill two hungry Americans.

One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Chicken and Rice

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
35 mins

Serves: 4 or so

3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut to bite sized
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced, plus more to garnish
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ cups rice
2 cups chicken stock
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
5 sprigs green onion, sliced, plus more to garnish
½ cup milk
4 oz fresh mozarella cheese, cubed
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup breadcrumbs, to top (optional)
Cilantro, to garnish


In a large, high-walled skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and oil together. Season the cubed chicken breast with salt and pepper and then add to the pot. Add in the diced jalapenos and saute until the chicken has browned and the jalapeno has softened, stirring and turning often, about 3 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute until fragrant, about one minute.
Add the rice, spices, and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed the majority of the liquid, about 10-15 minutes.
Add in the green onion, milk, mozarella, and cheddar cheese, and stir until completely melted and evenly distributed.
Transfer to oven safe dishes (or keep in the pot, if oven-safe) and sprinkle with breadcrumb. Or douse, as to your preference. Broil until the tops have browned lightly, 1-2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro, sliced jalapeno, and green onion and serve warm.

What I'd wished I'd done:

Used arborio rice instead of just plain white rice. Would give it more of a risotto feel and have the rice be more substantial.
Not de-seeded all the jalapenos, even the garnish. Flavor was great, but there was no typical jalapeno kick. Next time I'll leave a few seeds in there.

Christmas. Whatever one wants to call it.

Went to Christy's last night. They had their traditional Spanish pig roast. Hated to tell her it wasn't the best eats out there. Ended up sitting in the smokers lounge with her sister's husband who we really get along with. If fact William said he's coming over tomorrow. Will be good for William to hang out with another construction type guy for a while.

Ficmas - proud of the one story I did and the recipient seems to have. Liked it. Other two - meh. I got two written for me, haven't read them yet. Lots of people I've never heard of requesting fics and very few new writers. Sad.

The MegaDave camp right now... people are going to shit themselves. Tamodachi. Good thing MF is so laid back and willing to forgive. There were some pretty bad things said back in the day, and M had a good run of luck in his adopted country.

William opened his presents. He was ok with the bred dipper set and the skull shirt, but he loved the Brian May book. He sat on the couch and flipped through it for an hour, left the music running in his zone. I don't think he planned on sitting out with me that long. At least he liked it.

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No news today. Just had to share the Lerxst love.

Columbus Day
Happy Columbus Day, the only holiday where we celebrate someone who discovered an already settled area.

Dental Billing suck
Just got off the phone with my dental insurance carrier about William's visit yesterday. I expected it to be expensive - the man has the worst oral hygiene ever and has several broken/missing teeth.

A temporary partial was U&C cost $620. The lazy bitch at the window quoted me $350 after insurance. Each. He needs two. So we paid, whatever. Got the receipt and I was looking at my Carrier Policy/Manual. That code should have been copay $41. Yeah, minor difference there sweetcakes.

Called insurance to verify, the book is right, they overcharged by $600. So they called the dentist. Their excuse - didn't have the formulary in front of them, which I know to be a lie. Where did they come up with the $350 then? How did they figure out how much his crown & build up were going to be?

Wonder how many other people they've mis-billed over the years. Thankfully I question everything after having been in the business, but people like my mom would just pay it and never think twice. $20 here and there whatever, but $600? How hard is it to actually look at the policy that pops up on the screen? I watched the guy at the front desk verify he had active coverage, then I watched the biller pull it up again and work things out.

So mad right now. Incompetence knows no boundaries.

Lemon Cookie Recipe

Blessing of the Socks
Bunch of quick things, going to do a dump and run and explain later tomorrow at work.

1. Kathy's PET scan denied again, emergency biopsy show's it's another cancerous tumor.

2. Motorcycle helmet, FTW.

3. Food, I likes it

4. Notepad ate that last fic chapter. Grrr.

5. If you aren't impressed, you weren't watching.

6. Gotta hit Home Depot and the tobaccanist tomorrow.

7. Discovered I like okra chips. Like, really like okra chips.

8. Dog ate my finger. Ouchies. Will live, but it's a nasty slice.

9. Pepper plants are doing phenomenal. Tomatoes are dead again. Nag Jolokia has blooms so will have peppers in a while. Habeneros.... Anyone want some, I have a lot.

10. Made it to ten. Larry says always make it ten.

11. Because I forgot, Nick's UFO saga.

12. Brad and Sally are probably moving to Dallas. Will explain later.


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