Tuesday, February 24, 2009

it's a cake ... it's a salad ... it's a cake salad!

it's a cake ... it's a salad ... it's a cake salad!
Originally uploaded by bunchofpants.

I posted something over at Flickr that's sort of like a blog post. In the interest of laziness efficiency, I decided to just post it verbatim here and make it look like I'm a diligent and dedicated blogger ...

So someone else already has dibs on bringing Ring-Around-The-Tuna to the potluck? Don't fret! Thanks to the Southern Living Meats Cookbook (1971), you can one-up everyone else with this "Danish Garden Salad." (Can we really blame the Danes for this?) It's got Brussels sprouts and lima beans, so it'll be a big hit with all the kids!

I'd make this, but I'm far too lazy. Still, someone needs to make it and post photos in the interest of improving the internets. Here's the recipe:

5 10-oz. packages frozen Brussels sprouts
8 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 cups cold water
5-1/2 cups hot chicken stock
1 cup bleu cheese
4 cups sour cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup cooked sliced carrots
2 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups cooked lima beans
3 cups cooked ham strips

Cook the Brussels sprouts according to package directions, the drain and chill. Soften 6 envelopes gelatin in 1 cup water in a saucepan. Add 3-1/2 cups stock and cooki over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved. Chill until thickened. Mix the bleu cheese and sour cream until smooth and fold into gelatin. Add seasonings, carrots, zucchini and lima beans. Reserve 15 Whole Brussels sprouts for garnish. Cut remaining Brussels sprouts in half and add to gelatin mixture. Turn into lightly greased 15 x 4-1/2 x 4-inch loaf pan and chill until firm. Soften remaining gelatin in 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Add remaining stock and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Chill until thickened. Arrange hame over congealed mold to cover top completely. Spoon gelatin over ham and chill until firm. Unmold onto chilled serving platter and garnish with reserved Brussels sprouts. May garnish with piped softened cream cheese, slices of hard-cooked egg, sliced truffles or rolled anchovy fillets, if desired.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

streetwise, perhaps, but definitely not glamorous

Could someone please explain to me why on earth I would ever want to Twitter? I mean, sure, I could see how cool it would be if I suddenly found myself in a unique situation, like for example having been taken hostage in a bank robbery, and then I Twittered the whole thing from inside the vault or wherever I happened to be, and then the whole intertubes would be abuzz for several days about how someone twittered the whole hostage ordeal and wow, look how the intertubes have changed our lives and aren't we all so cool. Yeah, I get that. But I'm not usually taken hostage, and I can't imagine having much of anything to Twitter about most of the time. And I get that Twitter would let me keep up with the doings of people like ... well, all the cool smart-and/or-famous people who Twitter ... but why do I need to do that?

Seriously, explain it to me. Convert me. Or don't ...

Friday, February 06, 2009

This just in ...

Maybe you actually have to be a dumbshit to win on Jeopardy! these days. I wasn't watching last night, but someone on one of my e-mail lists was, and the answer to the question " 'Bull City' This place's nickname is derived from a product sold by American Tobacco" was ... wait for it ... "What is Raleigh?"