Little-er is Even Better?

Still coasting on your post turkey day high?

We’ve heard it all before- moderation is best. In the last decade, this buzz phrase came up: “portion control”.

Maybe tiny food is a bad thing? You don’t feel as guilty popping a bunch of these:

Pecan Pie Bites- evil, pure evil.

Just as evil as this recipe for Paula Deen Pecan Squares–

more pecan pie to go, oh, the trappings of modern life where food can be portable, the horror–

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  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • eggs
  • 1 (1 pound) box light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch pan with vegetable oil cooking spray and dust with flour.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Stir in the brown sugar until smooth. Pour into the top of a double boiler. Cook the mixture over simmering water for 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches 180 degrees F. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Sift the 1 1/2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add pecans to flour mixture. Stir into the cooked mixture. Add vanilla and stir until combined. (The batter will be thin.) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into pieces. Store in an airtight tin in the refrigerator.

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The holiday season just makes me think of mince-meat, which goes hand in hand with pecans. Want proof? Here’s recipes that combine mince-meat and that crazy Southern nut.

Gone-ta-pott.com says mince meat “is a British festive sweet  traditionally consumed during the Christmas and New Year period” and goes on to tell us  “In Great Britain, and other countries, such as Ireland, mince pies are seen as a favourite food of  Father Christmas. Children leave one or two mince pies on a plate at the foot of the chimney (along with a small glass of brandy, sherry or milk, and a carrot for the reindeer) as a thank you  for filling their stockings.”

Check out this video of award winning pecan pie in Memphis:

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=5390

So, now you know more so you can have an even nuttier Feliz Navidad.

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Pre-Turkey-Week Cornbread

Today, we are getting all of our stuff to make an early Thanksgiving dinner so we can enjoy it before everyone else’s turkey day because we are horrible, impatient people like that.

There was a giant bin of 39cent boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix. I mean, you just can’t beat 39cents. We’re going to make cornbread stuffing too, but decided to also deviate and make some blueberry cornbread.

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a buck, eightteen. what’s that French word Bleuets doing on there? This is America.

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domestic boyfriend of half a decade cooks, not me. Here he’s drizzling “maple-butter” he made on top.

He was trying to go for a healthier, Thanksgiving-ier version of this thing they have in Los Angeles called the BJ Pizookie, as in the culinary mash-up of pizza (sized) cookie (with buttloads of ice cream).

Here is the secret recipe for the famous Pizookie.

Giant warm desserts to enjoy after a stroll during the chilly fall days and nights because:

Desserts = Stressed spelled backwards.

our neighbors are kinda corny

Mmm, butter, not Butters:

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LA people tweet about Walmart?

Yeah, you’d think LA was too cool for Walmart, but look:

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my friend’s assistant:

pinkavenger Perrier doesn’t taste nearly as classy when poured into a 25 cent walmart tumber. (#whitegirlproblems?)

about 8 hours ago via Twitter for Android

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Verified Biebster himself:

justinbieber less than 2 weeks until #MYWORLDSACOUSTIC hits Walmart

about 10 hours ago via web

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Verified Kevin Spacey:

Kevin Spacey

The first Trigger Street comic BAD GUYS hits Wal-Mart shelves today! http://trg.gr/Bad-Guys

4:19 PM Nov 9th via web

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People of Walmart, Hollywood wants YOU (to buy their stuff)

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BBQueer

Thought you guys would enjoy this video, since we are in the land of BBQ with LGBT people fighting for their rights in Memphis, hoping to get an ordinance passed with the city to make LGBT discrimination illegal

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Bigger is Better

Forget the “Big Ass Beers” you can get on Beale Street. Let’s talk about some big ass food I found at WMWM.

Never have I seen such over-sized foods.  I know we aren’t in Texas, and we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, but in Arkansas, where they think bigger is better too.

5 pounds of tater tots in one container, well, to me, that’s kinda dreamy.

108 oz., 6 pounds + 12 oz, 3.06 kg of Chef Boyardee Ravioli? heaven.

A container of Starkist Tuna that I have to hold with both hands?  Enough pork and beans to keep you busy until the cows come home? well, well…

Not a fan of tuna, but look at the huge thing of mayo next to it so you can make your tuna salad.

You can literally feed an army with these cans/bags of food, or just get a freezer and not leave your house for years!

Now, we can make our bellies even bigger on Thanksgiving thanks to portions like these! Mmm mmm good! and don’t forget- beans, they’re a magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you _____.

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Double Take

This article would make most urbanites look twice. Walmart in Manhattan? not in most New Yorkers’ wildest nightmares:

Reprint from:

What If Walmart Was Good for New York

November 5, 2010 | 2:12 p.m
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So Walmart is determined once again to invade New York. Could this actually be a good thing?

The Neighborhood Retail Alliance has a detailed post up with new information about Walmart’s plans for smaller stores in the city. But it sounds like these will be grocery store/mini-mart hybrids , not big-box department stores. In other words, there will be milk and jeans on hand, not jeans and stereos.

Granted this could still present a huge threat to family-owned bodegas and unionized grocery stores, to say nothing of the constantly imperilled mom-and-pops.

But if Walmart ends up competing with the chain stores that have already swollen the city, their presence could drive down prices and make groceries slightly more affordable.

Furthermore, there will be so much opposition to Walmart finally breaking into the city — from unions, politicians and communities — that some concessions might actually be won from the corporation, such as the base wages recently promised in Chicago in order to break into that market. And if Walmart can be forced to put more groceries in the city’s underserved neighborhoods, as was part of the reason for the Chicago Walmarts, then this could also be a boon for poorer New Yorkers.

Sure, this will be much worse, from a worker’s perspective, than having regulations in place that would encourage the construction and operation of retail stores citywide offering a living wage—an increasingly important issue as so many jobs in the city slide into the low-wage service sector.

But while it is still undeniable that Walmart is far from the nation’s best employer, perhaps it is the politicians and policymakers, and not the corporations, who are truly to blame for the current situation.

mchaban [at] observer.com | @mc_nyo

-What do you think?  This would change urban society as we’ve known it…

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Animal Parts

Vegetarians beware, for real.

My boyfriend spied some “pork neck” at WMWM. He begged to bring it home.

I said, “gross”. He’s on a kick about eating all of the animal, if you’re going to eat any of it at all. I said I was fine with being removed from this sort of thing and just eating a Chik-Fil-A sandwich.

Here’s an interesting article on Discovery’s Planet Green called “Nose to Tail: Could You Learn to Eat the Whole Animal?”.

Lo and behold, the boyfriend actually cooked this stuff up. He made split pea soup with it. We come from California where Anderson’s Pea Soup reigns supreme.  Oddly, there is a place that is solely famous for pea soup- very specific.

We were reading an article in Media 2.0 class that mentioned Rice to Riches in Manhattan, how they only served rice pudding and still survive to this day.I remember the Lower East Side having an all peanut butter and jelly restaurant– which the internet says is still there.  Sometimes not having too  many choices suits consumers just fine apparently.

Even though the whole process of him making his meal was interesting to observe, I still wouldn’t eat any.

Associated Content even has a whole web page on cooking pork neck.

Here’s an ifood.com recipe he used and to which he added his own twist.

Here are some other odd pork products I found in WMWM which I really hope never come home with us:

Did you read those ingredients? pork snout, pork tongues…

More edibles from a pig’s face.

WMWM, where you can get the whole hog and all the pork products you could ever want!

 

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