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Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11

It's 9/11.
The Defining Moment and Inciting Incident of the early 21st Century America.

I'm keen on making a Blog.  Click the Label for the earlier posts.
So this year I'm thinking about it, wearing my Stars & Stripes.

I like to think of myself as a Good American. 
Cheers.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Star Wars...Now It Begins!

I am now in Write-Only Mode for Twitter.
This past Force Friday was awash in Spoiler-rific Suddenness I had to make bold action.
Only a few things spoiled for me:
1.  An alien.  I think I've seen it before in the cartoons so...
2.  A certain new droid.  Can't un-ring that bell.
3.  And could this astromech be the unit for the HERO STARFIGHTER I found out about by name only while watching the Battlefront II Space Battle YouTube Vids...but iDigress...
4.  Some Crimson Guards, what?
5.  Snoke got a Mega Star Destroyer that I caught out of the corner of my eye.  I mean they got to get around in something, right?  And it's the First Order, dammit.  We are Not The Empire!  ^_^
6.  The 2nd movie poster.

So I'm all set with Twitter spoiling.  It's all worthy to me, to see the first time in the movie.
Cheers!
Twitter, see you on the other side of the war...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get in My Belly! Homemade Pizza from Scratch!

Hey Dear OCHO,

I'm in the mood to cook.
And I wish I could share a some of my Super Satisfying Sully's 7-Cheese Slice!

We were at Peter's place.  It was Sunday PM.  We were having Supper for the Season Finale of Game of Thrones.  Posty had smoked 2 whole chicken, covered in delicious bbq rubs.  Juicy meat, crispy & salty & spicy skin...ooof but iDigress...

Yet we've been having supper parties for over a decade!  And I love bringing up home cooking Life Hacks for Any Kitchen, especially fresh, healthy food fit for family and kids.
And we're talking cracking the code of an American staple food!

Making bread at home is such a lost touchstone to the family table.
The subject is vast & what an item in which to be promiscuous.
Bread.
A gift from the Planet to We the Human Race.
That every divergent culture seems to have on some level figured "It" out.
Unless you experience a gluten sensitivity, then like me you've eaten an amazing array & amount of bread over your lifetime!!

5 parts Flour.
3 parts Water.
From here.  It's about how much you need to make for how many people.
It comes down to simple, schoolhouse Arithmetic.
5 grams to 3 grams, same result.  5 ounces to 3 ounzes, same result.  5 pounds...  you get it.
A little salt.
A little bloomed yeast to leaven.
A little shortening which helps the dough keep its shape when rolling out, reduces elasticity.

It is so easy to make pizza dough at home.
It is so easy to make a tomato sauce at home.
What else would you need?
Cheese, toppings and a Hot Oven?
And so inexpensive.  And with a few pizza-related kitchen staples, you to can have restaurant-quality pizza a few times a week.  Be master of your consumed sodium level!
If you love your children, never feed them frozen pizza again!  Read the Sodium % on the side of the box.  Then think if you eat the whole thing or the "Suggested Portion"!
Wow...being a Label Reader Sucks!!! It's taken all the fun out of Eating Fast or Packaged Foods!

So I do it at home.
I'd love to be able to cook for you too.
But if I can't...then here's the Next Best Thing.












Below is a Video I took while I was making a tomato sauce just for a demo like this.  Don't use hot sauce on your dough.  It should be cold-to-room temperature.  The oven will heat it up along with the baking the dough and melting the cheese.  Make your sauce, cool your sauce, keep it in the fridge until you need to use it.  I've sweated a Spanish onion, sliced raw garlic, covered over low heat until wet & translucent.  I added one can of plum tomatoes and 2 bay leafs.  Let stew for about 45 minutes.  REMOVE the bay leafs.  And use your stick blender until smooth.  I pour out onto a sheetpan with an edge and let cool before I stow in a Tupperware and put in the fridge.
This is Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly as well as the Dough.



















Saturday, August 26, 2017

Get In My Belly!!! Fried Chicken Tacos!! ^_^

Oh Dear OCHO!

I LOVE TO EAT!
I know...you do too. ^_^  Yay!

I've been hankering not just for a Taco...
but This Specific Taco!!
It's available in Chicago, IL, USA at BROKEN ENGLISH, 75 E Lake, on the corner where the Loop turns "Left" but iDigress.

It's one of my favorite places to eat on Planet Earth and that ain't no lie!

Yet here I am.  In Boston.  All the way over here when my taco is all the way over there...
But wait!  I have the know-how, I have the technology....
I HAVE THE POWER!

So, it began with this Vision of Tacos floating around my head and an inability to pop one in my mouth.
DIY, at home.  Sure the restaurant is a lot more fun!
Yet Heed The Call...

What I did was to hydrate some powdered buttermilk with the spices; black pepper, paprika, chili powder & garlic powder.  Then I put a chicken breast into a quart Ziplok.  Then I poured the seasoned buttermilk into the baggie.  Zip shut.  I then did what initially should have done and that was to butcher the breast into morsel pieces, more surface contact with the buttermilk, et al.  It's a good idea.
24 hours later when you're about to cook, drain the baggie in a colander in the sink.  Then dredge in panko and rest to fire.  It's that simple.  I put a few spices & kosher salt in with the panko.  and it's most important to season with a little salt when done cooking yet a few capsful of canola oil, a frying pan and a few minutes on each side.

So while all that was in the fridge, earlier in the day I got my "Chef On!" ^_^
The original taco calls for a Smoked Slaw and a Ghost Pepper Mayo.
OK.
What do I envision.  I'm literally afraid of Ghost Peppers thanks to Chef Howie at Olde Magoun's Saloon, my local Pub.  So I'm gonna go with Scotch Bonnets.  Serious Scofield Numbers here too, kids.
And I don't have a smoker yet I know a Pickled Slaw technique that'll do!
Pickling Liquid is literally the reverse of the Vinaigrette Ratio. 4:1 yet flip the values of oil & vinegar.
So on with the Show!  And lemme tell you ZERO-LEVEL LEFTOVERS.
None.  I've seen Chicken fly, man...lemme tell you. ^_^

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome to...ASK BATMAN!

We've found the Caped Crusader fresh from an another evening of Crime-Fighting!
Yet protecting the Citizens of Gotham City is a 24-Hour Long Job.
So this "Doc Knight" is offering his problem-solving technique for the more everyday situation that do not include Ransom, Killer Clowns or Bat Anti-Shark Repellent.
Use the Hashtag #AskBatman to @revsully on Twitter to get your very own answer from Gotham's Very Own Super Friend!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Chicago 2017

Hey All!

Another Summer, Another Trip to Chicago!
The 3rd Annual Ferris Bueller Memorial Painting of the Windy City RED!

Pete, Emily, Kris & I crammed so much into more or less 48 Hours.
Food, Fun, Foolery!  What a great time.  Good to see old friends, make new.
Great weather, great restaurants, great times. ^_^
Come.
Aunt Patty & Selma's slideshow to Egypt is about to begin...
































Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Star Wars

I have a Theory.

A Tale of Two Skywalkers.

No!! Not Luke & Leia...

but Anakin Himself!

Let's play...

I am a huge fan of Matthew Stover's novelization of Revenge of the Sith, based on the story & screenplay by George Lucas, Del Rey/Balantine/Lucas Books, 2005. I cherish my hardcover. I lend it out with Absolute Seriousness. "Do you want to Enjoy Episode 3???" I've always got it back as well.
We need to remember that George Lucas did reshoots of the Finale, the showdown between Obi-Wan on Mustafar. Lucas did some redacting. Irregardless after April 2014, the novelization "lost" its value becoming "non-canon" and part of LEGENDS, the umbrella term for the formerly known as the Expanded Universe.
Info Different from the Movie:
  • Names and details are given for the lightsaber techniques the characters use in their respective duels. All the seven lightsaber combat forms are mentioned and described except Form VI.
  • Anakin wants to access the Holocrons of the Archives to know more about Darth Plagueis so that he can learn how to save Padme. As the Holocrons are only available to Jedi Masters, this explains his outrage over not being promoted to the rank of Master when put on the Council.
  • Palpatine deliberately tricks the Council into sending Obi-Wan to Utapau using reverse psychology by suggesting they send Anakin. He knew he needed to get Obi-Wan off Coruscant before he could turn Anakin to the Dark Side, so he used Grievous as a trap to lure Obi-Wan away. This proves necessary when Anakin's reaction to learning that Palpatine is the Sith Lord. Anakin's crisis is to think "If only Obi-Wan were here - Obi-Wan would know what to say. What to do. Obi-Wan could handle this". Right then, Anakin knew he couldn't.
  • Anakin actively protects Padme from Palpatine's "wrath" from being on the "other side of the Aisle".  Or think he does, and says it to her.  He's a little overtired from Nightmares.  He's pissed off already for not becoming a Master with Councilship, the Holocrons he can't read to save you Padme!  See Palpatine's strings better?  The Phantom Menace?  
  • Obi-Wan grieves Anakin's death before his and Yoda's return to the Jedi Temple, assuming that Anakin must have died during Order 66.
  • Towards the end of the movie a conversation takes place between Obi-Wan and Yoda in which Yoda tells the younger Jedi that Qui-Gon Jinn has "returned from the netherworld of the Force", and is ready to teach the pair of them how to do the same. In the novel, Qui-Gon's return is described in full during a significant conversation between his spirit and Yoda. During the discussion, Yoda laments having had reservations about the headstrong master prior to his death: "A great Jedi Master you always were, but too blind I was to see it." He then declares, "Your apprentice, I gratefully become", as he prepares to embrace the Force in such a way as to retain consciousness after death.
And my observation includes this: Anakin gets back his sense of humor. When murdering the Gate Master Jurokk, he is basically asked, "Is there anything wrong?". After turning his lightsabre on then off under the Gatekeeper's chin, Vader nonchalantly replies, "you have no idea..."
When Padme & Threepio (and Obi-Wan) are landing on Mustafar, Sidious advises his new Apprentice, "be mindful. I sense a disturbance in the Force". Vader makes the conscious choice to yellow-down his eyes and adopt Anakin's face to greet his wife. He does not shed a tear. He turns off his comm-link and arrogantly states, "peh...I am a disturbance in the Force". Finally believing his own press...
What are your thoughts?
Are all the novelizations of the Movies now non-canon or only this book? Does this mean in Episode 1, Anakin before we meet him on-screen, never saved the Tusken in the Dune Sea in the book's Act 1? Color Me Unimpressed if that the case. The novelizations get a latitude unafforded the novels. Cheers! ^_~