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Recs, Recipes, and Requests

First, I'm slooooowly making my way through my tobe read bookmark, and have some good uns for you.

Yes Sir, Jeeves! by skyblue_reverie R, Jeeves/Wooster, absolutely delightful and deliciously naughty. From 2006 Yuletide, hilarious and the characters are spot on, I say! How corking!

One from kyrafic: it HAS to be read today before tonight's finale episode: Ordinary People. This is Pam gen, and such a wonderful tiny moment right after "Beach Day" ends. Hands down, Pam Beesly is the best female character around right now. Utterly normal and real and coming into her own. I LOVE HER.

If You Meet Buddha On The Road, Kill Him by Nemui. Another Pam-gen, and just lovely. I love the little mental games Pam plays with herself to make the clock move.

Letters Home by likethesun2 M*A*S*H fic, Charles/Hawkeye (but subtle - squint and you'll miss it) i know. It's Hawkeye and BJ with a Hot Lips sandwich, I know! And yet... Utterly mournful and lovely. Set after the episode when Charles Emerson Winchester the Third trains the Chinese musicians to play Mozart for him. Bring a tissue.

(And oh, how I love Charles. LOVE. If you're interested, here's my Charles fic, written with Connor from Angel stuck into his life as a younger brother. Heh. "Suicide is Painless") Nothing wrong with a little self pimp, hello. :D)

I modified some bran muffins to make them better tasting to the kids, but be warned: they pack a HIGH FIBER punch. Don't down one and a cup of coffee and sit in the car for an our, if you catch my drift.

Healthy Muffins

Two packages of Martha White Honey Bran muffin mix (yeah, yeah, but we BUILD on it)
one grated zucchini
one mashed banana
1 1/3 C milk (can use soy)
1/2 C grated carrot (one large carrot)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C Uncle Sam bran and flaxseed cereal

Mix, pour into muffin cups (it's dense, so fill the cups all the way up) and bake at 425 for 15 minutes. I get one and a half dozen out of this mix. Each muffin has about 10g of fiber. O_O Uncle Sam cereal is low glycemic, for those needing that sort of thing in your diet.

Decidedly UN-Healthy Dessert: Chocolate Pecan Squares
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (divided use)
2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 oz. finely grated bittersweet chocolate
10 oz. pecans, toasted (I never do this because I'm lazy)
1 C dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 C honey
2 TBSP heavy cream

Preheat over to 350. Cut 1 1/2 sticks of butter into pieces and mix with flour, light-brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in food processor or by hand with a pastry blender. Spread into 9x9 baking pan and pat evenly to make a crust. Bake in middle of oven for 25 minutes, or until golden.

While that's baking, make the topping. Chop (coarsely) the pecans. In medium-size saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter and stir in dark-brown sugar, salt, honey and cream. Simmer for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in pecans.

When cookie base is done, sprinkle grated chocolate evenly over the top. pour pecan mixture over the top, spreading evenly. Bake on middle oven rack until entire filling bubbled (not just edges), about 18 minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars or triangles.

WARNING: each bar has 30 g of fat. HOLY CRAP. But damn, they're good.

This weekend we're going to try out "Grand Gala" orange liqueur in our margaritas. I'm a willing test subject for you all.

And all of this rich deliciousness leads me to a "request." Anyone interested in me upping my work out playlist? It's over 2 hours long - I exercise for 75 minutes a day. I'm proud to say that I'm back to my 3-Day walking speed of 10 minute miles. *\o/* moosesal upped hers the other day. If you DO want me to post it, does it need to be divided into two dls?

I think today is a day to sit on a patio with a 'rita and some nachos and a book. Ahhhhhhhh.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
*drive-by love*
May. 17th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
DARLING ARE YOU ILL?! *cuddles you and brings you soup to clear out your sinuses*
May. 17th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I am SO ILL. And I have to pull an all-nighter nowwww to write about Crabbe, and I hate that I have to because he is GREAT and should be SAVOURED and instead I am going to be writing wordswordswords Wordsworth was shit, Crabbe is actually a lot like Austen INNA WAY, also like Dickens, words words words are we past 3,000 yet HOORAY.
May. 17th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
People write Wooster and Jeeves fic?!? How did I not know this?

Those chocolate pecan squares sound fantastic. I'm making a goat cheese and sun dried tomato pesto terrine, so the idea of those combatting aromas is keeping me from baking thos squares right this second...
May. 17th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yes they do! And that author I linked, check her journal. She has another J_W fic that I started, but haven't finished yet, and it's equally wonderful. As I hadn't finished it, I didn't put it on my recs list.

There's loads out there to be read - I've just got to clean up my bookmarks so I can share them properly.

Mmmm, goat cheese and sun dried tomato pesto terrine. I'll be over in a few minutes, set me out a plate, would you? *beatific* Ha!
May. 17th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
It has to chill over night so the layers (goat cheese, pesto, goat cheese, sun dried tomato pesto, goat cheese) stay all layery. See you tomorrow and bring your own baguette *puts a crisp white wine in the fridge*!
May. 17th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Isn't that J&W fic the best thing ever?!?! I have more recs on my del.icio.us, but I think that one's my favourite.

*dreamy sigh*
May. 17th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I wasn't sure where I got the rec from, so I'll make a note. I LOVE THAT STORY. I'm even reading it again, I loved it so much!

Don't you just find the BEST FICS? *adores*
May. 17th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Post the music, bitch. *g* As to two files? I guess it depends on the total file size. I can download pretty much anything, but some people would probably prefer small files.
May. 17th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Like you, I just need the one person. *g* I'm heading out the door, so when the file's done, I'll post for you. (I'll probably break it into two, so it ups faster.)
May. 17th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Cool. Whenever is good. And right now I so could not keep up with you for the walk. But I'm working on it.
May. 17th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Dude, you could keep up with me right now, for I am deee-runk. And I couldn't keep up with you on a swim, so you've got me BEAT.

<3 still uploading, gah. I'll get it to you. eventually
May. 17th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Drunk. On a Thursday afternoon? Good for you. *g*

I'm in no rush. Right now I'm waiting for the damn wind to die down so I can get my run in. I'm just glad today's not a bike day, the gusts out there are insane. It gets really windy here (not storm related, just random wind) and there are days I'm amazed Buddy wants to be outside because his ears are flapping in the wind. He just lays in the grass though, oblivious and unbothered.
May. 17th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
GAH, the wind. My nemeisis. Pretend that's spelled right.

Ahahahaha BUDDY. I love your dog and I don't even know him.
May. 17th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
He's insane. There was one day during the winter. It was cold, seriously cold and we had this crazy wind and he wanted out. So I let him out, figuring he'd want back in. I stood at the kitchen window watching him with his eyes squinted half closed and his ears flapping as he stood facing into the wind. He has a really nice doghouse (that was expensive because he's so damn big) that he doesn't use. Instead he just endures the elements. I love him, but sometimes he's pretty stupid.
May. 17th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, that Pam fic (the one to be read before tonight) makes my heart bubble with joy and love for Pam Beesly. ILU, PAM.

Go have some drunken fun, you big lush!

May. 17th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
MASH was always on in my house growing up. It was a show we all loved and adored and I still find it compelling when I watch the reruns. Charles was my favorite, he seemed to be more poignant during his softer moments than the others, which made his pomposity endearing to me, because yo, he was front'n.

Thanks for the rec.
May. 17th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
OMG, i looooove MASH. Love it. I don't think there's an episode I haven't watched four times. I hope you enjoy the fics!

May. 18th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
I am basically just hear to lean against you. *leans*

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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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