Monday, October 19, 2015

Huge Glazed Loaf of Everything

On request I'm putting together my Everything Loaf. If anyone else actually interested in the crap that I make, let me know and maybe I'll post more.

The idea behind this was to avoid having to make sides when making meatloaf. Being simultaneously both lazy and ambitious I came up with this and it's nearly where I want it. This is the second iteration of it and it's fucking huge. I'll be eating this bastard all week with some to spare for the freezer. Never froze meatloaf before so I hope it doesn't turn to shit.

Feel free to mix up the meat mix a bit. Next time I may make this a lot smaller and make the division of meats evenly.


INGREDIENTS

Meatloaf
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2 Chopped Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Grated Carrot
  • 6 to 8 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 pounds Ground Buffalo
  • 1/2 pounds Ground Pork or Veal
  • 1 cup Cooked Rice (check your fridge to see if you have old rice leftover from takeout. I went through the trouble of cooking the shit before I found a goddamned carton of perfectly fucking good, already cooked rice in the fridge)
  • 1/2 cup smashed Chex (or Breadcrumbs)
  • 1/8 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese (or Parmesan)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic/Parsley Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 3 whole Eggs, Beaten
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar (Fig Balsamic rules!)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • Red Pepper Flakes to taste
  • Sriracha To Taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make the loaf
  1. Saute onions, peppers, garlic and carrots in a pan with olive oil until soft.
  2. Place the sauteed vegetables, ground meats, cooked rice, breadcrumbs, Cheese, Garlic/Parsley salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.
  3. Mix the ingredients until well combined (normally you'd mix meatloaf my hand but unless you let the cooked rice and veggies cool you'll make up a few new words.. like "Godagadmothafuck!" like I did today).
  4. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain (this fucker does get really goopy). 
Make the sauce
  1. Add ketchup, vinegar, honey, mustard, pepper flakes, soy and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. 
  2. Add more of whatever from above to make it more right (never made it the same way twice)
  3. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top. Spread with a spoon.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Updated List Of Absinthe Mythos Cocktails So Far

These all will need some tweaking over time, I try to add notes when I've changed something from an older version but not always.

Dunwich Fizz
Long Innsmouth Iced tea

Old Yog
Captain Collins

R'lyeh Rum Martini
Eldritch Storm
Ever since the nearly synonymous discovery and obsession with Absinthe, I've been looking for creative ways to drink it. Here are several cocktails I've come up with that also fall into place with my obsession for The Mythos. I've put links on the side for these as well though if I start piling these up I may have to set up a separate page. 

Cheers and let me know if you can figure out a way to make these better.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Captain Collins

A Rum based Tom Collins spinoff I'm tentatively calling the Captain Collins after the Captain of The Emma from The Call of Cthulhu. Kraken Rum, Club Soda, Vanilla Simple Syrup, Creme de Violette and, of course, Absinthe make yet another fitting addition to my Absinthe Mythos Drinks.

After posting the last drink I was going through some old pictures because I felt that my older drinks at sunset pics looked a whole lot nicer than recent ones and wanted to compare. I came across this picture from the beginning of the fall last year, finally finding the Mythos Collins drink I made and forgot about. I changed it a bit from back then, traded the Ginger Beer for Club Soda to make it more of a Collins drink (and everything I made back then had Ginger Beer in it), added Absinthe (to keep it in line with the Absinthe/ Mythos theme) and changed the Maraschino Liqueur to Creme de Violette so it's a colder, deeper color.

2 oz Spiced Black Rum (Kraken)
1/4 oz Absinthe
1 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Vanilla Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
1/4 oz Creme de Violette
Lime Slice
Maraschino Cherry


Add the first four ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a Collins glass with several cubes of ice. Fill with Club Soda and top with Creme de Violette for a color of the deep, Garnish with the lime slice and the cherry.

One thing that I wasn't sure of was using a Lemon or Lime. Generally I like Lemon a lot better but there are times when, again, too much Lemon with sugariness sickens me like a cheap sour mix. The final decision to keep it as Lime here was based on the thought that I'm pretty sure the Royal Navy had switched from Lemons to Limes to prevent scurvy at the time Call of Cthulhu was to have happened. Whatever the reason, Lime did work great here.

While Captain Collins didn't last long in the Lovecraftian universe as he was killed by the "evil looking crew" of Cultists on the heavily armored steamboat named The Alert, at least he didn't die of scurvy or sobriety.

Old Yog

In his house at R'lyeh buzzed Cthulhu waits drinking . . .


It only seemed fitting to add another Absinthe based Mythos Cocktail to the list once this Cthulhu Tiki Cup arrived from awesomedrinks.com. The other drinks in the series so far can be found in the links on the side of the page. So, in addition to The Eldritch Storm Cocktail, The Long Innsmouth Iced Tea and The Dunwich Fizz, I introduce The Old Yog!

I love rum but I'm not a big fan of super sour-sweet drinks. It is, however, the dead of Summer and I now own a Tiki Cup so I wanted to make something fitting for the season and the cup's malfeasance magnificence.

It originally was going to be a variation of the Navy Grog though it's probably closer to a Zombie. If I had any 151 to pour over the top I guess it would be even more so.  I didn't want to use any Grapefruit Juice so opted instead for Pineapple, though there is not much Juice in it at all. There is also Lime juice since I juiced the Lime after making the Lime tentacles.

With 3 types of rum and the addition of Absinthe, it turned out really strong. Adding a little 151 would have made it a complete asskicker. It also didn't help that since I was so excited to get the cup, make the drink, watch the sunset and then the subsequent storm, that I totally forgot to eat.

OLD YOG


1 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Light or Gold Rum
1 oz. Dark or Black Rum+
1/2 oz. Absinthe
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Blood Orange Syrup
2 dashes Wormwood Bitters

Shake the ingredients with ice and pour into a collins glass or a tiki glass filled with crushed ice (especially if you have a Cthulhu Tiki Mug, by Horror In Clay from awesomedrinks.com). Top with a bit more Dark Rum and garnish with lime tentacles.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shredded Pig.

So, people asked for this. It's not perfect yet but I'll update it if it changes.

On a recent trip down to New Hope to take the Evil Queen away from her troubles for a weekend I came across a shop in town that I knew I needed to go to. And the women working there knew I was a mark as soon as I entered. The shop is Olive-N-Grape which sells specialty Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars, and, oh dark lust of Hel, by looking up that link I just noticed they sell online.

Anyway, for this idea I had for pulled Pork I was specifically looking for a Plum Balsamic which they unfortunately didn't carry. I was, however, introduced to a dozen or so combinations of Olive Oils and Vinegars which, even by themselves on a spoon, were amazing. After tasting the Fig Balsamic (and having an arm full of other bottles) I knew I hit the one I wanted and I knew I had to get out of the store if I was still going to be able to afford dinner that night.

Originally I was looking to make a sweet and slightly tangy sauce for this with a subtle slow burn. The Fig Balsamic was so sweet an tangy that, aside from whatever was in the Ketchup, I added no extra sugar even though I planned on at least 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar. That being said, I think the biggest downside to this was using Ketchup instead of making a sauce completely from the start. Fuck's sake, I used to make 20,000 gallons of fucking BBQ sauce everyday, you'd think I'd be prepared. But, no, I was too lazy to go out yesterday and buy the stuff I needed and had to get far too early of a start this morning since, yet again, I was far to lazy to prep anything last night. Also why I went and just bought some Cole Slaw from the market down the street. I don't like cabbage enough to fuck with it.

Since I tell myself I shouldn't eat much bread I decided to make this over rice. At first I was going to go all out and make a Cajun Dirty Rice but then I thought that the spice and meat in the rice might take away too much from the pork so I scaled it back a bit. I left out the Cajun Spices for the most part  and various meats aside from the Bacon... because now, really, it's like a bacon fried rice with a Gumbo Base so, fuck yeah.


The recipe, as any recipe, is a guideline. I know I chucked in a shitload of other shit as I went along but fuck if I can remember. You can see it here or on the side of the page where it says "Pages". Should be under a bunch of drinks and crap.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day 4 Art Fiesta Challenge: Cartoons and Satire

Occasionally I'll feel the need to draw cartoons of people I know, or myself.... or, more often than not, people I hate. Most of the jokes I draw about the people I hare are such closed, inside jokes that I don't feel the need to show them here. Instead, here are some that most people might get... and many are of me...

which will segway to my girl...

...my friends (especially Christine who I must draw as a muppet)

...and politics...

...how can you do politics without religion...





...and lastly a foray into scholarly outlooks on reconstructionist religions. Well, as scholarly as I get anyway.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 3 Art Fiesta Challenge: Gaming and CG

Most of what I loved about gaming was developing characters and would probably spend more time creating backgrounds and idiosyncrasies than actually gaming. In the process of developing the character I'd sketch and scribble until I found personality traits come out in the drawings. This lead to very elaborate character sheets. This also transitioned from hand drawn much like the comic art from my last post.


As mentioned above as time went on I did transition this to CG as well. The few times I ran games I tried to come up with a bunch of stuff to try and set the scene. 



It was fun to make vids and the soundtracks (maybe another post on soundtrack things later). 




There was one game in particular I did a bunch of art for. It was a genericly ruled game set in a epic space universe we called TomScape (Tom ran the game). I must say tho that the biggest and most challenging thing to do was to make a preview video of a game we hadn't played yet. the game master gave me a challenge to illustrate several scenes and challenged himself to make sure that all of the events that were illustrated actually happened in the game. 


Below is a gallery of the images from the vid.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 2 Art Fiesta Challenge: Cutting Teeth/Infested

I had a story mostly written that I tossed around whether to try to make it was a webcomic or a podcast called "Infested" but later changed to "Cutting Teeth". I honestly don't remember why I felt that I needed to change it. I think it was because there was some other podcast that was potentially going to be called Infested at the time and the infested.dot.com domain was a shitty Papa Roach fansite.



There was a short period of time I did have the delusion that I could make it into a series of animated shorts until I started animating and realized that I bit off way more than I could chew. I did make a little intro just to see what animation entailed and how much time it would take to make a short title clip. If the video doesn't show below you can check it HERE.


The story is, of course about Wererats. More specifically a Labrat who escaped the lab he was in during a mad purging of all the unethical experiments going on there. He makes his way to a Wererat colony only to be treated as a pariah and outsider having only known a very sheltered and closed life in a lab with his only exposure to the outside world being whatever movies his guards were watching when they were supposed to be working. Eventually he'd be the only one who could help against the spread of all the other abominations that were released when he was. The term "Cutting Teeth" referred not only to a rats mighty incisors but on how the main character has to learn everything about everything using only the information he gained through the trials of being a test subject. 

At some point I finally decided to go with a podcast over an online comic. I figured I'd be able to get more bulk of the story out a lot faster that way tho I knew I wanted to add a lot of art and illustration to the site it was hosted on. When the story made the transition from Infested to Cutting Teeth I also tried out some new digital art..

If/when I do go back to this, I'm leaning more towards a webcomic again. I'll have to figure out if I'll use CG or just hand draw everything. I'm currently leaning towards hand drawing but using CG models to help with layouts and backgrounds. In the development of the ideas I went from hand drawn to CG just to give it a try. Below is a slideshow/gallery thing that has a bunch of the artwork as it went along.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Day 1 Art Fiesta Challenge: Old Comic Art

I was challenged by my friend Christine to participate in a 5 day art challenge. I've been thinking of how to use this site since it's neglect when my old database crashed but have yet to utilize it. Never even posted about the last trip to NOLA. In the future I may possibly add some articles on foods and drinks but for now, my neglected art...

Day One will be about old, old comic art. Some of this is the oldest art of mine that I can find here at home made long before I had a nice Graphics tablet or even access to a decent scanner. I know there's more tucked away, buried under years of obsessions but I'll be damned if I can get to it at the moment.

Way back in the late 90's I moved up to Massachusetts to get as far away from NJ as I reasonably could while still keeping in touch with those few people I actually care about. In the bright and terrible days of AOL dialup I met some folks online who were looking to put an indie anthology called "Pure" together. My little part in it was a Post Apocalyptic story called "Electric Funeral". It lasted for 3 issues after falling apart. I don't have any issue 1's and I never received issue 3. The one guy who was the organizing force, Brian, left quickly to move on to much, much better things and we weren't able to keep ourselves together. Brian started Channel Zero here which was picked up by Image, and has since moved on to Dark Horse, Marvel and DC writing some amazing books as the Massive, DMZ and Northlanders.


I had also created some characters for a fantasy series called Fire and Steel. I absolutely adored the main characters, a dour and meticulous Dwarven craftsman/armorer and a drunken, free spirited Halfling firemage who just tried t get by with their travelling forge. Unfortunately, aside from the characters, i really had no stories.


It was a lot of money and work back then as the digital technology to do so much shit on your own wasn't there yet. I often do get the bug to go back to doing some kind of web comic or something and had started something a while ago... but more on that tomorrow.