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We are moving!

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

Finally making the move, check out the new site at www.eatingwithzombies.com
There’s lots of new recipes and much more photos, I’ve even updated some of the old blog entries.

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Written thoughts

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Lokking back over short stories (one of which was 22 chapters) I had written a few years ago, i find most of my writing to be sub par, everything i thought of as subtle is now glaring me in the face, like huge mistakes from my past. People have read this stuff, i never had a negative review and i would spend week agonizing over the smallest bits of dialog, and it was crap. Bleah! Thank god things on the internet can remain relatively anonymous, and i didnt get the urge to admitting to anything. I even managed to keep the bf off of it. thank god, he would have been honest and told me it was crap and i would have been heart broken.
Are we doomed to this ever maturation as writers that make all of previous work rot? Im sick of bad work coming back to haunt me.

Missing Our Previous Receptionist.

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Not that we are not happy with the current one, but Rob from a few years ago was great on the phone and used to love being sent to the store. It was awesome, took such pride in geting everything right. I hope someone down in South Carolina appreciates this man.
We were in the old office then, and some of the sun rays used to shine down on him and he’s shaved head would turn pink from the sun. We bought him a shading leaf. I miss that leaf.

I’m sorry your name is?

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

We cant get Patricia in the office to not pronounce the g in Hughes. Even though Ani spent a few minutes repeating after her, and Patricia accepted the fact that Hugh has a silent g.
Poor Mr. Hughes,

Product review: Fiber One

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I tried two products, the two they send when you sign up for a free sample on their website.

Cereal

The first was FiberOne cereal, it looked like a bran based cereal, and it was heavy on the bran, the flakes were thick and took over all the other flavors and so at the end while i did not eat the box for the fiber, it tasted like i had.

Bars

I wasnt expecting much, most bars are disappointing to me, especially when they try to disguise the taste by smothering it in chocolate, but while the bar was called chocolate and oats it didnt seem to be over burdened by it. It tasted nice, it had lots of oats (probably my favorite whole grain), didnt taste like soy, some chocolate, that didnt taste like really cheap quality stuff with a bit of wax mixed in for shine, and even had a bit of a caramel undertone. It didnt break your teeth, nor did it stick to them, and didnt leave sticky residue on my hands. As for  the ingredients, although not overwhelmed by soy products, it does fall into the sin of HFCS, something i avoid. the fact that its 7th on the list of ingredients is a plus, that fact that theres 3 other sweeteners in bar is a bit shocking. And the first ingredient is… you have to see it for yourself, id like to see what people would guess. next time youre in the store check it out.

THink outside the box for company

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2009 at 12:21 am

There are 3 types of meal you usually get when you go to someone’s house for dinner.
1) Pasta people, this can range from mac and cheese to shrimp scampi to lasagna to spaggetti and bottled sauce. But there are many people out there who almost always serve some kind of pasta for company. Its understandable, its easy to make, fast, and a crowd pleaser. Even we’ve been guilty of serving some friends so much pasta over the years they think thats all we ever make.

2) Grillers – Everyone has been to a party where the entire meal is pretty much prepared after you get there on the grill, for many this is strictly a summer time activity, but for others it year round. Theres such a surge in the summer by september grilled anything is usually unappealing to many.

3) What’s a meal without a roast? people. Something roast be it beef, chicken, pork or turkey. Theres a roast, usually with some kind of potatoes and some other green veg. The sides can increase dramatically though thanksgiving or christmas dinners are usually the most extreme version.

I am guilty of falling into all categories and many times over, but i have been trying to rebel against the norm and this last weekend decided to feed the crowd something a little more outside the box. So i bought some cooked chicken breast at the store and went for chinese chicken salad instead.

5 chicken breasts, chopped into 1/2 in. cubes
i can water chestnuts, drained
2 cups sugar snap peas
1 bag coleslaw salad mix
1/2 cup cashews
2 tortilla, cut into strips
oil for frying

1/2 cup sugar (i went down the dark path it seems)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup veg oil
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp sesame seeds
mix up the dressing, fry up the tortilla strips and drain on a paper towel. Arrange in a large bowl, cabbage mix, sugar snaps, chicken, water chestnuts, cashews and tortilla strips. Add the dressing before serving and enjoy a different kind of night for company. Oh and dont forget to get them to bring dessert.

The Perfect Hot Fudge Sundae – a quick and easy ice cream fix

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm

The trick to the ultimate hot fudge sundae is completely dependant on the quality of ingredients. For ice cream, I like Double Rainbow’s vanilla, (by the way the fresher the ice cream the better the flavor) and for chocolate, there are many great brands out there, but basically the silkier the texture the better the fudge. The three little bars that come wrapped from trader joes are great. Personally im a milk chocolate fan, and normally use Cadbury’s, but there’s something about hot fudge sundaes that calls for dark.
I have found that simple is best.
For the fudge, i make a simple ganache with a one to one ratio.
1 cup cream
1 cup chocolate, bars are better than chips
heat the cream until small bubbles form on the sides of the pot, pour over a bowl filled with broken up bits of chocolate. Wait a couple of minutes and then stir together til melted. its best served in large glasses (vs. bowls) pour some into the bottom of the glass, add ice cream (I do two scoops per person), and then pour more over the top, reserve some chocolate sauce and serve on the side, (round half way through chocolate lovers need a refill)

To Seitan or not to Seitan

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 at 12:49 am

I’m sorry but given the choice between eating plain veg, and eating seitan with it, seitan is so boring and has so much gluten, i rather stick to just the veg.

Prefect Bacon

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 at 12:21 am

This is the best way for cooking bacon, crispy, flatish, and with little clean up.
Cover a baking sheet with foil, curling the edges up so the grease doesn’t drip. Lay the bacon flat on top, crack a little pepper on, if you like and bake at 425, its perfect for us in 9 minutes, but id start checking after 7, it could take as long as 15, if you into extra crispy.
Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel, dont attempt to toss the grease til it’s cooled.
Once youve found the perfect timing, Grease splattered counter tops will be a distant memory.

Cheap Green Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day: Herb Cuttings

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

The best gifts give you something as well, (and im not talking about the thanks)

First off start collecting glass bottles and jars.

Then go visit a friend with an herb garden, and ask if you can get cutting of their herbs (if you don’t grow your own).

Then place all the herbs in glass jars with water, indoors, and wait, they should start growing, if the jar is clean (no soapy residue that counts as well)

Once theres quite a bit of roots, at least 3 inches long, plant them.  Once you have a decent bunch growing you can cut again and start a second to give away, but let’s face it. That’s not happening, not if you’re a true zombie.

Instead, when you’re going to go, get cuttings, put them in old jars, label the jars with tape and a sharpe, and then place them in an old shoe box, or other sort of box. (If it’s a really ugly box, wrap it with gift wrap or the funnies, or just newspaper.) Include instructions on how to grow the herbs.