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2020-08-14 10:24 pm
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Introductory Post

Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] hecticity and knowing that I have a couple of new folks reading this journal, I decided an introductory post. If you've known me a while, you can skip this or see if I just repeat myself (or if I get something wrong).

First Rule of My Flist: If this doesn't apply to you, it doesn't apply to you )
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2010-09-01 10:40 am
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Post-Yoga Breakfast

I'm not a big breakfast person. The idea of fancy food in the morning is enough to turn my stomach. But I have gotten into better habits since starting morning yoga. I turn on the coffee maker, do my yoga routine, and, by the time I'm done with my final asana, the coffee is done and I'm hungry.

Well, today, the coffee maker is being possessed by demons or something. I don't know, but it's not making coffee. On the other hand, I made a simple, delicious breakfast that has what I need - good taste, protein, vitamins, and nothing over powering.

Post-Yoga Breakfast

8 oz Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup blueberries


Mix thoroughly. Eat happily. (I am never able to eat an entire 8 oz of Greek yogurt in one sitting - certainly not like this - but this is one serving. One massive, stick to your ribs serving.)
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2010-07-24 08:41 pm

Spicy Dilsk Soup

Spicy Dilsk Soup

1 white onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 large tomato, diced
3 large handfuls dilsk (dulse, whatever palmaria palmata is called where you live)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup brown rice
1 cup fish broth (veg* alt: veggie broth)
1 can clams (veg* alt: navy beans)
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon arrowroot

Spice Blend
cayenne pepper (3 tsp or to taste)
ancho chili pepper (3 tbs)
garlic (to taste, at least one clove)
tarragon (2 tsp)
cumin (2 tsp)

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Sautee onion, pepper, spices, and spice blend in oil, with one half handful of dilsk. When the onion is transparent add all the tomatoes, fresh and canned. Add arrowroot*. When at a boil, add the broth and the rice. Shortly after, add half of the rest of the dilsk. When the rice is cooked to taste, add the clams or the beans and dilsk.


*With arrowroot (or common flour as a substitute) whisk in a bit of cold water to keep from clumping unpleasantly in your soup. You don't want a mouthful of clumped congealed arrowroot.
Serve hot.
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2010-07-19 08:45 pm

Erasure of No Such Thing As Unicorns

Title: Erasure of [livejournal.com profile] sgrio's No Such Thing As Unicorns

Um, supernatural horses?

The one in leather's studying No, son. )
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2010-07-16 10:23 pm

The True Story of the New World

Fic title: The True Story Of the New World
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] chasingtides
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] campowensfic
Genre: Sam/Dean
Pairing: Sam/Dean, Sam/Ruby, Sam/Castiel
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~25, 000
Summary: Years after the world ended and their lives went to hell in a hand basket (metaphorically, not literally), Sam started writing books. Dean didn't care, not until it began to take Sam away from the hunt and away from him. But Dean never imagined that reading Sam's books could do what Heaven and Hell couldn't - tear them apart permanently.

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Notes (Spoilers)

Art Master Post

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2010-07-06 10:20 am

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So... in all of my ravings about bisexuality and genre media, why didn't anyone tell me about Doyle-the-bisexual-Irish-half-demon in Angel? (At the very least, bisexual tendencies - which, for a Whedon piece is absolutely stunning.)
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2010-05-26 10:33 am
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Fic: Gifts in One Hand

Title: Gifts in One Hand
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chasingtides
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/characters: Dean and Sam Winchester
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters, the town, or the mythology. I am not making any kind of money off them.
Prompt: Dean's birth certificate is for 'Deanna Winchester,' same as their grandmother. Bonus points for John learning to raise Dean as a boy.
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest: In their time crisscrossing the country hunting evil and hiding out in motel rooms in small town America, Sam and Dean spent a few months living out life in a crossroads town in southern Alabama. Dean loved hunting and loved his family, but he'd learned not to expect anything from anyone else.
Author's Notes: This was actually remarkably hard to write and I'd be here all day if I were listing everyone who helped me - but know that I appreciate it. I drew both from Italian Inquisition records and some Cherokee mythology, as well as local history to Coffee County Alabama.

This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. )
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2010-03-19 12:25 am
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Meta: Angels, Genetics, and the End of the World

Around midnight, while painting up some fresh art deco inspire designs, I had a sudden though about Supernatural, which happens on occasion (perhaps more occasions than I would be willing to admit in public).

Angels have the ability to possess people through hereditary lines (Michael can possess both John and Dean, Castiel can possess both Jimmy and his daughter). Now I know that this is going to be a shocker to everyone: Sam and Dean are full-blood brothers (they have the same biological sperm and egg donors that created them).

This means that both Sam and Dean have the same hereditary lines - logically, if angelic possession depends upon some sort of supernatural genetic factor, both Sam and Dean should have the ability to be possessed by Michael or Lucifer.

What if - with Dean's exhaustion, apathy, and general depression and Sam's fervor, anger, and need to explode things with his brain - Dean ends up as Lucifer's vessel and Sam as Michael? Logically speaking, if we take Michael's metaphor of the fallen brother vs the unfallen one, Dean is the one who went to Hell. Sam's made mistakes, but he's still alive and good Lord, Sam Winchester could make a career out of being sorry.
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2010-03-18 08:04 pm
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Roast Chicken, Chicken Soup, and Brownies Oh My!

These recipes I promised to [livejournal.com profile] optimus_life because he's awesome and I love cooking and sharing. Now, I don't talk much about what to do with chicken gizzards. I don't use them much, unless I'm boiling them up with the cooked bones for stock, but plenty of people swear by recipes like these, especially those who use the entirety of an animal for spiritual or fiscal reasons. (And seriously, chicken bones make great stock, just make sure you snap them first.) Some day in the near future, I might try gizzards in my jambalaya, just to see how it goes.

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Rosemary Chile Chicken

Take one chicken. Remove guts and gizzard. (Set aside and make stock, if that's your thing.) Set aside.

In an oven safe casserole dish, put three dried chile peppers, four slices garlic (or cloves or powdered garlic or whatever your favored garlic is), one quarter to one half onion (or dried onion or powdered onion). Put chicken on top. Inside chicken, put the rest of the onion, some stale bread, another slice of garlic, a tablespoon of rosemary, and a dried chile. Top with stale bread, Bell's Seasoning, and chile powder.

Bake at 325 for 40 minutes or until done. Eat with potatoes or wild rice.

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Rosemary-Chile Chicken Soup

Slice every bit of meat off of your bird. Crack bones and boil the bones with a bit of bullion in 9 cups water. Add to this: 1 tbs rosemary, 3 tsp cayenne powder, 1 tbs garlic powder, 1 tbs onion powder, 1 tsp dill, 2 tsp thyme, 2 tbs Bell's Seasoning, and 2 tsp herbes de Provence.

Bring to a boil. Add one package pasta of your choice (or two cups chopped potatoes with skin). While cooking, add four chopped carrots. Add rest of chicken.

Serve with bread (I prefer my scones or Southern style cornbread).

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Making your cheap box o' brownies taste special.

Pour your box o' brownies into a bowl. Add three or four handfuls of chocolate chips to the powder. Add two tablespoons cocoa and two teaspoons sugar (alternative: use two tablespoons of your preferred hot chocolate mix). Add two tablespoons flour. Add half cup of milk (or preferred milk substitute).

Prepare according to box directions. Serve hot, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Add frozen berries to make it extra special.

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Would anyone want my Boston Baked Beans recipe? I'm cooking it up this weekend, old-fashioned style. Alternately, would anyone like my lemon-garlic chicken recipe? I like it in the summer, but it's also sure to bust any lingering head colds and takes minimal effort.
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2010-03-14 09:08 pm
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Chase's Chili on the Cheap

Yet another chili recipe. I *adore* chili. My father tells me it's because I want to be a Texan cowboy. I think it's because chili is the most delicious food ever.

Ingredients:
leftovers from a roast (alternatively, any kind of cooked beef)
2 cans beans (kidney, pinto, black)
1 can diced tomatoes
2 onions
1 bell pepper

Spice Blend
1 tablespoon garlic slices (or more - don't skimp on the garlic!)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
pinch each of garlic powder and onion powder

(You also want to have a pot of rice going because this is best served over long grain rice.)

Directions:
Slice roast into bite size pieces, discarding any fat or bone. Set aside. Dice onion. Put in large, heavy bottom pan with a bit of oil on low heat to soften. Dice pepper. Add to onions. Add a spoonful of spice mixture. Stir well. Cook on low heat until vegetables are soft. Be careful not to burn.

Add meat to the pepper and onions. Add rest of spices, stirring well to evenly coat everything. When aromatic (you can smell the spices cooking) add the beans along with the liquid in the can from the beans. Stir and increase to medium heat. When it reaches a simmer, add diced tomatoes and liquid. Continue to stir. If necessary at this time, add equal amounts of cayenne, ancho, and cumin. If there is too much liquid, add a spoonful of cornmeal. Simmer about ten minutes.

Serve hot over long grain rice, like a gravy. Also freezes well for quick meals on the run.

Theoretically you could make a (cheaper) vegetarian version by adding another can or two of beans to replace the meat, but I would drain some of the liquid in that case. Add more pepper for a hotter dish - or add a fresh chile pepper or two (which is what I do in summer when I just pluck them out of the garden).