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February, 2012

  1. Pepper Jack Bay Biscuits

    February 29, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    The biscuits turned out sooo good.

    What you need:

    • 2 cups of self-rising flour
    • 1 cup of buttermilk
    • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of EVOO
    • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
    • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of pepper jack cheese (or the cheese of your choice)
    • 1/3 stick of butter
    • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes


    What you do:

    1. Preheat the oven to 450º.
    2. Mix the flour, buttermilk, EVOO, one teaspoon of garlic powder, and cheese together in a bowl.
    3. Grease a skillet and drop the biscuit mixture into it by the spoonful.
    4. Bake for about 15 minutes.
    5. On the stove or in the microwave, melt the butter and add the remaining garlic powder, along with the parsley flakes.
    6. Remove the biscuits from the oven and brush them with the garlic-butter mixture.
    7. Pop them back in the oven for another two or three minutes.
    8. Enjoy!


    Caleb said that these biscuits actually had a more “even” taste than the ones at Red Lobster, so I apparently did a good job in making them. I can’t wait to make them again; they were totally scrumptious!

    As always, folks, get your nosh on!



  2. Cheddar Bay Biscuit Reprise

    February 28, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    Totally made faux Cheddar Bay Biscuits tonight, except they were more like faux Pepper Jack Bay Biscuits. So. Good.

    I will post the recipe soon; I’m crunched for time right now because of how much is going on.

    Get your nosh on!


  3. Chinese Custard Dumplings

    February 27, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    I ventured to Ichiban again recently and against my will to pay their high prices for mediocre food. Provided, it was late, so the food wasn’t the highest quality possible. 

    This is one of the most delicious Chinese foods I’ve had: nai huang bao, the custard-filled dumplings.

    Image courtesy of Google.

    I know I’ve mentioned these before. The custard on the inside tastes like poundcake batter, and the bread part isn’t all that sweet; so if you’re a fan of sweet foods that aren’t excessively sweetened, nai huang bao is for you!

    Get your nosh on!


  4. Veggie Soups

    February 26, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    Still feeling under the weather, thus my lack of updates. I did feel much better on Friday, but then took a bit of a not-so-feeling-good shift on Saturday. I’m back to the Friday-ish level, and thus, we have a blog!

    Gigi made more gumbo at my request. I’ve developed a taste for vegetables soups such as this, and the best part is that I don’t even season it heavily with salt or cheese or anything- I’m eating just veggies, and they’re absolutely delicious.


    Then again, I have eaten some cookies, so maybe that counteracts the veggie-loving.


    I think my big issue with veggies is that I prefer them cooked and softened up instead of just being completely crunchy, though some veggies are okay when they’re crispy.


    Anyway, I can tell I’m sick also because when I eat, I feel better; it’s one of those weird things that happens when you can tell your body’s suddenly being energized by nutrients.


    And next, we’re going to be looking for a cheap tea kettle! Yay!


    Get your nosh on!





  5. Fish Tacos and Beignets? Oh, YAYS!

    February 24, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    Well, I decided to give up sweets and chocolate for Lent.

    Then Chris bought chocolate that was on sale and made beignets when I went to see him and Jim.


    My first impulse was to opt out of going to their house on Wednesday night; Jim, however, insisted that he had a remedy for sinus congestion, and so I ended up going anyway.


    We had deeeelicious fish tacos, and then Chris made beignets, which I haven’t eaten since I was in New Orleans.


    I’m still not 100%, but I do feel somewhat better today than I’ve been feeling.


    I failed again last night with Lent by drinking a Coca-Cola. I figured that I eat too much sugar anyway, but it’s very unlikely that I’m going to be able to give up sugar altogether, so we’ll go with my just giving up chocolate. (Sorry, Jesus!)


    Chris also made a strange kind of tea that had a licorice smell to it. The jury’s still out on how I feel about that tea, as the flavor kind of upset me in a way but pleased me in another.


    I actually included jalapeños on my fish tacos but was quite careful handling them so that I didn’t actually touch them with my fingers.


    Amanda and Chris argued about the chocolates because they kept biting into them and then putting them back when they didn’t like the flavor, so I finally grabbed a knife and began cutting open the chocolates to reveal their inner flavors.


    I was told this would cross-contaminate the chocolates.


    The beignets came instead of the King’s Cake, which would have been ridiculously difficult to make, and hey, there’s always next year…except that this year is the Apocalypse, so that was my last chance.


    Pictures coming soon when Beaux feels better!


    Get your nosh on!





  6. Mardi Gras, Lent, and Penance

    February 22, 2012 by The Yum Yum


    By the time you read this blog, Ash Wednesday will already be underway.


    This is the first year that I’ve decided to try to attempt giving up something for Lent. I think a few years I’ve actually done the opposite, which is the addition of a spiritual devotion, but I can’t remember what exactly I ended up doing.


    Fat Tuesday and the whole process of Mardi Gras is a kind of celebration of overindulgence and, well, sinfulness before actually giving up things for the season of penance.


    So, here we go, 40 days of Lent!


    Fat Tuesday saw me drinking soda- I only diet soda if and when I drink it at all. So that and a Totino’s pizza served as my decadence.


    My penance this year will be giving up sweet things- sugary things, all that jazz. I unfortunately have a sweet tooth, just not an overly sweet tooth; I like thing that aren’t as sugary as a cake but are more sugary than a cracker and less tart than fruit.


    I don’t know if fruit counts in the “sweet” category, but I’ll be avoiding canned peaches and fruit cocktails, if I can help it.


    Another interesting tidbit about Lent is that you can actually break the fasts on Saturdays.


    Also, for meat-eaters, it means only eating fish for the duration of Lent…I think. So what do you do if you already don’t eat meat? Gah!


    I’m supposed to be dining with Chris and Jim tonight, but I’ve fighting a sinus headache this week. Something’s definitely messed up in my sinuses; certain symptoms verify that. I just wish it would go ahead and get out of my nose and stop making the entire left side of my head hurt, especially my teeth, which turned ultra-sensitive when I would try to sleep.


    And all on just the left side of my face. What nuts!


    The King’s Cake keeps appearing all over the place; the Onyx Plate made a King’s Cake a while back. While getting the piece with the Baby Jesus figurine baked in it is supposed to be good luck, it also brings the responsibility of providing the King’s Cake for the next year.


    So maybe Jesus isn’t so lucky in those cases, after all.


    Anyway, Kyrie Eleison, and get your nosh on!





  7. Beaux Not So Great

    February 20, 2012 by The Yum Yum


    The Yum Yum is back up!


    But I’ve been battling with an awful…headache? Sinus headache? Sinus pressure?


    It’s an evil monster that’s really decided to attack me here recently. I lay down, and then I start dreaming of my teeth hurting, then I wake up to realize my teeth are indeed hurting, gah!


    I made some yummy spicy Asian cabbage soup tonight. You can figure it out for yourself- I’ve posted recipes for my Asian-esque soup base many, many times. This time, I just added a massive amount of cabbage, and voila!


    Get your nosh on!



    P.S. Hopefully, I’ll be back to at least 90% soon!



  8. Stir-Fry and Memories

    February 17, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    Tonight, I am making fried rice at Earle’s house; as we speak, the rice is steaming in a pot on the stove. I have already prepared the vegetables that will be included in the stir-fry portion of the fried rice. I’ve certainly made enough rice to have two versions: regular fried rice and stir-fry, and I’m not opposed to either one.

    But as I cook, memories float to me; as I repeat the Name of Jesus in my heart again and again, hoping for a miracle from the Almighty to make my food worth eating, I remember a time when I did not like stir-fry.

    I sat that Friday night at my aunt’s house, which was not unusual, and I remember that she had made stir-fry for dinner. This was not some fancy stir-fry, not a gourmet meal; it was a quick meal she used to feed the lot of us kids.

    I didn’t like the stir-fry. I did like the shrimp in the stir-fry, but not the stir-fry itself. The vegetables had a strange, bitter taste to them, and I can’t help but wonder why people thought it was delicious.

    Around this time in my life, I had learned that it was impolite to say that you didn’t like the meal that someone had prepared for you, that you should always be grateful to have food. The mark of the Great Depression had scarred my grandparents, and this scar in my grandparents had turned into a festering wound in my father that we all suffer even today.

    There is a great virtue in not wasting food, I believe, but at what point in time are just being insane?

    Anyway, to not be impolite to my auntie, I ate two helpings of the stir-fry. I figured the proof of my actions would show that I liked the meal and that I was not a rude person.

    I can no longer do this sort of action. I cannot tell someone that I like the food they make if I don’t like it, but now I know that it isn’t a direct insult to them. Different people have different tastes. One of the simplest facts of reality that is the most difficult to learn is that different people are different. The sooner you have learned that the person in front of you who differs from you isn’t doing it to affront you or hurt you, the sooner you learn that other people aren’t like you for reasons that are almost beyond any one individual’s comprehension, the easier time you will have.

    Tonight, I hope my stir-fry and fried rice turn out tasting good. If they don’t, well, I at least made the effort.

    The rice is steaming. While sitting here, I can feel a similar energy in Earle’s house to the energy in my auntie’s house. Others probably think that I’m insane when I talk about the “energy” of a place, its “vibes,” how it feels to be in a place, and how I remark about the similarities between one place and another. Whatever the case is, I definitely know these things to be true, whether or not others will ever gain the ability to perceive them as I do. What kind of similarity of energy could possibly exist between Earle’s house and my auntie’s house? Yet both houses are over a hundred years old and likely inhabited by ghosts.

    Such is my life, to know and be friends with people who have haunted houses.

    Tonight will be the first time I visit Publix in 2012. I can’t believe how the time has slipped away into the year 2012 and how much I have not accomplished that should have already been done. But no one tells you that when you set goals and make an attempt to accomplish something that life happens in the meantime- you feel ill, a tragedy happens, someone becomes dependent upon you, something interrupts your schedule.

    Get your nosh on.


  9. Heather’s Bento Boxes: A Slideshow!

    February 16, 2012 by The Yum Yum


    Bento is a kind of Japanese lunchbox. As a former child who carried and adored the lunchboxing world, and as a current fan of style, aesthetic, and simplicity, especially of the Japanese sort, I think this video speaks volumes.


    Oneechan, forgive me for showing off so much of your wonderful work and not producing enough of my own. My brain is very tired today for reasons that mystify me, but I seem to invoke this claim often enough these days. I feel like I’ve never slept in my life!

    Get your nosh on!





  10. Valentine’s Day: Beaux’s Delicious Adventures

    February 15, 2012 by The Yum Yum

    What actually happened on Valentine’s Day and what I had foreseen would happen according to my blog post that I scheduled to post yesterday were two different happenings altogether.


    I envisioned myself, honoring my inner goddess, blazing a trail into the town through the countryside and purchasing my desirable treats for the day, gathering boxes of chocolate from the local Dollar General piled up to the ceiling and on sale, followed by a one-person romantic candlelight dinner.


    What actually happened is that I woke to discovering the world had become shrouded in a magnificent mist; the air was cool, crisp, and pleasant.


    I also discovered that every person in Slocomb had decided to shop at Dollar General at the same time for no apparent reason.


    The next thing I discovered when I finally entered DG was that they had sold almost completely out of all their Valentine’s Day fares and certainly all of the V-Day chocolate.


    I had to buy candles anyway, and I was a bit perturbed to discover that the votive candles were limited to a white variety. White is, in the world of candle-burning and color symbolism, technically all-purpose, so I bought them anyway.


    Slightly defeated and my inner goddess flickering with the first signs that she could possibly be irritated, I next ventured into the grocery store to make more purchases. A few essentials included white rice and green tea. Since I actually started cooking plain white rice to eat, the rule of thumb is that no one will ever buy it for the Hickory Shade again. I’m not complaining about this; I’m simply pointing out one of those strange rules of reality I’ve noticed.


    The grocery store had even less options than Dollar General in the sweets department as far as things I actually cared to eat went, and I found a huge box of off-brand Fig Newtons, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “Hey, why not?”


    In addition, because I’m not the biggest fan of alcohol, I got a bottle of Sparkling White Grape Juice. I told Maw-Maw when I went to Caleb’s house last night that Sparkling Grape Juice is how I always imagined alcohol must taste when I was a child and how I was unpleasantly surprised upon having my first taste of wine that alcohol was not pleasant-tasting.


    So, then I got a Totino’s three-cheese pizza, took my groceries, and thought about how strange of a Valentine’s Day this was going to be.


    I lit my candles, one in particular to honor the archetypes of love, and I gave thanks to God for the spirit of love in my heart and in my life. I had my pizza, my Fig Newtons, and my Sparkling White Grape Juice.


    Then I read and finished The Teahouse Fire.


    During this process, Caleb called me and asked me to come to his house.


    So, first, I went to the post office to retrieve the mail- Gigi’s been sick, Bapaw never checks the mail, and Di-Di has caught whatever Gigi had, so I volunteered.


    Plus, I figured there my Hanafuda cards might be in.


    And they were.


    Then off to Caleb’s house I went!


    Caleb’s house operates in a slightly similar way to Hickory Shade in that things can rarely be done simply; Maw-Maw sent us for chicken, and then we had to go by a gas station to get some sodas. Caleb bought me some dark chocolate! Yay!


    Maw-Maw ended up making her famous mashed potatoes along with green beans, so we had chicken, biscuits, green beans, and mashed potatoes. Well, I didn’t have chicken, but you know what I mean.


    Then we spent the evening trying to watch several movies, including Death Becomes Her, Fern Gully, and Dumplings. Dusty came over and watched Dumplings with us, which was an interesting experience; he and Caleb readied themselves for bed, so we put on the TV series Desperate Housewives so they could fall asleep, and then I ended up leaving in the middle of an episode that was increasingly becoming boring but started off about religion.


    And that was my very incredible, best Valentine’s Day ever! I wouldn’t have traded it for a romantic dinner at an elegant restaurant, because that requires one to try to impress other people, and what do you really gain from impressing someone? Not a whole lot.


    So other people go suck an egg, and if they prefer not to do that, they can go fly a kite!


    Now, get your nosh on, because that will impress YOU!