Monday, January 31, 2011

Pauper's Pizza Party

Pizza wasn't the original plan for this evenings post, Beer Battered Fish and Onions was. However, my husband, being unaware that I hadn't yet copied the pictures off my SD card onto my computer yet and he ignorantly erased them. He apologizes for the lack of a slightly tastier, all-be-it more complicated, meal this evening. (n00b). So, Raid Night LAN Party it is! These simple pizzas made on top of English Muffins are quick and versatile. When my husband, Zharian, and I game together it's nice to keep the kids distracted so there aren't any unexpected wipes. Too many times we have been the cause of a group wipe while he is tanking, and I'm healing, (so cliche I know! But he really stinks at healing, even if I make a decent tank /facepalm) because the kids come in yelling or yanking on our arms. The best way to distract kids is to keep them occupied with something they like and what kid doesn't like pizza? Sure some may not like Pepperoni and others may prefer Hawaiian. Even if you have a kid, or friend who is Vegan, there is a way to make a pizza that's right for them. Here are a few different kinds I was able to pull together with what I had in my refrigerator tonight.

Unfortunately I did not have any pineapple to make a true Hawaiian pizza, but the Ham tasted great by itself with Barbecue Sauce instead of regular Pizza Sauce. The Veggi pizza is boasting Ranch Dressing as it's sauce of choice as well. Of cours
e, the only thing that can make kids, or guests, happier than their own personalized pizzas for dinner, is an awesome dessert.

Two are made with Cream Cheese Frosting as the 'sauce' and the third is Peanut Butter. Two have Strawberry Jam and Powdered Sugar, and I gave one the optional addition of Strawberries. And yes, those are Peanut M&M's topping the Peanut Butter. These are all just ideas, so be creative with what you have around your kitchen! These super easy pizza pies will only cost about $1.30-$2.00 per serving. That wont break the bank when you are trying to please a crowd!

Pauper's Pizza Party
4 Servings | Total Time: 20 Minutes | Skill: Journeyman

  • 6 English Muffins
  • 1/4 cup Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice
Craft: Preheat oven to 375°. Cut English Muffins in half and begin toasting them in a toaster. When they are done toasting top with about a tablespoon of Pizza Sauce. Sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Add toppings of your choice. Place on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Strategies: The only part of this recipe that should stay are the English Muffins and Cheese, (you can even trade out Mozzarella for Cheddar if that is what you have!) Everything else can go up in the Trade Channel! The sauce can be substituted for anything with the word 'sauce' or 'dressing' accompanying it! Pesto sauce, Ranch dressing, Barbecue sauce, Alfredo sauce just to name a few. The toppings are endless also!
Go sweet with it and use frosting, jams, or anything else spreadable as the base and add sweets too your hearts desire. Fruits and chocolates are common toppings for dessert pizzas!

LFM: Salad or buffalo wings are fabulous dishes to serve with these pizzas.


  • English Muffins $3.50
  • Pizza Sauce 14oz $1.50
  • Mozzarella Cheese $2.00
  • Toppings (price will vary)
Total Cost: $7.00
Cost Per Serving: $1.31+

Category: LAN Party, Raid Night

Sunday, January 30, 2011

AFK Dinner Features

All of our recipes on AFK Dinner have a few different categories attached to them that you'll be able to search by according to what your current food needs are. Here are our categories:
  • Rez Plz - Food for the dead of morning
  • Troll Fuel - Lunches to nom between forum topics
  • Raid Night - Dinner in less than 20 minutes
  • Casual - Dinner when time is of the essence (20 min-1 hour)
  • Hardcore - Dinners when time matters not (1 hour or more)
  • Expansions - Side dishes to boost your mealtime xp
  • Snackage - A quick bite for the bio break
  • LFG - For the LAN PARTY
  • Phat Loot - The guilty pleasures
  • Critical Hits - Author’s favorites
  • Cheat Codes - Fantastic meal ideas with little work required

You will also be able to search for recipes according to your skill level in cooking. These skill levels are indicated in color just below the recipe name. Here they are from easiest to hardest:
  • Training
    Recipes marked with this are indicative of a recipe that will teach you how to cook something that people might take for granted! It’s a great way to level up your cooking skills from Apprentice to Journeyman or Artisan to Master!
  • Apprentice
    Anyone who knows how to operate a microwave or has basic stove top skills can handle these recipes. Just because you haven’t been grinding your cooking tradeskill doesn’t mean you can’t eat tasty food too!
  • Journeyman
    You’ve actually dabbled in raising your cooking profession. You’ve figured out how to use the oven and the broiler! And dagnabit if you ain’t pretty decent at it too! No microwave nuking needed here! Unless you’re a mage, then nuke away. Recipes here will prove to be no challenge and they give decent XP too!
  • Artisan
    Stuff always tastes better baked, fried or grilled and you know how to do all that. You can multi-task like an AoE tanking pro! Recipes in this section will require a little bit more knowledge of spices and the cooking 1337sp34k but you’ve got all that nonsense covered!
  • Master
    There’s not a word in this cookbook that you wouldn’t know the meaning to. Truss a chicken? Pfft, please. You know how to saute, souffle, filet, and melee. You’d game in the kitchen if you weren’t concerned about how to get sauce out of your controllers.

It can be hard to feed yourself and your family nutritious and delicious meals when you're living on a budget. To help you keep an eye on your gold pieces, you will find at the bottom of every recipe we've included a general pricing list of all the ingredients and how much the recipe should cost you per serving. Please keep in mind that your actual price will vary a little according to where you live and where/how you shop. (i.e. buying off-brand vs. brand name items.)

Lastly, inside all our recipes you will find two more helpful sections- Strategies and LFM. In the Strategy section you will find alternative ingredients or alternative ways to cook the recipe. Sometimes you will also find time-saving tips! In the LFM section you will find optional side dishes that will compliment your meal nicely. These side dishes are not included in the mats list nor are they included in the pricing list.

If you have any suggestions on other helpful features you'd like to see included on AFK Dinner Recipes please let us know in the comments section! We'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Breakfast Bounty

Rise & shine it's raiding time! You're working hard all night and ready to raid first thing in the morning with your fellow guildies. But first, you need some food that's gonna be hearty enough to sustain you through the hours of conquering bosses. But you also want food that's not so heavy that it gives you food comatose and you get all sleepy and start doing dumb things like standing in the fire.

This egg, meat, and veggies concoction will give you enough energy to keep you going but it's not loaded down with sugar. It also won't break the bank at only $1.69 per serving!

Breakfast Bounty
4 Servings | Total Time: 10 minutes | Skill: Apprentice

  • 8 Eggs or 2 cup of egg substitute
  • 2 cup bite-sized veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
  • 1 cup cubed smoked ham
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp pepper
Craft: Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray then place on the stove over medium heat. Cook the ham in the skillet until it's slightly browned then add eggs. Add pepper and scramble the eggs. Meanwhile, place the veggies in a medium bowl. Cover and cook in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. When the veggies are done, add them to the eggs and ham. Cook for 1 minute more then add cheese. Mix well and make sure everything is heated through, eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted.

Strategies: You can use any kind of veggies and any kind of meat you want for this recipe. But if you do replace the (salty) ham you may consider adding a 1/2 tsp of salt when you add the pepper. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can also add salsa and/or hot sauce!

LFM: Toast or bagels and any kind of fruit.

  • Egg Substitute | $1.75
  • Frozen California Medley Vegetables | $1.00
  • Cubed Smoked Ham | $2.00
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese | $2.00
Total Cost: $6.75
Cost Per Serving: $1.69

Category: Rez Plz, Raid Night