Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Muja Chicken

On the planet of Gala, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought to uncover a secret plot to undermine the dying queen's wishes of a democratic government.  Their role as Guardians of Peace takes Qui-Gon to the Hill People, a separatist faction whose leader is the true heir to the throne.  While in Hill country they find a fruit known as Muja.  It is so delicious they send it back to the Jedi Temple where the master chefs prepare it it many ways.  It is made into juice, muffins, even fruit filled donuts.  But the best recipe is the Muja Chicken.  

Muja Chicken
6 Servings | 1 Hour | Apprentice

  • 6 skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 (1 oz) pkg dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (10 fl oz) bottle Russian-style dressing
  • 1 cup apricot preserve

Craft: Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken in casserole dish. Mix other ingredients together and pour over chicken. Cover and bake for 1 hour.

LFM: This has a lot of sauce and goes really well when served over rice.

  • Chicken | $5.99
  • Russian Dressing | $1.79
  • Onion Soup Mix | $0.59
  • Apricot Preserve | $2.15
Total Cost: $10.52
Cost Per Serving: $1.75

Categories: Hardcore

Monday, July 25, 2011

Twice Baked Oronok's Tubers

Oronok Torn-Heart is a little known NPC out in the lonely peaks of Shadowmoon in Outlands. The adventurers who bother to head out that way these days are usually just trying to get their achievements done or are just bored out of their minds and looking for something to do. Course that might be the same thing to some people. ~_^

I'm telling you though, when you just plow through quests without reading them more than you need to you miss great storylines like this one. Oronok is one of the few orcs left in Outland who threw off the yolk of demon bondage and now fights the Burning Legion. You assist him and his sons in helping to settle the elements of the land.

But when you first meet him, he doesn't want to help. Why? He's got a farm to salvage and protect. So the first quest that Oronok sends you on is to take one of his boars and go rootin' for tubers. These lovely tubers, like any good potatoes, have many uses. You can boil 'em, mash 'em, or stick 'em in a stew. In this case, Oronok likes to bake them. And depending on the spices they'll give you Agility, Spellpower, Spirit, or Strength! So next time you find yourself in Shadowmoon Valley, go grab a bite to eat and follow the interesting tale of Oronok and his sons.

Baked Oronok's Tubers

2 Servings | Total Time: 20 min | Journeyman

  • 2 Large Baking Potatoes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Green Onions
  • 1/2 Kielbasa Sausage
  • 1 Stalk of Celery
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
Craft: Stabbity each potato with a fork then microwave for 3 minutes each. Slice each in half and scoop out of the center and set aside. Spray entire potato halves with cooking spray then place on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425° F. Dice onion and celery. Finely dice the kielbasa then brown in a skillet over medium high heat. Add eggs, onion, and celery to the skillet and cook until eggs are done. Spoon the eggs into the potato halves. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mash potatoes, adding a little water and salt and pepper. Divide into two portions and roll into ball. Flatten the balls and pan fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are crispy brown. When potatoes are done, sprinkle with cheese and bake another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Strategies: If you've got extra veggies lying around it doesn't hurt to dice them up and add them to the mix. This recipe is great for getting rid of leftovers.

LFM: Bananas, Strawberries and/or Pineapple chunks.

  • Large Baking Potatoes | $1.50
  • Eggs | $1.25
  • Green Onions | $1.25
  • Kielbasa Sausage | $2.00
  • Cheddar Cheese | $2.00
Total Cost: $8.00
Cost Per Serving: $4.00

Category: Rez Plz, Raid Night

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Great Moodha's Noodles

After defending Wizard City from the machinations of Malistaire, then putting to rest the mummies of Krokotopia, and defeating the legions of cat burglars in Marleybone, a young wizard just might find themselves hankering for rest and relaxation in the tranquil meadows of Moo Shu. And there can't be R&R without plenty of tasty asian-style food. That is, after all, the represented culture in Moo Shu.

This noodle dish is the worthy of the Great Moodha herself. It's got a lot of spices and flavors and textures going on to tickle your tastebuds and please your palette. They also make for great leftovers! Easily reheated or wrapped up with some cheese in a tortilla.

Great Moodha's Noodles

6 Servings | Prep Time: 40 min; Cook Time: 25 min  | Journeyman

  • 8oz Bean Threads or Rice Noodles
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tbl Curry Powder
  • 2 Tbl Sesame Oil
  • 3 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4oz Shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails off
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 Tbl Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbl Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 1/2 cup Alfalfa Sprouts
  • 1 cup Snow Peas
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 3 Tbl Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbl Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 4 Tbl Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Craft: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop in noodles and boil for 2 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cool water. Let stand in the strainer.

Brown pork in a medium skillet. Slice peppers and onion into long, thin strips. Chop green onions. In a small bowl whisk together eggs, sesame oil and 1/2 of the curry powder. Heat 1.5 Tbl of olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and reduce heat to low. Scramble until done then remove from skillet and set aside.

Turn heat back up to medium high and add 1.5 Tbl of olive oil. Add peppers, ginger, garlic and remaining curry powder. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add cooked pork and shrimp. Cook 2 minutes more. Add green onions, sprouts, snow peas and noodles. Cook 2 minutes more. Pour in beef broth and bring to a boil. Add soy sauce and rice vinegar. When sauce has reduced, add eggs and toss to combine. Garnish with cilantro.

Strategies: These make excellent leftovers, especially when topped with a little cheese inside a flour tortilla.

LFM: Apple tart for dessert or a tangy fruit sorbet.

  • Bean Threads | $2.25
  • Eggs | $1.25
  • Shrimp | $2.00
  • Ground Pork | $2.00
  • Green Bell Pepper | $1.00
  • Red Bell Pepper | $1.50
  • Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper | $1.50
  • Onion | $1.00
  • Green Onions | $1.00
  • Alfalfa Sprouts | $1.00
  • Snow Peas | $2.00
  • Beef Broth | $2.00
Total Cost: $18.50
Cost Per Serving: $3.09

Category: Journeyman, Hardcore

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kaja Nacho Casserole

It's a little known fact that the makers of Kaja Cola have delved into realms outside the beverage industry. I mean, there's only so much you can do with a drink. They've got Kaja Cola, Kaja Cola Zero-One, the Kaja Cola Six Pack, and the limited edition Banana Kaja Cola. Yes, it was time to branch out. Branch out into food!

Now, let's not confuse foods and beverages. In WoW there is a big difference. Food gives you health back. Drinks will give you mana back. The Kaja Cola Company ruled the drink industry in Kezan and they decided they wanted a part of the food industry too. Not only could their mana addicts get great ideas from their drinks but they could also rope in the likes of rogues and warriors with their food! If only they could find the right recipe...

Kaja Nacho Casserole

4 Servings | Total Time: 20 min | Journeyman

  • 1lb Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1 bag Tortilla Chips
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 can Olives, sliced
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbl Lime Juice
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
Craft: Preheat oven to 350° F. Add ground beef to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ½ packet of taco seasoning. Cook for 4-6 minutes or until beef is browned. Add tomatoes, undrained and olives, drained. Add Cream Cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl, stir together rest of the taco seasoning, sour cream, cilantro and lime juice. In a casserole dish, layer chips, meat, sour cream, and cheese. Top with cheese. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes

Strategies: This is also really good if you replace the canned tomatoes with fresh tomatoes and a can of green chilies. You can also reduce the sodium by making your own taco seasoning with cumin, paprika, onion powder and chili powder.

LFM: A crisp green salad.

  • Ground Turkey | $1.50
  • Tortilla Chips | $2.00
  • Taco Seasoning | $1.00
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies | $1.00
  • Olives | $0.50
  • Cream Cheese | $1.25
  • Sour Cream | $1.00
  • Cheddar Cheese | $2.00
Total Cost: $10.25
Cost Per Serving: $2.57

Category: Raid Night, Critical Hits

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sholazar Parfait

Situated in the icy lands of Northrend, Sholazar Basin is a tropical paradise to ease those numb, adventuring fingers of yours. It's almost surreal and more than a little bizzarre to find a jungle zone in Northrend. I mean, it's called the Roof of the World. We're talking polar ice caps here. But there it is, a creation of the titans, filled with tropical creatures, warm rivers, thriving vegetation, and very wild wildlife.

This change in temperatures has you going from craving a hot Black Coffee to searching for a cool cup of Kungaloosh. But with the abundance of fruit in the basin, why not a tastier treat to beat the heat? It's fast and easy too so you can get back to that level grind.

Sholazar Parfait

1 Servings | Total Time: 5 min | Apprentice

  • 1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 small Banana
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/4 cup Granola or 1 Granola bar, chopped
Craft: Slice the banana. In a cup or bowl layer 1/3 of the fruit and 1/2 cup of yogurt. Layer it again and top with fruit and granola.

Strategies: Try it with some shredded coconut too!

LFM: Perfect for breakfast by itself or for dessert.

  • Vanilla Yogurt | $0.75
  • Banana | $0.50
  • Pineapple Chunks | $1.00
  • Granola | $0.50
Total Cost: $2.75
Cost Per Serving: $2.75

Category: Rez Plz, Expansions, Phat Loot, Snackage

Friday, July 8, 2011

Talandra's Rose Flatbread

I have been an herbalist at heart for as long as I can remember.  I have always found herbs fascinating.  When I was twelve I started my own herb garden growing things like mint and lavender, parsley and basil.  So naturally when I started playing WoW I had my first professions practically handed to me on a silver platter with my freaking name on it.  Herbalism and the accompanying Alchemy.  I loved creating potions and elixirs from the various herbs found around the map in game.  However I was not terribly found of having to find the herbs.  Wouldn't it be so much easier to just grow an herb garden like IRL?  Or even go down to the grocery store and buy them dried in a bottle on a shelf?  Alas, this may not be an option available in game, but it is one for your kitchen IRL.  Today I present you with one of my favorite appetizers, Talandra's Rose Flatbread.

Talandra's Rose Flatbread
4 Servings | Total Time: 5 Minutes | Apprentice

  • 1 10-ounce fully baked thin pizza crust (such as Boboli)
  • 1 Tbl Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
Craft: While barbecue is heating to medium or oven is heating to 400° brush 1 side of pizza crust round with oil, then sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. Place on grill or in oven, seasoned side down. Brush top with oil, then sprinkle with remaining rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. Cook until just golden, about 2 minutes per side on the grill or 6 minutes in the oven. Cut pizzas into wedges and serve.

Strategies: You can make this with your own home made pizza dough and adding a little sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.  Also try changing out the herb to basil or oregano or a combination of your favorites.

  • Pizza Crust | $5.00
Total Cost: $5.00
Cost Per Serving: $1.25 
*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your price may vary.

Categories: Troll Fuel, Snackage, Expansions, Raid Night, Critical Hits