Friday, August 26, 2011

Whiptail Saute

 For a time, Whiptail had it's hay-day. It grew, you picked it and within moments it was back again, for you to pick, again. And so on and on it went. Many, many farmers spent many many hours farming these ever present nodes in Uldum.

You would initially think that such a flood of the herb would have driven the costs for it on the AH to drop dramatically. Curiously though, it didn't. So where was all of this Whiptail being sold?

It wasn't.

Okay then, where was it being hoarded?

It wasn't.

The fact is, it was being milled. I mean, why not? Inks are, after all, far more profitable than mere herbs. But when you leave an inscriptionist to mill so many herbs non-stop, he will eventually have a large pile of excreted herbs that no longer have the ink in them, but may be a waste to simply throw away. So a few clever cooks gathered the piles of pulped Whiptail and brought it to their fires and seasonings to see what they could come up with.

 Sorry about the picture quality!

Whiptail Saute
6 Servings | Total Time: 15 Minutes | Apprentice

  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 bunch pulped Whiptail, or fresh spinach, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
Craft: Bring the water to a boil in a skillet over medium heat. Add spinach all at once, and reduce heat slightly. Cover, and let cook for about 3 minutes, or until spinach is not quite tender. Stir in the cream cheese and lemon juice, and season with salt. Cook, stirring, until the cream cheese is melted and well blended. Serve immediately.

Strategies: Try other seasonings like garlic or onion powder to change up the flavor a little.

LFM: This dip is wonderful with bread, crackers or chips!

  • Spinach | $1.89
  • Cream Cheese | $1.19
Total Cost: $3.08
Cost Per Serving: $0.51

Categories: Expansions, Raid Night, Snackage

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Nanner Dumplings

    Asheron's Call was the first MMO I ever played. I was hooked. Being able to play a game that had the option of playing solo or pvp or grouping was just was I was looking for and I didn't even know it. A lot of people say that no other MMO will ever compare to your first. It's so true! Even though I've played a few MMO's since AC I've found that nothing can ever replace those first-game feelings of wonder and exploration.

    One of the funniest things I discovered in AC was the fact that a lot of the same foods we have on our humble Earth are also in the world of Dereth. But they usually had different names. For some strange reason that really tickled me. Take Nanners for example. Maybe it's because that was one of my nicknames growing up but 'Nanners' is just awesome. And you can cook them if you have the skill! But unfortunately there aren't too many recipes that use Nanners. There MUST be something other than Chocolate Covered Nanners! The tuskers will hit harder until we find something else to make!

    Nanner Dumplings

    4 Servings | Total Time: 30 min | Journeyman

    • 1 Pie Crust Dough
    • 2 Bananas
    • 1 Tbl Lemon Juice
    • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
    • 1 tsp Allspice
    • 1/4 cup Nutella
    Craft: Preheat oven to 425° F. Dice bananas and toss in lemon juice then mix in allspice and half of the powdered sugar. Beat egg in a small bowl. Roll out pie crust (If you bought a 2-pack, freeze the other crust for future recieps) and cut out four large squares from it. Brush egg on the edges of the squares. Spread Nutella in the center. Scoop banana filling into the center of each square. Take the two opposite corners of the square and bring them over the filling, pinching the edges together. Take the other two corners and bring them to the center over the filling and pinch together. Pinch all the sides together to seal. Brush with egg. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. When done, dust with remaining powdered sugar and serve warm.

    Strategies: You can use the scraps of the dough to wrap around small pieces of banana and bake too. They make delicious mini-bites.

    LFM: This desert is a good finishing move for any meal combo.

    • Pie Crust Dough | $1.25
    • Bananas | $1.00
    Total Cost: $2.25
    Cost Per Serving: $0.57

    Category: Rez Plz, Expansions, Phat Loot, Snackage

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

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Tatooine Pasta

    I am super excited to play SWTOR, and involve myself in the Star Wars Galaxy.  You see, I am very much a fantasy type person.  I am into dragons and castles and mages and all of that awesome stuff that WoW has.  Sci-Fi really isn't my thing, but I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek.  I have a link with them that goes further back than even my having played Warcraft 1.  I have been watching Star Wars since the dawn of my time.  There is going to be so much cool lore to immerse myself in as well. Take for instance, the famous planet of Tatooine.  Everybody knows and loves Tatooine, the home planet of Anakin Skywalker and his more righteous children Luke and Leia.  It is a dry desert planet with nearly no vegetation, but it has been in every Star Wars movie and is the most iconic of the planets.  Reminiscing about this planet led me to crave a certain dish that reminds me of hot weather and the need for something to spice up the day. 

    Tatooine Pasta
    6 Servings | Total Time: 45 Minutes | Apprentice

    • 1 lb cooked chicken or ground beef
    • 1 pkg taco seasoning
    • 2 cups Ranch Dressing
    • 1/4 cup chopped Onion
    • 1 can Kidney or Pinto Beans, drained
    • 1 can Corn, drained
    • 1 cup cheese, shredded or cubed
    • 8 oz Bowtie Pasta
    Craft: Cook pasta according to package directions. If your meat is not cooked, do so now. Drain pasta and run under cold water to cool. Cool meat as well if necessary. Combine all ingredients together and mix well.

    Strategies: You can add any vegetable to this that you would like, it is versatile that way. :)

    LFM: Serve with a side of Nacho Dorritos and use them as your 'utensil' for best results.  You can try Ranch Dorritos but they don't add the same flavor that Nacho does.

    • Meat | $1.99
    • Taco Seasoning | $0.99
    • Beans | $0.59
    • Corn | $0.59
    • Cheese | $1.50
    • Pasta | $0.98
    Total Cost: $6.64
    Cost Per Serving: $1.11

    Categories: Casual

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Spicy Cheaterfish Melt

    Few people have ever been able to catch the cheaterfish in WoW. And those who have caught them, didn't know it. More often than not, the all powerful Warden catches the cheaterfish. Then it chops them up and serves them to you on a silver platter. Or in a tin can. In this case, we're taking the pouch-packaged kind and turning it into a fast fixin' lunch!'

    It doesn't require a stove or that 'broiler' thingy. Just a toaster and a microwave. But even the microwave is optional if you're running short on time. Just throw the bread in the toaster, spread it with lemon pepper tuna and a slice of pepper jack cheese. I also like putting tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts on it for some juiciness and a little crunch that doesn't hinder the spicy flavors.

    Spicy Cheaterfish Melt

    2 Servings | Total Time: 5 min | Apprentice

    • 2 slices Bread
    • 2 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
    • 8 Grape Tomatoes
    • 1 pkg Lemon Pepper Tuna
    • 1 Tbl Mayo
    • 1 cup Alfalfa Sprouts
    Craft: Toast the bread. Slice the tomatoes in half. Mix tuna with mayo. Spread 1/2 cup Alfalfa sprouts on each slice of bread. Then add half the tuna to each slice. Top with cheese and tomatoes. Microwave for 30 seconds.


    LFM: Green Salad, Carrots & Ranch Dressing

    • Pepper Jack Cheese | $1.00
    • 8 Grape Tomatoes | $1.00
    • 1 pkg Lemon Pepper Tuna | $1.00
    • 1 cup Alfalfa Sprouts | $1.00
    Total Cost: $4.00
    Cost Per Serving: $4.00

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