Sorry all, no recipe today. Just a quick announcement about today's content Here's another piece from Lancer's corner of the universe, from Phoenix-Spiritus, we give you "Hank 6: To Companions, New and Old!"
Hmm... cake. Unfortunately, I'm not going to bake a black forest cake... or share any recipes today. Unless you want my Bachelor's Goulosh recipe... I could share that:
In a skillet, with virgin olive oil, fry up a half pound of cheap ground beef. Mince a clove of garlic and throw that in, and about a garlic clove sized bit of onion. Generously dust this with Lemon-pepper.
When the burger is cooked through, add a handful of rice. NOT instant rice.
As you continue to fry, keep the rice moving so it is all covered in olive oil and burger fat, which it will absorb. If you don't keep it moving it will stick. The rice will appear to dry out and change texture... and even start to brown.
At that point, add enough 'hot' water to cover the rice completely with some extra to spare. Be sure to use hot water because the pan will be very hot at this point and between hot water and the pan's heat, your rice will be close to a boil immediately. Turn this down to be hot enough to stay at boiling temperature but not cook off too much water.
When the rice is about half done, add a handful of frozen corn.
This will cool it all down a little and add a bit more water. You know its done when the water has either been absorbed completely by the rice or cooked off.
Ok... recipes done.
For today's content release, we've got another Gen 2 piece. This one is from Wasamon. It's title is "Meanwhile in Castle Groenwald" ... which should explain my black forest cake reference. :P
I've been psyching myself up all week, having decided its been far too long since I've had a good Philly Cheese Steak. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of nomnomnomming their way through one of these Pennsyvanian works of art, you don't know what you're missing. So... I'm going to tell you how to prepare one so you can enjoy the experience.
First, you're either going to need a decent size grilling surface... or a couple frying pans. On these surfaces, you need to start melting some old fashioned salted butter (not margarine, not oil, real butter).
You're also going to need (per sandwich):
at least 1 lb of skirt steak or other thinnly cut steak, which you want to allow to thaw in advance, and slice into strips about a cm wide before shorting the strips so they are no longer than 2-3 times the width of the strips.
Half a small sweet onion, sliced to create 'thick' rings (about the same as you would onion rings) and then put the large end flat on the board and cut the rings in quarters. Your largest onion pieces should still be a little smaller than your steak pieces.
Half a green pepper, seeds out and the pepper cut in strips, strips cut in half (about the same as you'd prep these for a veggie tray)
(Optional) Generous handful of bella mushrooms. Sliced up about the same size as your steak pieces.
Take a butter brush and with some of your melted butter, brush the outside of your hoagie and put it in a toaster or overn to give it a little crunch.
Sautee your steak. When the steak is about halfway done, give it a couple generous splashes of Worchestershire sauce and a dusting of Ground Black Pepper.
Seperate from the steak, also sautee the veggies. Some people will tell you that you can make a Philly Cheese Steak without peppers or mushrooms. They are few in number and deluded. Many more will tell you it should just be onions and peppers. And that is, truthfully, the way many of them are made. I like the ones that include mushrooms (all three), personally. But I won't judge if you leave the mushrooms out. Peppers though? No, judging will commence quickly.
When the steak is well cooked (there are no 'rare' cheese steaks), pile it up to roughly the shape of your hoagie and cover it with slices of Provalone cheese (you can also grate it to help it melt faster). Let this sit long enough for the cheese to really melt into the steak.
Then use your largest spatula to lift the whole mess onto the hoagie bun, and then pile on the onions/peppers/mushrooms, so the cheese is between them and able to melt into everything.
Feel free to thank me from the bottom of your heart once you've enjoyed your sandwich. :)
Now... for today's content? E.E. Nalley has been working up a little something in the Gen 2 world for you all. Here is it "Reckless Reputations."
And remember, even if the rest of us are enjoying Philly Cheese Steaks... E. E. lives on comments and feedback. So please don't forget to let him know what you think! And ignore him if he complains that he wants a Cheese Steak, too. :P
Who are they? They're not that kind of fan. I got a couple new dual window mountable fans to replace the old high speed box fan that had been sitting in my window keeping me from dying of heat stroke in June. Instead, it died over the weekend and I've been doing my best to stay cool while these shipped to me. The uncool part is that I didn't budget for fifty dollars to replace my fan this summer, so tight finances are looking even more tight. That much more reason to get my next novel finished and up on Amazon, I guess...
Speaking of Amazons... no, wait. No speaking of Amazons... yet. Too soon.
Instead, let us speak of today's content. We have two for you today because they're shorter pieces. One is set for the Original Timeline and one for Gen 2. We have "The Gates of the Garden" from JG... and from E. E. Nalley, we have "The Autumn Leaves"
And remember, E. E. lives on comments. But be careful sneaking them to him past JG. I think JG has been using E. E.'s comments stash like flavor crystals for his coffee. To help, please accept these labels to apply to your comments so both of them know exactly whose comment each one is.
I don't know how many of you have been affected by the same weather patterns I have but... it has been very hot out for mid-June this past weekend and will continue to be for the next couple days. It's been miserable, to say the least. At least the nights have been reasonably (relatively) cool, but about all we can do is find AC or keep hydrated and sweat like crazy. It's so hot in my apartment that my gummy vitamins that I take daily are kinda mushy. Craziness!
Something else that's crazy hot is these Whateley Authors. E. E. Nalley gives us another look at Tansy's road to redemption today with "Tea and Daggers". And JG's "Siblings and Savages" finishes up today as we share with you Part 3 of that story.
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And if you're affected by the heat, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay safe. Find somewhere cool to be if you can, even if that means wandering the aisles of Walmart for a few hours during the hottest part of the day.