A Special Announcement of Sorts…

Good morning, ladies and gents!

Today, I bring you the wondrous news that Skill Up Skillet has officially adopted an update schedule! Expect forces from Azeroth, Minecraft, Skyrim, King’s Landing, Metropolis, Hogsmeade, Mordor, Midgar, and more to come together every Thursday to serve up fantastical foods and recipes for your personal enjoyment. Barring any unforeseen and unfortunate encounters with Herobrine, of course.

Additionally, I bring you news of a brand new recipe rating system! All recipes will now include our patented (-snerk-) Skillet Rating System which rates all recipes from one to four skillets. These Skillets will be listed at the beginning of every recipe before the break. I also plan on implementing a site feature to search for recipes by difficulty level by the end of this week. +1 to Design! Behold!

One Skillet lets you know this recipe is easy-peasy.
Two Skillets indicates the recipe will require a little skill. We’ll call this the “Normal” difficulty level.
A recipe with Three Skillets lets you know that this recipe is fairly challenging.
The dreaded Four Skillets. Difficulty level: Insane. You’ll probably get a Feat of Strength or Achievement for successful completion. Or your friends and family will praise your name. Whichever.

Finally, the official Skill Up Skillet icon has gotten a small makeover. You’ll start seeing this updated icon on Facebook, Twitter, and more by the end of the day today:

SuSIconNewI hope you all enjoy the new changes to the site and keep coming back for new and wonderful SuS happenings. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about the new design. Remember: Cooking IRL does not have to be a Feat of Strength! See you again this Thursday!



Naughty or Nice? Cookies and cream Minecraft Coal for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!


I’m just going to come right out and say it… the internet lies and this recipe proved that Murphy’s Law is real. Disclaimer aside, this recipe combines my two favorite dessert treats into one happy little lump: Oreo cookies and marshmallows. Probably you’ve seen the recipe for “coal” bars circulating on Facebook… and based on the image and details, it probably originated from Pinterest. This is a story of what happened, what should have happened, and what I would do differently next time. Let’s go.

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Roll for initiative! Rich, creamy Dice Fudge for your next Game Night.


A couple of weeks ago, Neo (the boyfriend) sent me a video link of someone sharing their recipe for crazy-simple microwave fudge. Just by watching the video I knew I had to make it. But how could I possibly make it into something which fit into the overall theme of the blog?

Think, think, think.

Much brainstorming later, it hit me. Dice! I will make fudge, and it will be dice, and it will be scrumptious, and it will be cute. Yes. This is happening. Because fudge. (One does not question a female with chocolate.)

The end result? It’s quick, relatively inexpensive, creamy, and SUPERRICH. The fudge itself requires all of five minutes and five ingredients. That’s it.

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Welcome to Skill Up Skillet!

Welcome to Skill Up Skillet. I’ll be your mildly eccentric host, Leisel: Neophyte Gamer and Chef Extraordinaire.

As a gamer, sometimes I get sick of sitting in front of my computer with a bowl of ramen or microwave God-only-knows-what’s-in-this sandwiches. Then I toddle up the stairs and remember, “Oh, yeah! I have a kitchen! I can cook and things and not get yelled at!”. Considering the majority of my family are bakers and restaurant owners, I realized I was doing myself a grave disservice by not getting myself elbow-deep in flour and sugar on a regular basis. I also knew that I had to make cooking fun and inventive to keep myself in the kitchen.

Between my recent stints of heavy Minecraft (playing) and Skyrim (watching), something just clicked: I wanted to make gamer food! (Because of this, look forward to the classic Skyrim Sweet Roll and my much anticipated Minecraft: 1001 Ways to Pork Chop series.) Thus, Skill Up Skillet was born.

Join me as I bravely (or foolishly) attempt to re-create tasty dishes and items from your favorite computer and video games, movies, tv series, and novels. I will try to include as many original recipes as possible, and provide links to my inspiration. It will be a fantastical journey from sci-fi to fantasy, slow cooker soup to fast and easy fudge, across all platforms.

Want to see me make something specific? Make a suggestion! Your suggestion may be concocted into something new and wonderful.

And remember: Cooking IRL does not have to be a Feat of Strength!


ESRB Rating: Teen

Infrequent use of mild-strong language; probable (if minimal) blood, because knives are sharp and pointy; gambling with Insert-Deity-Of-Choice-Here to make my dishes turn out right.