Super Mario Toadstool Salad with Green 1-UP Dressing

Difficulty2Today, my hopes and dreams have been shattered — literally. As you may know, fellow geeks and gamers, today was supposed to be Legend of Zelda Stained Sugar Glass. And it looked fantastic… until the right person (not me!) picked up the ‘glass’ the wrong way and shattered it. From personal experience, sugar glass shatters like real glass.

Accidents happen, I suppose. We’ll revisit the sugar class on 2/12 as I already have something special planned for next week… More on that later. But you should totally be excited.

Today we’ll instead pay homage to the grand Super Mario franchise with something delicious: Toadstool Salad with Green 1-UP Dressing. I mean, you could use ranch but that wouldn’t be nearly as tasty. This dressing is pure magic! It got even our resident greens-hater to clear her plate. Ready? Let’s go.

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Triple T(h)reat Thursday: Candy Crush Candies ft. Orange Lozenge, Green Gum Squares, and Color Bombs!

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Press the Easy Button – Each of these recipes are Skill Level 1!

That’s right, it’s a triple feature today!

I’m going to be showcasing three separate recipes for three very different candies featured in the popular game, Candy Crush: orange lozenges, green gum squares, and chocolate color bombs. Admittedly, I don’t play this game, myself. I belong to the “I’m sorry. Freemium gaming destroys lives. I lost my father to Candy Crush.” crowd after a short stint playing the Family Guy mobile game. Fun, but more time consuming than it should be, and too tempting to want to spend money on it. Also, if you got that reference, we should totally be friends. You’re cool.

And so, while I don’t play the game, I do have the capacity to appreciate it. We’ll go ahead and pay tribute here.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Right– It’s Saturday. Let’s talk about jelly beans.

As you know, Senzu Bean (Dragon Ball) Jelly Beans were first scheduled to be posted last week. Those were a total failure so I vowed to have a batch out this week. Let’s be honest: I made 8 batches, spent over $50 in miscellaneous tools, and ruined so much sugar. So. Much. Sugar. Right now I’m at a point where I can’t keep pouring my heart and soul into them with such poor results.

I’ve researched several jelly bean recipes online… Incidentally, there aren’t many. Especially not good ones, if you’ve ever done research on the topic. I’m at the point where I’m fairly certain that the successful recipes and YouTube videos I’ve seen are cheating and are showing off a commercial product, rather than display their handiwork. I may be wrong… but I really don’t think so. I’d like to think that I put my best efforts into the venture and at this point I believe I’ve nailed down a solid recipe for the jelly center. Unfortunately, it all consistently falls apart at the candy coating stage.

What went right? What went wrong? Here’s a batch-by-batch breakdown:

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By Fan Request: The Lord of the Rings ‘Lembas Bread’

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While in the midst of my trials and tribulations with the Senzu Beans I was contacted by reader (and coworker!) Katie L. from Cincinnati, Ohio. She came upon a recipe for Lembas Bread from LOTR in one of her feeds and thought it would be awesome if I made it. I couldn’t have agreed more and set to work on the post she sent:

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I have no idea where this came from. Dear reader, if this is your recipe please contact me so that I may give you proper credit.

This is another one of those easy-peasy recipes as long as you know how to use measuring cups and spoons. The recipe calls for an electric hand mixer but if you don’t have one your bread won’t suffer for it.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Skyrim Sweet Rolls – Insert Applicable Meme Here

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I have a confession to make: There will be no Senzu Bean Jelly Beans this week. At the time of this post there have been five failed batches of beans. I’d like to believe that each batch is a step closer to the desired result. It seems that there aren’t many decent how-to videos for making jelly beans around. I think in the end it should work out pretty well, but it is just not happening this week.

As a substitute, let’s sidetrack to one of my favorite games: Skyrim. One of the most iconic items from the game is the sweet roll. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand and didn’t need to make a special trip to the store, which is a nice change of pace. Today’s recipe is borrowed from Instructables with a small tweak at the end. Additionally, in place of the usual glaze Neo was craving some cream cheese icing. I’m inclined to agree with him here. The glaze/icing in the original sweet roll just seems more… substantial. No offense, Instructables. I’m sure your glaze is absolutely fantastic and I’ll probably try it someday. I use the cream cheese icing recipe from Food Network; it’s always yielded great results and has great taste. Links to these recipes can be found at the end of the post.

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Ring in the New Year with Pokemon! Chocolate dipped Pineapple Pikachu heads and tails. Pika-Pika!

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I’ll admit, I’ve been planning this one for a while. Like, pre-Dice Fudge a while. I just wasn’t particularly inclined to buy a pineapple since the only pineapple I’m familiar with has either been prepared or canned. I don’t know what to look for in a pineapple. I just don’t. Pineapple Pikachu went on the back burner for the moment.

This year I received a pineapple for Christmas. No, really. A whole freaking pineapple (along with some grapefruit, mango, and kiwi, but still– pineapple). My family’s a little weird.

I love fresh fruit and adding chocolate makes the dish feel fancy and decadent. With a little planning, this is a fairly simple treat to put together. Admittedly I did not plan very well, having never worked with fresh pineapple before. Expect a few ‘Chef’s Notes of Facepalm’ sprinkled in here and there to help your heads and tails turn out a little better looking than mine did. Here we go.

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