Donkey Kong Banana Bread! So easy, you don’t have to jump over barrels or fireballs for a slice.

Difficulty2Ah, Donkey Kong. A timeless favorite. One of the first video games I played as a child.

I suck at it.

Well, that’s not fair. I haven’t played in well over a decade since the last time I rage quit. I’m that bad. I do love it, though. What better way to commemorate a classic than baking a few loaves of banana bread with a cute DK vanilla icing tie?

We bought two bunches of bananas last week for our monthly shopping trip – one for eating, one exclusively for this bread. With 2-3 bananas per loaf, I ended up with three loaves. The first was for a birthday present for my dad (I love you, daddy) and the last two were set aside for our purposes. The bread itself is rather easy to make from odds and ends in your pantry and perfect for breakfast. Also, I get unnaturally proud of myself when I succeed at baking bread.

You’ll also notice that this recipe does not contain nuts. I could be nice and say I’m taking people with food allergies into consideration (well, sure, that’s part of it, I guess), but I just don’t believe in banana nut bread. It’s BANANA BREAD, yo.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Majora’s Mask 3D Midnight Launch


Skill Up Skillet attended a midnight launch event for Majora’s Mask 3D on February 13th at the Bridgewater Falls GameStop in Fairfield, Ohio – just a short jaunt down the road from where I live. Friend and reader Keith B. attended this launch as well and was gracious enough to take photos from the event. There ended up being about 20 people in attendance, plus staff, and we had a great time. Photos after the jump.

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Dragon Ball Senzu Bean Gummies


I’m a big believer in doing whatever it is you say you’re going to do. Some time ago I promised you Senzu Beans from the Dragon Ball series, but ultimately failed to deliver due to multiple repeated kitchen fiascoes. It’s been bothering me for a while that I failed you guys, actually. So, here’s a retake on the Senzu Beans in a sweet, gummy candy form. They’re fairly easy to make – your biggest challenge will be not eating them all in one sitting.

For those who don’t know, Senzu Beans are a sort of mystical bean with powerful rejuvenating properties. A single bean can fill you up for days, give you energy, and heal you of the most severe physical injuries. It is said to taste like fish and has a texture similar to a cross between a celery stalk and an uncooked bean. I briefly considered making mine like vitamin gummies using fish oil and vitamin B… but presently I’m more interested in making foods that taste as good as they look. Sorry! Maybe another time. They are made with Mountain Dew, so the energy boosting properties are there.

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Legend of Zelda Triforce Stained Sugar Glass

Difficulty3The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be released tomorrow, February 13th, 2015. Incidentally, when I made this recipe I wasn’t even thinking about it and didn’t know the exact release date for the game. Happy accidents are happy, yes? Yes. A couple months back, Neo and I had one of our famous Eccentric Post-12 Hour Shift Sunday Talks on our way home from work when one of us came up with the idea for this one. This recipe turned out to be a little challenging but is easily perfected with some practice. In this case, the final product you see is from the third batch. It went a little something like this:

  1. Heated sugar syrup to 250 degrees F instead of 295-300 degrees F because I accidentally misread the thermometer. Sugar syrup thickened but did not set. Whoops.
  2. Success! Called Neo and Jessie to kitchen to gloat, took turns handling the sugar glass, Jessie mishandled it and it shattered.
  3. Complete success!

The third, finished ‘pane’ will be getting hauled off for a midnight release event tonight at a local GameStop and I’m really looking forward to giving out samples. That said, I have a lot of cards to print out for the event so…

Ready? Let’s go!

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Walking Dead Bloody Jello Shot Brains


Walkers at the perimeter… I reckon they’ll break through in about three days. If we don’t figure out something by then we’ll be in big trouble.

That’s right, the popular drama tv series The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, February 8th. And I’ve cooked up a batch of jelly filled jello shot brains to celebrate. These are particularly tasty and I found that the jelly center not only added a devilishly bloody looking twist, it complimented the taste of the jello shot perfectly.

The yield from this recipe depends a lot on the size of your mold. I only had one tray with four individual brain molds which held about a quarter of a cup each. A few silicone molds would be ideal for this, or one large mold would be really neat as well.

Also, anyone who knows me well knows that I am a jello shot fanatic. Though I’ve never made or eaten any before, I’ve always viewed them as an awesome edible art form. Seriously, Google ‘unique jello shots’ sometime. You’re welcome.

Be careful: Eating too many of these might make you feel a bit zombie-like tomorrow morning.

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