Archive for June, 2010

Tomorrow is Bird’s last day at the school she’s been at for the last two years, so we decided to do something special.

Cookies. Lots of cookies. And what better way to make lots of cookies, than to use the Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator – otherwise known as The Cookie Gun.

Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

A few months ago, I’d found a partial Wear-Ever Cookie Gun kit at a thrift store. It was actually parts from several kits, once I started going through it. There was a full icing gun set, and all of the parts from the cookie gun…except the rings that keep the disks in place and that pesky trigger mechanism.

Cool thing though, a couple weeks ago I was at that same thrift store, and found another Wear-Ever gun set – still in the box. The box was a little beat up, had a couple disks missing, but otherwise complete. And tonight, we gave it a test run.

I used a recipe from the Good Housekeeping cookbook, just a basic “Holiday Sugar Cookie” recipe. I might not use that recipe for this again, only because it did cause some initial spewing because of the “rising” of the dough inside the gun canister. But otherwise, they turned out awesome.

Camel Cookie Disk

The Camel Cookie Disk. I don't know.

The first batch

The first batch

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Little people cookies

Uncooked little people cookies

Little people cookies

Little people cookies, Cooked

Don't piss her off.

Don't piss her off. She'll kill you.

It was a lot of fun. The cookie press is awesome. I can’t wait to try this with shortbread, or maybe gingerbread. I’m going to have to do some research into how to do the colored dough as well.

Food Fans

on June 3, 2010 in Websites | 1 Comment »

I’m a food fan, obviously.  In fact, everyone in my household is a food fan.  Including the dogs, cats and chickens.  Of course, we all have our favorites, and these are a few of mine:

Despite being somewhat disappointed in the quality of their colby-jack over the last few years, I still love their ice cream, and the other cheese are great.  Maybe because I’ve been a consistent buyer of the colby-jack, I’ve noticed the change while not noticing it in other types, I don’t know.  But I love their aged white cheddar for making mac & cheese, and the ice cream is fantastic.   They can also be followed on Facebook.

Their fan club is on Facebook, and they actually make posts to it!  Not everyone uses that power, and they use it in a way that is a little more fun.  I’m not the type to “fan” a group on Facebook and then block it when they start getting annoying – I just unfan.  But Red Vines does well – posts comments relevant and often funny, pictures of fans with their Red Vines, a while ago even a video from their plant, showing their new robot arms.

These were a local favorite of mine when I lived in the Portland area, not in small part because they had one of their chocolate cafe’s there.  It was a favorite place to meet with my best friend from high school, sit and relax and indulge.  Now, I live 100 miles away, but I can still torment myself with updates via email and Facebook.  Yay!

I guess that covers the main food groups (cheese, sugar and chocolate).  There are many, many websites for food products, but they must not have fans.