Thursday, April 13, 2017

Supernatural 12x18 "The Memory Remains"

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Antonio Marziale as Daryn Boston in Supernatural 12x18 "The Memory Remains"After too much of a focus on the BMOL last week, this week it's back to a case of the week monster with the brothers Winchester. Well, with a little BMOL splashed in too, but this time just the right amount. With Ketch's new orders to take out all of the American hunters, he sends Sam and Dean off on a case so he and some lackeys can study the bunker and learn all they can about the Winchesters. You know, like steal a photo of young Dean with Mary. And leave a bug. That sort of stuff.

Meanwhile, the brothers head off to investigate the disappearance of a kid in Wisconsin, who was taken by some goat dude. They find out that another kid thinks it was Black Bill, which is an urban legend I've only tangentially heard of myself, but apparently is a thing. As is the show's wont, before the next commercial break, the kid who saw the goat dude is the next one to be taken! Dun dun dun.

The case of the week is actually fairly simple for them to figure out. All of the disappearances lead back to the local meat factory, which just happens to be owned by the local sheriff, whose family has been sort of the it family of the town for generations. He's been selling off pieces of his inheritance for awhile, but they know something fishy must be up, so they head to the family estate.

Steve Boyle as Sheriff Barrett and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x18 "The Memory Remains"What do they find there? Just a murder dungeon, you know, no big thing. The sheriff shows up then as well, and tells them the scoop - his family has trapped this goat god called Malek for a long time, feeding him human blood. They wear a goat mask thing to take the people, hence the Black Bill references. But, when his dad died, he decided it was time to set things right. He locked up Malek and hoped he would starve to death.

Only, what's this? Malek isn't in his hidey hole dungeon cave? Nope! Who could have let him out? Well, it's whoever is now in the house upstairs. Dean goes to investigate while the others get trapped downstairs, so of course Dean gets taken by a dude in a goat suit. But wait, who could it be? I thought all of the sheriff's family was gone?

Turns out, the guy who runs the factory is his half-brother and unleashed Malek to try to reclaim what he deemed rightfully his, yada yada. Sam and the sheriff make it back just in time before Malek is able to start feasting on Dean, and Sam kills him with the trusty colt. Because, as Dean puts it, work smarter not harder.

They head back to the now-bugged bunker to have their brotherly end of episode chat there instead of in the car. You know, so Ketch can listen in. Dean is concerned they might not leave a legacy, but Sam says their legacy is the people they've saved, that they're leaving the world better than when they started. And then they carve their initials into the table because they're saps like that.

Random Thoughts:

- In all seriousness, this was a pretty good episode. I kid because I love. Or something.

- But for real, I'm tired of the main storyline. I guess this BMOL side storyline isn't so bad, but I could give two hoots about the whole impending demon child.

- There were a lot of fun quotes this episode, I think I got most of them, but I know I missed a couple.

- It seems like Ketch has for realsies feelings about Mary, so it definitely doesn't seem like he's going to actually go through with killing them all. But we'll see, I guess. Hopefully it doesn't mean Mary ends up accidentally killed saving her boys by him or something.

Quotes:

Sam: I spent all night going through all our books on demons. And it turns out, we have a lot of books on demons.

Dean: We got a dude with a goat head with a name like a pirate.

Dean: Work smarter, Sammy, not harder.

Sam: Oh don't do the hot coffee thing.
Dean: Boy this coffee is HOT.

Dean: Oh come on this guy's adorable, he plays a frickin' flute.

Dean: Hello? Goat dude?

Dean: Why is it always the rich ones? Why are they like, croquet's all right, but you know what would be great? Murder.

Dean: So now we're reporting to low rent Christian Bale, seriously?

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Supernatural 12x17 "The British Invasion"

As seems to be the case with many of the past seasons, I seem to enjoy the more one-off episodes than the ones dealing with the overall arc of the season. So, you can kind of guess that this one wasn't necessarily one of my favorites. The thing is, where in the first five seasons most episodes were fairly memorable, now they've all become kind of a jumble of not-so-memorable, where I don't remember what happens in which episode.

ared Padalecki as Sam, Shoshannah Stern as Eileen Leahy, Adam Fergus as Mick Davies and Darren Adams as Renny Rawlings in Supernatural 12x17 "The British Invasion"Anyway. What did happen in this episode, then? Well, we return to the overall storyline of the impending birth of Lucifer's baby via Kelly Kline, who is being protected by Dagon, one of the big demons. Turns out, Eileen, who we met some episodes ago, has had some luck tracking her down. She visited a clinic recently to get a check up on the baby, blah blah blah. Honestly I was only half paying attention to the logistics behind all of this. Basically, Eileen gets her phone number and Sam uses an accent to trick her into going back to the clinic, where Dean nabs her.

The real story in this episode revolves around the BMOL. Turns out, the head office in London isn't satisfied with the progress in recruiting the American hunters. They want them to follow orders now. Mick himself is having a tough time sticking to the code of the MOL at this juncture, particularly since it's all bringing up memories about how he was forced to kill his best friend as a child because of said code. The headmistress lady sends a goon over to watch Mick, who joins him, the Winchesters, and Eileen in trying to talk sense into Kelly about her Nephilim child. Of course, Dagon shows up to ruin the party, and Eileen accidentally kills the BMOL lacky while trying to shoot Dagon with the colt. Apparently the code states that if a BMOL is killed, whoever did it must then be killed in retribution? What kind of weird ass code is this, anyway?

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 12x17 "The British Invasion" The brothers talk him out of it, but he still reports all of it to the home office, the dummy. That gets him a visit from the headmistress and Ketch, wherein he stands up for himself, and promptly gets a bullet in the head from Ketch for his troubles. Just when he was starting to get endearing. Basically, the headmistress, Dr. Hess I think, wants him to put an end to the hunters. All of them. Which would include...

Mary. Who has been working with Ketch all this time, and apparently decided to get some hanky panky time with him too. He claimed that there was no emotional connection between them when she said it didn't mean anything, but methinks he will come around to the side of the Winchesters as well by the end of it all. I could be wrong, but...

Meanwhile, back in Crowley's lair, he thinks he's got Lucifer all cowed and ready to obey his orders. Lucifer plays along, but hints to the followers that he's just putting it all on for show. One such follower comes to his aid, but confirms that whatever wards are on his vessel are still holding strong, and he doesn't know how to get rid of them since Crowley killed the demon who created them. Is Rowena going to come back into play here somehow? Would not be surprised.

Random Thoughts:

- Oh look, they decided to start showing previews again at the end of the episode, rather than just touting Riverdale. It got cut off near the end, but it looks like more of a standalone episode, so perhaps I will enjoy it more.

- There were multiple mentions in this episode that Cas has been MIA for some time now. What has he been up to? Will we be getting a Cas-centric episode soon? Seems likely.

- Do we think this child will actually be born, or will they stop the birth somehow? Maybe Kelly will come to her senses now that Dagon has told her that all of the mothers die when birthing Nephilim.

- I feel like they don't quite know what to do with Mary anymore. She was just in a random few scenes this week. I find it more interesting when she's interacting with the boys, which has been very little of late.

Quotes:

Dean: Well that's cute.
Sam: Come on.

Sam: Wow, you look like crap.
Dean: Yeah, you look crappier.

Ketch: So you want to have it all.
Mary: Trying to.
Ketch: Good for you.

Dean: Welcome back, sweetheart.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Supernatural 12x16 "Ladies Drink Free"

It's been a few weeks, but Supernatural is back, and can you believe we're already more than halfway through the season? As promised, this season hasn't really been about one big bad in particular, but more about smaller stories along the way, with a bunch of Lucifer stuff thrown in.

Kathryn Love Newton as Claire Novak and Adam Fergus as Mick Davies in Supernatural 12x16 "Ladies Drink Free"After focusing on vampires not too long ago, the show forayed back into one of the other prongs of the fantasy trifecta - werewolves. The Winchesters plus Mick, who apparently wants to tag along with them in order to learn how to be a better hunter rather than just a good researcher, or something, track down a girl who was attacked by a werewolf, with her brother being killed. While talking to the girl, Mick sees that she's been bitten, but hides it to himself. The brothers also find out that a young, blonde with an attitude saying she was from the department of fish and game also stopped by earlier. Who could that be?

Yes, it's the return of Claire, who is always more fun when paired with Jody, but we can't always get what we want, I guess. Anyhow, she has secretly been hunting on her own while Jody thinks she's been off looking at colleges. Which, how many teenagers go look at colleges completely on their own, either? But whatever, she's lying, yada yada. Who else is lying? Mick, of course. He pretends to retired early for the night, but actually goes back and kills the young infected girl, because that's the way the BMOL do things.

He manages to keep it under wraps for a bit, at least until Dean figures out he's lying about what he was up to the previous night while interrogating a bar dude. He gets the truth out of him, and of course is none too happy about it. Meanwhile, Sam has paired up with Claire, who finds out that the girl in question had been seeing a guy at the bar secretly, and they deduce that the werewolf didn't kill her, but instead just wanted to change her. Sam then gives her a hard time for hunting on her own, and she goes off in a tiff, gets jumped by said werewolf, and gets herself bitten.

Now, earlier on in the episode, Mick mentioned they had tried to find a cure for lycanthropy some time ago, but claimed it didn't work. Well, apparently it worked 1 in 9 times on mice, so they want to give it a go with Claire, who is convinced she can't handle being a werewolf, that she'll go crazy and attack her loved ones. What does one need for this cure of sorts? Why, the live blood of the werewolf who turned her, duh!

Adam Fergus as Mick Davis, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x16 "Ladies Drink Free"Sam and Dean go off to get that while Mick watches Claire, who starts to feel the effects of the bite. The brothers end up chasing after the wrong bartender, because also duh, and the werewolf dude shows up at the hotel and knocks out Mick and takes Claire off to his apartment. Because we've only had two real supporting characters so far in this episode, the others figure out where to go, just as Claire starts to go all wolfed out.

They manage to wrestle some blood from the dude, and give her the cure. She writhes around a bit, and it seems like she may have died, but since she is one of the only girls left on this show, and it would've been a lame way to kill her, no. She's cured! And she calls up Jody to tell her that she's really been hunting, because love and feels and stuff. The Winchesters are willing to give Mick a second chance despite his lying to them about killing the other girl, because there was this whole thing about second chances earlier and blah blah.

I'll be honest, it was kind of a meh episode for me.

Random Thoughts:

- I mean, I don't dislike Claire, but you know I'd rather see Jody or Donna any day. Or at least more of them together.

- There was also some hints mentions of how the BMOL have been killing off werewolf packs, and they're meant to live in packs. I wonder if that means Garth is going to make another appearance, unless he was killed sometime offscreen.

- It was pretty precious seeing the boys react to getting their own rooms with the little shampoos and such. A three star hotel is a magical thing for them.

Quotes:

Dean: Either you get good fast, or you get dead faster.

Dean: I'm ruined, Sam. Those limey sons of bitches ruined me. I even took a swim this morning.
Sam: You brought a swimsuit?
Dean: No.
Sam: Ugh...

Dean: Young. Blonde. Pissed off. Sound like anyone we know?

Dean: Yeah. Sam's best friend. They're, like, nerd soulmates.

Claire: Sam, no offense, but who do you think the kids are going to want to talk to... me? Or an old skeezer?

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Barely Brown Butter Cake

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Barely Brown Butter Cake by freshfromthe.com.

I think maybe I've found the easiest recipe from the Milk Bar cookbook in this brown butter cake! I mean, you don't have to make anything ahead! What?! Madness! No but seriously, this is definitely one of the easiest recipes I've made from the book thus far. From starting to eating, it's only about 1-1 1/2 hours or so. You can't beat that!

The BF was concerned he wouldn't like it, as some of the things I've made from the cookbook have been a little too sweet for him (for example, the corn cookies I would only make if you have a kitchen scale, because I made them one time just using the cups and teaspoons, and they tasted much sweeter). However, while it is still sweet, being a cake and all, it isn't too sweet. And what's really interesting is the use of the kosher salt. It gives you these nice little kicks of salt every now and then that cut the sweetness down. That may sound strange, but it totally isn't in practice.

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Barely Brown Butter Cake by freshfromthe.com.

Though Christina notes in the book that you can brown your butter in the microwave, I admit I just did it the old-fashioned way on the stove. And can you beat the smell of brown butter? My goodness, no! Why does it smell so amazing?

The cake comes out light while also slightly dense. She calls for using a quarter sheet pan to bake it in, but also noted that if you didn't mix things juuuuust right, then it could bake over the edges or something! I was like hot dang, I don't want that, and a 9x13 pan is basically the same size as a quarter sheet pan, so I just did that instead. And it turned out great! It baked in exactly 30 minutes, the minimum recommended time she has below. So I would say just go with the 9x13 so you don't have to worry, the edges are taller so it's less likely to go crazy in the oven for some reason.

Definitely recommend this one! It's easy and delicious. Like, seriously, is there an easier recipe in this cookbook? Doesn't seem like it!

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Barely Brown Butter Cake by freshfromthe.com.


Barely Brown Butter Cake

Ingredients
  • 55 g (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 40 g (2 Tbsp) brown butter
  • 250 g (1 1/4 cups) granulated sugar
  • 60 g (1/4 cup packed) light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 110 g (1/2 cup) buttermilk
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) grapeseed oil
  • 2 g (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 185 g (1 1/2 cups) cake flour
  • 4 g (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 4 g (1 tsp) kosher salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine the butters and sugars in your stand mixer, and mix on medium-high for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, mixing again for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down that bowl once again.
  3. Stream in the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla while the paddle is on low speed. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 5-6 minutes, until the mixture is white and homogenous.
  4. On low speed, add in the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix for 45-60 seconds, until the batter comes together and all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time and mix for another 45 seconds to make sure any lumps of flour are incorporated.
  5. Spray a 9x13 pan. Spread the cake batter evenly in the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. At 30 minutes, gently poke the edge of the cake with your finger, it should bounce back slightly and the center shouldn't be jiggly. If it doesn't do that, leave it in for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Cool the cake on a wire rack, or if you have to, in the fridge or freezer.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blueberry & Cream Cookies

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Blueberry & Cream Cookies by freshfromthe.com.

I've made a few recipes from the Milk Bar cookbook in the past (Crack Pie, Corn Cookies, Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies), and decided it was time to bust it out once again to make some more! One of my friends had mentioned that she really liked the blueberry cookies, and being that they are fairly simple when it comes to a Christina Tosi recipe, I thought sure, this one we can give a go. Still, you do have to make one thing ahead of time before getting started on the cookies in earnest, so just keep that in mind if you want to make these.

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Blueberry & Cream Cookies by freshfromthe.com.

Like all of the Milk Bar cookies, these are LARGE. Like almost the size of my hand large. I admit, I do not have huge hands, but still. They aren't your typical little cookie you usually make at home. I haven't tried making her cookies smaller, but as I've said before, it seems like they might not be as good because the whole point of them being so large is to get the edges slightly brown while keeping the middle nice and soft.

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Blueberry & Cream Cookies by freshfromthe.com.

Anyway, what about these cookies? The milk crumb definitely gives them an interesting flavor. I bet the quality of your white chocolate can make a big difference here, and mine sure wasn't the highest quality, so they did have a little bit of that white chocolate-ness once baked, but only just. If you like blueberries, they are also a nice switch up from a typical cookie that normally has some chocolate or butterscotch instead.

Definitely yummy, though my boyfriend thought they were a little too sweet. I'm not sure it really needs that extra glucose in there, or perhaps just the granulated sugar itself could be brought down a little bit so they're not quite as sweet. In general, the recipes in this cookbook are quite sweet, so just keep that in mind if you're ever going to make them!

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Blueberry & Cream Cookies by freshfromthe.com.


Blueberry and Cream Cookies

Ingredients
  • 225 g (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 150 g (2/3 cup packed) light brown sugar
  • 100 g (1/4 cup) glucose
  • 2 large eggs
  • 320 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 g (1/2 tsp) baking powder
  • 1.5 g (1/4 tsp) baking soda
  • 6 g (1 1/2 tsp) kosher salt
  • 1/2 recipe Milk Crumb (see below)
  • 130 g (3/4 cup) dried blueberries
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine the butter, sugars, and glucose in a stand mixer and cream on medium-high for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add in the eggs, and beat for another 7-8 minutes.
  2. Reduce to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until it just comes together. No longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Still on low, add in the milk crumbs and mix until incorporated, no more than 30 seconds. Next add in the blueberries and mix them for another 30 seconds.
  4. Using a 2 3/4 ounce scoop (or 1/3 cup measure), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pat the tops of them down flat. Wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to a week).
  5. Heat the oven to 350F.
  6. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on a parchment or silpat-lined sheet pan. Bake for 18 minutes. They should be faintly brown on the edges while still yellow in the center. Mine worked better at 17 minutes than 18, which got them a little too brown.
  7. Cool completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or airtight container to store. They will stay fresh for 5 days at room temperature or you can put them in the freezer for a month.
Milk Crumb

Ingredients
  • 40 g (1/2 cup) milk powder
  • 40 g (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 12 g (2 Tbsp) cornstarch
  • 25 g (2 Tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 2 g (1/2 tsp) kosher salt
  • 55 g (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 20 g (1/4 cup) milk powder
  • 90 g (3 ounces) white chocolate, melted
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat oven to 250F.
  2. Combine the 40g milk powder, the flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Toss to mix. Add in the melted butter and toss, using a spatula, until it starts to come together and form small clusters.
  3. Spread those clusters onto a parchment or silpat-linted sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. They should look sandy when finished. Cool completely.
  4. Crumble any clusters that are larger than 1/2 inch in diameter and put all of the crumbs into a medium bowl. Add in the 20g milk powder and toss together until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour in the white chocolate and toss until the clusters are all covered. Toss every 5 minutes following until the chocolate has hardened and the clusters are no longer sticky. They will keep in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for a month.
Recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

Recipe for Christina Tosi's Blueberry & Cream Cookies by freshfromthe.com.