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 Christina Tosi's 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.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Supernatural 12x15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"

Last week, Sam decided to start working with the BMOL, despite Dean's many reservations. Oh wait, he hasn't yet told Dean that he's partnering up with them, so all of these cases they've been working back to back are from his secret computer algorithm. You know, the one that texts him under the name Frodo. Luckily for Sam, he can just start spouting some techie talk and Dean zones out completely, so he doesn't really ask questions.

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"
Said case of the week involves a kid who was killed while on a camping trip with his girlfriend. What killed him? Well, the case this week isn't so much about what this week, because it was a hellhound, plain and simple. But why is it out attacking random people who haven't sold their souls? That's the real question. And the only one who can answer that is...

Crowley! Who's still holed up with Lucifer, now boasting about how he is always ten steps ahead of whatever Luci thinks he has cooked up his sleeve. We're made to believe that some of Crowley's subdemons get the best of him, stealing the key to Lucifer's chains while Crowley is distracted by the call from the Winchesters, and subsequent visit to help them wrangle the hellhound. But, it would seem he knew all along that those subdemons actually released said hellhound in order to distract him so they could free Lucifer. Which they do, after making him "agree" to some terms, which my boyfriend said while half-watching it with me, "you know he's just going to kill them as soon as they let him go." And... yep! Poof!

Meanwhile, Crowley informs them that the hellhound on the loose is Ramsey, none other than, like, the oldest and baddest of the hellhounds who will only listen to Lucifer. Now, you may think that would mean Lucifer would come into play somehow here, but you'd be wrong. Seems an odd missed opportunity, but okay. Basically, they split up, the hellhound goes after Sam and the girl, and he manages to kill it, I should say, pretty easily. So, farewell to the boss bitch hellhound.

Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer in Supernatural 12x15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"Crowley heads back to his lair, where Lucifer is all ready to gloat. He gets to it, going all angel-wingy, red eyes and stuff, but then Crowley shuts him down with a simple snap of his fingers. Turns out, he really is steps ahead. He had this vessel specially made with runes and spellwork directly from the cage, so Lucifer is essentially trapped again. How long will this last? Only time will tell.

But what's going on with Castiel, you wonder? Yes, Cas is in this episode, however briefly. He's on the trail of Lucifer's baby mama. Well, first he's investigating the death of another angel, but he soon finds out said angel was killed by one Dagon, prince of hell, who was protecting the baby mama. While investigating, he is approached by another angel who wants to bring him back into Heaven's fold, since they are all trying to take out the spawn of Satan, after all. He is reluctant at first, but eventually agrees.

And! By episode's end, Sam decides to man up and tell Dean where their cases have been coming from, because at least they've learned not to lie to each other for tooooo long anymore. Dean isn't happy about it, but agrees to work with the BMOL, at least until they mess up in some way. So, yeah, Sam was right when he told Mick he could get Dean to come around.

Random Thoughts:

- The joke in the beginning was not lost on me - the boys come back from a hunt with a baseball bat covered in barbwire that "dad" used to love. Aka JDM's character on Walking Dead uses. Har har.

- Totes random observation - Jared seems to have these pink patches just below his eyebrows in some scenes. Am I going nuts? Maybe it's just the lighting on the TV or something, but it does distract me from time to time.

- I didn't get as many of the longer exchanges of quotes, but there were some fun ones throughout between the boys. Their rapport lately has been a lot of fun in nearly every episode.

- Man is it a relief to have Mark Pellegrino back as Lucifer. Hot damn is he so much better than basically everyone else they've had in the role. Just a certain casual smugness and delight while still exuding menace.

Quotes:

Dean: Computers... Monsters. Porn. Is there anything they can't do?

Sam: I'm serious, dude. You smell like roadkill.
Dean: That's because I do all the heavy lifting.

Sam We say something that will give her peace, help her sleep at night.
Dean: Oh, so we lie.
Sam: Yeah. A lot.

Crowley: You miss me?

Dean: And this is why you don't drive.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Supernatural 12x14 "The Raid"

As you may recall from last week's episode, Mary finally told the boys that she's been working with the BMOL. They're none too pleased to hear this news, and Dean basically gets into a snit and tells her to leave. Sam, always caught in the middle, seems to agree with Dean. At least for now. But he wants to at least hear her out, which pisses Dean off. What else is new! While he goes off to have a drink or two, Sam decides to answer an urgent text from Mary and see what's what.

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and David Hadyn-Jones as Mr. Ketch in Supernatural 12x14 "The Raid"You see, Mary is working with the BMOL, and their current goal is to take down all of the vampires. They have some special vamp killing device they've been using, and have nearly eradicated all of the nests in the midwest region of the US in record time. Sam gets a nice rundown of all of this info, along with seeing the BMOL bunker, which is much more high-tech, and as he calls it, low budget Mission Impossible.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ketch has gone rogue a bit. He doesn't really agree that the Winchesters are necessary to join the cause, but the upper BMOL want them, so he decides to pay Dean a visit, offering him some top notch Scotch and the lowdown on a nest of vampires they can go take down together. Of course, because Dean loves to take out his anger by killing monsters, he agrees. But when they arrive at the rundown hotel where the vamps are supposedly holed up, dun dun dun, they're not there! As the lone vamp left behind tells them (how convenient), they're off hunting the hunters.

Yep, because the Alpha Vamp has returned, and he wants to take out this American chapter of the BMOL taking out so many of his babies, so he told them where they're hiding out. The vamps surround the BMOL bunker, and boy do they look like someone caught with their pants down. Hardly anyone with any hunting ability, and barely any weapons on hand. But there is one special weapon they can use to take down the Alpha Vamp. You know, the Colt that Mary stole not so long ago. And it just so happens that Sam knows how to make new bullets for it! Did we know he knew this? Who the hell knows.
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatural 12x14 "The Raid"
Anyhow, he gives the recipe to Mick and he and Mary and the other hunter they've recruited go off to get more weapons, along with that vamp killing device from earlier. Only it turns out the hunter is secretly working for the Alpha.

The Alpha shows up and corners everyone, but Sam pulls out the Colt. Of course, we saw moments before that Mick has all the bullets they made, so Sam engages in some subtle subterfuge, pretending to give up Mick in order to cause a scene and get one of the bullets. And what do you know, just like that the Colt is back in action to kill said Alpha Vamp.

Someone through all of this, Dean and Ketch have apparently just been driving the whole time to get there even though it didn't seem like it took Sam that long to get there from the bunker, but okay. Time shenanigans in whatever favor they need, I suppose. Basically, Dean admits that when he found out Mary was in trouble he went as quickly as possible, so clearly he isn't going to hold a grudge that hard against family. Meanwhile, Sam tells Mick that he's in to work with the BMOL, despite how ill-equipped they were for that fight. Because they have bigger ideas in mind, he wants to be part of that, and he thinks he can eventually get Dean to come around too.

Random Thoughts:

- Is there going to be some ulterior motive of the BMOL that gets revealed, or can we just believe that they're really doing what they say?

- Go see Logan! Ha, okay that's not Supernatural related, but that's why my review is a bit later than usual tonight, because I went and saw Logan. Sooo good!

- I also thought they had killed the Alpha vamp like back in season six or something? Was it just that they thought they had, when they hadn't really? Honestly it gets hard to keep track anymore, and I don't care enough to try to figure it out.

Quotes:

Mary: And you are not a child.
Dean: I never was.

Dean: You're always playing the middle, Sam. For once, why don't you pick a side?

Alpha Vamp: I've seen your work in England. I didn't get involved because, well, it's England.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Supernatural 12x13 "Family Feud"

I didn't forget about the show being on this week! Yay! Ha. Too bad this week's episode wasn't as worth watching immediately as the past couple of weeks when I was delayed. Not to say it was awful or anything, just kind of blah. They did try to make a monster of the week have more of a connection to the main story, sort of, but only just.

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, Ruth Connell as Rowena, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 12x13 "Family Feud"Anyhow, yes, a seeming monster of the week is afoot in the form of a ghost killing a bunch of teachers. Sam and Dean trace the ghost to a shipwreck from the 1700s. A shipwreck that it just so happens was supposed to contain Crowley's son so many moons ago. You know, Gavin, who was brought to the present day by Abaddon some time ago. I honestly didn't even really remember that happening, but there you go, paying it back, show!

The boys don't know where Gavin is, so they try going to Crowley for help. But, Crowley is little busy at the moment with none other than our dearly resurrected favorite form of Lucifer. That is to say, Mark Pellegrino, back at it again. Crowley apparently subverted Rowena's spell, and now has Lucifer chained up. He also conveniently saved the vessel he used before, hence Mark being back again. Lucifer also tells Crowley that his bun in the oven is still alive, which big C is none too pleased about.

And what about that bun in the oven? Well, Kelly is out there, barely able to scrounge enough change for a small orange juice. Some angels are on her tail, but the demon who we knew was going to appear, Dagon, does indeed appear just in time to save her from the angels. And it looks like Lucifer calls her there at the end of the episode as well, so you know that's all going to end well.

Mark Sheppard as Crowley and Ruth Connell as Rowena in Supernatural 12x13 "Family Feud"Okay, back to the boys. Since Crowley won't help, they call up the next best thing - Rowena. She's reluctant at first, but eventually agrees, and they tell her Gavin is her grandson. Basically, it turns out that Gavin's sweetheart had stowed herself away on the ship, thinking he was going to be on it. But, he never was on it thanks to time travel, and she ended up being taken advantage of on the ship before dying aboard it. Because their childhood teacher said she deserved it, she's now going after teachers in the modern day.

The only way to fix things, really, is for Gavin to go back and join her on the ship. Crowley shows up to object to all of this, but Rowena stops him from interfering, so the boys are able to send him back. Crowley is none too pleased with his mother, but she was just getting some payback from that time when Crowley made her kill that kid she loved to remove the Mark of Cain. You know. No big.

The boys had also tried to call up Mary to see if she wanted to join them on the hunt, but she declined, saying she was still recovering, but instead she was off working with Mr. Ketch, taking down a Rugaru with some head explody device thingy. Ketch wants her distance herself from the boys because she's a better hunter when she's not motherly, but instead she decides to confess to them that she's been working with the BMOL. They're none too pleased about it, but she asks them to at least listen to her. So... we'll see what happens there.

Random Thoughts:

- Seriously, though, are they just never going to show previews at the end of the show again? Do they really think the little bumper about Riverdale is making a difference? Because I have to tell you, I watch on my DVR anyway, so I'm not sticking around in realtime to watch Riverdale.

- Even though I've been a bit over the Lucifer storyline as a whole, I must admit that it is nice to have Mark back again. He's such an improvement over every other version of Lucifer, it's almost silly.

- You know the BMOL and the Winchesters will have to team up to try to take down Lucifer once he inevitably gets free and the baby is either born or almost born or something. It just feels naturally where things will have to go, right?

Quotes:

Crowley: What, no snarky devilish comment? You have nothing to say?
Lucifer: Thanks?

Dean: Hmm. Aztecs were pretty serious about their killings. Aztec ghost. Yeah I like that.

Dean: Wait a minute, I know something about something.

Lucifer: A chip off the ole ball of Heavenly light, if you know what I mean.

Crowley: Turns out behind that whole moron facade, you and your brother are, in fact, morons!

Lucifer: I could use a little dad advice right about now. When do you let 'em date?

Dagon: I'm a demon. You're Rosemary. Complete with baby.

Mary: Do not give me the face.
Dean: What face.
Mary: You know the face.
Dean: There's no face.
Mary: That's the face.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Supernatural 12x12 "Stuck in the Middle (With You)"

Oopsie. Guys, I completely forgot the show was on last night. I was home doing whatever, totally could've watched it, but nope, didn't even cross my mind! So... whoops! Shame because this was another pretty good episode. I must say things have been better this season. I particularly liked that it hearkened back to the long ago days of the yellow-eyed demon that started everything. But I'm getting ahead of things!

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Misha Collins as Castiel, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x12 "Stuck in the Middle (With You)"This episode is a little tough to recap chronologically within the episode itself, as it did a lot of jumping around in time, focusing on different characters in each mini chapter. So I'll just give a rundown of what basically happened in the right order. Basically, Mary got a call from the BMoL (British Men of Letters) to go get something from a demon's place. She called up her friend Wally for help, along with Sam, Dean, and Castiel, though she didn't tell them that her real mission was to pick up a mystery item.

Anyhow, they make a plan to ambush the demon when he gets home. Only the ambush doesn't go so well - he's not phased by bullets, and more importantly not phased by the demon knife. Also, some other demons have shown up as well, so of course a fight ensues. One of those extra demons manages to kill Wally before Sam and Dean are able to dispatch them. And the head demon guy pulls this lance thing out of midair and stabs Cas with it, and then reveals to Mary that he has yellow eyes! Oh but I forgot, while they were getting the ambush set up, Mary was secretly obtaining the mystery object from a locked safe. So she has it.

Ok! So basically they manage to get away because Mary hits the demon with a car and they drive off. Cas isn't able to heal himself, and indeed has some bad looking black lines spidering out from the wound. Sam is all like WTF Mom, what's a YED doing here? Crowley shows up for a helpful explanation - he's Ramiel, and Prince of Hell. One of the first demons created by Lucifer himself, much like Azazel from yesteryear. He was a prince of hell? I don't remember that bit, but that doesn't mean it's not true. Basically, he tells them the wound can't be healed, it was from the lance of Michael, which it turns out he gifted to Ramiel some six years ago, along with the mystery object. Ramiel was supposed to take over Hell, but instead told Crowley to do it as he didn't care.

Supernatural 12x12 "Stuck in the Middle (With You)"Crowley tries to talk Ramiel out of going after all of the Winchesters and Castiel, but he's having none of that. He comes in, pulls out the lance, and proceeds to beat down them all down after first giving Mary a window to hand over the mystery object, which she doesn't, and still doesn't tell anyone else about. Fight fight fight, Sam manages to get the lance out of Ramiel's hands and stabs him with it, turning him into a dust cloud.

Of course, Castiel is still lying there dying, but Crowley manages to come to his rescue, breaking apart the lance, and thereby the magic runes that do its dirty work, which magically heals Castiel. They all wonder what the heck Ramiel could've been talking about, but Mary still doesn't tell them. But, when she meets up with Mr. Ketch later, we see - it was the Colt. Yes, that Colt that killed ole YED so many years ago. I admit I forgot whatever happened to it. But doesn't it need special bullets? I thought those were all gone.

Also! Crowley goes back to his lair, and who does he have locked up? None other than Lucifer, who I'm pretty sure was being played by Mark Pellegrino, but I can't be 100% sure since they only sort of showed him. And again no preview for next week, so who the heck knows what that episode will be about.

Random Thoughts:

- Soooo now Crowley can lock up Lucifer in some flimsy cage? Apparently that egg thingamajig took out some of his powers or something? And how is he back in the Pellegrino vessel? So many questions.

- You know we're going to be meeting those other two Princes of Hell that were mentioned, particularly since one of them has "taken an interest" in the gestating spawn of Lucifer.

- You also know that eventually the boys are going to find out about Mary's dealings with the BMoL, and they are going to be pissed, especially when they find out that she gave them the Colt. I'm still unclear on if there are any more bullets. And I really have no recollection about what happened to it so many moons ago, but I guess Crowley somehow got it? Sure.

- It seemed pretty easy to break that lance and magically heal Castiel. I mean obviously they're not going to kill Castiel in some random mid season episode, but still.

- I also kind of wanted more of Ramiel, he was interesting. But also really bad at fighting seeing as Sam got the lance away from him so dang easily.

Quotes:

Mary: Thanks for coming, I know you're busy.
Castiel: Mmm. Not really.

Mary: Did you see his eyes? He had yellow eyes.
Sam: Mom, what did you get us into?

Mary: Since when is life about getting what you want?

Dean: Wow, you look like hammered crap.
Castiel: Yeah, that sounds about right.

Crowley: You idiots. You're all going to die.
Dean: Well this day just keeps getting better and better.

Crowley: Ramiel, Prince of Hell. It's catchy, it rhymes.

Castiel: You're my family. I love you.

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