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Fancy Feast

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Last fall, I headed up to northern Wisconsin with My brother and some friends. During that trip, two of the bunch proposed a monthly cook-off. The original theme was simply ‘make Your s*** fancy.’ What can I say, it was a weekend of drinking, shooting and dirt bikes. The feast idea changed slightly after that and starting this past January, Fancy Feast had begun. Instead of making it a competition, it is a slightly less intense meal making endeavor. Four courses minimum, guests bring a bottle of decent booze as tribute, or declare themselves the next host/cook for the feast.

First up was My friend Keith, who made some beet and cheese appetizers that were quite good. Followed by a lobster and shrimp torta with lima beans, avacodo topped with seasoned cream cheese and an encrusted herby salmon bake. Then, He banged out a lovely candied bacon, puffed cream and brownie desert.

February went to My brother, Chris. Churning out seven dishes and various drinks. I did however neglect to catch a picture of the fresh pumpkin bread desert. Pictured are His mushroom soup, with leeks. Egg cooked in swirling water and hash, a topper variety plate, cold soba and soy sauce, what I think was a chorizo dish and meatballs cooked forever in a pho soup stock.

I called March’s meal. My theme was simply to do something different. So, no stir-fry. No grill, or smoker. No cajun spices, chili blends, sherry, or even soy sauce. I struggled a bit, making multi-course meals that come round after round doesn’t mesh particularly well with My laid back, ‘just throw some stuff together and hope it’s good’ cooking tendencies. I produced the minimum of four dishes. Bacon and baby lima bean soup, spicy sweet potato mash with roasted brocolli and pistachios on toast, fruit stuffed pork tenderloin roll and finished with citrus gratin. The desert was kind of odd honestly, but it had much potential to be delicious. Something to ponder on how to go about improving.

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TING-A-LINGS!

Ting-A-Lings © Andor

The greatest and simplest crunchy, chocolatey treat out there! Thank You Grandma Stennes!

Supplies Needed: Double Boiler, a very Large Bowl and a Roll of Wax Paper.

Ingredients:

Wheaties, a 1lb package of sweet chocolate chips, half a square of baker’s chocolate or dark chocolate(about half a regular Hershey bar size), and a dash of Salt.

Prep and Cooking:

Over low heat, melt the chocolate in a pot, adding the salt once it’s partially melted. You will need to stir it a lot, to keep any from sticking to the pan and burning. Put the cereal into a large bowl. Once You have an even texture to Your chocolate, pour it over the cereal and mix vigorously. Allowing the chocolate to completely cover all of the flakes. Spoon it out, dropping each spoon full onto the wax paper and let them set in a cool place. Once the chocolate has hardened, They are ready to be devoured!

These are always around during Christmas time at My Mom’s house. They are good any time though, and if using larger portions of dark chocolate, it becomes an oddly healthy delight. Try mixing in some chili pepper powder for a spicy flare to this classic recipe.

See comments for My Mom’s notes on making this.