It’s March again, friends! Winter will be over soon and we’ll all be happy and cavorting around in the lovely warm weather! Hurray! Until then, there’s still plenty of time to drink all the hot chocolate and sit in front of all the fires your little heart could desire. Here’s what’s happening at KU this March! (In addition to hot chocolate and snuggling, obviously.)
Here at Kards, we love good food. We are pretty proud of our interesting selection of cookbooks. I mean, if you don’t know already, we are the #1 go to spot to get any books by Jamie Oliver or the Barefoot Contessa. We are the fans.
Recently, I thought it would be a fun idea to try to learn how to cook things. And of course, I turned to the cookbook section here at KU. I mean, where else can I find a whole book full of recipes that all use Heinz ketchup AND 50 Shades of Chicken. (or Kale! 50 shades of Kale. Who wrote these things???)
Now, the people who work here all have varied opinions about the ‘best’ cookbook, but in the interest of starting a really awesome conversation with you, our lovely readers. I’ve decided to try out some recipes and tell you how they went. And also hope that you all share your favorite recipes with us!! Spread the food love! Bring Samples! … Okay, well you don’t have to bring us samples, but we would totally eat the heck out of them…
If you are a fan of True Blood, you should probably check this thing out. It has recipes from like all the main characters, and they all have blurbs written in the character’s voice. It’s pretty dang cool.
Also, the food looks pretty NOM worthy. And the drinks are totally fun things to get you in the Vamp mood. There is a basic recipe for a “Ruby mixer” which is supposed to be just like Trueblood. …you know. Without the blood.
For my first Recipe I chose Letie Mae Davis’ Holy Hoecakes. (It comes right before the recipe for Stake and Eggs. Get it?)
Holy Hoecakes are basically a corn meal pancake. The secret is that you cook them in bacon grease. YEAH BACON.
These things are ridiculously easy to make, and they have only like 4 ingredients. I used regular yellow cornmeal instead of the white cornmeal it asked for, mostly because I couldn’t find white corn meal at the grocery store. And it took me like 10 minutes to make them. (not including bacon cooking time.…)
The end result was pretty delish. They’re kind of like pancakes, but dense. But hot diggity dog, put some maple syrup on them and they were like way good to go. YUM!
So if any of you lovely people own the Trueblood cookbook, or any other cookbook, we would really like to hear all about your delish (or not so?) meals! Send pictures! We will make you famous.
Peace Out, Kard-lovers!
- 1 cup white (or yellow) cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons bacon fat (rendered from about 4 slices bacon), plus more as needed
- Maple syrup or cane syrup, for serving
Combine the cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. While stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, pour in the boiling water in a steady stream. Beat until smooth. Let stand a few minutes.
Heat the bacon fat in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When very hot (but not smoking), reduce the heat to medium-low.
For each hoecake, drop about 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture into the skillet and pat gently into a flat circle, about 4 inches in diameter. Cook several hoecakes at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side, turning with a wide spatula. Transfer to a plate. If needed, add more bacon fat to the skillet to make the remaining hoecakes.
Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.
If there’s one thing that’s perfect for a Pittsburgh winter meal, it’s chili. (Also pierogies, but that’s for a separate post.) Chili is hearty, relatively healthy, and oh. My. God. does it taste good. Put some cheese and sour cream on it and I’ll see you never because I’ll be busy stuffing my face and proposing to a bowl of food.
I prefer turkey chili since my cholesterol is superbly effed up (thanks mother nature!) but I think in a dish this complex and wonderful you don’t need to go the beef way. I have a go-to chili recipe that I’m super excited to share with you! It’s two steppiness (excluding mild prep of garlic and onions) makes it simple, easy, and t-t-t-tasty. I also like to serve this over brown rice and top with cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt (you really can’t tell the difference.)) AND ALSO some fresh bread is good to dip in this.
Simple Turkey Chili
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour total
- 1 ¾ teaspoons olive oil
- 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
- 1 ¼ onion, chopped
- 2 ½ cups water
- One 28 ounce can canned crushed tomatoes
- One 16 ounce can canned kidney beans drained, rinsed, and mashed
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon and ¾ teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons and 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.
- Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and garlic. Season with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
February’s Un-Book Club Tea Party was a smashing success! Check out how lovely and whimsical it was!
And now, the announcement you’ve been waiting for! Drumroll please! *Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* *Drumming palms on thighs*
Our March KU Book Club Book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman! That’s right. The book your favorite movie is based on! (Sorry. OUR favorite movie.) Adventure, romance, and a classic tale await you in this delightful novel :)
Here’s Kristen’s review!
“I know you have seen the movie, and loved it, (who didn’t love it?) but I can’t stress enough that you should also read this book. Read it for the hilarious ‘asides’ where Goldman takes you on an up close and personal tour of both his child and adulthood. Read it for the introduction, a beautiful and touching piece of writing (and includes juicy tidbits about making the movie). Read it for the “Buttercups Baby” explanation. Especially the conversation Goldman has with Stephen King (they are friends and have a sort of mutual admiration society going, a fact that never fails to delight me). The first line of the original text reads “This is my favorite book in all the world” and I couldn’t agree more.”
So! We’ll be reconvening for book club on Sunday March 22 at 6 PM here are the store.Be there or be square.
.…no I don’t mean curling your hair. If anything, that’s hot. (ba-dum-shhhh) get it?
I first fell in love with curling, not through watching the sport itself, but because I was in love with the Canadian actor Paul Gross. I decided to watch all the movies he had ever made (all of which are pretty damn good, even the weird ones!). The movie that made me fall in love with curling, the sport, is called Men With Brooms.
Okay, so this movie is a Rom Com, but it is also a heartfelt story about adults finally growing up and overcoming their fears. It features this curling team that reunites on a day long past their prime, solely because their former coach died and asked in his will that the team play (and win) with the rock (curling stone, for those of you who need translation) that now contains his ashes. Yes, that’s what I meant.
Through the movie’s exploration of curling, I found myself absolutely falling in love with the sport. And I’m not a sport person. (When I was young, I told my teachers that my favorite sport was reading. Seriously.) They talk about the sport with such reverence that it is almost impossible to not feel your whole world shifting a little. Suddenly that shot of a guy sliding down the ice, gently but forcefully convincing a giant rock to land right on the button is just magical.
And of course, the movie is just chalk full of the strangest humor.… I mean it has Leslie Nielsen in it. He plays a former curling champion who now lives on his farm growing mushrooms. (The special kind, duh.)
So, I seriously recommend celebrating today’s holiday, Curling is Cool Day, by finding a copy of this wonderful movie and falling in love with the sport.
Oh, and if you know someone who is a Die-hard curling fan, don’t forget to stop by and get one of our Curling is Cool greeting cards! (We have cards for everything, don’t you know.)
If your response to the title is “Because it’s dull, you twit”, than you love Alan Rickman. or Robin Hood. But probably you love Alan Rickman.
Today is Alan Rickman’s birthday. YAY!
Why is Alan Rickman so great? LET ME TELL YOU:
–Alan Rickman loves the theater so much (AS HE SHOULD) that he has turned down multiple movie roles in favor of live theater. You can often see him in shows in New York, and he is amazing.
–When Alan Rickman was young, he had a speech impediment and had to have vocal training. This leads us to today, where is voice is the most amazing thing ever. It even has its own facebook page.
–I’m sure all you geeks knew this like a million years ago, but it needs to be mentioned again. Alan Rickman was J.K. Rowling’s first pick for the character of Snape. In fact, she gave him insider tips about the character BEFORE BOOKS WERE RELEASED. HE KNEW ALL ALONG.
–According to IMDB, Alan Rickman turned down the role of Sheriff in Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves twice before he was told that he could have complete control over his interpretation of the character. And then he did an amazing job creating the Sheriff of Nottingham. like whoa.
– In the filming of Die Hard, the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building was was actually Alan Rickman being dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get a genuine surprised look, the stuntman dropped him on the count of two instead of three.
That’s just a few things in the list of Awesome Alan Rickman Facts.
And to finish it off, here are some amazing pictures and videos of him being sexy and amazing!
I love award shows. I know they are meaningless and boring and I shouldn’t love them but I DO. I love the gorgeous dresses and the opening monologue jokes! I love to see celebrities mingling! Sure, it would be easier to skip the show and wait for the buzzfeed recaps (“Actually, the 47 things that happened at last nights Oscars were actually the best things that have actually ever happened.” for example ) and you’ll certainly be able to find all the best moments online. But, there’s something so fun about sitting through the whole thing and experiencing all the bizarre, funny and sweet moments in real time. Remember the Adele Dazeem thing! Remember Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech? So fun!
Take our quiz and tell us who you think will win!
Two lucky winners will each win a $50 gift certificate to the store! Here’s how it works:
The contest starts RIGHT NOW and ends on Sunday March 1, 2015 at 5 PM. Once the contest is closed, the winners will be chosen! One winner will be chosen by the photo with the most likes and the other winner will be chosen by the staff at KU.
How do you enter? Simply take a photo of your favorite KU thing (you are more than welcome to photograph it in the store! Tell us if you do! WE’RE ALL ABOUT IT!) and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #MyFavoriteKUThing. You can submit as many entries as you’d like! You must be following @KardsUnlimited on Instagram, and in order for your photo(s) to be eligible your account has to be public (so peeps can vote for your photo and we can see it too!) Entrants must be 13 years or older and a resident (or student) in Allegheny County.
Here are a few sample entries! Feel free to be as kooky and silly and fun as you’d like! We like fun, in case you didn’t know :)
Here are the official rules for you nerdz who find legalese fun:
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