1 Mar
2015

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: March!

St. Patrick's Day Parade and hey!  I know those guys!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and hey! I know those guys!

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.)

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27 Feb
2015

Cooking with Kards: True Blood Holy Hoecakes

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…

This brings us to my first recipe review/ dis­cus­sion!!! Are you ready for it? Truebloodcover
DUN DUN DUNNNN
True Blood; Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps. 

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.…)

holyhoecakesFinal

This was my final prod­uct! So good! So easy!

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!

Ingre­di­ents

  • 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

Instruc­tions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Driz­zle with maple syrup and serve.
25 Feb
2015

Hooray, National Chili Day is February 26th!

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.

Feb 26

Prepar­ing to dive in in 3, 2, 1…

 

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

Serv­ings: 10

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 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

Direc­tions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
23 Feb
2015

February Book Club Wrap Up & March Book Club Book!

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*

princess-bride-bookOur 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.

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22 Feb
2015

Curling is Cool! (February 23rd! It’s a National Holiday, guys!)

.…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.

That tag line, guys. Also, yes. Leslie Nielsen. Some­times he’s even a seri­ous per­son in this movie.

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.)

 

21 Feb
2015

Spoon? Why a Spoon, Cousin?”

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.

Private Lives

Pri­vate Lives

–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.

yeah­h­hhh.… we all do.

–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.

No one else could have done Snape like Alan Rick­man. <3

–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.

That’s it then. Can­cel the kitchen scraps for lep­ers and orphans, no more mer­ci­ful behead­ings, and call off Christmas.”

– 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.

what about 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!

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18 Feb
2015

Are you all ready for the Oscars?!?

Aw yiss.  Look at those golden boys.

Aw yiss. Look at those golden boys.

I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

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16 Feb
2015

Announcing the first EVER Kards Unlimited Instagram Contest!

Announcement with Filter

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! WERE 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:

KARDS UNLIMITED INSTAGRAM CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

  1. 1. Eli­gi­bil­ity: The Kards Unlim­ited Insta­gram Con­test (the “Con­test”) is open to res­i­dents of Allegheny County who are 13 years of age or older and who have the Insta­gram appli­ca­tion down­loaded on their mobile smart device (“Device”) and an Insta­gram account as of date of entry. Void where restricted or pro­hib­ited, and sub­ject to all fed­eral, state, provin­cial and local laws.
  2. Con­test Period: The Con­test begins on Mon­day Feb­ru­ary 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. East­ern Time (“ET”) and ends on Sun­day March 1, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET (the “Entry Period”).
  3. How to Enter the Con­test: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter the Con­test. A pur­chase will not increase your chances of win­ning. Before enter­ing the Con­test, the “Pho­tos Are Pri­vate” option in your Insta­gram account set­tings must be set to “OFF”. To enter the Con­test, you must be fol­low­ing Kards Unlim­ited on Insta­gram @kardsunlimited (www.instagram.com/kardsunlimited). Dur­ing the Entry Period, (i) pick one of your orig­i­nal pho­tos that you think cap­tures your favorite Kards Unlim­ited prod­uct (ii) fol­low the online instruc­tions to upload your photo to Insta­gram; and (iii) tag your photo with the hash­tag #MyFa­voriteKUThing. Numer­ous entries per Insta­gram account per­mit­ted. Pho­tos must be uploaded in accor­dance with the Insta­gram Terms of Use (http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/). Each uploaded photo will be counted as one (1) “Entry” and is sub­ject to the require­ments out­lined below. All Entries must be com­plete and received before the end of the Entry Period to be eli­gi­ble for the prize draw­ing. Entries may only be sub­mit­ted by a sin­gle reg­is­tered Insta­gram user, group sub­mis­sions are not per­mis­si­ble. Use of com­puter pro­grams and/or other auto­mated devices to enter the Con­test is pro­hib­ited. Nor­mal inter­net access and Device usage charges imposed by your on-line ser­vice will apply.
  4. Entry Require­ments: ANY ENTRY DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE OR UNSUITABLE, IN KARDS UNLIMITED’S SOLE DISCRETION, WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
    * Entries must be the orig­i­nal work of entrant
    * Entrant may be, but is not required to be, depicted in the Entry photo
    * Entries must not con­tain hate­ful con­tent of any kind; con­tent that pro­motes vio­lence or harm to another liv­ing crea­ture; or any other offen­sive con­tent (as deter­mined by Kards Unlim­ited in its sole dis­cre­tion)
    * Entries must not con­tain mate­r­ial that pro­motes any activ­i­ties that may appear unsafe or dan­ger­ous
    * Entries must not con­tain mate­r­ial that pro­motes big­otry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or indi­vid­ual or pro­motes dis­crim­i­na­tion based on race, sex, reli­gion, nation­al­ity, dis­abil­ity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or age
    * Entries must not con­tain adver­tise­ments, per­sonal solic­i­ta­tions or com­mer­cial solic­i­ta­tions; or pro­mote any polit­i­cal agenda or party
    * Entries must be in keep­ing with Kards Unlimited’s image and not con­tain any mate­r­ial that could reflect neg­a­tively on the name, rep­u­ta­tion, or good­will of Kards Unlim­ited, its sub­sidiaries or affil­i­ates
    * Entries must not vio­late or encour­age the vio­la­tion of any law, rule or regulation
  5. Win­ning Photo Selec­tion and Noti­fi­ca­tion:
    One win­ning entry will be selected by choos­ing the photo that has the most likes at the end of the entry period.
    Another win­ning entry will be selected by the staff of KU at the end of the entry period.
    Win­ners will be noti­fied by Kards Unlim­ited via com­ment to their win­ning Insta­gram photo and given instruc­tions on how to con­tact Kards Unlim­ited through email to claim prize.
  6. Prizes: A total of one (2) prizes will be awarded dur­ing the Con­test. Each win­ner will receive one (1) gift cer­tifi­cate to Kards Unlim­ited in the amount of $50. No cash in lieu of prize will be awarded.
  7. Future Use: Kards Unlim­ited may use the win­ning pho­tos in future instances.