Survival Saturday – Corn Chowdah

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For those (few) of you who aren’t following the weather here in New England, we have a lot of snow. Admittedly, it is quickly being reduced due to rain, but still, a foot of the white stuff is just sitting around on the ground. You know how snow is * eye roll *   So what better food to try out than a quintessential New England food, Corn Chowder?

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Nutritional Info:

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Directions & Ingredients:

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Things Needed:

4 Cups Water

1 Package Corn Chowder

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If you can see any corn to “cook until tender”, please let me know!

 

Optional Items:

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Corn. Pretty self-explanatory for “CORN” chowder right?

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Diced onions make almost everything better (except breakfast cereal)

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Crackers go well with lots of stuff, like peanut butter, cheese and even soups!

 

Impressions:

After our last run-in with Efood and their “Potato” Cheddar Soup, we honestly weren’t to hopeful. Mrs B made up a batch of cheese sticks just in case we had to throw this away instead of eating it. Thankfully, we ate the whole batch of this Corn Chowder.

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You know, I’m not sure ANY of these foods have ever looked appetizing

It was a mild chowder with a nice white sauce base that we both liked. Mrs B really liked it with the additional corn, while I had one bowl with corn and one bowl with crackers. For me, crackers won hands down. I liked the crackers because they bulked it up and made it thicker  instead of so soupy.. I had put the onions in raw and I wished I had sauteed them first, as they were still a little crunchy, but they sure did add some nice flavor.

By the time we were done we both agreed that we’d eat this again and even eat it voluntarily 🙂 If I were to ever order more through Efoods, I’d buy a case of this.

 

Edited to Add:

I just searched for Efoodsdirect. They are no longer in business. So no case of this!

 

 

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Survival Saturday – The Gingie Edition

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Last time I did a SS post was back in March with Attack of the Ninjabread Men. Which means it has been 2/3’s of a year. I’m a bit out of practice, so I wanted something fun, easy and still foody.  Thank goodness for Krusteaz! This was so easy. All I needed was the mix, 1 stick of butter and 1 egg. To bring this into survival terms, even if technology craps the bed, the plastic the mix is stored in will last for decades and then all you’ll need is a cow and a chicken and voila, you are set!

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This time I learned something from my past experience with Gingerbread. Melted butter and Softened butter are NOT the same thing. So I just let this sit out overnight so it would be nice and soft.

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Cracking an egg is much easier than cracking heads!

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I put ALL the complicated ingredients into a mixing bowl in the perfect proportions.

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Then I hand kneaded the bejabs out of it!

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By the time I was done, it was putty in my hand!

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Then it was time to divide and conquer.

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Finally, I brought them altogether for a family reunion.

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The final step was to flatten them on a cookie sheet and cook them. But obviously, a true Chef never cooks and tells!

 

And that was a good re-introduction to Survival Saturday. Whetted the appetite, as it were. Next month I’ll have a “real” Survival Saturday with another of the long term storage food things. Please look forward to it!

 

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October ’19 Roundup & Ramblings

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Raw Data:

Books – 8

Pages – 2125

Average Rating – 2.88 Stars

 

The Bad:

Dark Sky – 1 Star DNF for Content

Places in the Darkness – 1 Star DNF for Content

 

The Good:

War Factory – 4 Stars of Polity Goodness!

The Ragged Man – 4 Stars of Authorial Improvement

 

Movie:

Watched two versions of Superman II. The Theatrical Cut and the (released recently on disc & digital) fired Director’s Cut. I surprised myself by favoring the Theatrical Edition over the Director’s Cut.

November will be Superman III. Now are these names original or what?!?!?

 

Book Give-Away:

Doing yet another Give-Away. This time 8 of the Myth Adventure books by Robert Asprin.  It’s open until November 16, so feel free to enter until then.

 

Survival Saturday:

With the weather changing and it getting colder outside, I’m probably going to try to resurrect this series for a couple of months. Of course, I’ll ease into things with something so easy that even I can’t mess it up for November.  Who wants a butter stick!?!? 😀 😀 😀

But seriously, it will be something extremely simple and probably not an actual survival food. Now I just have to figure out what this mythical “food” actually is.

 

Miscellaneous And Personal:

Even though my average rating dropped below a 3, since I dnf’d both of the stinkers almost from the get-go, there was no wasted time or regrets. All it really does is puff up my book numbers from last month and drop my average rating I can live with that. I figure I’ll be culling existing series in November so I’m not reading things that don’t really grab me.

Work is. Started full time at Company New Mid-October. I’m reserving judgement until the New Years. Algebra is going along, but there are times it is really hard to stay motivated, especially when they’re teaching a concept that I KNOW I won’t need and I think to myself “What is the point of this?” I almost feel like a rebellious teenager! Weight Watchers is going fantastic and I continue to lose some weight every week. Slow and steady.

Here is a list of the various non-review posts I did:

 

Cover Love:

Warlock by Dean Koontz is this month’s winner. It doesn’t get more 70’s than this!

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Survive This – Attack of the Ninjabread Men! (Survival Saturday)

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This is not our usual Survival Saturday kind of post. We were over at the McBombfunk’s and Mrs B had a gingerbread kit from Christmas, so we decided to make that. It was quite the ordeal to be honest.  There is a reason I’m not a cook.

 

So the adventure began when I started reading the directions. It called for room temp butter. I told Mrs Bombfunk to microwave some, as it was all in the fridge. We melted it right down to liquid. Then the measuring cups they owned had lines halfway up the cup and I thought that was the line. So once I combined all the ingredients it was supposed to be all clumpy together. Instead, it was still just fine flour not really sticking together. Turns out the properties of room temp butter is VERY different from melted butter. Plus, I had used half the amount of water and honey called for.  We finally got it straightened out and ready to shape.

 

I hadn’t rolled the gingerbread out as thin as I was supposed to, so we ended up with only 6 Ninjabread men instead of 12. And one of them had a “slight” head injury due to my thumb accidentally squashing him when I pushed him out of the mold. But overall, considering the trouble I’d had with putting it all together, they looked like they were on the attack and ready to take on anyone.

 

While they were baking I put together the frosting/glazing. Well, those darn measuring cups fooled me again only this time it was in the opposite direction and the glazing turned out very milky instead of firming up.

Then the fun began.

Besides the frosting, there was also a bag of hard candy little beads to be used as eyes, etc.  Here’s how everything turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if that wasn’t enough, we were trying for a stealth Ninja but he kind of turned into a Sad Clown Ninja.

 

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Cthulhu Ninja Clown is SAD 😦

 

The actual gingerbread was pretty good but the glazing was too sweet and the little hard candies were almost inedible. Mrs B ate her’s like this:

 

Once it was all said and done, we had fun. If I’d been trying for serious pictures it would have been an epic fail, but like I said, there is a reason I’m not a top chef with my own tv show.  Bookstooge Ramsay I am not!

 

 

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Survival Saturday – Potato Cheddar Soup

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Today’s offering is the Efoods Gold (known online as Efoodsdirect.com) Potato Cheddar Soup. Sadly,  our experience fit right in with how my reading has gone this month.  Frakking February!

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Doesn’t that look delicious and comforting?

 

Ingredients & Allergens:

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Note please, the “turmeric extract”. That’ll be talked about later

 

Nutritional Info:

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Directions:

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Things Needed:

4.5 Cups of water

1 package Potato and Cheddar Soup mix

 

Optional Items:

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Leftover crescent rolls, from a church ladies’ get together, that nobody wanted. We had 5-8 of these.  *cue ominous and heavy handed foreshadowing music*

 

Impressions:

As soon as we opened the packet to dump it into the boiling water, we both could smell a bitter, astringent smell that we associated with the Chicken Noodle Soup, also by Efoods Gold. We just looked at each other and said “One bowl then we’re dumping the rest”.  We used the full amount of water hoping to alleviate the taste by dilution.

Sadly, it was not to be.  We only took a small bowl apiece.

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We ended up breaking the crescent rolls in half and just sopped up the soup with them. It made the crescent rolls taste good by comparison and we used them up, so not everything went to waste. But when crescent rolls, that nobody else in a group earlier wanted, are the best part of a meal, you know things aren’t good.  The “potato” part of the soup was just as disappointing. They were not little cubes of potatoes or even chunks. They were pinky finger nail sized slices of potato. By the time I was done sopping up with the roll, I had maybe a spoonful of potato, out of a half bowl’s worth of soup.

Mrs B ended up with an upset tummy and I just poured the pot of “food” down the toilet.  This was not good and I’d only ever eat it again if I was starving.  Honestly, I’d rather keep a pantry full of Campbell’s Chunky Soup on hand and just deal with the pain of cycling through them. They’re supposed to last about 2 years and you can eat them right out of the can with no heating, etc. And they taste a heck of a lot better than this stuff.

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Not vegetarian OR kosher,  but when you have no other options, food is food

 

Lessons Learned:

I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my money on this particular brand, Efoods Gold aka Efoodsdirect.com. Long term food storage is becoming more and more complicated these days and having “something” on hand is much better than having nothing.  That being said, I won’t be buying this brand ever again and I’d be hesitant to recommend them to anyone else. Maybe have a one month supply on hand, “just in case” but for more than that I’d recommend canned goods.

However, since this fit right in with how my February went, I just kind of laughed it off and grumped for a bit. Also, it was a Friday night and I’d had a good day, so it all kind of balanced out.

 

 

 

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Survival Saturday – Cheese & Broccoli Soup Mix

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Holy smokes, the last Survival Saturday post was WAY BACK IN MAY!!!!!!  Welp, the cold is here so the food is coming back.

 

Here’s a picture of today. Looks nice doesn’t it? What you can’t see is that this was the one 30minute period during daylight that it wasn’t pouring like the second Flood was coming.

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It was a soup and bread kind of evening by the time we both got home.  So we chose Legacy’s Cheese and Broccoli Soup Mix with homemade bread bowls. Plus some stuff.

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Ingredients & Allergens:

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Nutritional Info:

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Things Needed:

8 Cups of water

1 package Cheese & Broccoli Soup Mix

 

Optional Items:

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Boule Bread cut into bread bowls

 

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New York extra sharp cheddar cheese

 

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Shot of Bang, pina colada flavor

 

Directions:

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Impressions:

Very easy to prepare. The whisk worked wonders and since this wasn’t a real heavy or thick soup, it just flowed together. It reminded me almost of a white sauce.  Mrs B said it reminded her of an alfredo sauce. I think that’s a pretty good comparison.

The boule bread was easy to cut and it scooped right out. It is tough to see the soup inside it, as they’re both pretty creme colored.

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Boule Bread, looks like some kind of wierd anime hat!

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That plate is approximately 10in (25cm) across, to give you some scale

 

I had cut up the cheese into small pieces and added it to mine. Even though this is pretty high in sodium, it is not salty tasting and rather bland. The sharp cheddar gave it a much needed dose of flavor.

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Mrs B said it needed a little something to make it thicker. Maybe some kind of vegetables? Rice or potato would also have worked as a good filler if we weren’t using a bread bowl. Other than that, she was happy to eat it out of the bread bowl and used the scooped out bread as a dipper.

I had a little tiny bowl of the stuff by itself and it was decent. Warm and much thicker than say a campbell’s condensed soup.  The cheese made a huge difference in the bread bowl and I was happy to just eat the remnants of the bread bowl by dipping it into the pot of soup and finishing it off that way.

 

Lessons Learned:

The pina colada Bang, while my favorite, was a mistake. It was just too different and after 1 drink I just put it aside.  I’m wondering if the Lemon Drop Bang would have suited it better, as that flavor is just a tiny bit bitter and would have made the blandness of the soup more palatable.

Overall, we both were satisfied with what we ate while not being ecstatic. The portions were once again HUGE and for 2 people really bordered on just too much. We didn’t end up eating the whole package even though we at it twice. There was that much.

 

 

 

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Survival Saturday – Creamy a la King

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Today we were visiting my brother and sis-n-law, Mr & Mrs W.C. Bombfunk. I was playtesting my homemade MTG Knight deck with Bombfunk and it was late enough by the time we were done that I asked him if  he and the Mrs would be interested in cooking and trying one of the survival food packs. He readily assented and I hauled out the package.

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Creamy a la King by Legacy Premium. The cover on the package was less than helpful and even by looking at the ingredients all I could tell was that it appeared to be rice based. I was guessing a creamy cheese and rice.

 

Ingredients & Allergens:

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Nutritional Info:

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Things Needed:

6 cups water

1 package Creamy a la King

Optional items:

Peas

Bacon

Aged cheddar cheese

Oyster crackers

 

Directions:

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Bombfunk did the cooking, as after our Mom, he’s the cook in the family.  He did this in a soup pot and said next time, he’d consider using a large skillet to make the cooking a little more even. He cooked the stuff for 15 and that was just right. The rice wasn’t crunchy and most of the water had been absorbed at that point.

He let it stand for 10minutes afterwards while he cooked himself some bacon.

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Even Great Cooks can burn the bacon!

 

 

Impressions:

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It looked a little watery at first, but here, you can see how thick it really is:

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Mrs Bookstooge and Mrs Bombfunk added peas and crumbled cheese to their bowls, while Bombfunk added the crunchy bacon to his and I had peas and oyster crackers.

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Halfway through my bowl I went back and crumbled up some cheddar and added it to my bowl. It really needed it, as it was rather bland and the salty sharpness of the cheddar gave it some much needed bite. The peas simply added some color and the oyster crackers, well, considering it was a thick rice dish, really weren’t needed.  I had a ginger lime diet coke, Mrs B had water and the W.C. Bombfunks both partook of a hard mikes.

There was a very faint astringent taste at first, but as soon as I added the cheddar I didn’t taste it at all. I ate my whole bowl, as did Bombfunk and Mrs B, but Mrs Bombfunk could only handle about 2 spoonfuls. This package made a HUGE amount and even with all 4 of us taking a bowl apiece, there was enough left over for at least 2-3 more servings. No one wanted more though, not even me. So we tossed the leftovers and decided this would be something we ate last in a survival situation. Wait until we’re good and starving, you know? Starving makes EVERYTHING taste better!!

 

Lessons Learned:

Make your relatives eat this with you so nobody has to eat so much. And, misery loves company 😀

Next time, I’d add some diced celery for crunch and we’d definitely have to add some sort of spices or something to help with the blandness.

 

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