Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Cats #100

100? Really? Well, I guess this calls for extra cattiness. Wait... that's not right... uhm. Haven't had my coffee yet, going to just let it be. So. For my 100th cat post I'm going to post some of my favorite cats ever. You've already met the real Bob, probably my all time favorite. Although the cat I had as a kid, Buttercup, and the one I had as a teenager, Annie, are right up there too. Buttercup would wake me up every morning by wrapping her front paws around my neck and licking my ears. Annie was just a big lump of love. Anyway, I posted about Romeo before, but no favorite cats post would be complete without him. He was the one of the sweetest, most gentle creatures I've ever known. Plus since he was wearing a tuxedo he was always ready for a ball. I'm pretty sure I've posted about Tiresias (aka Ree) before, but I'm not going through 100 posts to find out. She is eyeless, as her name implies, but that doesn't stop her from doing whatever she wants. Which is mostly purring wicked loud and laying in the hallway at my brothers house. Heh. Last, but certainly not least, is Puffin. She was not only beautiful, but smart and sassy too. She had a shoelace that was hers and when she wanted to play she would trot over to you with it in her mouth. When she was done she'd pick it back up and hide it. She was something else. So there you have it, a woefully incomplete list of some of the best cats ever. Now, coffee.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Double Swiss Burger Calzone

Oh baby. Now this is one of those where you have to wonder, "is this really a calzone? I mean, aren't there guidelines and such? Also... hey, where'd it go? How did I eat that whole thing while I was thinking?!" Heh, because it's really good and doesn't matter, get it? Eh? Eh?


So. Do you have hamburger but no buns? Do you have pizza dough but not the desire to turn that into buns? Well, wrap it around your burger and toppings, cook it and you're all set! Any toppings really, although I honestly wouldn't recommend lettuce, but then cooked lettuce skeeves me out. Most everything else is dandy, me I went the simple, classic route. Ketchup and mustard. Burger. Swiss cheese, more burger and onions. Seal it up, stick some sesame seeds on for nutrition and cook. Heh, it has a face. And of course it's wicked good. What other kind of things could you fill it with, you ask? Well, bacon. Guacamole. Tomatoes, pickles, sauteed onion, garlic, bbq sauce, alfredo sauce, ham, jalapenos, salsa, pineapple... anything really. Plus if you wanted to keep your veggies cool and crispy you could just stuff them in after it cooks. Of course that's a lot of effort, maybe just have a salad. Or fries. Or another calzone...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Cats #99

The real Bob has decided he's a lap cat now. I'm not sure what brought it on, but I'm not complaining. Well, except that he also wants to be in my lap while I'm eating, which is inconvenient. It's almost as though he doesn't think things through. Heh.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Something Else to Do With Pizza Dough: Cinnamon Bread with Icing

The other day I wanted something sweet, but my cupboard was bare and I didn't want to go to the store. Then I remembered that some pizza places make variously shaped cinnamon things with pizza dough. I thought to myself, self you can do that. I replied, really? You think I can? I told myself I could. Then I looked around to make sure no one had noticed me being extra nuts. The real Bob had, but I somehow doubt he cares. Of course they say if you can't talk to yourself who can you talk to? But please don't ask me who "they" are. Heh.

Ok, enough about my mental problems, I'm sure people are more interested in my sweets problem. So. This is simple and fantastic, you just need some pizza dough, butter, cinnamon and vanilla sugar. You could use normal sugar, but I didn't want to. All you need to do is butter up a cake pan, or something similar, and stretch out the dough in the bottom.

How thick it is determines the texture, thin will make it crispy, thick will make it more bread like. The choice is yours and yours alone. Don't be shy with the butter either, this is a dessert and more butter means more ... well, butter. Also without it you don't get the golden crispy bottom. But you should bear in mind that you're going to be slathering the top with more butter mixed with cinnamon and sugar before it goes in the oven. Those are the next two steps.

It only takes about 10-15 minutes in a 425 degree oven and then it's done, assuming you don't want icing. Oh, you want icing? Well, I mixed up some cream cheese, vanilla and sugar. Then I slathered it on the hot, cinnamony goodness. Then I ate it and it was fantastic. The bottom was golden and crispy, the top was gooey, buttery, cinnamony and marvelous. I have now made this several times, although I don't have a recipe written out. I'll just have to make it again and write it all down. Such sacrifice, such selflessness. These are the things I do for you guys. Heh.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Cats #98

Yeah, I've got nothing. But here is the real Bob sleeping peacefully.
Until I jab him with something. Heh.


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