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Bullets in a Pot, a.k.a. Repeaters & Pork, an authentic WWI recipe

Difficulty2Valiant Hearts: The Great War

A bit over a month ago I was contacted by the illustrious Captain Max Virtus of Escapades in Bizarrchaeology asking if I would be interested in digging up some bizarre foods eaten by WWI soldiers in the trenches. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity as A. I rather enjoy history; and B. I consider myself to be something of an expert in digging. Why, you may well ask? Once upon a time, I was an amateur grave digger. Quite the leap from computer work, no? Allow me to explain:

My freshman history teacher was something of a legend in the school. Tenacious, passionate, and mildly eccentric about getting his students to pay attention in class. Let me tell you, when your teacher steals a Barbie doll from his daughter, fills its head with fake blood, and ‘chops’ her head off with a miniature guillotine while referring to her as Marie Antoinette… well. Kids paid attention. He also sold really excellent beef jerky year-round to fund legendary history club trips to Detroit and Memphis.

It was fitting, then, that he gathered up volunteers to help renovate a mid-1800’s cemetery in a nearby town. We learned about gravestone symbolism, removing lichen from etched stone, and righting headstones. The latter, of course, required a fair amount of digging as there was much headstone buried in the ground as there was above ground to keep the stones standing. It was normal for us to be seen standing in 4-foot deep holes wiping sweat from our brows. Our most helpful documentation was a list of peak cholera death years; definitely no digging in those! It was hard, dirty work and I loved telling people that yes, the shovel in my back seat was there for grave digging. (Well, it was.)

So how in hell does one combine video games, food, and World War I, anyway? Surely there aren’t that many video games based on the Great War, right? Which brings us to Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

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Zerg Cake Roll. Because you never know when you’ll have an audience with the Queen of Blades.

Oh, you are so in for it.
Oh, you are so in for it.

This week I was faced with a hard truth: Our budget did not have any wiggle room this week to pick up any blog related ingredients. I was tasked with making something quick and easy with ingredients we had on hand. Something low key.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

In a recent magazine I happened upon an ice cream cake roll, which was the original inspiration for this dish. Sure, I had ice cream, but you can’t have it. Fat Kid Has Spoken. How would you like a classy looking Zerg Cake Roll instead? You would, eh? (Good, because I didn’t make anything else.)

So, what is a ‘Zerg’, anyway? The Zerg are an insect-like alien race from Blizzard Entertainment’s Starcraft and Starcraft II hell bent on destruction and evolution. You can play against them and as them. And yes, of course I suck at it. The purple pattern baked into the cake roll is the race’s emblem.

This is also the first recipe given a Four Skillet Difficulty Level. Yes, it is challenging to master. I myself did not, but I’m very satisfied with the results regardless. Would I dare make this cake again? Absolutely. Just let me get some more eggs first. No, really. It is worth the effort to make something this tricky, this pretty, this yummy. It’s worth it.

Admittedly, I almost Herobrine’d out (definition: a personal catastrophe so severe as to cause me to not post) this week. There was a situation on Tuesday evening (June 2nd) that compromised my Battle.net account. Yes, I got hacked. And I responded with a fiery wrath unknown to most mortals to wrest my account from the slimy grip of the trespasser. Fortunately, a live chat with Blizzard Support helped me reclaim all stolen materials in short order. Special shout-out here to Game Master Aerinaeil: You rock! Thanks for restoring my account and sharing my vision with your team. Seriously, you’re great.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Tetris Rice Krispie Treats

Difficulty2Tetris for me has always been one of those ‘firsts’. Once upon a time, Little Leisel was fortunate enough to be able to read and play video games in the back seat of dad’s car on super long car trips. Nowadays, I’m either always bloody driving, or I get immensely ill after playing a level or reading half of the comics section of the newspaper– if I’m lucky. Anyway, back to Story Time: I never actually had a Game Boy handheld growing up. My first ‘brand name’ handheld gaming system was a 3DS… which I got this year. When I was a Bright Young Thing, I received a handheld Tetris video game player. It took a crap-ton of carefully rationed batteries and was immensely fun for all those long hours in the car going to and from family reunions in northern Indiana. You know, I have no idea what ever happened to that thing…

You’ll remember I actually did plan these when I wrote last week’s post. But I did not plan for it to be like this. Dad called me a couple of days ago to tell me our cousin Janet just passed away. Janet was the official ‘head’ of the family reunion – reserving the meeting place, sending out official invitation letters to relatives all over the country (most of which are actually in Hoosier country, but there are a few stragglers), organizing Bingo and the White Elephant auction… as you can tell, it’s quite a job! As such, I think it’s fitting to dedicate this post to Janet. Rest in peace.

Disclaimer: I know all this seems like A LOT. I promise this recipe will take you from raw ingredients to cooling stage in about 10 minutes.

Anyway. I made Tetris Rice Krispie Treats, flavored with gelatin. That’s right, they’re flavored! Because at Skill Up Skillet we either go ALL THE WAY or write a Filler Post of Facepalm. Ready? Let’s go.

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Mortal Kombat Kupcakes – Test Your Might To Resist These!

Difficulty2Yea and verily, it has been a busy week for Skill Up Skillet. Within a couple days of finishing the Adipose Marshmallows I was tasked with making cupcakes for the midnight release of Mortal Kombat X at the local Bridgewater Falls GameStop. Of course, I wasn’t about to simply shell out a box of plain old cupcakes, slap on some frosting, and call it a day (even though a few GameStop employees told me it would work). Nope! This week we’re making ‘surprise inside’ cupcakes decorated Mortal Kombat Minimalist style. Because this is a thing. Each chocolate cupcake has a special core of color (Kore of Kolor? Hmmm…) reflecting the color of the combatant’s mask. I am really tempted to replace words starting with the letter ‘C’ for words starting with the letter ‘K’, following the Mortal Kombat tradition. Reeeeeeeally tempted.

For those of you who might not know:

Red – Ermac

Yellow – Scorpion

Green – Reptile

Blue – Sub-Zero

Silver – Smoke

Stay tuned at the end of the post for several photos taken at the event as well. Ready? Let’s go.

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Chocolate Covered Pac-Man Oreos

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Hey.

Hey you guys.

Guess. WHAT.

I discovered concentrated gel food coloring. And it is the most amazing thing.

My determination to do a Pac-Man themed recipe has finally paid off. Today I offer you Chocolate Covered Pac-Man Oreos. They are probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made and taste fantastic to boot! All of the actual ‘work’ for these cookies goes into the icing process which, admittedly, is so fun in itself that you can’t even be mad. The food coloring I purchased is from Wilton and comes in a 12 color pack including Pink, Red, Burgundy, Golden Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Black, Copper, Brown, Teal, Royal Blue, Violet, and Kelly Green. Just a dab of each color and you have brightly colored icing for DAYS. The colors are absolutely accurate, too. If you have $15 to spare, you should definitely pick up a set of your own; I cannot recommend these highly enough! Not to mention you’ll end up saving a ton of money in the long run for your cooking adventures.

Pac-Man is another one of my very first video games that (surprisingly) I don’t suck at. But I’m also known for getting SUPER INTO IT. Like, -insert-deity-here- so help you if you distract me while I’m playing. The final product you see today is an entire ‘mini package’ (minus one row for the NOMS) of Limited Edition Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos because that’s simply what I had on hand, but don’t let that limit you. You can recreate your favorite Pac-Man maze with as many Oreos as you please, in whatever flavors you prefer. Perfect party treat material here, I’m telling you. But enough gushing for now.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Hearthstone Rock Candy Geodes – So That’s Where the Mana Gems come from!

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Right. So, I’m giving this a 3 Skillet difficulty due to my personal experience, but if you’re already familiar with making fondant or are buying it premade, it’s more of a 2 Skillet difficulty.

Did you know Blizzard’s Hearthstone card game is celebrating its first anniversary? Hmmm? My boyfriend got me into all things Blizzard with a World of Warcraft subscription around the middle of Wrath of the Lich King and I loved it from the very beginning. My main is a Night Elf Hunter (95, and I’m very upset it’s not 100) on the Velen server. But that’s a story for another day. I usually play a few games of Hearthstone daily, at least.  It’s by far one of my current favorite games. I typically favor a Beast Mastery style Hunter deck, but my Demonology style Warlock deck has been really fun lately as well. And if Neo’s playing his evil Warrior deck – forget about it, I’m spectating those games (spoiler: God so help you if you don’t kill him in the first 5 turns).

This recipe is loosely based on someone I follow on YouTube – How To Cook That by Ann Reardon (https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/) . You should check her stuff out sometime; she’s absolutely brilliant. Look up Rock Candy Geode. Wow! This is my take on her fondant shelled geode. This is also my first time making and tasting fondant so it’s exceptionally exciting. Ready? Let’s go.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Cheesecakes

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Admittedly, this is one of those “Because I Can” things. But really, who doesn’t love cheesecake? Or Sonic, for that matter? Sonic the Hedgehog was one of my all time favorite video games growing up. By now, you know that means I also suck at it. However, sources indicate that it’s really bloody entertaining to watch me play as it involves a lot of inventive cursing, squealing, ragequitting on the water levels… you get the idea. Heck, I even have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on my smartphone. It’s that good.

That said, before you get started with this one… pop a bottle of your favorite dessert wine in the fridge to chill. This recipe is that rich, that decadent, that velvety… MMMmmmmmm. Legitimately, I would pay money for this at a restaurant and be completely satisfied. I made these with fruit and pie fillings but you can also do a plain style cheesecake and be completely happy. I’m not one to judge. In fact, I’m doing that later today after the springform pans are washed. Note that these are going to take a little more time as it’s not a ‘chill and serve’ recipe, but these are so worth the extra effort. Ready? Let’s go!

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Super Mario Bros. Lemony Super Star Cookies. Let’s skip the clever witticisms – YUM, YUM, & YUM!

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Ahh, cookies and milk. Really hits the spot, doesn’t it? These are better. No, really. Though my area of Ohio hasn’t exactly been inundated with snow, per se, I’m getting a little cabin fever. This is significant, why?

These cookies taste like a tall glass of iced lemonade on a warm summer’s day. No kidding.

Though I didn’t want to start repeating games so early, these little darlings were just begging to be baked. And Mario is one of my early gaming favorites. We’ll bend the rules a little- just this once, okay? These delightful Super Star Cookies are sweet, crisp, and have a silky lemon glaze that takes you there. And they come in three sizes: Just A Bite, Snackworthy, and OMNOMNOMCookie. Okay, I promise I’m really not that weird about cookies. Ready? Let’s go.

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Donkey Kong Banana Bread! So easy, you don’t have to jump over barrels or fireballs for a slice.

Difficulty2Ah, Donkey Kong. A timeless favorite. One of the first video games I played as a child.

I suck at it.

Well, that’s not fair. I haven’t played in well over a decade since the last time I rage quit. I’m that bad. I do love it, though. What better way to commemorate a classic than baking a few loaves of banana bread with a cute DK vanilla icing tie?

We bought two bunches of bananas last week for our monthly shopping trip – one for eating, one exclusively for this bread. With 2-3 bananas per loaf, I ended up with three loaves. The first was for a birthday present for my dad (I love you, daddy) and the last two were set aside for our purposes. The bread itself is rather easy to make from odds and ends in your pantry and perfect for breakfast. Also, I get unnaturally proud of myself when I succeed at baking bread.

You’ll also notice that this recipe does not contain nuts. I could be nice and say I’m taking people with food allergies into consideration (well, sure, that’s part of it, I guess), but I just don’t believe in banana nut bread. It’s BANANA BREAD, yo.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Majora’s Mask 3D Midnight Launch

BONUS STAGE!

Skill Up Skillet attended a midnight launch event for Majora’s Mask 3D on February 13th at the Bridgewater Falls GameStop in Fairfield, Ohio – just a short jaunt down the road from where I live. Friend and reader Keith B. attended this launch as well and was gracious enough to take photos from the event. There ended up being about 20 people in attendance, plus staff, and we had a great time. Photos after the jump.

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