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Emperor’s New Groove [Week 1] – Spinach Puffs, Colada Morada, Inca Biscuits, White Cake, Mesoamerican Turkey

I think Emperor’s New Groove is one of the funniest, if not THE funniest Disney movies ever made. And of course, it has Kronk’s Spinach Puffs (which will be a video later). There is TONS of food shown, so you all get the pleasure of getting 2 Emperor’s New Groove posts!

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Toy Story 2 – Cheetos

Along with Toy Story and Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2 is among the best Pixar movies out there. I was surprised how much I had forgotten in this movie. It was great watching it again and reliving the past. Sadly, there isn’t much food shown. Luckily, we have one recipe that is finger-lickin’ good (according to Bulls-eye).

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Tarzan – Baked Jungle Bananas

Yes, this week was the beloved Tarzan movie. It is a great movie and Phil Collins has a way of tugging at heartstrings with his music. There are lots of fruits shown in Tarzan but, sadly, there weren’t any recipes shown in this film that you couldn’t have gleamed from Jungle Book (including ants). But don’t you fear Disney Mealers, we came up with a recipe for you guys anyway.

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Bug’s Life – Leafy Boysenberry Pie, Pupu platter (Egg Rolls, Korean BBQ Chicken Wings, Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki, Tempura Vegetables), Edamame, Candy Corn, Bloody Mary O+

Quick links: Leafy Boysenberry Pie | Egg RollBBQ Korean Chicken Wings | Chicken Teriyaki | Beef Teriyaki | Tempura Vegetables | Edamame | Candy Corn | Bloody Mary O+ | Verdict

 

Feeling bugged? After checking out the food in this post, the only thing that might bug you will be your calorie count! Today’s post will be written by the second in command here at the Disneymeals house. Our commander in chief is pulling some overtime at work, so Queen Ant (Mary) is blogging this cook. A Bug’s Life. A movie about bugs, and their short little lives. 

Foods Shown

  • boysenberries
  • grain
  • candy corn
  • poo poo platter
  • salted soy bean
  • nuts
  • seed
  • bloody mary O+
  • olive
  • leaf
  • boysenberry pie with leaves

Leafy Boysenberry Pie

First up, we have pie. At the bug circus, our crew wasn’t performing so well, and they had little berries and mini-berry pies thrown at them. Poor circus bugs. However, the pies were boysenberry, so it can’t have been all bad. Boysenberry pie is pretty delicious. 

Leafy Boysenberry Pie
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Dough
  1. 3c Blended dried Spinach
  2. 3tbs sugar
  3. 2 tbs butter
  4. flour (if needing thickening)
Topping
  1. 2c whole spinach
  2. 1tbs olive oil
  3. 1 tsp sugar
Filling
  1. Can of boysenberry or other berry pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, cream the sugar and butter and eggs.
  3. Add the spinach and mix until the dough is firm enough to manipulate
  4. If the dough is not thickening, add flour
  5. Grease a pie pan
  6. Shape the dough around the bottom of the pie pan
  7. Put the filling in
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes
  9. Remove and let cool
Topping
  1. Turn up the oven to 425F
  2. Put spinach in bowl and drizzle the olive oil on top
  3. Put in sugar and mix around so all the spinach is coated with olive oil and sugar
  4. Place each spinach leaf one by one on a cookie sheet
  5. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes until the spinach is crispy
  6. Place crisped spinach on top of pie.
  7. Serve.
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Pupu Platter [Egg Rolls]

After the circus ends, the bugs are shown to be at a bar. There’s all sorts of “food” and “drinks” at this grimy establishment (I wouldn’t trust anything that came outta that bar, personally). The bartender brings out a tray and asks, “Who ordered the poo poo platter?” After which some brown much on the tray is swarmed by flies. Well we know where to draw our line, there is no way we will be eating poop. However, some research showed us that there is such a thing as a pupu (pronounced poo-poo) platter. It’s a mash up of yummy Asian appetizers, and appetizers are commonly served at bars, right? That sounded good enough for us. First up: The egg rolls, placed center on our platter.

Pupu platter Egg Rolls
Yields 8
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/14704/best-egg-rolls/
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground pork
  2. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1 quart canola oil for frying
  5. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  7. 2 cups shredded spinach
  8. 2 ounces shredded carrots
  9. 8 (7 inch square) egg roll wrappers
Instructions
  1. Season pork with ginger and garlic powder and mix thoroughly. Heat mixture in a medium skillet, stirring, until pork is cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside.
  2. In another large skillet heat oil to about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) or medium high heat. While oil is heating, combine flour and water in a bowl until they form a paste. In a separate bowl combine the cabbage, carrots and reserved pork mixture. Mix all together.
  3. Lay out one egg roll skin with a corner pointed toward you. Place about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the spinach, carrot and pork mixture on egg roll paper and fold corner up over the mixture. Fold left and right corners toward the center and continue to roll. Brush a bit of the flour paste on the final corner to help seal the egg roll.
  4. Place egg rolls into heated oil and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or rack. Put on serving plate and top with sesame seeds if desired.
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Pupu Platter [Korean BBQ Wings]

We didn’t have wings for whatever reason, so drumsticks had to do. Man, they were probably my favorite part of the platter. Asian BBQ for the win!

Pupu Platter Korean BBQ Chicken Wings
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 to 2 pounds chicken wings or legs
  2. 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for frying
  3. 3 tablespoons grated ginger
  4. 1/4 cup sherry
  5. 1/4 cup white vinegar
  6. 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  9. 1/4 cup chili garlic sauce
  10. 1tbs Sriracha
  11. Chopped scallions, for garnish
  12. 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add the 2 tablespoons of canola oil and the ginger. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the sherry, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and soy sauce and chili garlic sauce and continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. In large sauce pot or fryer, heat 3-inches of the canola oil, or enough to prevent wings from touching the bottom of the pan, to 350 degrees F. Add the chicken wings to the oil and cook for about 3 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Remove the chicken wings from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  5. Add the wings to the sauce. Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.
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Pupu Platter [Chicken Teriyaki]

The chicken teriyaki was baked instead of grilled. It made part 3 of our platter.

Pupu Plater Chicken Teriyaki
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  2. 1 tablespoon cold water
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  5. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 12 skinless chicken thighs
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn pieces over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking.
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Pupu Platter [Beef Teriyaki]

Beef teriyaki was up next. It turned out just a bit chewy, but the flavor was so good. Any bug would’ve been happy with this platter.

Pupu Platter Beef Teriyaki
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Ingredients
  1. 2 fillet of beef steaks, 1 inch thick, 6 ounces each
  2. 1 teaspoons steak seasoning or salt and pepper
  3. 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce or 1/4 cup tamari dark soy mixed with 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  4. 1 tablespoon light oil: wok oil, peanut oil or vegetable oil
  5. 4 scallions chopped on an angle into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. Slice the fillet steaks thinly across the grain.
  2. Toss with seasoning and teriyaki or tamari and sherry. Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat.
  3. Add oil and the meat and stir-fry.
  4. When meat browns at edges, add scallions and cook 2 minutes more, stirring frequently.
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Pupu Platter [Tempura Vegetables]

Last but not least, vegetable tempura. I love tempura fried anything, and these veggies were no exception.

Pupu Platter Veggie Tempura
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Thinly sliced Vegetables to Tempura (Zucchini, squash, green beans, etc)
  2. 1 cup of flour
  3. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  4. 1 1/2 cups of almost frozen (really cold) seltzer water
  5. Salt
  6. Canola oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Heat oil (about 1-2 in deep) to 350F
  2. Get a large bowl of ice and place a smaller mixing bowl inside the larger ice bowl
  3. mix the flour, corn startch and seltzer water
  4. Place the cut veggies into the tempura and then into the oil.
  5. Good tempura needs very chilled batter and hot hot oil
  6. Fry the veggies until they are a light golden brown
  7. Remove with a slotted spoon
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Edamame

I can’t say much about the edamame, but you should try it sometime.

Edamame
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (12 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  4. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw. Drain.
  2. Spread the edamame beans into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle cheese over the top and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 15 minutes.
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Candy Corn

Later on in the show Heimlich the caterpillar is shown eating a candy corn while calling someone a poo-poo head.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I like to think they were pupu head’s. Hahaha. We made candy corn from scratch. Personally, I like the store bought Halloween candy corn better, but this would still make Heimlich pretty happy, it was very sweet.

Candy Corn
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 1/2 ounces confectioners' sugar (about 1 1/4 cups)
  2. 1/2 ounce nonfat dry milk (about 6 1/2 teaspoons)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 3 1/2 ounces granulated sugar (about 1/2 cup)
  5. 3 3/4 ounces light corn syrup (about 1/3 cup)
  6. 2 1/2 tablespoons H20
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 2 or 3 drops each yellow and orange gel paste food coloring
  10. Parchment Paper
Instructions
  1. Combine the confectioners' sugar, dry milk and salt in a food processor. Pulse 4 or 5 times, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  2. Combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and water in a 2-quart pot. Place over medium heat, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add the butter, clip on a candy thermometer and bring the sugar syrup to 230 degrees F, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the thermometer.
  3. Add the vanilla and the dry mixture and stir continuously with a silicone spatula until well combined. Pour onto a half sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
  4. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Add 2 or 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one piece and knead until the color is consistent throughout. Add 2 or 3 drops of orange to the second piece and knead until the color is consistent throughout. Leave the third piece white.
  5. Roll each piece of dough into a strand about 18 inches long. Cut each strand in half and roll each piece into a strand that is about 1/2 inch thick and 22 inches long.
  6. Lay the strands side by side (orange, yellow, then white) and press them together using your fingers. Cut into 4-inch pieces. Then, using a ruler or bench scraper, press each piece into a wedge, keeping the orange section wide and making the white part come to a tip.
  7. Use a wire butter slicer, knife, bench scraper or pizza cutter to cut each wedge into individual candies. Lay the candies on a piece of parchment until dry, at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container with parchment between each layer.
  8. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/candy-corn-recipe2.html?oc=linkback
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Bloody Mary O+

No recipe required for this one. Find a girl named Mary who has O+ type blood, and prick her finger. Well, we’re pretty lucky here at Disneymeals because my name just happens to be Mary, and I just happen to have O+ blood. Mr. Mosquito at the bar ordered this, and got a nice big drop of blood. I’m pretty sure a lot of mosquitoes like O+ bloody Mary’s, at least, they do when I go out and about in the summertime.

 


Will it Turn you into a Beautiful Butterfly?

The pupu platter was the best part of the whole movie. If you want to impress your friends, bug or human, make this platter. Those flies knew what they were talking about. Bug pies aren’t as great, since they have to use leaves as crust. Even though the boysenberry filling was pretty good, spinach leaf pie crust is not my favorite. It wasn’t bad, but the flavor combo wasn’t great. Who am I to judge a bug, though? At least they’re healthy. Speaking of which, Heimlich could use a bit of a slim-down. He really needs to lay off the candy corn, they have way to much sugar. Also, our candy corn didn’t quite set, so it was more of a candy taffy. See ya next week, Disneymealers!

Verdict:

Boysenberry Pie – 6/10

Egg Rolls – 7/10

Chicken Wings – 9/10

Chicken Teriyaki – 8.5/10

Beef Teriyaki – 8.5/10

Vegetable Tempura – 7/10

Edamame – 6.5/10

Candy Corn – 7/10 – Would have been higher if ours set right

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Mulan – Pork Dumplings, Congee (Rice Porridge)

Happy New Year Disney Mealers! It’s great to be back after our holiday hiatus. And what a movie to come back to. Mulan! Just in time for Chinese New Year in a few weeks. So be a man, go to the kitchen and start cooking!

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Hercules – Pita Bread, Herculade, Hercola

Quick links: Pita Bread | Lime HerculadeGrape Herculade | Hercola | Verdict

 

Hercules was one of my favorite movies as a kid. The SNES game rocked too. Get out your dumbbells, cuz we’re going from Zero to Hero with the food from Disney’s Hercules!

Foods Shown

Street Cart Pitas

When Phil and Herc get to Thebes, you see a street vendor selling pitas in the background.

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Turns out making your own pitas isn’t too hard, though it is a little time intensive.  We enjoyed our pitas afterward with salmon and tzatziki sauce.

Street Car Pitas
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. ½ teaspoon sugar
  3. 35 grams whole-wheat flour (1/4 cup), preferably freshly milled
  4. 310 grams unbleached all-purposed flour (2 1/2 cups)
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Make sponge: Put 1 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add yeast and sugar.
  3. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Add the whole-wheat flour and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and whisk together.
  5. Put bowl in a warm (not hot) place, uncovered, until mixture is frothy and bubbling, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add salt, olive oil and nearly all remaining all-purpose flour (reserve 1/2 cup).
  7. With a wooden spoon or a pair of chopsticks, stir until mixture forms a shaggy mass.
  8. Dust with a little reserved flour, then knead in bowl for 1 minute, incorporating any stray bits of dry dough.
  9. Turn dough onto work surface. Knead lightly for 2 minutes, until smooth.
  10. Cover and let rest 10 minutes, then knead again for 2 minutes. Try not to add too much reserved flour; the dough should be soft and a bit moist. (At this point, dough may refrigerated in a large zippered plastic bag for several hours or overnight. Bring dough back to room temperature, knead into a ball and proceed with recipe.)
  11. Clean the mixing bowl and put dough back in it. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, then cover with a towel. Put bowl in a warm (not hot) place. Leave until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  12. Heat oven to 475 degrees.
  13. On bottom shelf of oven, place a heavy-duty baking sheet, large cast-iron pan or ceramic baking tile.
  14. Punch down dough and divide into 8 pieces of equal size.
  15. Form each piece into a little ball. Place dough balls on work surface, cover with a damp towel and leave for 10 minutes.
  16. Remove 1 ball (keeping others covered) and press into a flat disc with rolling pin.
  17. Roll to a 6-inch circle, then to an 8-inch diameter, about 1/8 inch thick, dusting with flour if necessary. (The dough will shrink a bit while baking.)
  18. Carefully lift the dough circle and place quickly on hot baking sheet. After 2 minutes the dough should be nicely puffed. Turn over with tongs or spatula and bake 1 minute more.
  19. The pita should be pale, with only a few brown speckles.
  20. Transfer warm pita to a napkin-lined basket and cover so bread stays soft. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls.
Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016071-homemade-pita-bread?pagewanted=all
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Lime Herculade

I was really excited to make Herculade. I’ve never thought of making my own sports drink before. Herculade is first seen in the Zero to Hero song (that one was grape, later in the movie Panic was shown dumping  a green Herculade on Hercules).

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The Herculade I made actually tastes like a sports drink. A little more flavorful than Gatorade.  I tried to use ingredients that they would have available in Ancient Greece. I used honey instead of sugar cane, because the Grecians didn’t have sugar cane back then. They had access to all the other ingredients, but I stretched a little with the calcium and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) because they wouldn’t have used those in foods, but still had them available.

Lime Herculade
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
14 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
14 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 q water
  2. Lemon Peel (or lemon tea packets)
  3. Lime Peel
  4. 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 1/2 c Fresh Lime Juice
  7. 1/3 c Honey
  8. 1 calcium (Tums) tablet, crushed
Instructions
  1. Boil the water and put 1/4 of a lemon's peel in it and 1/2-3/4s of a lime's lemon peel. Boil for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir/whisk/shake well
  4. Chill in fridge until cold
  5. (Note, I cheated a bit and added green food coloring)
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Grape Herculade

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Here’s the recipe for the grape version. Sadly, I couldn’t get it to turn out very good :S Maybe one of you out there can perfect the recipe.

Grape Herculade
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Prep Time
2 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
2 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 q water
  2. 1 peel of an apple
  3. 1.25 lbs grapes (or 1 1/2 c grape juice)
  4. 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 2 T Lemon Juice
  7. 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  8. 1/4 c Honey
  9. 1 calcium (Tums) tablet, crushed
Instructions
  1. Put all the grapes in a pot and mash with a masher.
  2. Bring the grapes to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 10 minutes
  4. Place a cheesecloth tightly over a bowl and dump the grape contents onto the cheesecloth
  5. Let sit for an hour or two
  6. Fold the cheesecloth over the remaining pulp and squeeze the remains out
  7. Boil the water and put the peel of 1 apple in. Boil for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Combine the apple tea, grape juice and the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Stir/whisk/shake well
  10. Chill in fridge until cold
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Hercola

After Hades blows up at Pain and Panic, Panic is seen drinking a Hercola.

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So, here’s the thing with this. I had to order some Arabic gum and special champagne yeast from Amazon. But the order was delayed so I wasn’t able to make this before the time of this post. Here’s the recipe I would have used though.

Hercola
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Cola syrup
  1. 1 quart water
  2. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  3. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  4. Finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
  5. 3 large (5-inch) cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  6. 2 tablespoons dried bitter orange peel
  7. 2 teaspoons coriander seed
  8. 1/4 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
  9. 1 teaspoon gum arabic (optional)
  10. 2 pounds sugar
  11. 1/4 cup browning sauce, such as Kitchen Bouquet
  12. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Final Product
  1. 4 quarts lukewarm (80-90°F) water
  2. 1 batch cola syrup
  3. 1/8 teaspoon champagne yeast (Saccharomyces bayanus)
Syrup
  1. Combine the water, lemon zest, lime zest, orange zest, cinnamon, bitter orange peel, coriander seed, nutmeg, and gum arabic (if using) in a large saucepan. Whisk together until the gum arabic dissolves. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon, lime, and orange juices, along with the browning sauce and vanilla. Let cool, then strain.
  4. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To Brew
  1. Combine the water and syrup in a large container. Test the temperature; the mixture should be at a warm room temperature, from 75 to 80°F. (If it is too hot, let it sit until it cools a bit. If it is too cold, warm it over low heat.) Add the yeast and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into sanitized plastic bottles using a sanitized kitchen funnel, leaving 1 1/4 inches of air space at the top of each bottle. Seal the bottles. Store for 2 to 4 days at room temperature. When the bottles feel rock hard, the soda is fully carbonated.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 week before serving; drink within 3 weeks to avoid overcarbonation.
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Will it Turn you From Zero to Hero?

The pita bread was awesome, as was the lime herculade. The grape Herculade was kinda disgusting, and I didn’t get a chance to make the Hercola yet 🙁

Verdict:

Pitas – 9/10

Lime Herculade – 8/10

Grape Herculade – 3/10

Hercola – ?/10 (Will update later)

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Hunchback of Notre Dame – Croissants, Sausages, Grapes and Cheese

Quick links: Croissant | SausagesGrapes and Cheese | Verdict

 

Food for a Guy Like You. Oh man, the music in Hunchback is amazing. The story is great, even though it is pretty dark, and Esmeralda is pretty sexy, haha. There are lots of french dishes shown, aka bread and cheese. But we did get to make homemade croissants! Yay! So ring some bells and eat some great food from Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 

Foods Shown

Ok, this is a new section. I want to start listing all the food shown in the movie. Sometimes I don’t list all the food shown. I exclude foods that are commonplace and don’t have recipes (like individual fruits and veggies) and/or foods that we’ve made before. But here are all the foods shown in Hunchback.

 

Quasi Croissant

Part of the Guy Like You song, the gargoyles mention that Quasimodo has the shape of a croissant.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

.I never have made croissants from scratch….and come to find out, its is pretty dang intense. It takes 3 days to make. I referenced this site for the recipe. I recommend checking it out for picture references. Sadly, when I was on the final rollout, somehow my dough got moist, even though I floured the counter…and the dough stuck to the counter…badly.  I managed to scrape a couple soggy croissants together, and they were still really really good. I just wish I would have found out what the perfect croissant was like.

 

Quasi Croissant
Yields 15
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Prep Time
72 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
72 hr
Prep Time
72 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
72 hr
Ingredients for the Croissant Dough
  1. 500 g French Type 55 flour or unbleached all-purpose flour / plain flour (extra for dusting)
  2. 140 g water
  3. 140 g whole milk (you can take it straight from the fridge)
  4. 55 g sugar
  5. 40 g soft unsalted butter
  6. 11 g instant yeast
  7. 12 g salt
Other Ingredients
  1. 280 g cold unsalted butter for laminating
  2. 1 egg + 1 tsp water for the egg wash
Day 1
Making the Croissant Dough
  1. Combine the dough ingredients and knead for 3 minutes until the dough comes together and you’ve reached the stage of low to moderate gluten development. You do not want too much gluten development because you will struggle with the dough fighting back during laminating.
  2. Shape the dough like a disc, not a ball, before you refrigerate it, so it will be easier to roll it into a square shape the following day.
  3. Place the disc on a plate, cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight.
Day 2
Laminating the Dough
  1. Cut the cold butter (directly from the fridge) lengthwise into 1,25 cm thick slabs.
  2. Arrange the pieces of butter on waxed paper to form a square of about 15 cm x 15 cm.
  3. Cover the butter with another layer of waxed paper and with a rolling pin pound butter until it’s about 19 cm x 19 cm.
  4. Trim / straighten the edges of the butter and put the trimmings on top of the square.
  5. Now pound lightly until you have a final square of 17 cm x 17 cm.
  6. Wrap in paper and refrigerate the butter slab until needed.
  7. Use just enough flour on your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking.
  8. However keep the amount to a minimum, otherwise too much flour will be incorporated between the layers and this will show in the end result.
  9. Take the dough out of the fridge.
  10. With a rolling pin roll out the dough disc into a 26 cm x 26 cm square.
  11. Try to get the square as perfect as possible and with an even thickness.
  12. Get the slab of butter from the fridge.
  13. Place the dough square so one of the sides of the square is facing you and place the butter slab on it with a 45 degree angle to the dough so a point of the butter square is facing you.
  14. Fold a flap of dough over the butter, so the point of the dough reaches the center of the butter.
  15. Do the same with the three other flaps.
  16. The edges of the dough flaps should slightly overlap to fully enclose the butter.
  17. With the palm of your hand lightly press the edges to seal the seams.
  18. Now the dough with the sealed in butter needs to be rolled out.
  19. With a lightly floured rolling pin start rolling out, on a lightly flour dusted surface, the dough to a rectangle of 20 x 60 cm.
  20. Start rolling from the center of the dough towards the edges, and not from one side of the dough all the way to the other side. This technique helps you to keep the dough at an even thickness. You can also rotate your dough 180 degrees to keep it more even, because you tend to use more pressure when rolling away from you than towards yourself. You can use these techniques during all the rolling steps of this recipe. Aim at lengthening the dough instead of making it wider and try to keep all edges as straight as possible.
  21. Fold the dough letter style, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes (fold one third of the dough on top of itself and then fold the other side over it).
  22. Repeat the rolling and folding two more times (ending up with 27 layers in total), each time rolling until the dough is about 20 cm x 60 cm.
  23. After each fold you should turn the dough 90 degrees before rolling again. The open ‘end’ of the dough should be towards you every time when rolling out the dough.
  24. After the second turn, again give it a 30 minute rest in the fridge.
  25. After the third turn you leave the dough in the fridge overnight until day 3, the actual croissant making day!
Summary
  1.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  2.  Refrigerate 30 minutes
  3.  Rotate 90 degrees
  4.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  5.  Refrigerate 30 minutes
  6.  Rotate 90 degrees
  7.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  8.  Refrigerate until day 3
  9.  Rotate 90 degrees
  10.  Day 3 - Roll out to 20 cm x 110 cm
  11. Each laminating step should not take more than a few minutes.
  12. However if, due to initial inexperience for example, it should take you longer, you can fold your dough letter style, cover it and refrigerate it for 20 minutes and continue the rolling process after this rest. It is very important the butter stays solid.
Day 3 - Dividing the Dough
  1. Take the dough from the fridge.
  2. Lightly flour your work surface.
  3. Now very gently roll the dough into a long and narrow strip of 20 cm x 110 cm.
  4. If the dough starts to resist too much or shrink back during this process you can fold it in thirds and give it a rest in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes before continuing.
  5. Do not fight the dough, when the dough refuses to get any longer, rest it in the fridge!
  6. It is such a shame to ruin two days of work. (Also, make sure that there is no moisture around. Error on too much flour on the surface instead of too little.)
  7. When your dough has reached its intended shape, carefully lift it a few centimeters to allow it to naturally shrink back from both sides. This way it will not shrink when you cut it. Your strip of dough should be long enough to allow you to trim the ends to make them straight and still be left with a length of about 100 cm.
Shaping the Croissants
  1. For the next stage you will need a tape measure and a pizza wheel.
  2. Lay a tape measure along the top of the dough.
  3. With the wheel you mark the top of the dough at 12,5 cm intervals along the length (7 marks total).
  4. Now lay the tape measure along the bottom of the dough and make a mark at 6,25 cm.
  5. Then continue to make marks at 12,5 cm intervals from this point (8 marks total). So the bottom and the top marks do not align with each other and form the basis for your triangles.
  6. Now make diagonal cuts starting from the top corner cutting down to the first bottom mark.
  7. Make diagonal cuts along the entire length of the dough.
  8. Then change the angle and make cuts from the other top corner to the bottom mark to create triangles.
  9. Again repeat this along the length of the dough. This way you will end up with 15 triangles and a few end pieces of dough.
  10. Using your pizza wheel, make 1.5 cm long notches in the center of the short side of each dough triangle.
  11. Now very gently elongate each triangle to about 25 cm.
  12. This is often done by hand, but we have found that elongating with a rolling pin, very carefully, almost without putting pressure on the dough triangle, works better for us.
  13. You can try both methods and see what you think gives the best result.
  14. After you cut a notch in the middle of the short end of the triangle, try and roll the two wings by moving your hands outwards from the center, creating the desired shape with a thinner, longer point. Also try and roll the dough very tightly at the beginning and put enough pressure on the dough to make the layers stick together (but not so much as to damage the layers of course).
Proofing and Baking
  1. Arrange the shaped croissants on baking sheets, making sure to keep enough space between them so they will not touch when proofing and baking.
  2. Combine the egg with a teaspoon of water and whisk until smooth.
  3. Give the croissants their first thin coating of egg wash.
  4. Proof the croissants draft-free at an ideal temperature of 24ºC to 26.5ºC (above that temperature there is a big chance butter will leak out!).
  5. The proofing should take about 2 hours.
  6. You should be able to tell if they are ready by carefully shaking the baking sheet and see if the croissants slightly wiggle. You should also be able to see the layers of dough when looking at your croissants from the side.
  7. Preheat the oven at 200 ºC / 390 ºF convection or 220 ºC / 430 ºF conventional oven.
  8. Right before baking, give the croissants their second thin coat of egg wash.
  9. We bake the croissants in our big convection oven for 6 minutes at 195ºC, then lowering the temperature to 165ºC, and bake them for another 9 minutes.
  10. Hamelman suggest baking the croissants for 18 to 20 minutes at 200ºC, turning your oven down a notch if you think the browning goes too quickly.
  11. But you really have to learn from experience and by baking several batches what the ideal time and temperature is for your own oven.
  12. Take out of the oven, leave for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  13. Best eaten while warm and fresh of course. Croissant we don’t eat or share within a day we freeze. We put them in the preheated oven (180 ºC / 355 ºF) for 8 minutes straight from the freezer. Nothing wrong with that, croissants eaten nice and warm, almost as good as the fresh ones…almost!
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Gargoyle Sausage

At the beginning of the the Guy Like You song, Hugo roasts a sausage over and open flame.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

No recipe here, I just got some nice sausages and roasted them over the only open flame in my house, the gas stove. They still came out well.

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Frolo’s Grapes and Cheese

Another no-recipe section. There is just a lot of grapes and cheese featured.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

So go get some grapes, mind the seeds, and eat with some yummy cheese.

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Will it Make the Bells of Notre Dame Ring?

All of it was good. I wish that the croissants turned out better. It sucks to work at something for 3 days, only to have it get semi-ruined at the end. But don’t get me wrong, they were still really really good.

Verdict:

Croissants – 9/10

Sausage – 8/10

Grapes and Cheese – 8/10

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Pocahontas – Lime Glazed Ham with Blueberry Sauce, Corn, Pumpkin Cornucopia Hardtack

Quick links: Ham | CornPumpkin Cornucopia | Hardtack | Verdict

 

So we changed up the list a little bit. Chronologically, Pocahontas came out before Toy Story, but we figured Pocahontas would be a great post for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for some good Thanksgiving recipes, check this out. Some of the foods that were in the movie that we have eaten before are Drumsticks from Sword and the Stone and dog treats from 101 Dalmatians.

 

Ham

Ok, we have done ham a few times before. But we decided to do a recipe that you can use at Thanksgiving. We see Percy sitting next to some lime, blueberries and ham.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We made Lime Glazed Ham with blueberry sauce. It was better than gold.

Lime Glazed Ham w/ Blueberry Sauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ham
  1. 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6 to 7 lb)
  2. 1 cup water
Glaze
  1. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1/3 cup Key lime juice
Blueberry Sauce
  1. 1/3 cup(s) preserves, apricot
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar, brown
  3. 2 tablespoon wine, dry red
  4. 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. 1 cup(s) blueberries
  6. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  7. 1/3 cup(s) water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. If shallow roasting pan does not have rack, line with heavy-duty foil. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in pan or in foil-lined pan. Score ham diagonally at 1-inch intervals, cutting 1/4 inch deep; score in opposite direction to form diamond shapes. Pour water into pan. Bake 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix glaze ingredients. Pour half of mixture into 1-quart saucepan; set aside for sauce.
  3. Remove ham from oven. Insert meat thermometer so bulb reaches center of thickest part of ham, but does not rest in fat or on bone. Brush ham with some of glaze in bowl.
  4. Bake 2 hours or until thermometer reads 140°F, brushing frequently with pan drippings and remaining glaze in bowl. Let ham stand in pan 15 minutes, spooning pan drippings frequently over top.
Blueberry Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and water.
  2. Stir in the apricot jam, brown sugar, wine, and lemon juice.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
  4. Stir in the blueberries and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the ham and serve.
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Corn

Corn is shown a lot. Especially in the scene where Pocahontas thinks John Smith’s gold is corn.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

No real recipe for this. But to make good corn, boil water that is enough to cover the corn. Once the water is boiling, place the corn in and wait for it to come back to a boil, place the lid on and wait for 2-5 minutes. Boom, perfect corn.

Pumpkin Cornucopia

This is kinda an inspired recipe. At the end of the movie, the Native Americans bring a bunch of veggies. And veggies are shown a lot during the movie. This is a recipe of a veggie medley cooked in a pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Cornucopia
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Pie Pumpkin
  2. 4 Carrots
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 3 Cloves of Garlic
  5. 1 Yellow Squash
  6. 1/3 head cabbage
  7. 1 can corn
  8. 1 Tomato
  9. 2 basil leaves
  10. 2 tbs butter
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cut a hole in the pumpkin (or cut it in half and use the two halves as bowls)
  3. Gut the pumpkin. Make sure to leave the meat.
  4. Fill the meat with all the veggies and top with basil
  5. Mix in salt and pepper
  6. Place the butter on top of everything and put in oven
  7. cook for 1h 30m or until the pumpkin is soft (a fork can slide through it easily)
  8. When serving, scrape the pumpkin meat along with the veggies.
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Hardtack

Have you ever had hardtack? Well Meeko thinks it’s good.

And actually, its not too bad.

Hardtack
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1.5 tsps salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix the ingredients until well blended.
  3. Roll out until 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Cut into squares or cut into circles.
  5. Cook 30 minutes per side in oven.
  6. Let sit out in the open for a couple days until the hardtack has cured until the consistency of a brick.
  7. To prepare, soak in milk or water for 10-15 minutes and fry in butter.
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Will it Make you Paint with All the Colors of the Wind?

All the food was really good, even the hardtack wasn’t too bad. I highly recommend the ham. It was sooo yummy.

Verdict:

Ham – 10/10

Corn – 7/10

Pumpkin cornucopia 6/10 (we undercooked ours sadly, would be better if it were more cooked)

Hardtack – 6/10

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Toy Story – Pizza Planet Pizza, Alien Slime, Cool Ranch Doritos, Froot Loops and Poptarts

I love Toy Story. Love love love. I was super excited to rewatch the movie. I was amazed on how well the 3d animation still holds up. It makes me feel soooo good. So grab your favorite toy, and get ready for some great food.

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Goofy Movie – Leaning Tower of Cheeza, Bigfoot Steak, Hi Dad Soup, Eggs and Bacon, Pancakes, Chili Dog, Nachos, Pepperoni Pizza

Quick links: Leaning Tower of Cheeza | Bigfoot Steak BaitHi Dad Soup | Eggs and Bacon | Pancakes | Chili Dog | Nachos | Pepperoni Pizza | Verdict

 

This is one of the funniest Disney movies out there. Right up there with Emperor’s New Groove. It actually isn’t a Walt Disney Animation Studios picture. Its a Disneytoons Studio movie, which handles the direct-to-DVD/VHS/Blu-Ray sequels and other non-major movies. But the quality of Goofy Movie is right up there with any of the Walt Disney Animation movies. It has some awesome music too.

 

There were some other foods shown in this movie that have been seen in other movies. We see french fries a bit. You can find that recipe in the Aladdin post, there was a log that bigfoot ate. You can find a bark recipe in Bambi. Donuts (at the diner), you can find a recipe from Lady and the Tramp.

 

Leaning Tower of Cheeza

Probably one of the most memorable foods shown in a Disney movie, and quite possibly the most disgusting. Bobby is one of my all-time favorite characters (thanks Pauly Shore!)

I tried to replicate it….poorly.  When I ate it, it felt like I was going to suffocate. I highly recommend trying it! haha.

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Bigfoot Steak

When Max and Goofy are camping, Pete and PJ come wheeling up in their huge RV. Pete cooks a delicious-looking steak for dinner.

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Goofy then manages to use that steak to attract bigfoot.

The steak I made was good, but I didn’t get a good cut of meat. It was very fatty. The char was at least good.

Bigfoot Steak
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Steak
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Worcestershire Sauce
Instructions
  1. Set the steak out before cooking to allow it to reach room temperature
  2. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Throw on the grill and sprinkle Worcestershire sauce on
  4. Cook to a medium rare
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Hi Dad Soup

Another iconic Disney food scene. Max and Goofy’s father/son bonding moment. 

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I tried to find some alphabet soup, but I couldn’t. The closest I got was alphabet spaghetti-o’s. Basically the same thing, right? I wanted to cook it on a cigarette lighter, but I couldn’t find the one in my car. Too bad.
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No real recipe here. Just find some alphabet soup and heat it up!

Smiling Eggs and Bacon

What a nice diner to make Max some smiley face eggs and bacon.

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There isn’t much to making eggs and bacon. But a tip to making sunnyside up eggs, is to cook it on a lower heat and cover the eggs for a bit. That will cook the top as the bottom is cooking.
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Long Goofy’s Short Stack

At the diner as as well, Goofy gets a short-stack (possibly a visual pun as to how how long and lerpy Goofy is).

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Here’s a good diner-style pancake recipe

Goofy's Pancakes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
  4. 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1⁄4 cup cooking oil
  8. 1 pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients til combined.
  3. Melt a little bit of butter in the pan.
  4. Pour the batter by spoonfuls into the hot pan, forming 5-inch circles.
  5. When the edges appear to harden, flip the pancakes.
  6. They should be golden brown.
  7. Cook the pancakes on the other side until they are also golden brown.
  8. Enjoy.
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Amusement Park Chili Dog

When Max becomes navigator, he takes his old man to an amusement park where he buys a chili dog and nachos

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Here’s a recipe for a yummy chili dog

Amusement Park Chili Dog
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground chuck
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  8. 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  9. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
  13. 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin (heaping)
  14. 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, adding onions halfway through. Add minced garlic when meat is nearly done.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; stir well to combine. Simmer over low heat 15 minutes.
  3. Serve over hot dogs, Coney Island style! Top with shredded sharp cheddar if desired.
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Amusement Park Nachos

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Here’s a recipe for classic amusement park nachos

Amusement Park Nachos
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1/4 c Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  5. 6 slices processed American cheese
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour.
  2. Pour in the milk and stir until the mixture thickens.
  3. Stirring constantly, mix in cheese and salt. Continue to cook and stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are well blended, about 15 minutes.
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Pepperoni Pizza

The last food shown is a pepperoni pizza that the adults buy Max and PJ.

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I have a great recipe on how to get a similar pizza.

Order Out Pepperoni Pizza
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. Phone or internet
  2. Fingers
  3. Voice
Instructions
  1. Pick up a phone and call your favorite pizzaria (or go online to their website if available)
  2. Tell the person on the other line that you want a pepperoni pizza with extra cheese
  3. Give them your address and wait ~30 minutes
  4. When the delivery person comes with your food, tip them and bring the pizza inside
  5. Enjoy pizza
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Will it make you Stand Out, Above the Crowd?

No real sugary food this week, which was good, but all of the food was junk food-ish, which was delicious. haha. I want to start a leaning tower of cheesa competition. I think it’s better than the gallon challenge or the cinnamon challenge.

Verdict:

Leaning Tower of Cheesa – 5/10 (once you get past the gagging)

Steak – Flavor: 8/10, cut of meat: 4/10

Hi Dad Soup – 6.5/10

Eggs and bacon – 7.5/10

Pancakes – 7/10 (I think I needed to add more flour)

Chili dog – 8/10 (make sure to use good hot dogs )

Nachos – 7/10

Pizza – 9/10