Question of the Hour Presents: Faces on Mixer

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The Questions:

Why do you stream?

What do you get out of it?

Where do you see it going?

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

The Answers provided by our awesome streamers on Mixer: Before we dive into their answers a Streamer is someone that live streams creative content, be it video games, tutorials, art projects or discussions.

A huge thank you to everyone that participated in answering my questions.

 

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Superblake:

https://mixer.com/superblake

https://twitter.com/superblake_01

Why do you stream?

I stream because it’s the exact same attitude I normally have when playing games and I’ve always like entertaining people. It also gives me a chance to connect with and talk to people, which I genuinely enjoy.

What do you get out of it?

Honestly? Next to nothing beyond personal satisfaction. My goal is to provide an entertaining environment for people to chill out in and watch some cool games. Obviously I have stuff like Meaty Boiz Esports which is a little more involved than that (competitive esports requires a lot of off stream work), but I don’t get paid to do this. I have as much fun as I can and try to play as many video games as I can, for as many people that want to hang out!

Where do you see it going?

I see streaming being the next big internet content machine. Live content creation is a super strong medium and it provides a unique experience for the audience, so there’s not a lot there to slow it down. For me personally? I’d love it if I could say I was a professional gaming personality, with my primary content coming from my streams. It’s already an awesome thing to get to do every day, but if I could somehow get paid to do it and develop a marketable corner of the internet for myself that’d be fucking fantastic too.

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

Streaming is sort of what I thought it would be. I grew up performing in live shows, so streaming to an audience seems like a natural fit, right? But forging those connections to small communities over the internet through a webcam is completely different.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

Having a tight group of friends/mods. I don’t like thinking of them as ‘policing’ chat or games but a lot of the time to keep things enjoyable for everyone, it’s necessary. I also don’t think of chat as my audience, more like a group of friends over at my house causing a ruckus and having a good time.

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

Honestly a big deterrent is the cost/return of streaming as a whole. To have a good, not even great, but a good stream I think you should invest money into a proper mic, computer, graphics, etc. You can succeed and start out without that stuff but it’s important to improve your stream as a whole over time. And honestly, I spend 30-40 hours a week making consistent content for free for an audience that I actively try not to monetize. If you are getting into streaming to “get rich quick” you might want to make sure you don’t quit your day job.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I think streaming as a career isn’t sustainable. Eventually personalities will fall as new content rises and being a personality is a very limited time thing. Moving laterally from streaming into hosting, creating other content, even working in community management is always going to be a more long term move.

 

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Tasty Lemons:

https://mixer.com/TastyLemons

https://twitter.com/TastyLemons_

 

Why do you stream?

I have played a lot of competitive multiplayer games over the years with many different people. Naturally a lot of shenanigans were had in all of these interactions over the years. I decided to share those moments by streaming them. Beam had just switched to Mixer at that point, and had integrated directly with Xbox, so it was easy to just pick up and start streaming.

What do you get out of it?

I stream purely as a hobby, so I get the enjoyment of just being able to share all of these moments with others. Gaming prior to streaming was my main outlet to relax and unwind. Now I can still relax and unwind while sharing the laughs, stories, and crazy moments that seem to occur when I launch games.

Where do you see it going?

Quite honestly I do not have much of a plan going forward. Getting partnered was a rather large step but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Just a constant battle to refine the stream and provide the most entertaining experience I can for my community. My concentration is less so on expanding but providing a more quality stream for my existing community.

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

I never had much of a notion or an idea of what streaming would be like prior to giving it a go a few years back. Truly I just kind of hit the go live button once and just winged it from there.. I can say it is considerably more work than I would have thought, but as is with any hobby/career if you enjoy the work then it does not feel so straining.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

The people. Whether it is people within my own community, other communities, other streams, Mixer staff, people at conventions, etc. The people one can meet through streaming are generally great. Not only do I often game with a lot of these people now, on and off stream, but I actually hang out with several of them in the area I live in. Never would have met them if not for streaming.

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

For me life is a big deterrent since I only stream as a hobby. I have to manage my full-time career, social life, other hobbies, and raising my small corgi child along with streaming. This is made more difficult by the fact that keeping a consistent schedule is one of the most important parts to having a successful stream. Streaming is also more than just the several hours a week you spend live. You have a ton of hours each week sunk into managing your overlays, bots, etc as well as coordinating co-streams or events with devs.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I absolutely think streaming as a career will continue to grow. Now, I think some people use the term ‘full time streamer’ a little loosely. Being able to become a full time streamer able to support oneself at this point takes a ton of time, effort, networking, and plain luck that is on par with becoming a professional athlete. The platforms supporting this are growing and e-sports is booming right now, but people need to understand that it is a tough career.

 

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PieRatKing:

https://mixer.com/PieRatKing

https://twitter.com/PieRatKing

 

Why do you stream?

I stream because I want to share the enjoyment of video games with others, and I have always enjoyed entertaining people. And I am freaking hilarious!!! j/k

What do you get out of it?

Filling a hole deep inside of me through the feeding of my narcissism? No, but really I get to entertain people, meet people, talk about things I love, and a sense of accomplishment. Along with learning skills that I have always wanted to, video editing, graphic design, animation: these are all things I have only learned because I have been streaming

Where do you see it going?

A household name, a statue in downtown Houston, and millions of dollars… no, I see it going to a place where I can sustain myself but also offer me different avenues to share my opinions, and other crafts with people that it may not have before. Believe me we all wish we could be six figure content creators, but most of us just want to do something we enjoy doing and be able to sustain ourselves.

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

Streaming is a lot more taxing, and hard work than I had originally thought. Between always trying to find out what direction to go, to trying to improve the experience. A lot of time and effort is put into streaming, and I know I can always do better.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

I have found that it has boosted my confidence and releases a lot of the social anxiety I have. It also gives me a place to share myself with others, and obviously I am the best damn thing since sliced bread!

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

Numbers. Always the numbers. It is the one thing I always have to remind myself is not the most important thing. I have to keep from getting down on myself about not getting enough viewers, not getting enough follows.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

Yes, but it will become harder to get into and do the more it grows. Those who got in earliest and stuck with it are going to have the longer career. Up and comers are going to have a harder time breaking into it, and will rely on big splash over consistent growth. Just my two cents.

 

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Kitty_haz_Claws:

https://mixer.com/Kitty_haz_Claws

https://twitter.com/Kitty_Haz_Claws

 

Why do you stream?

like most people, I love playing video games, I was introduced to Twitch by a friend of mine who said to me, hey this guy is streaming and if he gets 10 viewers he’s going to buy a pizza for someone in the chat! So of course I went to watch; who doesn’t love free pizza! Needless to say, he lied about the pizza, and he was horrible at entertaining the chat. I instantly thought, holy buckets.. this guy (the streamer) is sooo bad, I can do this SO MUCH BETTER. So, I did a little research and started up he next week! Needless to say, I ended up being a lot better than him.

What do you get out of it?

I get to be social with people, be a daily part of their lives and truly get to know people. I love being able to start up a stream and truly making an impact on someone’s life. I was sent a PM few years back how someone in my community was thinking about suicide but ended up in my stream, and ended up changing their mind because I reminded them that life is always in motion, every day is a new chance at life and it’s okay to feel down.  

Where do you see it going?

I’ve been a partner for over 3 years, so you really can’t get much bigger than that; but I absolutely love showcasing unique indie games that I find. I love being able to play the weird and bizarre. I hope more devs figure out that I’m Mixer’s Indie Game Streamer and together we can work on showcasing their beautiful and weird games. 🙂

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

Yes & no. Yes because I went into it purely for a social aspect of it. To game with friends. No because I didn’t realize all the work and effort it takes to stream. All the offline work, all the networking, all the commitment it requires if you want to become anything.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

I’ve found that I can be connected to people from all over the world and have friends in nearly every time zone. I’ve discovered games I never knew I’d enjoy and gaming with people I never thought I’d typically game with.

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

The biggest deterrent in streaming is the lack of knowledge in mental health that most streamers have. Mental health is so important and it’s something I thought I had a handle on and obviously after nearly 5 years of streaming I don’t have a handle on it. People need to not be afraid to step back and focus on themselves.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I think streaming in general will grow, as a career…. I really don’t know. Not many people can stream and make a true career out of it. It’s so unpredictable and varies drastically from month to month. Most all the Mixer partners still have full time or part time jobs to help cover all the bills and day to day expenses.

 

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The Last Mage:

https://mixer.com/TheLastMage

https://twitter.com/lastmagetv

 

Why do you stream?

When I first started streaming I was doing it to try to make it a career. I think a lot of people, if not most, start out this way. Some find their crowd and this thought process continues. For me, I tend to stream a lot of indie games, rpgs, and lesser known titles that, naturally, don’t get the number of eyes that battle royale games may get. I started to realize after many months of beating myself up over numbers, that in the end it’s about the people who show every day to support you and have fun.

So, (this will be an unpopular opinion for many partnered streamers) I’ve stopped looking at this as a career. It’s a community to me, and I don’t expect to earn back even a tiny bit of what I put into it. My entire goal is to put a few smiles on peoples faces, be there for them when they run into tough times, and to build a community that persists even when I’m not online. My goal is to try to remember what everyone is doing outside of the stream, to check up on them after difficult school tests, and just generally be there for people.

What do you get out of it?

I’m at around 3 years of streaming now, and it’s helped me in many different ways. Many of these I never saw coming and could never have predicted. First, of course, I’ve made a ton of friends. I’ve met many of them at conventions in person and it’s comforting to know that many of them would have my back if something ever happened. I’m not talking about fist fights or online arguments, but serious things like money issues or medical issues. These are true friends and just like the friends that live near you, they’ll support you if you run into tough times.

More than that, after working on Firebot for so long I’ve met many talented developers who have taken me under their wing and taught me a ton. My actual career skills have improved significantly because of that. Also, I’ve learned a lot about just general social situations. I’m a VERY introverted guy and streamer has taught me how to step out of that shell. It’s taught me how to have a fruitful conversation with nearly anyone about nearly anything.

Where do you see it going?

Well, that’s a really hard thing for me to predict. As I said at the start, because of the games I tend to stream I don’t see the stream skyrocketing in numbers or turning into a career anytime soon. But, what I would like to do is grow enough to get new eyes on some of the mostly underplayed games out there.

Other than that, I hope that the stream continues to grow and that the community continues to build with it. It’s a very hard thing being a PC / PS4 streamer on a service almost entirely built around Xbox, but I still feel I’ve made the right choice. I’ve made too many great friends for it to have been a bad thing. I just hope Mixer continues to expand, continues to push the idea that it is a multi-platform system, and continues to innovate. Then, sooner or later, I think that indie crowd / RPG crowd will show.

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

I had spent a lot of time in and around streams before starting my own. I think for the most part streaming was what I expected it to be. What I didn’t expect was how exhausting it can be sometimes. Streaming for 8-10 hours some days can be absolutely grueling because you need to constantly keep up an active and thoughtful conversation for that entire time. For those who don’t stream, picture sitting down with a stranger in a coffee shop and talking to them for that long while trying to keep silence to a minimum.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

I’ve met all sorts of friends, some of which will probably be lifelong friends. These types of connections are incredibly important. Not just for benefits centered around streaming, but real life as well. For example, I met a ton of friends while streaming who have taught me an incredible amount about development. Because of that I was able to land much better jobs and improve my life overall. As far as directly related to streaming, I think running a stream is VERY good practice in everyday social skills for the most part. Words can get you far and streaming is good practice for stringing those together on a whim.

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

The biggest deterrent to streaming is probably the thing that lets me stream in the first place. The day job. If the day job takes a lot of energy and effort, that can really show on stream. A stressful day job can

result in all sorts of bad things from being tired to losing your temper. Because of that, I try to always keep at least an hour between work on the stream where I can try to clear my head of everything.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I think, in general, streaming will become more and more popular as time goes on. People will always be able to make a career out of sharing what they love, be that games or anything else. Streaming fits right in there with that.

 

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Sithos:

https://mixer.com/Sithos

https://twitter.com/Sithos_?lang=en

 

Why do you stream?

So the primary reason I stream is for social fulfillment. Before I streamed I was relatively anti-social, but through streaming I was able to develop my social skills to the point where I have even done things like run 20+ person team meeting for various jobs I have held.

What do you get out of it?

What I get out of streaming, is something that I can be truly passionate about and really develop my skills and talents on a consistent basis. It gives me something to look forward to on a weekly basis and makes my life much more enjoyable.

Where do you see it going?

As far as where do I see it going, I can only hope that this will one day lead to being something I can focus on full time and comfortable pay my bills/support my family. Up until this point, that hasn’t quite been the case, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and do see the potential for that to happen at some point. For now I am continuing to strive to improve in the hopes I can hopefully make that occur sooner rather than later.

Is streaming what you thought it would be?

I didn’t have any specific expectations going in with streaming. When I started I was primarily streaming one specific game so I really got to learn everything at my own pace. That being said, streaming is a lot more difficult and involved to do well than I expected initially.

What have you found beneficial in streaming?

Streaming for me has primarily been a form of social fulfillment. When I started streaming I considered myself fairly anti-social. Over the course of my streaming career I’ve become much better spoken, confident and engaging. I’ve even had instances where these skills have translated into on the job skills running trainings and meetings for large groups!

What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

For me the biggest deterrent has been watching other succeed due to taking advantage of others or abusing/bending rules for their own success. I’ve tried to stay as true to my core values as possible even after becoming Partnered on Mixer. Going forward I really hope to see more genuine individuals succeed and people doing scummy things be held accountable more often.

Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

Absolutely yes, especially with the rise of alternate platforms. I know of streamers that are going full time on Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, DLive. The industry is continuing to grow at a rapid rate and I’m very excited for the future of broadcasting.

 

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Halios00:

https://mixer.com/halios00

https://twitter.com/HaliosGasinova

 

Why do you stream?

I stream for multiple reasons. Ever felt like you don’t have a place to relax or belong and forget the world? Or maybe you want a place that you can continue to see new content all the time and not worry about seeing the same thing on a daily basis. Or maybe you want to make some friends and have a good discussion, like you would at any bar or gathering with people? These are major reason I love streaming and started The Tavern.

I loved the connected feeling I felt when I visited a community I loved to talk to while watching some interesting figure play whatever they did. I get the chance to meet people I never would otherwise, talk to them, share a laugh or a story, and not feel alone. I also get the chance to potentially turn this into a full time thing for the future, where I can provide even more content and hopefully more smiles for everyone that comes into the stream. That’s the ultimate goal!

What do you get out of it?

I love streaming and never want to stop. From playing to cooking to sometimes just sitting there and chatting, streaming is my nightly stress relief and my get away from a ridiculous world. While the strive for success can bring a lot of stress, the ultimate satisfaction of having some place I am loved and make new friends all the time is worth it every time. Even when I’m dead tired from the day, I look forward to logging in and joining everyone.

It can be tough, especially with being overnight. It doesn’t work with a ton of schedules and honestly I could probably switch tomorrow to a more normal 6-9 schedule at night, maybe even grow faster than I do now. But I refuse to change something so drastically and turn my back on the people that have supported me through and through. The community is important above all.

Where do you see it going?

I think a lot of factors have helped streaming grow and I don’t see it going anywhere as long as the content stays fresh. Viewers still grow yearly so it continues to provide. I think people will start to take notice that streaming is a legit career someday soon and it will become a whole different ball game, especially with the rise of esports that has been happening. WAIT FOR IT!

 

Once again Thank You all for participating, and if you are a streamer on Mixer and would like to be added just let me know. – Megan Hinde

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Edna’s Kitchen Presents: Fun with Food

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A couple simple recipes for your dining pleasure.

Table of Contents:

Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

Watermelon Lemonade

Pepper Steak with Rice

Cappuccino Mousse

Mediterranean Eggs

Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

 

Salmon Steak in Fryer

Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 Tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 large salmon fillet (about 2 lb), cut into 8 pieces

Steps

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients except salmon.
  2. In shallow glass or plastic dish, place salmon. Pour marinade over salmon. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 hour.
  3. Heat coals or gas grill. Remove salmon from marinade; reserve marinade. Place salmon, skin side down, on grill. Cover and grill over medium heat 10 to 20 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade, until salmon flakes easily with fork. Discard any remaining marinade.

 

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Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients

3 lb watermelon (without rind), seeded and cut into chunks

3 or 4 medium lemons

2 medium limes

4 cups cold water

1 cup sugar

Watermelon or lemon slices, if desired

Steps

  1. In blender, place watermelon. Cover; blend on medium speed about 45 seconds or until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into 2-quart or larger pitcher.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes; add to watermelon puree. Stir in cold water and sugar. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Stir before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish with watermelon slice.

 

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Pepper Steak with Rice

Ingredients

1 ½ -lb beef top round or sirloin steak, ¾ to 1 inch thick

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 medium onion, cut into ¼ -inch slices

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger root or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 medium green bell peppers, cut into ¾ -inch strips

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons sugar, if desired

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 medium tomatoes

6 cups hot cooked rice

Steps

  1. Remove fat from beef. Cut beef into 2×1/4-inch strips. (Beef is easier to cut if partially frozen, 30 to 60 minutes.)
  2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook beef in oil about 5 minutes, turning frequently, until brown.
  3. Stir in water, onion, garlic and ginger root. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes for round steak, 5 to 8 minutes for sirloin steak, adding bell peppers during last 5 minutes of simmering, until beef is tender and peppers are crisp-tender.
  4. In small bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce; stir into beef mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to low.
  5. Cut each tomato into 8 wedges; place on beef mixture. Cover and cook over low heat about 3 minutes or just until tomatoes are heated through. Serve with rice.

 

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Cappuccino Mousse

Ingredients

1 cup milk

¾ cup cold strong coffee

1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups whipping (heavy) cream

¼ cup sugar

Steps

  1. In large bowl, beat milk, coffee, pudding mix (dry) and 2 tablespoons sugar with wire whisk about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. In chilled large bowl, beat whipping cream and ¼ cup sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Gently stir whipped cream into coffee mixture.
  3. Spoon into individual dessert dishes. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until set.

 

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Mediterranean Eggs

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil

4 medium green onions, chopped (¼ cup)

1 medium tomato, chopped (¾ cup)

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

4 eggs

Freshly ground pepper

Steps

  1. Heat oil in 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook onions in oil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato and basil. Cook about 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until tomato is heated through.
  2. Beat eggs thoroughly with fork or wire whisk; pour over tomato mixture.
  3. As mixture begins to set at bottom and side, gently lift cooked portions with spatula so that thin, uncooked portion can flow to bottom. Avoid constant stirring. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until eggs are thickened throughout but still moist. Sprinkle with pepper.

 

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Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Ingredients

Chipotle Aioli

6 oz greek plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped

Sandwich

1 loaf (14 oz) ciabatta bread (about 12 inches), split horizontally

2 medium tomatoes, sliced

2 medium avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced

½ lb sliced pepper bacon, crisply cooked

Steps

  1. In small bowl, mix Chipotle Aioli ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Spread bottom half of loaf with aioli. Top with tomatoes, avocados and bacon. Top with other half of loaf. To serve, cut into slices 2 inches thick.

 

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Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

Ingredients

2 cups sliced onion (¼ -inch slices)

1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼ -inch strips

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 package (1 oz) original taco seasoning mix

1 lb boneless sirloin steak

8 (6-inch) flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas

Sour cream, thick ‘n chunky salsa, chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Lime wedges, if desired

Steps

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 18×13-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. Add onion and bell pepper to sheet pan. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix; stir to coat, spreading mixture evenly in pan. Bake 15 minutes; stir.
  2. Meanwhile, cut steak into ¼ -inch strips; place in small bowl. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining seasoning mix until combined and coated. Place on pan with vegetables. Bake 7 to 9 minutes longer or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. Heat tortillas as directed on package. Using tongs, transfer steak mixture to serving platter or, if serving on sheet pan, carefully drain excess liquid from pan before serving.
  4. Spoon steak and veggies onto each tortilla. Serve with remaining ingredients. 

 

Edna has many more recipe collections for you to check out on Amazon.

Special Guest- JM Sullivan

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Today we have a special guest in the house, give a warm welcome to JM Sullivan:

Secrets don’t make friends. At least, that’s how the saying goes. I don’t know how much I agree with this statement, but I will say that I’ve made many more friends with confessions than I ever had secrets.

I can already see some of you tilting your head as you read this, so let me explain.

For those of you who I have never met (Hiiiii!), my name is JM Sullivan, and I am the host of the Twitter game #AuthorConfession, where we post daily prompts and writers from around the world ‘confess’ secrets to their WIP. It is a ton of fun and I have met so many incredible people this way (looking at you, Megan!).

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I love reading the confessions of our players and learning details about the wonderful worlds they are building. So, for my blog post today, I thought I might do the same.

Instead of just asking the questions, today I am also going to sit in the hot seat. I’ll give you completely honest answers to some of the same #AuthorConfession questions I have asked my players. The hardest part- to do it without *spoilers*

So here you have it 5 Top Secret confessions about Second Star- that nobody else has seen!

1. What is your MC’s deadly sin?
1. Wendy’s deadly sin would be wrath. She has a very even temperament and is very patient, but once her limits are pushed, she fights with a vengeance.
2. Peter’s sin is pride. Her is smart, talented, and not afraid to show it. While other character’s struggle with different sin’s Peter’s crowing vanity is what’s sure to get him in trouble.
2. What is your antagonist’s greatest regret?
1. He doesn’t know it yet, but Hooke’s greatest regret is finding the map to immortality. Chasing eternal life has ensnared the Captain, making a once renowned hero something else entirely.
3. Who does your MC love to hate?
1. Aidan Boyce. Although love is still probably a strong word. Honestly, she would just like to avoid him if she could. Unfortunately, her fellow recruit just won’t seem to let her.
4. How would your side character describe your MC?
1. With a glowing letter of recommendation. No, seriously. While Wendy would never approve of such a thing, her best friend Elias Johns makes sure that everyone realizes how qualified and talented Wendy is in a touching letter to the Fleet Admiral, Renee Toussant.
5. If you could only save one character in your book, who would it be?
1. Tootles. He is the smallest of the Lost Boys, and with his angelic face and sweet personality, he must be protected at all costs. The others are great, but Tootles will always hold a special place in my heart.

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There you have it. My confessions. Hopefully this tells you a little bit more about Second Star.

I just have one more question, but this one’s for you: Now that we’ve shared secrets does that make us friends? 😉

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Author Bio:
Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks– she’d love to hear from you.

Buy Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1948583003

Online Retailers: http://books2read.com/Second-Star

Social Media handles:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmsullivanbooks
FB: https://www.facebook.com/jmsullivanbooks/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/jmsullivanbooks/

Question of the Hour: The Ups and Downs of Streaming

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First off the questions:
1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?
2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?
3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?
4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

And now the answers from some of my favorite people:
A huge thank you for their participation and willingness to answer my questions.

PieRatKing

https://mixer.com/PieRatKing

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1. Streaming is a lot more taxing, and hard work than I had originally thought. Between always trying to find out what direction to go, to trying to improve the experience. A lot of time and effort is put into streaming, and I know I can always do better.

2. I have found that it has boosted my confidence and releases a lot of the social anxiety I have. It also gives me a place to share myself with others, and obviously I am the best damn thing since sliced bread!

3. Numbers. Always the numbers. It is the one thing I always have to remind myself is not the most important thing. I have to keep from getting down on myself about not getting enough viewers, not getting enough follows.

4. Yes, but it will become harder to get into and do the more it grows. Those who got in earliest and stuck with it are going to have the longer career. Up and comers are going to have a harder time breaking into it, and will rely on big splash over consistent growth. Just my two cents.

The Last Mage

https://mixer.com/TheLastMage

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1. I had spent a lot of time in and around streams before starting my own. I think for the most part streaming was what I expected it to be. What I didn’t expect was how exhausting it can be sometimes. Streaming for 8-10 hours some days can be absolutely grueling because you need to constantly keep up an active and thoughtful conversation for that entire time. For those who don’t stream, picture sitting down with a stranger in a coffee shop and talking to them for that long while trying to keep silence to a minimum.

2. I’ve met all sorts of friends, some of which will probably be lifelong friends. These types of connections are incredibly important. Not just for benefits centered around streaming, but real life as well. For example, I met a ton of friends while streaming who have taught me an incredible amount about development. Because of that I was able to land much better jobs and improve my life overall. As far as directly related to streaming, I think running a stream is VERY good practice in everyday social skills for the most part. Words can get you far and streaming is good practice for stringing those together on a whim.

3. The biggest deterrent to streaming is probably the thing that lets me stream in the first place. The day job. If the day job takes a lot of energy and effort, that can really show on stream. A stressful day job can
result in all sorts of bad things from being tired to losing your temper. Because of that, I try to always keep at least an hour between work on the stream where I can try to clear my head of everything.

4. I think, in general, streaming will become more and more popular as time goes on. People will always be able to make a career out of sharing what they love, be that games or anything else. Streaming fits right in there with that.

Sithos

https://mixer.com/Sithos

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1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?
I didn’t have any specific expectations going in with streaming. When I started I was primarily streaming one specific game so I really got to learn everything at my own pace. That being said, streaming is a lot more difficult and involved to do well than I expected initially.

2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?
Streaming for me has primarily been a form of social fulfillment. When I started streaming I considered myself fairly anti-social. Over the course of my streaming career I’ve become much better spoken, confident and engaging. I’ve even had instances where these skills have translated into on the job skills running training’s and meetings for large groups!

3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?
For me the biggest deterrent has been watching other succeed due to taking advantage of others or abusing/bending rules for their own success. I’ve tried to stay as true to my core values as possible even after becoming Partnered on Mixer. Going forward I really hope to see more genuine individuals succeed and people doing scummy things be held accountable more often.

4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?
Absolutely yes, especially with the rise of alternate platforms. I know of streamers that are going full time on Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, DLive. The industry is continuing to grow at a rapid rate and I’m very excited for the future of broadcasting.

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https://mixer.com/Kitty_haz_Claws

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1, Is streaming what I thought it would be? Yes & no. Yes because I went into it purely for a social aspect of it. To game with friends. No because I didn’t realize all the work and effort it takes to stream. All the offline work, all the networking, all the commitment it requires if you want to become anything.

2. What have I found beneficial in streaming? I’ve found that I can be connected to people from all over the world and have friends in nearly every time zone. I’ve discovered games I never knew I’d enjoy and gamed with people I never thought I’d typically game with.

3. The biggest deterrent in streaming is the lack of knowledge in mental health that most streamers have. Mental health is so important and it’s something I thought I had a handle on and obviously after nearly 5 years of streaming I don’t have a handle on it. People need to not be afraid to step back and focus on themselves.

4. I think streaming in general will grow, as a career…. I really don’t know. Not many people can stream and make a true career out of it. It’s so unpredictable and varies drastically from month to month. Most all the Mixer partners still have full time or part time jobs to help cover all the bills and day to day expenses.

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The Cutwright

https://www.twitch.tv/Cutwright

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1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?

Nope. When I first started I thought of these ideals of “Loud people for instant fame” and it was easy. It’s the hardest most enjoyable thing I have ever done. I love it, I love who I have become and how I have learned about streaming and being a person online. I have exposed myself to the world and I love it.

2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?

Meeting people, the community, the friends and having actual fans (which fucking blows my mind). All in all I am happy with all the amazing opportunities I have had.

3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

Confrontational people who are so willing to trash people but not really take the time to get to know them. I love a good troll, but I would rather see people work things through. Grow as a community and work beyond differences. I will always believe that streaming is something we all have to rise in together.

4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I would like to see myself staying as a hobbyist but becoming a member of the community in the actual work space; working for a company or bringing my IT/Project Management experience to an org/IP and benefiting the community from a more unique position. I love streaming, but it’s a great hobby. I would like to be a partner but I want to earn money working in an office, rather than slaving away in a corporate world where I do not feel I belong.

Superblake

https://mixer.com/superblake

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1. Streaming is sort of what I thought it would be. I grew up performing in live shows, so streaming to an audience seems like a natural fit, right? But forging those connections to small communities over the internet through a webcam is completely different.

2. Having a tight group of friends/mods. I don’t like thinking of them as ‘policing’ chat or games but a lot of the time to keep things enjoyable for everyone, it’s necessary. I also don’t think of chat as my audience, more like a group of friends over at my house causing a ruckus and having a good time.
3. Honestly a big deterrent is the cost/return of streaming as a whole. To have a good, not even great, but a good stream I think you should invest money into a proper mic, computer, graphics, etc. You can succeed and start out without that stuff but it’s important to improve your stream as a whole over time. And honestly, I spend 30-40 hours a week making consistent content for free for an audience that I actively try not to monetize. If you are getting into streaming to “get rich quick” you might want to make sure you don’t quit your day job.

4. I think streaming as a career isn’t sustainable. Eventually personalities will fall as new content rises and being a personality is a very limited time thing. Moving laterally from streaming into hosting, creating other content, even working in community management is always going to be a more long term move.

And always-

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https://cch217.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/question-of-the-hour-why-do-you-stream/

Favorites from Edna’s Kitchen

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With the Holidays in full swing here are some of Edna’s favorite recipes.

Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients
Batter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup whipping (heavy) cream
2 cups powdered sugar
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Have ready at serving time
2 Tablespoons rum
½ cup boiling water
Ground nutmeg

Steps
Beat butter and brown sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar alternately on low speed until smooth. Stir in cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Use immediately, or spoon into 1-quart freezer container.
Cover, label and freeze up to 3 months.
For each serving, place rum and 2 tablespoons Hot Buttered Rum Batter in mug.
Stir in boiling water.
Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Ingredients
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
cinnamon-sugar, for sprinkling

Steps
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 9-x-13” pan with cooking spray or butter.
Combine butter and sugars mix until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Add to wet ingredients and beat until combined. Transfer batter to pan. Sprinkle top with cinnamon-sugar.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing into squares.

Cranberry Nut Bread

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
2 Tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup chopped walnuts

Steps
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg.
Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan; cool completely.
Wrap and store overnight.
Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

Peppermint Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
7 eggs
½ cup water
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
15 drops red food coloring

Steps
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Separate the eggs.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
Make a well in the center and add the oil, egg yolks, water, peppermint extract and vanilla extract. Beat with mixer on low for 1 minute.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites into the yolk mixture.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into a separate bowl and tint with the food coloring.

Alternate large spoonfuls of red and plain batter into an ungreased tube or bundt pan. Run a knife or spatula through the batter to make a swirled effect.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 55 minutes. Increase heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until done.
Let cake cool in pan on rack.
Once cool remove from pan and frost, if desired.

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Sweet Potato Spice Bread

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 egg
⅓ cup mashed sweet potato
⅓ cup honey
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons molasses
⅓ cup chopped walnuts

Steps
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. In another small bowl, whisk the egg, sweet potato, honey, oil and molasses. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
Transfer to two 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 mini loaves (6 slices each).

Bacon Beer Cheese Soup

Ingredients
½ lb. bacon
1 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
8 oz. lager
3 cups shredded cheddar
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Bread, for serving
Steps
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to let drain, then crumble.
Heat skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and whisk until golden, 3 minutes, then add broth, milk, and beer and let simmer, 15 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until melted. Season generously with salt and pepper, then stir in most of the crumbled bacon.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining bacon. Serve warm with bread.

Sour Cream-Honey Fruit Salad

Ingredients
½ cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon orange juice
4 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
3 medium bananas, sliced
1 cup strawberries, cut in half
1 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half

Steps
In large bowl, mix sour cream, honey and orange juice until smooth.
Add oranges, bananas, strawberries and grapes. Toss gently to mix.

Monkey Bread Minis

Ingredients
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cans (7.5 oz each) refrigerated biscuits

Steps
Grease or spray 12 regular-size muffin cups. Mix butter and brown sugar. Spoon 1 tablespoon mixture into each muffin cup.
Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon bag. Separate dough into 20 biscuits. Cut each in 6 pieces. Shake pieces in bag to coat. Place 10 pieces in each muffin cup.
Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool 1 minute; turn upside down. Serve warm.

Tomato-Fennel Soup

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2 medium bulbs fresh fennel, chopped (3 cups)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) or 1 can (14 oz) vegetable broth
¼ teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
⅛ teaspoon pepper

Steps
In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook fennel, onion and garlic in oil about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Heat to boiling.
Reduce heat. Cover; simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Carefully pour half of the mixture into blender. Cover; blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth. Return to saucepan. Repeat with remaining mixture. Keep warm over low heat until serving.

Tip
Serve this soup topped with a handful of herb-flavored croutons and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Zesty Zucchini Corn Cakes

Ingredients
1 cup grated zucchini
½ cup frozen corn (from 12-oz bag), thawed
¼ cup chopped onion
1 egg
1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1 tablespoon milk
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Vegetable oil for cooking, if desired
⅓ cup sour cream
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
Fresh basil sprigs, if desired

Steps
In large bowl, stir together zucchini, corn, onion, egg, Bisquick mix, milk, salt and pepper.
Grease griddle or skillet with oil, or use nonstick griddle; heat over medium heat (350°F). For each corn cake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
Serve corn cakes topped with sour cream and tomatoes. Garnish with basil.

Tips
Make them cheesy. add ¼ cup shredded sharp Cheddar or Parmesan cheese to the batter. Just make sure your griddle is well greased to keep the cheese from sticking while the corn cakes cook.
These corn cakes freeze well. Cool and place in resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave on High 1 to 2 minutes.

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Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
4 large red or yellow bell peppers (about ½ lb each)
1 lb lean (at least 93%) ground turkey
1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup organic roasted garlic pasta sauce (from 25.5 oz jar)
¾ cup chickpeas, drained, rinsed (from 15 oz can)
1 jar (6 oz) artichoke hearts, marinated, drained, chopped (about ⅔ cup)
¾ cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
1 package (4 oz) feta cheese crumbles (¾ cup)
2 cups chopped plum (Roma) tomatoes (4 medium)
⅓ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Steps
Heat oven to 425°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking parchment paper. Cut each bell pepper in half vertically, leaving stem intact, remove seeds and membranes. In 5 to 6 quart Dutch oven, heat 3 quarts water to boiling. Add bell peppers to boiling water, making sure water covers peppers. Cook 2 minutes, drain. Place peppers cut side up in pan.
In 10 inch nonstick skillet, cook turkey, garlic, Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Cook over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, breaking up turkey, until turkey is no longer pink, drain.
Transfer turkey mixture to medium bowl, stir in pasta sauce, chickpeas and artichoke hearts. Stir in mozzarella cheese and ½ cup of the feta cheese.
Divide turkey mixture evenly among bell peppers in pan (peppers will be full). Spray one side of foil with cooking spray, cover with foil, sprayed side down. Bake 32 to 37 minutes or until bell peppers are tender and filling is hot.
In small bowl, mix tomatoes, basil and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Top cooked bell peppers with tomato mixture and remaining ¼ cup feta cheese before serving.

Sheet-Pan Honey-Balsamic Pork Chop Dinner

Ingredients
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 4 cups)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ lb fresh broccoli florets (about 4 cups)
4 boneless pork chops (about ¾ inch thick)
3 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Steps
Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 18×13-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray.
In large bowl, mix sweet potatoes, 1 Tablespoon of the oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Stir to coat. Place on pan. Bake 25 minutes.
In same bowl, mix broccoli, remaining 1 Tablespoon oil and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Remove pan from oven, stir or turn potatoes, and arrange broccoli on pan with potatoes. Bake 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, season pork chops with remaining ½ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.
In small bowl, mix honey, mustard and vinegar. Reserve 2 Tablespoons of the honey glaze.
Remove pan from oven, add pork chops to pan. Brush pork chops with remaining honey glaze. Roast 18 to 22 minutes or until pork is no longer pink and meat thermometer inserted in center reads at least 145°F, and vegetables are browned and tender.
Spoon reserved 2 Tablespoons honey glaze on pork chops. Serve pork chops with vegetables.
Make sure to use the red-skinned, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes for this recipe.
Tip:
We suggest using boneless, ¾ inch pork chops, which is what we based our cook time on, but if your chops are thicker or thinner, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time. Using a meat thermometer helps to take the guesswork out of determining when your pork chops are done.

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Creamy Cranberry Salad

Ingredients
2 cups cranberries, ground in blender
1 cup sugar
2-3 cups mini marshmallows
1 pint of whipping cream, whipped
20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

Steps
Add sugar to ground cranberries in blender and blend together. Add to the whipped cream and stir until well combined. Fold in the marshmallows and crushed pineapple and serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients
Filling
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

Coffee Cake
3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1 ½ cups sour cream

Light Brown Glaze
¼ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Steps
1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan or 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan.
2 In small bowl, mix all Filling ingredients; set aside.
3 In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, ¾ cup butter, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla and the eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in flour mixture alternately with sour cream on low speed.
4 Spread ⅓ of the batter (about 2 cups) in pan; sprinkle with ⅓ of the Filling (about 6 tablespoons). Repeat twice.
5 Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 10 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, in 1 ½ quart saucepan, heat ¼ cup butter over medium heat until very light brown; remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle cake with glaze.

You can find more recipes from Edna’s Kitchen here:

Question of the Hour: Why do you stream?

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Updated Intro: Since I am going to be putting this around once again I had some thoughts. Something I have noticed lately after hanging out in a number of streams is that people are creatures of habit. Which I understand and having a community of loyal viewers is a wonderful thing, however reaching out and checking out other streamers on a weekly or monthly basis, I feel would help in community growth of both parties. Just my thoughts, I have been trying to expose different audiences to new streamers, but my reach is not what it could be if everyone checked out at least one new streamer a month. With that being said, I hear by introduce you to some new streamer.

It was fall of 2015 when I was introduced to a new streaming service called Beam. I hung out on streams and modded for a few friends, I even gave streaming a try once, it wasn’t really my thing. But I did enjoy being a part of other streaming communities.

As all things do everyday life took over shortly after, it has only been in the last six months that I have gotten back to watching and participating in streaming communities on what is now Mixer and Twitch. I became part of Constantly Calibrating’s ( https://twitter.com/ConCalPod ) community because of their E3 coverage, and a recommendation from a friend. A question came up recently and it peaked my curiosity so I figured I would ask a handful of streamers that I enjoy watching on both Mixer and Twitch; Why do you stream?   

Before we dive into their answers a Streamer is someone that live streams creative content, be it video games, tutorials, art projects or discussions.

I asked everyone the same three questions;

Why do you stream?

What do you get out of it?

Where do you see it going?

Without further adieu I give you their answers and profile information so that you can check them out.
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Josh Silverman:

https://mixer.com/ConCalPod

https://twitter.com/BearPunch

Why do you stream?

Originally I didn’t understand why people streamed. This was maybe 4-5 years ago and for the life of me I couldn’t understand the concept. Sure, I watched and made let’s play content for YouTube, but watching someone live and unedited? How absurd!

We then started doing Constantly Calibrating Podcast episodes live, because my team pushed me to do it. While they were an absolute clusterfuck to put together, I noticed bits of myself “unlocking”, for lack of a better term. After a couple of years of that structure I began branching out into my own solo streaming efforts. It was in this that I found a new part of myself, one desiring to connect with people and to open myself up to them.

So, the tl;dr version would be that I stream because I love to converse with people, anyone really. That venue is special to me and makes me happy to be a part of someone’s morning, afternoon, evening, or middle of the night experience.

What do you get out of it?

Similar to my previous answer, what I get from streaming is the ability to connect with new and interesting people. While we have our regulars in chat, I never know who is going to stroll through that metaphorical door into my life. Streaming has opened many doors for me as well, and showed me a side of myself I didn’t know existed. I now see myself as a host and a leader, where most of my life I was a follower, or believed myself as such.

Where do you see it going?

As far as my own career in streaming, I don’t think I’ll ever be one of the major well-known names. I don’t need to be, so I’m not really pursuing that. Ultimately I see myself and Constantly Calibrating grouping up and working with others who think like us – the people searching for passionate, engaging, diverse content – to build something bigger than us. What I would love to do is to help people to discover and pursue their own passions, just like others (Brittney Brombacher, Ashnichrist, etc) have done for me.

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RyDaddyEff:

https://mixer.com/RyDaddyEff

https://twitter.com/RyDaddyEff

I stream because I like to have fun with my friends and if other people like to join in and become friends, I feel like that’s a pretty cool way of communing.

I honestly am not sure what I get out of it other than being able to laugh and joke with my friends. I guess it also gives me a chance to visually see people I don’t get to on a regular basis.

Personally, I don’t see myself as a professional game streamer per se now or in the future. I enjoy creating entertainment content and streaming is just one avenue to be able to achieve that goal. Streaming is big now and will be from now on, for sure, though. I enjoy being a part of a team, but if I weren’t I’m not sure I’d put as much into it.

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SomeBeardy2Love:

https://mixer.com/SomeBeardy2Love

https://twitter.com/SomeBeardy2Love

I stream for fun and for my magazine because we think the fans like it.

I just like having a comfortable zone for people to come and hang out and watch games. Both major AAAs and little indies.

I guess I’m not looking for it to go anywhere crazy. Even if I have 10 regulars that like me enough to just come hang with me that’s good enough for me. I do it because I enjoy being on camera and video games are my life. I like sharing my passions with others.

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MrCmh93:

https://mixer.com/MrCmh93

https://twitter.com/Castingfortwo

Why Do I stream: I stream because I want to challenge myself to create content by myself.

What do I get out of it: I’ve always been amazed by stand up comedians that can go in front of people and just be funny. That is how I see streaming.

Where do I see myself going: I’m really happy to have found a group that likes to play similar games. It really nice being able to play and stream with friends. It reminds me of the old split screen days.

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OGXanos:

https://mixer.com/OGXanos

https://twitter.com/OGXanos

I stream cause I like the interactivity of it. It reminds me of sitting in the floor with my buddy as a kid having someone to play off and make fun of silly little things we find in the game. I don’t think I’ll ever get ‘streamer famous’ but I wouldn’t complain if it happened.

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The Last Mage:

https://mixer.com/TheLastMage

https://twitter.com/lastmagetv

Why do you stream?

When I first started streaming I was doing it to try to make it a career. I think a lot of people, if not most, start out this way. Some find their crowd and this thought process continues. For me, I tend to stream a lot of indie games, rpgs, and lesser known titles that, naturally, don’t get the number of eyes that battle royale games may get. I started to realize after many months of beating myself up over numbers, that in the end it’s about the people who show every day to support you and have fun.

So, (this will be an unpopular opinion for many partnered streamers) I’ve stopped looking at this as a career. It’s a community to me, and I don’t expect to earn back even a tiny bit of what I put into it. My entire goal is to put a few smiles on peoples faces, be there for them when they run into tough times, and to build a community that persists even when I’m not online. My goal is to try to remember what everyone is doing outside of the stream, to check up on them after difficult school tests, and just generally be there for people.

What do you get out of it?

I’m at around 3 years of streaming now, and it’s helped me in many different ways. Many of these I never saw coming and could never have predicted. First, of course, I’ve made a ton of friends. I’ve met many of them at conventions in person and it’s comforting to know that many of them would have my back if something ever happened. I’m not talking about fist fights or online arguments, but serious things like money issues or medical issues. These are true friends and just like the friends that live near you, they’ll support you if you run into tough times.

More than that, after working on Firebot for so long I’ve met many talented developers who have taken me under their wing and taught me a ton. My actual career skills have improved significantly because of that. Also, I’ve learned a lot about just general social situations. I’m a VERY introverted guy and streamer has taught me how to step out of that shell. It’s taught me how to have a fruitful conversation with nearly anyone about nearly anything.

Where do you see it going?

Well, that’s a really hard thing for me to predict. As I said at the start, because of the games I tend to stream I don’t see the stream skyrocketing in numbers or turning into a career anytime soon. But, what I would like to do is grow enough to get new eyes on some of the mostly underplayed games out there.

Other than that, I hope that the stream continues to grow and that the community continues to build with it. It’s a very hard thing being a PC / PS4 streamer on a service almost entirely built around Xbox, but I still feel I’ve made the right choice. I’ve made too many great friends for it to have been a bad thing. I just hope Mixer continues to expand, continues to push the idea that it is a multi-platform system, and continues to innovate. Then, sooner or later, I think that indie crowd / RPG crowd will show.

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Kitty_haz_Claws:

https://mixer.com/Kitty_haz_Claws

https://twitter.com/Kitty_Haz_Claws

Why do you stream?

like most people, I love playing video games, I was introduced to Twitch by a friend of mine who said to me, hey this guy is streaming and if he gets 10 viewers he’s going to buy a pizza for someone in the chat! So of course I went to watch; who doesn’t love free pizza! Needless to say, he lied about the pizza, and he was horrible at entertaining the chat. I instantly thought, holy buckets.. this guy (the streamer) is sooo bad, I can do this SO MUCH BETTER. So, I did a little research and started up he next week! Needless to say, I ended up being a lot better than him.

What do you get out of it?

I get to be social with people, be a daily part of their lives and truly get to know people. I love being able to start up a stream and truly making an impact on someone’s life. I was sent a PM few years back how someone in my community was thinking about suicide but ended up in my stream, and ended up changing their mind because I reminded them that life is always in motion, every day is a new chance at life and it’s okay to feel down.  

Where do you see it going?

I’ve been a partner for over 3 years, so you really can’t get much bigger than that; but I absolutely love showcasing unique indie games that I find. I love being able to play the weird and bizarre. I hope more devs figure out that I’m Mixer’s Indie Game Streamer and together we can work on showcasing their beautiful and weird games. 🙂

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PieRatKing:

https://mixer.com/PieRatKing

https://twitter.com/PieRatKing

Why do you stream?

I stream because I want to share the enjoyment of video games with others, and I have always enjoyed entertaining people. And I am freaking hilarious!!! j/k

What do you get out of it?

Filling a hole deep inside of me through the feeding of my narcissism? No, but really I get to entertain people, meet people, talk about things I love, and a sense of accomplishment. Along with learning skills that I have always wanted to, video editing, graphic design, animation: these are all things I have only learned because I have been streaming

Where do you see it going?

A household name, a statue in downtown Houston, and millions of dollars… no, I see it going to a place where I can sustain myself but also offer me different avenues to share my opinions, and other crafts with people that it may not have before. Believe me we all wish we could be six figure content creators, but most of us just want to do something we enjoy doing and be able to sustain ourselves.

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Justin Glorious:

https://mixer.com/JustinGlorious

https://twitter.com/Justin_Glorious

https://www.twitch.tv/Justin_Glorious

Why do you stream?

Seemed like a good idea at the time. My favorite job, not the best job by any stretch, is when I started at Gamestop. Really after some time getting used to front line retail. I love talking about video games and sharing my experience. I honestly need to find a better way to portray that, but that is a major part of why I do it. To share my gaming experience and talk gaming or the industry in general. Sadly with my turnouts, this really doesn’t happen.

What do you get out of it?

I honestly could not tell you right now. I would like it to be the reason above, but again…I really do not have a great turn out, granted most of that is on me.

Where do you see it going?

Same, I really don’t know. I would love to get enough recognition where I fulfilled that desire to have a community to talk to. I also would like to help build others up or give advice to anyone trying to get started in any career I tipped a toe into. I would love to be a recognizable personality that is known to be approachable and help others reach their goals.

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SuperBlake:

https://mixer.com/superblake

https://twitter.com/superblake_01

Why do you stream?

I stream because it’s the exact same attitude I normally have when playing games and I’ve always like entertaining people. It also gives me a chance to connect with and talk to people, which I genuinely enjoy.

What do you get out of it?

Honestly? Next to nothing beyond personal satisfaction. My goal is to provide an entertaining environment for people to chill out in and watch some cool games. Obviously I have stuff like Meaty Boiz Esports which is a little more involved than that (competitive esports requires a lot of off stream work), but I don’t get paid to do this. I have as much fun as I can and try to play as many video games as I can, for as many people that want to hang out!

Where do you see it going?

I see streaming being the next big internet content machine. Live content creation is a super strong medium and it provides a unique experience for the audience, so there’s not a lot there to slow it down. For me personally? I’d love it if I could say I was a professional gaming personality, with my primary content coming from my streams. It’s already an awesome thing to get to do every day, but if I could somehow get paid to do it and develop a marketable corner of the internet for myself that’d be fucking fantastic too.

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Sithos:

https://mixer.com/Sithos

https://twitter.com/Sithos_?lang=en

So the primary reason I stream is for social fulfillment. Before I streamed I was relatively anti-social, but through streaming I was able to develop my social skills to the point where I have even done things like run 20+ person team meeting for various jobs I have held.

What I get out of streaming, is something that I can be truly passionate about and really develop my skills and talents on a consistent basis. It gives me something to look forward to on a weekly basis and makes my life much more enjoyable.

As far as where do I see it going, I can only hope that this will one day lead to being something I can focus on full time and comfortable pay my bills/support my family. Up until this point, that hasn’t quite been the case, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and do see the potential for that to happen at some point. For now I am continuing to strive to improve in the hopes I can hopefully make that occur sooner rather than later.

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The Computer Guy:

https://mixer.com/TheComputerGuy

https://twitter.com/ComputerGuySTL

Why do you stream?

Well I stream because I like helping people and I got into streaming because I saw Revision 3 do an Extra Life charity and I knew that’s what I wanted to do to help, stream to raise money for kids.

What do you get out of it?

I get to meet great people. Some while I stream and some in the community around streaming. Mixer is probably my favorite community of streamers because they are so open to pretty much any streamers. They also work hard to keep people who want to me malicious out of their community.

Where do you see this going?

Honestly, since I’m not doing it for personal money I’ll be doing this until I physically can’t any more. I love to help and I’ll keep doing it until I can’t any more. Again, it’s not about me but about the message I’m trying to spread.

On a side note:

Distriktt ( https://twitter.com/D1striktt ) and The Computer Guy ( https://twitter.com/ComputerGuySTL ) ran a weekly computer tech show, that you can checkout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gZZ55kA6Q    

 

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The Cutwright:

https://www.twitch.tv/Cutwright

https://twitter.com/The_Cutwright?lang=en

Why do I stream? I would say that I began streaming with a concept of wanting to be famous. It was a very short-sighted and dimwitted approach to being online. I didn’t give it enough thought and truly thought it would be spontaneous and lucky.

Over the years I’ve learned that streaming is one of the most difficult and fulfilling hobbies I’ve ever had. I spend most of my time now streaming for the sake of encouraging other people to get online. Streaming to try and promote community and growth. I’d like to think now I stream to try to be part of something bigger than myself.

As far as to what I get out of it, that’s very simple. I enjoy what I do and find fulfillment in accomplishing goals that I set out for myself. Whether it’s to finish a game, make art for someone, or simply have a conversation with a complete stranger. I enjoy the things that I accomplished while streaming, as well as making friends and meeting people.

Where do I see streaming going? I don’t know really. I would love to work within the industry, some form of Community Management, program management, or maybe even working for Twitch itself. I will say that right now I’m taking it day-by-day letting the adventure be what it is, an adventure. It’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve done in a few years and I can say that I’m definitely not quitting anytime soon.

 

A huge Thank You to everyone that participated, I appreciate your openness in your responses. Take a moment to check out each of these wonderful individuals, creating content and live streaming is not always an easy thing.

by Megan Hinde

P.S. New Streamers To Check Out

https://mixer.com/Cheeky_Chaz-94

https://mixer.com/TastyLemons

https://mixer.com/StormtheBard

https://mixer.com/BVR

 

 

 

Winter Wonderland of Food -From Edna’s Kitchen

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With cooler days ahead Edna’s Kitchen presents some warm soup, casserole and bread.

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Bacon Beer Cheese Soup
Ingredients
½ lb. bacon
1 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
8 oz. lager
3 cups shredded cheddar
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Bread, for serving
Steps
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to let drain, then crumble.
Heat skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and whisk until golden, 3 minutes, then add broth, milk, and beer and let simmer, 15 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until melted. Season generously with salt and pepper, then stir in most of the crumbled bacon.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining bacon. Serve warm with bread.

 

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White Bean, Sausage and Spinach Casserole
Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb bulk mild Italian sausage
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 bag fresh baby spinach *5 oz.
1 can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes undrained *14.5 oz.
1 can organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes undrained *14.5 oz.
1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed *19 oz.
¾ cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
Steps
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Add onion, garlic, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Continue to cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions have softened slightly. Sprinkle flour over top, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add half of the spinach to sausage mixture; cook and stir about 1 minute or until wilted. Add remaining half of the spinach; continue to cook and stir about 1 minute or until wilted. Add tomatoes and beans. Cook about 1 minute, stirring and scraping bottom of pan, until combined. Remove from heat; transfer to baking dish.
In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle over top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and brown on top.

 

And something sweet.

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Apple-Bacon Mini Loaves

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
⅓ cup crumbled cooked bacon
¼ cup finely chopped apple

Steps
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cheese, bacon and apple.
Transfer to two greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 mini loaves (6 slices each).

 

You can find more of Edna’s fun, easy recipes here:

Edna’s Kitchen Presents Recipes By Request

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Welcome to a special edition of Edna’s Kitchen Presents, we have gathered our top readers recipe requests. Being Edna’s Kitchen we have made them easy and fun, as always get in the kitchen and have fun.

Table of Contents:

Lemon-Strawberry Punch

Hot Cranberry-Apple Cider

Chicken Tamale Pie

Spooky Spaghetti with Clams

Corn Chowder

Chicken Bog

Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Chicken Tenders with Katsu Sauce

Classic Lemon Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

 

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Kicking things off with some drinks. From our Friend Kathy in Santa Monica California Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Lemon-Strawberry Punch

Ingredients

3 cans (6 oz each) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 box (10 oz) frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed and undrained*

1 bottle (1 liter) ginger ale

Steps

In 4-quart container, stir lemonade concentrate and 9 cans water until well mixed.

Pour lemonade into punch bowl. Stir in strawberries.

Just before serving, add ginger ale and ice; gently stir.

Tip: Floating Island Punch: Just before serving, add lemon sherbet by spoonfuls or in small balls from ice-cream scoop to punch in punch bowl.

 

From our friend Richard in Scottsbluff Nebraska Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Hot Cranberry-Apple Cider

Ingredients

2 quarts apple cider

1 ½ quarts cranberry juice (not cocktail, no sugar added) SAVE $

¼ cup packed brown sugar

4 sticks cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons whole cloves

Spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps, if desired

1 orange, thinly sliced

Steps

In 4-quart saucepan, mix all ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 15 minutes. Strain.

Pour into stemmed mugs and add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps if desired.

Garnish with fresh orange slices. Serve hot.

Tip: For a little extra zip, add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps to each mug.
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Continuing with some main dishes. From our friend Miguel in Amarillo Texas Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Tamale Pie

Ingredients

1 package (9 oz) frozen diced cooked chicken, thawed

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, drained

2 Teaspoons taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz)

½ cup Original Bisquick mix

½ cup cornmeal

¾ cup milk

1 egg

1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained

Shredded lettuce, sour cream and Thick ‘n Chunky salsa, if desired

Steps

Heat oven to 400°F. In 9-inch glass pie plate, stir chicken, chiles and taco seasoning until mixed. Sprinkle with cheese.

In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, cornmeal, milk, egg and corn until blended. Pour over chicken mixture and cheese.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in topping comes out clean. To serve, cut into wedges and top with lettuce, sour cream and salsa.

Tip: For Beef Tamale Pie, use 1 pound of ground beef in place of the chicken. Cook the beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.

 

From our friend Sergio in Yonkers New York Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Spooky Spaghetti with Clams

Ingredients

2 ½ lb fresh clams in shells

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

8 oz uncooked spaghetti

3 Tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¾ cup dry white wine or nonalcoholic white wine

5 plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded, chopped (1 ½ cups)

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

French bread, if desired

Steps

Discard any broken-shell or open (dead) clams. Place remaining clams in large container. Cover with water and white vinegar. Let stand 30 minutes; drain. Scrub clams in cold water. Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add wine; heat to boiling. Add tomatoes and clams. Cover; cook 6 minutes or until clam shells have opened. Discard any clams that don’t open.

Add cooked spaghetti to pan with clam mixture; toss. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with French bread.

Tip: For best flavor, use fresh clams in the shell. For a quick meal, use canned clams from your pantry.

 

From our friend Noah in Rockport Massachusetts Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Corn Chowder

Ingredients

½ pound bacon, cut up

1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)

2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups milk

⅛ teaspoon pepper

1 can (14.75 oz) cream-style corn

1 can (15 oz) tiny whole potatoes, drained and diced

Chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Paprika, if desired

Steps

In 3-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Drain fat, reserving 3 tablespoons in saucepan. Drain bacon on paper towels; set aside.

Cook onion and celery in bacon fat over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat.

Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Stir in pepper, corn and potatoes. Heat until hot. Stir in bacon. Sprinkle each serving with parsley and paprika.

 

From our friend Ronald in Lexington South Carolina Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Bog

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion (from 1 onion)

1 cup chopped carrots (from about 3 carrots)

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 ½ cups uncooked long-grain white rice

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

4 cups chicken stock

1 (4-inch) piece Parmesan cheese rind

4 cups shredded boneless, skinless rotisserie chicken (about 1 rotisserie chicken)

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 ½ ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved (about ⅓ cup)

Steps

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and carrots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, rice, salt, and pepper, and cook until fragrant and rice begins to toast, about 3 minutes.

Stir in stock, and add Parmesan rind; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is just cooked through, about 18 minutes. Uncover and discard rind; stir in chicken. Cook until chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Stir in parsley and lemon juice just before serving, and top with shaved Parmesan.

 

From our friend Daniel in Hood River Oregon Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

Tomato-Avocado Salsa

2 medium tomatoes, chopped (1 ½ cups)

2 green onions, thinly sliced (2 Tablespoons)

1 medium avocado, peeled, coarsely chopped

1 small jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Teaspoons lemon juice

¼ Teaspoon salt

Fish

1 ½ lb halibut or other firm fish steaks, 3/4 to 1 inch thick

2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Steps

In medium bowl, mix all salsa ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerate about 20 minutes or until chilled.

If fish steaks are large, cut into 6 serving pieces. In shallow glass or plastic dish, mix all remaining fish ingredients. Place fish in dish; turn to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 2 hours.

Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove fish from marinade; reserve marinade. Cover and grill fish over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade and turning once, until fish flakes easily with fork. Discard any remaining marinade. Serve fish with salsa.

Tip: Other firm fish steaks that work well in this recipe include both tuna and swordfish.

 

From our friend Rachel in Thornton Colorado Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Tenders with Katsu Sauce

Ingredients

Chicken Tenders

2 lbs Chicken Tenders uncooked (thawed if using frozen)

2 eggs

2 cups plain panko crispy bread crumbs

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Katsu Sauce

½ cup Sugar

½ cup Ketchup

¼ cup Worchestire Sauce

¼ cup Soy Sauce

¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ teaspoon Paprika

Steps

Break eggs into a bowl lightly beat. In shallow bowl or plate pour panko bread crumbs out.

Put two chicken tenders at a time into eggs, pull out of egg wash and dredge in panko bread crumbs till lightly covered.

Pour three tablespoons of vegetable oil into skillet, over medium high heat, carefully place breaded chicken tenders into hot oil. Cook for 6-8 minutes turning as needed, till lightly browned and the chicken is fully cooked. Set cooked chicken tenders on a paper towel, to let drain and cool.

Katsu Sauce Steps

Combine all ingredients whisk together add a splash of water to thin out sauce if desired. Dip cooked and cooled chicken tenders in to Katsu Sauce.

 

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On to some sweet treats. From our friend Ryan in Tombstone Arizona Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Classic Lemon Bars   

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

½ cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

Steps

Heat oven to 350°F.

In medium bowl mix butter, 2 cups of the flour and ½ cup of the granulated sugar. Press into the bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until center is set and edges just begin to brown.

In medium bowl, mix remaining ¼ cup flour and remaining 1 ½ cups granulated sugar with whisk. Add eggs, lemon peel and lemon juice; stir with whisk until well combined. Pour over partially baked crust.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes longer or until center is set and edges are golden brown. The bars will firm up as they cool. Cool 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Tip: Add some pizzazz to the bars with stencils or strips of parchment paper. Place stencils on bars, sift powdered sugar over the stencil and then carefully lift the stencil from the bars.

 

Of course our kick off of Autumn and the Holiday Season wouldn’t be complete without some Pumpkin. From our friend Sarah in Montpelier Vermont Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients

Base

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

1 cup quick-cooking oats

½ cup finely chopped walnuts

Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

¾ cup sugar

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 eggs

Topping

2 cups sour cream

⅓ cup sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

Steps

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and walnuts. Press in bottom of pan; bake 15 minutes.

In large bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Pour over hot base. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set and dry in center.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Drop mixture by spoonfuls over pumpkin layer; spread evenly over hot filling. Bake about 5 minutes or until topping is set. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Thank you for joining Edna’s Kitchen for recipes by request, feel free to suggest your recipe ideas for future Edna’s Kitchen Presents events.

 

The ABC’s of Vegetables From Edna’s Kitchen

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Edna has gathered together some creative, tasty recipes featuring vegetables. Vegetables are nutritious in any form be it fresh, frozen, or canned. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber to keep you feeling healthy and energized. They are low in calories, fat and are cholesterol free. Enjoy trying some new vegetable recipes and as always have fun in the kitchen.

 

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Asparagus Farro Salad

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked farro (semi-pearled or pearled)

1 lb fresh asparagus spears

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 to 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon peel (½ medium)

1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice (½ medium)

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup pecans

⅓ cup feta cheese

Steps

In 2-quart saucepan, heat 4 cups water to boiling. Stir in farro; return to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces, leaving heads full. In 10-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add asparagus and shallot; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired doneness (some like asparagus more tender, while others prefer a little fresh crunch). Remove asparagus from skillet to plate; set aside.

Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the lemon peel and lemon juice to skillet. Heat over low heat, scraping bottom of skillet with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Stir in salt and pepper. Set sauce aside.

Drain cooked faro in strainer or colander; rinse. In large serving bowl, toss farro with asparagus, pecans and feta cheese. Drizzle sauce over top.

Tips

Substitute spelt, barley or wheat berries for the farro.

The time to properly cook farro ranges from 20 to 40 minutes. Of course, overnight soaking would reduce the cooking time even further, taking only about 10 to 15 minutes of cooking for the chewy texture.

 

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Grilled Eggplant Pizza Sandwiches

Ingredients

8 (¾ -inch-thick) slices eggplant

4 (¼ -inch-thick) slices sweet onion

1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into ¼ -inch slices

3 tablespoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

1 (8-oz.) can pizza sauce

8 (½ -inch-thick) slices Italian or sourdough bread, toasted

4 (1 ½ -oz.) slices mozzarella cheese

Steps

Heat grill. When ready to grill, brush eggplant, onion and zucchini with oil; sprinkle with salt. Place on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning once.

Meanwhile, heat pizza sauce in small saucepan until hot.

Spread 1 side of each of 4 toasted bread slices with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Top each with grilled vegetables. Spoon remaining pizza sauce over vegetables. Top each with cheese and slice of toast.

 

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Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients

6 medium leeks (2 pounds), thinly sliced

4 medium potatoes (1 ½  pounds), cut into ½ -inch cubes

2 cans (14 ½  ounces each) ready-to-serve chicken or vegetable broth

¼ cup margarine or butter

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 cup half-and-half

Chopped fresh chives, if desired

Steps

Mix all ingredients except half-and-half and chives in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours (or high heat setting 4 to 5 hours) or until vegetables are tender.

Pour vegetable mixture by batches into blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth; return to cooker. Stir in half-and-half.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 20 to 30 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with chives.

Tips

Leeks grow best in sand soil and the broad, flat leaves of a leek wrap around each other, making the perfect place for sand to hide. The easiest way to remove the sand is to cut the leek lengthwise, almost to the root end. Hold the leek under cool running water while fanning the leaves, so the water can wash out the sand.

Leeks are very tasty but do take a few more minutes to clean. To save time, use a chopped large onion instead of the leeks. Or use a chopped medium onion and, for a little color, ½ cup sliced green onions.

For more Vegetable filled recipes check out Edna’s ebook cookbooks on Amazon.