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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Episode 23: Uncharted, Modern Warfare 3, and Pies

Ep. 23: Uncharted, Modern Warfare 3, and Pies
Listen on GameDynamo.com
Duration: 1:03:41 m

Get ready for an epic episode loaded with pie and games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3, Skyrim, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (and why it breaks our hearts). Rando even talks Might & Magic Heroes VI. Chris gives us the low down on some pie making tips so even the most unskilled won't screw up. There's even a good ol' rant about the new Lord of the Rings: War in the North. After watching the Grand Theft Auto 5 and Rainbow Six: Patriots trailers, discussions and fist fights break out. Enjoy!

Hosted by: Rando Evans, Matthew Netzley, Brian Phan, Christopher Nieto

Food Recipe: Pie Dough & Graham Cracker Crust by Chris Nieto

Pie!

A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients.

Pies are defined by their crusts. A filled pie (also single-crust or bottom-crust), has pastry lining the baking dish, and the filling is placed on top of the pastry, but left open. A top-crust pie, which may also be called a cobbler, has the filling in the bottom of the dish and the filling covered with a pastry or other covering before baking. A two-crust pie has the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Flaky pastry is a typical kind of pastry used for pie crusts, but many things can be used, including baking powder biscuits, mashed potatoes, and crumbs.


PIE DOUGH RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until mixture is aerated. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut butter into dry ingredients until it is in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.Drizzle in 4 tablespoons ice water and mix just until dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)Shape dough into a flat disk, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then use in the pie or tart recipe of your choice.

For quicker prep, you can make this dough in a food processor. Combine all dry ingredients and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until it is in pea-size pieces. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons ice water and pulse again. Add more ice water if the dough seems too dry, shape into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate.


GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended. Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7 minutes. Cool. If recipe calls for unbaked pie shell, just chill for about 1 hour.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Epic Cupcake Time

It's no longer a secret that 3/4 of our cast are My Little Pony fans aka bronies  It's appropriate that we share with you this fan made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic/ Epic Meal Time parody.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Episode 22: Scary Games and Double Chocolate Stout

Ep. 22: Scary Games and Double Chocolate Stout
Listen on GameDyamo.com
Duration: 59:53 m

Rando, Brian, and Chris talk about the best scary games to play on Halloween (Resident Evil, Dead Space, Amnesia, etc.) while Matt hides under the covers with a flashlight to ward off the ghosts. Chris gets a wicked bad tummy ache eating all the chocolate he got trick-or-treating, so he has to leave the room when Rando breaks out the Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Matt faces his fears long enough to convince the guys to talk about news and costumes, but Rando's idea of a Halloween costume is scarier than any game.

Hosted by: Rando Evans, Matthew Netzley, Brian Phan, Christopher Nieto

Drink Recipe: Hot Cocoa by Chris Nieto

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Directions:

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

Food Recipe: Brownies by Chris Nieto

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.