Looks kind of dark, right? The whole reason I watch/love Wizards of Waverly Place is because it's really cute and funny without being too cliche - I hope some of those qualities make it into the film.
June 29, 2009
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June 28, 2009
WDW Update: Space Mountain Gets a New Track, Downtown Disney Gets Depressing, and Mexico Gets a Lot More Fun
Happy Sunday! My next trip to WDW is a month away (cannot. wait.), and here's a quick recap of some WDW news that's been making the rounds:
Murky details are coming out about Space Mountain's refurbishment. All that seems certain is the ride will get a new track, a new ceiling, and an audio-visual upgrade - presumably for the queue. Further speculation is welcome, although I still haven't gotten over the fact the attraction will be closed for our trip. Whyyy Disney gods whyyy?
For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, "Diana - The People's Princess" exhibit will be opening at Downtown Disney this July. The exhibit will be at the site of the former Virgin Megastore on Downtown Disney's West Side and will feature a collection of Diana's dresses and royal artifacts to pay tribute to her life and work. Tickets are $14.50 for ages 10+, $5 for kids 5-9. Now, I've seen this exhibit at Kensington Palace in London, and it is very nice/interesting, but does anyone else see a disconnect here? Moving from virtual fun at DisneyQuest to paying tribute to Princess Diana before stopping by Wetzel's Pretzels for some yum-yums? Princess Diana's life certainly deserves to be celebrated, but I don't think Downtown Disney is the appropriate outlet for it.
Meanwhile, Epcot's Mexico pavillion (which I've complained about before) just got a lot more interesting - a tequila bar is coming soon! No word on when this magical oasis will be open for my business, but I wonder if Epcot is planning to add additional staff out front, since having a tequila bar there will likely lead to more incidents like this.
June 21, 2009
5 lbs chicken wings and drumettes (I used 2 lbs, but I'm also cooking for one)
2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Coriander wing sauce:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
2. Mix wing seasoning indredients in a small bowl and using a whisk.
3. Put the chicken and 2 tablespoons of wing seasoning in a large bowl. Add enough oil to coat the chicken evenly and mix well. I didn't really measure the oil (I'm a rebel like that), but use enough so that it creates a proper marinade:
4. Spread the seasoned chicken in a single layer on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
(After I took this photo, my camera ran out of battery power. Thus, there are no photos to document the rest of this recipe. You'll have to take my word on things from here on out ...)
5. Place all wing sauce ingredients in a large saute pan, and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until thickened - the sauce will get sticky and thick within a few minutes.
6. Transfer the cooked wings into the sauce and serve. Or if you prefer less mess, put the sauce into a small dish for dipping.
Can someone say Superbowl party? Yum!
Labels: disney recipes
June 15, 2009
And ... action!
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into mixing bowl. Make a well in center of dry ingredients.
2. Add water, oil, egg yolks, grapefruit juice, and lemon rind. Beat until smooth.
Not going to lie, my egg seperator is probably my favorite thing in the kitchen. How did I ever live without one?
3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar separately, until whites are stiff but not dry.
Frothy egg whites, meet smooth batter.
4. Gradually fold egg whites into the cake batter, folding gently with a rubber spatula until just blended. Do not stir the mixture.
5. Pour into an ungreased 10-inch cake pan. Bake at 350º degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger. Invert pan on cake rack until cool.
2 six-ounce packages of cream cheese
And .... action!
1. Let cream cheese soften at room temperature. Beat cheese until fluffy. If you are using actual grapefruits (as in, not canned), now is a good time to prepare them.
Some people can chop food so it's pretty. I am not one of those people. My grapefruit wedges look more like tuna tartare.
2. Add lemon juice and rind.
3. Gradually blend in sugar. Beat until well blended. Add food coloring.
... and after. The food coloring I used was super potent - only use a teensy bit!
4. Add reserved grapefruit and blend into frosting.
5. Divide the frosting evenly into two bowls. Roughly chop 2/3 of the grapefruit sections and add them to half the frosting. Spread this mixture on the bottom half of cake. Top with several grapefruit sections.
Another thing I am not great at: frosting a cake.
6. Cover with second layer of cake. Frost top and sides. Garnish with remaining grapefruit sections.
Strange yellow color (partly from my camera, partly from weird food coloring) and shoddy fruit chopping techniques aside, the cake came out tasting great. A great summer cake to take to a picnic or a block party!
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June 10, 2009
This has been making the rounds for a few weeks now, but I'm posting it here anyway - because it's wednesday, and because it still makes me laugh, no matter how many times I see it:
June 9, 2009
Before I start, a zillion apologies for being so behind on my blogging. If you follow me on twitter, you'll know I was in Ireland for a week, then it took me another week to get back into the swing of things. But I'm here, swinging, and ready to get down to business:
Oh, the "Wishes" karaoke that would take place ....
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