She-Ra Season 3 Drop and Ugly Cake

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3 is out now and I could not be more excited. I am Halloween or Christmas level joyful. And holidays mean food.

So, to commemorate this occasion, I planned to make a cake. Bright colors, fruity. Cheerful. I went with strawberry. Last weekend, I did a trial run -- Bob's Red Mill vanilla cake mix, cream cheese swirl (cream cheese, egg, whey, Torani syrup -- like in brownies), strawberry jam swirl. In the bundt pan.

This was tasty, but did not release from the pan at all. I thought I greased the pan evenly with butter, but not enough, apparently. Since it was just friends, I scraped the sticky-stubbornness off with a spatula, and we ate it alongside the cake. Plus whipped cream. No complaints, except for me. Ugh.

The only answer is upside-down cake. The strawberries on top (plus the brown sugar and butter) will forgive all uneven-ness and any Cake Loss that is stuck to the pan.

I greased the pan with canola oil. Cake loss was minimal.

Queen of the Amazons (1947)

Tonight's first feature was Queen of the Amazons from the 100 Scifi Classics collection. Hard to watch. It was so hard to watch, that this review picked up plenty of stuff that I missed.

Halfway in, Stacey read the Wikipedia article out loud to help us out. The plot's rather basic, as it's a safari movie. I don't feel I missed much with my lack of attention.

Queen of the Amazons gets 1/5 from me.

New fosters!

Pagos is interested in humans and a social butterfly.

Todora is timid and quiet.

Goga starting to come out of her shell a bit. She is active and social with other pigs.

Lily is interested in her pig-friends and in humans but is a bit shy.


I'm glad Conan had a great last show. I watched him on Late Night for years, and I've always been a fan. Of course, I don't even watch broadcast tv anymore, so I've only seen his Tonight Show in clips.

Which doesn't stop me from having an opinion!

I think the I'm with Coco has tapped into something. O'Brien's a talented guy and will continue to do well, he didn't need rallies for that. What this did to is tap into a sense of frustration. In the US & Europe, the retirement age is rising. It's already comparatively high here--we have many more people working into their late sixties and into their seventies than they do in Europe.

What we haven't embraced is a way for executives to step down.

Wang's in Somerville

Fantastic meal at Wang's in Magoun Square last night. I hadn't been in probably a year, so I turned to this old Chowhound thread for advice.

We ordered:

sweet and sour shredded turnip
cucumber with garlic sauce
Peking style shredded pork with plum sauce
spicy shredded beef with hot peppers
Singapore rice sticks (shrimp and pork)

The turnip (My Wang's staple, always fantastic) and cucumber are cold appetizer dishes, and a great start to the meal. I didn't get the famous dumplings but will likely get some of those for the holidays soon. (They sell them frozen in packages of 50.)

The pork, beef and noodles turned out to be a great combination. The rice noodles were surprizingly gingery and a great foil to the beef with peppers and sweet pork. The noodles were a bit spicy too, and we finished the plate. I'm still thinking about it 12 hours later!

Corn Chowder, Clam Linguine, and a cup of coffee

We had a lovely time at the Harvest Moon Fair at the Arlington First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. We wandered the booths and didn't buy much, seeing as my house could reasonably pass as a giant white elephant table at some fair. But no matter, the main attraction for me has always been the Harvest Café.

Amongst the offerings this year was Jasper White's Corn Chowder, which I excerpt below, courtesy of What Did You Eat? and Kitchen Confit, not to mention the book 50 Chowders, which sounds like my kind of cookbook. Hmm, I think I need a trip to the Summer Shack.
Corn Chowder (Jasper White, 50 Chowders)3 medium ears fresh yellow or bicolor corn (or white)4 ounces slab (unsliced) bacon, rind removed and cut into 1/3-inch dice (or use some diced thick cut, sliced bacon) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 medium onion (7 to 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice1/2 large red bell pepper (6 to 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice1 to 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped (1/…

Happy Halloween

Stacey has started a great new webcomic Zombie A Go-Go! And, you know, tell your friends.

After we put up the site, we sat on the front porch, enjoyed the warm New England day & passed out candy. Happy post-Halloween everyone!