Stanley Cup Fever

Bruins——–  VS ——– Hawks

Chances are you are watching the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals if you enjoy hockey — even if you normally do not cheer for one of these teams. So far, the series is tied 1 : 1 and what a series it has been! The first game went into 3 overtimes and the second into 1. Here’s to Monday night’s third game in Boston!

I’m going with Boston in SEVEN games…. how about you?

And remember … for game three … prepare for at least TWO overtimes!

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake

This recipe is adapted from a Pumpkin Blondie recipe — I added a bit more flour and baking soda and omitted the White chocolate chips. It makes a very delicious, light and moist cake!

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup toasted pecans, then chopped

Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
Cream – enough to make a thin glaze to drizzle over top

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour (or use bakers spray) a 9×13-inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Stir together and set aside. Toast pecans in oven until lightly toasted.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the pumpkin puree.

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With the mixer on low speed add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.

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Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Top with toasted chopped pecans. (You can fold them into the batter if you choose.)

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Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35-40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting.

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Drizzle icing over the top of the cooled cake. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cake

Merry Christmas!!

Santa

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Joyeux Noël!

Mele Kalikimaka!

Buone Feste Natalizie!

Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

God Jul!

Feliz Navidad!

С Рождеством!

Recipe: Poutine

Poutine is an odd thing. It originated in rural Québec in the 1950’s and it basically consists of french fries, a brown gravy and curd cheese. It seems to be the Canadian equivalent to America’s comfort food Mac and Cheese. It is primarily found in Canadian fast food chains and diners — cantines or casse-croûtes. Poutine variations can also contain meat, beef, pulled pork, etc., but that just seems to be gilding the lily I think! There are many variations on the theme — Mexican Poutine, Italian Poutine, Mushroom Poutine, etc. You get the picture.

Basic Recipe for Poutine:

  • French Fries – Fried, soft interior with crisp exterior
  • Cheese curds – small, fresh curds.
  • Gravy – A light, thin, generally chicken gravy, mildly spiced, with a slight sour flavoring (vinegar) to balance out the richness of the gravy, fries and cheese. (Chuck Hughes offers a gravy recipe for Poutine.)

That’s about it. But, let’s face it, this is much better eaten at a local diner or fast food place. After all, it is comfort food.

Poutine in Luc Robitaille’s favorite place

Libation: an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously

Duchesse de Bourgogne – pre hockey game.

Libation: definition — an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously.

In this instance, for hockey and for hockey’s return! NHL-NHLPA, are you listening?

Hockey has arrived in OKC!

OKC Barons 3rd Jersey (Photo: Courtesy of Noah Geopert. All Rights Reserved.)

Finally. Hockey players are back in their jerseys and ready to play hockey! I was beginning to think we might have to move to Europe to watch the KHL, which frankly is a fun idea and someday I plan to do just that. It’s on my hockey bucket list!

For those of you joining us in OKC this season to watch the OKC Barons, we will be sharing travel ideas, restaurants and drink suggestions for your hockey trip. Many of you will be drawn to Bricktown and while it has plenty to keep you busy, the MidTown has a number of much more interesting restaurants and local bars well worth your time. We will also explore a few hotels in the area, along with their bars – p.s. the Skirvin’s Red Piano Lounge is mighty fine! – along with some of the more interesting spots in OKC to visit while you are here. So join us on our little local adventure!