Author: Fizzy Pop

RECIPE: Cashew Chicken (Springfield MO recipe)

RECIPE: Cashew Chicken (Springfield MO recipe)

If you have never lived in, visited, or traveled through Southwest Missouri then you have no idea what you are missing. If you have never been to a Southwest Missouri oriental restaurant and ordered cashew chicken then you have missed one of the best things on this dear beloved planet. If you go to an oriental restaurant, even in Southwest Missouri, and they have something called Springfield Style Cashew Chicken save yourself…don’t order it! Yes, Cashew Chicken is the stuff of legend, the occasional taste bud craving, and seriously it’s own food group. Unfortunately, up here in BoMo, since China Pearl closed the availability of ‘good’ cashew chicken is gone. I’ve been kinda jones-ing for some here lately but never in Springfield to get the hookup and too lazy to make it. It’s super easy to make. Ma and I went out a few weeks ago to a restaurant she […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Courage in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum

BOOK REVIEW: Courage in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum

Courage in Patience Courage to endure. Courage to survive. Courage to overcome. Tenacious 14-year-old Ashley Asher claws her way back to normalcy after enduring six years of an unimaginable Hell. Uprooted from her negligent and selfish mother, Ashley finds solace in the safety of her father’s home. Building a relationship with her stepmother, she’s finally able to open up and confront the past that haunts her. With the help of her stepmom, therapist, and a group of troubled adolescents, Ashley battles her demons, struggling to find the normal teenage life she’s always wanted. Can Ashley find the strength and courage to overcome the horrors of her past while fighting for the future she so deserves? Talk about a hard book to review.  As I sit at the keyboard I’m still trying to gather my facts.  So let’s start with the facts.  This book was so well written.  The characters, for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Road Food by Jane and Michael Stern

BOOK REVIEW: Road Food by Jane and Michael Stern

First published in 1977, the original Roadfood became an instant classic. James Beard said, “This is a book that you should carry with you, no matter where you are going in these United States. It’s a treasure house of information.” The 40th anniversary edition of Roadfood includes 1,000 of America’s best local eateries along highways and back roads, with nearly 200 new listings, as well as a brand new design. Filled with enticing alternatives for chain-weary-travelers, Roadfood provides descriptions of and directions to (complete with regional maps) the best lobster shacks on the East Coast; the ultimate barbecue joints down South; the most indulgent steak houses in the Midwest; and dozens of top-notch diners, hotdog stands, ice-cream parlors, and uniquely regional finds in between. Each entry delves into the folkways of a restaurant’s locale as well as the dining experience itself, and each is written in the Sterns’ entertaining and […]

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RECIPE: Chocolate Chip Cookie

RECIPE: Chocolate Chip Cookie

So,  I went browsing Pinterest looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that turned out soft cookies, not crisp cookies.  I have used lots of recipes but they always have a crisp cookie.  So, I found this one. I almost went by it just due to the ingredient list.  But then I found some work arounds that did not require a run to the store and decided to give it a whirl.  The original recipe can be found here –> Chocolate Chip Cookies. So let’s get started with this massive ingredient list. Ingredients:  2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour *1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour *1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons […]

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BOOK REVIEW: UnHappenings by Edward Aubry

BOOK REVIEW: UnHappenings by Edward Aubry

When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice. Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone. And then he meets Helen. Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have […]

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