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The Gastromancer’s Guild - Wario Ware

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (10/2/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

Greetings, Gastromancers. This week’s set of spells comes directly from suggestion of another Gastromancer.  I’ve discussed Wario Land before but it is not the only series of games that he stars in, he also has a series of games called Wario Ware. Wario Ware is a game made up of hundreds of other games, very small games that only last around 5 to 10 seconds. So this week’s spells will consist of small, simple, and quick meals so you can get more done at a faster pace.

Want to know what I’m talking about? Here is a clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FYXeru0y6w

As always, you can get in touch with me to offer up comments, requests, criticisms, and anything else at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 36 – Wario Ware

Pepper Steak (Apprentice)

1 boneless strip steak
cracked black peppercorns
1.5 oz. clarified butter
1 fl. oz. cognac
2 fl. oz. heavy cream
2 oz. whole butter

Season the steak with salt and the peppercorns. Sauté steaks in clarified butter for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the pan from the heat, pour cognac over the steaks, and return to heat and flambé. Remove the steaks from the pan. Add the cream and boil for 2 minutes, toss in the whole butter, and pour the sauce over the steak


Turkey Scaloppini with Capers and Lemon (Apprentice)

1 turkey breast, pounded thin
salt and white pepper to taste
flour for dredging
1 fl. oz.  butter
2 fl. oz. white wine
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. capers

Season the pounded turkey liberally and dredge in flour. Sauté the turkey in the butter until golden brown, remove and keep warm. Deglaze the pan with the wine; add the lemon juice and capers. Return the turkey to the pan and cover with sauce and reheat. Serve with the sauce.


Togarishi Yams (Apprentice)

1 lb. of yams
2 oz. whole butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. togarishi
½ tsp. of salt
ground black pepper to taste

Simmer the yams in salted water until tender. Drain well. Place the yams, butter, cream, and togarishi in the bowl of a mixer with a paddle. Mix on low until you reach the desired consistency. Adjust seasoning as needed.


Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

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Photo by Jeff Harp

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TADPOG - Ep. 043 - International Superstar Soccer

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (10/2/13) - Tyler (the one with the beard) and Dave (the one with the glasses) are two gamers from Paducah, Kentucky who host Tyler and Dave Play Old Games (TADPOG), a weekly audio podcast about old video games. The games discussed typically debuted on retro consoles like the Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The latest episodes can be found on iTunes or on tadpog.com.

DAVE
Strength: 2, Speed: 3, Stamina: 3, Durability: 2, Agility: 3, Intelligence: 4, Fighting Ability: 2, Mental Powers: 3, Energy Projection: 3

Dave is eerily comfortable talking about himself in the third person. He started gaming on a Tandy TRS-80. This was back when 5-1/4” floppy disks were costly, so the TRS-80 used cassette tapes. This thing looked like it belonged on the bridge of the original Death Star. Just like your typical five year old in the ‘80s, Dave was addicted to Frogger and Blackjack and his love of PC gaming continues to this day. His first gaming console was the NES, and he still has fond memories of playing marathon sessions of Super Mario Bros. 2, Spy Hunter, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Paperboy. His favorite games usually incorporate bizarre themes, e.g., Earthworm Jim; or a compelling narrative, e.g., Chrono Trigger.

TYLER
Strength: 3, Speed: 2, Stamina: 3, Durability: 3, Agility: 2, Intelligence: 3, Fighting Ability: 7 (Imaginary), Energy Projection: 0

Tyler started his gaming addiction back in 1990 when he was six, and started gaming on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. He played a little on his parent’s Atari 2600 but had no idea what he was actually doing. Tyler vaguely remembers pixels shaped like Superman that jumped from phone booth to phone booth. Tyler's golden age of memories stem from his Super Nintendo days. He has always found himself drawn to the classic RPGs of that era like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on your level of gaming-fu) and Super Mario RPG. Usually Tyler plays games for the story and the love of character development.


To listen to Ep. 043 - International Superstar Soccer, click this link
.

This week on TADPOG, we talk about Konami’s 1995 International Superstar Soccer for the Super Nintendo, in only a way that two American gentlemen who know nothing about sports can.

Don’t you miss an episode! Subscribe to TADPOG on iTunes.
Find us at tadpog.com or facebook.com/tadpog and let us know what you think of the show.

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TADPOG - Ep. 038 - Out of This World

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/29/13) - Tyler (the one with the beard) and Dave (the one with the glasses) are two gamers from Paducah, Kentucky who host Tyler and Dave Play Old Games (TADPOG), a weekly audio podcast about old video games. The games discussed typically debuted on retro consoles like the Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The latest episodes can be found on iTunes or on tadpog.com.

DAVE
Strength: 2, Speed: 3, Stamina: 3, Durability: 2, Agility: 3, Intelligence: 4, Fighting Ability: 2, Mental Powers: 3, Energy Projection: 3

Dave is eerily comfortable talking about himself in the third person. He started gaming on a Tandy TRS-80. This was back when 5-1/4” floppy disks were costly, so the TRS-80 used cassette tapes. This thing looked like it belonged on the bridge of the original Death Star. Just like your typical five year old in the ‘80s, Dave was addicted to Frogger and Blackjack and his love of PC gaming continues to this day. His first gaming console was the NES, and he still has fond memories of playing marathon sessions of Super Mario Bros. 2, Spy Hunter, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Paperboy. His favorite games usually incorporate bizarre themes, e.g., Earthworm Jim; or a compelling narrative, e.g., Chrono Trigger.

TYLER
Strength: 3, Speed: 2, Stamina: 3, Durability: 3, Agility: 2, Intelligence: 3, Fighting Ability: 7 (Imaginary), Energy Projection: 0

Tyler started his gaming addiction back in 1990 when he was six, and started gaming on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. He played a little on his parent’s Atari 2600 but had no idea what he was actually doing. Tyler vaguely remembers pixels shaped like Superman that jumped from phone booth to phone booth. Tyler's golden age of memories stem from his Super Nintendo days. He has always found himself drawn to the classic RPGs of that era like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on your level of gaming-fu) and Super Mario RPG. Usually Tyler plays games for the story and the love of character development.


To listen to Ep. 038 - Out of This World, click this link
.

This week on TADPOG, we talk about Out of This World, the classic cinematic platformer for the Super Nintendo.

Don’t you miss an episode! Subscribe to TADPOG on iTunes.
Find us at tadpog.com or facebook.com/tadpog and let us know what you think of the show.

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Written by Tyler Holland and Dave Moore

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The Gastromancer’s Guild - Super Smash Bros.

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/28/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

When I get together with friends one of my favorite things to do is break out the N64, Gamecube, or Wii and play some four-player matches of Super Smash Bros. It’s a fantastic competitive video game where each player chooses an iconic Nintendo character and battles it out. During this fighting, where you try to knock each other off the screen, your saving grace is often getting your hands on some food items. So this week, Gastromancers, let’s draw some inspiration from these items and weave some tasty spells.

Here is a little example of the inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FO83eZdWks

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 31 – Super Smash Bros.

Maxim Tomato (Apprentice)

1 large tomato
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 oz. melted whole butter
1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Core and halve the tomato. Sprinkle the sugar on top of each half, place on a broiler platter and broil until tender. Drizzle with butter and garnish with parsley.


Super Mushroom (Apprentice)

1 lb. portabella mushroom caps
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. fresh thyme

Wipe the mushroom caps clean with a damp towel. Scrape out the gills from the underside of the mushroom caps. Combine the oil and garlic and brush the mixture on the mushroom caps. Season the mushroom with salt, pepper, and thyme. Grill or broil the mushrooms until tender, approximately 8 minutes, depending on the size of the caps.


Super Spicy Curry (Alchemist)

4 birdseye chiles
1 tsp. coriander seeds
½ tsp. fennel seed
½ tsp. cumin seed
½ tsp. black peppercorns
½ red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into large pieces
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ small white onion, peeled
1 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. canola oil
2 chicken breasts cut into ½ inch strips
¾ pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
3 tbsp. Thai red curry pasta
¼ cup snow peas, trimmed
1 tbsp. fresh ginger root, minced
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup coconut milk
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ cup bean sprouts
½ cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

Combine chiles, coriander, fennel, cumin, and black peppercorns in a sauté pan. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until aroma is apparent about 1-2 minutes. Remove toasted spices to a plate to stop the toasting process and to cool slightly. Blend in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. In a food processor, combine the red pepper, ginger, lime juice, onion, garlic, and salt. Add the toasted spices and blend well until completely pureed, about 1-2 minutes. Periodically use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl. Heat half of the oil in a wok and sauté pan over high heat until it smokes. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add chicken to the pan and cook until lightly golden on all sides, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a warm plate. Heat the remaining oil over high heat until it smokes. Add shrimp and red peppers. Stir-fry until it is slightly orange tinged on the edges and begins to appear opaque, about 2 minutes. Add curry paste, snow peas, ginger, and garlic. Continue to cook for about 1 minutes while stirring constantly to fully incorporate the chili paste into the other ingredients. Add coconut milk to stir-fry mixture. Bring to a simmer. Add browned chicken. Continue to summer until the sauce is slightly thickened, the peas are tender and the chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in small bowls, garnish with bean sprouts and cilantro.


Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

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Written by Tyler Holland
Photo by Jeff Harp

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The Gastromancer’s Guild - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/22/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

To continue on my current trend of video games, I spent time looking into my game collection to see what was out there with a plethora of food items to choose from and I happened upon the ideal game. A title in my collection that I have a long standing love for is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It is widely regarding as the best of the series and has over 44 different foods that can be used. So this week, Gastromancers, we’ll sample of few of those items and weave some unique spells based on those items.

Here is a reference from those might be unfamiliar with this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gEGIT9anJ0

Comments? Questions? Requests? Email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 30 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Foods

Pot Roast (Mage)

3 fl. oz. vegetable oil
6 lb. beef brisket
3 lb. thinly sliced onions
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 qt. brown veal stock
4 oz. tomato sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. dry mustard
8 fl. oz. lemon juice
8 oz. ketchup
8 fl. oz. red wine vinegar
2 fl. oz. worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the beef and brown generously. Remove and reserve the brisket. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté. Add the stock and tomato sauce to the pan. Return the brisket to the pan, cover tightly, and bring to a boil. Braise at 325 degrees for 1 ½ hours basting or turning the brisket often. Combine the remaining ingredients and add to the pan. Continue cooking and basting the brisket until tender, around 1 hour. Add additional stick or water as needed during braising. Remove the brisket, degrease the sauce, and adjust its consistency and seasonings. Do not strain the sauce. Slice the brisket against the grain and serve with the sauce


Chicken Curry (Journeyman)

8 oz. small diced onions
2 tsp. crushed garlic
1 fl. oz. clarified butter
1 roasting chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp. salt
3 green chiles, cut lengthwise
1 fl. oz. lemon juice
wet masala

wet masala:
2 oz. fresh fine diced ginger
1.5 tsp. ground turmeric
1.5 tsp. ground coriander seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin seeds
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. ground fenugreek
20 fl. oz. coconut milk

Stir-fry the onions and garlic in the butter until the onions are golden brown. To make the wet masala, mix the ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and fenugreek, add enough of the coconut milk to form a paste. Add the wet masala to the onions and stir-fry for 8 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and cook, turning them frequently for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining coconut milk, salt and chiles. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the chicken is done. Approximately 45 minutes. Just before service, stir in the lemon juice and adjust the seasonings. Serve with rice.


Shrimp and Avocado Omelet (Mage, perfecting the technique can be difficult)

3 oz. shrimp, peeled, deveined, cut into pieces
1 tbsp. sliced green onions
2 tbsp. clarified butter
3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
¼ avocado, peeled and diced
2 tsp. fresh chopped cilantro

Sauté the shrimp and onion in half of the butter until the shrimp is firm and the onions are translucent, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Heat an omelet pan and add the remaining butter. Whisk the eggs as they cook. Stop when they begin to set, lift the edges as the omelet cooks to allow raw eggs to run underneath. When the eggs are nearly set, add the shrimp filling, avocado and cilantro. Fold in the front of the eggs over and roll the omelet onto a plate.


Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

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Written by Tyler Holland
Photo by Jeff Harp

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TADPOG - Ep. 037 - Populous

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/21/13) - Tyler (the one with the beard) and Dave (the one with the glasses) are two gamers from Paducah, Kentucky who host Tyler and Dave Play Old Games (TADPOG), a weekly audio podcast about old video games. The games discussed typically debuted on retro consoles like the Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The latest episodes can be found on iTunes or on tadpog.com.

DAVE
Strength: 2, Speed: 3, Stamina: 3, Durability: 2, Agility: 3, Intelligence: 4, Fighting Ability: 2, Mental Powers: 3, Energy Projection: 3

Dave is eerily comfortable talking about himself in the third person. He started gaming on a Tandy TRS-80. This was back when 5-1/4” floppy disks were costly, so the TRS-80 used cassette tapes. This thing looked like it belonged on the bridge of the original Death Star. Just like your typical five year old in the ‘80s, Dave was addicted to Frogger and Blackjack and his love of PC gaming continues to this day. His first gaming console was the NES, and he still has fond memories of playing marathon sessions of Super Mario Bros. 2, Spy Hunter, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Paperboy. His favorite games usually incorporate bizarre themes, e.g., Earthworm Jim; or a compelling narrative, e.g., Chrono Trigger.

TYLER
Strength: 3, Speed: 2, Stamina: 3, Durability: 3, Agility: 2, Intelligence: 3, Fighting Ability: 7 (Imaginary), Energy Projection: 0

Tyler started his gaming addiction back in 1990 when he was six, and started gaming on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. He played a little on his parent’s Atari 2600 but had no idea what he was actually doing. Tyler vaguely remembers pixels shaped like Superman that jumped from phone booth to phone booth. Tyler's golden age of memories stem from his Super Nintendo days. He has always found himself drawn to the classic RPGs of that era like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on your level of gaming-fu) and Super Mario RPG. Usually Tyler plays games for the story and the love of character development.


To listen to Ep. 037 - Populous, click this link
.

This week on TADPOG, we talk about Populous, the first god game by Peter Molyneux. We have two guest hosts with us for this episode: Jacob of Wolf Fighting, Final Fight, X-Men and Bioshock Fame, and Miller of Pilotwings Fame. 

Don’t you miss an episode! Subscribe to TADPOG on iTunes.
Find us at tadpog.com or facebook.com/tadpog and let us know what you think of the show.

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Written by Tyler Holland and Dave Moore

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The Gastromancer’s Guild - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/14/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

Two iconic things from my childhood go hand in hand, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and pizza. I say childhood, but truth be told I still thoroughly enjoy both. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have many video games but my favorite is probably the SNES class – Turtles in Time. This week, Gastromancers, we’ll delve into the Turtles favorite and iconic food, pizza.

Not sure what game I’m talking about? Here is a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1IYwrvtnkM

Comments? Questions? Requests? Email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 29 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

Pizza Dough (Apprentice) (Makes 1 Large Pizza Crust)

1 tbsp. active dry yeast
2 fl. oz. warm water
14 oz. bread flour
6 fl. oz. cool water
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. honey

Stir the yeast into the warm water to dissolve. Add the flour. Stir the remaining ingredients into the flour mixture. Knead with a dough hook or by hand until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow the dough to ferment in a warm place for 30 minutes. Punch down the dough and divide into portions. The dough may be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into very thin and top as desired. Bake at 400 degrees until crisp and golden brown, approximately 8 to 12 minutes.


Margherita Pizza (Apprentice)

1 pound roma tomatoes, cut into wedges
10 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 tbsp. fresh basil leaves, chopped
¼ extra virgin olive oil
pizza dough from previous recipe

Brush the pizza dough with olive oil. Cover with tomatoes. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the basil. Cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake as desired.


Eggplant and Sun Dried Tomato Pizza (Journeyman)

2 eggplants
2 fl. oz. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
pizza dough from previous recipe
5 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
4 oz. grated provolone
2 oz. grated mozzarella
½ oz. grated parmesan
12 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade

Slice the eggplants into ½ inch slices. Toss the eggplants with 1 fl. oz. of olive oil and the garlic, season with salt, and pepper. Place the eggplants slices on a baking sheet and roast at 375 degrees until soft in the center, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and slice into strips. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Roll out the dough and place on a lightly oiled pizza pan or well-floured wooden peel, brush with remaining olive oil. Lay the eggplants and tomatoes on top. Toss the provolone and mozzarella together and sprinkle on the pizza. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden and crisp. Approximately 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from the over and sprinkle with parmesan and basil.
 

Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

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TADPOG - Ep. 036 - Jungle Strike

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/14/13) - Tyler (the one with the beard) and Dave (the one with the glasses) are two gamers from Paducah, Kentucky who host Tyler and Dave Play Old Games (TADPOG), a weekly audio podcast about old video games. The games discussed typically debuted on retro consoles like the Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The latest episodes can be found on iTunes or on tadpog.com.

DAVE
Strength: 2, Speed: 3, Stamina: 3, Durability: 2, Agility: 3, Intelligence: 4, Fighting Ability: 2, Mental Powers: 3, Energy Projection: 3

Dave is eerily comfortable talking about himself in the third person. He started gaming on a Tandy TRS-80. This was back when 5-1/4” floppy disks were costly, so the TRS-80 used cassette tapes. This thing looked like it belonged on the bridge of the original Death Star. Just like your typical five year old in the ‘80s, Dave was addicted to Frogger and Blackjack and his love of PC gaming continues to this day. His first gaming console was the NES, and he still has fond memories of playing marathon sessions of Super Mario Bros. 2, Spy Hunter, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Paperboy. His favorite games usually incorporate bizarre themes, e.g., Earthworm Jim; or a compelling narrative, e.g., Chrono Trigger.

TYLER
Strength: 3, Speed: 2, Stamina: 3, Durability: 3, Agility: 2, Intelligence: 3, Fighting Ability: 7 (Imaginary), Energy Projection: 0

Tyler started his gaming addiction back in 1990 when he was six, and started gaming on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. He played a little on his parent’s Atari 2600 but had no idea what he was actually doing. Tyler vaguely remembers pixels shaped like Superman that jumped from phone booth to phone booth. Tyler's golden age of memories stem from his Super Nintendo days. He has always found himself drawn to the classic RPGs of that era like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on your level of gaming-fu) and Super Mario RPG. Usually Tyler plays games for the story and the love of character development.


To listen to Ep. 036 - Jungle Strike, click this link
.

This week on TADPOG, we talk about the helicopter shoot ‘em up, Jungle Strike for the Super Nintendo. 

Don’t you miss an episode! Subscribe to TADPOG on iTunes.
Find us at tadpog.com or facebook.com/tadpog and let us know what you think of the show.

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TADPOG - Ep. 035 - Rock n' Roll Racing

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (8/7/13) - Tyler (the one with the beard) and Dave (the one with the glasses) are two gamers from Paducah, Kentucky who host Tyler and Dave Play Old Games (TADPOG), a weekly audio podcast about old video games. The games discussed typically debuted on retro consoles like the Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The latest episodes can be found on iTunes or on tadpog.com.

DAVE
Strength: 2, Speed: 3, Stamina: 3, Durability: 2, Agility: 3, Intelligence: 4, Fighting Ability: 2, Mental Powers: 3, Energy Projection: 3

Dave is eerily comfortable talking about himself in the third person. He started gaming on a Tandy TRS-80. This was back when 5-1/4” floppy disks were costly, so the TRS-80 used cassette tapes. This thing looked like it belonged on the bridge of the original Death Star. Just like your typical five year old in the ‘80s, Dave was addicted to Frogger and Blackjack and his love of PC gaming continues to this day. His first gaming console was the NES, and he still has fond memories of playing marathon sessions of Super Mario Bros. 2, Spy Hunter, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Paperboy. His favorite games usually incorporate bizarre themes, e.g., Earthworm Jim; or a compelling narrative, e.g., Chrono Trigger.

TYLER
Strength: 3, Speed: 2, Stamina: 3, Durability: 3, Agility: 2, Intelligence: 3, Fighting Ability: 7 (Imaginary), Energy Projection: 0

Tyler started his gaming addiction back in 1990 when he was six, and started gaming on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. He played a little on his parent’s Atari 2600 but had no idea what he was actually doing. Tyler vaguely remembers pixels shaped like Superman that jumped from phone booth to phone booth. Tyler's golden age of memories stem from his Super Nintendo days. He has always found himself drawn to the classic RPGs of that era like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on your level of gaming-fu) and Super Mario RPG. Usually Tyler plays games for the story and the love of character development.


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This week on TADPOG, we talk about Rock n’ Roll Racing for the Super Nintendo.

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Written by Tyler Holland and Dave Moore

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The Gastromancer’s Guild - Burger Time

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (7/31/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

What is a common food most people in America grew up on that also has a video game about its construction? The burger and its video game, Burger Time, are the only examples I can think of where the two worlds cross. I recently had the displeasure of trying to play through Burger Time (it’s so extraordinarily difficult that it can drive you mad) and I would rather partake in the burger. So this week Gastromancers, let’s bust out some spells about one of America’s favorite foods.

Never heard of Burger Time? Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVTssi7FLd0

As always, sent any questions, comments or requests to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 28 – Burger Time Foods

Grilled Red Snapper Burger with Mango Ketchup (4 sandwiches) (Journeyman)

1 lb. fresh red snapper fillets
3 egg whites
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. Thai fish sauce
2 tbsp. chopped green onions
1 tsp. fresh chopped dill
1 oz. fresh bread crumbs
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 loaf of French bread, quartered
1 oz. fresh spinach
4 tbsp. mango ketchup

mango ketchup recipe:
5 medium mangoes
3 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh chopped ginger
1 dash of ground cinnamon
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 oz. granulated sugar
4 fl. oz. white wine
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 whole clove

For Ketchup – peel and put the mangoes. Puree the pulp in a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients and pulse together. In a heavy saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat for 1 hour until well reduced and thickened. Allow to cool. Strain and chill for 24 hours.

For Burger – Chop the red snapper by hand or with a food processor. Place the chopped snapper in a stainless steel bowl. Add the egg whites, salt, cayenne pepper, fish sauce, green onions, and dill. Mix well. Add enough bread crumbs to bind all the ingredients together. Form into four burgers ½ inch thick. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Heat a grill or broiler until very hot. Drizzle a little oil over the burgers just before cooking and place over heat for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Serve immediately on the French bread with spinach and mango ketchup.


California Burger – (1 sandwich) (Apprentice)

4-6 oz. ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 whole wheat bun of your choice
2 oz. guacamole
1 oz. alfalfa sprouts
2 slices of ripe tomato
1 thin slice of red onion

Form the ground beef into a patty. Season the patty with salt and pepper. Broil or grill patty to desired doneness, turning once. While the patty is cooking, toast the bread if desired. Remove the patty from the heat source. Apply the guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and onion. Construct the burger.


Lamb Burgers with Mint (6 burgers) (Apprentice)

1 lb. 12 oz. ground lamb
2 oz. bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
3 oz. minced onion
2 crushed garlic gloves
3 tbsp. fresh chopped mint
salt and pepper to taste
6 buns of your choice

Place the lamb in a bowl and mix in the bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, and mint. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Form the mixture into six patties. Grill or broil the patties until browned on both sides. Construct with desired toppings into a burger.


Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

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Written by Tyler Holland
Photo by Jeff Harp

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