Uses for Chicken Bones Other Than Stock: God Sauce Recipe

Uses for Chicken Bones Other Than Stock: God Sauce Recipe

I decided to use my current stash of leftover bones as a way to imbue extra layers of flavor as well as gelatin into my favorite sauce recipes. A soy and gochujang based version is one of my most-coveted. That’s why I call it “God Sauce.” It goes well on everything savory that it touches.

Savory and Spicy Harissa Meatballs Recipe

Savory and Spicy Harissa Meatballs Recipe

Harissa’s origins are from the North African country of Tunisia and it is, essentially, a delicately spiced chili pepper paste. In addition to red chili peppers, the herb and spice combination can include such delicious components as garlic paste, coriander, saffron, rose, caraway, cumin, onion, etc.

The paste can be found in most grocery stores or it is also easily available online. It makes a great complement to any meat dish (chicken, turkey, beef, goat, lamb, fish) and works in many stews or as a flavoring for rice or couscous. I would call it North Africa’s ketchup, but that would be severely under appreciating the glory of harissa.

I decided to try to make an African & Middle Eastern inspired meatball recipe using the paste and thus was born these delicious harissa meatballs.

Adventures in Exploring a Container of Assorted Lego Pieces

Adventures in Exploring a Container of Assorted Lego Pieces

Everyone with a childhood worth bragging about, at some point, had a container of random Lego pieces somewhere in their bedroom. Today, I’m cracking into mine and exploring some of my favorite discoveries.

While some may have had theirs in a Rubbermaid container, a cardboard box, or a reused box of a larger Lego play set, mine lived in a Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles suitcase.

Movie Review: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Movie Review: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

In 1993, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, the best Batman/Joker duo ever to grace the screen, took part in an animated movie based on the series that would capture my heart and refuse to let go. Even 23 years later, I can still remember my dad’s pirated VHS tape of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and how many times I watched the damn thing. While it was supposed to be a theatrical release, Warner Brothers decided to keep it extremely limited and it only really gained a cult status when it was released on VHS.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Trading Cards

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Trading Cards

I discovered a used, incomplete set of Bill & Ted trading cards that caught my eye. They were cheap, dated, and their subject material was little more than scenes from the movie, but I needed to have them.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Collectible Magnets

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Collectible Magnets

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live-action children’s television series about transforming teen superheroes who pilot giant prehistoric-themed robot animals that can form together into a giant robot called a Megazord. With help from a creepy robot named Alpha and his floating head master Zordon, the Power Rangers battle enemies like Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and all of their monstrous henchmen.

Instant Pot Gochujang and Hoisin Pulled Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Gochujang and Hoisin Pulled Chicken Thighs

Pulled chicken or pork is always a satisfying and simple one pot dump meal, but I sometimes tire of the same old ketchup-based BBQ sauce accompaniment. This time I took it in a spicy asian direction with a blend of both Korean (Gochujang) and Chinese (Hoisin) flavor profiles. The results were salty, sweet, spicy, and succulent in all the best ways.

Action Figure Wars

Action Figure Wars

A big part of my kid self that I continue to cling to desperately is an appreciation for toys. My desk, bookshelf, drawers, and closets are brimming with not only nostalgic playthings and artifacts of youth, but also newer toys that I walked by at conventions or yard sales or checkout lines that I simply couldn’t pass up.

The difference now, however, is that while I admire and love these little sculpted pieces of plastic for their artistic value and their innate link to fond latent memories, I can never appreciate them like I once did. I can never reach that part of myself that could plant little me on my bedroom carpet for hours, thinking up complex scenarios in which all of my favorite heroic toys would battle all of my favorite villainous toys in an epic melee. Today I’d like to pay an honest tribute to the forgotten art of action figure wars.

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