Posts made in June, 2019

New Story: “By Footpad and Clenched Paw” set in the Monarchies of Mau

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

Tales of Excellent CatsRole-playing games have played a major part in my life and in my writing. Therefore, I’m quite tickled to have a story within in an RPG setting–one featuring magic and cats! Tales of Excellent Cats is set in the world of Monarchies of Mau. This anthology features a very me kind of story about a cleric who tends to others even as she struggles with an incurable disease. There’s murder, sword-fighting, and of course, a requisite tavern scene.

The full table of contents for the book is amazing, with 14 stories edited by Melanie Meadors: Karen Bovenmyer, Joseph D. Carriker Jr., ZZ Claybourne, Elaine Cunningham, Erin M. Evans, Steven S. Long, Lee Murray, Errick A. Nunnally, Aaron Rosenberg, Lucy A. Snyder, Monica Valentinelli, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and LaShawn M. Wanak.

You can buy Tales of Excellent Cats in ebook at Amazon, and in PDF or print through DriveThruFiction.

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Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Bready or Not is back with an original recipe for Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe arose from my need to create a good, basic chocolate chip cookie that could last for weeks to be shipped cross-country. I looked to my staple Chewy Honey cookies for inspiration, and started tweaking.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

On my first try, the cookies were good but a tad bland. Therefore, I upped the vanilla extract and also added espresso powder. Espresso powder is a secret weapon for anyone who bakes with chocolate, as it deepens the inherent flavor without making it taste like coffee.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

This second version worked in every way. Not only did it taste delicious, but it was perfect to pack and ship, too.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mind you, I wouldn’t do that right now because I live near Phoenix. In June, this isn’t a chocolate-friendly place outside of air conditioning!

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Try my other original Chewy Honey cookie recipes! If you’ve met me at a con, I’ve likely offered you the Maple or Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Chewy Honey Maple Cookies
Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles
Chewy Honey Lemon Cookies

 

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Bready or Not Original reinvents the chocolate chip cookie using a mixture of flours and corn starch for soft and chewy cookies that stay delicious for weeks in a sealed container. Note that the dough needs to chill for at least a few hours prior to baking.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, cookies
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips add a variety!

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Sift together.
  • Slowly stir together the wet ingredients and flour mix until just combined. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days; dough can also be frozen at this stage.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, and will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when spacing cookie dough.
  • Teaspoon-sized cookies need to bake 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
  • Stored cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for weeks. They are excellent for travel or shipping.
  • OM NOM NOM!
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Bready or Not Classic: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, crock pot, gluten-free, healthier, main dish | 0 comments

If all has gone according to plan, I’ve fled to a far-distant isle to enjoy Wensleydale cheese and scones. I didn’t want to schedule new recipes while I travel as I won’t be able to promote them to the fullest. Therefore, I’m revisiting a classic recipe this week. Enjoy!

I’m presenting to you the recipe for one of the best dishes I’ve ever made in a crock pot: Korean-Style Short Ribs.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

I have made this many times over now. I’ve even tried it using cheaper cuts like chuck roast and rump roast. Those worked out okay (though the meat really dries out before its soak in the juice at the end), but they are nowhere as delicious as the short rib version.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

It turns out amazing whether you use boneless or bone-in ribs–a mix is a great way to go, too! Don’t trim the fat. You want all that flavor. The end result is a sauce that tastes like you added red wine, but you didn’t. It’s like MAGIC.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Seriously, these ribs taste like something from a great Asian restaurant. Pair it with some broccoli and a good spoonful of the sauce, and YUM.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Whenever I see beef short ribs go on sale, I do a little dance of joy because it means I get to make this recipe again.

 

Bready or Not Classic: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

This recipe makes rich, savory short ribs that taste like a dish from a great restaurant! A 5 or 6-quart crock pot is necessary to fit the ribs. Note: A chuck roast or rump roast can be substituted for the ribs and it tastes okay, but the fatty ribs create a much deeper and richer flavor.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: beef, slow cooker
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tb sesame oil
  • 2 Tb rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 lbs beef short ribs bone-in adds more flavor, but boneless works
  • 1-2 Tb cornstarch
  • sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper. Place the ribs in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; pour the sauce over them. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 9 hours. Depending on how the ribs are stacked in the cooker, you may want to quickly stir them at some point halfway through.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the ribs from the cooker. Place a tablespoon of corn starch in a small bowl and add some juice from the cooker. Whisk them together to create a slurry without lumps, and add back into the crock pot. Stir. If the juice doesn't start to thicken, repeat the process with some more corn starch.
  • Either keep the ribs intact, or pull meat into chunks and discard the bones and fat. Place meat in cooker again on WARM setting for 10 minutes or so to soak in flavors. Serve. Great with rice, broccoli, and perhaps a sprinkling of sesame seeds!
  • OM NOM NOM!
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Bready or Not Classic: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

If all has gone according to plan, I’ve fled to a far-distant continent to enjoy Wensleydale cheese and scones. I didn’t want to schedule new recipes while I travel as I won’t be able to promote them to the fullest. Therefore, I’m revisiting a classic recipe this week and next. Enjoy!

If you’ve eaten my cookies at a convention or book event in recent years, you may have very well eaten these cookies: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

As WorldCon in Kansas City neared, I asked on Facebook if people had cookie requests. Several people asked for Snickerdoodles. Problem: My traditional Snickerdoodle recipe only stays optimal for a few days.
Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Therefore, I needed to create a new Snickerdoodle recipe, one that would travel well and hold up to summer heat. I looked at my other go-to convention cookie recipe for Chewy Honey Maple Cookies. I Snickerdoodlified it.
Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

The end result: a new kind of Snickerdoodle with a sweet kiss of honey, and the durability to travel without falling apart AND the miraculous knack for staying fresh ‘n tasty for weeks. As long as three weeks, I’ve been told.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

I’ve had numerous people tell me that these are the best Snickerdoodles they have ever had. Try the recipe yourself, and see if you agree!

 

Bready or Not Classic: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

A Bready or Not Original: classic Snickerdoodle cookies with a touch of honey! These cookies are excellent to pack for conventions or ship cross-country, as they'll stay chewy and delicious for many weeks.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cookies, snickerdoodle
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

For dough:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For rolling:

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.
  • Slowly stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days; dough can also be frozen.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. Prepare sugar and cinnamon mix, and roll dough balls to coat. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, so it will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when spacing the cookie dough balls.
  • Teaspoon-sized cookies bake in 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
  • Cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for as long as three weeks. They are excellent for travel or shipping.
  • OM NOM NOM!
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Off on an Adventure!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in Blog, whimsy | 0 comments

If all goes according to my maniacal plans, I am now on the far side of the world. Where am I going? What am I doing? Follow along on my Twitter and/or Facebook to find out! Novella the Sloth will play tour guide, as she does so well.

The next while, Bready or Not will feature what I am calling Classic Replays–reposts of old favorites that are due some more attention. Enjoy!

Novella the Sloth

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