Thursday, September 21, 2017

Been a Busy Month - Time For a Cocktail!

I have had a really busy September so far. Every single weekend, I have had events to attend (which are AWESOME!) or things to do to prepare for winter in the northern hemisphere, and just a lot of extra work and projects all coming together. And that means... IT'S COCKTAIL TIME, BABY!

I really love using frozen fruit in my blended drinks because it means that there is no water to dilute my drinks. (Hey, if you're gonna drink, may as well get it done, am I right?) This drink uses frozen pineapple and raspberries with three different types of liquor to create the perfect wind-down drink for after work or Tiki Tuesday! If you like your drinks a little thicker, put it in the freezer (using a plastic glass!!!) for 30 minutes or so. The alcohol content won't let it freeze all the way!

It's tropical, fruity, refreshing, and, most of all, relaxing and TASTY! Watch me make it here:



Get the printable PDF recipe card here: BLENDED FRUITY COCKTAIL


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Soft Pretzels in the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite!

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to go to the fair with my car club, the Miss Shifters All Girls Car Club, and show our cars! It had been YEARS since I went to the fair, so I had a blast seeing the exhibitions, performances, rides, games, and the fair food that we don't normally get to eat around here.

I thought it would be fun this week to make some fair food at home, so in this week's episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I made soft pretzel rolls at home! This was one of my most popular recipes with the guys here at the house; both of them ate three as soon as I was done shooting the video!

It's a little bit involved to make dough from scratch and turn it into pretzels, but it is so worth it! Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: SOFT PRETZEL ROLLS!


And don't forget to come out & see me perform at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint this coming Saturday!




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Monday, September 11, 2017

My Busy Weekend!

This past weekend, I had several events to go to, and, living way out here in the boonies, it means being pretty organized and planning to leave way earlier than you think you need to. That was what we tried to do this past weekend.

Saturday was The Retro Studio's 2nd annual pinup contest and car show. I had pre-paid my entry fee for the car show and planned to bring my Shillelagh, but the car was not running right. The night before - Friday - we thought we had the problems all worked out... we found where someone had broken two spark plug wires off at the block on the driver's side (probably at a car show when we had the hood open), but when we went to leave Saturday morning, the car was running like total crap again.

I'd already had a bad morning. My necklace broke, my wet set wasn't totally dry, and the dress I bought for the event didn't fit right. To have my car not running right was just the icing on the cake, and I was starting to wonder if someone had a voodoo doll of me and was sticking pins in it!

We brought the Shillelagh back home and took my Explorer to the event instead, planning to go ahead with the pinup contest. The people there were so nice, and we had a total blast looking at the cool cars at the car show and I even got the DJ, Clay, to play my new CD! I sold a whole bunch of CDs, too, and was just so happy to meet so many awesome people and watch them listening to my CD that I wasn't prepared at all for the announcement at the pinup contest that I had WON!

I totally didn't expect to win, so I was just stunned when Jeni called my name... and I was already a little emotional hearing my music on the loudspeaker, so I totally cried when I realized that I won. It was a super special moment!

Later that night, we worked on the Shillelagh some more, finally deducing (after taking the carburetor off and all apart 4 times) that the problem was not the carb at all, but a timing problem, and it turned out to be the vacuum advance on the distributor that was literally knocking the motor out of time at mid-range.

After fixing that, we were all ready to go to the Retro Studio's Sock Hop in Athol! We changed clothes and went to the dance... which is something I have never gotten to do before. I wore the Pinup Girl Clothing Bernadette dress in pink  - which reminds me a LOT of the dress Lorraine Baines wore to the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in Back to the Future - and my Tommy Lee and I went dancing! The music was great, and there was swing dancing lessons with Vintage Swing Spokane, delicious cupcakes and punch... I had a blast. Tommy Lee bought a bunch of raffle tickets and won a few things... it was well worth the drive to go out!

The next morning, we had to get up early again and we took the newly-repaired Shillelagh into Spokane to the Spokane Interstate Fair at the fairgrounds for an all-day car show with the Miss Shifters! The kids had a blast riding all the rides, and we saw a ballet performance, a hypnotist, and got to try all kinds of bad-for-you carnival foods! There was a camel and a sea lion, and so many neat thins to see. We had an awesome time hanging out with friends and family.



All in all, I had so much fun this weekend, and a lot of good came out of it... I got to meet a whole bunch of super awesome people... I got to hang out with friends and family... a lot of people got to hear my music... I sold out my CDs and had to order more this morning... my car is finally running right... and my busy month isn't over yet... I have a photo shoot with my car later this week and, this weekend, I am playing in a showcase at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint at 5PM Saturday. Hope I can see you there! (I should have more CDs by then, too!)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

1958 Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

It's after Labor Day, and that means two things:
1) no more white clothing (yeah, whatever... I'm a rebel); &
2) Back to school time!

Was there anything more comforting than getting off the bus & finding a plate of cookies waiting for you when you got home from school? This recipe - which I found in a 1958 Better Homes & Gardens magazine - is a Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe... and the main differences I found between this recipe and the one that is currently listed on the back of most Tollhouse chip packages is that there is a LOT less sugar. In the modern recipe, it calls for 3/4ths cup white sugar AND 3/4ths cup brown sugar! That's quite a bit!

This retro recipe calls for just 6 tablespoons each, which, while still a bunch, is nowhere near 3/4ths of a cup!

These cookies turned out soft but still crunchy - if that's possible! - and not nearly as sweet as more modern chocolate chip cookie recipes. Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: 1958 Tollhouse Cookies!


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

"Troublemaker" Drink 'N' Dip!

As you may have heard, my new CD, Troublemaker, is OUT NOW! That's right! You can download or stream it from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, or Microsoft Groove RIGHT NOW, or buy a copy of the CD (signed, of course!) from me at my web site, MOLLYSTARLITE.COM!

To celebrate, for this week's episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I created TWO brand new recipes for y'all, a combo I am calling the Troublemaker Drink 'N' Dip! The cocktail includes one of my favorite liquors, Cherry Pie Moonshine, as well as a couple other fruity liquors (pineapple rum and coconut whiskey to name two of them).

The dip is a creamy concoction with a little bitty kick from salsa and ranch dressing mix (doesn't get more 1950s than a powdered dip mix, does it?) that disappears pretty quick at parties! I had my Tommy Lee's boss over yesterday when I made the dip, and he ate pretty much the whole bowl!

Watch me make the drink & dip here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: "Troublemaker" Drink 'N' Dip


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mini Cupcakes (plus a silicone cupcake liner review!)

STAY UNTIL THE CREDITS ROLL ON THE VIDEO BELOW & GET TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF MY UPCOMING CD TROUBLEMAKER ...

A few weeks ago, I really wanted to make mini cupcakes for a potluck event, but I could not find mini cupcake liners anywhere. Apparently, retailers don't have a big demand for them. I don't know why: mini cupcakes are just the right size to have when you have a sweets craving.

Anyway, so, after some research, I found some silicone mini cupcake liners on Amazon (also available in regular size), so I bought them - I mean, so it's $6... if they work... - and waited for them to be delivered. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with these things. The description said that they were heat resistant up to 445 degrees, and what cake ever gets baked hotter than 350 or - at MOST - 375?

They certainly worked for my mini cupcakes, based on a 1953 recipe in my Parenting Magazine cookbook I inherited from my grandma for a classic white cake. The cake is pretty simple for a scratch cake and tastes amazing, too! I topped my mini cupcakes with a strawberry cream cheese whipped cream that perfectly complimented my little white cakes. Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: MINI CUPCAKES
Verdict on the silicone cupcake liners: Get them! They are reusable & wash up easy, didn't discolor in the oven, and didn't make the cakes taste funny. Five stars!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Download Troublemaker on iTunes, Groove, or Google Play!

Let me cut right to the chase: My latest music with Molly Starlite & The Sputniks is available NOW at iTunes, Google Play, & Microsoft Groove Music! I also have some super cool bonus content up at my site under the new "Music" tab, and the physical CDs will be here next week and shipping out pre-orders!

This has been incredibly exciting for me. I've spent more than 5 years on this project - basically trying to get it done since the last Make Me Shiver album came out in 2010 - and to have 6 brand new songs for people to listen to after just 6 weeks? That's really something, in my book, considering everything I went through to get anything recorded.

I have to give credit to Glenn Case and Rachael Layne - my sister and brother-in-law - for helping me get this recording done in record time. After my drummer quit the band, I was ready to give up, but it was their hard work and convincing me to keep going that got this album made!

On this CD is 6 new songs - Troublemaker, Saturday Night, Over The Moon, Summertime, It's Entertaining, and Big Black Ford - and they all sound so good and adhere to my retro sound... I couldn't be happier. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cheese-Stuffed Italian Sausage Meatballs!

STAY UNTIL THE CREDITS ROLL ON THE VIDEO BELOW & GET TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF MY UPCOMING CD TROUBLEMAKER ...

You may remember in the first season of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I made my Italian soup recipe. I had all the ingredients here to make it for dinner the other night when I got the sudden idea to use the same recipe ingredients and turn it into meatballs! But then, I thought, just take it a step further and make them stuffed meatballs!

These things were really delicious, and they were just right for a night that was really just a little too warm for soup for dinner. Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by CLICKING HERE.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tiki Torch Cocktail - A Molly Starlite Original Recipe!

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This week, the temperature has been in the 90s. Like much of the rest of the country, I'd imagine, the last thing I wanted to do was cook something. So, I decided to make you guys one of my favorite original cocktails I like to have on hot days: I call it the TIKI TORCH.


Filled with fruity liquors - orange liqueur, pineapple rum, coconut rum, and lemon juice - the surprise hit of cinnamon whiskey is fiery surprise that delights! I was surprised to read in my Tiki Cocktails book how often cinnamon flavors were used in tropical drinks, but I guess I shouldn't have been. In any case, here is the recipe:

1/2 cup 7-Up
2 tbls each orange liqueur, pineapple rum, and coconut rum
1 tbls cinnamon whiskey
2 tsp lemon juice

Shake in shaker filled with ice and strain into glass. Top with grenadine.

Watch me make it here:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fanciful Tiki Cheese Log

So, there's no video to this week's recipe. I made one, but with no one to help me except my 6-year-old, the video was, quite frankly, unwatchable. So I won't put you guys through that. However, I still want to share with you the mid-century recipe I made this week, this time, from Pinterest: I made a 1950s party staple of cheese log!

The whole idea was to make a boozed-up smoothie with frozen pineapple and raspberries that were on sale at WinCo, so I got a whole pineapple, gutted it (which was a LOT harder than I thought it would be), and then blended the innards with frozen pineapple chunks and raspberries, 7Up, and pineapple coconut Malibu rum. To go along side, what is more mid-century than a cheese log? And to tiki it up a bit: shaped like a pineapple with the top of my fresh pineapple as a garnish. You can clearly see how lovely it looked when I was done:



And it tasted great, too! Here are the drink and hors d'oeuvres recipes I made:

DRINK RECIPE
1 whole pineapple
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3/4 cup 7Up
1/4 cup pineapple-coconut rum
2 tbls cherry simple syrup

Cut top off pineapple. Set aside. Carefully cut pineapple innards out of pineapple until you have a cup. This may take a while; I am certain a pineapple coring device would help. Save pineapple innards, discarding core pieces.

Blend pineapple innards with all remaining ingredients. Serve in pineapple shell cup garnished with fruit slices, cherries, and a tropical cocktail umbrella, if desired.



CHEESE LOG RECIPE
1 pkg cream cheese (room temp)
1 tsp ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 slices cooked bacon
2 tbls finely chopped green onion
Almonds (whole or halved preferred, but I used slivered and that worked fine)

Blend all ingredients (except almonds) in a medium mixing bowl. Scoop onto plastic wrap and roll into an egg shape. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Place almonds around the outside to resemble the outside of a pineapple. Place pineapple top from drink recipe at the small end of cheese log to garnish. Perfect for parties!