Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Dessert? All Star Apple Pie!

So, after taking some time to figure out how to film most of my videos by myself and how to use my new tripod & recording equipment, I am pleased to debut the latest Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite episode: All Star Apple Pie!

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving feasts comes this DELICIOUS apple pie with handmade crust shaped into stars, topped with cinnamon and sugar and filled with two different kinds of apples!

This recipe comes from my 1950s Parenting Magazine cook book I inherited from my grandmother, using a time-tested simple crust recipe and a SUPER tasty filling. This pie didn't last a day out of the oven before the guys devoured it.

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: MOLLY STARLITE'S ALL STAR APPLE PIE


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Walking Dead

Nope, I am not talking about the TV show by that name, I am talking about the new Halloween single by Molly Starlite & the Sputniks called "The Walking Dead" which you can download/stream at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, & Spotify now, with more retailers coming SOON!

In 2007 or 2008 (I forget which), a friend of mine (who has, sadly, passed on) was making a zombie movie for a zombie film festival/contest. He needed a theme song to play over the opening and end credits, so I wrote this song! I taught it to the band, and it was so much fun to play - and so far outside of what we usually played - that it stayed in our repertoire.

In 2014, we recorded it at Bull O'The Woods Recording Studio in Newport, and I made a lyric video for it, but we were working on another project and it never really went anywhere.

I recently had it remastered at That One Basement studio in Spokane, WA by Glenn Case and released it as a surprise Halloween single.

Candied Apples!

As you can tell, I have gotten really into homemade treats for Halloween this year, and I continue that tradition by making Candied Apples this week! But I don't know if any of you have ever encountered this problem, but, a lot of times, the caramel slides right off apples, particularly store-bought ones, which, let's face it, is what most of us have.

So... how to fix that? Three words: Fine. Grit. Sandpaper.

I use 800-grit sandpaper to scrub the wax off the washed apples right before coating with caramel, and the rough texture of the apple peel helps the caramel adhere to the apple. In fact, using this method, I have never had a problem with the caramel trying to slide off the apple even at room temperature or before refrigerating. It also works with more traditional candy coatings on apples, not just caramel coating. It's a real game changer!

Watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by clicking here: CANDIED APPLES!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Truffle Candies!

So, as you know, I took a week off to get some things done for a show that I had coming up. It got canceled due to weather, unfortunately, but I also was able to use the time to make my first music video! (See it in my last post!)

This week, I am back, and I have made for you some Halloween Truffle Candy! This is such a simple recipe, I use it all the time to make treats for Christmas, birthdays... heck, it's so easy, you can do it any time at all! With only 4 required ingredients and a little bit of time, these treats look like you spent hours on them when it really only takes about 20 minutes of active work on them.

You can choose your favorite flavor of cake mix, add flavoring to the cream cheese, choose holiday appropriate fillings - or just choose whatever you like! - and top them with whatever you want! Since these were for Halloween, I bought what I thought were Halloween sprinkles - edible sugar shapes - from Amazon, but they turned out to be little plastic confetti... which is fine, but they're NOT edible. That'll teach me to browse Amazon when I'm about ready for bed!



Anyway, people LOVE these truffles, and just one is just the right amount of after-dinner dessert, too! Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: HALLOWEEN TRUFFLE CANDIES


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Big, Ol' Stinky Update Post

SOOOOO much to catch you all up on!

I took a week off from the Mid-Century Kitchen in order to prepare for a show (that has since been cancelled ::sad face::) but I also was able to make THIS, the first music video for Troublemaker, for the song "Summertime!" Check it out!


Also, I made a bunch of parody songs for my Parody of the Week over on my Patreon, which you can access by pledging $5 or more per month! That's 4 songs per month for just $5, and I can use that money to get some things I DESPERATELY need:

1) A lighting rig for the Mid-Century Kitchen and other photography and video projects***
2) PA speaker tripods for  live shows (over the years bars and old band mates have stolen all but one of the four I used to have)
3) Matching shirts for my band
4) More recording time and/or a recording unit I can use at home
5) Props, costumes, maybe hiring an actual videographer for future music videos.
6) I want to start reviewing random Amazon kitchen finds on the Mid-Century Kitchen. Since i don't have sponsors... this is my best bet.

 ***This is really the most pressing thing I need.

Stay tuned tomorrow for this week's Mid-Century Kitchen episode where I am making Halloween treats!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Boozy Birthday Milkshake!

This past week was my Tommy Lee's birthday, so I thought I would spoil him with homemade ice cream... and then, as is typical with me... I took it FARTHER.

I turned my homemade vanilla ice cream into a boozed up adult milkshake!

SIDENOTE: My blender is not so good, and I DESPERATELY need a lighting rig for film these videos. It gets so dark in my house - or, it appears that way on camera - and I found a lighting rig on Amazon for just $55... but I am always broke. :( I put up some sweet new rewards on my Patreon account that are exclusive gifts to my patrons... help me get a lighting rig to brighten up my videos! I will love you all forever!

Watch me make this boozed up milkshake here:


And you can print the PDF recipe card for my DELICIOUS boozy milkshake here: BOOZY BIRTHDAY MILKSHAKE

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fried Cheese Balls!

One of my favorite things to do is make up new recipes from random items I find in the store when I go shopping... and it's one of the reasons that I LOVE WinCo Foods so much... because there is always new and interesting ingredients there that I can't get anywhere else for the same price. So, even though I am an hour away from the closest one, it's totally worth the drive for me. But I digress.

This past week, I discovered Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella cheese balls in the dairy case, and I thought, what could I make out of those? And then it hit me: Fried Cheese Balls!

Now, I have watched enough Food Network to know that you have to freeze your food before you deep fry it if you expect your breading to stay on, so I froze the cheese balls, then breaded them, then froze them again, and then cooked them up. You can watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: FRIED CHEESE BALLS


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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!)