Thursday, July 27, 2017

Three Ingredient No-Bake Lemon Chiffon Dessert

I stumbled on this retro gelatin recipe from Tupperware on Pinterest earlier this week, so I thought: what a better thing to make for the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite than a no-bake dessert that's perfect for summer? Cool, refreshing, and with only three ingredients, super easy to put together before work to have for dessert (or whenever you feel like it!)

Just make a large package of lemon Jell-O per the package directions and allow it to cool while you whip together a pint of heavy whipping cream with a small package of lemon Jell-O instant pudding mix. Combine half the whipped cream mixture with the cooled lemon gelatin, and pour into a bundt pan or jello mold. Allow to set (at least 2 hours) and then decorate with the remaining whipped cream mixture.

It's just perfect for a hot, July day! Watch me make it here:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tiki Drinks Faster? Count ME In!

I don't know about you, but when I get done working on Tiki Tuesday, the last thing I want to do is more work to get my cocktail. So when I got a copy of the book Tiki Cocktails by Dave Adams, and I started reading about all the steps involved to making the signature syrups for tiki drinks, I was a little disappointed. Honestly, I get so busy that even though the syrups last a long time so you'd only have to make them once a month or so is a little time consuming and just wouldn't fit in my schedule most of the time.

So, as I was reading about all the steps to make the syrups, I thought, What if there were a simple shortcut to flavored syrups?

Now, I am certain that I am not the first impatient (and, let's face it, lazy after work) person to think of this, but in the video below, I show you my shortcut to flavored syrups for all your tiki drinks. After making and cooling the syrup, all you have to do is add the flavorings of your choice. Make an orange bitters syrup by adding licorice and orange flavorings; add vanilla or cinnamon, cherry, almond, rum, mint... anything you can imagine (and buy the food flavorings for), you can add to a simple syrup and add it to your next luau drink!

Watch me make it here:

The recipe for making drink I make at the end of the video is as follows:
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon almond syrup
1 tablespoon cherry syrup
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1/4 cup pineapple coconut rum
Add all ingredients to shaker and shake to combine. Pour over ice in Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with Maraschino cherries and a lime slice on a cocktail umbrella, if desired.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vintage Dole Pineapple Cheesecake Pie!

In the 3rd episode of Season Two of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I tackle another vintage canned goods recipe, this time from Dole, making their vintage recipe for Pineapple Cheesecake Pie! It's every bit as good as it sounds, and, with only 4 ingredients (plus a little water), it's so easy and the fact that it is no-bake makes it perfect for summer!

It is tropical, smooth, and really cools you down after dinner on a hot summer day. And it looks really pretty, too, with the shiny Jell-O and pineapple chunks arranged in circles on top! It's so mid-century 1950s, it almost hurts!

Watch me make it here:

And get the printable PDF recipe card here: Vintage Dole Pineapple Cheesecake Pie

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Molly Starlite & the Sputniks Recording New Music!

Today is the beginning of a new first step for me & my music: I am headed into That One Basement again to record some of my music with Molly Starlite & The Sputniks, including two NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD tracks: "Over The Moon" and "Saturday Night."

For the first time in a long time, I feel excited about recording my music. I can't wait to show you guys!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SPAM-etizers! Mid-Century Kitchen, S2 Ep.2

Yesterday was the 80th birthday for SPAM! And, while a lot of people say some very not-nice things about SPAM, I, for one, like it sometimes. I came across a 1965 recipe for breaded SPAM from the Kellogg's Foods Co. while scrolling through the Midcentury Modern Kitsch group on Facebook and thought, "why don't I modernize this one on my web series?"


My family hates mustard, so I swapped that out for an egg wash, and I also thought that the flavors of brown sugar and cloves would be weird with my favorite Hickory Smoke SPAM, so I seasoned my bread crumb mixture with onion powder and black pepper, and instead of using the crushed Kellogg's Corn Flakes crumbs, I used straight up Panko that I got from the WinCo Bulk Bins (I love that place).

Also, since an entire slab of SPAM is a little heavy, I cubed my SPAM to make SPAM-etizer Pineapple bites that are perfect for a backyard cookout, birthday party, tiki party, or luau... or, let's be totally honest here: ANY TIME because, HOLY KITSCH Y'ALL, these things tasted JUST LIKE a bite of Hawaiian PIZZA!

I'm so totally not kidding! With a marinara dipping sauce, these things would totally be a dead ringer for Hawaiian pizza bites... which gets me to thinking... how come no pizza chain makes Hawaiian pizza with SPAM?!?! SPAM is totally Hawaiian!

And they all look so cute on my surf board tray with tropical drink umbrellas poking out of them... It's my new go-to appetizer recipe from now on!

Watch me make them here:

And get the printable PDF recipe card here: SPAM-etizers!

Here's the original Kellogg's ad with the recipe:

And the recipe close-up:

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Mini Rant

My entire adult life, I have operated under the belief that when we've been tasked to do something - no matter what it is - we should do it with the motto of SERVICE TO OTHERS ingrained on our psyches. It disturbs me that, for the most part, people instead hold true to SERVICE TO THEMSELVES first and foremost. This is a fundamental, systemic problem in our society at all levels, and it is one of the main reasons that our society here in the US is getting more and more isolated and individualized. We must think of others FIRST, no matter what and do our best job FOR OTHERS before worrying about ourselves.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pinup For Pennies: Dollar Store Summer Lipstick & Gloss!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect summer pink lipstick shade for some time. I recently tried TheBalm's Meet Matte Hughes in two different shades... both shades were close but not quite right, and, ultimately, I found that the Meet Matte Hughes lipsticks left my lips feeling like I had a coat of Vaseline mixed with talc on my lips after just an hour or so. In short, I don't use them much.

So, I was still on the hunt for my summer pink: an orange-tinted melon color that was still pink, not orange. I happened into the Dollar General store in Ponderay, Idaho, yesterday afternoon to buy some aluminum foil, greeting cards, and tissue paper and saw these L.A. Colors lip products: Lipstick BLC14 "Coral Sheen," Chunky Lip Pencil in BCP517 "Coral Fun," and Glitter Gloss BLS97 "Pink" all sitting together on the shelf, I had to try them. For $3 total, it would be worth it.

The lipstick is basically the perfect summer pink, making my lips look like they're tinted by cherry popsicles, goes on smooth, lasts a long time, and doesn't feel heavy at all. The lip pencil is a slightly darker shade from the lipstick, which makes it perfect for lip lining and creating color depth. My favorite, though, is the glitter lip gloss. It smells like bubblegum ice cream, isn't too heavy, and gives lips just the right kind of light... and it's super fun for summer, too. And a BIG plus is that, as of this writing, L.A. Colors is committed to being cruelty-free!

Top: Lipstick
Middle: Lip Pencil
Bottom: Glitter Gloss