Ep. 10: Pulses Are Good for Your Heart

Ep. 10: Pulses Are Good for Your Heart

Synopsis

What are pulses, and why do we need them? Rachel, Moriah and Sarah explain your garden-variety pulse, their uses and how to deal with pulse-related gaseous alimentary discomfort. Giggles ensue.

Fun fact: Sarah was still pregnant when we recorded this episode, but no longer! Baby Miles is here, healthy, and eating more than any baby in history. I smell a breastmilk and formula episode brewing! It doesn’t smell great! Somebody open a window!

Sarah’s Valentine Cake

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m having Steve make that chocolate cake I keep talking about. Here it is!

Sarah’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
     

    Frosting
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
     
    Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  5. Stir in the boiling water by hand.
  6. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
     
    To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients.

  8. Cream butter until light and fluffy.
  9. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  10. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

Ep. 9: What’s Taters, Precious?

Ep. 9: What’s Taters, Precious?

 

Synopsis

A potato with eyes, as seen in "Mickey's Garden" from 1935.
A potato with eyes, as seen in “Mickey’s Garden” from 1935.

The Sisghetti Sisters spend some time with our stalwart, starchy friends: potatoes. Stay tuned for the potato’s origins, some of its effects on history and how you can enjoy the most delicious (or at least the safest?) member of the nightshade family.

Music

This week’s intro was an excerpt of Bud the Spud from Stompin’ Tom Connors. Here is a clip demonstrating Stompin’ Tom’s culinary passion.

The clip at 26:35 of this week’s episode is from an SNL bit with Kevin Hart.