Monthly Archives: December 2007

“The Only Comic Book My Girlfriend’ll Read…”

As an avid female comic book reader, I have heard the above quote in comic book stores across the country as well as read the darn phrase in numerous letter columns. And I am sick of it.

Comic book enjoyment is not limited to one gender.

The following flame is directed towards comic shop personnel.

Guys, you may be saying the phrase in order to be nice and helpful, but it makes you sound clueless.

If I have been buying several titles at your store for more than 2 years, I am not in the same category as the chick with whom you are sleeping.

She is trying to find common ground whereas we already share it. You know what I read; you sell me the comics; we have heartfelt discussions about them. Just because your girlfriend and I are both female does not mean that we automatically share the same tastes.

So if you want to recommend a comic to me, try saying “Hey, this one’s good.” And if you are using it as a pick up line (as in “it’s the only comic book my ex-girlfriend read,”) it doesn’t work.

8/00: Since writing this screed, I have actually found a comic book store where NO ONE has ever asked me the question: Golden Apple Comics. Visit it today, tomorrow, and the next.
Thank you, Golden Apple family.

12/07: I am happy to report that seven years later, I still have not heard that phrase at Golden Apple. Bless you all, Golden Apple family.

Yogurt Pie

Adapted from a forum post that I can no longer find.

Yogurt pie was one of my sister’s favorite desserts when we were growing up. She loved it so much that she even made it for her own birthday (usually the birthday girl would have this done for her.) So, we grew up and, of course, we lost the recipe. Luckily, I found a similar recipe on the Web.

This pie is perfect on a hot summer day. Go wild with the Jello and yogurt combinations!

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Family recipe, though it may be from a newspaper.

The frosting and cake meld together deliciously. I associate this cake with summer picnics and movies on the lawn. It is a very quick cake; if using a jelly roll pan, it takes about 35 minutes from start to finish.

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Pumpkin Cake

My mom’s recipe. I don’t know where she got it. I have kept the ingredients and measurements as written. This cake is another family favorite – so moist. Seems to get more delicious the longer it is refrigerated.

To make it a tad more healthy, substitute applesauce for some of the oil, and sprinkle powdered sugar on top instead of the cream cheese frosting.

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Morning Cake

Also known as “Morning Kuchen.” Based on a recipe called “Kirsten’s Kaka” from an Oklahoma regional cookbook (I think.) Not being Swedish, we changed the name.

This cake is good plain, or with fruit on top. A former roommate told me that it was quite similar to the cakes sold by the Amish in Pennsylvania.

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

My great-grandmother’s recipe for cakey cookies. A must-have at Christmas.

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Pannekuchen

Recipe from my sister, Karen.

There once was a restaurant, The Pannekoeken Huis, in my hometown1. It specialized in Dutch souffles. (My favorite was the dessert apple kuchen.) Whenever one was made, the waiters would run through the restaurant to the table before the souffle fell.

Below is the basic recipe; it can be savory or sweet. You can add meat, cheese, spices, fruit, whatever to make it into a meal or a dessert. It is also easy to double or triple. Best of all, you only need to use one bowl.

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Cream Scones

From Square Meals (1985 edition) by Jan and Michael Stern. I love this cookbook.

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Finale’s Chocolate Fudge Cookies

This recipe was published in the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday, October 21, 1998. The cookies greatly resembled a cookie sold at Tosci’s; I was addicted to them in the late 1990s. They complement a strong cup of joe. I have annotated the recipe with my comments and suggestions.

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