Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

What are they? Space penguins? A Nuisance? Food? What I know for sure about them is that they’re super cute, and I like their style.
Along with the caretakers, they seem to be native to Ahch-to where Luke is avoiding everyone and growing his beard. It also appears that at some point they waddle onto the Millennium Falcon, and hilarity ensues. I can’t wait.

I may not know a whole lot about Porgs, but I’m positive that I’ve got Porg fever, and I’ve got it bad! My suggestion to anyone else suffering from the same affliction, is to eat several of these Porg-asbord cookies, and wait for December 15th.

Porg-asbord Cookies

Makes about 30
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, separated
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • brown mini M&Ms
  • black candy melts
  • yellow candy melts
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together.
2. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each one.
3. Add vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
4. Divide the mixture into 3 equal parts.
5. Remove 2 of the 3 parts, and place into a separate bowl, and set aside.
6. In the bowl with 1/3 of the original mixture, add 1 cup flour and mix until a dough forms. Set aside.
7. To the bowl with 2/3 of the original mixture, add 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour, and the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
8. Place the vanilla dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough so it forms a log with a 2 cm diameter.
9. Take your chocolate dough and sandwich it between two pieces of plastic wrap.
10. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 1.5 cm thick rectangle that’s as long as the vanilla dough log.
11. Now use your rolling pin to flatten the sides of the chocolate rectangle. The middle should remain thick, and the sides should be thinner so that they can wrap around the vanilla dough log. The thick part of the chocolate dough will be the Porg’s head.
12. Place the vanilla dough log on top of the thick part of the chocolate dough, and wrap the thinner sides of the chocolate dough around the vanilla log.
13. Use your fingers to smooth out the crease.
14. Cover the entire log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
15. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
16. Once the dough is chilled and firm, remove it from the fridge and slice it into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
17. Place each cookie on a prepared baking sheet.
18. Add two mini M&Ms for eyes, and place your cookies back into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
19. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place them in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
20. Allow your cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
21. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place the black candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl, and nuke at 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring after each interval.
22. Repeat with yellow candy melts.
23. Using a piping bag or tooth pick, draw a frowny face and two wings on each cookie with the melted black candy.
24. Use the melted yellow candy melts to pipe or draw two feet on each cookie.
25. *Porg noises*

Episode 91 – The Phantom Star Wars Mono Mix & Return of the J.J.

Did you know that when Star Wars was first released in 1977, there were three different versions of the movie’s sound mix playing depending how you saw it?  Did you know Harry Shearer did voices in the film?  Did you know about Strange Beru?  Jason & Gabe didn’t either but this week they diving in to the mysteries of the the ANH sound mix!  They go over the complicated history of Star Wars audio mixes & play examples to compare just how crazy the differences from the Dolby mix to the mono mix are!

Before all that though, they welcome back J.J. Abrams as he returns to the Star Wars saga with Episode 9!  They talk about how wrong the were last week, discuss some of the common fan complaints on his return and think about how unsolved mysteries are part of the DNA of Star Wars!

Plus there’s GA-97 talk, questions from kids, a listener email, corn dogs and so much more!!  So get real chill on the Death Star and listen to Blast Points today!


Episode 90 – Back to School with Star Wars Adventures in Colors and Shapes!

It’s the back to school special as Jason and Gabe join 3-PO, R2, Zilnor and a very grumpy Han Solo and learn all about colors and shapes with the weird and mostly forgotten 1984 Read Along Book, Star Wars Adventures in Colors and Shapes!  Han needs Fulstar plates to make the Falcon go on a supply run and 3-PO has the most frustrating day ever and he tries to help Han.  When does this book take place in the timeline?  Is it in Pablo’s book collection?  It’s possibly the greatest Star Wars adventure ever told and Blast Points is here to help you through it.  And it has special appearances from GREEDO! and a HOOJIB!?!

Plus there is Episode 9 director talk, who WE think will be behind the camera on that one, Rebels season 4 trailer stuff, inappropriate Chewbacca & so much more! ‬Look for it tomorrow!

So pull that Fulstar plate off your back and listen to Blast Points today!!

Check out the book here:

Episode 89 : Force Friday 2 = T.G.I.F.F. 2 (Thank George it’s Force Friday 2)

FORCE FRIDAY 2017!  Join Jason & Gabe as they tell the stories of their Force Friday 2 experiences!  The highs, the lows, the interviews with people in line & more!  What did they pick up & why is Jason considering just getting a Klondike Bar next year?  And just what do those new CommTech “Force Link” things say and what super secrets to they reveal?  As you could guess, we listen to almost ALL of them!  As if that wasn’t enough, there’s Force Friday voice message stories sent in by listeners all over the world!!  It’s a full force Force Friday Celebration as they tell you all about their stories in this yearly Star Wars ritual!  (Force Friday stuff starts at about the 14:40 point)

AND before all that, there’s some Last Jedi stuff with talk on how bad we want a new trailer, Snoke’s giant ship and a new ship’s rad name that makes Jason & Gabe really, really happy, some surprise messages from a couple very familiar voices and so much more!

So stare at a Jango figure, make some lasagna & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

More Force Friday Interviews:

Interview 1

Interview 2

Interview 3

Interview 4


Episode IG-88

What else could there be to talk about on Episode 88 but the one and only droid of doom, IG-88!? But is it IG-88A, B, C or is it D? If you have no clue what that means, you are not alone and Jason and Gabe are here to help the best they can. Join them as they go over the IG droid’s many appearances in Star Wars movies, animation and video games, the weird and convoluted backstory of this skinny droid that once tried to take over the Death Star and a little bit of behind the scenes IG-info. It’s IG-REAT! (IG-88 talk starts at around the 19 minute point)
PLUS! There’s talk on the Han Solo movie losing a cast member, info on a character’s name, new First Order vehicles in The Last Jedi and a possible code name for the still not official Obi-Wan movie!
So grab your Ball playing frying pan, open some door with Palpatine and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!


Episode 87 – The Tales of Star Wars Tales

Jason and Gabe are talking about one of their favorite Star Wars things ever, Dark Horse Comics’ amazing and vastly underrated Star Wars Tales comic series. It was an anthology series that would feature everything from stories about the main heroes to thrilling tales of Yaddle or George R. Binks, Jar Jar’s sea captain father. They go over which stories and issues have some of their favorites and why the carefree spirit of the Tales comics is for them missed in today’s strictly controlled Star Wars universe. (Tales talk starts at about the 16 minute mark)
AND! They go over the latest news with talk on a possible Obi-Wan spin off movie, singing Obi-Wan, whispering George Lucas’ late night phone calls, the nonstop Last Jedi toy leaks & more!
So grab short round, go looking for fortune & glory & bigfoot and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Use the Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Thee in luck! This month’s recipe is in honor of Tatooine’s most loveable scumbag, Watto. He’s a mind-trick-proof, elephant-nosed, gambler that knows a lot more than outlanders might think (even if Qui-Gon did outsmart him).
His small junk shop sells everything from a T-14 Hyperdrive Generator to moobian torsion valves. But republic credits aren’t good enough for this Toydarian, only real money!!
Okay… He did own slaves (I said he was a scumbag!) but he wasn’t cruel to Anankin and Shmi. He gave them their own home, and even let little Ani off work early sometimes. And technically, he won them from Gardulla the Elder so it’s really those gangster Hutts that are the problem.
This recipe features black and blueberry gelato with shortbread cookie wings and chocolate jimmies to represent Watto’s beard stubble. If you’re a bigger fan of Attack of The Clones Watto, feel free to use some of the leftover shortbread dough to make a little hat.
Living on Tattooine can be tough, so why not take a break from roasting beneath two suns to enjoy a delicious bowl of Watto Gelato? It’s much more refreshing than a Klatooine paddy frog, probably.
Watto Gelato
Makes 1/2 gallon
For the Gelato:
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
For the cookie wings:
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • chocolate jimmies
1. Place the blueberries, blackberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
2. Set a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk and vanilla extract and bring to a simmer. Do not let it boil! It will curdle!
3. While your milk is heating up, whisk together the egg yolks, egg, and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium-sized bowl, until thickened and pale yellow.
4. Very slowly whisk a small amount (about 1/2 cup) of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture, to temper the eggs.
5. Slowly whisk the tempered egg mixture into the milk mixture on the stove.
6. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens slightly, just at the point of simmering. Again- Do not let it boil.
7. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the custard into the bowl of an electric mixer, and let it cool slightly for a few minutes.
8. Add the cream and beat well with a whisk attachment.
9. Add the berry mixture and mix well again.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight in the fridge (or for at least 4-6 hours).
11. While the mixture is cooling, make the cookie wings:Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
12. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.
13. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. If your mixture is extremely dry and crumbly (humidity in the air can greatly affect this recipe) dribble in up to 1 tablespoon of water until it comes together. This is a stiff dough.
14. Take a portion of the dough, and roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness.
15. Using a wing-shaped cookie cutter, cut out several wings and place onto your prepared baking sheet.
16. Use a fork to prick the wings all over to allow steam to escape as they bake.
17. Place your wings into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are light brown on top.
18 Allow wings to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
19. Once your gelato mixture is completely cool, pour it into an ice cream/gelato maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  My ice cream maker takes about 30 minutes.
I also recommend putting your finished gelato in the freezer for about an hour to let it really harden up before you try to scoop it.
20. To serve: Place several scoops of gelato into a bowl.
21. Add two wings and then sprinkle the bottom of each scoop with chocolate jimmies.
22. Enjoy while betting on a pod race.