Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

 

I happen to like nice men, and Han Solo is a nice man… occasionally, when he’s not acting like a scoundrel. But at least he’s a scoundrel for the good guys!

With the new Solo movie coming out really soon, I thought I’d take a moment to honor all the different versions of Han. There’s reluctant hero Han from A New Hope; noble, fluffy-haired Han from The Empire Strikes Back; troop commanding, jealous of Luke (when it comes to Leia) Han from Return of the Jedi; and grumpy old man, back to his old tricks Han from The Force Awakens.

But one of my very favorite versions of Han, isn’t even called Han at all! It’s Ham Salad from Hardware Wars.

In another part of the galaxy, later that same day, Ham Salad along with a brown Cookie Monster named Chewchilla, Fluke Starbucker, and Augie “Ben” Doggie, pilot their flying iron through light speed to save Princess Anne-Droid from Darph Nader. You bet your asteroid Ham is the same ace mercenary pilot, and intergalactic wise-guy, he’s always been. But this time he’s much more willing to follow Anne-Droid’s lead. The whole thing is perfectly 70’s (awful special effects), and still really hilarious to this day. Ham Salad has all the best lines (“Take it easy kid, it’s only a movie!”) and I especially like his weapon of choice: a laser-shooting electric drill!

As much as I love the many different versions of Han SoIo, I’m really look forward to seeing young, ambitious Han (and super smooth Lando) on May 25th!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
• 2 cups cubed ham or 4 veggie hot dogs
• 1 cup diced celery
• 1/4 cup diced onion
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/4 cup relish
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:
1. Hard boil your eggs first by placing them in a small pot, covering them with water, and bringing the water to a rolling boil.
2. Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, and allow the eggs to sit for 10-12 minutes, before removing to an ice bath to cool completely.
3. While your eggs are cooling, process the ham cubes or veggie hot dogs in a food processor until spreadable but still kinda chunky.
4. Add to a bowl along with celery, onion, mustard, chopped eggs, relish, and mayonnaise.
5. Fold together with a spatula until everything is evenly distributed.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Spread onto slices of white bread, or scoop with crackers.
8. I’ve got a GOOD feeling about this!

Episode 123 – Solo-Overload : The Solo A Star Wars Story Pre-Show Freakout

We are just weeks away from the long awaited big release of Solo : A Star Wars Story and Blast Points is wondering if this the movie nobody wanted or actually the movie EVERYONE wanted!  Join them as go over the film’s long history, the state of the “Star Wars Story” films, what they are looking forward to and why folks shouldn’t be so quick to ignore Lord & Miller’s contributions.

PLUS!  The Kenobi movie rumor strikes back and this time Obi-Wan is arm wrestling! George Lucas spotted at the Solo premiere wearing new shoes!  Star Wars TV speculation!  Our idea of what the song “Lando’s Closet” sounds like!  News on TWO upcoming Blast Points road trips and more!

So get on your Nike Monarchs and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 122 – The Star Wars Arcade Game Story

This week Jason and Gabe look at the history of the first great Star Wars video games, 1983’s Atari Star Wars : The Arcade Game.   Made in a time when the arcade market was dwindling and Atari desperately needed a hit, this Star Wars game was one of their only hopes.  Take a trip back into the world of vector graphics as Blast Points explores how the awesome game got made and how it helped usher in a new era of Star Wars games all while home video games crumbled around it.

PLUS :  Star Wars Resistance!  Forces of Destiny featuring The Gorax! YES, THE GORAX!

We are just weeks from Solo  : A Star Wars Story and SoloMania is running wild with clips, giant worms, 360 videos and more!!  Can Blast Points survive SoloMania?!

So join Golden Squadron, deposit 50 cents and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Episode 121 – Tom Spina and The Epic Interview Where We Discuss Mufftak’s Pants

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This week Jason & Gabe are joined by a very special guest, the one & only mastermind of Regal Robot, Tom Spina Designs and the Keeper of The Cantina Aliens, TOM SPINA!  Together they have an epic laughter filled talk about all the exciting stuff that’s new with Tom and share an EXCLUSIVE REGAL ROBOT COUPON CODE FOR MAY THE 4th!  After that, they go over some of the finer details of the Cantina, the UK Uglies, Little Aunt Beru, the mysterious humans of Jabba’s Palace, how to keep it together in the Lucasfilm Archives, and yes, MUFFTAK IN PANTS!

PLUS : there is a wild round of rapid fire questions that delves into talk of the first two Motley Crue albums and naturally the “backwards and forwards” guy in Jabba’s tail!!

So go get your magic fountain, put on KISS makeup and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Tom Spina Designs : http://www.tomspinadesigns.com

Regal Robot :  http://www.regalrobot.com

Episode 120 – The Golden Age of Force Awakens Rumors

Join Jason and Gabe as they take a trip back to the simpler time of 2015 when Force Awakens rumors ran free across the land! Is Luke Skywalker an evil CYBORG?!  Is Kylo Ren actually LUKE? Who are the Jedi Killers? Will Chewbacca die?!? And what about that new Jedi hero / ex stormtrooper and his trusty pal Kira? Is Max Von Sydow really playing Boba Fett?!  Listen along as they go over what was true, what was just weird & what could still possibly happen!

PLUS: Solo TV spots, Rio Durant asks about a “Wooookiee”, Kasdan & son talking Enfys Nest & more! Celebrate the love & listen today !

Episode 119 – The Yoda Puppet Is Still Working

119.jpgNEW!  This week Jason and Gabe are talking about the greatest gamble of The Empire Strikes Back, the Yoda puppet!!  With the sequel to the most successful movie ever made going way over schedule and over budget, the extremely important Yoda was not figured until the very last minute.  The fate of the entire future of Star Wars rested on the little green shoulders of that puppet!  We go into Yoda’s creation, filming and how the puppet changed with ROTJ, TPM and TLJ!

PLUS : some news with Therm Scissorpunch love and general SOLO madness!

So head to the Bog Planet and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 118 – Solo Trailer FREAKOUT

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Buckle up baby because this week Jason and Gabe are going totally nuts about that Solo trailer!!  They’re talking all about how the movie looks and going over the whole thing scene by scene and line by line.  Space mice, space yaks, Therm Scissorpunch, Vegetable Man, Walnut Head, Chewie shredding guitar, tender Wookiee love and so so much more.

PLUS : Howard the Duck and Radioland Murders even come up!  Imagine that.

So grab that flying V guitar, magnetize your boots, get pumped for SOLO and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

There’s not a whole lot to say about Dewbacks (other than they’re pretty cool), so I’ll just leave you with this beautiful poem written by stormtrooperpoet

Dewback

Dewback in the desert

Twin suns of Tatooine scorch the sand

Sandtrooper rides atop

 

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Here’s to all the Dewbacks we’ve known and loved.

Mountain Dewback Cupcakes
Makes 24
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Mountain Dew
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mountain Dew
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Green sanding sugar
Directions:
1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with baking cups, and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add lemon and lime zest, and continue to beat.
5. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with Mountain Dew.
7. Add lemon and lime juice, as well as the lemon extract, and continue to mix until everything is well combined.
8. Fill baking cups about 2/3 full.
9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one cupcake, comes out clean.
10. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
11. To make the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until it’s light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
12. Add the Mountain Dew, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice, lime juice, and lemon extract, and continue to beat.
13. Add powdered sugar and beat well.
14. Add drops of green food coloring until desired shade is reached.
15. Frost completely cooled cupcakes, and sprinkle with green sanding sugar.
16. Enjoy while searching the deserts of Tattooine for a jettisoned escape pod.