Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2009 Fall Television

For some reason, I'm just not that excited about television this fall. A lot of my favorite shows got canceled, and the new shows I've been watching are okay I guess. Regardless, here's my list of what I'll TiVo, what I'll watch live (if I'm home) and what I'll watch online for the fall season. I might watch some On Demand, but since I still don't really understand what shows are consistently on the On Demand channels I can't plan on it.

If you need to see a prime time fall schedule in order to make your own choices, click here.

8:00 PM
TiVo: How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Live: Heroes (NBC)
Online: House (FOX)

11:00 PM
TiVo: Little People, Big World (TLC)

8:00 PM
TiVo: V (ABC)

8:00 PM
TiVo: New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

9:00 PM
TiVo: Modern Family (ABC)

9:30 PM
TiVo: Cougar Town (ABC)

10:00 PM
TiVo: South Park (Comedy)

8:00 PM
TiVo: FlashForward (ABC)
Live: Vampire Diaries (CW)
Online: Community (NBC)
Online: Bones (FOX)

9:00 PM
TiVo: The Office (NBC)

9:30 PM
TiVo: 30 Rock (NBC)

8:00 PM
TiVo: Smallville (CW)
Live: Brothers (FOX)

9:00 PM
TiVo: Ugly Betty (ABC)

10:00 PM or in repeats
TiVo: Degrassi: The Next Generation (Teen Nick)
TiVo: White Collar (USA)

nothing unless something is repeated from earlier in the week

9:00 PM
TiVo: Masterpiece Contemporary (PBS)

10:00 PM
TiVo: Iron Chef America (Food)

That's 1 show each on TLC, PBS, USA, Food Network, Comedy Central and Teen Nick, 2 shows on CBS, 2 shows on CW, 3 shows on FOX, 4 shows on NBC and 5 shows on ABC. I'm already behind on a bunch of shows since I didn't set Season Passes right away, and I forgot to watch shows live, Online or On Demand.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

I baked these cookies for dessert and served them with mulled cider on Sunday. I made them "Quaker Square style" with no raisins in the cookie dough but with a single raisin on the top of the center of each cookie (placed after the bake). It had been a long time since I baked oatmeal cookies, but I've been meaning to make them since I bought a big canister of oatmeal a few weeks ago. I might experiment with the recipe since they tasted good but flattened out more than I would have liked. Maybe I'll try a different recipe altogether.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sunshine Chiffon Cake

I make this cake just about every year for my little sister's birthday and apparently, I've never posted a picture of it. I forgot to bring my camera to the party so here's a picture of the piece I took home.

The cake itself has a nice lemony flavor and is similar to an angel food cake in texture. It was served with a raspberry coulis and fresh whipped cream. Also vanilla ice cream and potato chips -- it was a birthday party after all.

This cake is also known as the go-nowhere, do-nothing cake.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie

I went to a clam bake that had leftovers so I came home with some clams and sweet potatoes. I asked for A sweet potato, but came home with four. I used the (three dozen!) clams in Manhattan clam chowder, which turned out great, and the sweet potatoes in the pie pictured above.
I thought the sweet potatoes were incredibly sweet so I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup. I also added cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. I used a graham cracker crust because I had graham cracker crumbs that needed to be used up.
There are a lot of variations to sweet potato pie and this one was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't want to use evaporated or sweetened condensed milk or make the filling too custardy. The end result tasted just like I thought it would from reading the recipe. I love it when that happens!