Monday, March 21, 2016

Cooking with Patricia: How to Make Tofu Delicious 3 Different Ways

Continuing with Clarissa Month, Patricia does something completely different with cooking 3 different dishes involving with Janet Darling's favorite ingredient: tofu. Tofu is a food made with coagulated soy milk and pressing the remaining curds into soft blocks. It's mostly used in many Asian cuisines and can be prepared in sweet and savory dishes.

Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe
8oz silken tofu
1 cup of canned quartered artichokes, drained. Reserve 2 tablespoons.
5 oz of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry.
1tbls dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 375F. Place tofu, artichokes, spinach, artichoke juice, basil, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Lightly grease a baking pan or small baking custard cups with a little bit of olive oil. Spoon in dip until evenly distributed into your container. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top part of the dip is slightly brown on top.

Serve with raw vegetables, crackers, or pita chips.

Tofu with Sauteed Vegetables
8 oz extra firm tofu.
1/2 diced onion
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 peeled, diced carrot
1/2 sliced zucchini
3 or 4 sliced baby shiitake mushrooms
8 broccoli florets
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 tsp grated ginger
1 1/2 tsp honey
2 tbls olive oil

Heat up a pan to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then add the onion and stir for a few minutes until translucent. Next add your garlic clove and carrot and stir for a few more minutes. Then add your zucchini, mushrooms, tofu, and stir until evened in the pan.

Next, add your soy sauce, ginger, and honey evenly coating the tofu and veggies to make sure they get equal amounts of the flavor. Bring your heat up to medium high and let it cook for 5 minutes or until the tofu and veggies absorb most of the soy sauce. Serve over a bed of white or brown rice.

Tofu Berry Sundae
8 oz silken tofu
4 tbls of orange juice
4 tsp of honey
1 cup of the berry of your choice. I had blueberries.

Mix tofu, orange juice, honey, and berries in a blender. Puree until smooth. Sundae is ready to eat or leave in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes until cold.

Please leave in the comments below on your favorite tofu recipes. Also let me know if you enjoyed any of the dishes I prepared.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Old School Lane Casual Chats Episode 57: Clarissa Explains it All

Continuing with Clarissa Month, Patricia and special guest Christina discuss about the 1991 Nickelodeon sitcom and why, in their opinion, it's still remember by many people 25 years later.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Old School Lane 500 Subscribers Thank You Video

Back in October 2014, Kevin and Patricia posted their 200 subscribers thank you video. Now, a year and a half later, they've officially hit 500 subscribers on their YouTube channel and it's all because of you! Without you, they wouldn't be where they're at now and they couldn't be more thankful. Now Patricia gives her personal thanks and announcements on new videos and projects. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Old School Lane Casual Chats Episode 56: Interview with Mitchell Kriegman

In this episode of Casual Chats, Patricia interviews writer and creator of Clarissa Explains it All, Bear in the Big Blue House, as well as author of the books Being Audrey Hepburn and Things I Can't Explain, Mitchell Kriegman. Today happens to be the 25th anniversary of Clarissa Explains it All and the first video of Clarissa Explains it All Month!

Check out Mitchell's links down below

If you're interested, purchase the sequel to Clarissa Explains it All, Things I Can't Explain, on Amazon. Link is down below.

Or if you're into audio books, then preorder the book on Audible. Link is down below.

Check out a small clip of the audio version of Things I Can't Explain narrated by Emily Hart, Melissa Joan Hart's younger sister.

Old School Lane Casual Chats Episode 55: Pokemon's 20th Anniversary

In this episode of Casual Chats, Patricia and special guests Manic Expression member Eli a.k.a. The Cartoon Hero and Comic Book Cast member Tom a.k.a. indexsonic discuss about the Pokemon franchise in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Check out Eli's links down below.

Check out Tom's links below