ham on the core ham [glazed ham with apple mango chutney]

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A few weekends ago, Heroes of the Dorm tournament was broadcast live across the nation on ESPN2. This was a gigantic leap forward for eSports, especially for the collegiate scene. Despite all the praise and admiration, there are still doubts on whether or not eSports deserves a spot on cable TV. Some people just need a lot of convincing!

Considering my background, I assume you already know what my thoughts are on eSports and the Collegiate eSports scene. eSports4Lyfe.

However, the most important thing to take away is that Artosis sparked a brand new meme… GOING HAM ON THE CORE!

Though ASU could not snatch the win from UC Berkeley, they will be forever remembered as going HAM ON THE CORE.

In honor of monumental moment in eSports history, I present to you a delicious and pork-tastic treat: HAM on the core ham!

UNIT COMPOSITION blog_hamonthecore_ingredients

  1. salt
  2. 3 tablespoons of apple butter
  3. 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  4. 1 teaspoon of cloves
  5. 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  6. 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  7. 1 tablespoon of ginger, grated (I used a microplane for this)
  8. 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  9. 2 granny smith apples, cubed
  10. 1 mango, cupped
  11. 1 2lb smoked ham
  12. OPTIONAL: 1/2 tablespoon of agave nectar

BUILD ORDER

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prep. Total cook time is 45 minutes. This will make 4 servings.

OPENING

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 365° F.
  2. Add in 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to your apple butter. Stir to combine. Season with salt.
  3. Baste the ham with the apple butter and vinegar mixture.
  4. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes. During this time, prepare your mango chutney.

MID GAME

  1. Set a pot on medium heat.
  2. Add in your onions, apples, apple cider vinegar, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and mustard seeds.
  3. Allow the chutney to cook for about 30 minutes.

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LATE GAME

  1. After 30 minutes, remove the  chutney from the heat.
  2. Add in the cubed mango. Add in agave nectar if you want the chutney to be sweeter.
  3. Remove the ham from the oven. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes (the glaze will still be very hot).
  4. Serve with the chutney.
  5. Eat!

GG WP!

Now, at this point, you have a few plating options…

PUT A SLICE OF HAM ON SOME APPLE CORES. HAM ON THE CORE!

blog_hamonthecore_coreC’mon… You saw this coming…

Or rather, serve the ham like this:

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 But realistically, the ham is served best on a platter with the chutney on the side:

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Or, enjoy it with a few fellow heroes:

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See you in the Nexus!

gorgrond chowder [fish and sausage chowder]

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I’ve been wanting to make Gorgrond Chowder for a while… So I finally had a chance to sit down and hammer out the recipe. I wanted to do it right, so was a lot of research involved. There’s something very special about enjoying a creamy seafood soup in a toasty sour dough bread bowl on a chilly day.

It’s a hearty soup, and it has to be since Gorgrond is a pretty rough neighborhood.

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GUYS…GUYS WE CAN TALK THIS OUT. MAYBE OVER A BOWL OF CHOWDER?

You could probably make this meal while doing runs of Blackrock! Just don’t die and upset just don’t upset your raid lead.

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  3. 1 cup of water
  4. 2 cups of fish stock
  5. 3 cups of milk
  6. 1/2 onion, chopped
  7. 1/2 lb of carrots, chopped
  8. 1/2 lb of celery, chopped
  9. 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  10. 1/2 lb of italian sausage
  11. 1 lb of cod, chopped
  12. OPTIONAL: 1/2 lb sour dough bread rounds
  13. OPTIONAL: parsley

BUILD ORDER

Total prep time for this dish is about 20 minutes. Total cook time is about 35 minutes. This makes about 6 servings.

OPENING

  1. Set a large pot on high heat. Add your tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Cook your Italian sausage until golden brown (roughly 5 – 7 minutes).
  3. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  4. Add in your chopped onions, celery, and carrots. This blend of ingredients is called a mirepoix.
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  5. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the mirepoix to sweat. Stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning.

MID GAME

  1. Slice the Italian sausage and re-introduce it into the pot. Make sure you pour in any juices left over from the sausage.
  2. Bring the heat back up to high.
  3. Add in your fish stock, water and potatoes. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.blog_gorgrondchowder_cooking

LATE GAME

  1. Add in your chopped cod.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and pour in your milk.
  3. Allow the cod to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often.
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  4. OPTIONAL: to make a bread bowl, cut off the top of the round of bread and scoop the insides out.
  5. OPTIONAL: garnish with parsley
  6. Eat!

GG WP!

Now, the bread bowl is totally optional. You can serve this chowder in a bowl if you’d like!

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As always, I try to replicate the in-game appearance. Here’s what it looks like in-game:

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And here’s how it turned out with the bread bowl:

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Close, I think!

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Yessss….