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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 07, 2020, 07:31:51 pm
Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

No News Today - Instead, I want to share a random blast from the past:


(Strongbad was/is one of my favorite Web things)





The Funnies:








Recipe for the day:

I was scrolling though, looking for dinner ideas for some Chicken I had - and this sounded *really* good: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/178809/southern-style-buttermilk-fried-chicken/?internalSource=previously%20viewed&referringContentType=Homepage

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

QuoteIngredients
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
5 cups vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, salt and pepper, and cayenne in a bowl, and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.

When you are ready to cook the chicken, combine the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in the other plastic bag. Shake to mix thoroughly. Transfer one marinated chicken piece at a time into the dry ingredient bag, and shake well to ensure complete coverage. After all chicken pieces are coated, repeat the process by dipping them in the buttermilk marinade and shaking in the dry coating again.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, making sure not to burn the oil. When oil is hot, fry chicken in batches until golden brown and juices run clear, turning chicken to brown evenly.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

I was just scrolling Deviantart, and found this new one. I'm excited for Nova this week - please help me make it happen!



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)




Inspirobot:



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns Saturday (Maybe - go confirm your attendance/absence) (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (General)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)
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Serial Roleplays / Re: Star Trek: North Star
Last post by Klaw - January 07, 2020, 03:51:47 am
So, I've been working pretty hard on this ship, I think I have the bones of the Bridge done - it needs some texturing and detailing work still, but I can come back to that when I get the rest of the deck finished

Here's the bridge from Aft:



Currently working on the rest of A Deck, which will include a small corridor between a staircase and the Ready Room (Door on the left of the CO's Chair), a Conference Lounge (Door on the right of the CO's Chair), I'm considering a small corridor between the ready room and the Conference room, which will curve around the View Screen (I can do it, just not sure if I need/want to) And I'm laying out a Turbolift in my head. Expect it to be small - like Nova Small.


I'm hopeful for a spring release - so much so that I even made the Episode 1-5 Promos...


...fingers crossed :)
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless...
Last post by Klaw - January 06, 2020, 06:22:35 pm
Good Morning Blacksmiths! Sorry I'm late today, I woke up under the weather and stayed hom from work. Still feel like crap, but alas...

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

Pauley Want Attention
Bye Bye Squat and Surf breaks
My cat would do this too...



The Funnies:







Recipe for the day:

Pork Chops, the Klaw Way

So, today I couldn't think of anything fancy to share, as far as recipes - so I figured I'd share a simple, quick-fix meal that I enjoy: Porkchops, the Klaw Way!

Quote from: undefinedIngredients

1lb Thick Center Cut Pork Chops
1 Tbps Butter
Seasoned Salt
Garlic Powder
Pepper

Directions

In a large frying pan, melt butter on medium heat, lining the pan in the hot buttery goodness.
Place Porkchops in the hot, buttered pan.
Season with Seasoned Salt, Garlic Powder, and Pepper to taste (or however you want to season them - depending on the veggies you choose to serve these with)
Cook covered, rotating as needed for about 15- 20 minutes (or until yout meat thermometer says it's safe)

Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and a bit of gravy.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

I was looking through my desktop backgrounds today, and came across this one. There are days that I feel Daedalus is my white whale... but, we'll see what happens in the future :)



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by Euderion on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/euderion (I'm a big fan of his work too)



Inspirobot:





Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X) (Don't forget to confirm your attendance - I'm about to crack down on the roster)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th at 13:30 EST (18:30 GMT) All are welcome to attend - This is a great time to take part in our effort to improve The Forge, come let your voice be heard! (General)

Pegasus Reboot *still* needs you! (Orville)
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Announcements / What's Happening at The Forge ...
Last post by Klaw - January 05, 2020, 05:03:25 pm
Happy New Year, Blacksmiths!

Time to shake off our Post-Holiday Blues and get back in our Gaming Routine! Here's a look at what's coming up this week!



RPG-X News:

Star Trek Nova Returns! After a long voyage, Nova and the Cargo Convoy have arrived at the rendezvous with the Xindi Aquatic ship to make their aid delivery. Be sure to confirm your attendance in the episode thread (I explained it last night, it's easier for me to keep track of who's coming if it's posted there then if it's on Discord or elsewhere - please oblige me, it only takes a minute :) )

I'm under the impression that Brand New Day will not be starting this month as originally planned, An official launch time for that series will be announced when it becomes available, however I am going to be working with another member about reviving an old series of theirs for a modern audience... we'll see what happens

If you have any interest in running your own SRP - that road is open to you! This thread details how to go about getting yourself set up: https://www.theforgegaming.net/forum/index.php/topic,19.0.html



Space Engineers News:

Server is live, we haven't done much recently there (I still want to gut and overhaul my starbase...)

At some point this month, I would like us to revisit The Battle of Colony Alpha - and see what kind of shenanigans we can get up to there. That poor planet is still under siege - one of our factions needs to claim total victory soon!

I'm contemplating an idea for a Ship Building/design Contest The First week of February. I haven't posted about it yet, but start drawing up ideas in your head for your ships :D



The Orville Interactive Fan Experience

Still looking for suggestions/opinions about rebooting Pegasus With the new updates the've made to the game recently, it's nearly a whole new experience! I don't want to take the time to do it though if there isn't support in the idea, so let me know!

If you're interested in planning an RP Why not drop a thread in the Let's Play board - or if you would like to run your own Serial Roleplay - please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Operations Team. We're always open to new ideas, and would love to help however we can.



We have our first Ops team meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 12th at 13:30 EST (18:30GMT) and it will be wholly open to the public. I want to welcome everyone, from the most active member, to the fresh faced newbie, to come and take part. The hope is that we can work as a community to add some new direction for us, and finalize some business that we've let sit idle for too long. So please drop by discord during this time (Operations Discussion Channel(s) )and let your voice be heard!

Last thing I want to say is Thank you. To everyone who has been patient, kind, generous; to everyone who has endured the hardships of the last year with us here, and have stuck around through them all. Our time is here - and your patience is about to be rewarded.

Let's have a Kick Ass 2020!

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The Operations Team / Re: Operations Meeting - 1/12/...
Last post by Klaw - January 05, 2020, 02:19:27 pm
let's shoot for 13:30EST (18:30 GMT) Sunday?

unless anyone has any issue with that
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The Operations Team / Re: Operations Meeting - 1/12/...
Last post by StringTheorist - January 05, 2020, 06:36:04 am
 My schedule is not very predictable, but if I cannot make it I will submit my thoughts in writing before and after the meeting.
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 03, 2020, 02:29:31 pm
Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

Wakanda Forever!
Dr. Phil? More like Dr. Shoot-To-Kill
The Police are the real poopers here...



The Funnies:








Recipe for the day:

Country Fried Steak and Eggs

In the spirit of the fact that I slept in until my second alarm (Which is my wrap up whatever I'm doing quickly alarm) and as a result, didn't have an opportunity to make breakfast (Thank you, Drive-Thru window!) I am lamenting over the meal I *could* have had, had I gotten up early to start preparing, and indeed had the ingredients lying around.

Country Fried Steak is an amazingly versatile dish. You can serve it with mashed potatos and veggies for a well balanced, delicious dinner - and warm it up in the morning with a couple of eggs and some toast/biscuits (See the recipe here) for breakfast. Trust me, this is a cardiologist's delight, and as we all know, if Doctor's love it, it must be good eating!: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/150306/the-best-chicken-fried-steak/

QuoteIngredients
4 (1/2 pound) beef cube steaks
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable shortening for deep frying
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.
Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

Turned on my laptop this morning when I got in the office, and this was my center monitor's background. I know *technically* Enterprise never saw a refit like this...but, It's still a pretty image...



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)



Inspirobot:

(Let's try to break *some* of these, shall we? :P )



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (Time still TBD - though I may set one, and just pray it works for everyone who wants/needs to be there) (General)

Brand New Day starts this month! (RPG-X)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)



One more final word. Next week, I hope we can start to return to business as usual, as now the holidays are behind us, and our New Year Hangovers are subsiding :P

The meeting on the 14th (whenever we finally get a time set...*hint hint*) will be a bit of a state of the community type event, where I hope we can work together to set a tone for the coming year. I won't go too heavy into it now, but in a few short summer months last year, we built all of this. Now it's time to tend to our garden, and watch it grow - which requires an active approach and a gentle touch.

Let's have a great weekend my friends! Check out the shenanigans above, and don't hesitate to organize your own shenanigans!
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 02, 2020, 02:11:32 pm
Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!

As an added treat today - I'll link you all to the post that has inspired me to start doing these :) Enjoy!




News stories of the Day:

A new meaning to the phrase "taking the piss"...

Santa Claus is robbing the bank!

Big weed kept on rolling... right into the road




The Funnies:







Recipe for the day:

Lancashire Hot Pot

I figured, since yesterday was tailor made to be a dish that I doubt many of you have ever had, I feel it only fair for me to find something that I've not had. Upon reading the recipe, I'll need to make some adjustments (namely beef instead of lamb, as I'm not sure where to get lamb in my home town) - BUT I'm looking forward to trying this one on Saturday: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24805/lancashire-hot-pot/

QuoteIngredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
12 ounces chopped onion
1 1/2 pounds cubed leg of lamb meat
2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 ounce butter
2 cups chicken or lamb stock

Directions
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute onion until soft and deep golden in color. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add lamb to skillet and fry (in batches if necessary) until rich chestnut brown in color, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain fat and reserve.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Spread 1/2 of the potatoes in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place browned lamb and onions on top, then sprinkle with thyme and season to taste. Cover with remaining potatoes, season to taste and dot with butter. Pour stock over all.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Note: If casserole is drying out while cooking, add more stock as needed. If casserole is browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.

I hope this recipe is semi-authentic (for those who know better, let me know! as I mentioned, I'm planning this for dinner this weekend)




Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

I don't think the Nova class gets as muc credit as it deserves. I don't know why, but I find this ship very interesting, and would love to see more of it sometime in the future :)



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)



Inspirobot:



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."




Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (Time still TBD - though I may set one, and just pray it works for everyone who wants/needs to be there) (General)

Brand New Day starts this month! (RPG-X)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)
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Serial Roleplays / Re: Star Trek: North Star
Last post by Klaw - January 02, 2020, 10:29:57 am






Been playing around with consoles (I'm not great with patches, but I'm trying to use them to build the consoles around the ship, it'll open up more possibilities for us if I do :P)

Anyway, after I got these consoles in over the weekened, I kinda felt like we were looking at a 22nd Century Defiant Class - am I the only one getting that vibe? :P
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 01, 2020, 05:50:31 pm
Happy New Year!!!!!

Sorry I missed Monday and Tuesday, but I'm here now :)



News stories of the Day:

Advancement of Technology could help end hunger (Assuming we end greed, and realize food is essential to live...)

A list of recommended reads to start the year

An Honest Crook



The Funnies:







Recipe for the day:

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

I submit that there is nothing better in the world than to wake up to a big, home made breakfast (except cookies, naturally). Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Waffles are all well and good, but they all lack some southern charm on their own. That's where some Sausage Gravy and Biscuits come in.

Generally speaking, I make my own gravy with my patented "bit of this, and bit of that" cooking style - but I found this recipe, and it seems decent enough for a basic try: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/216391/easy-sausage-gravy-and-biscuits/

QuoteIngredients
1 (16 ounce) can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits
1 (9.6 ounce) package Jimmy Dean(R) Original Hearty Pork Sausage Crumbles
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups milk
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Bake biscuits according to package directions.
Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk; cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Split biscuits in half. Place 2 halves on each of 8 plates; top with about 1/3 cup gravy.

I usually like to spice up mine a bit more with some seasoned salt, and maybe a dash of Worcestershire Sauce. I also recommend fresh ground sausage, and if you can make them, real buttermilk biscuits: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/220943/chef-johns-buttermilk-biscuits/

QuoteIngredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled in freezer and cut into thin slices
3/4 cup cold buttermilk
2 tablespoons buttermilk for brushing

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 5 minutes.
Make a well in the center of butter and flour mixture. Pour in 3/4 cup buttermilk; stir until just combined.
Turn dough onto a floured work surface, pat together into a rectangle.
Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, and flatten back into a rectangle. Repeat twice more, folding and pressing dough a total of three times.
Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.
Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Press an indent into the top of each biscuit with your thumb.
Brush the tops of biscuits with 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes.

I haven't made these biscuits, but the theory here is sound :P

If you find yourself with leftover biscuits, and no gravy - they go great with honey, or fruit jams of your choosing (I suggest Strawberry)

Go start this year off right with a nice, old fashioned, country breakfast!



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

Been watching a lot of DS9 lately, and this scene still gets me riled up!


Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)



Inspirobot:


Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Lastly, don't forget the shenanigans that are coming up here at The Forge:

Nova Returns January 11th. This will be episode 1 of a 4 part finale to close this series. All are welcome :) (We'll be doing a fair bit of recapping, etc - to bring things fresh in everyone's mind during this) - be sure to confirm your attendance!

Ops Team Meeting is schedule for January 12th. I have put up a preliminary run down of the business at hand, if there's something you want to add to the agenda/talk about - please don't hesitate to contact me! - Ops Team, we still need to set a time!

Brand New Day is slated to take off sometime in January. If you haven't done so yet, get your applications in! - String, when are we starting?

One more addendum - Looking at Rebooting Pegasus - and I want feedback on the idea before I pull the trigger :D
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