Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Coda: The Maggie Greene

The Group makes their way to Atlanta in the box truck provided by Noah and Daryl. They manage to capture two of the police officers manning Grady Memorial Hospital.

A bargain is struck by Rick's Group with the pseudo-police running Grady Memorial. They will trade the officers for Carol and Beth. The trade-off begins smoothly when Carol is traded for the male officer. Beth is traded for the female officer. But Dawn, the de-facto leader at Grady, demands Noah as a trade for one of her fallen officers.

Beth refuses to allow Noah to remain behind but her ill-planned attack on Dawn results in Beth's own death. Dawn is immediately killed by Daryl in retaliation and Rick offers asylum for any of the Grady Memorial group who want to leave. However, they choose to stay, believing that with Dawn's death, they can return to normal.

Just as Rick's Group exits the building, Maggie and Glenn arrive with the fire truck. The smaller group walks forward confidently, expecting to see Beth and Carol but are overwhelmed with grief when they see Daryl emerge, carrying Beth's limp form. Maggie collapses in horror with Glenn at her side.

She is now the sole survivor of the Greene family and could not possibly process her grief. Abraham would take charge that night. Rosita, Tara and Eugene never met Beth so they would certainly help look after the brokenhearted Group. Their stash of food would be brought out.

But the real treasure would be saved for Maggie. Their stash of liquor would be reserved for her alone. Based on Georgia's official state cocktail, the "Scarlet O'Hara," the  Maggie Greene is dedicated to Maggie; the stalwart survivor and new moral center of the Group.

Although devastated by the loss, Maggie inherited her father's strength and would continue to support the Group, even as they carry her in her hour of need. Prepare a Maggie Greene and raise a toast to those left behind and to those that lead the way.

Then fill to all the parting glass and drink a health what 'er befalls,
And then gently rise and softly fall, goodnight and joy be to you all.

And when the dead rise; and Rick tells you to stop running.....STOP!

The Maggie Greene

1/2 cup Peach Infused Vodka
1/2 cup Peach Nectar
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice (optional)
Club Soda

In a large glass, combine vodka, nectar and lemon juice. Stir well and add ice if you have it. The drink will still be very refreshing without ice due to the carbonation in the club soda. Pour club soda over the mixture, being careful not to disturb the bubbles. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach and serve immediately.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Crossed: Baked Beans and Cheese Dip

After learning that Beth is still alive and that Carol has fallen victim to the White Cross Group at Grady Memorial Hospital, Rick takes Sasha, Daryl and Tyreese to Atlanta to retrieve Carol and Beth.

Michonne and Carl stay behind with Judith and Gabriel. Carl makes every effort to engage with Gabriel; even offering to teach him how to defend himself. But Gabriel continues to refuse. Nothing more can be done so they hunker down to wait for the return of their friends and family.

Michonne has a special affinity for Carl. No matter how little she has, it is always shared with Carl. In order to pass the time and feed the young man, Michonne would no doubt look through the food stash and see the makings of a fun lunch. Baked Beans and Cheese Dip with stale corn chips can be prepared with only a few ingredients.

Fun and nutritious, it would be perfect for these two dear friends to share. Make it today and split it with your favorite person.

And when the dead rise; never leave a priest unsupervised. In fact; never leave a priest unsupervised at all.

Baked Beans and Cheese Dip

1-14 ounce jar Baked Beans (we used B&M)
1-5 ounce jar Old English Cheddar Spread
1 Tbsp. dried Minced Onion
1-2 Tbsp. Sriracha Sauce (to taste)
1-2 Tbsp. Yellow or Golden Mustard (to taste)

Corn Chips (stale chips will work just fine)

In a medium saucepan, combine beans, cheddar spread, minced onion, Sriracha sauce and mustard. Heat gently over medium heat, or medium-hot campfire coals until cheese is melted and blended and mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve hot with chips or crackers for dipping.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Consumed: Peaches Grady

Carol and Daryl have pursued a vehicle bearing a white cross into the Atlanta city limits. Daryl explains how Beth was kidnapped by a similar vehicle. They both realized that they now have a real chance to locate her.

They take shelter in a family services center in the temporary housing section meant for victims of domestic violence. The next morning, they're briefly taken captive by a young man named Noah. They are stunned to learn that Beth is indeed still alive and being held at Grady Memorial Hospital.

A station wagon bearing a white ross arrives and the three attempt to flee to the neighboring building. But not before Carol is struck by the vehicle and kidnapped. Only Noah's quick reasoning prevents Daryl from attempting to chase them down on foot.

Daryl knows that only his entire Group, with all of their combined firepower will be enough to get Beth and now Carol back alive. Noah and Daryl steal a box truck to go back and retrieve the Group from Gabriel's church.

Daryl and Carol had been surviving on potato chips, but Noah had canned goods taken from Grady Memorial Hospital. On the journey back, he would no doubt bring out food to share with Daryl

Noah's ingenuity and creativity ensured that the odd collection of stolen pantry items would become something delicious. Simple canned peaches with crushed cookies (stale is fine!), cheese spread, chocolate and ice cream topping combine to create Peaches Grady; a unique twist on Peach Melba.

And when the dead rise; look both ways before you cross the street.

Peaches Grady

1-14 ounce can Peach Halves (drained)
Lorna Doone cookies (or other shortbread type cookie or biscuit), crushed into crumbs
1 jar Breyers Berry Ice Cream Sauce
1 jar Kraft Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread
Dark Chocolate bar, grated or chopped

In a small bowl, layer cookie crumbs and then place a peach (pit side up). Place a dollop of the cream cheese spread in the dip of the peach. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and drizzle with Berry Ice Cream Sauce.

Serve immediately.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Self Help: Honey Biscuits on a Stick

Abraham has commandeered the bus from St. Sarah's Episcopal Church to speed up the mission to take Eugene to Washington DC. Glenn, Maggie and Tara have all elected to accompany Abraham, despite Carol and Daryl's disappearance from the Group.

Their journey on the church bus is short however, when the engine fails after only 15 miles on the road. Making their way to a library, they take shelter for the night. They're pleased to find a fire truck the next morning but it also breaks down due to a blocked air filter.

Maggie tells Eugene she knows why he has a mullet haircut and shares a riddle about Samson from the Bible with him: "Out of the eater, something to eat. Out of the strong, something sweet."

Eugene is baffled but the conversation is halted when they discover their route runs through stockyards that have been overrun by Walkers. Abraham refuses to find a detour an during the ensuing argument, Eugene confesses that not only does he not know anything about a cure for the Plague; he isn't even a scientist. He made it all up so he would be kept safe.

Abraham is enraged and proceeds to beat Eugene until he is unconscious. The little forlorn group sits together; their only reason for holding out hope taken from them once more. That night they would scarcely have any appetite as they would take turns watching over Eugene's lifeless body.

Tara would make the effort to start a small fire. And Glenn and Maggie would grill honey biscuits on a stick for the Group. Sometimes, simple carbohydrates are really best.

Out of the strong comes something sweet.

Your group will appreciate these twisty, donut-like treats. Prepare them when you want to remember sweeter times.

And the dead rise; don't tell outrageous lies to Abraham.

Honey Biscuits on a Stick

Biscuit Spirals:
1 1/2 cup Bisquick Baking Mix
1/2 cup water or canned milk

Several Sticks, about 1/2 inch in diameter
(coated with oil if you have it)

Honey Butter Sauce:
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp Butter Buds

In a medium sized bowl, combine baking mix with water or milk. Stir ingredients until soft dough forms. Sprinkle more baking mix on a flat (relatively clean) surface and knead ten times or until extra baking mix is absorbed into the dough.

Break off a walnut sized piece of dough and roll into a six inch strip. Wrap strip carefully around stick to form a spiral. Hold over ash covered hot coals for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.

Serve with Honey Butter Sauce.

For Honey Butter Sauce: combine honey and Butter Buds in a fire-proof container and warm gently over hot campfire coals until smooth and melted.