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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations: $9.99

Infamous 2 $9.99

Final Fantasy XIII – 2 $14.99

The Necronomicon-Thin Crust Edition

Hello! My name is Elizabeth; I am a painter, an army wife, a nerd, a book worm, an animal lover, a cynical, sarcastic creature, and about a thousand other things. I have come to the decision to start food blogging because I enjoy cooking beautiful, delicious food, and then bragging about it. Seriously though, this is an easy way to share my recipes with family and friends.

Why did I make a scary pizza? I made a pizza to look like the Necrinomicon; the book of the dead because I chose to title my blog “the Gastronomicon, the Blog of the Fed” as an omage to HP Lovecraft, and the Evil Dead movie trilogy. I thought it was clever. Also, I make delicious pizza, and with part of a bachelors of fine art under my belt, I had a lot of fun making it into a frightening face.

I did eat it. Although I must confess it was not my tastiest pizza- It was rather a lot of garlic, and only black olives otherwise, I will share my basic pizza recipe and you can go ahead and choose your own toppings.



1 TBS Active dry yeast

1 TBS Sugar

1 Cup warm water (105-110 degrees F) {You can replace your water with a cup of warm beer and your sugar with honey for a bit of a change of flavor.}

1 tsp salt

2 Cups flour (I do one cup unbleached all purpose and one cup whole wheat)

(If you want to make a thin crust pizza, just halve this recipe.)


1) Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large bowl. Allow to sit until the yeast forms a layer of foam on top of the water-about ten minutes.

2) Mix in salt, and flour- stir with a spoon, or mix with dough hook if using a mixer, until it forms a uniform ball. Add flour if needed to keep if from being too sticky, and then knead by hand on a smooth surface, or knead with dough hook until well mixed.

3) Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise for an hour.

4) Punch your dough down and briefly knead on a smooth surface. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) Roll out your dough to fit your pizza pan, or baking sheet- should be about a quarter of an inch thick.

6) Add your sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake for 12 minutes. Slice and serve.

My suggestions for sauce:

I usually use a can of UNSALTED tomato puree, 16 oz… And simmer that with a couple cloves of minced garlic, dried basil, 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano. I let that simmer over low heat until the volume is reduced by about half… 30-40 minutes depending on how low you have your heat set.  This makes a fair amount of sauce, so depending on how much sauce you want on your pizza, you may want to save some. I also occasionally make a green sauce of garlic, and steamed spinach I have put through the blender.

My cheese preferences lean towards fresh mozzarella, but I’m not above using the stuff that comes pre-shredded in a bag because it makes for a lot less work.  Provolone and parmesan also work quite nicely.

I don’t reccomend only topping your pizza  with garlic and black olives… My favorite toppings are banana pepper, spinach, fresh basil, onion, mushroom, sun dried tomato, artichoke hearts, broccoli… I could go on forever. I would have toppings 6 inches thick if I thought I could do it. But the toppings depend on what kind of sauce you are using, and the other toppings you are putting on.

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2011 – Games of the Year

In descending order:

10. Mass Effect 2 (PS3) – No Xbox 360 for me, so I’ve had to wait & listen (& listen) to everyone tell me how amazing the Mass Effect series is.  Once I was finally able to get my hands on it, I was definitely impressed.  The “choices matter” mantra intrigued me & while I definitely planned to go back through to complete all the choice cycles, other games ended up pulling me away.  I would’ve liked to have the option for a “good” and an “evil” version of Shepard heading into ME3.

9. Words With Friends (iOS) – just in terms of time spent playing. Though the words it does allow (sith) and doesn’t not allow (fuck) is suspect at best. The ads drove me berserk and eventually I coughed up the $.99 worth of blood money. Bastards.

8. Tiny Tower (iOS) – Another time suck that is simple but keeps me playing. I’m at 99 floors and counting; the hooks are simple but dammit, they are firmly in place. Plus I finally got a Mapple store.  Mybooks all around!

7. Guerilla: Red Faction (PS3) – I know, I know, it didn’t come out this year.  But this was the year I played it so it’s a 2011 game, dammit. Pure, unadulterated wrecking delight. A next-next-next gen version of my beloved Wrecking Crew for the NES. I want to smash everything with a sledgehammer.  Too bad about the sequel.

6. inFamous 2: I ended up cajoling a friend to drive me out to Forest Hills to buy a street-date broken copy of this from some kid standing out in the street; thanks Craigslist! The story was a fairly natural continuation of the first game though in places it felt almost the same.  The high point of the game for me was the actually pretty touching scene where Cole & Zeke, up on their rooftop hideout, complete with ragged sofa, silently share a couple (dozen) beers & watch TV.  It really conveyed the deep sense of friendship & brotherhood the two shared and illustrated how a meaningful look, a clink of beer bottles or a laugh or two can convey as much as any conversation.

5. Uncharted 3: Best of the series so far, though the ending (SPOILERS) is way too close to the ending of Uncharted 2 for my liking. Bonus for eliciting a “Now this looks like something I’d play” from my girlfriend.  Drake is still clearly a murdering psychopath but his properly keffiyeh gives him a pass, I guess.

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: The single player is less laughable than the ridiculous MW2 though not as interesting or compelling as Black Ops; the multi-player is a tweaked and seemingly more balanced version of MW2’s madness.  It all boils down to a game of tag with guns, yet every time I pick it up, 6 hours vanish.  Bonus points for suckering me into buying Elite when, it was first introduced, I swore up and down I would never pay for it. ACTIVISION (shakes fist) !!!!

3. Arkham City: The sequel to the best Batman game since Sunsoft’s NES Batman . Despite the maddening aerial challenges, this game was note perfect.  The Iceberg Lounge portion with the ice & the shark? Terrifying.

2. Skyrim: My first introduction to the Elder Scrolls; this became my one & only focus from early November when it was released right up until Christmas.  I would love to start over, now that I know how the game world works as well as what choices I should have/could have made in terms of character creation.  But that would involve me quitting my job and until someone want’s to pay me to game for a living, I don’t see that happening.  BoneSmasher the Dark Elf will have NO siblings in Tamriel for the time being; only his distant cousin, Fly Ricky the Wine Taster, from the Capital Wastelands in the far distant future.

1. Saints Row the Third:I loved Skyrim; hell, I STILL love Skyrim. But Skyrim feels like a job; Saints Row the Third feels like a vacation. From the early penthouse invasion mission which beings by parachuting out of a plane then running & gunning through a lavish party full of gangsters and strippers set to Kanye West’s “Power” (gave me goosebumps; the perfect song for that mission) to the first time I stole a plane (and immediately crashed into the ground) to chainsawing luchadores to hitting random pedestrians with float over DDTs, I loved everything about SRtT. It’s just pure…id. Anxiously awaiting whatever DLC gets released for the game; I can’t wait to revisit Steelport.