Breadfan's Bread Basket #2



This week's Bread Basket is being typed on my brand new laptop that I just picked up Saturday for college.  So far I am loving it and everything works pretty well, aside from Firefox freezing up a lot (that may be a Vista thing, I don't know).  Anyway I got the laptop home got it all set up didn't work.  Yup, so I had to drive all the way back up to Best Buy which is a 45 minute drive.  Luckily when I got to the customer service counter there was a very helpful Best Buy employee who switched out the busted laptop for a new one without any problems.   Anyway onto the games!

What I've Been Playing

  Now I have never really been a big PC game sorta guy (aside from my love of Diablo II), but now that my laptop is capable of playing somewhat decent games I decided to pick and and try out some PC games.
A few friends of mine convinced me to get Counter-Strike: Source with my new laptop and I've been playing that for the most part these past few days.  Counter-Strike is a good game and all and fulfills that 'I just wanna shoot fools online' urge, but the community is one of the worst of all time.  I mean sure that is stereotyping a large group of people, but ever server is filled with whiny little 12 year olds trying to talk trash.  Well, it's the internet who could have figured?  I don't wanna spend too much time on Counter-Strike since it's a pretty old game that most people already know about.
I've had this game for a few year and I played it online with a friend of mine who is way into real time strategy games in general and I decided to bust it out and play some more of it on my new laptop.  If anyone has not played this game I highly recommend it.  It is a great RTS game even if you are not a fan of Lord of the Rings.  Right now I am doing a play through of the good campaign and then I will begin the evil campaign shortly after that.  Being a Lord of the Rings fan this is like the perfect RTS for me, the classic LotR music is in full swing and swells at the right moments as you are conquering an enemy base or when you are being overrun by hordes of enemy units.
Yes...World of Warcraft, I cannot really believe that I am even playing this game.  I found a two week trial disk in the box of Diablo II and I decided that I might as well give it a go.  So far I am enjoying it, though I have never played any sort of MMO in my life.  At the moment I am only about level six or seven, I haven't played it that much.  I can see why people play it so much, but I really just cannot play the game for more than twenty minutes without getting bored and picking it back up a few hours later.  Who knows maybe I will end up buying the full game, but $15 a month adds up pretty quick for the subscription.

On the Bookshelf

 Since I enjoyed Shadow Complex so much I decided to pick up Orson Scott Card's Empire which is set in the same universe as the game.  So far it is alright, I haven't really been sucked into the story yet but I guess I'll find out soon enough.  There are just some things that turn me off about the book, one being obvious undertones of Card's radical real life views.  Personally if a book's story is worth reading I will read it even if I don't agree with the author on their personal views, but this book I am not sure about.  I'll post an update next time about how I feel about it after I read some more.

Music to Blog By

 I thought I would add segment just for kicks about what I am listening to while writing the Bread Basket 
This week it is the Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid soundtrack written and recorded by Bob Dylan.   

Cooking with Breadfan

Bacon Cornbread
 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons cornmeal 
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, salt, bacon bits, cornmeal, oil, honey, and eggs. Stir in the yeast mixture and knead to form a soft dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat, cover, and allow to rise until doubled; about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Punch down; form in a greased loaf pan sprinkled with cornmeal, and allow to rise again; about 1 hour.
  4. Bake at 350*F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is browned.
 Until next time, thanks for reading