oh man anon you have no idea how much HCs I have for them all, but for starters, let me just begin with their jobs and a few pieces of random triva:
Mr. Wheezy - Manager of the Casino Cage. He handles all the transactions and accounting and paperwork together with the staff under him. He’s snarky, and as an outsider you’d assume he’s an asshole bc he looks like one, but he gets along pretty well with the rest of the staff. He’s especially good friends with Mangosteen
Chips Bettigan - Pit Boss. Everyone in King Dice’s crew are good at every type of game - tho Chips specializes in Texas Hold’ems and all the ‘carnival games’; Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride, Flop Poker, you name it. He’s the youngest out of everyone in the crew, and he enjoys it when people mistakes him to be older than Pip
Pip and Dot - Pit Bosses. They specialize in Pai Gow tiles/poker/dominoes. Dot is the brash one out of the two and she loves to bait people into drinking contests with her. Her main victim is Wheezy. Pip is quieter but no less mischievous, and he’s one of the few who can hold Dot back.They’re both close childhood friends.
Phear Lap - Pit Boss and the server in the horse racing section of the casino. He’s generally stationed in the halls with TVs of live streams and betting screens.
Phear Lap has a VERY good memory, as he’s in charge of the racing tracks and all the bets. He gets so exasperated and amused when people mistakes him as an old man; he’s only in his late twenties, thank you very much
Mangosteen - Pit Boss. He specializes in Pool rather than the usual Casino Games. He also takes cares of the pool tables and is very strict in regards to their cleanliness or getting ashes in the felt. Wheezy’s coat was a gift from him since it was too small for him to wear.
Pirouletta - Pit Boss. Her specialization are wheel games like Roulette and Big Six together with card games like Poker, Blackjack and Baccarat. Nothing ever fazes her cool exterior. Chips and her get along great and he respects her a lot, while Pirouletta sighs when he gets into trouble with Pip and Dot again.
Mr. Chimes - Slots Supervisor. And of course, he’s great at slot and machine games. He usually doesn’t talk except repeating ‘I am Mr. Chimes’ with varying tones. Only Phear Lap and Hopus Pocus understands him as if he was using English. He knows all the shortcuts and secrets in the Casino that no one else knows
Hocus Pocus - Head Chef and Magician. He entertains diners in the restaurant area with a show of live cooking and magic tricks.
He has an incredibly short attention span but can hyperfocus on things and flawlessly complete tasks, which is why he was placed on kitchen duty. Probably owns like 666 doves
Rum - Bartender and the eldest of the Tipsy Troop, and none of them are related. A sweet old guy who’d show you little tricks and sleight of hands and listen to your problems. He taught both Martini and Whisky some bartending tricks over the years, and always buys them little gifts. He gets along great with Mr Chimes
Whisky - Bartender and the second eldest of the Tipsy Troop. A no-nonsense and stern type of guy, but kind. He keeps every single gift from Rum and Martini and own like 5 flannel shirts. Him and Martini go shopping from time to time to get Rum gifts
Martini - Bartender and youngest of the Tipsy Troop. Cool and collected, and while all three of them can spy a cheater from across the room, she has the sharpest eye. Her and Dot are gal pals
And for clarification on their jobs:
Casino Cage - where you exchange your money for casino chips and vice-versa.
Together with the Vault, it’s responsible for the custodianship of and accountability for the casino’s bankroll
Pit Boss - Also known as Pit Managers/Floor Managers. They look after the employees who work in a casino pit; floormens to dealers to croupiers. Usually it’s the floormens who report directly to them. It’s the job of a Pit Boss to sort issues such as cheating and other important things out. They aren’t the ones dealing you games, and they’re usually running around busy with other things, but all of KD’s executive staffs can take over any games or jobs at anytime tho
Slots Supervisor - equivalent to a Pit Boss but on the slots floor instead. All Slots attendants report directly to them
The Casino staff map isn’t 100% accurate in terms to real life, nor am I an expert on how Casinos work, but this is the system I worked out for my portrayal of the Casino after doing my research. So yeah, that’s all for now!!!
Caramelizing Tomato Paste: A Time-Bending Chef Trick
Long cooking times let tomato sugars enrich the flavors of any dish, but if you can’t wait for that, caramelizing tomato paste is the perfect cheffy way to let those flavors sing in a fraction of the time.
When making a tomato based sauce or other dish like a soup or stew, cook tomato paste in the bottom of your pot or pan in a drizzle of olive oil until it smells rich and fragrant and loses that fresh tomato-y tang. Make sure to keep it moving with a spatula and not to burn it, so pay attention to the tomato paste as you work with it.
Then add your aromatics like onion and garlic (or a chopped shallot - mmm!) so they can cook down and caramelize in the tomato paste. Add some Kosher salt and pepper during this step to speed up the process. The salt draws out moisture from the onions and garlic and makes the mixture like a magic aromatic tomato jam. It’s heaven.
Add the rest of your ingredients and cook as normal.
This will make your dish so much richer and you’ll swear it was cooking for HOURS vs. less than that. (Another way you can make your sauce taste like it was cooking for a loooooong time is to use oven-roasted tomatoes, but then it might be TOO good.)
Also, it’s worth it to look for tomato paste that comes packaged in a tube. This style of packaging keeps it much fresher than the stuff that comes in a can because you can screw the cap back on, and it’s much easier to just squeeze it into your dish. Also it saves you from dirtying a can opener and a spoon.
Summary: Life continued for the Justice League after Y/N’s death, but what happens when a member of the Avengers accidentally breaks their window during a fight? Meet Wicked Chaos, the newest Avenger addition, who distrusts the Justice League for some unknown reason, even for her.
Word Count: 11,634
Pairings: Clark Kent x Reader, Barry Allen x Reader, Bruce Wayne x Reader, Tony Stark x Reader
Warnings: Amnesiac reader, A LITTLE angst, I’m pretty sure there’s swearing somewhere and I think that’s it.
A/N: FINALLY, THE DAY YOU ALL HAVE WAITED, JUST BEFORE 2016 ENDS!!! (In my time zone, so don’t come tell me that’s 2017 already, my computer still marks is 2016, period.) Hope you enjoy it since it’s NOT EDITED, SORRY. Therefore, any typos are on me (so let me know if you find any).
These are HIGH value treats. And very easy to make at home with nothing but an oven. You could also use a dehydrator if you have one.
First off, you need ground beef, ground turkey, a chub of ground organ meat, or similar. You can use whole meats, but they require a bit more additional work to get them to the small size you see here. I used Wolf Run, which is an organ and tripe blend from Texas Tripe. A 2 lb chub.
Next, defrost the whole thing, and cook it up in a pan. Cook it until all of the liquid is gone, and you’re left with just the meat pieces. A few more minutes sitting in the hot pan and stirred around can’t hurt at all.
After that, place in a pan. Spread out as much as you can. That way they aren’t on top of each other and making the dehydration process harder.
Put in an oven at the lowest setting you have. For mine, it’s 150 degrees. For one I had in the past it was 200 degrees. And another it was 120 degrees. Don’t worry too much about it. Just know it needs to go in at a very low heat, and not like you’re baking at 400 degrees.
Allow to dehydrate for a few hours. I left mine in for about 3 hours. You could leave it in for 4 or 5. Depends on how you want them.
Afterwards, pull them out and let it continue to dry overnight or for a similar amount of time.
And then… use! You can get a large amount of small high value training treats with only one ingredient for fairly cheap (depending on what you use)!
Using this method with liver, chicken hearts, ground tripe, and now this ground organ blend, I have never had even picky cats turn their nose up at it.
This Rice Cooking Trick Cuts Calories In Half (And It Involves Coconut Oil!)
One cup of medium grain white rice has roughy 246 calories; this new cooking method will cut that number to as little as 147 calories per cup.
The method works by changing the rice’s digestible starch to indigestible starch, which prevents much of the rice from being metabolized into glucose and absorbed into the bloodstream during digestion. “After your body converts carbohydrates into glucose,” James explains, “any leftover fuel gets converted into a polysaccharide carbohydrate called glycogen. Your liver and muscles store glycogen for energy and quickly turn it back into glucose as needed. The issue is that the excess glucose that doesn’t get converted to glycogen ends up turning into fat, which can lead to excessive weight or obesity.”
To make the lower-calorie rice, add a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water. Stir in half a cup of rice and simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, or until rice is fully cooked. Stick it in the fridge for 12 hours, and voila — rice with 10 times the resistant starch and up to 60 percent fewer calories than normal.
“The cooling is essential because amylose, the soluble part of the starch, leaves the granules during gelatinization [which happens naturally as rice cools],” James says. “Cooling for 12 hours will lead to formation of hydrogen bonds between the amylose molecules outside the rice grains, which also turns it into a resistant starch.” The process is final — reheating the rice won’t reverse any of the changes.
Those who worry that adding calorie-dense coconut oil to rice would make the food more fattening shouldn’t worry; the shift in starch type cancels out more calories than the coconut oil adds in.
Happy Howl-oween, friends! Cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, dark plums, and vanilla on the nose. Cassis and blackberries on the palate with a hint of mint. Pretty ripe and straightforward. Drink it, cook with it or trick-or-treat with it!
What time is it? Au time! So this idea sort of popped it’s way into my head while binge watching fantasy shows on Netflix.
So it’d take place in this magical, kingdom medievalish place with wizards and royalty and all that good shit. Here’s how I think the characters would be.
America: Alright, what if Alfred was the cocky, arrogant prince who thinks he’s top shit but is actually really afraid of letting people down and has all this responsibility thrown on him since he’s going to be king one day. He acts cocky to hide the fact that he’s actually really scared. He loves his kingdom and would do anything for his people and grows into a better leader as he grows up. He jokes around a lot and has a pretty good sense of humour, and he hates seeing people get hurt on his account.
Denmark: I really want to see Alfred, Matthias and Gilbert as some knight trio who all kick ass but are all huge dorks. Matthias is like the biggest dork out of all of them. He trained to be a knight after living in a northern kingdom for his whole life, he wasn’t born noble like most Knights, he earned it through skill and bravery. He’s a big oaf and tries to get everyone to laugh and just overall have a good time, always the one to lighten the mood but you don’t want to get on his bad side cause he will kick your ass, he’s not one of the top knights for no reason.
Prussia: The last of the knight trio, I want Gilbert to be like that cool, dark knight sort of guy who also thinks he’s top shit but is actually just really lonely and wants friends. He grew up in a noble family and was raised with strict rules of who he can be friends with and who he can’t, and that its Everyman for himself. After Alfred recruits him he realizes the value of working in a team and loves his friends andalsomaybemattiebutshhh.
Canada: I want Matthew to be Alfred’s servant who is pretty much his best friend and who Alfred always comes to for advice. At first, Matthew thinks he’s an arrogant prick and Alfred thinks he’s a wimpy loser but eventually the two grow to be really close. Matthew does all his shit for him and though Alfred pretends he doesn’t appreciate it, he really values Matt and is very protective over him. Also maybe Matthew is secretly his brother, his mother had an affair and if the king knew, he’d sentence both the queen and Matthew to death, so she doesn’t say anything.
England: Arthur is the Prince of the neighbouring kingdom to Alfred’s. Alfred grew up close to Arthur, being the only one he could trust before Matthew and the Knights. Arthur hates the thought of marriage and wasting his time with love. He’s secretly a sorcerer and is very talented in magic. He keeps it hidden because most people believe magic is a silly thing, and is unfitting for a prince.
France: A rich noblemen who is in an arranged marriage with Arthur. At first neither have any interest in each other. Francis is seen as a high honoured, King suck up and Arthur disapproves of him. Francis doesn’t want to be tied down by marriage so he ignores Arthur. He’s actually very sneaky and uses his charisma to help get information for the group. He’s super flirty and all the girls love him. He hits on basically everyone in the castle. He also very smart and knows how to read people well. Eventually him and Arthur warm up to each other.
Norway: I couldn’t not add him. Okay so what if Lukas was some closed off sorcerer who owned a magic shop in the kingdom. Matthias doesn’t know shit about magic, but he loves hearing Lukas talk about the things he passionate about. He’s very talented at taking care of magical creatures and eventually gets a place in the castle as a care taker for creatures. Him and Matthias are childhood friends from the northern kingdom who met each other again.
Hungary: Elizabeta is another servant at the castle, mostly taking care of the Queen. She has always wanted to be a knight but was restricted by gender. She’s very skilled in fighting and teaches Matthew how to fight when they’re both hanging around the castle. She once kicked Gil’s ass, even though he denies it. She’s the mom of the castle and even though she’s a servant, half the castle is scared of her.
Russia: I want Ivan to be a dark wizard from a different kingdom who at first everyone is afraid of, and thinks he’s trying to take over the kingdom, but he’s actually undercover hiding from his sister (Belarus) who is one of the most notorious dark wizards. He and Alfred hate each other and first and fight constantly due to their different views, Ivan grew up as a peasant so he hates how snobby Alfred is.
Belarus: Okay, I know this is over used to make Natalia the bad guy, but she’d make a badass villain. I want her to be like one of the darkest wizards who even though she’s young, every one is afraid of. Thing is she isn’t looking for power or things to take over, she’s looking for her brother because she wants her family to be reunited again, and she’s willing to do anything to do that.
Ukraine: What if Irina gave up on magic along time ago, after Ivan left the family and was now a baker in the village. She makes the money to support Natalia but doesn’t actually use her magic very often, unless she has to, and when she does, all hell breaks loose.
Japan: Mostly because I’m ameripan trash but what if Kiku was the emperor’s son. He’s in an arranged marriage with Alfred, and at first Alfred tries to get him to fall for him with gifts and flowers but kiku’s not interested. He’s more fascinated with the culture of the kingdom. Alfred really likes him because he’s different than the others his fathers tried to marry him to, and he falls in love with him for more than just looks. Kiku teaches him how to be a better leader and person and Alfred teaches him to be himself and smile. Also Kiku is a badass with a sword but everyone already knows that.
China: I want Yao to be a super cool legend known as ‘the dragon tamer’ who lives alone with dragons and knows them better then he knows people. Alfred seeks him out because the kingdom needs his knowledge, but instead of being the legend him predicted, he’s actually just a crabby dude who hates when people come in the house and don’t take their shoes off. He doesn’t really know how to talk to people, and is pretty awkward but warms up to the group eventually. He also really loves his dragons.
Germany: Alright, so imagine Ludwig was part of Gilbert’s family, and he was a rich and spoiled noble, until one day he was kidnapped by a group of bandits and presumed to be dead. He lost his memory after being cursed and grew up as a blacksmiths son in the village. Gilbert was never able to find him after searching the entire kingdom for him. Gilbert finds Ludwig one day and is certain he is his little brother, but Ludwig has no memory of him. His personality had changed from a cunning noble men to a hard working, determined black smith who wants to become a knight and do what he can to protect the kingdom, which is where he reunites with Gilbert.
Italy: Feliciano was the son of the family cook in the old Beilschimdt household. Ludwig fell in love with him as a child, despite being two different social classes. After his disappearance, the family moved around from village to village, opening many restaurants. Feliciano was convinced he was dead until he meets a knight in training named Ludwig, who rescues him in the street.
Romano: Feliciano’s brother who is still his sassy self and a very talented chef. He is known as the ‘tomato master’ and often performs tricks while cooking. He was always protective of his brother since he knew about his love for a noble men, and how dangerous that was. He doesn’t understand the wealthy and seems to have a hatred for them, thinking they’re all selfish snobs.
Spain: Antonio was a peasant for most of his life, then has an Aladdin like story where he finds a magic treasure which gives him fame and wealth. He becomes a well known nobleman from a southern kingdom and when he arrives at Alfred’s kingdom, who does he fall in love with? Royalty? No, he falls for the angry Italian chef who had a hatred for the wealthy. Since he lived most of his life on the streets, he’s very street smart and knows how to make a clean getaway. (Gotta keep one jump ahead of the bread line!)
Austria: Royal musician who’s rich and snobby, but he’s also deaf. No one knows he is since he’s very good and reading lips, the only way he feels like he can hear again is when he plays music, his one passion. He’s a prodigy in the kingdom and has been requested to play for the king himself, which is where he got his position.
I might make a head cannons post along with this because I’ve literally thought about this way too much.