Today we’re taking a break from all the Christmas celebrations to discuss an odd group of friends, a strange pole and a ‘show about nothing.’ And by now, all you Seinfeld fans are smiling. It’s been 15 years since the TV series left the air but it’s still very much around in syndication, popular culture and a little made-up holiday called Festivus. Celebrated with a bare pole and an airing of grievances, it’s a time to come together and say “I got a lot of problems with you people!” It’s all in good fun, of course, and in its 9 seasons, quite a lot of delicious food came up on the show. So some of my blogger friends and I decided to cook the foods best associated with the Seinfeld years and give away some great holiday gifts.
It might be December and holiday cheer is floating around but you know what, I’m a little annoyed with the guy who insists on smoking his cigarette right next to me online while I order breakfast at the cart on the corner. I mean come on, beside it being a nasty habit, there is food being served here. Speaking of smokers, you see that sign outside my office building? It says to stand 15 feet away when smoking, not 2, not 5, not right next to the door – FIFTEEN FEET. I do not need to breath the air of twenty chain smokers attempting to stay warm or dry by huddling near the door when I walk into work, ‘mkay.
If you can’t tell, I have some grievances with smokers, a lot has to do with the smoke flaring up the my allergies and also it’s gross.
You know what else I have a problem with?
- Bicyclers that don’t observe traffic laws. Red means stop people.
- People that crowd sidewalk corners, I’m trying to make the light in the opposite direction you are standing.
- People that stop in the middle of the sidewalk, I’m trying to get somewhere. Thanks.
- Dancers on the subway. I would like to not get kicked in the face on my commute home.
- Men who take up too much room on the subway. Thank you tumblr.
- Teachers who decided it’s a good idea to start field trips during rush hour. I’d like my morning train naps to not be interrupted by screaming children.
Oh geez, I’m sounding like a grump don’t I? A little too George Constanza-ish for you? You’d almost think I’d go ahead and take back a loaf of marble rye if someone forgot to serve it at dinner. I mean, look at this thing. I’d keep it for myself.
I have a fondness for marble rye, I don’t know if it’s the pairing of my two favorite types of bread into one, or the fact that it makes the most perfect toast. Either way, marble rye is the way to go when choosing a loaf. Toasted and slathered with butter or sandwiched between some corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut. mmmm. . .I’m hungry now.
Surprisingly, it only looks hard to make. While searching around for what recipe to use I came across Girl Versus Dough’s Braided Rye Bread. She adapted her recipe from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread (affiliate link) and it was almost spot on for what I was looking to do. A few changes here and there and viola, my bread was born.
Now make sure you keep on reading after the recipe. You may need to prove your feats of strength or perhaps you just have to check out the rest of the Festivus recipes and enter our giveaway! Remember Festivus is for the rest of us!
- Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen is making Marble Rye from “The Rye”
- Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is making Calzones from “The Calzone”
- Renee from Magnolia Days is making Eggnog Frozen Yogurt from “The Non-Fat Yogurt”
- Isabelle from Crumb is making Cherry Almond Muffin Tops from “The Muffin Tops”
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is making Challah Pretzels from “The Alternate Side”
- Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut is making Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes from “The Hamptons”
- Kelli from Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts is making a Big Salad from “The Big Salad”
- Kelly from Kelly Bakes is making Mulligatawny Soup from “The Soup Nazi”
- Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More is making Cream Puffs from “The Gymnast”
- Marnely from Cooking with Books is making Apple Pie from “The Pie”
- Diane from Created by Diane is making Black and White Cookies from “The Dinner Party”
- Anita from Hungry Couple is making Chocolate Babka from “The Dinner Party”
The Festivus giveaway includes 1 (one)- Seinfeld Complete Season DVD Box Set. 2 (two) 1.5 lb live lobsters from Lobster.com (These will be shipped overnight coordinated with the winner) 1 (one) – 10 piece Kenmore nonstick cookware set. 1 (one) – King Arthur Flour Baking Set. 1 (one) – Wilton Bake Pan Set. 1 (one) – OXO Salad Kit. 1 (one) – OXO Baking Set. 1 (one) – Soup Maker Cookbook and 1 (one) – Pie Making Cookbook Set.
Winners will be picked by random draw and the giveaway is open to U.S. residents.
How to Enter:
- Leave a comment with your grievance
- Many more ways to enter in the rafflecopter widget.
Disclaimer: Prizes were sponsored by King Arthur Flour, OXO, Lobster.com, Wilton plus members of the Festivus blog group.