Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears

Carrot Soup

“Once upon a time there were three bears-Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear.” Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Yeah, it’s the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of. (Actually, I’m sure you’re thinking of the right one. You did read the title of this post after all.) So yeah, it’s the classic tale done up in good ol’ Merrie Melodies fashion. You know things aren’t going to go as expected right from the get-go when you see The Three Bears. This dysfunctional family is not the good-natured trio who just want to eat some porridge. They want to eat Goldilocks and are willing to go through the whole “Three Bears” routine just to get her. Now this is my kind of story, but there’s just one more thing needed to really jazz this up: Bugs Bunny.

The whole “Lure Goldilocks to the house and when she goes upstairs to sleep…WHAM! idea” is very spur of the moment, so the bears don’t even have porridge for her. All they have are some old carrots. That doesn’t stop Papa Bear and he tells Mama Bear to make carrot soup then. (You know where this is going.) The aroma of that nice, hot soup pulls Bugs from his hole and brings him straight to the bears’ table. Bugs isn’t one to pass up free carrot soup so he helps himself to it. And he knows the bears are there, but he just plays along. He’s got this whole situation under control, right?

I don’t even have all the stuff to make porridge in my kitchen right now, (I’m low on grains.) so I know where Mama Bear’s coming from. But she puts me in a tight spot when she says that they ONLY have some old carrots. So I’m going to say that she’s got a few extra things in the kitchen, like an old onion and some old stock, just to add some flavor. 

Recipe makes 8 cups of soup.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, chopped

2 pounds peeled carrots, chopped

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

2 teaspoons salt

½-1 teaspoon white pepper

Additional whole carrots (scrubbed and trimmed) for garnish

 

Directions

Heat olive oil and melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and sauté until onion softens, 5 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, water, salt, and white pepper. (If you don’t want raw carrots for garnishes, toss them in the pot to soften them too. Otherwise boil them separately.) Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat and cook until the carrots are tender, 25-30 minutes.

Remove the whole carrots. Purée the soup with an immersion blender or purée the soup in a blender in batches. Return the soup to the pot over low heat. If the soup is too thick for your liking, add additional stock to achieve your desired consistency. Adjust the seasonings if needed.

Pour soup into bowls and garnish with carrots. Enjoy!

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Bugs Bunny yells for some ketchup while he’s eating. (Which I tried with the soup and I’m not a fan.) He then lies on top of the bears and goes upstairs to sleep. He knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s going to outsmart the bears and end the cartoon a happy rabbit. Well, not this time. This is one of those cartoons where Bugs takes his games a little too far. He tells Mama Bear that she’s beautiful and lands one of his big Bugs Bunny kisses on her. Mama Bear becomes infatuated with him and he can’t shake her off. Even when he gets to his hole, she’s there. She covers him in kisses and he runs away screaming. I hope that carrot soup was worth it.

 

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Space Jam


Swackhammer’s Courtside Feast

Easter is just days away, so I know that poor Easter Bunny is working overtime. Although I appreciate his efforts, he’s not the only Bunny on my mind this time of year. Sorry, Mr. Cottontail, but in my house, you have to share your day with Bugs. And it’s not just because I run around yelling, “I wanna Easter Egg,” every year. The real reason is Easter Morning, 1997. I ran to see what goodies the Easter Bunny had brought and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a pristine Space Jam VHS waiting for us kids. Our Easter Baskets were full of candy, but we ignored the sugary goodness completely. We loved Space Jam so much and weren’t expecting it to be there, so we super freaked out. You would’ve thought it was Christmas.

Since that day, I’ve seen this movie hundreds of times. Looney Tunes teaming up with Michael Jordan to win a basketball game against aliens sounds like the silliest idea ever, (because it is) but it works beyond well. I’ve always found movies that pair live action and animation to be enchanting and Bugs Bunny has always been one of my heroes. Plus having the Nerdlucks steal the talent of NBA powerhouses was the coolest thing I had ever seen. The Monstars are so tough and cool, but they’ve got just the right amount of stupid sprinkled in. And there wouldn’t be any Monstars without the greedy Mr. Swackhammer. He’s such a fun villain and seeing him being pampered during the Big Game is just too funny.

His table is full of food and he’s got more bread and wine coming. (And pie, a pork chop, or sorbet, perhaps.) I assumed he’s got potatoes and green beans and I can tell that’s a jello mold from a mile away. Now what meat is he eating? Sure, it’s probably just a roasted turkey leg, but since I have absolutely no idea what it is, (and I couldn’t find any turkey legs for the life of me) I thought I’d sort of treat it like manga meat and make my own. And by that, I’m basically talking about making a meatloaf on a stick.

Recipe makes 2 large servings.

Ingredients

Meat:

1/2 cup panko

1/4 cup milk

1/4 onion, minced

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon butter

1 pound ground turkey

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon brown mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 chicken or turkey drumsticks with the meat removed

 

For Breading:

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

1 cup panko

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Oil for Deep Frying

 

Potatoes

1 pound new potatoes, sliced

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

 

Green Beans

1 pound green beans

2 tablespoons butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Gelatin

1 box strawberry or raspberry flavored Jello Or

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin

3 tablespoon sugar

2 cups fruit juice: Raspberry or White Cran-Strawberry or something along the same color

 

Directions

Meat:

In a small bowl, combine panko and milk and set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small pan. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are soft. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine panko-milk mixture, turkey, egg, onion and garlic, salt, pepper, brown mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until just combined. Divide in half and place meat mounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Shape the meat mounds into ovals so they resemble the leg-type shape. Stick the bones into the shapes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from oven and cool completely.

In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. In a second shallow bowl, beat the egg. Place the panko in a third shallow bowl. Dredge one “leg” in the flour. Shake off the excess and dredge in the egg. Then coat it with the panko. You may have to dredge and coat a couple of times to get an even coating. Repeat the dredging process with the other “leg.” Don’t use the bones as handles just yet or they might come apart. Save that for when you’re trying to eat it. Chill the “legs” for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a large pot/deep skillet or in a deep fryer to 370 degrees F.

Fry the “legs,” one at a time, until golden on all sides, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Potatoes:

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Add salt and potatoes and lower the heat. Simmer the potatoes until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain off the potatoes and add them back to the pan. Melt butter and coat the potatoes. Season with pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and remove from heat.

Green Beans:

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Add salt and green beans and cook until green beans are slightly tender, 6 minutes. Drain off the green beans and add them back to the pan. Melt butter and coat green beans. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Gelatin:

Pour gelatin and ¼ cup of juice in a small bowl. While the gelatin is blooming, combine the sugar and remaining fruit juice in a medium saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium high heat and bring the juice to a boil. Remove from heat and add the bloomed gelatin. Mix until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Pour the gelatin mixture into a small mold or bowl and allow it to come to room temperature. Chill the mold for 4 hours or until the gelatin has set. Remove the gelatin from the mold and onto a small plate.

Putting It All Together:

Place some green beans on a plate. Place a “leg” on top and scoop out some potatoes. Serve alongside the gelatin, a cup of coffee, and a glass of your favorite red, fancy drink. Enjoy!

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I can totally see these “legs” being sold at Moron Mountain! They are pretty looney looking. Now I have something a little more fun to eat while watching Space Jam besides cereal or junk food. Hey, any excuse to watch this movie is fine with me. It still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And yes, the scene near the end where Michael Jordan steps onto the baseball field still moves me to tears.

Have a Happy Easter, Everybody!

 

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