The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Episode: My Son, the Hamster
Pecan Pie

Don’t you feel like there should be more pie-related holidays? Sure, there’s National Pie Day, Pi Day, Thanksgiving, and Pule, but what about all those pie-less days in-between? So I’m declaring today a special day to eat pie. And tomorrow. And the day after that and so on. I just want to eat pie every day! I know, I may have a bit of a pie problem, but I feel better about myself when I think of all the other pie lovers out there. The first one that always comes to mind is Hugh Neutron. I know he’s a fictional character, but the two of us are kindred spirits. We like the finer things in life: pie, ducks, toast, cheese. All those sorts of things. I’m also a lot like Carl and Sheen too, so throw those three together and you get all sorts of weird. I’d love to say I’m a lot like Jimmy, but he’s too smart for me. However, I wouldn’t mind getting caught up in all of his scientific hijinks.

Jimmy couldn’t be a normal kid if he tried. (And he did. It didn’t turn out well. “Hey, have you guys seen my loopy dance?”) But I love him for that. He’s always doing something like unleashing an army of evil pants, starting a second Ice Age, or shrinking everyone in town. Each episode is just so fun that it’s next to impossible for me to settle on one favorite. Just like pie. I could make an alphabetical list of all the types of pie and I wouldn’t be able to pick the one I like the most. Well lucky for me, I don’t have to look too hard to find food and fun in this series. In “My Son, the Hamster”, Jimmy has a mishap with his teleportation pods and his atoms get mixed up with those of Carl’s hamster, Mr. Wuggles. Basically, their bodies switch, so Mr. Wuggles turns into a hamster boy (Furry Jimmy) and Jimmy, according to Sheen, becomes Hamster Lord. Yep, he’s got a cute, fuzzy hamster body with a big belly and little pawsies. I just love him! He’s so adorable/freaky and it’s so funny to watch him move around. And when his hamster sense takes over, he can’t resist the tempting smell of pecans, so he climbs up to his kitchen windowsill and dives right into a freshly baked pecan pie. That sweet smell is too much for me, so of course that would drive Hamster Jimmy nuts.

Recipe makes one 10-inch pecan pie.

Ingredients

Pie Crust Or:

Crust:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into chunks

3 tablespoons shortening, cold

4-5 tablespoons ice water, plus 1 or 2 more tablespoons if needed

 

Filling:

1 cup light corn syrup

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly

3 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ½ cups pecan halves

 

Directions

Crust:

In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 4-5 tablespoons of ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until dough just comes together when pressed. If the dough is too dry, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse again. Form dough into a disk and cover in plastic wrap. Let dough chill until firm, 30 minutes to an hour.

Filling:

In a large mixing bowl, beat corn syrup, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans.

Putting It All Together:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough anywhere from 12 to 14 inches across and place in a pie tin. Gently press dough into place. Trim excess dough or fold it back on itself.

Pour filling evenly into pie crust and bake until golden brown and the filling is set, 50-55 minutes. Remove pie from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack or on windowsill if that’s more your style. Serve and enjoy!

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The human part of Jimmy loses control for just a little bit, but it’s still long enough to get him into trouble. At least he gets some sense knocked into him. With a broom. And even then he keeps munching on a pecan. I can’t blame Judy Neutron for freaking out over a vicious little rodent eating her pecan pie, even if it is her son. I’d hate for a beautiful pie like that to get ruined. Still, with all the (robot) dogs, brooms, and hawks out there, the world isn’t safe for hamsters or people with hamster bodies. But Jimmy’s smarts save the day and he and Mr. Wuggles return to normal. I just hope that Sheen doesn’t get his hands on Jimmy’s teleportation pods. The last thing Retroville needs is Lizard Lord and his Tongue of Doom.

 

Tune in next week for more Cartoon Cravings!

 

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius


Short: Hyper-Corn
Creamed Corn

I never got the chance to see Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius in theaters. My parents just didn’t understand the greatness that is Jimmy. I, on the other hand, knew and loved him and his family and friends for months. Before I ever started to get hyped for the movie, I was content just watching the shorts over and over. Which I did because Nickelodeon played them a lot! (Smart move.) I love the shorts even more now because I can see how they progressed into the movie and then the show.

My favorite one of the bunch has always been “Hyper-Corn”. I couldn’t understand why Jimmy’s mom would make nothing but creamed corn for dinner. Or why it jiggles. But I sure didn’t want to eat it. Although, I did change my tune after the Hypercube spewed corn everywhere. I begged my mom to make heaping blobs of creamed corn, but for all the wrong reasons. It didn’t amuse her. Now here’s my chance to make my own. (I still want to throw it on everything, but I can’t bring myself to waste food or clean my walls.)

Recipe makes 1 insanely large serving or about 6 smaller servings

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh, frozen, or canned corn

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

3/4 cup heavy cream, room temperature

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg, room temperature

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoons white pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

 

Directions

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly. As the mixture starts bubbling, whisk in the heavy cream. When the mixture begins to thicken, reduce the heat to low. Add the cream cheese and cook until the sauce is thick, still whisking. In a small bowl, begin whisking the egg. Add a small amount of the cream cheese mixture to the egg, while still whisking. Continue whisking in small amounts until the volume of the egg has almost doubled. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and stir to combine. Return the heat to medium and add the corn and sugar. Cook for a couple minutes to allow the liquid from the corn to thicken. Add the salt, white pepper, and onion powder. Stir and cook until the corn is warm and soft, about 5 minutes. The corn will set more as it cools, but if it’s too thick for you, just add more cream. Scoop out a heaping portion and enjoy!

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“Oh, that is good.” I totally agree with Jimmy even if I did deviate a bit from the standard creamed corn method in order to make it blobbier. It’s good for the digestion, right? We weren’t smart enough to build a Hypercube or move our house underwater, but we did start acting like Jimmy in our own way. In Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius fashion, we kind of ended up getting back at our parents for not taking us to see it. We didn’t sneak out or wish them to go away, but my little sister did buy the movie on Pay-Per-View without permission and we stayed up late watching it. (What stinkers!)

 

Tune in next week for more Cartoon Cravings!