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    • Rat's Recipes


         Below are some of the recipes I have made or come across.  If you have any to add feel free to post them below and I will add them to this list as I get a chance to make them.


      Chicken Diablo


      • 2-Pound = Chicken
      • 2-Tablespoon = Olive Oil
      • ½-Cup = Onion (Diced) ~ 1-Tablespoon = Minced Onion
      • 1-Cup = Sweet Green Pepper (Diced)
      • ½-Cup = Water
      • 4-Tablespoon = Dry Red Wine
      • 2-Teaspoon = Garlic Powder
      • 1-Teaspoon = Salt
      • 2-Tablespoon = White Vinegar
      • ½-Teaspoon = Black Pepper
      • 2-Teaspoon = Cayenne Pepper (Add to Taste)
      • 4-Tablespoon = Tomato Sauce
      • 2-Teaspoon = Italian Seasoning


      1. Cook chicken in olive oil until brown. (If using a pressure cooker, cook with both olive oil and an extra ½ cup water… It should take about 30 minutes if the chicken is frozen)
      2. Add onions and cook until they are clear. (If using minced onions, add them when you add the chicken)
      3. Add remaining ingredient in order, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. (If using a pressure cooker, simmer 15 minutes.)
      4. Remove lid and allow ½ of the sauce to evaporate.


      The REAL, ORIGINAL, Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


      • 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
      • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
      • 1 Teaspoon Salt
      • 1 Cup (2 Sticks, 1/2 Pound) Butter, Softened
      • 3/4 Cup Granulated [White] Sugar
      • 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
      • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      • 2 Eggs
      • 2 Cups (12-Ounce Package) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
      • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (Optional)


      1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
      2. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
      3. Pan cookie variation: PREPARE dough as above. Spread into greased 15" x 10" jelly-roll pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.


      SluggerCat's Recipes


      Sourdough Biscuits


      • 3 Cups Flour
      • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
      • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
      • 1 Teaspoon Salt
      • 1 Cup Shortening
      • 2 Cups Sourdough Starter


      1. Preheat oven to 425. Lightly grease cake pan or other pan with sides. (NO PAM)
      2. Sift together 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
      3. Cut in 1 cup shortening then stir in with a fork 2 cups sourdough starter.
      4. Toss on floured surface until it’s not sticky.
      5. Knead lightly then roll to 1/2 inch thick.
      6. Cut and place on pan.
      7. Cover and let rise in warm draft free location for 15 minutes.
      8. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Watch closely as they will burn easily.



      Full Recipe Ingredients:

      • 12 Quart Pan
      • 6 Quarts Water
      • 4 Chicken Breasts
      • 3 Cups Celery
      • 6 Cups Okra
      • 2 Onion
      • 2 Garlic Clove
      • 2 Cup Shrimp
      • 2 Cup Sausage
      • 3 Cups Crawfish Tails
      • 30 Oz Tomatoes
      • 30 Oz Tomato Sauce
      • 2 Tablespoon Salt
      • Tabasco (To Taste)
      • 4 Teaspoons File’

      Half Recipe Ingredients:

      • 6 Quart Pan
      • 3 Quarts Water
      • 2 Chicken Breasts
      • 1 ½ to 2 Cups Celery
      • 3 To 3 ½ Cups Okra
      • 1 Onion
      • 1 Garlic Clove
      • 1 Cup Shrimp
      • 1 To 1 ½ Cup Sausage
      • 1 To 2 Cups Crawfish Tails
      • 1 15 Oz Each Tomatoes and Sauce 
      • 1 Tablespoon Salt
      • Tabasco to Taste
      • 2 Teaspoons File’

      Quarter Recipe Ingredients:

      • 4 Quart Pan
      • 6 Cups Water
      • Chicken Breast or Omit 3 Cups Water and Add 2 Cans Chicken Broth.
      • 1 Cup Celery
      • 2 Cups Okra
      • Small Onion or A Tablespoon Onion Flakes
      • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
      • 10 To 15 Shrimp - Size Matters
      • ½ to 1 Cup Sausage
      • 1 Cup Tails
      • Salt and Tabasco to Taste
      • 1 Teaspoon File’


      1. In a 10-quart pan bring 6 quarts of water to a boil then add 4 chicken breasts skin on bone in. Boil until done should take about 30-40 minutes. Turn off heat and remove chicken from the stock and put it into a strainer that been placed in a bowl. When it’s cool - skin it, bone it and chop it up in bite size pieces.
      2. Add to the stock 3 cups chopped celery, 6 cups sliced okra, 1 large onion chopped, 2 crushed and chopped garlic cloves, 2 cups uncooked large shrimp shelled \ de-veined, 3 cups smoked sausage, 2 cups craw-fish tails cooked-shelled, 1 can 29 oz. tomato sauce, 1 can 29 oz. chopped tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste, 2 tablespoons sea salt for starters, ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional), 1 teaspoon Tabasco (not optional) and the chicken. Bring to a slow boil then cut heat to low until shrimp is done. Turn off heat stir in 4 teaspoons file’ powder. Absolutely no cooking after file’ is added. Make a big batch of rice to go with it and eat.

      NOTE: All ingredients are estimates use what you got. Experiment! If you like shrimp, then put more in and the same goes for sausage and crawfish tails. Use polish sausage, oysters, crab-meat whatever floats your boat but don’t vary much on the vegetables - more okra is better.


      Oatmeal Cookies


      • 2 Cups Flour
      • 2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
      • 2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
      • 1.5 Teaspoon Salt
      • 1 Cup Shortening
      • 1 Cup Sugar
      • 1 Cup Brown Sugar (Can Mix 2 Cups White Sugar + ½ Cup Molasses’s as A Substitute)
      • 2 Eggs
      • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
      • 2 Cups Oats
      • 2 Cups Coconut
      • 1 To 2 Cups Raisins


      1. Preheat oven to 350
      2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and set aside.
      3. Cream shortening and sugar (white and brown).
      4. Add eggs and mix well.
      5. Add vanilla and flour.
      6. Slowly mix in oats, coconut, raisins until well mixed.
      7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet in golf ball sized balls
      8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown.
      9. ENJOY


      MokiePoet's Recipes




      • 12 Tbs. Butter
      • 6 Tbs. Flour
      • 1 Small Chopped Onion
      • 8 Chopped Green Onions
      • 2-3 Chopped Bell Peppers
      • 4-5 Chopped Celery
      • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
      • 2-3 Lbs. Prepared Shrimp
      • 2-3 Lbs. Crawfish
      • ½ Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
      • 1 Bay Leaf
      • Tobacco to Taste
      • 1-2 Tsp Sea Salt to Taste
      • Black Pepper to Taste
      • 1 Tbs. Créole Seasoning (If Possible)
      • 1 Tsp. Paprika
      • ½ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper to Taste)
      • ½ Chili Powder
      • 3 Cups Cooked Rice


      1. In a large skillet, melt butter over med heat, add the flour and stir until golden brown. Add the vegetables and cook until they are tender, then add the broth, parsley, seafood, seasoning. Simmer on low heat for 30-45 minutes. If mixture seems to thin, thicken with corn starch. Serve over hot rice.


      Chicken Cordon Bleu (with White Sauce)

      Main Ingredients:

      • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
      • 4-8 Slices of Swiss Cheese
      • 4-8 Thin Slices of Ham
      • 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
      • ½ Cup Flour
      • 2 Tsp. Salt
      • ½ Tsp. Pepper
      • 2 Eggs Beaten
      • Approx. ¼ Cup Oil
      • Toothpicks

      White Sauce Ingredients:

      • 4 Tbs. Butter
      • 4 Rounded Tbs. Flour
      • 1 3/4 Cups Milk
      • 1/8 Cup Cream
      • 1/8 Cup White Wine (Optional)
      • ½ Tsp. Salt

      Main Directions:

      1. Stir bread crumbs, flour, salt and pepper together. Next pound chicken with a mallet as flat as can be. Place enough swiss cheese and ham over flattened chicken, roll the chicken up as tight as possible and secure with toothpicks. Roll in eggs and bread crumb mixture. Then heat oil in large frying pan on med-high heat. Cook about 10 mins and then turn with tongs and cook another 10 mins until golden brown and no longer pink inside. Drain on paper towel and allow to cool enough to remove toothpicks.

      White Sauce Directions:

      1. Melt butter in sauce pan, mix flour, salt, wine and let it bubble slightly, and then slowly add milk. After sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and add cream. Let cool slightly before topping the chicken.
      2. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus & or sugar snap peas.




      • 1 Box Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta
      • 2 Large Cans of Tomato Sauce Or 1 Large Sauce And 1 Large Puree` Tomatoes
      • 2 Medium Cans Diced Tomatoes Or 4-6 Fresh Roma Tomatoes Diced
      • 2-3 Cloves Garlic
      • 1 Small or Med Onion
      • Olive Oil
      • 1 Lbs. Hamburger or Italian Sausage
      • 1 Med Or 2 Small Cans Mushrooms Or 1 Package Fresh Sliced Mushrooms (Portabella If You Can Find It)
      • Salt 1-2 Tsp.
      • 1-2 Tsp. Oregano
      • 1 Bay Leaf
      • 1-2 Tsp. Basil
      • 1-2 Tsp. Parsley
      • ¼ Cup Red Wine (Optional)


      1. Coat a large sauce pan with olive oil. Dice onion and garlic and brown in pan under med heat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce wine, and all the spices. Simmer under low heat for no longer than 2 hours. While sauce is cooking, cook the meat in a separate pan, drain and add to sauce. Then add mushrooms. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
      2. Serve with a salad and garlic bread, top with Parmesan and or Romano cheese.

      (Once again, feel free to post any recipes you love below and I'll add them to my list above as I get to try them.)

    • Sega Pioneer LaserActive: PACs of Fun!


         This innovative machine could do just about anything when it comes to entertainment.  Though we have listed the LaserActive with the Sega consoles, we have done so only because the system plays Sega titles.  The device was manufactured by a company named Pioneer.   Playing music, karaoke, interactive software and thousands of movies were all included in the all-inclusive entertainment system.  Released in October of 1993, this rare device allowed people to play games on Laserdiscs (what came before the DVD) and arcade games.

         You may be thinking that this device couldn’t possibly be considered a video game console.  However, because it was capable of supporting add on devices called LD-ROMs, which allowed people access to various Sega games.  This was the first pack of many which allowed the LaserActive to be integrated with several other consoles already on the market.

         When the device was released, it was the closest available to integrate nearly every kind of multimedia entertainment form in its time.  It was extremely expensive, and primarily competed with the 3DO consoles, though it far surpassed their abilities.

         While the LaserActive cannot play standalone games, it has several expansion PACs which provide excellent game play.  With the expansion packs, one can play Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Mega LD, Laserkaraoke, and more.

         Unfortunately, the Sega Pioneer LaserActive was not as popular as one would hope for such an extravagant machine.  The first issue was the high price; the device was sold at $970 in the US, much higher than a typical console.  The other issue is that the LaserDisc technology proved to be insufficient for storing video data.  The discs could only hold about an hour’s worth of video, which caused users to have to switch discs too often.  It was meant to be a successor to VHS technology, but it wasn’t quite advanced enough, and was quickly replaced by the DVD.

         Because of the failure of the technology, the LaserActive was discontinued as soon as the mid-90s.  Pioneer continued, however, to manufacture low-cost players until 2009.  Now imagine if they would have been able to release something like this today with PACs from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and maybe even a Dreamer from Sega…  It could have been smaller, cheaper, and the consoles manufactures of today would just have to build a PAC giving them time to focus more on releasing good games.



      Sega Pioneer LaserActive - Model: PAC-S10/PAC-S1)


      Original Release - This module was released by Sega and Pioneer, and it allowed consumers to play games on 8-inch and 12-inch LaserActive Mega LD discs.  It also supported the hundreds of already existing Mega Drive and Mega CD games.  This was by far the most popular add-on for LaserActive owners.


      NEC PAC - Model: PAC-N10/PAC-N1


         The NEC PAC gave users the opportunity to play 8” and 12” LaserActive LD-ROMs, Engine CD discs, HuCards and CD-G discs.  While this wasn’t the most popular model in its time, it is now one of the most sought-after add-ons by collectors today.


      Karaoke PAC - Model: PAC-K10/PAC-K1


         If it was karaoke you were looking for, this was the PAC for you.  With this add-on, users could play all NTSC LaserKaraoke titles.  It includes two microphone inputs, volume controls and tone controls.


      Computer Interface PAC (PAC-PC1)


         This PAC allowed PC and Macintosh computer users to control their CLD-A100 from their computer.  It included a 330-button remote control, the LaserActive Program Editor and several sample programs.


      LaserActive 3-D Goggles (GOL-1)


         This add-on allowed your 3-D CLD-A100 games to come to life using 3-D goggles.  This system was compatible with the Sega Master System as well, as the Master System used identical connectors.


      • Unit Lifetime:  1993-1996
      • Generation: Fourth Generation
      • Introductory Price: $970 USD
      • Units Sold (Worldwide):  Around 10,000
      • Authorized Games Released (Worldwide):  N/A
      • Backwards Compatibility:  PC Engine, PC Engine CD-ROM, Mega-CD, Mega Drive
      • Media Type:  LD-ROM, CD-ROM, ROM Cartridge

      (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)


    • Sega Nomad: Now, There Are No Limits


         After the Mega Jet, the unique so-called “handheld console” designed for airlines, was released by Sega, they quickly began working on the Sega Nomad.  Seeing success in the market of handheld consoles for other competitors in the market, Sega designed the Sega Nomad to compete with products like the Nintendo Gameboy.

         The Sega Nomad, unlike many other Sega products, was only released in North America and was never officially released world-wide.  Due to the timing of its release, the console had no titles packed-in itself, but utilized the library of over 500 Genesis titles.

         Due to a number of factors, the success of the Sega Nomad was limited.  Sega themselves, as a company, was overly focused on the marketing and development of the Sega Saturn, which left the Sega Nomad under-supported.  Additionally, many Genesis peripherals like the Power Base Converter and the Sega CD were incompatible with the Sega Nomad.

         Originally, Sega wanted to employee the relatively new technology of touch screens for the Sega Nomad.  However, because of the large price tag for this technology at this time, they stuck with more standard handheld console features.  The Nomad was officially released in North America in 1995.  According to insiders, Sega had little plans in place to market the Nomad, as five different consoles were being supported by the company at the time: Saturn, Genesis, Game Gear, Pico and Master System.  With Sega’s hopes that the Saturn would be more successful than Sony’s Playstation, Sega paid much of its attention to this product rather than marketing any of their other systems.  Many collectors attribute the fall of Sega as a first party producer to be the sheer number of systems they produced in a limited time frame along with the lack of real marketing for most of them.

         While the Sega Nomad does not have its own game library, it does enjoy over 500 games which are available for the Genesis/Mega Drive.  Additionally, the nomad is able to boot bootleg, unlicensed and home-brew games which have been created for the Genesis/Mega-Drive.

         The Sega Nomad was not particularly successful, and it landed the GamePro list of the 10 Worst-Selling Handhelds of All Time”.  The biggest contributors to its failure were poor timing in the market, inadequate advertising and bad battery life. 



      Sega Nomad - Model: MK-6100


         Original Release - The only model of the nomad released by Sega.  This product could be plugged in or used wirelessly with 6 AA batteries.  You could also plug more than one nomad together for a two player game or hook it to the TV and play there.


      • Unit Lifetime:  1995 - 1997
      • Units Sold (Worldwide):  1 Million
      • Authorized Games Released (Worldwide):  No pack-in, 500+ Genesis titles
      • Backwards Compatibility:  N/A
      • Media Type:  Sega Genesis Cartridges
      • Resolution:  320 x 224
      • Colors Available:  512
      • Colors on Screen:  64
      • Screen Size:  3.125 in
      • Sound Output (All Models):  6-Channel Stereo

      (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)

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