Welcome to Magic Coffeehouse! Come in, sit down, relax, get to know somebody!
The Magic Coffeehouse is an Overclan that acknowledges that we all are social creatures, and actually like to talk about various things with other people. Here, you can come in, get yourself some coffee, a cookie, or some cake, and just chat a bit with the people around us. And, unlike one of those coffeehouses down the street, this one doesn’t cost you anything! We promote a friendly atmosphere, and never turn down civil customers!
The Magic Coffeehouse was founded on April 19, 2006, by Arguas2617 and Omna15. It is an overclan that promotes friendly, spam-free discussion on a multitude of topics, while providing a comfortable circle of friends.
To join up with the Coffeehouse, merely post something about yourself that you’d like everyone to share, and perhaps talk about. We don’t like to make anyone feel isolated, as we are just looking for good friends tied together by the common thread of Magic. You can also post requests for drafts forming or start various other groupings of your choosing. Anyone can be a casual customer, but to be a Regular you must come around often, chat clearly and avoid spamming. We don't consider spam conversation, so join us for the real thing!
Proud Owners: Omna15Our gracious hostess! Arguas2617Our amazing clerk and manager!
Our Regulars: Alacar Leoricar Much appreciated Assistant and King Alacaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! Photon EaterFolk-singer and Tea Connoiseur, seated upon his Throne of Bone EthersphereResident RPG Expert and Boyfriend to Photon Eater MamelonEveryone loves Mamelon! Crimson Avatar Monseiur King All-Around Helpful Fella YukoraThe Welcome King and New Mod! Faerie Lord Not ***_Hater and King of ze Faeries! (Fish Lake?!) Mr. StuffThe Anime King (and Red Lobster fan) ShadowfoxMuch-revered Prince of Randomness BuzzDX - Mr. Workin' Man SnoopDoggAtog -- CoffeeHouse Counselor Janus The Foreign Writer Joyd Strategist and Patient in Magic Soap Opera Kraj - Bring him Cookies, cuz he's a mod dammit! kevinliu2333 - The one w/ the alter-ego whom is known as Princess of Adlehyde Castle, Yoda of Legacy, training ShinSakura in the formidable art of Legacy! Umgenni Kemo -- Our pink grapefruit drinker! Sephiroth Owa -- Resident Beheading Angel Nai -- The Robotic Flirt strongbad56 - The Fan of da Man 'Bad Dreia -- Chef Dreia, Queen of The Helpful ShinSakura -- The female half of the Legacy Duo Ninja_Pirate KoolKoal The Koolest Koal in the House Psychoburner SapphireTri -- The loveable Mod. Shaharazad-- Our Cute Cookin' Kitty Hunter44 Tanthalas
Casual Customers: Sharpnel Silent Prophet Sene Alpha_Strike Allin CharlieD Magic Mage Little Dragon RickCorgan Tuatha Nemcon Jack -- Loudest regular! Mytamai Whiterabbit_171
Those Who Have Moved On to Greater Things - We Shall Miss You HugaTron The Robotic Hugging Machine -- RIP 11/12/06 Priest Our young friend, a true romantic -- Left us 9/24/06, but still remains on site ShinobiResident Counter-Hopping Caffeine Junkie -- We haven't seen this cute kid in a while Sterling AngelThe one who <3 QuietArtist -- She's been gone from the House far too long, but our memories and her cookies remain Patron of the Nerds -- Not sure where he went, but he was a good addition, sorry to see him gone so long PurpleD -- If he comes back, we will welcome him with open arms! Mortal Wombat -- Gone from MTGS - an avidly passionate sports fan and person, he was a frequent contributor to the 'House, his absence shall be noticed.
All these people, we bow our heads in remembrance, whether they remember us or not, whether they still roam about MTGS, but in their lives and daily business, we wish them well with every fiber of our beings. Once you have become a Regular, you always will be, for we WILL remember you.
Some Ground Rules 1. No flame wars or excessive negativity. We want a clean, friendly atmosphere at the Coffeehouse. Those who cannot comply with this simple request will be asked to leave. 2. Have a friendly demeanor and open mind to other people and different lifestyles. 3. No flaming, snide, rude, racist, or sexist remarks. Innuendo and other harmless jokes are permitted, if all involved are aware. 4. Enjoy the 'roleplay' atmosphere of the Coffeehouse, and ask for a bite! 5. Feel free to go off topic, but PLEASE try to keep the flow of conversation going. No one likes being ignored. 6. Spamming is prohibited in the Coffeehouse. Please keep our House clean and provide conversation that everyone can appreciate.
OUR DAILY MENU: Drinks:
Hot Tea (Types available on request!)
Fruit Teas & Herbal Teas (Flavors below): Apple Lemon and Lime Melissa and Orange Mint Pink Grapefruit Raspberry and Echinacea Strawberry and Vanilla Wild Rose Iced Tea
Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Other flavors on request!)
Poland Spring Bottled Water (Ice water on request)
Coca-Cola Blak & other Coke products
Italian Sodas (Flavors on request)
Milkshakes/CoffeeShakes (Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate - others on request!)
Latte (Caramel available - others on request!)
Kristina’s homemade chocolate chip cookies
Miss Mamelon’s Cookies
Crimson Avatar’s Brownies
Crimson Avatar’s Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Danishes (cheese, apple, other flavors on request!)
Photon Eater's Waffles
Arguas' Eggs and Omelettes
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (variations include PB&Banana, PB&Pickle, PB&Honey, others on request!)
Chicken Club Wrap
Omna's Special BBQ sauce'd Chicken Wings (Spicy Buffalo Wings on request)
Pizza! (Cheese, Pepperoni, Hawaiian, mushroom, other types on request!)
PsychoBurner's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Omna's spinach & cheese ravioli
Omna's Broccoli Cheese Soup
Dragon Star's Dragon Stew
Omna's Tuna Melt
Starr's Canadian Teriyaki Tofu
Dreia's Chicken Spaghetti
Dreia's Shrimp or Chicken Alfredo
Dreia's Wonton Appetizers
Dreia's Crab Rangoons
Photon Eater's Almond-Crusted Parmesan Chicken
Shadowfox's Homemade Truffles! Arguas' Omelettes You should have:
Butter/something non-sticky for the pan
Heat Source (We'll use a range in this example)
Mixing Bowl (doesn't need to be huge)
Toppings (Suggestions include sausage, ham, bacon bits, cheese, spinach, broccoli flores)
Set your cooking range to the lower end of the Medium setting.
Crack open 2 eggs into the mixing bowl, allowing the yolk and as much of the plasma as possible to flow into the bowl.
Rotate the fork or the beater to spread out the yolks of the egg until you have a fine yellow liquid.
Once the frying pan is warm, pour out the contents of the egg from the mixing bowl onto the frying pan. Try as hard as possible not to let it spread out too far unless you have a circular frying pan. Should that be the case, let it spread out in a circular fashion to the ends.
While the underside of the omelette cooks, apply your toppings to the side of the omelette which is not finished cooking. While you spread out the toppings, most often the Omelette will have successfully cooked at this point.
Use your spatula to fold the two sides of the omelette together upon itself, or if it is circular flip over one side of it onto the other, effectively folding it in half. Let it cook and then flip it over to the other side.
Press the omelette down a bit, letting some of the excess juices flow, and then cook.
Use the spatula to remove the omelette and serve.
CANADIAN TERIYAKI TOFU
4 cups snow peas
4 cups cubed white button mushrooms or whole tiny button shrooms
4 cups chopped yellow onion
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 8-oz extra firm tofu steaks, cubed and cubes rolled in flour spice mix
Toasted sesame seeds
Flour spice mix
1 cup wheat or corn flour
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried basil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
CANADIAN TERIYAKI SAUCE
1 tbsp (LOL 10 ml) maple syrup
1 tbsp (LOL 10 ml) rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
3 tbsp (LOL 30 ml) soy sauce
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch red chile powder
Heat vegetable oil in 16" wide or larger wok or deep skillet until a bit of onion dropped in starts sizzling briskly right away.
Add tofu, onion, garlic; stir fry for 1-2 minutes on high heat.
Add mushroom; stir fry for 5-10 minutes or until onions are translucent and mushrooms are starting to soften and brown.
Add snow peas and stir fry for 5-10 more minutes. Pods should be glistening and softly springy, but still green.
Pour in Canadian teriyaki sauce, stir, lower heat to medium, simmer for 5-10 more minutes or until mixture starts to become dry and cooked, whichever is first.
Salt to taste.
Remove from heat, garnish with toasted sesame seeds, and serve over steamed rice or with soba. 6-8 servings.
Photon's Almond-Crusted Parmesan Chicken
First of all, you'll need enough chicken breast to provide each person with a good 3 or 4 strips. I usually go with about 1 large chicken breast per person. You'll want to cut each breast (once thawed) up into equally sized strips of about an inch of thickness. Also, another alternative is to use chicken tenderloins. If you go with this option, I would suggest about 3-4 strips per person, depending on the relative size of your pieces.
Then, combine 1 part finely crushed almonds with 1 part grated parmesan cheese. I usually use between a cup and a cup and a half, if forced to measure. Season this mixture with a dash of sea salt (you only really need a tiny bit here, since the cheese has a lot of salt in it), and some freshly ground pepper.
Gently beat together two eggs and a fourth of a cup (give or take a little) of water together to form an eggwash. Dip your chicken in the egg, and then coat both sides evenly in the cheese-almond mixture. Place on a non-stick baking sheet, and then bake for about 15 minutes in a 425 degree oven. You'll want to keep an eye on it so that your almonds don't burn- burnt almonds have an awful taste and it will ruin the dish entirely. When finished, the coating should be crispy and slightly golden.
Garnish with slivered almonds and some fresh cilantro.
Dreia's Recipes: Crab Meat and Cheese (Ragoons) Ingredients: 8 ounces, softened 4 green onions, chopped or diced 1 can crab meat 2 teaspoons minced garlic 25 wonton wrappers (small bowl of water)
You’ll need a medium mixing bowl and a frying pan or deep fryer.
Directions: Combine cream cheese, green onions, crab meat, and garlic. Spoon some of the mixture onto a wonton wrapper. Dab water around the edges of the wrapper. Place another wrapper on top, and seal against the water. Fry until golden brown. Remove from frying and let set on paper towels for a minute or two to cool.
Note: My friend fries hers in a pan, but when I made them we put them in a deep fryer basket. I cooked them for a little bit, then flipped them over and cooked until golden brown.
Wonton Appetizer Ingredients: 8 ounces cheddar or Colby jack cheese, shredded 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded 1 cup ranch dressing 1 pound breakfast sausage 35 Wonton wrappers
You’ll need a medium bowl, frying pan, muffin pan, and a cookie sheet.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain sausage. While cooking the sausage, take wonton wrappers and push them into the muffin shape of the muffin pan. Bake in the oven just long enough the shape will set (about 5 minutes). Remove from muffin pan and place on the cookie sheet. Combine the cheeses, dressing, and sausage in a medium bowl. Place the mixture into the formed wonton wrappers on the cookie sheet. Once the cookie sheet is full, or you have enough for what you need, bake them until the cheese is all melted.
Chicken Spaghetti Ingredients: 4-5 Chicken breasts, cut into pieces 12-16 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked and cut into small pieces 16 ounces sour cream 1 (10¾ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1 (10¾ ounce) can cream of chicken soup 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed 12-24 ounces cheese shredded (Colby jack or medium cheddar is yummy) Mushrooms, optional Season to taste (oregano, salt, pepper)
You’ll need a kettle to cook the chicken in, a kettle for noodles, a large bowl, and a 9”x13” pan.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Boil chicken until fully cooked and drain. Season the chicken after bowling for stronger taste. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread into pan and bake.
Note: I used elbow macaroni and it worked quite well.
Shrimp or Chicken Alfredo Ingredients: 8 large shrimp, peeled and cleaned, or 2 chicken breasts 1½ teaspoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon oregano 1 clove garlic, chopped ¾ cup heavy cream ¾ cup parmesan cheese 7 ounces linguine noodles, cooked and drained 1 egg yolk, beaten Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon parsley chopped Lemon wedge and chopped parsley, optional garnish
You’ll need a dish for marinating, a kettle for noodles, and a skillet.
Directions: Marinate meat in oil, oregano, and garlic for 30 minutes. Remove meat and sauté in skilled over medium heat (for shrimp, just until tails curl and flash turns pink). Season it lightly with salt and pepper. Add heavy cream, cheese, and linguine. Simmer about 3 minutes, whisking constantly. When meat is fully cooked, whisk in egg yolk and parsley. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish if you choose.
Notes: Noodles in one pan and sauce in another works best. Then pour sauce over pasta and toss together.
Mix until smooth:
4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
3 pounds peanut butter
2 pounds brown sugar
8 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pound butter (cannot use oleo/margarine)
Stir in until mixed well:
18 cups oatmeal
1 pound chocolate chips (mixture of other varieties works well too-my preference is butterscotch, chocolate, and white chocolate)
1 pound M&M's (plain/politically correct milk chocolate works best, because peanut are too big)
Use ice cream scoop to scoop cookies onto cookie sheet. Flatten before baking. Bake at 350F to desired consistency (chewy or crunchy). Approximately 12-15 minutes. Do not overbake.
Note: A half batch is enough to fill two large Tupperware containers. A full batch makes about 60 (5" diameter)cookies.
Mamelon's Sweet & Spicy Rice
I started with my basic recipe for caramelized rice, which is as follows:
1-2 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp sugar
1 pinch salt
1 cup rice
1-2 cups water
I add the butter to a large metal cooking pot. Then (very important) you let the butter cook until it turns brown. Add the sugar and salt, then add the rice and coat with butter. Then add enough water to cover the rice.
To this, I added:
1 tsp dill seeds
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp cinammon powder
1 tsp dried oregano
several grinds of fresh black pepper
Add these together with the butter. When the rice and water is combined and comes to a boil, add:
1/4 cup good red wine
Bring to a boil, then simmer on low flame/low heat for 10-12 minutes. When the water is absorbed properly, add:
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp horseradish sauce or 1 tsp ground horseradish
1/4 cup frozen or fresh peas
Let the milk simmer and condense, then add:
1/4 cup your choice of rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine or sherry vinegar, italian dressing, dijon dressing, or other acid-based dressing
Additional vegetables, like onions, would also be welcome, as would ground ginger and curry powder.
Mamelon's Honey & Nut Glazed Chicken
I started with
4 small chicken tenderloins
But one or two chicken breasts, or other type of chicken meat, would also be fine. Some other type of meat would probably also be good with this dish.
I made a brine out of 1 part salt, 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts water, and let the chicken soak in it for a half hour (or more). Afterwards, dice or chop chicken and add to a hot pan with butter or your choice of oil. After the chicken has some color on the outer side, add:
2-3 tbsps of your choice of good wine or vinegar
1-2 pinches of salt
several grinds black pepper
2-3 tbsps honey
1/3 cup shelled peanuts (or other similar nut/legume of your choice)
Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce heat and let the chicken cook. Before it's done, you may add, at your option, any combination of:
1 tbsp barbecue sauce
several dashes of worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp peanut butter
You want the liquid to reduce quite a bit, but it's best to allow some of it to remain to form a sauce.
Mamelon's Breadcrumb Stuffed Mushrooms
I started with seven smallish, toad-stool lookin' mushrooms, but other kinds of mushrooms would be very good choices. Remove the mushrooms stems.
Then I prepared breadcrumbs by toasting wheat bread and curmbling it (should make about a cup) but any other type of bread, premade breadcrumbs, or panko would work, too.
I combined breadcrumbs with 2 tbsps melted butter, 1/2 tsp rosemary, a dash of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Combine with hands until flavors permeate.
Fill the cavity in each mushroom with breadcrumb mixture until they are overfull. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over the mushrooms.
Mine only took about 10 minutes on 350 to roast and make the crumbs golden, but you may need to adjust cooking time for larger mushrooms and if you make more at a time.
Some Discussion Topics:
Magic in your life :symw::symu::symb::symr::symg:
Omna’s Awesomeness (for being a girl!)
Arguas' Awesomeness (for being anything but menial)
Alacar's Awesomeness (for being the Coffeehouse's Assistant)
Anyone's Awesomeness (for being in the Coffeehouse)
The majesty of the Coffeehouse
Photon/Ethersphere's Cuteness Anything at all.. Randomness is embraced!
Welcometo the [Magic Coffeehouse]!
With Warm Regards and Open Arms, Omna &Arguas Co-Owners
Featuring Regular of the Week, Geek Mp3s, Anime of the Week, and Magic Soap Opera-House!
Also featuring User Cards! Regular of the Week
This week's Regular: Cecilia Lynne Adlehyde (5/13/07)
A New Soap(Operahouse)- We end with our romantic music, gentle music, and melancholy stuff, with a bit of fun.
The above links are to four .zip files, containing the songs for each. I've alraedy prepped them for iTunes use, and they are long enough to burn on a CD. I have since deleted the individual links to the Mp3s.
Volume 5: The Empire's Eight-Track and Volume 6: The Refill of the Jedi will come one after another as I add new Mp3s. When I have enough for an album, I'll release it.
AND this is the first slice to be handed out of the :happybirthday: cake for the overclan [Magic CoffeeHouse] !!!
I am seriously so proud of this place, and what it has become in the past year... I consider so many of you such close and dear friends of mine, and I count myself lucky to be among you all.
Thank you for giving me the precious gift of the [Magic CoffeeHouse] and its people.. The love, the support, the care of this place makes me so proud.. I can scarcely believe that we created this monster...
I am SO proud and I am SO happy that many of you were on the chat talking to me duirng the time of the CoffeeHouse... If you weren't, no fear just post here and join in the FESTIVITIES!
We have been open and thriving for ONE FULL YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is with much heartfelt emotion that I say...
Happy Clanniversary, Magic CoffeeHouse and all those who count it home.
All that I yearn for, for richer or poorer, is to be the light that you see. All that I yearn for, for richer or poorer, is to be the peace that you feel. All that I yearn for, for richer or poorer, is to fill your heart on my own.
But the rainbow is an image of hope for many reasons, as it is a brilliant sight coming out of oftimes dismal weather.
I can't use the chat server you guys are on :(. My firewall blocks it and there's no way for me to change it in a few minutes + I'd have to wake my parents up. Plus, whenever I would do it the computer may get connected to by something bad :(.
I think I'm just going to go to sleep or something :-/. I've only just finished my homework assignment, I feel somewhat depressed, and my back is sore for no reason. I need a hug :(.
Edit: Thanks so much for responding everyone :-/... I'm going to bed.
And this is the night for boogie-ing on down! Hope everyone has a happy Thursday/Claniversary! I'm not much for staying awake much longer tho so this will probably be only post for tonight. I'll change my sig in the morning!
Reminder: Change your sig links if you have one when you have the time!
That reminds me.....haven't seen Ryan around. When's that bum gonna start posting in here again?
My friend, I have returned this evening! I believe Photon also commented on my lack of posting :-p Sorry I can't be in the chat with you people... issues with firewall and stuff.
Well I'm here right now though! Party people!
On that note, I must say, it indeed HAS been a long time. A lot been happening, but Omna's kept most of that updated here. Based on what I quickly read over from the last thread. Unfortunately not much. One must understand that when I contribute, I contribute A LOT. As in read back somewhere between 10-15 pages, and comment on what people have written. Tonight, I'm just in for the anniversary.
Dude. You guys realize that in a single year, you've come up with 26,000 some odd posts?
In the context of the magnitude of MTG Salvation, this clan has had MORE POSTS THAN ANY OTHER THREAD, EVER. Correct me if I'm wrong. So, cake, cookies, food, and non-alcholic beverages all around!
Welcome dear, how are you doing? Wish you could be in the chatroom.. thusly maybe you could convince more people to view the video.......
..of my language..
EDIT: Indeed... actually its closer to 32000 now! Isn't it amazing what we've accomplished?? I mean, it would never have come into being if it weren't for Ryan, and also werent' for all you wonderful people who come here everyday.
Welcome dear, how are you doing? Wish you could be in the chatroom.. thusly maybe you could convince more people to view the video.......
..of my language..
As of right now, I am working on a final project for my ASL class, which is due in a month. This is a work in progress, and it's going up on Youtube. Should be available tomorrow. When it's done I'll get a link up. My roommate who has helped me take care of it has said that he called it Bohemian Rhapsody in ASL. So it should be easy to find. Hopefully by the time most of you read this post, it's there ^_^.
I'm also thoroughly going through playtesting a new set of cards for Sanctuaries purity. Yep, I'm still overhauling it and working on it.
Finally, blatant advertisement: My informal club that I hold on RIT campus has now been moved online! Saturday Afternoon Drafting crew! Send me an IM anytime between 1:30 - 2:15 EST to get in the chat and the weekly tourney!
yeah, I've also got a lot of work to do here..... But I've been appreciating the quality time that I get recently, and I'm going to be receiving my new DS Lite tomorrow or Friday.. OMG I'm so excited....
Now I need to go to the mall and buy some games.... Oh, Ryan if I don't get to the mall, can i borrow some o' your GBA games?