Game of Thrones Party Menu

Game of Thrones Party Menu for Nerdist

Game of Thrones Party Menu

Toldja I had something cool cooking! Last weekend I whipped up some (familiar) foods with fun Game of Thrones names for my shiny new job. The menu includes Onion Knight Dip, Dragon Deviled Eggs, Littlefinger Foods, Sansa’s Favorite Lemon Cakes, and Definitely Not Poison Wine Sangria. WINK. Check out the recipes over at Nerdist!

Are you throwing a Game of Thrones party for the finale? Share your recipes with me on Instagram or Twitter.

InstaMonth: May ’14 / I’m Alive, I Swear

Hello, friends! It’s been a while. A month, to be exact. A lot’s happened in that month, and I don’t just mean my hair. My days of freelancing and funemployment are over.

Last month, I accepted a job as the Managing Editor of Nerdist.com and I couldn’t be happier! But, with new job comes a new (busy. very busy.) schedule and though I’ve been writing, editing, cooking, and thinking, I haven’t had the time or the energy to share any of that with you! I feel like starting a new job always takes a little adjustment, but I finally feel like I’m back in the swing of things.

Some other things happened, too. Summer is really, officially here, and that means one thing: Cinespia. Namely, Cinespia, wine, snacks, and my wonderful, beautiful friends.

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Keep your eyes peeled for some Game of Thrones inspired eats coming to Nerdist this week, just in time for the (pout) season finale. I’m (tentatively) pleased with the results.

So… how have you been? Fill me in, already!

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

Star Wars Day Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

It’s no secret that I love Admiral Ackbar. When I was a little girl, weekends with my dad meant free reign over Blockbuster. I was allowed to rent 2-3 movies, and I’d spent the entire weekend eating take out and/or Kraft macaroni and cheese, holed up in my room watching weird/macabre/classic ’80s and ’90s kids movies on my little portable TV. From The Last Unicorn and Beetlejuice to The Labyrinth and the original Star Wars trilogy, I really liked dark and twisty movies — especially anything with a borderline-creepy puppet. So, obviously, I loved Admiral Ackbar.

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

That love has only grown over the past twenty-odd years of my life, and culminated in Alexei‘s 2012 Christmas gifts: the beginning of a beautiful Ackbar collection. Lego keychain? Got it. Talking plush toy? Also got it. Etsy watercolor painting? YOU BET.

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

I’ve mentioned that I’m not really a baker. I can sometimes finagle my way through a recipe, but I am usually shit when it comes to decorating. And even with this endeavor, which turned out surprisingly well, I nearly had a nervous breakdown when it got to the icing part. Luckily, I had Alexei to a) suggest mini Nilla wafers b) tell me to chill out, and eventually everything came together!

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

These cupcakes were 100% inspired (read: stolen) from the uber talented JustJenn. I used my trusty cinnamon cupcakes recipe, whipped up a simple cinnamon buttercream, and stuffed the cupcakes with Mexican chocolate pudding. I brought these little fellas to my friend Alex‘s Cinco de Mayo slash May the Fourth party. Amidst colored lightsaber taquitos, Wedge Antilles Wedge and Chilies (yep), and tons of delicious dips, Admiral Ackbar fit in just fine.

Did you do anything for May the Fourth? Sound off in the comments below!

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs

Make it Tonight: Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico’s independence. To some, it’s a national holiday with deep historical and cultural roots. To others, it means another great excuse to make delicious tacos and strong margaritas. Whether you’re celebrating with your family, at a party, or at home, here are a few recipes to get you in the Mayo mood.

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs

Churro Cupcakes

Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

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Baby Back Ribs

Oven-Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

At last! La pièce de résistance: oven-roasted baby back ribs. Apartment dwellers, rejoice. You don’t need a grill to get that smoky glaze. I was surprised by how easy these were, too. I was inspired by Chew Out Loud‘s recipe which basically just involves a dry rub, a few hours in the oven, and a LOT of sauce. Combine these bad boys with my Classic Coleslaw and Cornbread Muffins and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing, stress-free Sunday night dinner.

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Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread Muffins

Let’s continue our week of Sunday night dinner recipes with… *drumroll* corn bread muffins! I’m so glad I decided to make these muffins instead of some sort of skillet creation, because I would have eaten the whole thing. This Martha Stewart recipe suggested the muffin trick, but doesn’t include a different baking time if you choose to switch it up. I learned that the hard way when my first batch of muffins burned up a bit.

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Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

This week on Pop & Sizzle we’ll be making a decadent, summery Sunday night dinner, in four parts. Each dish ranges from the super easy — coleslaw — to the time-consuming-but-still-pretty-easy –baby back ribs, y’all!

Alexei and I are also going pescetarian for the entire month of May (more on that next week), so what better way to kick that off than with some finger-lickin’ good ribs?

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WonderCon 2014

WonderCon 2014

WonderCon 2014

Hello, friends! Yes, I’m still alive. Still, somehow, moving things out of my apartment, and still busier than I ever expected to be as a mere freelance writer. Last weekend I had the immense pleasure of attending my very first WonderCon for Nerdist, and boy, did I end up with a lot of loot.

WonderCon 2014

I’ve done ComicCon before, but WonderCon is a nice little slice of ‘Con without all the chaos of heading down to San Diego. Throughout the weekend I attended panels (GARY OLDMAN YOU GUYS), perused the booths and artists’ alley, admired the incredible cosplay, interviewed some great people, and even ended up buying a few little knick-knacks, prints and gifts. (For more photos of the event, check out the galleries I shot for Static Beach.)

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Saturday was deemed “the day Rachel fangirled herself to death” — I got to see exclusive WonderCon footage of the upcoming Godzilla film, sat only a few feet away from GARY LOVE-OF-MY-LIFE OLDMAN, and interviewed the cast of Bob’s Burgers. Keep an eye out for some of my upcoming WonderCon coverage for Nerdist here.

Bedroom

Moving Wishlist: Bedroom

Bedroom
(via Apartment Therapy)

There’s nothing quite like a move to send you on an emotional roller coaster. On the one hand, you’ve got to pack up your entire life, sort through all that extra junk you don’t need, and wrap endless kitchenware in newspaper. Even if you ultimately decide to hire movers, like I did, you can’t really escape the packing… not unless you want to trust someone to sort through your books, clothes, and Admiral Ackbar action figures, at least. Once you’re all moved in, you still have to go back to the old place and grab anything you’ve missed, and then… there’s the cleaning. Oh, the cleaning. I still haven’t gotten around to that yet, but it’s coming.

The exciting part about moving is, of course, the unpacking. The decorating. The endless pouring through magazines and their modern counterpart, Apartment Therapy, for ideas and inspiration. Though my new bedroom is currently a collection of boxes and bags, eventually it will be a new space just for me. In honor of that perfect, future set-up, here are a few of the things on my moving wishlist.

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1. Luminous Dots Pillow 2. Round Captain’s Mirror 3. Between a Rock Lamp Base 4. Accordion Side Table

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(via Advice From a Twenty Something)

Although I’m definitely not the crafty sort, I will be attempting a few Ikea hacks this time around. Wish me luck!

Carrie Brownstein

Style Envy: Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

Way back in the early aughts when I still had braces and was made up entirely of knees and elbows, there was a time that I considered myself a punk. Let me be clear: I was most definitely NOT a punk. I was an angsty, shy thing stuck at an all girls school who furrowed her brows, blew out her eardrums with a combo of mid-nineties riot grrrl music and Elliott Smith (balance), and decided to wear all black whenever possible.

Carrie Brownstein

During this period, I listened to bands like The Distillers, Bikini Kill, and Sleater Kinney. You know. As angry teenage girls do. When Sleater Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein popped up on IFC’s Portlandia alongside Fred Armisen, I was thrilled. Carrie Brownstein had been a hero of mine, and to watch her share her very deliberate, very adorable comedy has been a real treat. She also has become somewhat of a style icon in my book, and pulls off that ‘look’ I’m often going for.

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein’s style is a perfect combo of feminine and edgy, with floral prints, clunky boots, and punk undertones. She’s also rocking the sort of short ‘do that I’d probably attempt if I were brave enough to chop off my hair. (Biiiig if.)

Carrie Brownstein

We’re even into the same bright lipsticks! Obviously Carrie and I are meant to be BBFs, and maybe she’d even let me raid her closet. We’ll just ignore the fact that she’s cute and petite and I’m a giant. Minor detail.

Also, she’s good friends with Aimee Mann and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, so I’d totally have an in with that awesome friend group. Brunch, anyone?