Game of Thrones Party Menu

Game of Thrones Party Menu for Nerdist

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!

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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.

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Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

Star Wars Day 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.

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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.

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Baby Back Ribs

Oven-Roasted 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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