Fried Polenta Eyeballs with Saffron Veins for #TapasTuesday

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What You Need:

  • precooked polenta tube (you could make you own polenta here and form it into flat circle yourself but I think the tubes are just a lot easier)
     

  • or flat crackers (if you want to make this recipe SUPER easy!)
     

  • herbed goat cheese spread
     

  • sliced black olives
     

  • saffron shreds

 
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What You Do:

  1. Preheat a skillet with a little bit of oil over medium heat. Slice your polenta tube into 1/2 inch circles and carefully set hem in. Heat for a couple minutes and carefully flip and brown on both sides.
     

  2. Move polenta slices to plate with paper towel to remove excess oil. Season if polenta is not already spiced (honestly, simple salt and pepper is great).
     

  3. Spread goat cheese over polenta slices, and press olive slice into the center.

  4. Sprinkle saffron shreds like veins and serve!

Worm Sandwiches for #SandwichSaturday

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What You Need:

  • 1 pack long hot dogs (I used Kosher beef dogs)
     

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
     

  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
     

  • minced garlic (to taste)
     

  • BBQ Sauce
     

  • Provolone Cheese (I used 3-4 slices each sandwich--but they were huge)
     

  • Hoagies (I used 2 huge ones but if you used smaller buns you could easily make more smaller sandwiches)

 

What You Do:

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  1. Heat some oil in a skillet over medium heat. Throw in some minced garlic until aromatic, then toss in onions and peppers. Satee until thoroughly cooked.
     

  2. Boil a pot of water. Meanwhile, cut your hot dogs long ways into strips--I cut them in half and then each half in half, and then each half into half. It can be difficult, but the idea is to get them thin enough that they look more like worms than hot dogs so do your best.
     

  3. Once water is boiling, toss in hot dog stirps!
     

  4. At this time, I sliced my hoagies in half and topped with provolone slices and onion pepper mixture. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
     

  5. Check your hot dogs with tongs. It shouldn't take long for them to curl up. I let mine sit in the water for a few minutes tops. After, pick those out and put them in a bowl with bbq sauce and toss until covered. I used a ton because I thought it looked better that way.
     

  6. Fill hoagies with your new, delicious worm mixture and put those puppies in the oven for a few minutes  to melt the cheese and bring together. Serve hot!

The Babadook (2014) : Stream it Now!

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"The-Babadook-Poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The-Babadook-Poster.jpg#/media/File:The-Babadook-Poster.jpg

If you still have not seen The Babadook, you need to get your butt over to Netflix right now and watch it. By far the greatest horror film of 2014 and debatably one of the greatest of the past decade, this Australian-Canadian film centers around a widowed mother and her young son and their experience with the mysterious storybook creature--the Babadook.

The film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, is not your typical modern horror film. It does, however, reminisce of another time where horror was more subtle and less reliant on jump scares. Less gore, more suspense. The music alone is enough to send chills down your spine. The Exorcist (1973) Director William Friedkin even described The Babadook as the most terrifying film he'd ever seen.

So if you're looking for a film without cheap tricks and instead a film with an original plot the leaves you with a troubling sensation that you're not alone in your room at night, watch The Babadook, currently streaming on Netflix.

Fried Bologna Sandwich for #SandwichSaturday

For #SandwichSaturday this month, we're putting a twist on a school lunch favorite by making a Fried Bologna Sandwich with Spicy Mustard. This ain't the sandwich your mama made ya. Enjoy!

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What You Need:

  • Thin Sliced Bologna

  • Sharp Cheddar

  • Onion Bun

  • Spicy Mustard

  • Garlic Salt

  • Celery Seed

  • Butter

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to a low setting. Slice the buns and place open side down directly on the wire rack.

  2.  Melt some butter in a skillet at medium heat. Toss in some slices of bologna (3-6 slices per sandwich is great). Let them heat a little bit, until you see them start to bubble. Flip and sprinkle with some garlic salt, celery salt, and black pepper.

  3. Take the buns out of the oven (be careful not to burn yourself!) and spread with spicy mustard.

  4. Once the bologna starts bubbling up again, remove from heat. Use tongs to roll into buns, top with with sharp cheddar, and serve!

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DIY Cold Brew Coffee

If you're rushing out the door early in the morning to make it to class, you may want to try adding cold brew coffee to your daily routine. Now, this may not work for you if you live in a colder environment, but if you live somewhere where it's still warm out--our you just like you're coffee cold--this stuff is delicious. And very easy to prepare!

See, the trick to Cold Brew Coffee is that you make it the night before, and then just pour yourself a cup as you're heading out the door. No fuss, no muss. The perks of drinking cold brew are real too, not only is it less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee, but it also has more caffeine!

What You Need

  • coffee beans
  • coffee grinder
  • fresh water
  • french press
  • whatever you put into your coffee (cream, milk, sugar, etc.)

What You Do

  1. Using your grinder, coarsely grind about 3/4 cup of coffee beans. 
  2. Pour the coffee beans into your french press, and add enough fresh water to fill it up, leaving space for the top to fit on (should be about 4 cups for a standard sized press).
  3. Stick it into the fridge and wait. Like, overnight. Go to sleep.
  4. Wake up, and press the coffee in the french press (:D), and get pouring! 

You can repeat the process everyday if you're sharing with someone or are a caffeine addict, or keep it stored in the fridge strained into a glass bottle. 


Note: If you don't have a french press, or want to try this out before you invest in one, you can you any container with a lid to steep the coffee and just strain it using a mesh strainer. It's a little less convenient, but it's totally doable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High School Hellcats (1958) : Old Hollywood Movie Night

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Joyce Martin in the new girl at school. She is by all means a normal girl: not too good, not too bad. She doesn't receive the attention and love she wishes she did from home, so when Connie, the leader of the all girl gang, the Hellcats, demands she join their group, Joyce feels like she has no other choice. Soon she finds herself caught up in a world of drinking, dancing, and death. 

This movie is really fun, and one of the many teenage exploitation films from American International Pictures, who produced the original Fast and the Furious in 1955. The focus on juvenile delinquency in the form of teenage girls is, in my opinion, way more interesting than your usual "bad boy" trope, and the reasons these girls are bad are so ridiculous, you can't help but relate to their frustration. The first Hellcats experience Joyce encounters in when they trick her into wearing slacks to school under the the impression that everybody would wear them, which of course is against dress code. Dolly later teaches her how to steal a $2 pair of earrings (which she secretly pays for). They drink during their meetings in an abandoned movie theater, and break into stranger's houses for wild parties.

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To accompany you with this movie is a variant on a Lipstick Cocktail. Joyce's father mentions several times in the film about how she wears too much lipstick, and the way she coughs up that first drink Connie gives her tells me she needs something that goes down a little easy, Try out this fruity drink as an inexpensive  way to get a good buzz without sacrificing taste.

What You Need

  • Parrot Bay 90 Proof

  • Pineapple Juice

  • Fruit Punch

What You Do:

  1. Pour a generous amount of Parrot Bay over ice. 

  2. Fill almost the entire glass with pineapple juice.

  3. Top with a splash of fruit punch and serve.

You can currently stream High School Hellcats on Netflix.

Drinks from the Books You Were Forced to Read in High School

Time to throwback to all the classics you were forced to read in high school. Those classic books that everybody (in the US at least) is made to read as teenagers, whether or not you like it, and whether or not you appreciate it at the time. And if you argue that you were the type to Cliff Notes every assignment, and somehow graduated without reading a single novel on the required reading list, well, I feel as if you may have actually done even more work than the rest of us in the long run, and honestly who cares? We're grown up now and It's time to drink.

Mint Julep

from The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925)

"Open the whisky, Tom,' she ordered, 'and I'll make you a mint julep. Then you won't seem so stupid to yourself... Look at the mint!”

This delicious drink is a staple in most Southern states, especially in Kentucky, where character Daisy Buchanan is from. You just put a few spearmint springs into the bottom of a chilled high ball glass, top with a teaspoon of sugar and lightly crush. Pack glass with crushed ice, and be generous with the bourbon.

Scotch and Soda

from Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger, 1923)

"I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it—I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor."

It only makes sense that our protagonist Holden Caulfield would be drinking a scotch--the liquor has such definitive legal regulation that it leaves no room for phonies. The drink is clearly an easy fix: high ball glass, ice, scotch, and soda water. However, don't go trying to get one of these if you're underage. There are better ways of rebelling. 

Vodka Neat

from The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath, 1963)

“I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.” 

The Bell Jar is an honest look at life for a young woman with depression and struggle with social identity, something I feel that young women today relate to all too well. Trying to find a signature drink for yourself is something most attributed to male characters in literature, and to order a "neat", or essentially just straight liquor, no chaser, is often still considered a 'manly" thing to do. However the character Esther Greenwood was written to challenge much of the patriarchal pressures put on women, so it makes total sense that this would be her drink of choice.

Victory Gin

from 1984 (George Orwell, 1949)

"Instantly his face turned scarlet and the water ran out of his eyes. The stuff was like nitric acid, and moreover, in swallowing it on had the sensation of being hit on the back of the head with a rubber club. The next moment, however, the burning in his belly died down and the world began to look more cheerful."

This one is for you thrifty types. We may not live in a total dystopian civilization (yet), but tat doesn't mean you can't drink like it! In Orwell's 1984, Victory Gin was the one and only alcoholic beverage supplied by the government., and one that the protagonist, Winston Smith, indulged in quite often, despite it's terrible taste. I think we've all been there before.