Blog, Food

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!

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

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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 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.


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!

Blog, Food, Life, Party, Sweets

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.

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!

Blog, Cocktails, Crock Pot, Entrees, Food, Party, Starters, Sweets

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 (pictured above)

Churro Cupcakes

Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

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Blog, Entrees, Food

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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