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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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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes
Blood Orange Margaritas
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.
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.