TV Dinners: Game of Thrones

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So I realize that it may be off limits to many of you, but Game of Thrones is a show too good to be ignored. Plus, now that the first season is out on DVD even you non-HBO subscribers can go hog wild. (PS: if your parents get HBO at home, check out HBO Go, which has soothed many of my own Sex and the City cravings.)

This is a show full of intrigue, politics, dragons, and lots of gratuitous female nudity (so much, in fact, that even one of my [straight] male friends exclaimed that it was …

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Review and Giveaway: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

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The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook takes a peek inside the enchanting lives of the characters portrayed on AMC’s Mad Men and the food that the Drapers (et al.) would have enjoyed in the sixties. This cookbook will give you a guide to all the food they ate, the drinks they consumed, and the places they frequented. If you are a Mad Men fan, or you are in love with this era, then this is a great cookbook to add next to your shelf of Mad Men DVD’s.

Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin give an authentic story behind a selected episode …

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You’re Invited: Celebrate Spring Feast

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Despite New York’s tame winter weather, I was counting down the days to March 20th. Not only did it mean that Mad Men Season Five was less than a week away (the wait is finally over!), but more importantly equally as important I finally tucked my winter coats under my bed and opened all my windows. And while March 20th was the official start to spring, I’m holding out for the first week in April for the real celebration. This year Easter and Passover overlap in what I’m hoping is a marvelous sunny weekend. Regardless of whether you celebrate with …

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TV Dinners: Mad Men

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Mad Men is one of those shows whose insane popularity is a little bit of a mystery to me, even though I myself am a complete Mad Men fanatic. But let’s be honest—I’m not exactly picky about my TV habits. It’s a little bit slow moving, it’s not exactly action-packed, and most of the plot points center around one guy being kind of a jerk. So what is it that everyone else loves so much about it?

For my parents, it’s the little details correctly remembered from their own childhoods (“we had that EXACT lamp in our living room!”). …

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TV Dinners: Downton Abbey

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A combination TV/period piece junkie like myself waits years for a show like Downton Abbey to come along. Over the course of two and a half months, I blew through two seasons and a two-hour Christmas special, slowing down only because I promised my boyfriend I wouldn’t progress without him, which limited our binges to weekends. Because it’s British, set in a single house in the early 1900s, and airs on PBS, it’s very difficult to describe accurately what is so lovable about this show. That said, it’s undeniably picking up steam (and if you follow us on twitter, …

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Table for Two: Cheese Fondue

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When I think back to my most romantic dinner date, I must say that it was a cheese fondue dinner in Zurich, Switzerland. I was in Switzerland for a brief moment on my way to Italy while my boyfriend at the time was studying in Germany and took a weekend trip to Zurich. We met up for a romantic day strolling through the city and sampling Zurich’s delicious cuisine.

We spent nearly the entire 24 hours walking through small and windy streets, up and down cobble stone hills, and in and out of local museums. By the time the …

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You’re Invited: Potluck Fondue Party

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It may be chilly, snowy, or rainy outside, but there’s no need to frown. Gloomy winter weather provides the perfect excuse for throwing a party with one of the most convivial themes of all time: fondue! Thanks to the Swiss (who are pros at surviving inclement weather conditions), we have a dish that not only warms the soul but is also fun to eat and enjoy with others.

If you’ve never had fondue, it’s a savory dish comprised of cheese, wine, and other flavorings that have been melted together and served in a communal pot (aka: caquelon) over some …

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Supper Club: Cheesy Surprise Spicy Mini-Meatloaves

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The cheesy surprise of these cheesy surprise spicy mini-meatloaves is cheese, so I guess it’s kind of like when you can tell that people are planning a surprise party for you because they’re acting weird. In both cases, it ends up not so much of a surprise as just a fun thing that happened.

And these mini-meatloaves are indeed a fun thing that can happen to you and your friends, no matter what you heard on TV as a kid. The dry hunk of meat that generations of fictional children feared more than the bully who literally turns you …

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TV Dinners: The 84th Annual Academy Awards

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The time has come, entertainment junkies, for the greatest night of the year. Oscar Night! The Oscars bring together lovers of movies, fashion, TV, and celebrity gossip for one glorious and interminably long evening. As a child, this was the most exciting television event of my year (except when my cousin came to stay and we would stay up late giggling to SNL sketches about President Clinton that we didn’t quite understand). I even insisted my family watch the Oscars from a hotel room in Paris one year. Everyone fell asleep, but I refused to turn it off until I knew who had won Best Actress. If that just made you nostalgic, you’ll like BGSK’s best of the Best Picture winners’ Oscar buffet.

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The After Life: Potluck Party, or Eating Across the Miles

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I don’t think anyone would deny that our relationships with our college roommates have their ups and downs. Maybe sometimes we wish there weren’t always people underfoot. But other times—hopefully most of the time!—they’re among our best friends, and our closeness to them is part of what makes college great.

Now that I’ve been out of college for almost two years, I look back on the randomest times of roommate bonding with fondness. My college roommates and I are spread out all over the East Coast and are in various states of postgrad life at the moment—med school, law school, …

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