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Crackling Pancake with Caramel-Clustered Blueberries | The Art of Escapism Cooking

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Crackling Pancake with Caramel-Clustered Blueberries
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
TLC Book Tours host
I'm happy to be hosting today's TLC Book Tours stop for the recently released cookbook by Mandy Lee (of Lady and Pups blog) called The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors. I'll start by saying that this book is not for the weak. It's thick and meaty; it dares you to spend time getting to know yourself, your kitchen, and some ingredients and methods that you may not be familiar with.

In the kitchen with What's Cooking? | #FoodnFlix

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The #FoodnFlix Club is creating recipes inspired by the Thanksgiving movie "What's Cooking" all November long!
Well, it's officially November - my favorite month. It's my birthday month. And it's Thanksgiving for us here in the states, and that just happens to be my favorite meal of the entire year. Our family Thanksgiving meals are the stuff of legends (seriously, people tell stories of all the amazing food we make and serve that day). We, and especially me, spend weeks dreaming, planning, and preparing.

So, this month I'm combining that passion with my other passion - creating food based on movies (or tv or books or music). I'm hosting the November edition of our "food and a movie" club Food 'n Flix with a Thanksgiving-centric film called What's Cooking?!

Fester's 3-Week Anniversary Meatloaf | Addams Family Values #FoodnFlix

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Fester's 3-Week Anniversary Meatloaf | Addams Family Values #FoodnFlix
The Food 'n Flix club bloggers have scooched their chairs up to the Addams Family table this month, along with our host Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles. There's no month more fitting than October to hang out with in the kitchen with one of my favorite families. Kimberly invited to watch either (or both) of the early 1990's films, The Addams Family or Addams Family Values. I watched both. Again.

(Freakin' Worth It) Apple Crumb Pie | Supernatural

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(Freakin' Worth It) Apple Crumb Pie | Supernatural
Somehow how it's been a week already, which means it's time for another Supernatural Thursday, where I share recipes inspired Supernatural (which is currently airing its 15th and final season). I know you can't fault me for sharing another pie recipe, right? I mean, the more pie the better. Amiright?

Like last week, I'm pulling inspiration from the first season, this time episode 11, Scarecrow. Sam and Dean finally make contact with their dad when he calls them with an assignment.  They learn that each year, during the second week in April, a couple goes missing in the small town of Burkittsville, Indiana. The boys get into a fight over Dean's "blind faith" in John, and wind up going separate ways. Sam takes off as Dean goes to investigate.

Wendigo Hunting M&M's Trail Mix | Supernatural

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Wendigo Hunting M&M's Trail Mix | Supernatural
Welcome to another Supernatural Thursday, in which I share recipes inspired by the show Supernatural. This week I'm heading way back to a time before our boys voices were deep and husky, and the hunt to find their dad had only just begun. Season 1, Episode 2 (Wendigo) finds Sam and Dean posing as park rangers in order to look into the disappearance of campers in the woods at Blackwater Ridge in Colorado...thinking that perhaps John may have been there.

Banana Coconut Cream Pie | Supernatural

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Banana Coconut Cream Pie | Supernatural
Okay friends, today is the day. I'm filled with excitement and a little bit of sadness in anticipation of what will be the final season premier of the show that's been my constant favorite since its inception in 2005, Supernatural. I know I'm the only one. There are legions of fans out there who are just as invested as I, who live and breathe Sam, Dean, Cass, Crowley, Bobby, John, Ellen, Jo, Lucifer, Rowena, Kevin, Jack...

Spike's Onion Blossom Thing Petals | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Spike's Onion Blossom Thing Petals | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I almost burnt the house down in an attempt to make "blooming onion things". It was entirely my fault. I was in a hurry and wasn't thinking. In short, I used a pot that was far too small ("oh, this is the perfect size for this onion!"). I filled it with oil. I brought that oil to 375° F. I proceeded to lower a battered onion into that oil. That oil all poured over the edge of the pot and onto the flame underneath the pot.

Triple Apple Pie | O Brother, Where Art Thou? #FoodnFlix

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Triple Apple Pie | O Brother, Where Art Thou? #FoodnFlix
This month for Food 'n Flix we watched the 2000 Coen brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?  Set in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, it's full of Grammy-award winning catchy folk tunes (I bought the cd way back when and can still sing all the songs right along with the movie), and scenes from the American South.

But did you know that it's also loosely based on The Odyssey by Homer? You know, the one that kids around the nation dread reading in school. I think that I'd heard that before, but had forgotten until our host for this month, Debra from Eliot's Eats, reminded us in her Food 'n Flix invitation. So, not only did I go back in to watch the film for the first time in years with an eye towards the food, but also on the lookout for references from the epic poem. And boy did I find lots of both!

Michelle's "Funny" Scones | Derry Girls

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Michelle's "Funny" Scones | Derry Girls
Set in the 1990's in Northern Ireland, Derry Girls is one of my absolute favorite shows on Netflix right. Although I know there's a good bit of nostalgia involved in those feelings since I was high school age in the early 90's, there's more to it. Not only do I eat it up, so does my (almost 17 year old) teenage daughter. And while she's a bit of an old soul, she's definitely a modern child...and she finds it just as funny as I do. But also, it's heartwarming and inclusive and highlights the value of family and friends.

If you haven't seen it, there's currently 2 seasons. Each season is only 6 episodes (British shows, am I right!?). Each episode is only about 20 minutes long. So technically, each season is about the length of an average movie. You could binge both seasons in the time it would take you to watch a couple of movies. I can wait for you to catch up, if you want. Go ahead.

Caramelized Onion Tartlets | Charmed

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Caramelized Onion Tartlets | Charmed
I'm excited to be joining my friend Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles today to bring you another of our self-imposed challenges. This month we're creating recipes from a series that I've been meaning to cook from for many, many years - Charmed! We left it up in the air as to which version we'd use (the original or the reboot); both have all sorts of inspiration if you're paying attention.

Bantha Milk Popsicles (Blue Milk) | #FoodnFlix

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Bantha Milk Popsicles aka Blue Milk | #FoodnFlix #StarWars
As a child of the 80's, I have an affinity for the "original three" Star Wars movies. And Ewoks. All of the kids on the street had Star Wars action figures, and since we all had a lot of the same ones, we had an easy way of knowing whose was whose...we each chose a specific nailpolish color, and painted to bottom of each of our figures feet with that color. It was simple, but genius (looking back). It allowed us to spread out and conquer the galaxy together, no matter whose porch we were playing on. And then we could simply check the bottoms of the feet to be sure we packed up our Darth Vader or C3PO cases with our own toys.

Lavender, Bay & Anise Infused Gin | #FoodnFlix

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Isola's Lavender, Bay & Anise-Infused Gin and Tonics | #FoodnFlix
This month the Food 'n Flix club has been watching and creating recipes inspired by the movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. In the US, you can watch the film, chosen by this month's host Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla, on Netflix. Though it's been on my tbr list for a while now, I haven't yet read the book (by the same name) that this movie was created from. So, anything I mention in this post will be solely based on the movie adaptation.

This movie takes place during WWII, on the German Military occupied island of Guernsey, in the year 1946. The military had commandeered most of the residents food, leaving them with not much more than potatoes and ingenuity. One night, a group is caught out past curfew in good spirits, bellies full from gin and a secret meal of roast pig. As the soldiers grill them, they come up with a name for their "illegal assembly" on the fly, calling themselves members of the "Literary [...and drunkenly added...] Potato Peel Pie Society".

Glazed Spam & Rice | Always Be My Maybe

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Glazed Spam & Rice | Always Be My Maybe
Today I'm sharing a ridiculously easy recipe inspired by the Netflix original movie, Always Be My Maybe. It's so simple that I almost feel silly sharing it, but that's kind of the point of this post, since I'm joining my friend Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles in another of our self-appointed just-for-fun challenges. Everybody has those days (weeks...months...) when they're lacking in funds, right? Well, since we were both feeling that pain, we decided our current project would be to pick a movie...any movie...and create a dish that uses either rice or ramen, since both are inexpensive (and I pretty much always have them in my pantry, anyway).

But then Kimberly suggested we also try making the dish cost $5 or less. So, in the end, our challenge was to create a movie-inspired dish that cost $5 or less per serving and included either rice or ramen noodles.

Dean's Awesome Egg White Omelets | Supernatural

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Dean's Awesome Egg White Omelets | Supernatural
Although Dean's breakfast style is more Pig 'n a Poke than cutting carbs, the Mark of Cain has forced him to change his eating habits. He's been getting a lot more green and a lot less fat into his diet with meals like Kale Wraps and Egg White Omelets, aka the Breakfast of Champions for dorks (like Sam). And while Sam looks pleasantly surprised as he declares them “awesome”,  Dean's face reveals my exact thoughts on eating plain egg whites. Because really, there’s nothing quite as flavorless.

That situation is easily remedied by the addition of a bold, FLAVORFUL…but still healthy…filling. I mean, if Dean can eat stomach kale, he might even enjoy my favorite member of the leafy greens family - collards! Throw a little turkey sausage in there, and I think he might even eat this once that pesky mark is removed for good.