Game of Thrones’ fifth Season premieres April 12, and the latest Ommegang beer collaboration with the show comes out April 6 to help subdue your anticipatory nerves (without Jaime Lanister shoving you out a window). Here’s how the new Three-Eyed Raven-themed saison stacks up:
It’s thematically on the beak because it looks very dark and ominous — you’d expect it to taste thick and full, stout-like — but it turns out to be light with floral roots. That’s so three-eyed raven! The label art, an aspect of beer consumption that, for better or worse, never gets much recognition, uses concept art from the show and is worth checking out on its own. On the downside, everything we’ve heard speculates the three-eyed raven won’t play a part in any Season 5 storyline. But that’s not enough of a fault to keep this ale from taking flight.
Yesterday, Bruce McCulloch of the Kids in the Hall participated in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. He answered a lot of fans’ questions about his creative process and future projects, but his most enlightening feedback came in response to whether or not he liked sandwiches:
“i love sandwiches. they are trustworthy. you tell a sandwich a secret – it will stay a secret. Some people think they taste good. I don’t know about that – i just keep them around as my ‘secret keepers'”
Get our best secret keepers like the ever-dependable sausage, pepper and onion and 33 other sandwiches.
March Madness brings out the best rivalries in college basketball. But college rivalries go far beyond the court’s end line. Check out our top picks for college town eats as rival dishes go head-to-head.
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich vs. UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
Diddy Riese’s ice cream sandwiches are a must-have at UCLA. Select your starting ice cream sandwich roster from the best lineup of cookie varieties and ice cream flavors.
UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
This New York classic has become a favorite in Berkeley, Calif. Top your favorite frankfurter or knockwurst with tangy sauerkraut and homemade Russian mustard, and you’ve got a winner.
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If you’ve harbored a decades-long mission to knock hipsters down a pretentious notch (what, only us?), we’ve got just the thing to ground them — in the coffee arena, at least. (Retroactive pun-appreciation break.) As the logic we just made up goes, the opposite of hipster is cowboy. While hipsters wax superior with shatter-prone Chemex coffeemakers and an accompanying pile of filters harvested from Japanese mulberry trees, cowboys (and pioneer women) are out doing hard stuff with their hands, like herding wild cattle. And they’d sure as hell know how to get caffeinated if their roommate “accidentally” bumped their Chemex off the kitchen counter and smiled a little when it broke.
Take it from Laurie March, co-host of Cooking Channel’s original Web series Good to Know, who shows us how to make coffee like we’re roughing it, ranch-style, without even a plebeian drip machine in sight. ‘Cause living up to that flannel is probably the new ironic. Watch how she does it after the jump.
Continue Reading Cowboy Coffee (or How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker)
Every good chef needs a good set of tools. When Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are in Tuscany, they try to cook with unique Tuscan tools whenever possible. And, like any chef, they’re always looking to add to their arsenal. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, they’ll take the kids to a flea market go on the hunt for traditional cooking utensils. Debi and Gabriele are on the lookout for antiques with history, stories and soul to decorate their kitchen. It turns out, a lot of antique kitchen tools can look pretty sinister. For example, the above photo might look like a bludgeoning device, but it’s actually a molinillo, a tool used by Spaniard colonists in Mexico since the early 18th century to make hot chocolate. Browse through these photos of old tools after the jump and try to guess if they were used for cooking or for torture. Highlight below each photo with your mouse to reveal the answer (or check the comments below).
Continue Reading Quiz: Antique Cooking Tool or Torture Device?
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Fat Tuesday is coming up. The holiday has given us solid empirical evidence that people will do almost anything for beads. And if a string of chintzy plastic balls is worth disrobing in public, an actual edible version should conceivably merit 10 thousand dollars. That is what the judges of Donut Showdown will decide tonight at 9pm ET when a singing rabbi, a lawyer and a recent college grad compete in a speedy Mardi Gras-themed doughnut extravaganza. The bead necklace doughnuts made with an orange liqueur glaze are like portable king cakes — with considerably less risk of swallowing a plastic infant. They’re also just one of several awesome creations to come out of the competition, with the top doughnut’s maker taking home ten grand.
Watch Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.
It’s chocolate week on Cooking Channel. You may be saying, “I’m pretty sure every week is chocolate week, buddy.” You have a great point, but it’s a little silly to talk back to a blog.
Of course we’re prepping for Valentine’s Day which is less than a week away. And on that subject, here’s a tip: Don’t go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants use the holiday as an excuse to markup the cost of a scallop by about 300%. You’ll make a better impression by cooking the meal yourself (a juicy roasted chicken is a pretty solid bet). Then — and this is the kicker — to really win over this person you’ve right-swiped on Tinder or perhaps have been courting for years, you need to give her/him something chocolate. We know this because in a survey of people writing this right now, 100% agree that chocolate is the best way to show your devotion to another person. For your inspiration, Cooking Channel is dedicating each night this week to shows about chocolate.
The theme week begins Sunday, February 8th at 8pm ET with a new special hosted by Justin Warner, Breaking the Rules: Chocolate. Americans consume about three billion pounds of chocolate a year. Justin will check out some of the coolest things being done with chocolate, debunk some chocolate myths, and then completely reinventing the chocolate chip cookie. Check out our schedule to see what other chocolate insanity is lined up. And remember to watch Breaking the Rules: Chocolate on February 8th at 8pm ET. Don’t be choco-late. (Nailed it.)
Winter has come. And it feels like it could last a generation. There are at least two ways to feel better about it, apart from stumbling upon a stockpile of dragonglass. You can spend it chomping down comforting meals like classic casseroles, mac and cheese, steaming soups and stews, and nostalgic recipes like Mom used to make. (We can help with that.) Alternatively, you can try to win tickets to a Game of Thrones-themed pop up in London taking place between February 13 and 15. HBO is setting up the restaurant — styled to feel like a secret Small Council meeting in King’s Landing — to promote the show’s 4th season coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. We expect it lets you enjoy all the thrills of consuming poached veal tongue without the hazards of poisonous wine or a sword to the gut. The sweepstakes is running now, but you must be older than 18 and be a permanent UK resident (is that in Ulthos?)
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Yo mama so fatigued from cooking you dinner all those nights, we think you should consider returning the favor. All joking aside, it would be the considerate thing to do. And since we have 40 easy recipes for nostalgic dishes like tuna noodle casserole, meatloaf, mac ‘n’ cheese and biscuits, you don’t have much of an excuse not to. If preparing comfort food for your mom isn’t possible, find someone else’s mom (Mo Rocca-style).
Yo mama’ll be so dumbfounded by your altruism.
Tastes like home: 40 nostalgic recipes