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Stuff to Have in Your Kitchen so Your Food Tastes Better

It’s been said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. While we’re sure that being great at piano, speaking fluent French or beatboxing like Biz Markie are all great things to master, none of those skills taste as good during the 9,999 hours of practice in becoming a master in the kitchen. You also learn so much along the way, from seasoning correctly and chopping onions without chopping off your finger to properly poaching an egg, that by the time you get to even 3,000 hours of practice, you’re probably a better cook than most of your friends.

As two ladies who are both somewhere along the way to the 10,000 hours, we wanted to impart upon you some of our favorite ingredients to have on hand in the kitchen. Get familiar with these kitchen staples to take your food from tasting like 1,000 hours to that coveted 10,000.

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Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Super Bowl Drinks

Whether you’ve got money riding on the office pool or you’re just tuning in for Bruno Mars, the Super Bowl is — let’s admit it — a national holiday. It’s the one day a year that we are all united in entertainment and brought together by the power of nachos.

While you may be staring a veritable melted-cheese bonanza in the face (find all manner of Super Bowl party foods here), don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a long day, so keep plenty of water on hand for yourself and guests, and leave room for cocktails. Below are some of our beverage recipes to match your Super Bowl moods and to tackle that thirst.

I’m So Pumped

Okay, so you’re pumped. You’re wearing a [insert sportball team name] jersey and have gotten up early to watch all the red carpet coverage, or whatever they do before Super Bowls. Sweet. Good for you. Get this morning kicked off right by slipping into your lucky sweatpants and mixing up some brunchy drinks that will get the party officially started. Such as:

The Beefy Tomato (pictured above)

A beef jerky-infused whole-blended-tomato Bloody Maria. It would be a serious fumble to pass this one up.

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Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Sending an Angry Stranger a Drink

With holiday travel now in full swing — and perilous shopping frenzies forecast through the month of December — people are going insane. Like, actually clinically insane. Case in point: the live tweeting between Elan Gale and Diane of seat 7A on a Thanksgiving Day US Airways flight. Did you happen to miss that? Because it broke the Internet last week.

Elan, the producer of the esteemed programs The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, was irked that a fellow passenger — a middle-aged woman who identified herself as Diane — was complaining about a flight delay on Thanksgiving. Elan was so angered at Diane’s anger that he sent her a glass of wine to chill out, accompanied by a scathingly condescending note. Diane didn’t appreciate this, and she sent a nasty note back. Elan then walked two bottles of vodka over to her seat, and more notes followed, including some from Elan that were graphic and incredibly insulting. He tweeted that Diane slapped him upon de-planing, and, to be honest, we hardly blame her. Elan sounds like a human pile of antagonistic, non-compassionate garbage. (See: Georgia’s thoughts on Elan vs. Diane on her Tumblr.)

So we’ve decided to write up some tips on how to send a drink to a stressed-out stranger. Study up, because we’re sure you’ll encounter at least one person in an airport who is totally losing his or her mind.

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All Hail the Sweet Potato

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.


Watch out. Sweet potatoes are having a moment. Like a band that suddenly blew up or an ingenue nominated for an Oscar, these rooty tubers have glided into the limelight and, it’s safe to say, the year belongs to them.

What the hell are we talking about? We’re talking about sweet potato soups and snacks and desserts and cocktails, people. We’re talking about the role of side dish, the duty of being a vehicle for marshmallows being over. Everywhere we look, we see sweet potatoes in new weird iterations. Then we eat them.

But the first rule of sweet potatoes is: Don’t get it twisted. Do not call Ipomoea batatas a yam. Here in North America, we fling around the term “yam” like some people say “nucular.” But a yam is actually a larger, lighter-colored, totally different Asian and African root vegetable. In fact, we’re so accustomed to wrongly saying “yams” that here in America, any sweet potato product labeled “yam” must also say “sweet potato.” So, yeah. They’re called sweet potatoes. Unless they’re yams. That’s lesson No. 1.

But that’s enough talk; let’s chow. Here are a few ways you can get hip to sweet potatoes and use these starchy suckers as more than a sad, neglected potluck casserole. Because a yam — er, sweet potato — by any other name would taste as sweet.

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5 Awesome Halloween Cocktails

It’s a spooktacular time of year — around a shadowy corner, in a moonlit orchard or down a leaf-littered path in the dark, a spirit might overtake you! Or you could just sit at home and have a spirit overtake you via a boozy beverage. Might we suggest one of these five creepy libations? They’re eerie and mysterious and sure to send icy chills to your bones, particularly if you spill them down your pants. Don’t do that. But drink up and happy, happy Halloween.

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Go Ahead, Dress Like Food, or Five Easy DIY Food-Themed Halloween Costumes

Are we just getting curmudgeonly in our old age or are Halloween costumes not the creative, fun, homemade awesomeness that they used to be? Gone are the easy costumes from our childhood that were cobbled together from what we already had in our home; instead, costumes have become trendy, expensive, mundane getups that make up for what they lack in creativity with an overabundance of bared skin. Put it away, autumn exhibitionists.

So in the name of DIY Halloween costumes everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite Halloween costumes that are both cheap and easy to put together, and that will announce to the world (and the Halloween party that you’re at) that you’re a foodie.

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Thirsty Thursday: Apple of My Pie

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

October marks the official beginning of pie season (at least by my calendar), and in case you’re looking for a new and inventive way to get your pie fix (aren’t we all?), look no further than Alie and Georgia’s creative Apple of My Pie cocktail.

This weirdly delicious concoction is made with apple brandy, cinnamon liqueur, and a whole thick wedge of streusel-topped apple pie. Buttery crust, fragrant filling and all gets blended with the booze until smooth and delicious. For a truly all-American experience, garnish with cheddar. It’s the perfect way to curb your pie cravings. Oh, and the best part? Eating the rest of the pie alongside your cocktail.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Alie & Georgia’s Favorite Fall Beers

What comes to mind when you think of fall beverages? A libation that’s comforting and complex with spices and toasty notes, that’s refreshing but also wholesome and deep? Well, while you’re picturing warm ciders and mulled wines, we’ve got a suggestion for you. How about a drink that’s one of the oldest recorded in human history — one that’s said to be partly responsible for the development of civilization. That complex enough for you?

While some may consider beer something watery that tastes faintly like a penny — something Dad used to down in great quantities in front of the game — we’re intrigued by the craft beer movement that’s taken over the industry, and the many small breweries that are making something wholly different from your daddy’s beer, some of which is just perfect for autumn. We recently visited our neighborhood storefront and tasting room that specializes in all things craft beer, Sunset Beer Co. in trendy Echo Park, Calif., to find the perfect beers to sip as the leaves turn orange and the weather gets chilly. OK, fine; we’re not judging — you can also down them in front of the game. We’re looking at you, Dad.

Here are some of our favorites:

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5 Reasons to Love Fall

Alie’s favorite season is autumn. Georgia’s least favorite word is autumnal. (“It just sounds so douc … um, pretentious.”) But one thing we both agree on: Fall is the best. We can’t think of a single reason not to like fall, but here are our top-five things about autumn that earns it the Best Damn Season Ever award. Which is not a real award. But it really should be.

Big sweaters

Who doesn’t enjoy wearing a blanket? If you just said, “Me. I don’t enjoy wearing a blanket,” take a quick moment to ask yourself what’s wrong with you. Fall affords that perfect crisp chill that necessitates you pulling a big woven snuggle-rug over your head, but it’s not cold enough to have to lug around a bulky jacket. Bonus: You rarely see middle-aged men in Speedos during autumn. We’re lookin’ at you, summer.

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Alie and Georgia on Why You Should Visit Marfa, Texas

When we list the six locations we chose to visit for our first season of Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, we always get the same few question:

  1. “Which was your favorite location?”
  2. What was Alaska like??”
  3. “Marfa??? Where the F is Marfa?”

The answers to those questions are:

  1. Miami for Georgia/Alaska for Alie
  2. Freaking beautiful
  3. Texas

It’s the last of those questions that we’re tackling today, as on the last episode of Tripping Out, we we visited that weird and wonderful town of Marfa, TX. We chose Marfa because it was just so off the beaten path we were sure to have a memorable time. And we did!

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