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Weird Diets Found Only in the Movies and TV

There sure are some wacky diets out there. After all, there was once a popular diet that suggested you drink liquor with each and every meal, breakfast not excluded. However, in this case, fiction may be even stranger than fact. Here are a bunch of the weirdest diets ever featured on TV and in the movies.

Top 10 Best Christmas Food Scenes in Movies

The holidays are all about eating, spending time with family and then avoiding said family by going to the movies alone. These holiday movies often show off gratuitous amounts of food. Here is some of the most succulent and inviting — and just plain weird — food to appear in seasonal flicks. Try not to drool.

Gallery: Famous Christmas Movie Scenes

How to Eat Like Thor

Thor's Favorite Food

The Avengers proved Thor's love of shawarma

If you’re planning a trip to Asgard soon to visit your favorite otherworldly god, Thor, or just going to see the upcoming Marvel release, Thor: The Dark World, prepare yourself with these favorite foods and drinks of the God of Thunder.

Loki Iced Tea Cocktail

Like Thor’s devious brother, this delicious drink appears harmless with its smooth Southern-iced tea taste, but it’s actually quite dangerous, packing an alcoholic punch just beneath the surface. The Loki Iced Tea Cocktail is a mischievously enchanting cocktail in disguise.

Watch how to make it.

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The Super Hero (Sandwiches) of Summer

We crafted some supersized sandwiches, inspired by this summer’s big superhero blockbuster movies, like Man of Steel (Super Grilled Ham and Cheese with Red, White and Blue Smoothie), The Wolverine (Shredded Beer Braised Beef Sandwich with Poutine) and more.

Flip through the photos and get the recipes.

Hump Day Snack: The Silence of the Lambs Wine

What pairs perfectly with a nice Chianti? Why liver and fava beans, of course. Inspired by the infamous Chianti slurper, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema recently unveiled the second installment in its signature wine series—The Silence of the Lambs varietals. (The first “Bottle of Wits,” inspired by The Princess Bride, debuted last year.)

The “Cannibal Chianti” is medium-bodied and well balanced with savory plum and tomato leaf notes, while the “Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio” is flavored with tropical peach, Mexican limes and just a hint of honey. Both are available by the bottle, or together in Lecter’s Package: The limited edition package comes with both bottles, a bottle of lotion (can you think of a better way to pay creepy homage to Buffalo Bill?), fava beans and a recipe from Alamo Drafthouse chef, Trish Eichelberger.

If you live near the Alamo Drafthouse location, don’t miss the Silence of the Lambs Feast featuring both varietals, fava beans served as a puree with fried chicken liver, plus Buffalo Bill’s skinless chicken wings in bacon fat and sriracha “lotion.” Check drafthouse.com for details.

Les Misérables Movie Menu

Les Miserables Menu from Cooking Channel
The epic musical Les Misérables is coming to the big screen, and fans of the musical are eagerly anticipating its release on Christmas day. There have been many things written about the film of late, most not without strong opinion: some nice things, some not so nice.
After watching the actors pour their hearts and souls out during a preview screening in New York City for 2.5+ hours (singing live, thanks to director Tom Hooper’s genius), I was starving. What was I craving? French food, of course.
Check out our Les Mis Movie Menu to see how the characters and songs from the epic match up with our perfect French recipes.

 

Hugh Jackman‘s Jean Valjean is heroic and valiant. At one point in the film when he is first released from prison by Russel Crowe’s ruthless (and pitch-less) Javert, Valjean is rescued by a priest who feeds him his first decent meal in nineteen years: stew. Hugh gulps it down eagerly, but probably would have devoured it with even more gusto had it been Laura Calder’s Beef Bourguignon.
Valjean, Before and After Enjoying The Stew
Jean Valjean Hugh Jackman

Lincoln: Legendary President, Finicky Dinner Party Guest

Lincoln Dinner Party menu from Cooking Channel

The film “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, tells the story of he 16th president’s tumultuous final  months in office. Abraham Lincoln, perhaps more than any other president, continues to occupy the public imagination.

Research on the topic of Lincoln’s food preferences seems divided.  While some sources state that Lincoln was mad about Mary Todd Lincoln’s cakes, others claim that he was rather indifferent on the topic of food altogether. Despite all of his accomplishments and accolades, he sounds to us like a challenging dinner party guest. Which begs the question:

If Honest Abe was the guest of honor at your dinner party, what would you serve him?

We’re throwing a dinner party menu of America’s most iconic state dishes inspired by this iconic insomniac.

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Sifted: A Scandalous Butter Comedy + Spooky Halloween Recipes

Jennifer Garner stars in new comedy Butter

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Butter-sculpting is in fact a real competition at the Iowa State Fair, and Jennifer Garner’s newest comedy shows just how intense the dairy sport can be. Seriously, it’s a “3-D re-creation of DaVinci’s Last Supper” kind of extreme. – Tasting Table
  2. There are tons of beer recipes around the blogs right now and we’re totally okay with that. Ezra Pound Cake’s beer cheese soup is high on our to-do list.
  3. Bakers Royale puts an American twist on the classic French macaron by adding Snickers.
  4. This football Sunday, grab a beer and try Domestic Fits pizza stuffed pretzel rolls.
  5. Hungry Happenings shows you how to add a touch of Halloween whimsy to your appetizers. All it takes is food coloring, a spooky stamp and a delicious recipe.

Craving More?

  • Get festive this October with our fun and frightful Halloween recipes.
  • Looking for more ways to sneak your favorite candy bars into dessert? Bake them into a brownie!

Expendables 2, or How to Make the Most of Old Meat

Expendables 2

Expendables 2 came out today. The movie about old action stars like Bruce Willis (age 57), Sylvester Stallone (age 66), Arnold Schwarzenegger (age 65) and Chuck Norris (72!) shooting down bad guys got us thinking. Just how long can old meat be used before it’s time to cast it off completely? And what’s the best way to store it? You can assume a piece of beef that was in its prime in the early ’80s wouldn’t be edible today, but what are the timeline and guidelines for safe storage? Get our meat preservation tips after the jump.

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ParaNorman: Five Fixes to Bring Dinner Back From the Dead

ParaNorman

“It’s not easy being Norman. The trailer for ParaNorman, the new stop-motion 3D animated feature being released today by the makers of Coraline, hints that Norman doesn’t have many friends and isn’t like all the other kids in town. In fact, Norman talks to the dead. When an evil witch threatens his town, Norman must use his gift to save his community from destruction. Sounds like life isn’t always a piece of cake.

Well, it’s not always easy making dinner, either. 

Does repeatedly ruining dinner have you feeling down?

Paranorman

Sometimes we all feel down. But don't let a botched dinner ruin your night -- Cooking Channel has the tips to bring your dinner back to life.

Have you ever burned the souffle? Charred the bread? Mistaken sugar for salt (yikes)? We’ve got five easy dinner disaster fixes to bring you back from the edge, and bring your dinner back from the dead.

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