Robber Steak

For our Halloween entree, I really wanted something from a classic story  and there are few stories as classic as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Thanks to Anne Rice and others, the vampire genre has exploded in recent decades, but Dracula was one of the very first and while not all of you have read Dracula, I bet most of you have heard of Count…

Braaains…

Welcome to my brand new weekly post, Sweet Saturday! My plan is to feature a dessert here every week and I’m starting with a Halloween treat to fit the theme I’ve got going here. To be honest, the food for this post has been rolling around in my head (pun kind of intended) since I…

Halloween Sangria

I love Halloween! Crisp air (or snow…it is Michigan after all), pumpkins, apples, costumes, scary movies…it’s all good to me. The next three posts here on Cooking the Book are going to be Halloween-themed and I’m so excited! Today is, of course, Thirsty Thursday, so we’re starting with a really lovely sangria. Sangria is Spanish…

Thank You for Being a Fun-gi

Is there a more iconic TV show then The Golden Girls? No. No, there is not. In a society that views growing older with trepidation and, sometimes, horror, the girls showed everyone that older ladies could be sassy, independent, sexy women.  By older, I mean like 50…they were all in their 50s…except for Sophia, of course. As…

Warm Milk for Our Dystopian Future

I love dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels. I can’t help it. I’m not sure I want to know what it says about me that I can envision myself kicking ass all over some crazy scary world. Those that know me know that, in reality, I would be one of the first to go, but that’s neither…

Let Them Eat Cake

I have to admit something. This post is a fraud. I just thought I should tell you. The gorgeous, delicious cake featured today is not inspired by fiction. I know. I’m sorry. I’ve let you down and I feel really awful about it. This cake was brought to you, not by any work of fiction…

Captain Jack’s Hypervodka

What? Another Doctor Who reference? I know. It’s shocking. Oh…wait…it’s really not. I can’t think of anyone more equipped to help us out with a Thirsty Thursday post than Captain Jack Harkness. For those of you non-whovians out there (you mythical creatures, you) Captain Jack is a former Time Agent and head of Torchwood. He’s a partier,…

Sweet Chili O’Mine Burger

Everyone has a guilty pleasure TV show. Don’t deny it. At some point in your life there was something you watched and loved despite its lack of redeeming qualities. That’s probably 99.9% of television, honestly, but you get my drift. I have had many over the years. Which probably explains a whole lot about me,…

Bantha Milk Cremosa

Is there any beverage (not) on the planet more iconic than the blue milk from Star Wars: A New Hope? Blue milk in plastic cups. Groundbreaking special effects right there folks. I jest, of course. Star Wars was historic in its production and scope. Decades on, it is as popular as it ever was. With the last episodes of…

Rose Tyler’s Chips

Less than two weeks ago, we tried the Doctor’s Banana Daiquiris. Today we’re going to get to know his beloved (yes, beLOVED, and you will never convince me otherwise…) companion, Rose Tyler. Rose Tyler is a girl from the estates who makes the Doctor better after he’s had to do awful things to end a…