Brussels Sprouts and Alien

What better food to eat while kicking back and watching Alien, than a food that looks xenomorphic right out of the gate? Nothing, that’s what.

Here is a recipe for my Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Garlic to be paired (in my humble opinion) with a viewing of the classic Ridley Scott Sci-Fi film, Alien. It is so easy and simple to make, and you can pair it with anything you like food-wise. I just ate a serving of it by itself, but I definitely would have gone for this with some steak.
10 brussels sprouts
2 Strips thick cut bacon for dish
2 strips thick cut bacon for cooking (see below for clarification)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 head/bulb garlic
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash your brussels sprouts.
3. Prepare yo veggies! Chop the hard stocks off the bottom of the brussels sprouts. You will notice that a few leaves will fall off of the main sprout. Don’t throw them out! You can throw them in with the sprouts, so hold on to them like lucky pennies. You’ll also need to cut/peel your garlic here.
4. Heat frying pan up to medium on stove top, and then place the two strips of bacon for cooking and two table spoons of butter in the frying pan. Also, throw in the garlic cloves. Here is where it gets fatty and awesome.
5. Let the bacon sizzle away and the butter melt down into a delicious mixture. The garlic will start to get nice and soft. When bacon is cooked and butter is melted, turn off the heat.
6. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towel. Now, what you do with THIS bacon is up to you. I gave them to someone to eat, but you won’t need these for the dish itself. Hey, why don’t you snack on it as you get that Alien blu-ray fired up?
7. Toss the brussels sprouts and leaves in the pan and rotate the pan so they get coated in the butter-fat liquid mixture.
8. Wrap a pie tin or cookie sheet in aluminum foil.
9. put the soaked brussels sprouts and garlic in the pie tin or on the sheet, pouring excess liquid mixture in with them.
10. Cut (or rip up Hulk-style like I did) the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces.
11. Sprinkle in the raw bacon for the dish over the brussels sprouts and garlic.
12. Pop this tasty treat in the oven and let cook for roughly 15 minutes or until bacon is done and brussel sprouts are a bit browned in places and soft.
13. Pepper to taste. (I think it is salty enough because of the bacon, but you can certainly add other seasonings.)
14. Enjoy!
This is what it should look like:
For a food that looks like tiny green brains, these are amazing.

For a food that looks like tiny green brains, these are amazing.

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Five Favorite Things for October

First, I’d like to give a shout out to a favorite of the summer that really deserves its own post, but because we’re into October already, I’ll be whizzing right past: Guardians of the Galaxy! I thought that Captain America: Winter Soldier was nicely done, and then along came X-Men: Days of Future Past which totally killed for me. THEN, Guardians of the Galaxy came out of left field and blew my friggen mind. I mean it destroyed my brain. I thought it was easily the best Marvel movie made thus far. It had so much heart and humor and that is really hard to do in an action-packed explosion-y movie. Two thumbs waaaaaay up.
Also, Chris Pratt? Hello there, sir.
Now, for my Top Five Favorite Things for October.
1. Netflix releases a slew of new shows – As if it wasn’t enough to have my baby, The Walking Dead back, new episodes fo The Following, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries, etc. are on Netflix and it warms the cockles of my heart!  Seeing the schedule for all the shows to come was like Christmas came early. I can’t wait to catch up and/or binge out on all of my favorite guilty pleasures.
What can I say? The dogs like curling up and watching The Vampire Diaries. I don't like it, but I have to bite the bullet and watch it for them.

What can I say? The dogs like curling up and watching The Vampire Diaries. I don’t like it, but I have to bite the bullet and watch it for them.

2. Annabelle – I need a scary movie to go see every October and I’m really glad that I went to see this Conjuring spin-off. It may not have gotten as great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes as its predecessor, but I thought that given the premise, it was pretty solid. There are two scenes that totally freaked me out, and I don’t feel like I’m that easily freak-out-able. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say the phrases “running through the door” and “the elevator and hallway” as a code for those who have seen it. Freaky as hell, right?
3. For the Record: Tarantino – If you are in the Los Angeles or New York areas, you HAVE to see this show. It is the ultimate experience for a Quentin Tarantino fan. It is a group of very talented singers and actors performing a crazy medley of songs and acting out scenes for Tarantino’s films. I had my doubts, but the drinks were delicious and the cast was even more so. I couldn’t get enough of the girls dancing around the stage. Crazy talent! If you’re interested in a good show but you’re not a guns and blood fan, still look For the Record up. They do Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann, etc. I can’t wait to see another director’s work performed in such a cool way.
4. Brussels Sprouts – Weird, right? I know this will probably be unpopular, but I hadn’t tried brussels sprouts before until about a week ago and now I’m obsessed. Watch out for a recipe on the horizon, because I am psyched about these weird little green veggies.
For a food that looks like tiny green brains, these are amazing.

For a food that looks like tiny green brains, these are amazing.

5. Runyon Canyon – Another L.A.-centric thing, I apologize. I’m a Pacific Northwest gal for sure, but while I temporarily call Los Angeles home, I figured I would take advantage of all that it has to offer. You know, like tons of plastic surgery and vodka. Not really…but maybe. No, not really. Runyon Canyon is a great place to hike if you’re not really into a 127 Hours-type of solitude but want to enjoy a good view. I spend four mornings a week at the top, just taking in the panoramic view. If you go at just the right time of day, you can avoid all the crazies. If you don’t, you may still spot someone cool. I got to whisper an excited hello into Randy Couture’s cauliflower ear.
Runyon in the wee hours of the morning.

Runyon in the wee hours of the morning.

Runyon in the ungodly hot hours of the afternoon.

Runyon in the ungodly hot hours of the afternoon.

Well guys, thank you for reading. There are many lists and posts in general to come, so please stay tuned! Also, costumes! Yay!
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I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Hi Guys!

I know it has been a while since I last wrote. I’ve been really busy taking classes at UCBTLA  on the weekends and working my buns off at my day job the rest of the week. No excuses though! Something’s gotta change around here!
That’s why I’m going back to the posts that kept me accountable for my blog in the first place. I want to return to doing my recipe posts for companions to geekery AND my five favorite things of the month. It has been a year since I put the five favorite things posting on hold and it has been over a year since any recipes. Those were really fun, so I will start by doing them for October of this year with Halloween here. I’ll also throw in other posts as usual.
Sound good? I sure hope so because they’re on their way!

Cool Guy News: Joaquin Phoenix to Play Dr. Strange?

How fitting. One of the strangest and most talented actors of this generation may be slated to play Dr. Strange himself. Fingers crossed that this becomes reality.

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News Out of Comic-Con

Hi all! I haven’t had a chance to post lately and I really apologize for that. I’ve been working on a lot of exciting things though. I’m constructing some cosplay items for some cons in November that I am really excited for. I’ll be posting pictures of progress soon. :D

Speaking of cons, I’ll be relaying any cool news I hear about from SDCC in the next few days. So envious of everyone who is there. There is a girl I work with who can’t stop talking about her and I might strangle her…lovingly of course. :)

The Season 5 GoT cast has been announced:



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Cool Guy News: Channing Tatum to Play Gambit

Okay, if you’ll just allow me a second here with this Channing Tatum news…

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Okay, nerdrage/fangirl behavior completely over. Thank you for indulging me. Gambit is one of my favorite X-men, if not my ABSOLUTE favorite, so I needed a second to grieve when I found out that Magic Mike would be playing him on the big screen. I’m pretty sure that I’ve now entered into the final stage of acceptance.

With that acceptance comes the hope that just like all of the other questionable superhero casting choices lately, Channing Tatum will surprise us all and be absolutely amazing. We need to see him in the role before we get pissed, just like I said with Batfleck, and then he is fair game to hate. Hey, these things have happened before (see: Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, etc.). I really, truly, sincerely hope that Channing’s Louisiana roots will lend themselves well to Gambit’s signature Cajun accent and devilish charm.

You know, if nothing else, I think it is important to remember that he wanted this part really badly. He won out over a lot of other contenders, including Gambit 1.0, Taylor Kitsch, so clearly he is committed to this role. No actor wants to let fans down, especially super intense comic fans that lob twitter threats daily at poor actors who just want to do their best. No actor wants to embarrass themselves in front of their peers, studio execs, etc. either because this is their livelihood. So I’m just going to assume that he’s going to give it everything he’s got and then wait and see.

Now, I just wonder since the X-men universe is so mucked up already, and we have a completely new Gambit–we’re evidently getting a new, more accurate version of Deadpool as well while we’re at it–will we see a new Rogue as well? Etienne? Candra? Please please please a Bella Donna? Any other Boudreauxs? Mister Sinister? I’m assuming the extremely vital Thieves Guild is a given. Who knows though. He’s getting a stand alone film, so I’m just interested to see what parts of his past that they will choose to incorporate, change, or completely ignore. 

I guess I’ll have to see Days of Future Past to figure out what is going to happen in Apocalypse and take it from there. He was one of the horseman at one point. Is that going to be hinted at at all? It’s not like they follow a canonically-accurate timeline. SO MANY QUESTIONS! AHHHH!

Here’s hoping that it’s all great!


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Cool Guy News: J.J. Abrams Let’s Us Know Who We’ll See in Star Wars: Episode VII


Okay, I may not know how to feel about this new run of Star Wars films, but I know EXACTLY how to feel about seeing Harrison Ford as Han again:



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Theyellowranger’s Top 10 Zombie Movies

I want to preface this with one thing: this was REALLY hard. First of all, I had to look at every zombie movie I’ve ever seen. That’s like…a kajillion. Second, I had to think about what really constitutes a zombie film. Can it be a comedy? Should it be all gore? How about how they became zombies and what kind of zombies they are? Are they just people in a drugged out trance? How about raging, screaming banshee zombies? Slow, staggering, radioactive zombies? So difficult! Third, I had to cut the list down to only ten films.

So I want you to know that these are my favorites, but there are many more than nearly made the list. I considered everything from I am Legend to Army of Darkness when it came to the “undead” in question.

Here is what I came up with in NO particular order:


1. Shaun of the Dead – Yes, it’s a comedy with a zombie backdrop, but it is AN AMAZING COMEDY WITH A ZOMBIE BACKDROP. All of the zombie cliches and jokes off of the undead were so appreciated. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are a delight. One of my favorite scenes because it combines zombie slaying with Queen:

2. 28 Days Later – And so we come to the rage-monkey-infected-screaming-running-absolutely-terrifying zombies. These are the worst kind because they don’t just stagger after you and bump in to walls, they chase you for blocks and then some just for the hopes of a nibble on your earlobe. The casting is amazing (especially Cillian Murphy), so the acting is really well done and even throughout the movie’s emotion-action roller coaster. I feel like it will stand the test of time and I will find it just as great 20, 30, 40 years from now.

3. Cabin in the Woods – Another comedy with a zombie backdrop but whatever. This film is a love letter to horror films and is one of my favorites in the past decade. I love that they played with the archetypes of horror films and that a zombie family of religious rednecks got to be the baddies. Sorry merman, you were cool too.

4. Dawn of the Dead (Snyder reboot) – I know, I know, it isn’t the Romero original, but this is one of Zack Snyder’s best works in his career because the gore is spot on and the cast is such a fun bowl of party mix. It had to make the list. Seriously, speaking of the crazy cast, do me a favor and watch this movie and then try watching Modern Family right afterward. I dare you to not remember Ty Burrel as the creepy scumbag when you see Phil Dunphy acting all goofy and endearing. Impossible.

5. Zombieland – The last comedy, I swear! This cast was amazingly quirky as well and they each played their parts perfectly. All of the animations were great too. I loved Columbus’ list of things to do and how they would pop up amidst zombie-killing action. I kind of wish that it had been made into a television show with a running “Kill of the Week” award like the creators had originally planned. I would soooooooo watch that. Oh, also, can we just talk about Bill Murray’s scene in the movie? Probably one of the best cameos ever because he pokes fun of his own acting choices *cough* Garfield *cough.*

6. 28 Weeks Later – A lot of people didn’t care for this one. Maybe because Boyle wasn’t directing this time around or because the story centered around completely different characters, which in turn put the emphasis less on isolation and questioning one’s own willingness to do anything to survive, and more so onto the dynamics of a family and questioning whether or not blood really is thicker than water. Whatever the reason, I thought it was pretty fantastic. How painful was it when the father abandons his wife to the zombies? And then how LITERALLY painful was it when they’re reunited? Also, hats off to the rest of the cast including Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Imogen Poots, and Jeremy Renner. Come to think of it, who wasn’t in this movie?!

7. White Zombie – This was one of the first scary movies I watched as a kid and it makes the list because Bela Lugosi. That is all. Go watch it. Now.

8. Night of the Living Dead (Romero) – You knew at least one of Romero’s films would make it on to this list, didn’t you? How could I not? I’ve seen them all, and the original is still my favorite. I so liked the premise of radiation causing the dead to rise. I feel like you could find some kind of climate change or even cancer treatment symbolism in there if you really wanted to stretch this movie into a research paper. I hope someone has done that. I really do. Maybe it was Barbara? They’re coming to get you, Barbaraaaa!

9. Rec and/or Quarantine – To me, these movies are pretty equal. Rec is the original and it is in Spanish, so it takes a little eye shifting to read the subtitles and watch at the same time if you’re not a native speaker. Also, if you do happen to understand Spanish and English, it will be painfully obvious when the subtitles and what the characters are saying don’t match up. I’m sort of astounded every time this happens. When we have a clear word or phrase that would make for a logical substitute, why not use it? We all know “mierda” doesn’t mean “damn,” so go home, captions, you’re drunk. On the other hand, Quarantine is in English which is convenient for a lot of people, but aside from the ending, it’s pretty much a shot-for-shot remake. It’s awesome to see Jennifer Carpenter wig out in the darkness though. She does that as Emily Rose and Deborah Morgan as well and it just proves what a great talent she is. Ahhhh, I miss her in the glory days of Dexter. *Solemn tear runs down face à la the crying faux Native American in those anti-pollution PSAs*

10. Resident Evil – No other Resident Evil films will even get honorable mentions on this list, though I have seen them all. The original is really the only one worth noting. Mila Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez are high on my girl crush list for their ability to kick ass in an underground company infested by a bevy of homicidal creatures. Though, additional spoiler alert, my lady Michelle doesn’t make it.

What are your favorite zombie films? What do you think qualifies as a zombie in the first place? Is it someone in a voodoo-style trance or someone completely undead? Do they have to come back in a specific way in order to qualify? I’d love to hear all about it.


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