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Middle-earth Menu: “Button Pickles”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Oh look! Pippin has found some wild forest mushrooms. Pippin (and I) know Frodo would appreciate a few mushrooms pickled up in an herby brine. Well, it might be a good idea to harvest fresh mushrooms such as these from a Middle-earth forest, but this is probably not the best thing to do in this world. I would ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Brandywine Meatloaf”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Frodo Baggins might be smiling because he’s about to permanently visit the Grey Havens, but he could just as well be wistfully smiling about this mushroom-stuffed meatloaf. I’ve been a fan of Elijah Wood since he debuted in Back to the Future Part II (1989), playing a rather snotty kid picking on Marty McFly. I’m glad ...

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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story When news broke in 2012 that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, some fans worried that Disney would “Disneyfy” the Star Wars franchise by making it too kid-friendly. After all, despite George Lucas’ protestations that Star Wars was made for kids, the original six had some very dark moments. Lucas even consulted a psychologist to ...

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)

By Dom Nardi “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first Harry Potter movie not based directly on one of J.K. Rowling’s novels (although she did write the script).* The movie takes place in New York City in 1926, over 70 years before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an eccentric wizard/zoologist, accidentally releases ...

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A Recipe Review

This post by Robyn Kraft originally appeared on the Oloris Publishing website, here: http://olorispublishing.com/2016/11/16/a-recipe-review/ Ye Olde Director of Poetry here. This last year hasn’t found me in the kitchen all too often, which is a real shame. During grad school stress baking was a very real thing I would indulge in. Everyone around me gained weight. I enjoy the simplicity of ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Buckland Steaks”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our next mushroom-heavy recipe is bound to a favorite on the enormous Buckland table. As shown in the photo, your best choices for dinner sides are mashed potatoes and some sort of green vegetable, such as peas. Beer is optional; pretty much any beverage will go well with this comforting meal. You know, my favorite hobbit ...

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Narnia Menu: “Pole’s Pucker-Up Posset”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Silver Chair, poor Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum end up in the company of giants. The Queen takes a “liking” to Jill, who understandably has lost it and is now indulging in a good cry. “Give her lollipops, give her dolls, give her physics, give her all you can think of—possets and comfits and caraways ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Miss Primula Brandybuck’s Mushroom Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Perhaps Miss Primula Brandybuck favored a somewhat lighter dish when dining at her father’s generous table. Primula was the youngest daughter of the influential Gorbadoc Brandybuck. She married Drogo Baggins and had one child, Frodo. She was mostly memorable for this special child and her unfortunate death by drowning. Accident? Murder? And if murder, was she ...

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Review: Star Trek Beyond (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of my review, I focused on how Star Trek Beyond handles the characters of Kirk and Spock. In Part 2, I address problems with the villain Krall… Unfortunately, like its predecessors, Star Trek Beyond struggles when it comes to giving the crew of the Enterprise a worthy adversary. Krall isn’t nearly as offensive to Trek sensibilities as ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Drogo’s Favorite Chicken”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This is named for Frodo’s father, Drogo Baggins. He and his wife, Miss Primula Brandybuck, are the subject of some gossip early in The Lord of the Rings, where a few hobbits are trading stories at The Ivy Bush about Frodo’s background and how he eventually came to live with Bilbo. Apparently, Drogo’s father-in-law kept ...

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