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Middle-earth Menu: “Solid Farmhouse Fare”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m sure Mrs. Maggot would be fond of this convenient, rib-sticking casserole. It would utilize many of those lovely root vegetables from her well-tended garden. She (or you) might assemble the dish in the morning or even the night before she expects company. You’d want to cover and refrigerate it overnight and take it out about ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Maggot’s Mighty Bacon Mushroom Dish”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Now we come to Bamfurlong, which belongs to Famer Maggot and his family. The farm is guarded by some vicious canines named Grip, Fang, and Wolf. Here, the hobbits are treated to a bustling dinner for fourteen. Tolkien writes, “a generous supper was laid on the large table. […] There was beer in plenty, and a ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Red Book Comfort Soup”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I like to imagine that the recently-nine-fingered Frodo Baggins would whip up a pot of this oh-so-savory soup and enjoy it while writing his memoirs. It’s got plenty of his favorite mushrooms, enough bacon to satisfy any hobbit, and plenty of spinach to give him much-needed strength. Please follow this link to my blog for the ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Spinach Mushroom Salad”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar It’s springtime and the weather is warm—so it’s the perfect time to make a mushroom salad for lunch or dinner! If you’re in a questing mood, you could try finding more exotic mushrooms; to make your salad sparkle, you could justify buying some chanterelles, enokis, or oysters for fun. If you can find some Hen of ...

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New Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Book: Middle-earth: From Script to Screen

Weta Workshop does an amazing job putting their books together. I’ve never been disappointed by the amount of content that they provide fans about their work. Reading through their books about the creation of Middle-earth is like taking a master class on the art of film-making. They’re about to take us back to Middle-earth, with a new book by Daniel ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Baggins Stuffed Mushrooms”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Serve these substantial mushroom treats with a salad for dinner or as a savory knife-and-fork appetizer at a party. Conversely, you could pick one up and place the whole thing in your mouth at one time, as shown in the photo above. That’s not polite and will probably make a mess, but you never know what ...

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Meniscus Lord of the Rings Leather Accessories Review

Hail friends – we’d like to announce our new video series!  LEGENDARIUM REVIEWS! For our very first review, we’re happy to bring you some fine Lord of the Rings leather products from Meniscus Leather of New Zealand. Feel free to send us a suggestion or your very own wares for review!

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Middle-earth Menu: “Mushroom Trenchers”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar You can bet a character like Frodo Baggins would be well versed in simmering some freshly picked mushrooms in a gorgeous, savory, brown gravy—it is the perfect accompaniment to a steak or a thick slice of buttered bread. In Medieval times, your plate just might be a stale piece of bread (and would now be called ...

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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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