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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans – How to Eat Like a Queen!

I’ve been dealing with an end of summer cold this week, which I think is absolutely terrible. Not only am I sick, but the virus didn’t even have the decency wait until it wasn’t 110 degrees where I live. Being curled up with Thera-flu and a thermometer on the couch has really put me in the mindset for colder weather and chicken soup.

I’ve always turned to comfort food in my times of need. I’m fairly certain that if I didn’t have such a penchant for fandoms and all the stress they cause me, I’d probably be fifty pounds lighter. And no size-shaming here, it’s just a fact of life for me and always has been. But I enjoy it. My grandmother would say, “the heart of the home is in the kitchen,” and I wholeheartedly believe that. Food may not equal love, but it is one way to show your love for others, and for yourself! Food also helps us celebrate events we love, and I love September because Once Upon a Time comes back!

So in honor of September (which officially kicks off the Autumn eating season for me), here are seven toasty, cozy meals and drinks inspired by Once Upon a Time to work into your Autumn menu

Blue Fairie’s Birthday Buttercream Wishing Cupcake

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“If I’d have known it was going to grant me a wish, I would have asked for a new beanie.”

This is the cupcake that started it all! Bust open any box of pre-made cake mix, and while they’re baking make this indulgent frosting. Don’t forget the blue star on top! Spritz makes perfect ones for this cupcake, but they are frequently out of stock, so you might have to settle for Betty Crocker’s instead.

The secret ingredient is butter!

Emma’s Favorite Grilled Cheese and Onion Rings

A Sheriff’s office staple, especially if things get chilly when the Snow Queen comes ‘round! Emma gets hungry for them, so they must be good! With 20 variations on the classic lunchtime treat from Serious Eats, you’ll be sure to find one that suits your palate.

Vegetables are basically a vehicle for batter and oil.

And at 4.8 stars and 130 reviews, Guy Fieri’s Beer Battered Onion Rings will make a much-desired side to your buttery, melty sandwich. The only thing better would be if your favorite OUaT character delivered them to you!

“Onion rings! My father’s wrong about you not being a good provider.”

Granny’s Lasagna

I came here to serve lasagna and kick butt. And I’m all out of lasagna!

*SPOILERS* We find out that Granny’s lasagna is of the frozen variety! Whether that means she pre-makes and freezes them to store in her walk-in fridge/werewolf cage, or she orders them from some lasagna factory that delivers over the magical border, it’s still a popular dish at Granny’s Diner. Good for a Sunday family sit-down, or to pick at a slice at a time for leftovers, this recipe will fill you up with all the food groups!

This is the most staged photo of lasagna I’ve ever seen. The pan underneath is clean.

Belle’s Hamburgers

“Please don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning burger, thanks.”

If there’s anyone who’s found magic in masticating, it’s Belle! After being locked up for 28 years in the psych ward, Belle was thrilled to finally be freed from the confines of both her straight jacket and the hospital menu. She found great joy in the burgers at Granny’s. Try your hand at flipping some of these thick and juicy patties on the grill as the last days of summer turn cool, or follow the directions and fry them in butter for an easy cold weather dinner.

“TREAT YO SELF” – Belle (probably)

Regina’s Apple Turnovers

“After this, I’ll teach you how to grind bones to make bread!”

You don’t need a Blue Apron subscription to enjoy this recipe, which is a super easy and delicious 5-ingredient apple turnover that anyone who can slice an apple can make! Just make sure you use non-poisoned apples so you don’t get any comatose kids lying around. For a totally unnecessary addition of 200 calories, skip the whipped cream and dip your warm bites in cold vanilla pudding. You’re welcome for that.

This picture doesn’t do them justice.

Henry’s Hot Chocolate (Don’t forget the cinnamon!)

Disney’s audio animatronics are getting really impressive.

No more packets of powder mixed with water! YUCK! Why would you do that? Make this concoction instead. With heavy whipping cream as a base, you know this drink will be hearty and comforting. Cocoa should always be shared, so don’t just make a mug or two. Put that crock pot to work and whip up this decadent brew. It’s so good that it might make you forget about pie! Just kidding. What kind of weirdo forgets about pie? 

I would swim around in this and drink myself to the bottom.

Zelena’s Meat Pie

“I am totally not crazy, and you can tell by how I made my hostage a candlelit dinner.”

These are by far the most complicated items on the list to make, but well-worth it. They are a little different from the style Rumple made as a child with the Spinsters as well the ones Zelena made him while holding him captive. But these are easier to make, and easier to take along with you on cold mornings. These are sometimes called hand pies because they’re so portable. You can make a huge batch and freeze them individually for a no-fuss dinner. If the flaky pastry is a little intimidating, try using pre-made pastry sheets found in the frozen dessert area at the store. 

Mashed potatoes were invented for this.

With 20 days left until the Season 5 premiere of OUaT, you’ll have plenty of time to try out these recipes. Let us know in the comments how they worked out for you! And don’t forget to share with us your favorite Once Upon a Time food or beverage?

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‘Back to the Future’ Foods

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, I’ve compiled a few recipes to honor the food and drinks featured in the film!

To start, we’ve got meatloaf! Did anyone notice that Lorraine serves meatloaf and mashed potatoes to the McFlys in 1985 just as her mother does to the Baines’ when Marty dines with them back in 1955? It’s true: meatloaf is a food that spans generations. Here’s a recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray for Mini Meatloaves that is a definite crowd pleaser:

Mini Meatloaves (4 servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/3 lbs. ground beef

1 egg, beaten

2/3 cup of breadcrumbs

½ small green pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place meat in a bowl. Make a well in meat. Fill well with egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup cheese, peppers, onions, garlic, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix meat and breading.
  3. Form 4 individual oval meat loaves, 1-inch thick. Coat loaves with extra-virgin olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Roast 18 to 20 minutes.

 

Next up is dessert! The most iconic dessert from Back to the Future has got to be Uncle Jailbird Joey’s chocolate sheet cake. Uncle Joey may not have made parole (again) but we can’t let a perfectly good cake go to waste! Of course you can go ahead and pick up a box of Betty Crocker and some premade frosting, but try this recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting from baking author Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction and freeze a few for when Uncle Joey finally gets out of the clink:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting (12-14 cupcakes)

Cupcake Ingredients:

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

2 eggs (room temperature)

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup pack light brown sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)

4-5 cups confectioner’s sugar

¼ heavy cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 2 liners – this recipe makes about 14 cupcakes. Set aside.
  2. Make the cupcakes: Whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently whisk – about 5 stirs. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until *just* combined; do not overmix. The batter will be a little thin.
  3. Pour/spoon the batter into the liners – fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides. Bake in batches for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make the frosting: With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add 4 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add up to 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
  5. Frost cooled cupcakes however you’d like. I used Wilton 1M piping tip. There may be leftover frosting depending how much you use on each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Leftover prepared cupcakes can be stored covered tightly at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: Prepare cupcakes 1 day in advance. Keep cupcakes covered tightly at room temperature and frost the day of serving. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting and serving.

 

And finally, a couple of drinky poos for the grownups! First, we see a distressed Lorraine sip straight vodka during dinner in 1985 but that’s a little hardcore even for me. Better to make it a Vodka Tonic! Here’s the classic recipe from Food.com:

Vodka Tonic (1 serving)

Ingredients:

2 ounces vodka

4 ounces tonic water

Wedge of lime

Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour vodka in glass. Top with tonic water.
  3. Squeeze lime wedge over the drink, drop wedge into drink, and lightly stir (DON’T shake).

 

And in honor of George getting his courage to speak to Lorraine from chocolate milk back in 1955, we’ve got an Adult Chocolate Milk, also from Food.com:

Adult Chocolate Milk (1 serving)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream

2 ounces Kahlua

2 ounces chocolate liqueur

2 ounces milk

1 oz. vodka

Ice

Directions:

  1. Stir all together in a measuring cup, using shot glasses to measure.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Pour mixture over ice.

Now that you’re armed with these recipes, you’re ready to host your own Back to the Future 30th anniversary party! Or at least make yourself a good cocktail.

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