Mac & Cheese Monday: Deep Dish Mac & Cheese Pizza

September 22nd, 2014 12:21 pm by Kelly Garbato

You guys, this scene made me so happy – the reference is so random and unexpected, plus PIZZA. And not just any pizza; MAC & CHEESE PIZZA!

Leslie and Ben are officially my people.

Let’s see it again, in gif form:

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Yup, I kinda sorta do.

So there was no doubt that I’d have to make a mac & cheese pizza this mofo.

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tweets for 2014-09-21

September 22nd, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: ALL the Bacon & Eggs I Have!

September 21st, 2014 11:30 am by Kelly Garbato

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I’m worried what you just heard was, “Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.” What I said was, “Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” Do you understand?
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Ron Swanson is a simple man. He likes pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food, and frequents strip clubs strictly for the all-you-can-eat buffets. When in doubt, serve him bacon and eggs. Preferably all the bacon and eggs in the house.

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So when Shane and I were brainstorming how to do this quote justice, we came up with two ideas: a) Photoshop a weird collage of all the bacon and eggs I’ve ever made, with a disembodied Swanson head superimposed on top (Shane) or b) actually cook up an oversized platter of bacon and eggs (me).

I was torn, so I did the next best thing: them both!

Exhibit A: The Vegan Bacon & Eggs Poster.

all the bacon and eggs collage (with quote)

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tweets for 2014-09-20

September 21st, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: The Highest Honor That Flour Can Achieve

September 20th, 2014 3:01 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Okay, so Chris Traeger and I have a *slight* difference of opinion here. (PIZZA! PIZZA IS THE HIGHEST HONOR THAT FLOUR CAN ACHIEVE!) But who am I to disagree with the first human being to live 150 years?

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tweets for 2014-09-19

September 20th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: I’m Sorry I Adopted ALL THE ANIMALS! Pancakes

September 19th, 2014 1:17 pm by Kelly Garbato

“How did you sleep? I adopted 32 cats and dogs.
Do you want pancakes? I’m going to make pancakes.”
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Remember that time Bradley Whitford threatened to cut the Parks Department budget, but Leslie inadvertently convinced him to take the money from the animal shelter instead? Then, in a fit of guilt, she adopted all 32 animals – dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and YES THAT IS A PIG – and offered to make it up to Ben with a pancake breakfast? OF COURSE YOU DO. I know that because, if you’re an animal person, no doubt your parent/spouse/roommate was side-eying you during the entire scene, praying to the great dog above that it didn’t give you Any Ideas. Let’s just say that, for the next week, Shane was afraid to leave the house.

Naturally, and because she is not a heartless monster, Leslie found a way to resolve the situation to everyone’s satisfaction: she convinced her opponent Bobby Newport to fund the animal shelter with just a small portion of his Sweetums fortune. Everyone wins, including the usually indifferent April Ludgate, who finds her true calling: helping the animals of Pawnee.

“I think I may have found a project I’d actually enjoy doing: helping these cats and dogs. They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people.”
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April throws an adoption fair; one lucky dog gets a new girl (yay!), but on the downside, a woman abandons two cats.

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tweets for 2014-09-18

September 19th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: Chris Traeger’s Tofurky Burger Challenge

September 18th, 2014 12:26 pm by Kelly Garbato

The tenth episode of season three (“Soulmates”) is one memorable episode in an entire season filled with memorable Parks & Rec episodes. And I’m not referring to Tom’s epic prank on Leslie, from which the show gets its title.

(Remember, he signed up for the same dating service as Leslie and convinced her that their software put them at a 98% match?

Priceless.)

Nope, I’m thinking of Chris Traeger’s Turkey Burger Challenge. Faced with alarming health statistics, Chris vows to put healthier fare on the menus in government buildings – including the one that houses the Parks Department. Ron’s not having any of that, so he challenges Chris to a burger cook-off: Chris’s super-fancy turkey burger against Ron’s all-American, all-male hamburger, hold the exotic trimmings. To the winner goes the menu.

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tweets for 2014-09-17

September 18th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Waffle Wednesday: Chick’ N’ Waffles Party

September 17th, 2014 12:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

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It’s Wednesday, y’all! You know what that means!

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So Imma change things up this week with a savory waffle treat. Weirdly enough, I don’t think we’ve ever seen Leslie eat a waffle that wasn’t sweet. Usually – arguably – overly so. (Waffle sundaes, anyone?)

Instead of syrup and whipped cream, this one’s got meat and gravy.

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tweets for 2014-09-16

September 17th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: Nacho Momma’s Preferred Source of Energy

September 16th, 2014 11:04 am by Kelly Garbato

Ron: What are you doing, Andy?
Andy: I’m getting healthier snacks for the shoe shine stand.
Chris is a food genius.
Did you know that the food you eat becomes energy? Yeah.
Boom! That’s spaghetti.
Nachos.
A cookie.
April: That’s my husband.
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Did you know that the food you eat becomes energy? IT’S TRUE! Tasty, tasty energy. And at the rate I’m packing it in, I should have scaled Everest several pizzas ago.

Another fun fact: this is one of my favorite Parks & Rec clips. I mean Andy, right. He is so cute, y’all! I’d just never want to date him, because I’ve seen how he lives, and it is not pretty.

So anyway, I just knew that this clip had to have a meal all to itself this Carbs & Rec. But what to choose?!? Spaghetti, cookies, and nachos are all equally yum. (Okay, so maybe I’m partial to cookies, being part Cookie Monster and all. I promise not to play favorites!)

In the end I went with nachos, because they’ve got the coolest Dwyer moves.

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BOOM! Nachos.

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tweets for 2014-09-15

September 16th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Book Nerd Problem #323

September 15th, 2014 3:29 pm by Kelly Garbato

We’re getting a foster kitty tonight – our very first! Up until now we’ve only fostered dogs.

The last time we introduced two cats, it ended with Ozzy peeing on several bottom bookshelves’ worth of books. (I was still finding ruined books as recently as two months ago. At least he gave us something to remember him by?)

This time around, I decided to take some precautions.

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Better safe than sorry, right?

File this also under “Reasons why ebooks are superior to ‘real’ books.”

Carbs & Rec: Peruvian Deja Food Pie

September 15th, 2014 12:29 pm by Kelly Garbato

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The latest meal on our Parks & Rec menu is, as you’ve no doubt already surmised, another Tom Haverfood! I’m pretty sure this particular phrase is fan-made as opposed to NBC canon, but that’s okay! If we’ve learned anything this month, it’s that our favorite shows are 1000 times better when enjoyed interactively.

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There’s one recipe in particular that seems like it was made just for this Haverfood: namely, the Peruvian Leftovers Pie from The HappyCow Cookbook. Basically you take your favorite leftovers, sandwich them between two layers of mashed potatoes, top it all off with a tofu cheese garnish, and voilà! – dinner is served. Bonus points for cleaning out the fridge.

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tweets for 2014-09-14

September 15th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: You had me at “Meat Tornado.”

September 14th, 2014 11:21 am by Kelly Garbato

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“You had me at Meat Tornado.” If there’s a single quote that’s come to define Ron Swanson, food-wise (and what else is there really?), it would have to be this. Second maybe to “Give me ALL the bacon and eggs you have.” Let’s just say the message boards are going nuts.

Just look at all the Meat Tornado merch and fan art available online!

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tweets for 2014-09-13

September 14th, 2014 2:00 am by Kelly Garbato

Carbs & Rec: Sloppy Adam Sandlers

September 13th, 2014 1:40 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Today’s featured meal may be a Tom Haverfood, but imma break with protocol and stick to non-Tom gifs for a change. Because HOLY HELL are there a ton of Haverfoods on the menu, and I want to give some of my other favorite characters a little face time. Like April and Jeremy Jamm! Just not in the same frame ’cause I adore April and would never play her like that.

So Adam Sandlers are what Tom calls sandwiches (along with sammies and sandoozles) – and what better sammie to represent Mr. Sandler than (*drumroll please*) SLOPPY JOES?!?

SLOPPY JOE, SLOP, SLOPPY JOE!”
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Yeah, that’s right. You knew the Lunchlady Land jams were coming. (AGAIN.) You know me so well, mofos.

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