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Sam and Dean’s Last Meal

MILD, BUT GOOD-NATURED, SPOILERS AHEAD

Sam and Dean Winchester have a pretty tight schedule. Who of us would be able to juggle starting the apocalypse, dying, being resurrected, clawing hand and foot out of purgatory, and generally being the last line of defense between us and our worst nightmares? It would be enough to drive any of us to the drive-thru.

But, while pre-frozen foods in aluminum wrappers work on the fly, what Winchester would snub his favorite foods, homemade? Plus, we owe them. For a time, they took care of a thing we’d rather not get into just now.

“It was so much easier when I knew who the enemy was.”  -- Major Kira Nerys

 

DS9’s great strength has always been its sprawling cast.  While the other entries in the franchise largely confined their drama to the command staff of a starship with the occasional reoccurring player, DS9 built a rogue’s gallery of guest stars, many of whom were among the show’s strongest characters.  Of these, a single man stands atop all others and remains my favorite amongst any of the Trek shows.  That man?  Garak.  Plain, simple Garak.

“Good luck, Mr. Sisko.”-- Captain Jean-Luc Picard


I’ve loved Star Trek for as long as I can remember.  I was a fan of the films (well, the second, third, and fourth anyway) and eagerly embraced TNG when it hit the air.  Despite an abiding fandom, I never turned into one of those scary, obsessive fans the franchise is infamous for.  Well, not until I saw Deep Space Nine.

Nowadays, comic books and their title characters are getting revamps, remakes, make overs, and reboots out the wazoo. Back in 1986, it was a pretty big deal. DC Comics rocked comic bookdom to its core with a mini-series debuting a brand new set of duds for its king of the sea, Aquaman. It was quite a departure from his original, more well known orange and green wet suit. (At least they kept him platinum for blonde's sake!) I should also note that mini-series weren't as common back then either, because of the newsstand set up situation.  Since the sea-faring superhero hadn't had a series in a while and lost some of his luster thanks to his portrayal in the legendary Saturday morning Superfriends cartoon, I assume DC wanted to make some noise while bringing back the nautical hunk.

Felix Felicis

Muggle, wizard, centaur, or troll, we could all use a little bit more luck, am I right? Recreationally, of course. (We do not condone the use of our Felix Felicis recipe in official sporting matches of any kind and adhere to all stated mandates of the International Quiddich Association.)

After years of controversy, false starts, and disappointments, the big-screen presence of Wonder Woman has been cast. Gal Gadot will play the Amazon warrior princess in the Man of Steel sequel against Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman.  It's set in stone, much as Wonder Woman's own humble beginnings as the statue child of Queen Hippolyta's barren dreams.

vi·cious  (vshs)
adj.
1. Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved.

If Walt Disney and Quentin Tarantino had a love child, that baby might come in the form of fan favorite comic book artist Jason Pearson. A sleek, dynamic style leaning toward animation serves as a buffer for the often grim and gritty subject matter of Jason's art.

Toe-may-toe, Toe-mah-toe? Katy or Gaga? Marvel Zombies or DC . . . ? (What the hell do DC fans call themselves, anyway?) DC Demons? I suppose in the age of Dan DiDio, they could be called DiDio heads.

When my brother introduced me to comics, he made his Marvel and strongly encouraged me to do the same.  When I discovered Wolfman/Perez's New Teen Titans, all bets were off.  I had to suffer the disappointment of my brother, but I didn't care. Perez's pencils were more addictive than cocaine.  I didn't read m(any) other DC titles, and then came along an Outsider: Batman and the Outsiders, that is.

Anyone who follows my ramblings knows I'm a pretentious snob queen with a screaming 15-year-old girl trapped inside. Trapped with very loose constraints, mind you, but you get the point. With the impending release of Lady Gaga's 3rd full studio album, ARTPOP, I was as giddy as a school girl. It has been a while since I was "Born this Way" as it were. Not only am I contractually obligated to review the album (We'll get to that in a second.), but I wanted to do something to celebrate the new record by doing something completely self-serving.

For Halloween, we decided to make cupcakes with a "blood-filled" center!

Start with a basic vanilla cupcake recipe. We used our go-to baker's secret, the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

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