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Judges on the Food Network show "Chopped."

  I spent most Tuesdays a few years ago watching the show MasterChef, where home chefs compete to become a Gordon Ramsey-dubbed “culinary master” for a large chunk of change, and a cookbook deal. The show’s okay — interesting enough to hold my attention most nights, but not dynamic enough to keep me from flipping around during commercials … like one Tuesday in 2011 when the What Not To Wear season premiere aired at the same time. (You know how much we like What Not To Wear around here!) Gordon Ramsey’s all about entertainment, simultaneously making us laugh, cringe, and nod our…

How To Know If You're A Die-Hard "Supernatural" Fan: 15 Tips!

  Okay, you guys. Okay. I have a confession. A secret that, up until now, I’ve been a tad ashamed of … and that I’ve only told a few select people about. It involves two brothers, one angel, the King of Hell, and a ’67 Chevy Impala. Some of you are nodding your heads right now. You know where I’m going with this. I’m a Supernatural fan. No, strike that. I’m a die-hard Supernatural uber-fan. It all started innocently enough. One of my kids suggested we give it a try, so we watched an episode or two. AS IF one could…

Why Every Gen Xer Loves "Stranger Things" on Netflix!

  It’s been about a month since I finished watching the Netflix original series Stranger Things. To be more precise, July 17 was the date I crossed the finish line with episode eight, a mere two days after Netflix released all the episodes. That’s eight nearly-hour-long, commercial-free episodes, my friends. IN. TWO. DAYS. Sure, I’ve enjoyed plenty of binge-worthy TV shows over the years, but it’s been a while since a series has pulled me in so completely, and so early in its availability. Like, before the wave of obsession hit the mainstream. I was late to the game with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Fringe,…

10 Binge-Worthy TV Shows To Eat Up Your Saturday!

  My favorite things to do when I’m not working (and I don’t have any other obligations) are reading, watching movies, or getting sucked into a television series. In fact, our living room TV is mounted above the fire place, surrounded by books that live on the mantle. My desk, where all the writing takes place, is only a few feet away. It’s like all my favorite things in one place! Kind of like this, except not. (Unrelated: I really do love exposed brick. And old typewriters. And liquor.) It used to be you had to wait painstaking week, after painstaking…

10 Reasons Why You Should Begin The Outlander Series

  I’m not afraid of change or of trying new things. That said, sometimes it takes me a while to catch on to pop culture trends—to pause a beloved TV series that I’ve watched a bazillion times, or to put down a dogeared favorite novel. Okay, that might be a tad over-dramatic. The reality is, I’m busy. It takes loads of energy to seek out a new novel or television series that’s not just good, but is also worth my time. Like, suck-me-in, binge-watch, can’t-put-it-down, GOOD. Part of me always wonders if these mega-popular, virally loved books and shows are really that amazing, or if…