ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Holiday Cakes Edition

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate Christmas. I mean, technically, we should probably wait to throw a holiday party until December, but we all know that the Holiday season officially kicked off on November 1st. At least, that’s when it seems socially acceptable to admit that it began. The truth is that most people were probably humming “Deck the Halls” halfway through Columbus Day.

Well, the not-so-surprise twist is that I’m Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas, but it doesn’t mean I can’t get into the Holiday spirit, especially since it’s a great excuse to bake up cakes and cookies. Conveniently, Baker’s Secret recently sent me some complimentary colored metal bakeware and encouraged me to whip up some holiday recipes. Challenge ACCEPTED.

After the jump, check out pics of my holiday cake party, starring Ina Garten’s mocha icebox cake and a banana cake with cream cheese frosting….

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ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: International Friendsgiving Edition (Plus, A Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe)

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This may be somewhat shocking, but I’ll just come out with it: last weekend, my friends and I convened for yet another Friendsgiving. This marks the third Friendsgiving I’ve hosted since actual Thanksgiving last year (which, admittedly, was also a Friendsgiving). Have we gone turkey crazy? Not really. This time around the mania was inspired by Corningware. You see, Corningware has this handy dandy new line of colorful products called CW By Corningware, and the company was kind enough to send over some samples (and subsidize the turkey) if I put together a Friendsgiving meal and blogged about it. So here I am: an apartment full of unhealthy leftovers, writing about Friendsgiving again.

To change things up, I decided to throw a twist into the typical Friendsgiving affairs. This would be no ordinary meal. This would be a global affair. Yes, every dish would be an international take on a classic American Thanksgiving staple. OooOOOooh. So very Top Chef of us.

I’m happy to report that my friends all lived up to the challenge, and the resultant meal was beyond delicious. Pics of the dishes as well as a bonus recipe (!!) after the jump!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #152: It’s Jail Time for the Apollo

It’s Bravo overload this week on Watch What Crappens. Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) embrace the return of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” while happily putting “New Jersey” out to pasture. In the middle of it all are “Vanderpump Rules” and “Euros of Hollywood.” Oh, and a little “Top Chef.”

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BANTER BLENDER #102: Halloween Candy Roundup, Ebola Nurse, and Pumpkin Spice Mania

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Angie Thomas (“All The Way” podcast) and David Clark join Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) to rehash the Halloween weekend that was. This means bantering extensively about candy and costumes (and a little Annie Lennox, for some reason).

Then it’s on to more pressing topics: should “the Ebola nurse” quarantine herself? Should people shop at Trader Joe’s? And when will pumpkin spice madness ever stop?

It’s a super fun, super-sized episode. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #150: 2014 Halloween Spook-tacular!

This week on our spooooky 150th (!!!) episode, Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) tackle some scary Bravo tv shows such as “Top Chef: Boston” and “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles.” The two also go on a significant Cooking Channel tangent (freeeeeaaaky) and dish about “Manzo’d with Children.”

Plus, lots of super gory gossip about the ladies of “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

This is one THRILLER of a podcast you’ll want to leave the lights on for. mwahahahahhaaha.

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #149: Below Deck Euro Chefs of New Jersey

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Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) talk crap about the new Euros of Hollywood, and the old Real Housewives of New Jersey. Plus, Below Deck docks and Top Chef is cookin’! See what I did there?

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BANTER BLENDER #101: Special Guest Ryan Cabrera

Musician Ryan Cabrera drops by “The Banter Blender” to discuss his new song, his Ryan Gosling tattoo, his hair, his career, and of course his time on “The Hills.” It’s a boatload of fun; so come on in and listen!

Also, here’s Ryan’s new song, “House on Fire.”

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #148: RHONJ Limps To The End; Plus, Vanderpump Rules Is Back!

This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) endure yet another punishing week of “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Then it’s on to “Melbourne” for the final part of the reunion special.

Next we get fired up about “Below Deck” and end things by talking about “Vanderpump Rules” and stalking Jax Taylor’s Instagram feed. Plus, chatter about “The People’s Couch” and Joe and Teresa’s “Watch What Happens” appearance. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #147: On a Float? You’re Awful!

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are back to talk crap about Real Housewives of Melbourne, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Below Deck and the new Manzo’d With Children! Join in!

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How I Survived Zico’s “Banging Body Bootcamp”

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I am not known generally as a “morning person,” unless, of course, being a morning person means being irritable, slow, and angry at said morning. That’s why when I was invited to a bootcamp this morning at 8 AM, sponsored by ZICO chilled juices, I was like hellllll no. Why on Earth would I voluntarily wake up at 7:30 AM only to have my ass kicked?

But then I saw that there’d be massages and manis afterwards, and suddenly, my outlook changed. Needless to say, I soon found myself bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on the rooftop of the Montalban Theater in Hollywood, slurping down ZICO smoothies and booty-shaking to celebrity trainer Jennifer “JJ Dancer” Johnson’s aggressive routines. Somehow, I survived. I apologize in advance to the janitorial crew that later had to mop up my puddle of sweat.

Anyway, it was all super fun, and for once I was doing something healthy instead of stuffing my face with food. Pics of this extravaganza after the jump…

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