Geeks Can Cook: Chicken & Veggie Chili Soup

I twittered a couple easy crockpot chicken recipes last week and thought gee, it might be nice to share some of my cooking adventures with the rest of my readers! Before you run away screaming, "I can't cook," let me admit here that all of my "cooking" involves things with very few ingredients and a minimal amount of mathematics and/or knives.  (I failed cutting in kindergarten.) … [Read more...]

Congratulations @geck0man! For Losers, Crab Stuffed Shrimp Outback Recipe!

Congratulations to Twitter user @geck0man for winning the $25 Gift Card to the Outback Steakhouse. I rolled the giant d53 at and @geckoman's number was the lucky winner! See? I told ya you could win with just a Re-Tweet! Enjoy your steak and Bloomin' Onion, @geck0man. For the rest of you losers, I still love you, so I'm going to give you the super secret Outback recipe for Crab Stuffed Shrimp. … [Read more...]

Easy Win Contest: How Would Your Geek Icon Cook Steak? Win $25 to Outback Steakhouse!

Update:  We have a winner!! Thanks for playing!! To help spread the word about their new menu offerings (15 meals under $15!), the fine folks at Outback Steakhouse have provided us with a most excellent prize to give away, geek friends.  How would you like $25 in free food? (You'd be a hero at D&D night if you showed up with multiple Bloomin' Onions!) All you need to do to enter to win is tell us about how your favorite geek icon(s) would cook (or eat) a steak. J got us started … [Read more...]

Wesley Crusher, Inadvertently Responsible for the Bloomin’ Onion

It needed only three more minutes. He was sure of it. Confident in his decision, Picard pulled his head from the smoky depths of the grill and closed the lid with a snap. The clearing smoke revealed a particularly idyllic day on the Holodeck; an Earth day in June, maybe. Most of those assembled were sprawled along the lakeshore. Data watched the proceedings with a frown on his face. "Captain, I do not understand. We can get all the steak we need from the replicator. What is the point … [Read more...]

Grown-Up J’s Favorite Geek Things

As I've been making the transition between College Student and Fully-Functioning Adult, I've noticed myself geeking out over some unexpected things. Never, when I lived in a dorm, did I ever consider shower hardware a "geek product."  I find that to be a weightier sign of adulthood than any birthday or degree. These are the items that thrill me as J, Grown-Up Geek. … [Read more...]

Geeks Love Food: Chinese Food is More American Than Apple Pie!

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Geeks Can Cook: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I'd like to jump out of my normal categories and share a great Fall recipe with you.   Some people are probably saying, "Whoopie Pie? Is that like makin' whoopie? WTF is a whoopie pie?" (Those of you from the northeast are probably wondering how there are people who don't know about whoopie pies... and frappes... and that the things on top of ice cream are called JIMMIES, dangit!  JIMMIES!!) Either way... this is a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie recipe that is to die for!!  If you or someone you love … [Read more...]

(Most) Geeks Can’t Cook

Despite being female, my culinary skills are next to nil. I am what you can call an "assembler" - I can open a bunch of cans and bags, throw them in a pot, simmer, and call it soup or stew or chili or rice & beans. I can vaguely follow recipes, but they don't always come out the right way. Add to this the fact that I hate spending $5 on a jar of a particular spice to use 1/8 of a teaspoon of it and then never use it again until it's gone bad. I was excited to find a place in my … [Read more...]