Corn, It’s what’s in Dinner

You may think from the headline this post will blast corn.  Let me be clear, high fructose corn syrup sucks.  There I said it. I come from a family that loves conspiracy theories almost more than believing the Cubs can win a world series…almost.  I, however, am not one in the “everything is a conspiracy” camp.  HFCS gained prominence in our food chain for one reason; it is cheap compared to sugar.  No conspiracy to make people fat and unhealthy.  This is changing because people have been voting with their wallets.  The same is true for GMO’s, artificial dyes, preservatives, antibiotics ect.  If you want change, change your spending habits.

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MangiaTV Vocabulary

In the MangiaTV kitchen, like many other places, we have evolved our own set of vocabulary terms over the years.  Some of them have been reconstituted from pit jargon, some of them come from our own family backgrounds, but all of them add to the energy and fun when the MangiaTV crew gets together.  We encourage all you Mangia Maniacs out there to incorporate our lingo in your get togethers, and please share your go to phrases with us…. we are always looking for creative linguistics to convey a thought, or a process, or a flavor!

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3 Things Your Kid Needs To Know How To Cook Before Moving Out

Three things your kid needs to know how to cook B4 moving out.

I recently read a Washington Post article “6 things every kid should know how to cook before leaving home” on the same subject and wanted to put a MangiaTV spin on what your kid needs to know how to cook before moving out.  Let me begin by saying the post article said as 18 year olds move out on their own… and I was like “what century are you speaking of?”  As economists are pointing out the increase in home creations is due in large part to kids moving out of their parents basements after taking refuge there since the financial collapse of 2008.  Most homes in America resemble Italian immigrant homes of the turn of the century…not that century…the one before… with kids living at home till near 30.  As we reluctantly see the kids go (LMFAO) and start new domiciles of their own, it is important they have some basic cooking skills.

The MangiaTV top 3 are:

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Uncle ‘Merica’s 4th of July Do’s and Don’ts

Uncle ‘Merica’s 4th of July Do’s and Don’ts

Uncle Merica here writing this guest post for my friends at MangiaTV.  I want to tell you a few of my thoughts about the 4th of July celebrations.  Firstly remember, the 4th is a Birthday party! You better have some cake.  It’s a celebration of the birth of our country.  That hard fought birth was for three reasons as far as I’m concerned.

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Don’t worry, Be Happy

     As summer kicks in, and we all look for more ways to recharge after winter, I thought I’d take the time to talk about what it is to ‘Be Happy’.  I figured since I didn’t do a Father’s Day vamp this can serve well here, too.  After all, some major advice seeking from Dads has long been on the subject of attaining happiness.

It also goes well with the MangiaTV mission which down to its core is simply Being Happy.  Finding happiness has a great deal to do with how you approach this journey called life.

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School’s Out For Summer

Well it’s that time of year…when the endless possibilities lay out in front of you stretching to the September horizon.  School is out for the summer.  The kids are so excited and you…well you’re happy too…right.  Now is the time to plan for some great family get togethers and at MangiaTV we have two must do parties for this summer.

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Who Killed the Shrimp?

      One of my absolute favorite things to get on the BBQ most any time of year is shrimp with the Mangia Shrimp Mojo spice.  These are so great and do well as an appetizer or as a main dish with slaw and rice.  The Shrimp Mojo Rub/spice is the blend used at The Shrimp Walk Restaurant for decades.  It was a best seller there, and is crowd favorite now.

There are a few things that you must do to make sure the shrimp meet MangiaTV standards when preparing.  I have come up with my top three things to make your shrimp live up to the Mangia standard:

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Music and Food

Music/Recipe Creation and the MangiaTV theme song

Recently I had the pleasure to talk with my good friend Dean about music creation and the similarities of the process to recipe creation.  In both cases the creator brings his life’s compilation of experiences to the task.  As Jacque Fresco says, “no one invented anything”.  That is, all creation comes as a one off from a pursuit of something else.  The light bulb moment is seeing something on the periphery when perusing something else.  It’s like keeping your eye on the ball is not the key, its being aware of the ‘light bulb’ idea on the side as you, “keep your eye on the ball”.

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Game Of Thrones Season 5 Premiere Party

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Game Of Thrones Season Premiere Party

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.34.31 PMThe series ‘Game of Thrones’ premiers its 5th season and we are excited to participate in a full on feast for the event.  What a great way to experience food with a ‘middle ages’ flair than to combine it with the energy of being in full period costume.  My guest on this week’s Vamp was the fair Ellen of Bend from the township of Winterjoy.  She has put her skill as a seamstress towards the making of the costumes. We agreed that the series has a way of hooking you because of the untimely deaths of your favorite characters.  The writer and screen adaptors have done a great job in emotionally hooking you into characters with little regard to their longevity in the narrative.  To celebrate this, the fair Ellen is hosting a dinner party worthy of any who would want to be a power holder in the seven kingdoms.

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