New Year’s Revolution

Happy New Year!! It’s time to celebrate the passing of 2014 and the welcoming of 2015. It’s traditional this time of year for people to make a New Year’s Resolution. Most time people declare something they are going to stop, or give up. If one thing is clear…this never works because the concentration is on something you don’t want, and alas when that is where your concentration is wha la, you get MORE of it. The Mangia.TV way is a New Year’s Revolution. Concentrate on doing more of the things you want and when you do there will be naturally less time to do the things you don’t want.

I am declaring this year to do more of the following:
10. Watching Football: This is actually a no brainer as I watched much less this year because Da Bears where so brutal. I dream of a 6-3 defensive smash mouth game. Giving up 50 points in a game is beyond words…No it isn’t..What the Fuck guys

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How To Fight the ‘Bah Humbug’ Blues

Tis the season….to feel blue. Along with lots of joy, the Holliday season can be emotionally trying for lots of folks. At MangiaTV we call this the ‘Bah Humbug Blues’.

For many, shopping for the perfect gift for the people on their list is a big stress inducer. Here are two sure bets to beat these shopping blues:

  1. Christmas shopping for your loved ones.
  2. Mangia Rub: There is no better stocking stuffer. PERIOD They get the rub, you get to enjoy a flavor packed meal.

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Christmas Spirit

I was watching the Christmas movie classic Miracle on 34th Street and loved the line, “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” We all get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas at times and forget, as said in The Grinch, “Maybe, just maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe it means just a little bit more.” Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but more importantly the ‘new’ covenant his life ushered in. A life where love and forgiveness replaced the ‘eye for an eye’ mentality.

At MangiaTV we have some suggestions for living the spirit of Christmas:

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Dickens Dinner

Tis the season, right? Well, a while back when my kids were small I remember asking my Dad how he was able to keep in touch with friends with the time demands of raising a family. He said, “We had a lot of parties”. He also said that lots of his friends from high school and college moved from the city and settle in the same parish our family was in. The community inherent in a formal religious affiliation made it easy to stay connected as weekly services and all the functions of the church naturally brought folks together.

Today lots of people have drifted away from formal religious practice and in so doing have lost an important ‘community’ building force in their lives. People are not less spiritual, just less likely to be involved with a religious community. The best advice we have is to “Bring Back Sunday Dinner”, and “Have more parties”. On that note a great Holliday party theme is to host a ‘Dickens Dinner’. It is a simple dinner party with the menu consisting of traditional 19th century fare like Dickens himself would have had. A few helpful links are attached but it really is quite simple.

The 8 must have menu items are:

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Top 3 Thanksgiving DOs and DON’Ts

Ok, this is short notice, but in case you missed the Spreecast last night I thought I would put down in writing the Mangia Top 3 Thanksgiving DOs and DON’Ts.
Now these are guidelines, but they have worked for us over the years.

DON’Ts

   3. Don’t be a big sissy and not play in a turkey bowl.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 9.01.33 PMGet the gang together, the young ones, the old ones, and everybody in between and get out on a patch of turf for some football fun. Let the old folks referee, or cheerlead, or mix and serve cocktails for the crew. Bragging rights will last an entire year! Two hand touch, two-hand shove, tackle, two-hand grope…whatever. The key is to get out there and enjoy the crisp fall air and get the blood flowing. When loud mouth, cousin Phil, gets tackled into dog shit you have your bonus.

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2nd Annual Thanksgiving Leftover Throwdown & Cyber Monday Offer

Greetings Mangia Nation,
We are grateful to host our 2nd annual Mangia.TV Leftover Throwdown!
We are holding a leftovers recipe contest and we’ll be awarding one lucky, talented, motivated,

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MangiaManiac winner a Mangia.tv Gift Basket. We are also going to offer a great Cyber Monday Special offer to our registered customers. All you have to do is register on our site and we will take care of the rest. (Find the email form on the bottom of our website)

While you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, a major Mangia.tv holiday BTW, make sure you’re checking our Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook page for recipes ideas or to share your ideas with us!!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown:

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Purchasing Powers

As Thanksgiving approaches what a great time to reflect on all we are thankful for.

Life has its challenges for sure, but living from a place of gratitude and becoming a more giving person can have profound effects on you and all of the people in your life. It has been proven that an act of kindness boosts your immune system. Simply witnessing an act of kindness will do the same. Seize the opportunity to be grateful, kind and giving and you may not catch a cold this year.

lambs farmAt MangiaTV we are particularly grateful for our partnership with The Lambs Farm. It is funny how seemingly the people that need help, the Lambs Farm participants, ended up being the same people that enabled Mangia.TV to bring our products to market. We are so grateful to the folks at Lambs and we truly would not be where we are today without them. Your purchasing of Mangia.TV rubs directly supports The Lambs Farm.

Purchasing power is a great tool that society can use to further worthy causes. Today more than ever consumers are supporting brands that have more than the bottom line in mind when making decisions.

64939_517759264911781_1223483569_nAnother outstanding business that uses this idea is Cellar Angels. Your purchasing of wine through Cellar Angels enables you to put some of the transaction proceeds directly to a charity partner of theirs. You can view and choose one of those worthy charities on Cellar Angels website and begin sipping, saving,and giving.

As the season of giving is upon us we should all remember that our purchasing power can be an integral part of supporting worthy causes. Please take some time to buy some rub and secure your holiday wine today.

Chili Recipe From Across the Pond

One of the best things about mangia.tv is the interaction with a growing number of people that identify with The Mangia Way. Creating great food for friends and family is an ever evolving thing, and we here at mangia.tv take delight in seeing new recipes created by our followers.

When we received an order from the U.K. our first thought was, “what about the shipping cost?” The small print does say free shipping to the U.S.A. After some time, though, we decided %^&$ the small print and because our friend Tom from Guilford was our first overseas order we honored it.

Well, it was worth the shipping cost, because his chili recipe was like none I’ve ever seen before. He had me at dark chocolate honestly, but then two types of bacon this yank has never heard of…#forgetaboutit!!

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An open letter to all who identify with Virginia Heffernan’s “What if You Just Hate Making Dinner?”

To all who identify with Virginia Heffernan’s article in The New York Times “What if You Just Hate Making Dinner?”.

I was struck personally by Mrs. Heffernan’s article not because I identify with it, but because I didn’t.  Not at all.

I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters and dinner was not only a nightly session of physical nourishment but human nourishment as well.  It was a place to laugh, cry, vent, shut down, open up both lovingly and not so… lovingly.  It was total chaos and symphonic sharing all at once. One family friend would always wait till after dinner to get a plate (as if 11 kids weren’t enough mouths to feed) and my mother would say,”Steven, you’re more than welcome to sit down with us”.  He would respond’ “are you kidding, there is no time to get a fork to my mouth with all the please pass this, and can you put some of that on my plate”.

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