Cooking up the Perfect Breaking Bad Watch Party

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As the final episode sets to air, people everywhere are searching for the elements of the perfect Breaking Bad watch party. Skyler White, Walt Jr, and Gus Fring might all disagree on what the best Breaking Bad themed party might look like, but we’ve cooked up some of the best recipes possible!

Find Your “Heisenberg Hat” Party

One of the most memorable parts of Breaking Bad has been the somehow ridiculous-yet-intimidating pork pie hat Walt dons to become Heisenberg. But don’t we all have that piece of clothing that unleashes our alter-ego? Whether it’s a Member’s Only jacket or a FUBU shirt, everyone’s closet is crammed full of cloths that change us from normal, every day people, into super-confident badasses ready to take on the world. Invite your guests to unleash their alter ego by wearing their favorite mind-altering piece of clothing.

What should I cook up to eat?

With your guests inner confidence coming through, you’ll want to keep them in check just a bit. No one keeps Heisenberg in control like Gus Fring. So keep guests having fun but firmly in your control by serving fried chicken. Whether you make your own or go to your favorite chicken take out place, you can’t go wrong. .

Of course, people do not live on chicken alone, so watch out for your guests cholesterol by serving them cooked red cabbage. This easy recipe from kosherfood.about.com makes this healthy option easy too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced

  • 2 Tbsp. soft light brown sugar

  • 1 large red cabbage, cored and finely shredded

  • 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 2-3 Tbsp. dried cranberries, raisins or craisins

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in a skillet, and saute the onion gently until transparent.
2. Add the apples. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add cabbage and sugar. Cover and cook for another five minutes.
4. Stir in vinegar, stock and salt. 5. Simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender. 6. Add the cranberries.

 

It’s also purple, making Marie Schrader proud in the process.

What if we don’t drink Dimple Pinch scotch?

No Breaking Bad watch party theme would be complete without a blue cocktail. A party that celebrates your inner Heisenberg needs a stiff drink that says it all: the AMF*.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Rum (Light)
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Float of Blue Curacao

Garnish:Lemon Wedge and Cherry

Instructions:

Pour the vodka, gin, rum, and triple sec into a glass with ice. Fill with sweet and sour and add the float of Blue Curacao.

While we can’t say what this drink stands for in front of Holly White, we’ll just let you know that the A stands for “adios” and let you fill in the blanks from there. This Long Island Iced Tea style cocktail perfectly caps off five seasons worth of action. One more piece of advice: great drinks deserve great glassware. Show off your Mike Ehrmantraut level cool by always have the right glass for the right occasion.

Everybody Cooks!

 

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman become world-renowned (if not completely recognized) for their legendary meth recipe that’s 99% pure. Invite your guests to cook up their own world-famous recipes and bring them over to see who truly has the best dish! As your guests decide who cooks like Walt and who cooks like Todd, relive your favorite Breaking Bad moments. If you’re feeling especially bold, have your guests cook their secret recipes at your house!

 

What if no one cooks a Breaking Bad themed dish?

If Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it’s that we always have to be thinking ahead. With your guests bringing their favorite dishes, it’s hard to control what’s going to be served. Make sure that no one forgets what you’re celebrating by serving actual mini pork pies!**

Ingredients

  • 800g lean pork mince
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

For the Pastry

  • 200g lard
  • 750g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • oil, for greasing
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Mix the filling ingredients and season. Grease 12 holes of a muffin tin and line each with a strip of baking parchment, to make pies easier to remove from tins.
  2. To make pastry, bring the lard and 250ml water to the boil in a small pan. Sieve the flour into a food processor and add 2 tsp salt. While processor is on, pour in lard and water mix, then blend until you have a smooth dough. Turn out into a bowl and remove two-thirds, covering the final third with a tea towel to keep warm.
  3. Roll larger piece out on a floured surface to about 2-3mm thick – work quickly as the dough is easier to work with when warm. Cut out 12 x 11cm circles using a pastry cutter. Line each hole of the tin with the circles, pushing them in with your fingers and leaving a slight overhang.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F and put in a baking tray. Divide filling between pastry cases, pushing down lightly. Roll out remaining pastry on a floured surface and stamp out 12 x 8cm circles. Brush edges of filled cases with egg, then put lids on top. Pinch together and crimp the edges with your fingers. Brush with beaten egg and set aside the rest for later.
    1. Bake in oven for 30 mins, then remove the tin and tray, and gently take the pies out of the holes. Brush the sides and top again with egg and place directly onto the baking tray. Turn oven to 400 degrees F and cook for 25-30 mins until the sides are set and tops a deep golden color. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

These classic British snacks might not be found in Albuquerque, but they are the perfect Breaking Bad theme snack.

What else will channel my favorite Breaking Bad moments?

September means autumn for most people in the US, but if the weather is still good, a Breaking Bad watch party is the perfect time for dinner outside. Serve your meal in your back yard. If you need backyard decor, check out some of our great backyard accessories. And don’t worry if you don’t have a swimming pool: the swimming pool blue cocktail*** is the perfect way to make the party seem just as authentic as that first afternoon where we met the Whites and the Schraders.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop crushed ice
  • 1/4 oz sweet cream
  • 3/4 oz cream of coconut
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur

Instructions

Mix ingredients well, pour into an exotic glass and float the blue curacao on top.

Pizza Says I’m Sorry Pizza Party

No fan will ever forget Walt’s attempt to smooth over things with Skylar by offering her the “pizza of destiny.” Who doesn’t think pizza is the perfect way to apologize for being a ruthless drug kingpin? Even though you’re not apologizing, pizza parties are a fast, easy way to make sure everyone goes home satisfied without spending all day in the kitchen. And in this case, it’s the easiest Breaking Bad theme you can find. Just make sure it doesn’t end up on the roof!

How can I make my own pizza of destiny?

If ordering pizza for your guests just doesn’t feel right, this barbecue chicken recipe from allrecipes.com will let your guests know you’re cooking with gas.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust
  • 1 cup spicy barbeque sauce
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breast
  • halves, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place pizza crust on a medium baking sheet. Spread the barbecue sauce on the crust. Top with chicken, cilantro, pepperoncini peppers, onion, and cheese.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Gus would be pleased and your guests will be thinking about all the great things in the southwest as the consume this terrific pizza. This recipe is clearly one you won’t have to apologize for.

Finding a suitable side dish for pizza can be more difficult than finding the perfect Breaking Bad theme for your party. In this case, there’s one clear way to go. Just as Caesar before him, Walt has built an empire. Yet despite all his powers, threats are everywhere. So give a nod to Walt as you and your guests enjoy a Caesar salad. While not actually named after that Caesar, your guests will still applaud your creative interpretation of Heisenberg.

Is there a blue drink suggestion?

It’s basically impossible to have a Breaking Bad theme party and not serve a blue drink. Blue, intoxicating substances pretty much make the show go. Sticking with the southwestern theme, the blue devil from barbug.com will be a great match with whichever pizza option you choose.

Instructions

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What About Desert?

While we don’t know what Hank Schrader’s favorite dessert is, we do know that no one at your Breaking Bad themed watch party will be able to resist blue frosted cupcakes. While these frosted treats won’t make you barrels full of money to bury in the desert, they are at least 99% pure and will surely leave your guests with a brief rush of ecstasy.

A Few More Breaking Bad Party Themes

From Gus to Gale, from Badger to Tuco, Breaking Bad has always given us great characters to enjoy. If you’re struggling for a Breaking Bad party theme, just look to these characters for inspiration.

Skyler White would certainly approve of a classic breakfast for dinner party. Prepare your guests all your favorite breakfast foods and remember those tense moments at the table. Throw in the veggie bacon to give it that true White-house feeling.

If you and your friends are more heartbroken than excited for this once in a lifetime series finale, why not plan on a Gale’s Karaoke Adventure? Serve a vegan meal and just make plans to miss work Monday. Whether it’s on your own video game console or you find the classiest karaoke bar in your neck of the woods, sing away the blues and remember your favorite character. Singing “Major Tom” is encouraged but not required!

Don’t Forget to Tune In!

As we prepare for the final episode of Breaking Bad, remember that the perfect themed party always leaves plenty of time for watching the actual show. Make sure everyone’s set with their food, their drink, and a firm warning that you will go Heisenberg on them if they squeal during the show! Let us know of other great themes that will make this night as memorable as the show.

 

For more information on some of the highlighted recipes, check out these resources below.

*http://www.goodcocktails.com/recipes/mixed_drink.php?drinkID=13%20

**http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1364655/mini-pork-pies

***http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink42.html#ixzz2g8C2kHXk

Host a White-Out Labor Day Party with These Tips

With the first day of school comes the realization that summer is officially over. But before the leaves change colors and you pull out your sweatshirts and jeans, celebrate by hosting a Labor Day party. Just follow the 4 Ds—dress, decorations, drinks, and desserts—and wave a white flag to summer.

So what exactly is a white-out Labor Day party?

You’ve heard the saying: “Never wear white after Labor Day.”  But why is that and where did the idea originate from?

In September 2009, Time.com published an article titled Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day, which shed light on this peculiar societal faux paux. According to the article, some historians suggest that wearing white in the summer and dark in the winter was a status symbol of wealth. In the early 20th century, upper-class, wealthy Americans changed their clothing by the season; thus, it became part of proper etiquette, at least as far as the wealthy were concerned, to stop wearing white after Labor Day.

Many things have changed in the past century, however, one being that “winter white,” a creamy shade of white, is now a rising trend. Nowadays, no one is going to point and laugh if you are caught wearing a pair of white jeans to the store in October, but you probably should just play it safe and put those white tops and pants in the back of the closet with your bathing suits and flip-flops.

#1: Dress

First, greet guests wearing all white—everything from your shoes to a white scarf tied around your neck or a classic white bow tie. Even a white tux if you still have one from back in the day!

For a bit of extra fun, pick up some white-framed glasses at the store or paint your nails white to complete the white-out.

#2: Decorations

Start with a white tablecloth and add some white napkins and plates. These can be paper, plastic, or glass depending on the location of your party. (You probably don’t want to have glass plates at an outdoor pool party.)

Make white centerpieces using white daises or roses in a glass vase

If you’re throwing an intimate indoor or nighttime patio party, add ambiance with white candles or tea lights. Use an empty bottle of white wine as decoration with a wine bottle candelabra and white tea lights. (Check out our recommendation for the perfect candelabra HERE.)

#3: Drink

Labor Day Party Drinks

Offer your guests a selection of white wine

If you want a little more splash, make coconut-flavored margaritas.

Coconut Margaritas (recipe via)

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups coconut water, chilled

½ cup sugar

1T. lime juice

¼ cup finely shredded coconut shavings

Ice, for serving

½ cup coconut rum

¼ cup white chocolate liquear

¼ cup tequila

Directions:

In a small pot over medium heat, combine ½ cup coconut water with the sugar. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, add lime juice, and let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Place the coconut shavings on a small plate. Dip the rims of 4 margarita glasses into the coconut simple syrup just to dampen. Invert the glasses onto the coconut to coat the rims. Fill the glasses with ice.

In a pitcher, combine the remaining 2 cups coconut water, the rum, white chocolate liqueur, tequila, and ¼ cup of the coconut simple syrup. Stir and pour into the rimmed glasses.

#4: Desserts and Appetizers

Mix up a Mexican White Cheese Dip (recipe via)

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

4 oz. green chilies

¼ cup half and half

2 T. onions, chopped fine

2 t. ground cumin

½ t. salt

1 serrano pepper, chopped fine (optional)

1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)

Directions:

1. Put all the ingredients in a double boiler and heat on medium
2. Cook until melted and well blended, stirring occasionally
3. Serve with fresh tostadas or hot flour tortillas

Other food ideas:

Labor Day White-Out Party

Serve Granny Smith apple slices and a white cheese such as Swiss or thin slices of Parmesan to complement the white wine.
Fill glass mason jars with white M&Ms or yogurt-covered raisins.
Make vanilla cupcakes with white icing.
Eat the go-to white dessert of champions: roasted marshmallows!

 

It will be a full white-out party as you celebrate a unique summer send-off!

Hosting the Perfect Cocktail Party

Cocktail parties in the past have been expensive, black tie events reserved for the rich and famous. Couples would purchase an expensive gown and tuxedo and have a glamorous night with others in their social circle. During this era, cocktail parties were not for the working class.

The times they are a-changing! Cocktail parties aren’t just for the wealthy any more. They aren’t always black-tie events. Your average Joe, or Jane, can now host a beautifully organized cocktail party. Experience is not a requirement—as long as you do your homework and make it a night to remember.

Make Your Cocktail Party Memorable

The most important thing you need to know is that you can throw an awesome party that your friends will be talking about for months without breaking the bank. Yes, even a cocktail party!

Get things started by deciding whether or not you are going to have a theme. Need theme ideas? No problem! Here are a few quick and easy ideas for you to consider:

Battle of the Sexes: Set out tools and make-up and see which side knows the most about the opposite sex. Play games and pit the guys against the girls. Offer a great variety of gifts for the winners or gag gifts for the losers.

Summer in the Winter: Create a summer themed party in February. Wear sunglasses and flip-flops inside. Set up a cooler or wet bar with favorite drinks instead of the refrigerator. Offer summertime favorite foods if they’re available in your local grocery store.

Holiday Themes: Choose your favorite holiday and plan your cocktail party around it. An April Fool’s themed party may include pranks played on your guests. Specific holiday themed cocktail parties require little creativity and minimal planning.

Sports Themes: Sports themed cocktail parties are always a blast. When possible, host a sports themed party that coincides with a major sporting event. Your guests will enjoy the drinks, foods and all other aspects of the party for years to come.

Cocktail Party Games and Contests

Include contests like “who makes the best drink contest” for even more fun. Karaoke and console games are a great way to get to know everyone and have a good time.

Send invitations out that match your theme and have a small welcome gift for each guest. When having a contest, make sure to have fun prizes for the winners. Take lots of pictures and send them in the thank you cards to remind everyone of the great time they had.

Cocktail Party Planning on a Budget

Always take advantage of post holiday sales on glasses, napkins, decorations, tablecloths, even toothpicks. Purchasing things ahead of time will make future party planning a snap, because you will already have several supplies.

At most cocktail parties, seating is not generally needed. Most people stand, sampling drinks and appetizers, and mingling with others. So you do not need to worry about purchasing chairs. Simply line the walls with the chairs you already have, and keep the den open for use of the inviting and comfy couch. This will provide ample seating and will make your guests feel welcome to linger or have a seat.

Types of Drinks for Your Cocktail Party

When it comes to drinks, variety is the key! Use the blender and make mixed drinks with lots of ice, fruit, and a dollop of whipped cream on top. Strawberry daiquiris, fuzzy navels, and margaritas are great for a cocktail party. Decorate your drinks to create a conversation starter and invite guests to make their own.

Have a variety of wines available as well (because not everyone might want mixed drinks). To have the perfect cocktail party, choose other drinks to serve as well. Martini, Cosmopolitan, and White Russians are basic and delicious. Keeping the drinks to fewer than ten to choose from will make your party a success because it is focusing on more than the drinks.

The perfect martini is relatively easy to make. You will mix two ounces of gin with half an ounce of dry vermouth and half an ounce of sweet vermouth. Add the ingredients to ice then mix or shake well, and pour into a glass with olives, a pearl onion, or a lemon twist.

Making a Cosmopolitan, that infamous “pink drink,” is also easy. (This drink does require a shaker.) This recipe calls for one and a quarter ounces of vodka, one ounce of cranberry juice, half an ounce each of triple sec and fresh lime juice, and a quarter of an ounce of Chambord. Shake with ice and pour the pink deliciousness into a funky glass.

The White Russian is a sweet and milky addition to any party. It rounds out the celebration to include many varieties and styles. This ensures that there will be something for everyone, and will have all of your guests leaving satisfied and happy to return. Simply combine one ounce of coffee flavored liqueur, one ounce of vodka, and half of a cup of cream to ice in a shaker. Shake well, and pour into a long and tall glass.

Foods to Serve at a Cocktail Party

Prepare a wide variety of appetizers. Crackers and cheese, crackers and dip, fruit platters, and chicken pockets are always a hit. You also won’t want to forget chips, peanuts and other salty snacks that go well with drinks.

For Chicken Pockets in a snap, just follow these easy directions: Combine shredded cooked chicken with mayonnaise until you reach the desired consistency. Add salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Stir in two teaspoons of dill and half a teaspoon each of fresh lemon and fresh lime juice. Open a can of croissant rolls, separating at the lines, and drop two tablespoons of the chicken mixture in the center of each triangle. Fold the rolls over the mixture, brush with melted butter and bake in a three hundred fifty degree oven until lightly browned.

Simplicity along with a welcoming nature will assure your guests that they are welcome to have fun and enjoy the party. They will want to come back after experiencing a relaxed, fun, and light cocktail party in your home.