We are a nation that loves to be entertained, with a little something to munch on the side.
Popcorn, Junior Mints, Raisinets and the movies. Hot dogs, cheesy nachos and baseball. Cold pizza, Red Bull and YouTube.
So what do you eat while watching your favorite show?
With so many season premieres and season finales filling up the next few months, we suggest foods that complement the personality, the content, the total zeitgeist of a few popular TV shows.
Yes, we've completely ignored cooking-related and calorie-counting reality shows. Would you ingest anything other than baby carrots and large amounts of a frisky prosecco during those things? I think not. And yes, we know, we know, you should (a) be sitting down with your family at the dinner table instead of plopped in front of the TV, and (b) these may not be the most nutritious suggestions on the planet, but you're not doing this every day, right?
So with all the soon-to-air season finales or premieres in mind, we offer a few ideas on what to eat with 10 shows:
Reporters Christopher Borrelli, Carmel Carrillo, Steve Cavendish, Courtney Crowder, Renee Enna and Julia Keller contributed to this report.
Prep: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail
This take on the classic bloody mary is adapted from "The New American Bartender's Guide."
1/4 cup tomato juice
3 tablespoons vodka
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground black pepper, ground red pepper
1 dash lemon juice
Combine all ingredients with ice cubes in cocktail shaker. Shake just long enough to chill thoroughly; strain into highball glass.
Let your favorite TV show's zeitgeist inspire your dinner menu
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