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Could Be Better LIVE Happens This January

Join J. and Rob for a live episode taping of their snarkalicious home and garden podcast on Friday, January 18, 2019 at The Crafted Kup in Poughkeepsie! Audience participation is encouraged!

Doors open at 7:00pm. Podcast taping begins at 8:00pm. Admission is free but registration is required.

Chef Tim will be sharing a few small bites, and The Crafted Kup’s full espresso menu will be available. We’ll also have craft beer, cider, mead and a special prosecco cocktail in honor of this special occasion! Drinks are on you, but we’ll provide the snark!

Want to be part of the show? Email pictures of your “I Did It” project, craft, tablescape, or room design ready for flaunting or revamping to couldbebetterpodcast@gmail.com Your submission could be highlighted in the show!

To claim your seat, hop on over to CouldBeBetterLive.Eventbrite.com to register for free. See you on Friday, January 18th!

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The December 2018 Episode

Oh, the irony! We’ve been looking forward to the December issue all year, and then when it arrives (super-late, for Rob) we get…more pink. Can we please declare a new It color for 2019? J. and Rob unwrap a holiday surprise when Santa reveals the hottest seasonal decorating trend: not using red and green. Stuff your stockings with thumbprint cookies, pom-poms, pom-ginger cocktails, water bottles (sooo romantic!) and clothespin dolls–if you’re lucky to get them at the craft swap party. J. shares another childhood trauma (it involves glitter) and Rob gets a little tearful (with laughter). Yet in the end, the guys make peace with this season of giving–10,000 spoons and butt butter for everyone!

Look for this month’s recipe tastings on YouTube! For December, Chef Tim made the ginger shrimp sheet pan meal and the thumbprint cookies. Signature cocktail: Pom-Ginger Shandy. Recipe tasting prep and end credits: Tim Lawton. Theme music: Bensound.com. End credits music by Lenny B and Madison Park. Merry Christmas, y’all!

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Video: November 2018 Recipes

To prepare you for Thanksgiving, we tried out cranberry sauce recipes, a roasted veggie side dish (but we’re bougie and gay so we turned it into an appetizer), and the cover recipe, Pumpkin Bread Trifle. Recipes from the November 2018 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Rob’s signature cocktail is a cranberry orange bourbon smash. Chef Tim checks in from Provincetown with his comments. Basically, one of these recipes is a MUST-DO for Thanksgiving! Listen to the full November episode for more Turkey Day fun. Music: Bensound.com.

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The November 2018 Episode

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In our November 2018 episode, we switch things up and hang out at J’s house, where green is a neutral. We tried hard but we could not find many tags for hate in this issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine! Maybe it’s because we both love Thanksgiving so much. Maybe it’s because the issue was mostly about the food (though we did do a fun recipe tasting at J’s house–watch it soon on this site)! Never fear, we managed to find plenty to talk about: more white walls and big art, pumpkins of all sizes and shapes (#phrasing), trends we actually like for once, and dramatic facelifts (the furniture kind, not ours). But how will Rob, aka Mr. Tablescape, react to the big tablescaping how-to feature? Make sure to listen all the way through for a special announcement about our first-ever LIVE event! Signature cocktail: a bourbon orange-cran smash. Recipe prep by Chef Tim Lawton and J. Dewey. Music by Bensound.com.

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Here’s J.’s version of the cranberry pear quince sauce…made with guava paste instead of quince paste. He turned it into an appetizer by toasting baguette slices and spreading on a layer of cream cheese and goat cheese.

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J. also tried turning Carla Hall’s roasted vegetables into an appetizer too.

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Rob’s bourbon orange cran smash cocktails, made with some of Chef Tim’s cranberry sauce (made correctly with quince paste, unlike J’s).

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Chef Tim tried the cover recipe: pumpkin bread trifle.

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Pumpkin bread trifle with bourbon whipped cream. To die for! Tim skipped the pomegranate arils but did make candied pecans.

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Yum.

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The October 2018 Episode

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In the October 2018 episode of Could Be Better, we try to be a little nicer, a little more helpful, and a little less judgy. But that’s no fun so we quickly devolve to our usual cocktail-fueled opinions. Though the cover of this month’s Better Homes and Gardens mag has us hopeful for autumn color–and the Halloween features are on point–our time machine has us trapped in the horrors of 1970’s design. Dark colors, spider-thin staircase railings, and ghostly-white walls  play up the witchy vibes, but Rob never gets any trick-or-treaters so it’s all lost on him. J. admires another big wallpaper pattern (shocker) but can’t get past all the pom-poms. But hey, it’s just decor. Why not embrace imperfection, warts and all? Signature cocktail: The Pum-mosa, made with cava and Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial.

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Food prep by Tim Lawton. Check out videos of our recipe tastings on our YouTube channel. Camerawork by Michael Hall. Music by Bensound.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at Could Be Better Podcast.

 

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Video: September 2018 Recipe Tasting

Could Be Better’s Rob Conlon and J. Dewey sample the coconut-chia oat crisp recipe from the September 2018 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and Rob creates a signature cocktail inspired by the global flavors and colors throughout the issue and the special feature about chocolate.

If you don’t have the magazine, you can find the recipe on the BHG website here.

Once again, Tim Lawton did an excellent job with the recipe. He also tried the French chocolate mousse recipe, but we seriously think there was something off about that recipe because it didn’t turn out quite like we all thought it would. We may try it again and see how we can do better.

Camerawork by Michael Hall. Music by Bensound.com.