Episodes

The June 2019 Episode

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month and Rob and J. search desperately for some signs of gay life in this month’s magazine. Though there’s little to be found on the pages, there’s plenty of love at the bottom of their cocktail glasses (thanks to the strawberry basil smash cocktails, lifted from the recipe section). J. explains why this episode was delayed and shares a very painful housing-related memory. Rob gets tongue-tied over a supergay font but otherwise feels kinda “meh,” especially about all the #whiteonwhite neo-bohemian rooms. However, everything turns out all right in the end thanks to a Tea Dance #lewk for the ages.

This month, we also sampled the white bean dip, open-faced crispy fish sandwiches and the Pimm’s ice pops, thanks to Chef Tim.

Theme music by Bensound.com.

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Video: April 2019 Recipe Tastings

Gotta love those auto thumbnails/screengrabs from YouTube! What faces…

Our April 2019 recipe taste testing video is up on our YouTube channel! This month, Chef Tim made the stuffed spiral ham with help from Mamala Conlon. He also made the buttered sweet pea rice and a rhubarb tart. Rob’s signature cocktail for the month was also pulled from the magazine: the Ginger-Rhubarb Raspberry Punch. As written, the recipe is for a mocktail, but we added vodka of course.

Recipe prep: Tim Lawton with Patti Conlon. Music by Bensound.com. Special thanks to Michael Hall.

Listen to our entire April 2019 episode here or wherever you get your podcasts!

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The April 2019 Episode

Shocker: She’s Got A Preference For Pink!

Kids these days… In our April 2019 episode, we become art critics, in that it’s the Art of Color issue and we’re highly critical. How many Tags For Hate can one episode handle? Apparently pink is here to stay (baloney is so on trend right now), beige is back (thank you Gen X), anything can be a neutral, and the most exciting thing about spring is cleaning your toilet. Oh, and the Could Be Better Department of Outdoor Living really needs you to turn in the paperwork attesting that you’ve decorated your deck or patio with an outdoor rug. We also share a few secrets: the recurring nightmare Rob had as a child, J’s middle name, and which featured room is really a sex den. Our takeaway lesson? Take time to smell the irises in the neighbor’s yard. Signature cocktail: Ginger-Rhubarb Raspberry Punch. Chef Tim’s Recipe Tastings: Spiral Ham With Orange and Garlic, Buttered Sweet Pea Rice, and Rhubarb Tart. Music by Bensound.com.

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The February 2019 Episode

Welcome to Season Two of Could Be Better! If a certain #1* magazine is still pumpin’ out issues, we’re still pumpin’ out episodes. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rob brews up a red signature cocktail to get your blood racing: a Mid-Hudson Mule. They do pack a kick, because it takes us about three sips to start talking dirty about the February issue. Though lacy envelopes don’t do it for us, we do fall for a white-on-white room (don’t worry, it’s a guest space so it’s OK), a kitchen makeover, an I Did It feature (at last, hallelujah), and hand pies. Cupid’s arrow misses the mark on windowsill gardening, and one space may send Rob to therapy. Will your favorite looks get a tag for love, or a tag for hate? Listen in and find out! Signature cocktail: Mid-Hudson Mule. Recipe tastings coming soon to our YouTube channel: coconut curry short ribs and hand pies. Music by Bensound.com.

*If you discount two AARP publications, Better Homes & Gardens has the widest subscription base in America. So it’s actually #3 in the US but c’mon…AARP magazines?

Just reach out and grab some hand pie.
Chef Tim also made the coconut curry short ribs with bok choy. Yum!
Thanks to listener Joe for making the Tag for Hate t-shirts for us!
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ICYMI: Could Be Better Live!

On Friday, January 18, 2019 we held our first-ever live event, featuring a taping of our January episode, free food inspired by the January issue of the magazine, delicious custom-made cocktails, audience participation signs, and nearly a full house of friends and listeners! We’re so grateful for all your support over the past year. We always have fun while we tape but this time we got to share it with you!

J., Rob and Tanner, owner of The Crafted Kup

Tanner and his staff at The Crafted Kup in Poughkeepsie provided the venue, a cash bar and lots of set-up help. The guys from Dead Radio Podcast chipped in with audio/visual support.

Chef Tim Lawton in the kitchen. Sloppy Joes for the win!

Chef Tim chose the Spicy Sloppy Joe recipe from the mag, and turned them into sliders which were UNREAL–definitely a keeper recipe!

He also set out savory, cheesy selections on big black cock cheese papers, since this issue went back to those fucking #partyboards AGAIN.

Cheeseboards and audience participation sign

We also asked our friend Amy Dittmar to create custom cupcakes for us. Though there were no cupcake recipes in this issue, the paint can lid page (featuring desert hues–a la succulents) inspired her creation of stunningly real-looking succulent mini-cakes.

Can you believe these are cupcakes and not the real things?
Amy sets up her cupcake display.

Since The Crafted Kup has a beer and wine license but not a full booze permit, we had to get crafty with our signature cocktail. Knowing that most people like bubbles for a special event, J. suggested a spiced pear prosecco cocktail. Rob whipped up a huge batch of simple syrup warmed with winter spices (cloves, black pepper, cinnamon), and the ‘Kup crew garnished each glass with a thyme sprig.

The spiced pear prosecco signature cocktail.

We wanted lots of audience participation, so Rob also created hand-held signs featuring some of our most-uttered phrases. The f-bomb icon got a lot of play during our taping!

It’s new, it’s now, it’s next.

Since some of our guests didn’t subscribe to the mag for the entire year, we brought along our back issues, tags intact. We laid them out for guests to peruse and read our notes. A bunch of people went back to the March issue for another look at Hot Toilet Guy and Kyle the gardener!

We also gave away copies of Better Homes & Gardens’ January and February issues, and one lucky guest will receive a year’s subscription! Amazingly our winner Joe didn’t have a subscription already.

J. talks it up with our hilarious guests.

If you couldn’t join us in person and would like to follow along with our slideshow, we’ll post it here once the episode is available in our podcast feed.

All in all, we had a wonderful night babbling about home decor trends along with our audience. Thanks to the CBB community and new friends for supporting us. We are truly touched! Here’s to Season #2–and please keep in touch as we roll along into 2019!