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a CHEW Old Fashioned Beet Down with Joelle Jones

Beet Down Stuff

We wanted to do a sort of Thanksgiving episode. However, Thanksgiving isn’t for another couple weeks, so we did ComixGiving.  We used it as a good excuse to get together with some cool people and stuff ourselves silly, while managing to film a segment on how to make our cocktail.

With the amount of food about to be had, we decided Chew would be the perfect comic to focus on, and in honor of the only food Toni Chu can eat that he does not get a psychic reading on, we made an Old Fashioned Beet Down cocktail, with Claire’s homemade Beet Simple Syrup.

Kate and  Claire give you the Beet-ails on how to make this sweet drink.

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Detective Tony Chu receives psychic readings on anything he eats. Because of this, he often resorts to cannibalism in the name of justice, often tasting pieces of human bodies to piece together murder cases.  The story is lighthearted and chock full of dark humor by John Layman, and the stylized art that perfectly accompanies the tone of this series is done by Rob Guilllory.

On a whim after last month’s review on Helheim for Halloween, we reached out to artist Joelle Jones and casually asked if she would like to come to the home of strangers in Portland and partake in a ComixGiving dinner where we get her drunk and celebrate a book about Cannibalism.

…She apparently thought that sounded like a good time.

But for safety, she brought her guy Ryan.   You know, just in case we turned out to be bat shit crazy.   (which we are. But bless her and her manners, she stayed the duration and made it out alive. After some entertaining talk about cleaning out anal glands, the trauma that accompanies OK Cupid dating, and a childhood tale about a ‘pee couch.’)

(I should just write a blog about the stories people tell to relative strangers after having a few cocktails.  Brilliant. I’m serious.)

We also had returning guests Aubrey Aiese (Letterist for Lumberjanes) and Zack Sterling (Illustrator for Adventure time) …the “Boom! Brats” as we at Print Julep refer to them as. (lovingly of course.)  We always have a great time when we see these two, so we were super happy to have them again.

Back to the book: As discussed over dinner, the consensus is, of course, that Chew is AMAZING.  Duh. No surprise there.  But there was something about this book that all of us were trying to put our finger on that brought a sense of comfort.

Joelle pegged it;  it has a very 90’s feel to it. From the Illustration style, to the panels, the way it’s laid out, the colors, and even the type of humor, this comic is very nostalgic for those of us around our 30’s.   It brings us back to a comfort zone of comics, without the teenage angst and anger, but with the sense of hope and even a bit of adolescent goofiness we all miss and sometimes have a hard time making time for anymore.

The world of comics has definitely shifted, and as comics were originally intended,are starting to be geared toward teens again. Teenagers are into much different things now than they were at the start of comics, and even from just ten years ago. Or almost 20 as is the case with the 90’s. (Man that hurts.) A  lot of creators and publishers are just trying to keep up with the times. There’s a lot to be said for innovative storylines as well as offering the cutting edge of artwork and modern styles of storytelling in the comic medium.  But I think sometimes a good formula for success is reaching out and touching a fan base with a past they didn’t realized they were longing for.

Chew is able to do this, with a creative and unique premise, familiar ambiance, relevant conversation, and a comfortable world drawn y Guillory.

All in all, Chew is a lot like that Ladyfinger cake Claire made.. I’m not sure exactly why I like it, I just do.

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DSC_8121DSC_8179Ladyfingers for dessert.  Because CANNIBALS.

Enough bragging about how awesome our nerdy dinner party was, time to get down to business and give you the recipes for sweet, sweet justice.

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If you didn’t want to watch the video we made while buzzed, with very unsteady camera work, here’s a typed out, more accurate, hand-holding version of how to make this Chew-tastic drink.


DROP THE BEET

The Old Fashioned Beet Down is just a twist on a traditional Old Fashioned.   Instead of a cherry or regular simple syrup, Claire made a beet simple syrup that takes the edge off the bourbon and makes this drink a smooth sail to shitface town.

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BEET SIMPLE SYRUP:

1 Full beet chopped and peeled

1 Cup of Sugar

2 Cups of Water

Stir together in a pot and boil down until the liquid is about 1 cup. Strain the beets out and keep the blood.  BAM.

It also makes your kitchen look like you slaughtered someone.  Feel free to leave it to make a point if you’re pissed at any house mates.

COCKTAIL:

1 sugar Cube

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3 dashes of Bitters

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1/2 Teaspoon of Beet Simple Syrup

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1 Orange Slice

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Muddle it together in a pint glass

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2 oz of Bourbon.  We used Burnside Bourbon by Eastside Distilling in Portland Oregon. Because it’s awesome, and THEY are awesome, because they GIVE IT TO US to use on our show and blog.  So we do.  And it’s a great relationship like that. One where they give and we take, and everyone is happy.

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Next step is to throw a scoop of ice into mix and stir it for about 30 seconds to let everything infuse together. Make sure you get all the good stuff on the bottom. (That’s what she said.)

Then you want to skin an orange. Try to cut it so that you get as little of the white stuff on it as possible.

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Fold the orange peel in half, and wipe the oil on the rim, then put the peel into the glass with the ice, then pour in the good stuff, (through a strainer always helps. Unless you like’m chunky…. No judging.)

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There it is, peeps. We hope the next time you want to impress someone by making a badass cockail, you’ll Chew-z this one!  Hey-o!

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For dessert we had some sort of thing with lady fingers and custard, and finished the night off with Cards Against Humanity in the spirit of Tony Chu and how he deals with Crimes Against Humanity regularly.  I wonder what he’d see if he took a bite out of the Dos Equis guy…

Our photo gallery from the night is below. Hope to see you next month for continued Holiday Print Julep Goodnesss.

Until next time… BEET it.

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Sloppy Jos with the Lumberjanes in The Shire

(to skip all this and just watch the videos, scroll down to the bottom.) 

Lumberjanes had quickly become the issue I eagerly awaited on a monthly basis. I wanted it to be in my box every time I went to the comic shop.  I shared this with Claire and Kate, who fell just as hard as I did.   We would have to pay homage.  This would happen somehow.

Lumberjanes is written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis. The art is by Brooke Allen, and the lettering by Aubrey Aiese.

I love everything about this comic.  I love that it’s new, and it’s an easy place to start if you’re new to comics.  There isn’t 50 years of story to catch up on.  It’s not gory and full of nudity or violence or bad language.  It’s fun, lighthearted, and has an amazing art, flow, and story to back it up.

Boom! Studios puts this comic out.  For those of you who are new to comics, you’ll find that this studio typically puts out comics for the younger people (and young at heart.) They also do licensed work like Adventure Time . (Licensed means that it was a TV show or a movie before it became a comic book.)

Synopsis: Five best friends go to summer camp in a forest they soon discover is full of dangerous mythical creatures, all of which seem intent to destroy the Lumberjanes.  They stick together and show repeatedly that if you work together, you can accomplish anything.

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While the forest at my home is not full of creatures trying to kill us, you wouldn’t know it based on the way the day went.

The sun crested the cascade mountains at my home, a property way up in the hills outside of Portland, dubbed “The Shire.”   Ducks peacefully roam with chickens, a pack of dogs patrol the perimeter awaiting guests to arrive and provide treats.

It was the day of our very first Print Julep web shoot.

Kate catches up on Lumberjanes, while we prep and dance to the Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify.

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Claire and Kate arrived with the food.  I was put in charge of the technology. (Mistake #1.)  I think now is as good of a time as any to tell you:

WE HAVE NEVER FILMED ANYTHING EVER.

I mean, how hard can it be right?(read that in a Russian accent for full effect)  You turn on camera, you take moving picture like famous director and then, boom. You win Oscar statue. (still Russian.)  No problem.

-end Russian accent-

Claire and I had spent the day before prepping for the day’s activities.  Along with cooking fantastic Lumberjanes inspired meals, we’d be making a cocktail, as well as other festivities.

Shooting the junk out of an evil Red Raptor may or may not have been one of them…

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We felt fairly confident that we had done what we needed to do in order to shoot a successful, awesome, PERFECT and PROFESSIONAL first Webisode.

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Among many issues, Claire got cripplingly painful shin splints within the first hour or so of the day.  Because I have chronic back pain from my days in the Rodeo (absolutely serious about that, by the way. I’ll show you pictures one day) I happen to have prescription strength pain killers at my disposal always.  I gave two to  Claire to ease her pain-  which they did.   However, I didn’t realize she never takes pills, so not only did they kill her shin splints, they put her on a magical roller coaster that lasted alllll day.   We did this about three weeks ago, just so you know- the shin splints have NEVER come back.

Issue two-  we filmed half of our footage out of focus.

Issue three-  I had no idea how to work the microphones we borrowed.

So, to recap, Claire was high, Kate got drunk, I had no idea what we were doing, I could NOT stop dancing to that catchy Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify, and 95% of our footage turned out like Raptor poo.

Kate not only managed to lose most of the arrows, she also nearly killed one of my chickens.  (absolutely serious about that too. We have footage, and it’s in focus, crazy enough.)  Which is bananas, because the arrows shouldn’t have gone anywhere near the chickens. I later realized Kate was left-handed, shooting my right-handed bow, and aiming with her left eye.  It explained why arrows were flying completely the wrong way. Many of which are still missing to this day.

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My ducks may have also been traumatized by being chased by a buzzed and accidentally high Claire and Kate.

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At the end of the day, we survived.  My chickens survived. My ducks survived. Our pride-  perhaps not so much.

But hey! Whatever! We had some amazing food, awesome cocktails, and a day we will never forget with rad friends who are crazy enough to think this was a good idea.  We stuck together, and awesome things happened.  I’d say it was a successful mission in the name of the Lumberjanes.

Friendship to the Max!

RECIPES

Sloppy (Lumberjane) Jo

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YOU WILL NEED:

1.5 Lb of 20% fat Ground Beef

4 Chopped Tomatoes

1 Chopped Whole Yellow Onion

Tomato Paste

Dijon Mustard

Spice Mix Containing:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

HOW TO:

Start by browning your ground beef in a large pan and taking a bit of the fat out of it.  Do this on MEDIUM heat, to allow the juices to incorporate evenly with the meat.

Once the beef is browned and cooked, take it out of the pan and put it in a bowl, but leave the grease and fat in the pan.

Put your chopped onions in the same pan you browned your beef in. stir them around a bit on MEDIUM heat, then add your spice mix. Give it a minute or so to cook together.

Next, add your chopped tomatoes and let this cook down. All the juice and water from the tomatoes will let this cook down to a nice sauce.   When the tomatoes are pretty softened and you get a warm, more liquid-ish, softer saucy texture, add your ground beef back in.

While your sauce is cooking down. put some butter and garlic on your buns (hehehe) and put them in the oven on a lower heat setting, just to warm them up and toast them a bit.

Add about a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and about three tablespoons of tomato paste.

Stir it all up together and make sure it’s all warm.

Pull your buns out of the oven, and plat’em up with the Sloppy Jos.

In the name of Joan Jett- THAT’S what’s going on.

S’mores Cocktail (aka: Challis Ambrosia to the Kitten Holy)

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YOU WILL NEED:

Smaller/medium sized cup

1 oz Coffee Rum. (we used Below Deck Coffee Rum from East Side Distilling.)

1 Chocolate bar. (we used Woodblock Chocolate from Portland.)

Coconut milk. (or regular milk if you’re not lactose intolerant like Chelsea.) (Please don’t ask about the milkshake incident.)

Crushed Graham crackers on a small plate

Marshmallows

HOW TO:

Melt down the chocolate in a pot on the stove. Use a medium heat to avoid burning the chocolate. Add in the amount of milk you want for the intensity of the chocolate. If you want it to be richer in chocolate, add less milk. If you want it to be not as chocolatey and more coffee-ish from the rum, add more milk.

When your hot cocoa mix is ready, take your cup, hold it from the bottom, flip it upside down, and dip just the rim in the hot cocoa.

Then, dip the rim in the piled crushed graham cracker on the plate. The crumbs from the graham cracker will stick to the chocolatey rim.

Next, pour about 1 oz (or more) of Coffee Rum into the cup.

Fill almost the rest of the way to the top with the hot chocolate.

Roast your marshmallow, and when it is ready and super soft (or on fire, or burned) plop it in the top and stir it in to your cocktail.

I can only imagine what would happen if Ripley had one of these.

And finally, if you’d like to actually watch the video that is cautionary tale lore for those of you who think Webcasting is a piece of cake… by all means, here it is.    We just consider the fact that it’s very representative of us.  A little rough around the edges, but it gets the point across.

Here’s our first ever video where we give you a tutorial on how to make those magical Sloppy Jos, and then talk about how much we love the book. Excuse the long intro- we’ll consider it a formal introduction.  Hey world! Nice to meet you!

And here’s where we show you how to make that S’mores Cocktail!