Cooking Channel’s Nadia G. Teaches Us How To Have a Bitchin’ Halloween

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Check out some of Nadia’s Halloween recipes:

Coffin-shaped Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Melted Taleggio Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Apples

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INGREDIENTS

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 red onions, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Sandwiches:

  • 1 large loaf sourdough bread
  • 1 McIntosh apple, sliced thinly
  • 4 wedges Taleggio cheese
  • Sufficient quantity butter

DIRECTIONS

Making caramelized onions: Heat a non-stick pan on medium. Add olive oil, onions, separate them, and salt. Sauté for 10 minutes, then turn down heat to medium-low and cook for another 35-40 minutes, until onions are deep amber in color.

Making the sandwich: Cut sourdough into 1/2 inch slices, then into coffin shapes. Heat a pan on medium low and melt enough butter to coat the pan. Lay down a slice of bread, a cheese wedge, caramelized onions, 3 apple slices, and top with another slice of bread. Press down and cook for 3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Remove grilled cheese from pan, and serve.

Witches Brew

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Pear nectar
  • 3 Sprigs of thyme
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 4 oz Once Upon a Vine®Fairest Chardonnay®

DIRECTIONS

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled glass.

Milk Chocolate Chip and Maple Syrup Glazed Bacon Witch Finger Cookies

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INGREDIENTS

  • 12 bacon slices, minced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, large dice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Maldon salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup quality milk chocolate, in chip sized chunks
  • Raw skinless almonds

RECIPE TOOLS

  • Medium frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wire rack
  • Witch finger mold

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350˚

Making the bacon: In a medium frying pan, sauté the bacon until fat has rendered and bacon is crisp. Drain the fat from the pan, and add the maple syrup. Stir to blend, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until maple syrup becomes thick. Transfer immediately to a small bowl, and let cool.

Making the batter: With a standing or handheld mixer, blend the butter and sugars for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat for 1 minute or until well blended. Add the vanilla, and beat for 30 seconds more. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Add the maple syrup glazed bacon, and chocolate. Stir to combine. Place almonds into the fingernail part of witch finger molds. Scoop dough into the molds, filling them 3/4 of the way, and bake in the center of oven until golden around the edges (about 9-10 minutes). Remove from oven. Pull the cookies out while still warm and with a paring knife cut off the excess cookies around the finger to shape it. Handle carefully so cookie doesn’t break.

Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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How Is Bruce Jenner’s Family Reacting To Him Wearing Nail Polish?

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The Gossip Table recently reported that Bruce Jenner was spotted wearing nail polish. Between his manicured nails and flowing hair, Jenner’s obviously going through changes. How does the reality star’s family feel about everything? Watch the video above to find out.

In other news, TLC has apparently scrapped Here Comes Honey Boo Boo from its website. But erasing the reality series’ web presence doesn’t mean TLC can just forget about little Alana Thompson and her family. Why is the channel worried about the Georgia reality stars? In the clip below, our panelists give us the scoop.

And our final tidbit today involves Teresa Giudice. The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star is preparing for 15 months in prison, and is reportedly finalizing one last TV deal before serving time.

For more celebrity gossip and entertainment news, go to VH1 Celebrity.

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The Gossip Table Exclusively Learns About Beyonce’s Alleged Four-Year-Old Sister

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Inside Edition tipped our Gossip Table panelists off to a major scoop. For years, Beyonce’s father has denied paternity rumors regarding different children. Now the world learns more about whether Queen Bey and Solange have a little sister.

According to a former lingerie model, a paternity test proves with 99.99% certainty that Matthew Knowles is her four-year-old daughter’s father. The mastermind behind Destiny’s Child apparently hasn’t paid child support for the young girl.

We know Beyonce likes to control her image. But between this story and her upcoming unauthorized biography, what can Bey do to take back the reins? Perhaps she could take her alleged sister under her wing.

We can’t wait to see how this unfolds. But in the meantime, for more celebrity gossip and entertainment news, go to VH1 Celebrity.

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When Celebrities Got Pregnant in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s They Were Allowed To Look Pregnant

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Remember when celebrities were allowed to look pregnant? Exactly, you probably don’t. Thanks to the glammed-up moms-to-be of the last decade, like Jenna Dewan Tatum, Amber Rose, Kelly Rowland, and Kim and Kourtney of the Kalifornia Kardashians, pregnancy is no longer an excuse to let yourself go.

These days, it’s all about curve-clinging boyfriend jeans, bodycon red carpet dresses, and sheer lace ensembles with only a few dainty appliqués covering your ladybits (hi, Kim). But back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, even the biggest superstars were given a glamour pass while they were expecting.

From frumpy men’s overcoats to shapeless button downs, let’s count down the coziest, least chic maternity ensembles of the past four decades. Three cheers for comfort!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Is “Proud To Be Gay,” the First Peter Pan Live! Preview Is Here + More of Today’s First Dibs

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook makes a personal revelation in a Businessweek essay, we get a behind the scenes look at Peter Pan Live!, Jake Gyllenhaal says his Nightcrawler role emotionally affected him, and more of today’s First Dibs.

  • In a Businessweek essay, Tim Cook publicly discusses his sexuality: “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” [Businessweek]
  • Allison Williams and Christopher Walken are camera ready in the first Peter Pan Live! preview.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal opens up about the mental repercussions of playing a sociopath in Nightcrawler. [Vulture]
  • Celebs react to the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory. [Gossip Cop]
  • Jennifer Aniston‘s engagement ring was missing because she was getting it cleaned. You can calm down now. [E!]
  • Jim Carrey tests David Letterman for Ebola. [Vulture]
  • Is Mary-Kate Olsen actually married? [Lucky]
  • Revenge of the Mekons, directed by Joe Angio, opened last night in NYC. Check out the New York Times review and how to get tickets.

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  • Mad Men‘s Jessica Paré is pregnant. [Life & Style]
  • The Best of Me will get a Bollywood remake. [THR]
  • Mark Consuelos loves binge-watching TV just like the rest of us.

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You Won’t Believe Which Baby Celebrities Appeared on Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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When it comes to scary television shows, nothing quite beats Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Nickelodeon series — which ran from 1990-2000, including the revival — was downright terrifying, and made for perfect Halloween entertainment year-round. And celebrities thought this too; you won’t believe what famous faces appeared on the show before they were famous! We’re looking at you, Ryan Gosling.

But it wasn’t just the, “Hey girl” star. Everyone from Melissa Joan Hart to Jay Baruchel have Are You Afraid of the Dark? as one of the earliest credits on their resume. We wonder if they were as frightened filming their episodes as we were watching them? Not likely.

Browse through our gallery of ’90s-tastic celebrities getting their horror on. Do you have a favorite Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jessica Biel Pregnancy Reports Run Rampant, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Have Alarming Money Issues + More in Today’s Last Lap

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Jessica Biel may have her first, bound to be perfect bun in the oven, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have spent a disturbing amount of money, ABC continues to hate on Juan Pablo Galavis, and more in Last Lap.

  • Jessica Biel is rumored to be expecting her first child with Justin Timberlake. [Radar]
  • Since they’ve been together, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have blown through $18 million. [E!]
  • ABC is still taking shots at Juan Pablo with their new Bachelor ad. [Cosmopolitan]
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  • Lily Rabe will reprise her role as Sister Mary Eunice in American Horror Story: Freak Show. [Just Jared]
  • Katie Holmes is over talking about her divorce as much as we are hearing about it. [Huffington Post]
  • The final Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer has arrived, weeks before the debut.
  • New plot details and photos from Terminator: Genisys have been revealed. [EW]
  • Amanda Bynes remains in psychiatric care as her mom regains conservatorship. [People]
  • Kaley Cuoco receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [THG]
  • Nick Lachey and his Big Morning Buzz Live crew discuss Fox Sports’ Halloween candy bracket.

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Neil Patrick Harris and Husband David Burtka Joining American Horror Story: Freak Show

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Neil Patrick Harris‘ stellar year continues. After Twitter talk of joining Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Story: Freak Show earlier this summer, TVLine has confirmed that he’ll appear on the show this season, and he’s bringing husband David Burtka along with him.

According to TVLine, NPH will guest on the final two episodes of Freak Show, with Burtka joining the finale in a “sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse.” All this on top of prepping for the 2015 Oscars and putting up with way too many questions about his final Gone Girl scene? Somehow we think he’ll figure it out.

Get ready for the couple’s upcoming endeavor by remembering how gosh darn adorable their family is, below.

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Kingdom Star Matt Lauria Wants To Make Music with Nick Jonas

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That’s a compliment! Big compliment!

One day he brought his guitar and we never got to it because we were both running around the set and doing different things and different scenes. And then one time I brought an old ukulele that’s been in my family for a little while and he came into the trailer and noodled around on it a little bit. But one day we’ll get a chance to jam. He’s just flying all over the world right now, no big deal.

Next season hopefully. Just switching gears quickly, you returned to Parenthood a few weeks ago. What is your hope for Ryan and Amber and the end of that series?

You know, at the time when we shot that episode a couple of weeks ago, I thought, “Well this could go either way. I could either come back and pull my life together or not.” I haven’t been able to keep up with the show recently but I’ve been hearing that [Mae Whitman's character Amber] has been fraternizing with some other fella. And let me tell you: If I ever see this fella walking around the streets of Hollywood, he better look out because that’s my woman.

Good to know.

[Laughs.]

And you spent two seasons on Friday Night Lights. The fandom for that show is so strong, I think especially because a lot of people have found it after it went off the air. It had such a kind of whirlwind history of bumping from night to night and network to network and all that stuff. Have you had any weird run-ins with diehard fans?

My wife and I were standing on the corner of the Magnificent Mile [in Chicago] waiting for the traffic to go with like a ton of people. And some guy in a delivery truck, like a young guy probably in his mid-twenties, with the window rolled down, is in the street perpendicular to the direction that I’m heading. And as he is making the left turn, in the middle of the intersection, he stops the truck and looks at me and he goes, “No fuckin’ way! No fuckin’ way!” Like starts screaming and pointing at me. [Laughs.] And he’s like, “FNL!” and he’s just pointing at me and screaming and cars are beeping and I just tried to look over my shoulders like, “Who’s that guy pointing at? That’s weird.” [Laughs.]

But I was walking down the street in New York and some guy — and it’s always like these big manly dudes — kind of steps in front of me and I think grabbed me on either side of my shoulders and looks at me and goes, “Clear eyes!” And I was like, “What?” He goes, “Clear eyes! Full hearts!” And I was like, “Oh yeah!” And I walked away and remembered to look over my shoulder and go, “Can’t lose!”

I think that’s a symptom of Friday Night Lights fans — we haven’t really moved on. We just cling to everything from the show all the time.

Well neither have I, I mean I love it.

Lauria’s Friday Night Lights co-star Michael B. Jordan weighs in on the possibility of a FNL movie, below.

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Who’s In The Running To Land Their Dream Job On Big Morning Buzz Live?

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For weeks, Big Morning Buzz Live has sought a social buzz reporter to temporarily join the show. With the help of DreamJobbing.com, Nick Lachey and the crew sifted through thousands of video submissions and narrowed the field to just four outstanding hopefuls.

In the video above, get glimpses of the finalists who’ll appear on the show Monday for live auditions. Who will win fans’ hearts while filling in for Ellie Lee during one week next month?

To find out, keep watching Big Morning Buzz Live every weekday morning at 9/8C.