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‘Hung’s’ Preacher Cookies Are My Grandma’s No-Bake Cookies

Loved last night’s episode of Hung when pimp (pimpess?) Tanya (Jane Adams) served “Preacher Cookies” to her how-to-succeed-in-business group. The cookies were given their name, the character explained, because they could be whipped up in just a few minutes if your preacher made a pop-in visit. Cool explanation, but when I saw the cookies on screen, I realized they’re what I grew up calling No-Bake Cookies.

That name says it all – you don’t bake the fudgy, peanut butter-y, oatmeal-y treats; you literally cook them on the stove, no oven involved at all. They’re easy to make and delicious, and they were my Grandma Gilmore’s (yep, she’s a real Gilmore girl!) go-to-dessert for bake sales and any other occasion where a big supply of sweet goodies were needed.

The cookies are also referred to as “Boiled Oatmeal Cookies” (which sounds way less appetizing IMHO), “One-and-a-Half-Minute Cookies” and “Stove Top Cookies” in various parts of the country, but I’m sticking with No Bakes. Here’s my grandma’s recipe:

NO BAKE COOKIES
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup milk
4 heaping tablespoons Hershey’s cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
3 cups (uncooked) oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter

1 – Put the butter, milk, Hershey’s cocoa powder and sugar in a medium pot and bring to a boil for a minute and a half.
2 – Remove pot from heat. Immediately stir in peanut butter and oatmeal.
3 – Once mixture is well combined, drop by teaspoon or tablespoons-full onto sheets of newspaper covered with wax paper.
4 – Let cookies set up for several minutes to become solid. (And they are especially tasty once they’ve been refrigerated for a few hours).

WIN THIS! ‘Leverage’ Season 1 DVDs

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The drama’s second season is currently unfolding on TNT, but if you’re still hankering to catch up with the episodes that started it all, here’s your chance. TV Screener.com has three copies of Leverage: The 1st Season on DVD to give away to our readers!

The series stars Timothy Hutton as the head of a group of Robin Hood-ish con men and women. Hutton’s Nate was once a very successful insurance investigator who made a lot of money for his company. But when that same company made a decision that led to the death of his sick 8-year-old son, Nate turned his attention to sussing out corrupt corporations and government agencies who are taking advantage of regular citizens. Stick it to The Man, Nate!

The season one DVD box set includes all 13 episodes from the premiere season, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette, a feature on coordinating stunt fights, deleted scenes and Levenger star Beth Riesgraf‘s “Crazy Actress Spoof.”

Now, all you have to do to have a shot at winning one of the Levenger box sets is leave a comment on this post, with the name of your favorite summer 2009 TV show, and an e-mail address or Web/blog link way to reach you, and you may be a winner.

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– Leave a comment on this post, with the name of your favorite 2009 summer TV series, and an e-mail address or Web/blog link way to reach you
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– The winners will be announced on the evening of July 31, as an update to this post

Good luck, TNT drama lovers!

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’: The Live Musical

Mark these dates on your calendars for the return of two of the best series on the tube, both on FX: September 17 for season five of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sept. 8 for season two of Sons of Anarchy.

The Sunny season sounds like it will be the best one yet. In coverage of the show’s Paley Festival night in April, IGN.com talked to star Rob McElhenney about season five plots, and he hinted at the gang’s special take on the bad economy. “(The Sunny characters have) been poor for years! We’re Old Poor, and now there’s all these people who are New Poor, and we feel like it’s just so tacky … so tacky,” McElhenney told IGN. “They don’t understand what it’s like and how to be poor.”

More season five plots that have been rumored, and some confirmed by the cast: The gang’s interaction with a fraternity and a beer pong tournament (someone tell Jimmy Fallon), a Ponzi scheme, a road trip, a possible pregnancy for Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson, McElhenney’s real-life wife), the Octomom and a flashback to the gang’s infant years (just the thought of what a baby Charlie was like is enough to make me giggle, a lot).

In other It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia news:

– The season four finale featured Charlie’s (Charlie Day) attempt to woo The Waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Day’s real-life wife) with his The Nightman Cometh rock opera, which the cast performed live in a pair of weekend shows at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in April.

According to THR.com, stars McElhenney, Day and Glenn Howerton are considering taking the stage version of the episode (which includes additional songs) to New York City and Philadelphia this fall. No ticket cost would be too high to be in the audience for that one.

– And in one more bit of Sunny news, everyone’s favorite Paddy’s Pub proprietor, Charlie Day, has signed on to star in Going the Distance, a big-screen romantic comedy with Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. The story revolves around a couple (real-life on-again, off-again couple Barrymore and Long) who try to keep a long-distance romance alive. Day plays Long’s best friend, and Applegate plays Barrymore’s sister (great casting, right? The two look like sisters).

Now, who else will be lining up to see The Nightman Cometh live?

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Coming to DVD

Good news, Sons of Anarchy fans: No, the show’s not coming back sooner than September, but the first season DVD release has been announced – August 18 – and the box set will be loaded with commentary and other bonus features.

The show, which is a lot like The Sopranos, if Tony and company were Hell’s Angels instead of mobsters, was one of the best new dramas to hit the tube last year, with the whole main cast being Emmy-worthy: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff and the scene-stealing Kim Coates.

And season two promises to be just as great, with punk rock star Henry Rollins joining the cast as a new resident of Charming, one who “poses a deadly threat” to the SAMCO crew. Keep an eye on series creator Kurt Sutter‘s blog for more scoop on season two, including photos from the set.

Meanwhile, here’s the official press release from Fox Home Entertainment on the Sons of Anarchy season one DVDs:

IN THE TOWN OF CHARMING, CALIFORNIA…
THEY ARE THE LAW

SONS OF ANARCHY

SEASON ONE

Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal And Charlie Hunnam Star In The Dark
FX Original Series, Riding Into Town On Blu-ray Disc And DVD
August 18 From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Special Features Include Gag Reel, Commentary, Deleted Scenes and Making of Featurettes

” …Intelligently constructed and handsomely executed.”
-Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – One of the most critically acclaimed new series of 2008, Sons Of Anarchy Season One gets its motor running on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD August 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From the creative mind of Kurt Sutter (The Shield) the series chronicles an international outlaw motorcycle club that brandishes their own kind of law in the fictional Northern California town of Charming. Charlie Hunnam (Nicholas Nickleby) stars as Jax Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness thanks to the birth of his newborn son and the discovery of a life-altering journal written by his father years ago. Under the watchful eye of his force-of-nature mother Gemma (Katey Sagal; Married With Children) and his stepfather/club president Clay (Ron Perlman; Hellboy), Jax is forced to keep his friends close and his enemies closer as he slowly begins to distance himself from those he considers family. With white supremacists, gunrunning hoodlums, meth-dealing rivals and crooked cops, Sons of Anarchy is exciting, risky and downright chaotic.

Sons of Anarchy Season One BD and DVD include all 13 original episodes from the first season and is packed with daring bonus features including behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes, cast and crew commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes and gag reel. The BD will be available for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and the DVD will be available for $49.98. Prebook is June 9.

Synopsis:
FX Network’s original series, Sons of Anarchy, is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that. Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.

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‘Melrose Place’ 2.0 … Ashlee Simpson Is HOW Old?

Here’s an extended preview of the Melrose Place remake that will air on The CW in the fall.

What’s good: The re-appearance of Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton), especially in the scene where it’s clear Sydney is up to her old blackmailing tricks with Michael.

What’s not-so-hot: The nearly 25-year-old Ashlee Sinpson-Wentz‘s Violet is supposed to be four months out of high school, i.e. 18-ish? That’s as kookie as 26-year-old Ian Ziering playing high school student Steve on Beverly Hills 90210, an idea that became less and less believable the faster Ziering’s hairline receded, but which was still more believable than Jessica Simpson‘s sister looks playing an 18-year-old.

What do you think? Are you at all excited about this Melrose reboot?

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