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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came out on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week. For many fans of the film they will be watching it over and over this weekend. If you are doing the same why not have some food inspired by the film?

Geeks Who Eat came up with some outstanding recipes to serve as you enjoy the latest chapter in the saga of the Star Wars universe!  Give ‘em a try and send me links if you use them! Would love to see your take! Have a great weekend and as usual May the Force Be With You!

Thermal Detonators: A Rogue One Inspired Recipe (From Geeks Who Eat.com)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 Thermal Detonators

Serving Size: 1 Thermal Detonator

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1 lb Ground Turkey

3/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Egg

1/2 tsp Sesame Oil

2 tbsp Sambal Oelek

Cooking Spray

For the Sauce

1/4 cup Hoisin

1/4 cup Honey

1/8 cup Low Sodium Soy

2 tbsp Sambal Oelek

1 tbsp Water

1 tsp Sesame Oil

1 stalk Green Onion; chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine meatball ingredients and form into 12 balls. (Getting your hands wet first will help with this) Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. While cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Remove meatballs from baking sheet and toss in sauce. Garnish with green onion and serve.

Erso Homestead Salad: A Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Inspired Recipe (From Geeks Who Eat.com)

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 large salad or 10 individual cups

Ingredients

For the Salad

1 head Green Leaf Lettuce

1 Avocado; cubed

1 large Watermelon Radish; cut into thin slices and quartered

For the Light Side Dressing

5.3 oz cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup Cilantro; finely chopped

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbsp Lime Juice

1/2 tsp Dried Dill

1/4 tsp Onion Powder

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine dressing ingredients and refrigerate for 30-60 to let flavor develop. Combine salad ingredients.

If serving in individual cup, portion them out. Serve dressing in pipettes to prevent the salad from getting soggy (or serve it on the side in a bowl).

TIE Striker Appetizers: A Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Inspired Recipe (From Geeks Who Eat.com)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 TIE Strikers

Serving Size: 1 TIE Striker

Ingredients

48 Wonton Wrappers

24 Lil Smokies

Yellow Mustard (or another condiment to garnish)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut wonton wrappers using the diagram as a model. Each TIE Striker will be made with 2 of the wrappers. On your foil lined baking sheet, place a wrapper, lightly moisten it with water (not too much) and top it with a seconder wrapper. Place a Lil Smokie on the double layered wrapper and using the scraps from Step One of the wrapper cuts create a “seat belt” for your Lil Smokie.    Make sure to moisten the ends of “seat belt” so it will attach. Cook TIE Strikers for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Decorate with condiment of choice. We used a ziploc with the tip cut off to line the TIE Striker. Serve.

Swizz Beatz And Dean Collections Display Innovative Music And Art

The Dean Collection x Swizz Beatz  are set to take their innovative, experiential art and music platform, No Commission, global as they announce three, world-class events for 2017 in Shanghai, Berlin and Miami.

No Commission is a contemporary art fair experience curated by The Dean Collection to forge a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage. The fair provides exhibition space at no cost and artists retain 100% of sales proceeds to aid studio development.

We just released a web video with Swizz Beatz and artist Jamie Evans, which shares an exclusive insight on No Commission 2017. The film also goes onto highlight how No Commission has truly given these artists a platform in order to move on to bigger and better things.

Rogue One Lays The Groundwork For Hope

John Knoll has worked for Lucasfilm for quite some time now. Ever since he saw Star Wars: A New Hope he knew he wanted to work for that company. Not only did he start working for Lucasfilm, but he was the inspiration for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Knoll wanted to know how the Death Star plans were obtained by the Rebels. Thankfully people in the company wanted to see that story too.

Kathleen Kennedy, who is the President of Lucasfilm, and the brand manager of the Star Wars franchise thought that Knoll was on to something. As more and more discussions about how to execute a film like this started to take place this film project got some legs.

When news first reached the masses about a film that takes place right before Episode IV, some of the Star Wars fans were skeptical. I was not part of that group. I knew that Disney and Lucasfilm would give this movie the proper treatment that it deserves. Once the movie came out all the doubters came over to the other side of the Star Wars fandom and rejoiced in a film that stands up on its own.

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we get to see a ton of new characters, some old favorites and even some cameos from Star Wars Rebels, which is an animated series on Disney XD. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brings you up close into how different Rebel factions thought of the Empire and how they could try and take them down. Just like in any rebellion there are fights from all sides on how to execute plans to free themselves of the tyrannical Empire.

If you have not seen the film and are not a huge Star Wars fan you will still enjoy the movie. Plus everyone will love the behinds the scenes, character documentaries and bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD pack. You can even get the film digitally by downloading the film.

Just like in other Star Wars films there are heroes, villains and those who are caught in the middle. There are even some characters who provide comic relief. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, actor Alan Tudyk plays K2SO who is a reprogrammed Imperial Droid, who now helps the Rebels. Check out some of the behind the scene clips that showcase this lovable and sarcastic droid.

An April Fools Prank That is Too Fast And Furious

Have you ever been part of an April Fool’s Day prank? What if you were put into a high speed car chase when you thought you were going to screen a movie? XFINITY recently surprised a couple customers who are Fast & Furious super fans by taking them on the ride of their lives, and straight “into a scene” from the latest installment of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious. Watch them as they go on a furious ride complete with the same cars from the movie, explosive stunts and the same high-speed chase as seen in the latest film between Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

Check out the video below.

Still Hot After 20 Years

One of the best films from back in the day that had action, thrills and great dialogue was the movie Heat. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were phenomenal in the film.  Now you can see these two iconic actors in the Director’s Definitive Edition that comes out May 9th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In the wake of a precision heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate and their lives begin to unravel, the crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist.

Taking inspiration from the late Chicago police detective Charlie Adamson – who killed the actual Neil McCauley in a shootout in 1963 – HEAT was the culmination of years of research by Mann resulting in its depth and range of characters and choreography of action. With its epic scale and stunning performances from Pacino, De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, HEAT is as incendiary as it was 20 years ago.

Some of the Blu-ray special features include a new Academy Panel reuniting Mann, Pacino and De Niro and moderated by Christopher Nolan. There is the Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Mann and whole lot more.

Show Your Primal Side With Loot Crate

Loot Crate went PRIMAL for the month of March. There were so many cool characters that we all know and love inside this crate. When I found out that Wolverine and Predator were among the characters for this month’s crate I was very giddy especially since I recently saw the movie Logan!

In the create you get an exclusive Logan die cast figure. There are three variations of the Wolverine figure. There is a Loot Crate Exclusive Overwatch T-Shirt that features the gorilla Winston from the video game. You also get an Predator bottle opener. The bottle opener featured one of two Predator Bio-Masks, a regular one and that of Gort, from Predator 2.

There is a Jurassic World  Warning Sign. This warning sign is from the famous island of Isla Nublar. The Loot Crate Primal Pin is the Savage Comic Book. There is a Secret Order of the Keys Bonus: Member’s Pin.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

See What Happens When The WWE Meets NASCAR

As NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth and the other drivers prepare for this weekend’s race in Phoenix an unexpected visitor stops by. WWE Superstar The Big Show has a few questions for Matt and he pit crew. Matt helps The Big Show by showcasing the power of Kenseth’s No. 20 Tide PODS Toyota Camry that will debut at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.

Charles Tillman Looks to Shell Out His Love For Peanuts

We all know Charles “Peanut” Tillman from his time in the NFL and the great work he does with his foundation. He even won the prestigious NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award with all the work he does in different communities.

Not only is Charles a hardworking man, but he loves to have fun. So when the National Peanut Board was looking for someone to team up with for their Shell Out campaign, going with Peanut Tillman was a no brainer. The #ShellOut campaign is about love. The National Peanut Board knows that people are obsessed with peanuts and peanut butter. With Tillman they are looking to create a big, loud groundswell of peanut passion in America to celebrate that fandom.

The National Peanut Board will be looking to you and the rest of the world to share all the different ways to Shell Out because they want to know exactly how much people love peanuts. Do you love peanuts so much that you would eat peanut butter for breakfast every day? How about naming your pet Peanut Butter?

How deep is your love for peanuts? You can tell the world by using the hashtag #ShellOut now all the way through June 15.

Why use the term Shell Out? Well the National Peanut Board feel that it is a term of endearment for any peanut and peanut butter fanatic out there. It means you take your peanut pride to the next level by doing something crazy for peanuts. You’ll go that far because to you, peanuts are the cat’s pajamas. And it’s all about having fun!

For more info and to join in on the #ShellOut party follow the National Peanut Board on Instagram and Twitter handles at @PeanutsHere and on their website at NationalPeanutBoard.org to learn more. Also follow Charles on Twitter @PeanutTillman and add him when you show your love for peanuts! Check out the Charles Tillman’s video HERE!

Click here to listen to my interview with Charles about his love for peanuts, his time in the NFL, draft day and much more.

Marvel Releases New Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Trailer

Recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live Chris Pratt helped debut the latest trailer forGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that costars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and more. The film is in theaters May 5th. Set two-to-three months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their new-found family together, while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.

February Was A Great Month To Build Something

Loot Crate has done it again. As a geek and a collector I am always loving what the good folks over at Loot Crate put into their crates each and every month. This month’s Loot Crate theme was BUILD. It showcased items from LEGO Batman and Power Rangers which both franchises have movies out this year.

The items in this month’s crate are a Lego Batman Head Food Container, one Lego Dimensions Fun Pack. You will either get Benny, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Unikitty, or Bad Cop. A Megazord Pin + 3 Power Rangers digital comics from Comixology, a Megazord Blueprint shirt and a TETRIS Flexible Magnet Sheet – Flat magnets for your fridge.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. March’s theme is PRIMAL! That roar in the distance is a call. Will you answer it? This month they are unleashing the beasts of some of pop culture’s most ferocious franchises! Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!