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Brad Cooks! Entry 1: Pumpkin Soup

Fall has finally arrived and while the leaves start to fall and the air gets cooler, soup cravings begin to happen. Since it’s coincidentally jack-o-lantern carving time, why not break out the old stockpot and put those pumpkin cut outs to use?

This is a new column that I decided to start posting on here. Something new to break the mold a bit from the usual rants about movies, comics, TV or general pop culture stuff; why not? Geeks gotta eat too! For the first installment, I decided to answer a few requests for a pumpkin soup that I make. Next to a mushroom shitake bisque, this is probably my most popular thing I cook. I wouldn’t say my pumpkin soup is “famous” because people say that a little too liberally about recipes, but it’s been around in a few social circles. Anyway here goes:

PopCultureAsylum’s Guide To Halloween Candy

If you visited the grocery store recently, you may have noticed that they are in full blown Halloween season right now. For those of you with houses and/or kids, you’ll undoubtfully be buying some Halloween candy very soon.  However, If you’re like me and freed of the shackles of children and trick-or-treaters, this is a fun time of the year to treat your sweet tooth. This is something of a guide to the best Halloween candies and Halloween related snacks and the start to PopCultureAsylum’s weekly Countdown to Halloween!  Enjoy:


Soo I Co-Hosted A “May The 4th Be With You” Star Wars Movie Night/Party

If you are reading this, chances are that you already know what significance May the 4th holds to Star Wars fans. If you have been living off the grid (AKA haven’t messed around on this thing called “the Internet”), May the 4th is widely regarded as “Star Wars Day” because of the fun to say pun “May the 4th be with you”.

My wife Stacey had more or less set everything in motion leading up to our first ever (first annual?) “May the 4th Be With You Party/Star Wars Movie Night” by having “Star Wars Shirt Fridays” at her work. So we opened our apartment up for a party and it had a pretty good turnout.


4 Characters/Scenes That I Hope Aren’t In “The Avengers”

We’re just a month away from the release of The Avengers, (aka the biggest gathering of superheroes in one movie), so there is an understandable amount of hype leading up to next month’s release.

As fans count down the days to see Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Agent Coulson , and Nick Fury assemble, I decided to comb through a few Avengers stories to prep myself for it. Although “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” have a rich and wonderful history, there’s a few bits of it that may not be suitable for such a large blockbuster. So far, everything looks good, but a movie like this will likely spawn a few sequels, so here’s some of the scenes and/or characters I hope we don’t see in future installments (Geek/Movie Cred Note: I know some of these if not all will show up…..ever, this is purely for comedy)


10 Reasons Why Taco Bueno Needs To Come To Denver: A Buenohead’s Open Plea

Tonight I had a revelation, but unlike a normal, inspired “a-ha” moment; this is a thought I’ve expressed periodically…. but tonight I realize how serious I am when I say this: Denver, Colorado needs a Taco Bueno location! Badly!!!

Growing up around and spending my college years in Abilene, Texas I’ve had unlimited access to Taco Bueno. It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary when I’d have it for dinner twice a week….sometimes I’d have it nearly  every day! No dear reader, it’s not sick, it’s awesome and a testament of how awesome Taco Bueno is!

However, since then I’ve moved to Denver. Personally, I couldn’t ask for a better place to live; I get easy access to mountains, perfect temperature summers, green grass, and I’m living in the epicenter of the craft beer movement (there’s a new brewery/taproom/brewpub seemingly every 2-3 months). So in short: I love it here and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon! But there is one problem….There’s no Taco Bueno!!

In fact, the closest Taco Bueno is a 6 hour drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico and there’s a few locations in Kansas as well, but the drive isn’t any shorter. Due to this, I only get Bueno when I go home to see my Family in Abilene (I always request we make a B-line for Bueno before any hugs are shared) Seeing that I don’t have the  1.5 million net worth nor the $35,000 for franchising (I’ve looked into it quite often) I decided to just see if any rich people read this and do me a solid and get one going over here.

To further make my plea more pathetic…er…um “Reasonable” Here’s 10 reasons why Taco Bueno would be awesome for Denver:


Anticipating “Skyfall”; PopCultureAsylum’s Top 6 007 Movies

Earlier this week, the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie details were announced at a press conference in London. The next movie will be called Skyfall and the plot is described  as “”Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” Joining Craig-Bond will be No Country for Old Men creepster Javier Bardem and Lord Vordemort  himself Ralph Fiennes!

While it’s a full year til Skyfall hits theaters, I can’t wait to see James Bond back in action (especially since it was delayed due to problems with MGM). To help get through this next year I will probably have to revisit all 50ish years worth of the franchise and I thought it’d be fun to make my own version of the other hundreds of “best-of-Bond” lists. So here’s my top 6 movies:


Dinosaur Desmond:The Traveling Elasomasaurus

This is my latest….admittedly accidental creation. Originally bought to make a Loch Ness Monster photo, I decided that I wanted to photograph it more. Soon I was an annoying tourist taking photos of a toy dinosaur every where I went.

So not really knowing how to share the photos best, I decided to make it “a story” and due to the cheesy nature; it’s a children’s story.

So the following reads like a children’s book….because it’s really funny (to me).