The Cantina Scene Welcomes You to Nightvale


In a small desert community a group of scientists came together to create a meal that the city council would chitter over wildly, while lounging in their soft meat crowns. The scientist were unaware of slightly ticking boxes in the desert or the dangers of Librarians.  They walked unaware through large oak doors. Then, they stumbled into the breakroom kitchen of Nightvale’s Community Radio station and began to cook in a frenzy.


And Now Intern Maureen with Drinks and Appetizers

John Peters’ (You Know, the Farmer) Screwdriver


You Will Need:

Orange Juice (from the Ralph’s if possible)

2 parts vodka

1 part tequila

Take out a glass. Contemplate the existence of the glass. There is no glass. There is no you. There is no screwdriver. Take out another glass. Put in one shot tequila. Put in two shots of vodka. Fill rest of the glass with orange juice.

And remember: if you see something, tell no one…and drink to forget.


StrexCorp Company Picnic Deviled Eggs

image (1)No corporate picnic is complete without the deviled eggs of a Smiling god.

You will Need:

A dozen eggs

A jalapeno (minced)

1/4 cup Mayonnaise

1 tsp spicy mustard

Blood Stone Circle (optional)

Place eggs in a pot with about an inch of water above them. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Poor the hot water out and then run the now boiled eggs under cold water. Peel off the shell with care, doing your best not to peel the egg white with it.

Slice peeled eggs in half. Scoop the yolks into a bowl. Mash up with the jalapeno, mayo and mustard. Place this mix into a plastic sandwich bag and seal. Cut the corner off the edge of the bag and pipe into the empty cavities of the boiled egg yolks.  Sprinkle with paprika if you’re into that thing.


No One Does a Slice Like Big Rico…No One: Main Course 

Big Rico’s Wheat and Wheat By-Product Free Pizza Casserole

photo (1)You will need:

Gluten free spiral pasta

1 16oz jar of pasta sauce

One lb of ground beef

Sliced Pepperoni

1 onion chopped

4 tbsp milk

1 cup mozzarella

Cook the pasta following the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brown the ground beef. Mix in the onion and a few pepperonis. Mix in the pasta and milk. Stir together and place into a casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and cover with cheese and a layer of pepperoni. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Consume, safe from the evil spirits of wheat and wheat by products.


And Now, The Weather: Dessert

Moonlite All-Night Diner Pie


You Will Need:

Nonstick spray

Two frozen rollable pie crusts

I bag frozen berries of your choice

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons corn starch


Spray the bottom of a pie pan. Role out one pie crust and place it in the pie pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour frozen berries into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and cornstarch. Mix well, and let the fruit mixture stand for about 15 minutes.

Place the contents of the bowl in the pie crust already in the pan. Role out the second pie crust. Carefully carve an eye shape into the raw crust and remove it. Cut a small circle out of this removed piece of crust, and carve a crescent moon out of that circle. Using a rolling pin, roll the decorated crust carefully onto it, before draping it onto the top of the pie pin. Crimp the edges together to form a crust.

Place foil around the edge and place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.

Remove and cool. Enjoy with ice cream if so desired. So far that hasn’t been banned by the City Council.
Carlos’ Notes on This Meal:

  • This meal cost around 30$, excluding alcohol.
  • This meal fed about 4 people comfortably, and no casualties
  • While there are no angels, a group of well-cheekboned folks named Erika surrounded the studio while we were cooking


The Cantina Scene is a monthly column written by Victoria Irwin featuring a nerd themed meal that you can pass off to your non -nerdy friends and family. All meals are designed to be done inexpensively, so you’re not breaking the bank. We would love to hear your ideas for themes, recipes, and plans to take over the world.

Nightvale is a production of Commonplace Book. I’m just a nerdy Fangirl making themed meals based off of the things I enjoy.  Special thanks to my readers who didn’t mind me skipping a month. In my defense, Tahiti is a magical place….


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