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I Ate Like The Gilmore Girls & Realised Why They Always Order In

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    When I think of Gilmore Girls, it’s hard not to immediately think of food. Even the show’s other defining qualities connect back to that in my mind. They're probably talking that fast because they're basically mainlining coffee!

    So it wasn’t surprising that, after Netflix announced the show’s return, an unauthorised cookbook, Eat Like A Gilmore, appeared on the scene. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign back in March, the book contains recipes that would be familiar to the show’s legions of devoted fans.

    So, of course, I had to try it out. After all, I needed something to do while waiting for November 25 besides overanalysing every photo still that’s been released. (Where my Team Logan folks at? Never give up hope!)

    From Friday night dinners to burgers at Luke’s, I set out to recreate at least one dish from the show’s most iconic meals. I might not be able to visit Stars Hollow in real life, but at least I can eat like I'm there.

    Would I feel the magic of living in a small town that is somehow both charming and gratingly annoying? Would I know what it’s like to have caring but misguided grandparents who are also rich? Would I suddenly be averse to anything that remotely resembled a vegetable? The answers, ahead.

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    Friday Night Dinner
    I started the experiment, appropriately enough, on a Friday night. So what better way to celebrate than with a proper Friday night dinner in the style of the classiest Gilmore of all, Emily?

    In true Emily fashion, I started out the planning with a power move. My friend, Hillary, had already invited a few of us over for dinner at her place. After Hillary rejected my request to serve us squab, I pulled a page straight out of Emily's playbook and whined, wheedled, and sweet-talked my way into getting the dinner moved to my house.

    To celebrate my triumph, I designed a typical Friday night dinner: pot roast served with soup and salad. While pot roast might not seem like a fancy enough dish for the likes of Emily and Richard, they frequently serve it over the course of the show's seven seasons. Most memorably, Emily shares that it's Rory's favourite dish while luring her into a conversation with their reverend about her virginity.

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    Luke's Diner
    From episode one, Luke's was a second home to Lorelai and Rory. While the simmering sexual tension between Lorelai and Luke is certainly partially to blame, it didn't hurt that neither Gilmore girl could so much as boil water. If food wasn't pre-packaged in a plastic sleeve or available for delivery, it was probably from Luke's.

    While Luke's menu has everything from breakfast pancakes all the way to post-dinner pie, for me, the first thing that came to mind was burgers (and not just because burgers are always the first thing on my mind).

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    Independence Inn/The Dragonfly Inn
    Proving that opposites not only attract but can make best friends, Sookie St. James is everything Lorelai is not. That is to say, capable in the kitchen.

    While Luke's signature creations tend toward the basic, Sookie's are anything but. From Baked Alaska to Osso Buco, the kitchen of the Independence (and later Dragonfly) Inn served nothing but the best. That made it hard to narrow it down to just one of her many creations over the show's seven seasons, but I decided to go with one of her greatest desserts: a s'mores cake.

    Poor Sookie had to plan menus for not one but two of Lorelai's aborted weddings. The s'mores cake was intended for her never-to-be nuptials with Luke, though she did make a practice run for another couple getting married at the Inn.

    This being my first attempt at a wedding cake, I found myself wishing, once again, for paid staff to help out.