I purchased these birds made of natural fibers from Williams Sonoma back when they marked their Easter items down. I did not pack them away when the season ended. Since we have had such a bleak, cloudy month they have provided a touch of vibrate color to a rather gloomy introduction to summer. The hand is a ceramic rubber glove mold that I purchased for $7.00 at the Brimfield Fair.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Dark Victory -- Warner Bros.-First National
Gone with the Wind -- Selznick International Pictures
Goodbye, Mr. Chips -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Love Affair -- RKO Radio
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- Columbia
Ninotchka -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Of Mice and Men -- Hal Roach (production company)
Stagecoach -- Walter Wanger (production company)
The Wizard of Oz -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Wuthering Heights -- Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Recently the first season of Designing Women was released on DVD - for the very first time. The show has not aged as well as a show like The Golden Girls. Girls had their topical/current event moments but the humor was less based on it. You also had four performers in their prime knocking it out of the park week after week. The Designing ladies, though well trained, were still growing as actors as the seasons evolved. Dixie Carter, however, delivered the Georgia speech in the season's second episode. Apparently, Carter, a Republican, did not always agree with her characters politically charged speeches. To appease her, the producers allowed her to sing from time to time. The speeches are legendary. And in case you had forgotten, the show will remind you that both hair and polyester were big in the 1980s.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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All of the books featured on this list are either about New England or written by authors who either currently live or have lived in the region. Many classics make the list. Go vote for your favorites or become inspired to rediscover a classic.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
O, The Oprah Magazine put together an interesting list of new books and summer reading - not that the weather here has been warm enough to even consider a trip to the beach. Oprah does well placing an important emphasis on reading and reinforces the relationship between reading and healthy living. Other aspects of her magazine either do not relate to me or I find annoying. Dr. Phil has a monthly column and continues to dispense his cracker jack/medical advice. In this month's issue Oprah walks around her multi-million dollar estate taking photos with her personal camera of the "little" things that make her happy. All I do when I see her enjoying roses or fields of lavender at her estate is think about her $$$$ landscaping bill. Isn't it precious that one must have a large estate to find the "little" things in life to enjoy. How about this? Let's all follow the Sense and Sensibility model and find a nice cottage. If the place is small enough, can one then enjoy the "big" things in life? Would a pot of lavender placed on a porch at a busy intersection with a high trash /noise ratio be as enjoyable? Or would we have to have another article on meditation to teach us to block out the annoying distractions and to focus on the beautiful minute garden? I don't think I was meant to look beyond the surface of what Oprah wanted me to see. The book suggestions - almost - make up for the annoying bits. I hope they will mute - partially - my annoying aside.
Two titles on the list caught my eye - yes, back to my original intent. Heroic Measure by Jill Ciment. I was drawn to this one because the couple have an elderly dachshund that is one of the centers of their life. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith was also brought to my attention. How did I not hear about this one?
NY Times Week in Review
I Was a Regency Zombie
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
Published: February 22, 2009
These days, America is menaced by zombie banks and zombie computers. What’s next, a zombie Jane Austen? In fact, yes.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Published: June 7, 2009
Why do blogs have a higher failure rate than restaurants?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The flaky salmon was then used for a fresh take on the classic - mom used to make those - salmon patties made from the canned salmon. The salmon was in the same shape as canned cranberry sauce when if flopped out of the can. Remember the soft bones were included too. Nothing wrong with that but using fresh salmon and breadcrumbs (instead of cracker crumbs) rocked the boat. Now, we are talking croquettes and not patties. Carol Burnett in her vivid memoir, One More Time, wrote about growing up on salmon patties in a tinny Hollywood apartment with her Nanny and sister. She grew sick/tired of the fried protein patties courtesy of a low budget pantry. Does she ever crave one today?
After poaching the salmon, cook one medium chopped onion in olive oil for about 5 minutes . When cool add onion, egg, salt, pepper and bread crumbs to combine salmon. Form into patties then coat in breadcrumbs. I placed them in the fridge until ready to fry in a healthy oil. Brown on each side and serve on a bed of arugula. Everyday Food suggests serving with a yogurt sauce - yummy -with a grated granny smith apple, and tablespoon each of mint and cilantro. Your patties are now croquettes.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The bear captures Obama's cool suit jacket-less style. Both are made of mohair. You can position Bo's ears and tail to resemble an active Portuguese Water Dog.
I have no idea if these will obtain the status of collectible presidential buttons, spoons or plates. However, they are fun and remind me how I had such a different feeling this time last June when the Democratic Primary was drawing to a long, bitter close. Now we have a great President and a great Secretary of State. They will fit in nicely with the Steiff and R. John Wright bears. I promise that politics will only be limited to fun stuff on this blog. There is already enough "noise" out there to make you "mad as hell". Network should be required viewing.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
At first glance, I don't know if I buy Meryl Streep as Julia. I know it must be hard to tackle an icon like Julia Child . . . but it's Meryl going for her 100th Oscar nomination. There is a resemblance but the voice and robust-take-no-prisoners body/presences is not quite there. It could be the preview is just bad. The last film Meryl made with Nora Ephron co-starred starred Jack Nicholson and was titled Heartburn (screenplay by Ephron). You can imagine the reviews if they both don't nail this one. I hope they do. I would like to buy her as Julia like I bought Angela Basset as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to do With it. I cannot wait to see this one and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will not disappoint.
Film is based on these two books.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
We served this cold and berry fantastic desert this past weekend. Recipe is from Everyday Food (I actually made the whole meal using the recent issue - more on that latter). It is a very good pie and does not taste like the fake fillings contained in Hostess Fruit Pies. Of course, I do crave jellied manufactured fruit textures from time to time but not when using pristine in-season strawberries. The recipe recommends letting the pie set-up in the fridge from 4 hours to overnight. I would recommend going the overnight route. If you use a larger pie plate than recipe calls for, be certain to make extra crust and filling. One item that may be hard to find or expensive in the recipe is the unsweetened cranberry juice. I cheated and used the kind only sweetened with apple juice. To justify the expense of the better cranberry juice make Cape Cod cocktails for pre-dinner or pre-guest fun.
Note: Remember not too cook some of the strawberries for added texture.