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Rhubarb Raspberry crostata: a combination of recipes

June 12, 2017 Leave a comment
Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata

Apologies for the crappy photo. Normally I get my husband to snap the shots, but I was in a hurry. It looked much better IRL 🙂

I tend to record any Ina Garten shows that come up on the Food Network and occasionally Martha Stewart on PBS. It’s a habit. I love their recipes, but sometimes I like to change things up even as I try them out.

For this Crostata, I used a combination of two recipes: Ina’s Rhubarb Raspberry compote and Martha’s pate sucree recipe for the dough base. I have my reasons:

Storytime!

The day before Mother’s day I’d made a batch of pate sucree originally for a tart that I was going to bring to my mother. The day of, however, I was very upset about my cat being sick and didn’t get to make it home (cat is doing much better now after 3 weeks of nonstop antibiotics). So, I ended up freezing the dough. When it came time to make the crostata, I thought, let’s test drive the pate sucree for this.

Here it is about a month later sitting the freezer and the dough was still amazing. Martha knows her stuff. It’s not dense like a shortbread crust, and has a little more sweetness.

In contrast, what I liked about Ina’s compote was that it wasn’t overly sweet, and the rhubarb and raspberry flavors really stood out, helped along with the orange zest and juice. It would make a great base for a pie or crumble also.

So there you have it, a crostata made from two recipes. I invited my family over to taste test, and they loved it. My mother took some home for their morning coffee. Too funny.

 

 

Big Little Lies… so not Knots Landing (spoilers possible)

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I’d heard about this mini series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern and saw a couple of previews. I figured, rich women in California with perfect lives, let’s just give our awe and wish we were them.

Wrong. Dead Wrong.

Adapted from the best selling novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is the story of a group of women whose children are enrolled in the same first grade class in affluent Monterey, California. Despite the picture-esque landscape and the million dollar homes, each of them has crosses to bear, and some of those are very violent.

Sure, it ain’t Westeros with people getting their heads chopped off, but believe it or not, I had as much of a visceral reaction to this mini series with regards to depictions of domestic violence (be forewarned, it can be very triggering) as Game of Thrones. I won’t go into details much, but some of the episodes can be quite jarring. Funny, witty, dark, and dangerous… each episode has those qualities.

Do I recommend this series? Yes I do. The performances are top notch and the writing is amazing. Just be prepared to feel some kinda way at the end and realize you need to step outside and take a breather because of the intensity.

Let me just say: if Nicole Kidman doesn’t get at least an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Celeste, I would be in complete shock. She gave a tour de force performance in this series. Alexander Skarsgård also gave a very nuanced, charged performance as Perry, her husband. The man is so expressive, he doesn’t even have to say anything to be sweet, loving, dark, and menacing all at the same time with one glance, or one whisper. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and True Blood (he’ll always be Eric Northman to me), and he just impresses me every time.

New Game of Thrones Season 7 promo… oh me oh my

March 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I seriously can’t wait for Season 7 to start.

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Why wasn’t this ever made into a movie (intro to X-Men Origins:The Wolverine)

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Seems like that would have been a pretty epic Logan/Victor Creed backstory movie of their time spent in the military.

In other news: no, I have not seen Logan yet so please no spoilers. I am planning to see it Saturday. In yet other news: I’m totally digging Legion on FX. Here’s a preview:

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Never forget… nature is metal

November 7, 2016 Leave a comment
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Peggy Carter for President!

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Agent Carter’s second season premiered last Tuesday night on ABC (regular time: 8:00 pm CST), with a two-hour double feature. Peggy (Hayley Atwell) starts out having to do some back alley damage to Dorothy Underwood’s (Bridget Regan) face in the bank vault. Dorothy, as you may remember from last season is the Russian killer without a conscience who helped to murder the former head of the S.S.R. (precurser to S.H.I.E.L.D) and the Agents are out for vengeance. Dorothy and Peggy duke it out bareknuckle-style until Peggy gives her a sleeper to the back of the head with a bag of coins.

Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), who is the new acting boss of the S.S.R. can’t handle Peggy’s awesomeness and knows he can’t get the promotion he wants with her around, so he sends her out to California to help out Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) in a murder investigation instead of interrogating Dorothy. Once Peggy is gone, Dorothy uses a desk to put a pretty mean choke-hold on Thompson. Peggy wouldn’t have fallen for Dorothy’s shenanigans, and everybody knows this. But Thompson wants what he wants, and he needs Peggy out of the way to get it done.

Fortunately for us, Edwin Jarvis is also out in California, running Howard Stark’s mansion and herding flamingos. He is massively bored, and volunteers to chauffeur Peggy around Hollywood. For me the Peggy/Jarvis show is always the most fun relationship, whether it’s Edwin or his missus, Ana. Rather than treating Peggy like a rival, Ana welcomes her with open arms and the two become instant friends. It’s nice to see positive female relationships like that.

PeggyAndJarvis

Peggy even gets a chance at a romantic interest. Dr. Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), a scientist working for the company directly connected to the murder Peggy is investigating seems quite taken by our femme fatale. As Dr. Wilkes is African-American, this gives an interesting look at the racial issues in 1940s California, which was by no means immune to bad behavior by ignorant people. Dr. Wilkes tells Peggy about his struggle to get any company to take him seriously despite his genius, and his loyalty to Isodyne for being the only company to give him a chance gives a good look at this. Wilkes’ primary duty is to contain a substance you’ll probably remember from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as being quite other-worldly. Goo is dangerous, y’all!

Even if you don’t like the Marvel universe, this is a great female-empowering, intelligent show with an beautiful production value and costumes to die for (sexy but modest and faithful to the times). Think 1940s era glamour in a red hat and matching shoes. It’s teen-friendly, unlike its Netflix counterparts (Daredevil and Jessica Jones), but the storyline is something adults can enjoy as well.

Hayley Atwell is such a joy to watch as Agent Carter. In the Captain America movies, she doesn’t really get a lot of chance to shine, but here she does and it’s very cool. With Jarvis as her sidekick, she kicks some butt and has some fun, all in the California sun.

Edit: I have no idea why WordPress is not posting Youtube videos the way it used to. Really annoying. I may have to move my blog to another service if they don’t get their act together, that’s all I’m saying.

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Bingewatch recommendation: The Blacklist (on Netflix)

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Why?

Because James Spader, that’s why.

I know this show is on Season 3 (NBC, Thursday nights 8pm CST), but I just got through Season 1 so I’m behind for now. If I had to describe it, I’d say a cross between Silence of the Lambs, all the Jack Ryan flicks, and a little Shakespeare thrown in. Spader rules in this, that’s all that is.

Nothing in this show happens without reason.

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