Archive | February, 2011

‘Man’ners

28 Feb

So, I was at a great Oscar party last night (thanks C.!), until I awkwardly made a gaffe by yelling loudly at the T.V.

Wait.

I do that all the time…  It’s a good thing my friends love me 😛 .

My hysterics were over the treatment of one:  Ms. Natalie Portman.  (Now admittedly, I may have some excess baggage around the film character she is currently getting acclaim for.)  Ms. Portman was kindly escorted to the Oscar stage by her soon to be husband (and baby-daddy but I digress…).

In watching the act, I was transported back to chivalry — the courtship of romance and respect.  Much like with in my experiences with Ice Dance, the male was there to offer support and regality, as the lady blossomed.  It is through this performance of roles, that expectations can become heightened and things seem then more special.  It’s like a gift.  How we wrap it actually introduces an expectation and a value that we place upon it.  There is something to be said for ceremony.  And stickers 🙂 .

Now Ms. Portman’s escort may have been just for show (and a gaffe?), but then I thought about it.  I gaffed because it was so strikingly out of place.  Upon reflection though, I do not believe that the gesture was anything other than lovely.  I mean, nowadays, I can hardly get a walk to my car.  Where have all the ‘man’ners gone?

A quick internet browse reflects, we are setting the bar really low.  Toilet seats and ‘please and thank you’…  ‘Looking vs. staring’.  COME ON!  You can do better fellas.  And, why not?!

It is like one of my teachers always says:  “What you can do –you must.”

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You say basil, I say…

27 Feb

AMAZING!

There are a couple of recipes I come back to.  Correct that.  There are a couple of recipes people make me come back to.  One of them is PESTO.  Turns out I make a mean green sauce :).

I like especially like to put in in egg scrambles w/ cheese and tomatoes (YUM!) or on pizza.  But you can do with it what you wish…

(It’s good on a spoon too.  I’m just saying.)

And, remember, this recipe is just a sketch!  Please feel free to substitute cheeses and nuts with relish :p.  Well, not actual relish but you get me- haha!

Basil “AMAZING” Pesto

Inspired by Ina Garten

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup walnuts – toasted
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts – toasted
  • 12+ cloves garlic SMASHED – I know! I know :p
  • Basil – Enough to fill a blender 2/3 full (about 6 cups)
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1.5 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 – 1 + 3/4 cups good extra virgin olive oil – (Oil amount will change depending upon if you want a loose or tighter spread)
  • 1 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese – The good stuff please!!

Directions

Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the blender (or food processor if you have one– alas, I don’t!) with a tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until you’ve made a delicious CHUNKY garlic, nut-butter paste. Add the basil, salt, and pepper. Continue to blend as you slowly pour the olive oil into the mixture.  You WILL have to stop a few times and stir / mix.  DO NOT do this with the blender running.  (I know it is very tempting.  But, please trust me—I broke a blender by ‘jabbing’ the pesto mix in this fashion.  MAJOR whoops!)  Blend until all basil is shredded and you have a pesto sauce!  This will probably take 3-5 minutes.  Lastly, add the Parmesan and mix.  IT’S DONE 🙂 .

You WILL become an herby hero.  Be prepared to sweat garlic.

And, feed this to your lover—just so that you can eat MORE too!  😛