Cimarron’s Toast

August 21, 2006

I hate westerns, always have. I’m sure there were some that I liked, but I don’t remember them. So with that in mind, we got through 1931’s Best Picture (best picture my eye—not even nominated: City Lights, Dracula, The Public Enemy). Cimarron is a very typical Edna Ferber story: fish out water wife, interracial relationships, story unfolds over a period of several decades, it’s too long. It’s also a very confused movie. It stars out as a typical white hat = good, black hat = bad western and then about 2/3rds of the way turns on a Teddy Roosevelt dime into an empowered woman’s movie. Irene Dunne rocks though, she really sells the story. And she’s wonderful in that other Edna Ferber movie that the great James Whale directed, Show Boat. Richard Dix, I don’t know, he had nice hair. Silly name, though; did his friends call him Dick Dix?

Oklahoma, also, does not have a definitive cuisine, that I could find. For tonight’s dinner I relied pretty much on references from Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. Hence we had:

Grilled Corn (as high as an elephant’s eye). Shuck corn, wrap it in foil with a little butter. Grill for about 25-30 minutes. Yum.

Oklahoma Joe’s Pulled Pork (Oklahoma Joe’s is a BBQ restaurant in Kansas City. Everything’s up to date there.) the recipe is found at the Food Network website: Oklahoma Joe’s Pulled Pork   It’s very easy to make. And very good.
And finally, and most deliciously, Cinnamon Ice Cream. The recipe is also found at foodtv.com: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_16196,00.html. It’s a Gald Gand recipe and it’s swoon-worthy. Gale Gand is a dessert genious.

Glad the western is over. Won’t have another one for over a year when we do F Troop Dances With Wolves. Looking forward to *that.*

Oh, but next we get to do Garbo. Sigh. Looking forward to that!

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