The First Gem

September 24, 2006

It’s sooooo much easier writing about a movie that sucks than a movie that’s great. It’s really hard writing about It Happened One Night.

To me, this is the first time the Academy got it really right. Can’t compare to what else was nominated, can’t compare to what wasn’t nominated. Perfect choice. Perfect movie. And it holds up. Beautifully. No one can do a human comedy like Frank Capra. We all watched this, enthralled, laughing: the 9 and 15 year old, and the special guest star, my mom the 79 year old.

Claudette Colbert was so beautiful. Clark Gable so beautiful: at the height of his Clark Gableness. Sigh.

For dinner we went from Miami to New York. Jim prepared a perfect….

Planked Salmon

Soak the plank in your sink for about 30 minutes in hot water. Preheat your oven or barbecue. Oven temp should be at 400-450. If you are going to use a barbecue, turn the barbecue on high and close the lid. Those with charcoal barbecues will need a barbecue with a lid.

While the oven or barbecue is preheating, salt and pepper the salmon, or add a little lemon pepper.

Next, place the fillet on the plank. Place two sprigs of rosemary on top of the fillet and slide the planked fillet in the oven or barbecue. The cedar taste is amazing. This is the best way to cook salmon. We accompanied the salmon with some roasted potatoes and a simple Caesar salad

For dessert, we repeated egg creams. Nothing says New York like a good Egg Cream. My mom has never had one. (OK up until a month ago, neither had I.) It was quite a treat introducing her to something new. But best of all, the town my mom lives in, the very town I grew up in has a store that, oh so nonchalantly, carries that wonderful chocolate elixir Fox’s U-Bet. The kosher kind,; thanks Highland Park . I bought two bottles.
It Happened One Night. This movie is one of the reasons why we’re doing this. My kids have now seen this. They know how great a great movie can be. Yay!

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