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Sunday Night’s Alright For Fighting

May 6, 2008

Yo. I was so totally prepared to not like Rocky, 1976’s best winner. I was so prepared to be mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. After all, stupid steroidy Sylvester Stalonne and, ugh, Rocky, beat out one of my all time favorites–Network for best picture. But, surprise, surprise I did like Rocky. Blame it on excessive sequel prejudiceness but, Rocky wasn’t the manipulative crapfest I expected it to be. In fact. it somewhat reminded me, ironically– of Paddy Chayefsky’s (who wrote the screenplay for Network) 1955’s winner, Marty.

Yo. Network pretty much won every major award that year except for editing and best picture. And it was pretty much the blueprint of the first 10 years of the Fox Network. 1976 was a good year for nominations: All the President’s Men, Taxi Driver, Bound For Glory round out the rest of the nominations.

Yo, I can’t believe how much Rocky is character driven. I so prefer character driven to plot driven. Although I did find it hysterical that true love seemed to cure Adrian of her need for glasses. I wish *I* could find that kind of love.

Yo. The Angry Alien bunnies do a good job with Rocky:

Yo, our very own Rocky, Roxane, was very excited to see Carl Weathers in this movie. She’s a big Arrested Development fan. Carl was in a couple of episodes.

Had I known about this, I might had made a stew but instead for dinner we went Philly and had some really terrific cheesesteak sandwiches. So easy to make:

The meat for the sandwich is usually rib eye steak. Buy about a pound, and if you have a butcher have him slice that steak into razor thin strips.

Thinly slice and saute a vidalia on a low heat until the onion becomes carmelized. Set aside onion and add sliced small italian peppers and saute until they are softened (about 10 minutes). Remove the pepper and add steak. Saute meat until browned.

To assemble the sandwich: cut a loaf of french bread into sandwich rolls. Pull some of the doughy parts of the bread out. Drizzle bread with oil a a little splash of balsamic vinegar. Put the meat, then the peppers and onions on the bread. Put a slice of provolne cheese over the sandwich and melt in the oven for a couple of minutes. Yum.

For dessert we had home made Rocky Road Ice Cream. I love making ice cream. I sed a basic base for chocolate ice cream

1 1/2 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder, approximately 1/2 cup
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
9 ounces sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place the cocoa powder along with 1 cup of the half-and-half into a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine. Add the remaining half-and-half and the heavy cream. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.In a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the sugar and whisk to combine. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding small amounts, until about 1/3 of the cream mixture has been added. Pour in the remainder and return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon and reaches 170 to 175 degrees F. Pour the mixture into a container and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and once it is cool enough not to form condensation on the lid, cover and store for 4 to 8 hours or until the temperature reaches 40 degrees F or below.

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Add the mix-ins (I used 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup mini marshmellos and 1/3 cup toasted almond slivers). Put into a container and freeze for a few hours more.

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