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Nickel and Dimed to Death

July 24, 2009

It was a lucky April shower
It was a most convenient door
I found a million dollar baby in a five and ten cent store


The night before we watched 2004’s best picture, Million Dollar Baby, I fell asleep thinking about how wonderful an actor Morgan Freeman is. I thought he was robbed of a Best Actor award back in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy.  He should have easily picked up that supporting one for Shawshank Redemption.  Thank heavens he finally prevailed for playing  Clint Eastwood’s one-eyed friend and employee, ex-boxer Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris.  Man, I wish I had a cool nickname like “scrap-iron.”   Mr. Freeman really is a treasure and he is certainly one of the reasons Million Dollar Baby is so good. Good, but a bit depressing.  It’s funny that this movie is considered a “boxing” picture.  While there are a lot of boxing scenes and boxers and the training of boxers, this movie is no RockyThank God.  In the end, in my opionion, it’s about who your family is and who you make your family: who is your Mo Cuishle. I remember just completely sobbing when I first saw this in the theaters and I promised myself on this second viewing that I wouldn’t be such a baby.  I hate breaking my own promises.

2004 was a pretty strong year for movies:  The Aviator (my favorite that year; a movie about old Hollywood? I’m in! And are they ever gonna throw one Martin Scorsese’s way? Sheesh), Ray (Jim’s favorite), Finding Neverland (Johnny Depp, sigh), and Sideways (a good movie, but I felt drunk after watching it) were the other nominees that year. Other terrific movies not nominated that year:  Kinsey and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind . Hard choices.

Remember Woolworth’s lunch counter? For dinner I went with the five and dime theme and found an old menu online from Woolworth’s.  I made choice number one:  The Roast Beef Dinner.

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Roast Beef is soo easy to make:

preheat oven to 500 degrees–with a sharp knife cut slits on the top of the roast.  Insert garlic slivers in the slits. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes remove from the oven, lower the oven temp to 375 and sprinkle with salt and pepper and thyme.  Return to the oven and roast until the meat comes to your desired temperature (130 is rare).  Let roast sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

For the gravy I just add a little chef’s juice, er, wine to the pan drippings and reduce.

Mashed potatoes–peel potatoes cook em in boiling water for 20-25 minutes until tender–mash em with some warmed milk and butter. Em is a very important word when you’re making mashed potatoes.

For the green vegetable I made a recipe from the big red Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook–Billionaires Broccoli

Slice the florets of the broccoli off the tips (or just buy tips, the cookbook is a bit dated) heat about 2 T olive oil in a 2 quart microwave safe casserole for two minutes.  Stir in 4 cloves of garlic, slivered, and cook until golden, 3 minutes. Stir in broccoli and 1/2 cup chopped scallions (the green part, throw the white part into a glass of water and put in on your windowsill–the green parts grow back) and some chicken broth (about a cup) cover and nuke for about 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper and sprinkle with some parmesean cheese before serving.

For dessert I made malteds:

  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 3 tablespoon(s) chocolate syrup
  • 3 tablespoon(s) malted milk powder

Put everything in a blender and then pour into tall glasses. Serve. Watch the movie and then kick yourself for not making lemon meringue pie.

I had completely forgotten how important the lemon pie was in this movie.  Once I remembered,  there was just no living with myself.  My brain and my mouth just stopped talking to each other.  The next day I made lemon meringue pudding and all was forgiven.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Corn starch
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
4 egg yolks lightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice (or extract)
1 Tbspn grated Lemon peel (1 lemon)
2 Tbspn butter or margarine
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 tspn Corn Starch
Method:
Mix 1/2 cup corn starch, 1-1/2 cups sugar, water, and egg yolks in a saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantky(else it forms lumps), bring mixture to a boil (8 to 10 minutes), reduce heat and continuosly stirring for one minuteuntil very thick. Remove from heat, and add lemon juice, lemon zest and butter, stir well untill smooth. Pour this while hot into a well greased baking pan. Beat egg whites in mixer at high speed until soft peaks form , gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cornstarch, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight), about 3 minutes. Top the lemon mixture in the baking pan by spooning meringue over it, making sure to spread it on the entire surface, use the back of a spoon tp swirl meringue and draw up into peaks. Place oven rack in bottom third of preheated 375 deg F oven. Bake 10 minutes, until peaks are lightly browned. Cool at room teperature for 30 minutes. Chill for minimum of 3 hours before serving. Serve with whipped cream as topping.

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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.