17 October 2008

this movie tricked me

it took me a while to remember that new orleans is nothing at all like this in real life.


16 October 2008

why i heart the internet

remember this? well, not anymore. turns out you don't need cookbooks if you have the internet. really, it taught me how to cook. since i've been enjoying people's cooking adventures on blogs lately, i figured i'd update my own.

it started last thanksgiving. i was away from my family, and couldn't bear the thought of not having thanksgiving the way it used to be, so i made my own. i looked up the recipes for the things i wanted and called my mom to fill in the details. and although i was imagining disaster a la pieces of april, everthing turned out perfectly.

i couldn't believe how easy cooking is, turns out i'm really good at following directions. and everthing you need to know, for instance what blanching is and how to chop celery, is right there on the internet.

i search allrecipes, which has awesome reviews were people rate recipes and also leave comments on what to change and what to leave, and find things that i want to make, and print them for my recipe binder (yes, i'm a nerd). i usually try at most one a week, but it's something i really look forward to. (seriously, half of my christmas list is kitchen supplies.)

ok. so here's what i'm most proud of. my grandma used to make me these big pans of stuffed peppers and they were so good. i'd been craving them for, like, the last 8 years. and i couldn't find a recipe that sounded exactly like what she did, so i made my own. seriously. i took maybe 10 recipes and read them all to see what people did, and made up my own from a distant memory of my grandma's peppers. and they were just like hers. maybe better. and so easy. i think i've made them 4 or 5 times already:

classic southern stuffed bell peppers


4 green bell peppers
1 lb ground sirlion
1 cup chopped onion (about half of a big one.)
3/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 (8 oz!) can roasted garlic tomato sauce (or plain and some minced garlic, i suppose)
tonys (original creole seasoning - this is the secret to everything!)

what to do:

1) cut peppers in half and remove seeds and stems and stuff. blanch*.

2) brown meat and onions in a skillet.

3) in big bowl, mix the meat mixture in big bowl with 1/2 can tomato sauce, almost all the bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce, and then shake tonys all over the top. i stir it, then shake tonys all over the top again.

4) put peppers in a pan, then spoon meat mixture into it, packing well. top each with a spoonful of tomato sauce and sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs.

5) Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.

*ok, to blanch them you bring to boil one cup of water, throw half the peppers in, cook them for 5 minutes, covered, moving around a little. then you take them out and put them directly into a big bowl of ice and water. then repeat with the other half. this is how i do it anyway.

09 October 2008

things i want to do

wear a costume.

celebrate every holiday with a tradition.

learn a foreign language, or several.

return my library books so i can check out stuff again. including books on above.

dress for fun, not function.

make a look-book journal from all my magazine rip-outs.

moisturize every morning, so i'll have pretty skin.

listen to music all the time.

watch the top 1001 movies, except the very scary ones. not worth it for me.

exercise almost-daily.
and lose 5 pounds.

do something to help the world.

learn photoshop, start by reading my new book.

develop all of my waiting film.
scan the rest of the old photographs.
and then print all the digital pics.
and then buy a fancy box to keep them in.

not have grubby nails. do them once a week. in pretty colors.

go to a museum in every city i visit.
and every museum in the city i live in.

six month dental cleanings!

make a quilt.

have wedding photos. maybe book an engagement session and wear the clothes we wore?