Friday, February 29, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

shiny and new

i have a new laptop: macbook pro! i lurve it a lot. it is brighter and smarter and faster and sleeker and funner than my poor old g4.

also i have been listening to Beyoncé for a whole week now. what? i know. good songs for a dance party. if only someone would organize one. ahem. the extended version of "Get Me Bodied" is excellent. also "Upgrade U," the lyrics of which involve switching his neckties to purple labels. i don't know what that means but it sure is catchy!

the downside of my new computer is that it provides an excellent way to waste your day away. i woke up at 8 and now it's 11 and guess how much work i've done? zero is the correct answer. guess how much playing on the Machine i've done? 3 hours worth, correct.

also i have consumed a lot of coffee and am typing really fast (but not Jen-fast).


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Roux the Day

food blog! let me tell you what we actually had at the first Louisiana Liberation Party. no fritos, no jello.

mint juleps
long islands

cornbread made by Da
buttermilk biscuits made by Da

chicken and shrimp gumbo (with rice, and french bread for dipping)
(i can make gumbo! from scratch! just not from the zatarain's box.)
collard greens
short ribs made by Ma
sausages (cause we thought we wouldn't have enough food)
cucumber salad (forgotten in the fridge until 3/4 thru supper)

brownies & ice cream
'blackened' pekan pye made by Da

i didn't know okra was full of slime! it is! it's dripping off the edge of the bowl there. and the little swimmers have their last swim. that broth was used "quite advantageously" in the gumbo (a tip from
Mandy's Favorite Louisiana Recipes, a cookbook bought on a steamboat on the mighty Mississip.)

Biscuits taste better if you mix the batter with a measuring spoon left in the bowl.

pecan party! pecans go in with the shortribs (and so do oranges) and there are the two pekan pyes. even the rice for the gumbo had a bit of a pecan flavour to it.

also important to note: I learned that I have some roux-making skills! the pressure was on whilst making the roux — flour and oil browned, the darker the better, but if you burn it even slightly you have to start again. I achieved a New Orleans level of roux darkness (peanut butter) before i chickened out and called it. But next time I'm going to go darker. i have roux burns on my hands! warrior scars; i'm quite proud. (that was another tip from Mandy's. at the end of the gumbo recipe: "serve with rice — and be proud!")

and today i'm exhausted.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Louisiana Liberation Party

hey y'all. today my family and some family-like friends are getting together to eat food, louisiana styles! it's a Louisiana Liberation Party!

i thought i would share with you the recipes I found on the INTERNET, which I will be making today and then making other people eat.

First UP:
Country Club Salad — you might think you're getting a salad when you read that name but you are in for a treat!

Name: Country Club Salad
Description: A holiday special.
Ingredients: 1 small package lemon jell-o
1-1/4 cup boiling water
1 can fruit cocktail, reserve the juice
2- 3oz packages cream cheese
1/2 pint whipping cream (whipped)
2 bananas
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Directions: Add water & reserved juice to the lemon Jell-O. Refrigerate until it becomes the consistency of egg whites. Beat in softened cream cheese to pea size. Add fruit cocktail , marshmallows & sliced bananas & fold in the whipped cream. Place in a 9"x13" Pyrex dish or a mold. Refrigerate 2-3 hours until firm.
Oven Temp:
Created By: My Mom (not calhoun's mom, but a Louisiana mom)

Next up:
[emphasis on FRITOS mine]

1 large bag Fritos corn chips
1 large can Chile con Carne
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can black olives
1 can green chiles (optional)
2 cans whole kernel corn
1 block cheddar cheese, grated
Toppers (optional):
sour cream
Pour the bag of Fritos into a 9x11 baking dish and set aside.

Place the rest of the ingredients, (including the juice from the corn only), except cheese, in a pot.

Heat thoroughly.

Pour on top of Fritos.

Cover top of chile mixture with cheese and bake in a 350°F oven until cheese is melted.

Top with a dollop of sour cream on each serving and Enjoy!

This is similar to a tamale pie.

Goes great with Spanish Rice and a green salad, but can be served just as a meal alone.

Note: Get creative! Change this recipe and make it your own.Try adding green onions, sautéed onions, cooked ground beef, etc.


Saturday, February 02, 2008

ding ding ding

Category: Books
Haven't read a word of Atwood.
Tried Chabon's Yiddish Police book and couldn't do it.
My reading lately seems all workish.
Oh that is not true: I read a teenager novel called Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.

Category: TV
Guys, I really like watching TV.

Lately I've become a pusher for Friday Night Lights. I don't want to exaggerate and say "every episode" but pretty nearly every episode makes me cry. Last night's Matt and Smash plotlines made me cry. (Even while a mouse was being caught in a mousetrap and I could hear it fighting for its little life, I blocked that horrifying noise out and concentrated on my stories. And guess what? The mouse escaped!)

Lost returned this week. I'm really digging the flashforwards and the ambiguity about the right thing to do with the "rescuers" coming. (I think I'd go with Locke. And not just cause that's who Sawyer went with. I've moved on to Riggins now.) Everything you need to know about Lost is here.

Category: Miscellanea
Guys, cereal is really a good thing to have for breakfast.

Also there are some good things over on my tumblr. Like the Sleeve Heads, those make me howl with the laughter. (In t'internet talk, ROFL?) Also the Feist video for "I Feel it All" is kinda the best video ever made?

K, time to go to brunch with N. But also keep in mind: tomorrow i get to see the SPICE GIRLS.