Friday, February 27, 2009
WHAT: Wine at Bertolini's (now called Trevi Italian Restaurant)
WHERE: The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
WHEN: May 1998
WHY: Girl's trip to Las Vegas
Brian's teaching in Las Vegas this week and I am a bit jealous. I haven't been to Las Vegas in a long time. Chick and I went a few times in the late 90's and we loved it. We found this cool Italian restaurant (back then) called Bertolini's. They had a bar that was inside the Forum Shops, but gave you the impression of an outdoor Italian dining experience (right next to the replica of Trevi fountain. The ceiling looks like the sky and is constantly changing colors - with all these different colored cloud formations. Even to this day, when Sandra and I see a sky at home that reminds us of Bertolini's we call it a Bertolini sky.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sambal Ulek (hot chili paste), Optional
Monday, February 23, 2009
Do you know the history of the Jukebox?
The word Jook is an old African-American term, meaning to dance, sometimes used with sexual connotations (but this isn't THAT kind of blog). It has also been suggested that the Southern jute crop fields had workers who frequented low class road houses or makeshift bars, which were called juke (or Jute) joints, where these early Jukeboxes would appear. Cool!
By 1927, The Automatic Music Instrument Company created the world's first electrically amplified multi selection phonograph. With this amplification, suddenly the Jukebox could compete with a large orchestra, for the cost of a nickel.
Today, with the exception of the Jukebox at the Burgerville in Beaverton, compact discs have become the norm. Towards the end of the 20th century several companies started introducing completely digital jukeboxes which did not use physical recordings. The music selection and playback system was replaced by a dedicated proprietary computer. A selection of songs suitable to the venue (BORING) where the jukebox is located are generally cached in the local storage of the machine. The true advantage of this design is the seemingly endless selection of music available instantly to the customer by automatic download from an internet connection - which to me misses the point.
Last Friday night we visited one of my favorite jukeboxes, and yes.....I blew an easy $10 - listening to Coldplay's "Green Eyes", Death Cab For Cutie's "Soul Meets Body", CCR's "Suzie Q" and Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road".
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Red Carpet Spiced Gonzo Garbanzo Beans served with Barefoot Bubby (let's get the party started with a 2 hour Red Carpet show)
Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Indian Rice (honoring Best Picture nominee, Slumdog Millionaire)
Cajun Deep Fried Tiger Prawns (honoring Best Picture Nominee The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
"Dark Night" Chocolate Lava Cakes served with Apolloni 2007 Dolce Vino Viognier (honoring best supporting actor nominee, Heath Ledger for his portrayal of the joker in the Dark Night).
Friday, February 20, 2009
Location: Seattle Waterfront
Who: Stacy, Brian, Geoff and Sonja
What: At our annual meeting spot, having a patriotic cocktail!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This recipe caught our eye. Who doesn't love a good Macaroni and Cheese?
Morton’s of Chicago Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 6 to 8
12 ounces dried cavatappi or other small hollow, ridged pasta
4 tablespoons finely diced yellow onion
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 2/3 cup)
1 ounce Swiss cheese, grated (about 6 tablespoons)
½ tablespoon chile paste, such as sambal oelek
5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded (about 1 2/3 cups)
8 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs (about ½ cup)
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain but leave a little water on the pasta to keep it moist. Reserve another ½ cup of pasta water to thin the sauce. Return to the cooking pot and cover to keep warm.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onions for about 1 minute or until tender. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheddar, cream, Parmesan and Swiss cheeses and cook, stirring, until the cheeses melt and are fully incorporated into the cream. Let the sauce reach a simmer and stir in the chile paste. You will have about 2 ½ cups of sauce.
4. Remove from the heat and using an immersion blender or hand-held electric mixer, beat for about 45 seconds until the cheeses and onions are completely blended. The sauce will be thick; thin it with the reserved ½ cup of pasta water and mix well. Season to taste with salt.
5. Ladle the sauce over the pasta and mix well with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a deep, 2-quart baking dish and spread the pasta and cheese evenly. Sprinkle the coarsely shredded cheese over the casserole and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Every time my Pop comes up from Springfield for a visit, I get out some of my favorite Weight Watcher's or light/low fat meals and he doesn't even know the difference. Let's see if we can pull the wool over his eyes with these dishes.
Check out Laura and all her friends for more menu ideas.
Monday: Easy Turkey Enchiladas (leftover recipe from last week) with a Big Garden Salad
Tuesday: Chicken and Artichoke Bundles with Jasmine Rice
Wednesday: Roasted Rib-Eye with Spiced Blue Cheese Sauce alongside Green Beans (I have a rib-eye roast from Christmas in the freezer that I will use instead of tenderloins)
Thursday: Shrimp Etouffee with Dirty Brown Curry Rice
Friday, February 13, 2009
What: It looks like Christmas Dinner to me (see pointsetta napkins on table)
Date: Approximatley 1952 - before Al and Ann married (they were married in 1953)
Location: Ann thinks this photo was taken at her sister, Nina's home
Brian's parents were married over 50 years. If that isn't love, I am not sure what is.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
FLOURLESS RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
2 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
1 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Friday nights I run in the door after we get home from the train station.....I can't wait to see him.
He loves play time.....his feather duster is one of his favorites.
I took this video on Saturday after we gave him a present....a new scratching post. He loves it!
Monday, February 9, 2009
I came across this list in the Washington Post last Spring and have kept it on my desk all year. Whenever I am having one of "those" days....I look at the list, gather myself and find at least one of the 25 to live by for the remainder of the day.
It's a rude, rude world. Between screams, honks and nasty looks or gestures, it seem the whole planet has forgotten its manners. Here's how to do your part towards a more civil society.
1. Pay attention
2. Acknowledge others
3. Think the best
5. Be inclusive
6. Speak kindly
7. Don't speak ill.
8. Accept and give praise
9. Respect even a subtle "no"
10. Respect others' opinions
11. Mind your body
12. Be agreeable
13. Keep it down (rediscover silence)
14. Respect other people's time
15. Respect other people's space
16. Apologize earnestly
17. Assert yourself
18. Avoid personal questions
19. Care for your guests
20. Be a considerate guest
21. Think twice before asking for favors
22. Refrain from idle complaints
23. Accept and give constructive criticism
24. Respect the environment and be kind to animals
25. Don't shift responsibility and blame
The Washington Post
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Mississippi Avenue is definitely a place to come with an empty belly - eating, drinking, and entertaining - all in one place. We checked out the pastries at the Blue Gardenia, looking for bear claws for Sunday morning. Gravy serves classic home style breakfast/comfort food (totally packed with a wait out the door), Por Que No? Taqueria known as the "Sunniest Place in Portland” - has an amazing eclectic taco menu and Mississippi Pizza & Atlantis Lounge serves Stone Baked Pizza and live music (you could get lost on a Saturday afternoon in this "joint").
Chick outside of the White Eagle on Russell St (after our Mississippi Ave adventure)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
January was long and cold (except for the Mexico getaway). We are still without an oven - but using the BBQ in unique ways. I made Super Bowl cupcakes on the grill!!