Friday, March 31, 2006

Fargo...The Movie

We watched “Fargo” last night. And I’m still thinking about it…If it weren’t for the fact that it was based on a true story, I would have thought it was a “black comedy” sort of film. But where did that true story happen? Apparently not in Minnesota.

(Alrighty dere den, folks in NorDakoda and Minnesoda do talk with an accent. Not all of them of course, but I have heard a few.)

Except for the violence and the profanity…it was a great movie. And I don’t know how they could have made the movie any other way…I give it 3.5 stars.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A Tale of Two Movies

We watched a couple of movies last night, so here goes… Training Day, with Denzel Washinton. That had to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. No, let me revise that. I didn’t really see it. We watched for about 10 minutes and that was enough. Off! Out!

But, I had another movie standing by… Tea with Mussolini. That wasn’t the best movie, but it certainly shone in comparison to Training Day. I thought the acting was only fair and the story line seemed fragmented at times, but it was pleasant. I will give it 3 stars.

And now I’m going to change our Netflix subscription to the lowest level, one DVD at a time. We never get around to seeing them as fast as they arrive with a two DVD subscription. Look at the money we will be saving! The reduced newspaper and movie budget will be our salvation in our old age. We’ll be able to afford new walkers every other year.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Saint Patrick's Day has come and gone. Although the leftover corned beef remains...
And I prepared a non-traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Carrots. You know, to celebrate the wearing of the Orange. (Orange=carrots, get it?)

First, the carrots; about 2# of the baby carrots in the cello pack. Boil till tender, but not too long!
Now take 1/4 cup of frozen orange juice concentrate and mix it with 1/4 cup of melted butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of Mandarin orange slices. Put carrots in lightly greased baking dish and pour juice/butter/orange mixture over. Refrigerate for 8 hours - overnight. Heat oven to 350. Stir carrots and juice/butter/orange mixture together once more and then cook for about 20-25 minutes.

The corned beef was easy. I found a recipe I liked; rinse the corned beef (3# round brisket) and pat dry. Preheat oven to 300. Put a rack into a roasting pan. Now take brown sugar and coat the corned beef completely, top and bottom. Place on rack, fat side up. Take a bottle of Irish beer and pour some carefully onto the brown sugar to wet it good. The rest is poured into the pan. ( I used Clausthaler, a German non-alcoholic beer with a great bitter taste) Now cover the whole thing with a aluminum foil tent and cook for about 2+ hours. Very good!

And I made Soda bread as well...after a slight hiccup with some old wheat flour, I got the recipe almost right and the next 4 loaves turned out just fine.

And speaking of bread...get the King Arthur Flour catalog. Lots of expensive stuff, but fascinating. Or shop on-line. (Same place)

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Red Violin
That was the film I had picked a week or so ago...just got around to watching it last night. I found it fascinating; Laurae fell asleep. So take your pick. But if you rent it, be sure you TURN ON the sub-titles before beginning the movie. I didn't and had to go back to the beginning after about 10 minutes, switch to sub-titles and begin again. Photography is exquisite, as is the musical score. I'm giving it 4 stars!

Friday, March 10, 2006

A movie review...

We watched Troy the other night. All 163 minutes of it. I think we were too numb to get up and turn it off earlier as we should have. I don't know who starred in it and I really don't care.

But after some thought, it struck me! This movie was exactly like the movies I used to look forward to seeing at the LaMar theatre when I was 12 years old. In fact, it might have been one those movies, re-done.

OK, now I can honestly say that this is a great movie! For a 12 year old...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


It’s time for a recipe here…as you may already know, pork is no longer flavorful. Yes, it’s lean and gets to market itself as “the other white meat.” But it’s just white meat, not necessarily flavorful.

I really do like pork, but I need to find ways to add some flavor to it and here’s a recipe that I tried yesterday. The original recipe made 6 servings and my revised one serves 3.

1 large boneless pork loin chop
½ yellow onion, diced
1 large banana, diced
Additional vegetables as desired (I used a ¼ bag of TJ’s frozen Mexican corn)
Vegetable oil
15 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Pappy’s Garlic Seasoning

Take one of those large boneless pork loin chops, the kind you buy at Costco. Cut it into bite sized pieces. Take half of a yellow onion and dice it. Season and cook the pork in a skillet with the oil, over medium high heat, until browned. Add the onions and cook until tender and translucent.

Add the bananas, tomatoes and any additional vegetables. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low, stirring occasionally, until the pork is quite tender. About 30 minutes.

While pork is cooking, cook a batch of egg noodles (or rice). I used the egg noodles and stirred it all together before serving. I suppose I would serve the rice separately if I used it.

A very good taste!