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For the Boys 
Aug. 26, 2011 10:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 4:34 am
I took quite a trip down "memory lane" last night... or well into the wee hours of today!  I believe it was around 2am, in fact, when I turned out lights.  (No wonder I slept till 10am!)  My search for ANYTHING decent to occupy my time (on the idiot box,) I stumbled across the movie "For the Boys," starring Bette Midler and James Caan.  While I've been a fan of Bette for many a year, I'm not, nor have I ever been, a fan of "war on tv" (or in reality!)  However, the music within the confines of this show is simply too good to pass by, considering that the troops were the bulk of any relation to an actual war... but then, it was made clear that "the boys" were in foreign lands... 

It is one of those movies that makes you laugh, sing along with, and if you're an emotional mess as I, perhaps a tear or two of both joy and heartache! 

I relate Bette Midler with my life with Sal, that one light that was extinguished over 10 years ago, but pays a visit multiple times each week... even still!  By movie's end, I was not quite a blubbering mess... but then...  I turned to the internet to revisit song/movie clips of some of my fav songs by Bette.  The roller coaster ride had begun...  Into Josh Groban, and on to Julie Andrews (Victor/Victoria) and such!  I also have clips on my "fav" list by such greats as Carol Channing to Lady GaGa!  Does the word "versatile" spring to mind?  Then this afternoon I caught the show "Beaches" starring Bette... and once again, those flashbacks of how much I've missed Sal all of the years...  While a few tears can be extremely beneficial, it's simply much more fun to laugh! 

As I sit, another fav is playing as background music to the show I have on... the distinct sound of ENYA cannot be mistaken.  I immediately recognized the song...

So, today was a new day... hitting a hi of around 112 I believe, but still 103 after sunset!  I did not let this stop me from spending some time in the crazykitchen!  Still on the "Asian" kick, today I made crispy dumplings (using homemade wrappers) along with an orange pork dish, and leftover noodle salad from Thurs.  For dipping, I whipped up some sweet/sour apricot sauce I'd tried a few days ago, but frankly, mid meal I went for the soy sauce!  (I wonder if my craving for soy sauce is indicative of a "need" of my body?)  Sal always said that a "craving" was the body crying out for certain nutrients...  Fact, or bull?  Who cares!  It works for me!  I've been thinking also for a while now, that we've not had a "sweet" in the house... except the JUMBO sized tub of ice cream that J hasn't found yet, nor have I opened!  I'm leaning toward brownies, the vanilla ice cream, and choc. fudge sauce...  Wonder how all that stacks up re: GF?  I may just have to investigate that, not that I'm in fear of gluten. 

The temp today was not conducive venturing out for a large bag of "kitty crunchies," either,but fortunately my little market does carry small bags of food that are not harmful to the one of three kitties.  I still need to venture to a grocery however, whether it's "a tad warm" or not!

Per my friend Audie... LIVE every moment, LAUGH every day, LOVE beyond words.  (Being a tad crazy doesn't hurt either!)  Be well, all!
Aug. 27, 2011 5:11 am
Great post, Stevie, as always. Brownies? Why not try out a black bean recipe? There are several, they're GF and I'd love to see the spin you give them.
Aug. 27, 2011 6:28 am
Speaking of Carol Channing, I saw her in Milwaukee, WI a few yers back in Hello Dolly. She was incredible as she was over 80 then. She danced and sang her heart out. Afterwards, she came on stage and talked to the audience as though she knew us forever. I will never forget that performance. Wish you could have seen her "live". Amazing.
Aug. 27, 2011 6:52 am
Steve: Below is a site for GF brownies. The blogger suffers of Celiac disease, and all of her recipes reflect the specific ingredients, in order to appreciate the "plaisirs de la table",and at the same time controlling her diet! This is a reference for you, to be able to compare her recipes with the ones offered on the AR site. Bon appetit! Maguy
Aug. 27, 2011 1:14 pm
thanks, folks! Lucy, I read about black bean brownies somewhere... Goldens... yet another GREAT to remember fondly! Maguy, thanks for the reference! Be well, all!
Aug. 27, 2011 4:22 pm
Ah, what we do for those kitties! I actually ventured into the hurricane frenzy at the supermarket yesterday because my girls were low on dry food. Would I have gone for something for me? Of course not!
Aug. 27, 2011 8:21 pm
Stevie... I watched Beaches today... was in tears when Jim came in from work. I just needed a good cry! "Ghost" followed... couldn't top Beaches!
Aug. 27, 2011 9:36 pm
BSM, they say that "we" own dogs... but that cats "own" us! Terry, a few tears shed can often be just what the dr. ordered! I did the same at the end...
Aug. 30, 2011 4:34 am
hey Stevie i hope you are OK....where are you?we need to hear from give us stuff to read...i need Stevie time... Judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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