Well folksies … another 6 weeks of winter headed our way … thanks to that old arse punk Punx-Phil! Apparently the decidedly paranoid and delusional groundhog saw his shadow … I personally believe it was all in his head, the little bugger got scared and fled. Maybe there’s something to this PETA inspired mechanical groundhog? Naww … but really, Phil should consider handing over the throne to one of his (certainly) numerous offspring. It’s about time Phil … take some time to retire, relax, hit Tiger up for a game of golf already!
On a personal note … I have a VERY VERY good friend, my BFF from nearly the first week I moved to New York City, who has recently set up her own foodie blog. Now ‘E’, as I’ll call her for our purposes, has a tremendous talent in all things kitchenesque … I can’t even describe the decadance of her Cheesecakes let alone the amazing taste of anything she prepares. Okay … the closest I can get to how incredible it is, is by referring to orgasmic delight. Really … her food is THAT good. Honestly … the girl could cater to the stars! (not that the stars deserve her, really the little people need this kind of good grubbin’ more than they do!!!) Now … I want you ALL to take a moment and head on over to her site … take a look … add it to your reader, tell your friends, you’re GONNA want to make some of this stuff!!! I’m not a big ‘baker’ type foodie … but even I want to try out those brownies! So … head on over to A Seat In The Kitchen and let us know what you think! I’d be much obliged, and you’ll come out on top too!
On the TV front … I watched the season premier of LOST … and it was AMAZING!!! I think this is truly going to rival the first season! What did you all think of it?
Some of my new favorite shows of the season are White Collar (USA) and Human Target (FOX) both are well done and have excellent well rounded characters. One of the things I love about Human Target is that it reminds a bit of the shows from the 80’s like Knight Rider and A-Team, it’s sort of predictable … but it’s still action packed and fun! White Collar has an interesting premise as a top thief partners up with a top FBI agent (and no that doesn’t stand for Female Body Inspector) to catch the bad guys. White Collar also has an arch-line running through the season … so it’s two-fold. If you have some time … check them out … now I’m out and on to the rest of the stuff!
ஜ~§Quote Of The Day§~ஜ
History is more or less bunk.
ஜ~§The Question Of The Day§~ஜ
If the world were going to end on December 21, 2012, how would you spend the last of your days on earth and why?
ஜ~§The Word Of The Day§~ஜ
verb intr.: To lead to or contribute to a particular result.
From Latin conducere (to lead, bring together), from com- (together) + ducere (to lead). Ultimately from the Indo-European root deuk- (to lead) that led to other words such as duke, conduct, educate, duct, wanton, and tug.
“We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.”
ஜ~§Poem Of The Day§~ஜ
Upon A Wasp Chilled With Cold
The bear that breathes the northern blast
Did numb, torpedo-like, a wasp
Whose stiffened limbs encramped, lay bathing
In Sol’s warm breath and shine as saving,
Which with her hands she chafes and stands
Rubbing her legs, shanks, thighs, and hands.
Her pretty toes, and fingers’ ends
Nipped with this breath, she out extends
Unto the sun, in great desire
To warm her digits at that fire.
Doth hold her temples in this state
Where pulse doth beat, and head doth ache.
Doth turn, and stretch her body small,
Doth comb her velvet capital.
As if her little brain pan were
A volume of choice precepts clear.
As if her satin jacket hot
Contained apothecary’s shop
Of nature’s receipts, that prevails
To remedy all her sad ails,
As if her velvet helmet high
Did turret rationality.
She fans her wing up to the wind
As if her pettycoat were lined,
With reason’s fleece, and hoists sails
And humming flies in thankful gales
Unto her dun curled palace hall
Her warm thanks offering for all.
Lord, clear my misted sight that I
May hence view Thy divinity,
Some sparks whereof thou up dost hasp
Within this little downy wasp
In whose small corporation we
A school and a schoolmaster see,
Where we may learn, and easily find
A nimble spirit bravely mind
Her work in every limb: and lace
It up neat with a vital grace,
Acting each part though ne’er so small
Here of this fustian animal.
Till I enravished climb into
The Godhead on this ladder do,
Where all my pipes inspired upraise
An heavenly music furred with praise.
ஜ~§Recipe Of The Day§~ஜ
Chicken Piccata w/ Pasta and Mushrooms
- 6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 4 chicken cutlets, (3/4-1 pound total), trimmed
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
- 2 teaspoons butter
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
- Meanwhile, whisk 5 teaspoons flour and broth in a small bowl until smooth. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge both sides in the flour. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.
- Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic and wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved broth-flour mixture, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in parsley, capers, butter and the reserved mushrooms. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mushroom sauce. Toss the pasta in the pan with the remaining sauce. Serve the pasta topped with the chicken and the reserved sauce.