Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Here is the story. Stoner is a man who grew up on a farm to uneducated parents in Missouri, who is literally the first generation of his family to go to college. His parents hire a farm hand in order to run the farm in his absence, so while they are not educated, they put some value on education. They do, however, expect him to return to the farm, and early in his college career he realizes that is not going to happen. He does not enlist in the military in WWI and instead pursues a PhD and becomes a professor. After that he has an unexceptional life. He marries a woman he doesn't have a friendship with, and so there is no real love. They have a daughter that he adores, but there is a bad outcome there as well. His home life is unsatisfactory, and his academic life is equally lackluster. the strength of the story is not in it's broad scope but in its attention to the details of a life that you might otherwise have overlooked.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
- For blue cheese dip:
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon milk
- For shrimp:
- 2 pounds peeled shrimp
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup hot sauce such as Frank's RedHot
- 1/2 bunch celery, cut into 4-inch sticks
- Make dip:
- Stir together ingredients, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Make shrimp:
- Toss shrimp with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add butter to saute pan, and when melted, add shrimp, and cook until just done, about 3-4 minutes. Add hot sauce and shrimp in a bowl and toss until coated. Serve shrimp with dip and celery.
Monday, June 26, 2017
It is hard to articulate how I feel about ceramics in general and dinnerware in particular. Much like my relationship with fabric, I just cannot say what it is that I love about it, but merely that it is so. I say that I quilt so that I have a reason for all the fabric I buy. I would buy it regardless, and quilting allows for the flow to be manageable. The same is true of dinner ware. I just love to look at it. I have people over to justify my accumulation of things to serve them with. So imagine just how wonderful a museum with thousands of dishes is to a woman such as myself.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
The food here is exceptional. We chose the luncheon menu, which had few choices but all of them good, and at a considerably lower price. We were amongst the few around us who were going for "the deal", but were very happy with it. The theater of the restaurant is around the food being prepared from age old recipes. Some several hundred years old. One has to assume that the presentation has been updated, and the recipe re-interpreted, but it was fun to eat things that could have been eaten (by the well to do) in the same location years before. This is a really great dining experience, and lunch is a very good deal.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon wasabi paste or mustard powder
- 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
- 1 pound fresh jumbo lump crabmeat, drained and picked
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4-1/2 cup panko
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Here is the sausage that we made:
- 2 pounds ground pork
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
For the Romans, the solstice was the occasion for another unique exception to everyday life: on the first day of the festival of Vestalia, married women could, for one day only, enter the temples of the vestal virgins. There, they would be allowed to make offerings to Vesta, the goddess of hearth and home.
Many Native American tribes celebrated the longest day of the year with a Sun Dance, while the Mayas and Aztecs used the day as a marker by which to build many of their central structures, so that the buildings would align perfectly with the shadows of the two solstices, summer and winter. In many European pagan traditions, the solstice was called Litha, a day to balance the elements of fire and water, while for the druids, it was, simply, midsummer, a night and day with properties like no other. According to tradition, certain plants—St. John’s wort, roses, rue, verbena, and the like—acquired properties on the year’s shortest night that they wouldn’t have if picked at any other time. And on this evening, if you were very lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of faeries, who favored midsummer to reveal themselves to the common folk.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
One of the things that I love about our CSA is that they partner with other farmers in the area and offer a range of things that are grown in our neighborhood. I like everything about that. I like staying a bit away from factory farming. I like the one stop shopping aspect of it. For about half the year I really do not shop much because in addition to vegetables, we get eggs, fruit, chicken and pork through our CSA. We could even get coffee this year! Okay, that is roasted locally, not grown here, but there is something about buying food outside that is appealing. We go to the Farmer's Market mostly because we love the atmosphere. We do get some things that we don't get enough of from our CSA, like melons. In any case, it is just nice this time of year.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Maziar Bahari was a journalist and filmmaker who returned to his native Iran in 2009 in anticipation of upcoming elections. The hard-line sitting president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is opposed by his popular reformist challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi. As Bahari sees, Mousavi has strong support among young, educated and urban Iranians, while Ahmadinejad, in addition to appealing more to the poor and unlettered, has bolstered his support with massive government hand-outs. Though Mousavi has been leading in the polls, there are ominous signs on several fronts, and he loses in a tainted election.
While he’s covering the election before being arrested, Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) gives an interview to one of Stewart’s colleagues in which he jokes about being a spy. After violence erupts after the election, Bahari is arrested. Later, in prison, he will try to explain to his brutal interrogator, a man he nicknames Rosewater for the cologne he wears, that this was all a joke and "The Daily Show" is satire, not news.
The concept of spy talk being offered up for laughs, though, is obviously one that Rosewater can’t grasp. And no wonder: it’s entirely outside the frame of reference of a pious torturer whose life is dedicated to the defense of Iran’s theocracy and its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. In one sense, the two mindsets we see colliding in that interrogation room–one medieval, one modern–form the crux not only of “Rosewater”s drama, but also of Iran’s ongoing struggle over its identity and place in the world.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
- Bitter , Herbal
- Skill Level:
- 2 Parts Hendrick's Gin
1 1/2 Parts Sweet Vermouth
1/5 Part Maraschino Liqueur
Dash Angostura Bitters
Dash Orange Bitters.
- Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake hard over ice. Strain into martini glass and garnish with orange zest.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Sheridan Inn, one of the great historic hotels in the United States, has been renovated and yet maintains it's nineteenth century charm. As one of the original Sheridan, hotels, constructed in 1892, the Sheridan Inn was conceptualized and developed by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. As part owner, “Buffalo Bill” directed hotel management, and even auditioned new members for his touring company show from the front porch.
Each of the twenty-two rooms have been revitalized to reflect on “Buffalo Bill” and twenty-one other key characters in his life.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Here is the story. I have been in a number of quilt stores in different cities. That is a really nice side effect of having gotten back to quilting about a quilt a month (on average) for the last year, leading to my sense that once again I am indeed a quilter.
A very real part of quilting is the community of people who share the obsession with fabric. We have local shops and we support them, of course, but when we are out and about we check out what other shops have and there is always something designed by somebody local and there are favorite patterns that my own shop doesn't have, and there are fabrics that I can't resist and haven't seen at home. So it is really just a side effect of all that that I went down the rabbit hole of making oodles of receiving blankets. I saw them in two different places, asked about the pattern, got a mini-tutorial at the Quilter's Fix in Sheridan, Wyoming and came home to make enough to have a stand at the farmer's market should I choose to. Feels pretty good!
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
This was likely painted in 1889. Van Gogh had spent the last months of 1888 living and working with fellow Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. He had hopes of founding a utopian artists’ collective, but his health and relationship with Gauguin quickly deteriorated. In December, he was taken to the Arles hospital after a self mutilation. It is thought that Van Gogh painted Two Crabs right after his release from this hospital. He’d gone through a traumatic experience, but, as he explained in a letter to his brother Theo, he was ready to “get back into the habit of painting.”
It’s this transition period that Two Crabs captures so well. Its composition is made up of vibrant hatching brushstrokes called “taches.” The crabs’ crisp edges and van Gogh’s juxtaposition of complementary colors make it seem like the scene could move. The green, sea-like background undulates while the upper crab flails its legs. With the ground tipped almost vertically, the crabs look like they could tumble out of the painting at any second. Whether intentional or not, van Gogh was in effect illustrating his own tumultuous and uncertain situation at the time.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Strange never grows much as a character but Cumberbatch appears to haveconsiderable fun with the role. I couldn't get past the fact that “Doctor Strange” is essentially the story of a white man who travels to an Asian land, whose culture and people he doesn’t quite get yet somehow he manages to realize he’s a natural at magic, with occasional flashes of humor. Like when he points out that really, the downside of the spell should come at the beginning with a warning, rather than after you have tried it. Bring on the special effects, world saved, come back for more later.
Monday, June 5, 2017
James Tissot, a painter, and also a great collector, owned this painting first. Tissot and Manet travelled to Venice together in the fall of 1874, and Tissot bought Manet’s Blue Venice on March 24, 1875 for 2,500 francs. Manet badly needed the income. Tissot hung the painting in his home in St. John’s Wood, London, and did his best to interest English dealers in Manet’s work. Manet died on April 30, 1883; in 1884, while Tissot owned it, Blue Venice was included in a retrospective exhibition of Manet’s work, organized as a tribute, in Paris. By August 25, 1891, Tissot sold the picture to contemporary art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel (1831 – 1922), and in 1895, Durand-Ruel sold it as Vue de Venise (View of Venice) to Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Havemeyer, New York, for $12,000. A prominent art collector, Mrs. Havemeyer (1855 – 1929) named the painting Blue Venice. After the deaths of the Havemeyers, their youngest child, Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), owned Blue Venice from 1929 until her death. She had founded The Shelburne Museum in Vermont in 1947, and Manet’s painting entered the collection there in 1960, where it remains today.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Trollope is the master of creating complicated characters who reside within entirely believable dilemmas that are partly of society's doing (he was a Victorian, after all), and contributed to by their own shortcomings. Fellows loves to bring such stories to life, and I can only hope that this is a revival of this sort of story coming to life in the mini-series format.
Doctor Thorne is a well respected physician in the community that he lives in, and he is raising his brother's daughter. What we find out in short order is that she is born out of wedlock, has a peerage parent who has abandoned her and that her father was killed by her uncle. That is a lot of scandal to survive under but the dear Dr. Thorne shields her from much of that growing up, and she is a perfectly lovely young woman by the time the story begins. There is love, family, and above all the power of money, all wrapped up in a well costumed period setting.
Friday, June 2, 2017
- Bitter , Herbal
- Skill Level:
- 1 Part Hendrick's Gin
1 Part Cointreau
1 Part Lillet
1 Part Lemon Juice
- Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake briskly over cubed ice. Double strain into cocktail glass.