Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hey, watch it sister!

"Come on Julie, have some lard."

Via jason

Leek and Potato Soup (ala Julia Child)

Photo via Average Betty

For about 2 quarts serving 6 to 8 people
  • A 3 to 4 quart saucepan
  • 3 to 4 cups or 1 lb. peeled potatoes, sliced or diced (canned whole or cubed works too)
  • 3 cups or 1lb. thinly sliced leeks including the tender green; or yellow onions (1 large leek is enough)
  • 2 quarts of water (4 cups) - you can also use veggie broth to give more flavor
  • 1 Tb salt
Simmer the vegetables, water and salt together, partially covered for about 40 to 50 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Mash the vegetables in the soup with a fork, or pass the soup through a hand mixer. Correct seasoning ( she's not kidding - I had to add more salt and veggie seasoning because it was bland)

Set aside uncovered until just before serving, then reheat to the simmer.

  • 4 to 6 Tb. whipping cream or 2 to 3 Tb. softened butter
  • 2 to 3 Tb. minced parsley or chives ( chives gives it more flavor and doesn't cut into the flavor of the leaks)
Off heat and just before serving, stir in the cream or butter by spoonfuls.

Pour into a tureen or soup cups and decorate with herbs.

Bon Appetit!

Recipe Source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, & Simone Beck

I believe I found my new religion: cooking. The whole process took about two hours, but my focus was on nothing else but making this dish. I was in the zone and it felt great.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tom Hardy

"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dead or Alive Wednesday

Boys and girls, today we'll be learning about comparing and contrasting.

"Lover Come Back to Me"

How are the videos similar, and how are they different?


The Gayle King Show

Ann Curry: Being interviewed by you is like eating butter.

Gayle King: Butter??

Ann Curry: Yes. Painless. Yum.

Gayle King: Next time, let’s put a biscuit on it.

I love how Gayle adds to the food analogy. She loves her food, and it’s one of the many reasons I like her lately.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Mini Gaga

Quickly before I hop on over to the Oyster Fest. Mini Lady Gaga (Terra Jole') will be performing tonight at Zephyr Stadium after the game. Her opening act will be Mini Michael Jackson and, get this, Mini Beyonce!! Awesome!!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Being There

Melissa McCarthy, the actress, said it best (and I paraphrase), “You are your problem and your solution.”

Have you ever wanted to be something that you thought you would be good at, but deep down inside you knew it just wasn’t going to happen?

I did.

I wanted to be a math teacher. I had such a good math teacher my last two years in high school that I believed I was actually capable of teaching others. Even though I was in denial that I’d made straight D’s my sophomore year in Geometry.

Even in college, I concentrated in math. I never made a grade higher than a C in my math courses at UNO, but HELL I knew I was going to teach it. As a matter of fact, the only math class I made a B in was Calculus for Business Majors.

You know why?

Because I only had to memorize formulas and problems and there was never any actual proving of proofs. The instructor basically gave you the problems that were going to be on the test, but he just changed the numbers.

I suppose I realized I didn’t like teaching math when I actually started doing it my second year at work. I wasn’t very good at explaining it, and I found it all too boring. Experience made me come to that conclusion.

Now, what if I’d never come the realization that it just wasn’t meant to be? Would I be missing something in me telling me to change direction? I knew I didn’t need anyone to tell me so, but what if I looked to others to tell me what my life should be like? Looking to others for solutions is not the way I want to live my life.

They are not me.

I am my own person.

YOU are your own person.


I was once told that there's nothing going on in the suburbs. It's all vanilla and that everything that is anything is happenin' in New Orleans.

I beg to differ. I saw a legless man smoking his cigarette next to his front door. I waved *hi* as I walked by. He waved back.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Oops! Naomi

Someone took offense.

Tyra's BFF!