My meeting went well. Now, I wait.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
My cousin Ange used to have this single on 45 and we used to play it over and over. I was 8, he was 19. He and his buddies used to practice their dance moves with yours truly before heading out to the discothèque.
When they weren't around, I wore my leotard and tons of glitter and lip gloss and sang this tune into a hairbrush over and over and over again.
It never ceases to lift my spirits.
Cake's remake is pretty cool too.
I have a really important meeting tomorrow afternoon and, as luck would have it I have a doozy of a head cold. I love this tune. This is one of those timeless tunes that never fails to pick me up when I'm feeling down. Might be the combination of poignant music and nostalgia.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Here's Vito's tribute to his dad.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I love blue eyeshadow.
1973 was the year that everything changed... for me.
I remember what 1973 looked like, smelled like, felt like and sounded like and Life On Mars has got it down.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I'd like to start today by posting my late father's recipe. My father was Abruzzese. There are certain regions in Italy that take food to another level, above and beyond the rustic beauty found in all parts of Italy:
Emilia-Romagna, Abruzzo, Molise, and Campania. The mainstays of the best Italian restaurants always feature dishes from these regions.
I don't make it this way because I find it too heavy, too oily. But some, including my late father, who was as fanatical to the extreme about food as he was about soccer, would say that this is by far the best Sunday Gravy -"and on this issue there can be no debate!"
Lamb any or all of the following:
lamb pancetta (belly)
from the shank of shoulder
ground pork/veal mix
breadcrumbs and grated Pecorino cheese to taste
Italian Pork Sausage
Making the Gravy
Cover the base of a dutch oven a half-inch deep with olive oil. His favorite was Filippo Berio. Heat the oil with a whole yellow cooking onion, halved. When the onion has begun to brown around the edges, remove it from the oil. Sprinkle it with salt and snack on it with a glass of homemade wine. Brown all the meat in this oil. The bigger the mess you make with the oil splattering, the better.*
Once the meat has browned, pour in the homemade jars of tomatoes enough to cover the meat and then some, and a can of tomato paste. Salt and pepper to taste. A sprinkle of sugar and a splash of red wine. Cover with a lid and simmer for the duration of the soccer game.
(He was a rabid Juventus fan.) Try to remember to stir it occasionally.
Bring a stockpot 2/3 full of salted water to boil. Cook 1 lb of Penne Lisce. My father used to swear they were the best for this gravy because they slid between the lips. I'm sure all the oil helped too! When the pasta is cooked, one minute longer than al dente, strain in a colander.
Plating the serving dish:
On a serving dish warmed in the oven, place half a stick of butter. Pour in the pasta. Swirl it around until the butter has melted. Add the gravy one ladle at a time, mixing it the pasta to thoroughly coat it. Not more than that. It's called past'asciutta, meaning dry, not swimming in a broth.
On a separate plate place the meat.
The maccheroni was always served as a first course and the meat with a green tossed salad as a second course. Bread was served with the meat, but not with the pasta. Cheese was placed on the table, allowing each one to use as much or as little as they preferred.
My father, best remembered for his stunning good looks, always showered, shaved, styled his hair, and dressed every night for dinner. Always.
*Doesn't matter, 'cuz the women will clean it up.
Here's one of my recipes for a sugo (tomato sauce) that treads ever-so-lightly on the arteries.
« Okay, that's it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Blessed Ostara and Happy Spring!!!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
An American Family
Ten years ago, HBO bought a pilot script for a show that no one—not creator David Chase, lead actor James Gandolfini, or any of the original cast—thought would ever get made. Today, The Sopranos is perhaps the greatest pop-culture masterpiece of its day, a fearless series that has transformed television. With the story of Tony Soprano, mobster in midlife crisis, just nine episodes from a finale, the players behind the phenomenon tell how it all went down.
by Peter Biskind April 2007
Read the entire article here.
"Bad things happen as lessons to us and in the end we realize that it was in fact a gift."
A gift? I disagree. Strongly. Sometimes bad things happen to us because there are rotten people in the world who have no respect for the dignity of other people. Fuck them.
I have been subjected to what could best be described as a verbal beating that included and was not limited to character assassination of yours truly. The metaphor goes like this:
Someone I knew I led me into a well-lit alley and then proceeded to beat the shit out of me while two people (who could have stopped it) watched.
Now that the utter shock has subsided I find myself going over all my notes on stregoneria, Santeria, and Voodoo from way back when. Legal recourse won't be enough to quench the fire in my heart. It'll help, but from where I'm standing right now...
Io voglio vendetta.
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