Liver and Onions mmmmmm!!!!

Just saying that elicits ewwwwws and icks galore.  But to me, those two words sounds like buttery goodness and make my mouth water and my nose tingle.  I can smell the onions in the air and hear the sizzle of the liver.  I need to cook this when there is no one else in the house, as I am the only one who likes it.  It brings me back to my grandmother's kitchen and Sunday dinners.  

While having dinner with a friend, I was reminded about how gross liver was, it does after all filter all the yuck out of your body I was told.  I countered that it was full of nutrients that the body needs and dismissed again. 

What I should've said was: "Yes the liver is always working to screen out impurities, it turns them into molecules that can be dissolved in water, so they can be easily flushed by your kidneys and excreted from your body, so no, nothing is "stored" in your liver to make it toxic.  The liver does however keep the good stuff (i.e. vitamins vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron)."

So I can't understand why, in this oh so health conscious, hope in a pill society we live in, that people would be dismissive about liver.  I even looked for recipes on how to cook it, and most of them involved making a pate or mousse (which will be a whole other blog entry).  So I've resulted in grandma's recipe, nice and simple.


1/2 pound sliced liver
1/3 c flour
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups white or yellow onions
1 T olive oil

1.Rinse liver and pat dry.
2.In a deep dish or bowl mix flour, salt, and pepper.
3.Place liver in flour mix, cover each slice with flour.
4.In a heavy skillet over high flame, melt butter and saute the liver, flipping as necessary. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, until liver is just cooked through.
5.In a separate pan, heat olive oil, and saute onions until caramelized and soft.
6.Serve liver hot covered with onions.
Stay hungry my friend!

Champagne and Sabers

Ok, I'm half way there!  I have the champagne!  all I need is the saber now to try this.

The Sommelier from the St. Regis Atlanta, Harry Constantinescu, accepted the extraordinary challenge to establish a Guinness Book World Record on September 17, 2010.

The challenge: saber at least 22 bottles of champagne in less than 60 seconds.

The result:  19 bottles of champagne in 60 seconds.

Stay hungry my friend!

IMDB and birthdates

Imdb has become the defacto place to turn to if you're looking for someone in the entertainment industry.  Which is a wonderful thing, famous people and all their information at your fingertips.  The downside to this is all their information.  By this I mean specifically your age.  It shouldn't seem like a big deal, especially in TV world where there are people in their 20s playing teenagers, but this can sometimes hurt a person and prevent them from getting a job, if there actual age is up there.  Some producers or casting might just look at their age and not even consider that the person could pull it off.  With 30 being the new 50, or whatever it is, and all the botox and plastic surgery world that we live in, sometimes we have to push past that. 

But that doesn't happen in Hollywood.  People lose jobs because their "real" age is shown on IMDB.

So if you could fill out this petition that would be great!  It's free and takes just a few seconds of your time. There is a paypal link that comes up after you sign but you don't have to donate any money.

Thank you and help spread the word!

"Removing Birth dates & Age from IMDB"

Gifts of wine

In case you happen to be crafty and love to give wine, here's a way you can blend both. I am always looking for different ways to give wine, it always feels so awkward just flinging around a bottle, I like to make it look pretty.  The interesting thing about this project is that there is no bottom to this bag.   The ribbon runs the length of the bag, as well through the bottom of the bag.  Check out the tutorial at Daisy Janie. 
The tutorial from Daisy Janie is made with paper, but I'm thinking for trying to make it with fabric.  I have a great little tool to insert the grommets, Crop-A-Dile, that I have only used once, but I think this would be the perfect project.

So grab that bottle of wine and start creating!

Stay crafty my friend!

Live or Die

September 15, 2010

Well, it's three weeks later, and filming of the first episode of Live or Die is done.  Now, we're at the point that every project reaches.  Money.  Aside from being independently wealthy (which I'm not, nor is the creator).  In this webworld 2.0, everything cann be done online, especially raising funds for your project.  There are a few popular sites out there, Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, each have there positives attributes.  For this project we're using Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.  Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

For every level of donation, you get something, how cool is that, Disneyland is even on the table.  You have to check out our Kickstarter page and see for yourself.

August 27, 2010
Live or Die is a short interactive web project being released in conjunction with the movie Manhater.  At the end of each webisode, viewers will be given the option to chose the outcome for the episode, hence Live or Die.
This weekend is our first shoot.  My job on this project is PMD - Producer of Media and Distribution, a term coined by Jon Reiss, check out his book Think Outside the Box Office.  I'll be taking photos and video of the shoot and posting it. 

So if you want a behind the scenes look, check back often. 

I'll also post when we're having the next casting session.

Morning smoothies!

I am fortunately/unfortunately a morning person.  This sucks the most on weekends when most people want to relax and sleep in and I am up and ready to go at 6am!  Sure I have quiet time, and can drink my coffee and read the paper, but I don't like to eat alone and am usually famished by the time the rest of the house wakes up. 
Sundays make up for my "bad" habit.  The Food Network helps the morning go by, as well as gives me some cooking ideas for the week.  Viewing starts with Secrets of a Restaurant Chef with host Anne Burrell, her drink ideas are always fun.  Next I watch 5 Ingredient Fix with Claire Robinson.  At first I didn't like this show, I guess I just didn't like Claire's presentation. 

yogurt and honey water waiting to be blended
But after I watched her make the Vanilla Bean Coconut Water Smoothie, I was hooked.  Not a big fan of smoothies, I was intrigued by the 5 ingredients that were needed for this.  First off, I couldn't imagine slurping down a glass of Greek yogurt.  This ingredient to me was only to be used as a substitute for sour cream on my baked potatoes, and not the main ingredient in a drink.  What sold me was the use of the vanilla bean.  I've never baked, cooked, or done anything with the actual bean, so I had to try this.  Add the honey and mint, which I love, and I was sold.  When watching the show for this recipe, Claire suggests using the honey to taste and she only put half of her honey/water mixture in.  I tried this, but didn't like that I could still taste the tartness of the yogurt, and ended up just putting in all the honey/water.  I also couldn't wait the 10-15 minutes for the honey/water to cool, so I put a few of the coconut water ice cubes in the pan to speed up the cooling.   Coconut water can be found in specialty grocery stores.  I have a Mexican grocery store Vallarta (that has well priced vegetables) where I bought 2 cans of the water (1 can fills 1 tray), Wholefood's Market or Trader Joe's are also other grocery options.  The recipe says to use 1/2 a tray, but again, I used the full tray to cut the tartness of the yogurt.  It all depends on your taste.  I like sweet, with just a tiny bit of sour.  Check out the Claire's recipe page for the full recipe as well as other comments on the recipe.

my finished product

1/2 water
1/2 cup honey
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon torn fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Coconut water, frozen in ice cube tray (approximately 1/2 tray) (I used a full tray)

Combine the water, honey and vanilla bean pod in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the vanilla to infuse into the honey. Remove the vanilla pod and allow the mixture to cool completely, about 10 to 15 minutes. (I added a few coconut ice cubes to help speed the cooling time)
In a blender, combine some of the vanilla honey with the yogurt, mint and 1/2 tray of frozen coconut water cubes, or more for desired consistency. Puree until smooth, then pour into glasses and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.

Stay hungry my friend!

Cool and minty

York peppermint patties were always a treat my grandmother would give on me our weekends together, when she would let me stay up late and fall asleep on the couch.  In the summer, she would keep them in the freezer so they wouldn't melt in the sweltering summer heat.   I would run in the house for a break from whatever our childhood game of the day was, grab a cold glass of milk and one or two patties from the freezer.  They were the tiny ones, so I would just pop it in my mouth and let it melt.

How happy was I to find a recipe on how to make my own!  Emily at Joyful Abode shares her recipe for making a "much more nourishing, high-fat, low-sugar version".  I'll have to try making them both with and without the honey (Emily says it effects the sweetness).  Either way I'm in! 

Stay hungry my friend!

Things to perk up the day

Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty, difficulties with your outside clothing--all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art--at the door.

The world makes way for those who know where they are going

Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain!
Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present!
Live supremely well now!
It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright!
This is the way of the wise.

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.

Change is a function of nature this is an integral necessary in the circles and cycles of life itself.

If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.

The only real risk is the risk of thinking too small.

Success is not so much achievement as achieving. Refuse to join the cautious crowd that plays not to lose; play to win.

What really matters is what you do with what you have .

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay for doing it.

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.

This is my chance to shine. Don't block the light.

Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won. I never quit.

Savor the beauty of life and believe that each moment in time is a new beginning.

Life is the sharing of songs and of silences, and the holding of memories only the heart can see.

Life's gifts are sweet and free for the taking.

Beyond the clouds, behind the rain, there are a thousand rainbows. One is finding its way to you.

Beautiful people cause beautiful things to happen.

Each of us is a part of all that surrounds us, and every joy we feel is a celebration of life.

Be a searcher. Those who seek are the finders of treasures

Sometimes it's the simplest joys that the heart its sweetest pleasures.

And what is as important as knowledge? asked the mind. Caring and seeing with the heart, answered the soul.

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and happen to those who believe in them.

We are never alone. The heart always finds its way home.

Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech 
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Recipe day

Mmmmmm bacon, but in Ice Cream?  I'm not sure, about mixing the two.  But the folks over at A Good Appetite seem to be ok with it.  Check out their site for a recipe so you can try and make it yourself.  

If you're looking for something a little healthier, what about some Oat-Free, Grain-Free Trail bars?  As the name suggests there are no oats or grains in this recipe, just almonds, pecans, sunflower and pumpkin, a dash of coconut and some grape seed oil and honey, interesting combination.  Visit Daisy Janie for the full recipe. 

Let me know how the recipes turn out!

Stay hungry my friend!