Wednesday, March 31

the last game

Wow--a post that's not about a book or movie!

It wasn't the Chiefs last game (that is on Saturday), but it was our last time to see them tonight. Judy generously gave us three extra tickets she had and we all met up there for the game. She got us great seats--center ice, right behind the glass. It was nice hanging out with Judy, but it would have been even nicer had there not been a row of loud, drunk twits sitting right behind us. But, what can you do?

I'm not sure if the Chiefs won or not as we left early so that Jake could get to bed relatively on time. I think it was tied up when we left, though. They haven't updated the score on their web site yet, so I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 30

horns

I received Horns (for a perfectly good synopsis, click the link) in the mail on Saturday and set to task, finishing it last night. It was an incredible read, unlike any other book I've read (and I've read a few books in my time).

The book had everything (horror, romance, crime drama, etc.), along with a tidy ending.

Joe Hill is the real deal. Let's hope he starts cranking out the work like his dear old dad, Stephen King.

Monday, March 29

1, 2, 3, go!

The gardening season has officially kicked off--I planted my first seeds of the season. Granted, they were indoors, but I'll take it. I planted a two flats of peppers (1 flat of green bells, and another of cubanelle and a few jalapenos).

Now, I just need to get through tomorrow and I'll be able to do some real gardening outside in the nice weather.Post Options

Sunday, March 28

the dark knight

Much like all of the other Batman movies I've seen, I didn't like this one, either. I should have known better than to rent it, but it got such rave reviews that I thought for sure this would be the Batman movie I'd like. I blame it all on the "Batman" series I watched as a kid. Nothing can compare to the campy ridiculousness of that show. Or maybe it's just the fact that all of these Batman movies are friggin' boring. I don't know. But, I do know I wasted 2.5 hours of my precious time last night--time that could have been better spent reading Horns, by Joe Hill.

Sunday, March 21

the brothers bloom

All of the funny stuff for this movie happened in the previews. I hate when that happens. Given this, the movie was ok, but, I could have saved myself some time and just watched the previews again.

Sunday, March 14

milk

We watched this movie last night, while drinking margaritas, not milk. Sean Penn starred, so the acting was great, but I just was not into the movie. The plot was kind of boring, if you ask me. So, I give the movie a thumbs down, but the margarita a thumbs up.

Friday, March 12

blvd

The boy went to Pittsburgh with the in-laws to see the Grease musical, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for Brian and me to have dinner at the Boulevard Grill. Conveniently, Brian's parents bought him a gift certificate for the restaurant for his birthday.

I had a crab cake sandwich and Brian had a turkey pastrami sandwich. Both were really good. We mostly talked shop over dinner. I guess we shouldn't do that, but it was that kind of week.

I came home and took a catnap, so now I'm wide awake, whereas Brian crashed out around 10pm. It's going to be a busy weekend so I should probably go to bed soon.

Monday, March 8

cappelletti


I decided to tackle my grandmother's cappelletti recipe over the weekend. Actually, it's my great-grandmother's recipe, but while I was growing up, my grandmother was always the one to make it over the holidays, so I think of it as her recipe.

First up was the chicken stock:
4.5 pounds of chicken backs
3 stalks of celery
4 carrots
2 medium onions
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons salt

Giant Eagle was out of chicken backs, so I opted for chicken thighs instead. I put everything in an 8 quart stock pot and topped it off to within an inch of the top with water; simmered for 4 hours and then put into the fridge until ready to use.

While that was cooking, I baked 1 pork chop and 1 chicken breast in the oven. After cooking and cooling, I cut the meat into chunks and put it into the food processor along with these ingredients:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

I made a pate with the ingredients and then put it into the refrigerator until ready to use.

When it was almost time to make the cappelletti, I mixed the pasta dough ingredients in my mixer:
4 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons salt

I had to add a little more water than specified. After mixing everything up, I oiled the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Next it was time to roll out the dough. I used my trusty pasta machine. If I had to do this by hand, I would never attempt it.

The recipe was supposed to make 150 cappelletti. I think I got slightly less than that. I started off making them pretty small, but as time wore on, they kept getting bigger and bigger. Either way, it made just enough for the amount of stock I had.

Brian was supposed to help me with the process, but got stuck on some other things. Luckily for me, he did arrive home at the tail end and helped me knock out the rest of the cappelletti.


I was pleased with how they turned out--I thought they tasted just like Grandma's. Jake really liked them and Brian said it was the best soup he ever had. Given the amount of work involved, the recipe is probably better suited for the holidays, rather than some random Saturday in March, but now that I have my practice session in, I wouldn't have a problem making this for the holidays.

Sunday, March 7

lars and the real girl

This was a dramedy (we seem to be watching a lot of these recently) about a mentally ill guy who orders a RealDoll off of the internet and treats her as his girlfriend. I thought the movie was supposed to be more of a comedy, but it was not. It was still interesting to watch. I think Brian enjoyed it more than I did, but overall, I liked it.

Saturday, March 6

winter

So, how about this winter? This is definitely the most snow we've had in the 14 years of living in our house. Even so, it still doesn't seem like the worst winter we've ever had. Granted, from the end of December until the end of February it was non-stop, but winter's always worse when it lasts longer (starting in October or November, for example).

Prior to the snow, I was thinking it might be nice to get a car for my next vehicle (not that that is happening any time soon), rather than a SUV. However, this winter made me realize what a bad decision that would be.

But, at least spring is on the way. The snow is melting and soon it will be time to garden again!

Wednesday, March 3

spring is in the air

Despite all of the snow, I'm looking forward to the upcoming gardening season. Today, I mailed my order for the Cambria County Conservation District's annual plant sale. Over the winter, I read a great article about high density plantings and realized that I, too, can grow fruit in my back yard. So, I ordered cherry, apple, and peach trees. It should be interesting--a whole new subject to research! I also ordered raspberries. I just love red raspberries, so I figured I'd give those a try, too. And, I ordered some general landscaping items to round out the list.

While I haven't checked my schedule, I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to start planting peppers soon. Figuring out this year's planting schedule is on my list of tasks for the weekend.

So, the snow better melt soon, because I'm ready to garden!