Saturday, October 30, 2010

things that make me happy: black and white horror movies

i always forget that my roommate and i get turner classic movies. i'm not sure why. it must be my old age..

this weekend tcm is showing old black and white horror movies and i'm having a hard time watching anything else. today they are showing the horror films of william castle. to be honest, before today i had never heard of william castle but he was a very prolific movie director and producer who focused on the horror/thrill genre. he was particularly known for using gimmicks in his movies and to promote his low budget movies.

i just finished watching "homicidal" and now we're on to "mr. sardonicus". i'm always surprised that these old horror movies are so good! i mean i know they're classics for a reason, but sometimes the effects are so obviously fake, it takes away from the movie. so far the movies i have seen have not been diminished by poor effects. i have found myself on the edge of my seat with my hands covering my mouth, eyes wide, waiting for something dreadful to happen, and then screaming aloud once something dreadful does happen! it's great!

"strait-jacket" is next!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

recently in my kitchen

i've finally been able to get into my kitchen and try some new things. it's been great.

last week i went grocery shopping for the first time in a long while. i'm not sure why i have had such a hard time getting to the grocery store lately. luckily, most of the things i needed were on sale, including eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini.. when i got home, it was go time in the kitchen!

first i made eggplant pasta.

i went low maintenance with the sauce and just smashed it all up in the pan instead of using my food processor. the chunky sauce fit the rigatoni just right.

this was the first time i've ever cooked with eggplant and possibly the second time i've ever eaten it (is that weird??). i was intimidated at first but eggplant is fairly easy to work with, especially in this recipe. all in all, this was a good meal. perfect for this time of year. i would really like to try this again with slow roasted tomatoes. i used fresh cherry tomatoes since i didn't have time to roast any. i would have preferred a deeper tomato flavor to go along with the eggplant. final verdict = success!

later in the week i made couscous and feta stuffed peppers. holy smokes, these were good. full of lovely vegetables. and the colors! so many pretty colors. color is important, people. but beware: this recipe makes a lot of food. i ate stuffed peppers for four meals. i'm kinda peppered out. next time i'll make sure there's a crowd to devour these puppies. final verdict = success!

i also bought a whole chicken during my excursion to the grocery. i tell ya, when i go grocery shopping, i go GROCERY shopping! i had no idea what i was going to do with this chicken. i have never even bought a whole chicken before. i thought about putting it in the crock pot and letting it sit for a few hours with some random spices. that's easy, right? i finally decided to take mark bittman's lead and roast the thing.

honestly, i wasn't expecting much. i was afraid i would under-cook it or over-cook it or it wouldn't have any flavor. i'm not sure if roasting a chicken is just easier than i thought or if i'm some kind of culinary genius (i doubt it), but when i took the finished chicken out of the oven, man, i don't really have words for it. actually, i can think of one: delicious. for reals. i just used butter, garlic, some italian spices, salt and pepper, but they all blended together wonderfully. i had a difficult time carving the thing but on the whole, the roasting process was fairly painless.

as my mom told me while i called her to rant and rave about my fabulous roasted chicken, "if you can roast a chicken, you can roast a turkey... so you're hosting thanksgiving this year, right??"

we shall see, mother. final verdict = success!

and lastly, friends, i made this for breakfast a few saturdays ago.

i started with nigel slater's basic instructions for a fritata. i then added some spinach and shallots. simple. quick. satisfying.

in other news, the jewel-osco on southport reopens tomorrow. i am ecstatic. now that i once again have a grocery store less than half a mile from my apartment, i doubt i will ever be lacking groceries.

cheers to that!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

things that make me happy: the chagall windows at the art institute

America Windows

they're coming back!

when one thinks about the art institute, one may think of american gothic or a sunday on la grande jatte or at the moulin rouge or water lilies. and while my mind may also conjure up these images, i think most about these gorgeous blue windows. i still remember the first time i walked down the long hall housing the museum's collection of medieval suits of armor and seeing the windows at the end. the hall is now filled with stunning indian art, in case you were wondering.

if you have been to the art institute in the past five years, you may have noticed the absence of chagall's windows. the first time i visited the museum and they were gone, i was a little heart broken. they were removed for safety reasons while the new modern wing was under construction. they were also in need of a good cleaning.

but as of november 1st they will be back! and better than ever, if i do say so myself. it's been a while since i spent some time at the art institute. i have a feeling i'll be visiting in novemeber.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

reds and oranges and yellows

i do believe peak week is here, my friends. i always feel bitter sweet when we reach peak week. i get so excited because almost every tree is bursting with color but i know that in a few weeks most of the leaves will have fallen. and the first big storm will most likely tear down the remaining leaves.

i took a long walk this past sunday afternoon. (aka i went to sweet mandy b's. their pumpkin cupcakes are delicious!) these pictures are from my afternoon.

i hope you all are enjoying the fall colors!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

indian summer

fall may be here but this weekend it felt like summer. the past three days have been sunny and hot. not just warm but hot! i enjoy summer but fall has my heart. once the calendar hit september 23rd, there was no turning back people. the warmer temps were nice but i'm ready to be back in the 50s.

to celebrate the (most likely) last warm weekend of the year, i put on a pretty dress and went downtown to spend the day with a family friend.

we had lunch at rl restaurant. i've walked past this restaurant on chicago avenue countless times and never really thought much about it. good thing i have friends who know their restaurants. rl restaurant is a real gem. hey, if it's good enough for oprah, it's good enough for the rest of us, right?

anyway, the food was delicious. i had the arugala salad with a champagne vinaigrette to start, then the lobster club sandwich and for dessert i had cheese cake with michigan cherries. it was perfect. oh, and there was coffee.

lunch lasted almost 3 hours. i hadn't seen this particular friend in a couple of years so there was a lot to catch up on. good thing the interior was relaxing and easy on the eyes. just as good as the food.

supposedly the pictures, prints and paintings hanging in the restaurant are from the personal collection of mr. ralph lauren. i love how eclectic they are without feeling distracting or forced. i especially liked this combination of images.

after lunch we rushed to the oriental theater to see billy elliot. wonderful show. go see it.

i spent the rest of the day enjoying the warm weather and the changing leaves.

i ask you, shouldn't every weekend include good food, good friends and good times??

Saturday, October 9, 2010

happy october indeed!

i'm loving wendy's latest post. she's a hoot.

i have my own: are you in the mood to bust a sweet move? happy pop-and-locktober!


..this happened.

drinks, board games and friends on the back porch at gutheries.
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