November 26, 2009

Squash soup

6 bacon slices
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 pound portabella mushrooms, sliced
½ pound parsnips, peeled and chopped
½ pound carrots, peeled and chopped
1 green apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
3 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Cook bacon in a 4 to 6 quart heavy pot over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Add garlic, jalapeño and caraway seeds to fat in pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is pale golden, about 1 minute. Broil squash pieces for 5 minutes or until brown. Add squash, carrots, apple, thyme, bay leaves, chicken broth, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and boil, uncovered, until vegetables are tender (15 to 20 minutes). Discard thyme and bay leaves. Sauté mushrooms in butter and oil over medium-high heat, season.

Purée soup until smooth; add vinegar, season. Serve topped with mushrooms, crumbled bacon and sour cream (cranberries and goat cheese, pictured).

Happy Thanksgiving

squash soupVegetarian alternative: Use olive oil and veggie broth in lieu of bacon and chicken stock, maybe throw in some smoked paprika.

November 25, 2009

Humans from Earth

We come from a blue planet light-years away
Where everything multiplies at an amazing rate
We're out here in the universe buying real estate
Hope we haven't gotten here too late

We're humans from Earth
You have nothing at all to fear
I think we're gonna like it here

We're looking for a planet with atmosphere
Where the air is fresh and the water clear
With lots of sun like you have here
Three or four hundred days a year

Bought Manhattan for a string of beads
Brought along some gadgets for you to see
Here's a crazy little thing we call TV
Do you have electricity?

I know we may seem pretty strange to you
But we got know-how and a golden rule
We're here to see manifest destiny through
Ain't nothing we can't get used to

We're humans from Earth

~ T-Bone Burnett

November 24, 2009

Eat less meat

eat less meat

Factory-farmed meat is cheap and readily available, that don't make it right. Think about where your food comes from. Question the logic and ethics of production and distribution. Learn. Discern. And maybe try to eat less meat.

November 23, 2009

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

This is a great film. I finally watched it tonight, been almost a year since Gran Torino first hit theaters. I fail to recall seeing any movies that were actually released this year, so I'm going to stretch the rules and call Gran Torino the best of 2009 (especially since it was completely overlooked by the 2008 Academy Awards).

The movie is not about racism, or prejudice, or gangs. I don't think it was about redemption, or breaking old habits. It wasn't about the car. Ultimately, the story is about letting go.

Clint Eastwood plays an embattled, aging, widower veteran - still at war with the world and himself. He's crotchety and bitter, even as he protectively lashes out against injustice in a Detroit neighborhood burdened by crime and intimidation.

Resentment, guilt, pain, fear, desperation, helplessness, vengeful rage, and finally sacrifice. Eastwood's acting carries the film, the pace was a little slow, intentionally, I believe. The direction, cinematography, and editing were top quality - executed with craft and care.


November 19, 2009

Wind power

wind power
Southern England, a man is lifted off his feet by a strong gust. The Guardian UK

Delaware's offshore wind harvesting may yet become reality. NRG Energy has purchased BluewaterWind, breathing new life into the project that seemed to go belly up in last year's financial crash.

November 18, 2009

New York's #2 Station

Sixty-two episodes of News Radio now available on Hulu.

Live audience and Joey Buttafuoco jokes - ah, the 90's.

November 12, 2009

Best of 2009

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

November 5, 2009

Solace, Luxury & Despair

Believe me,
there is no solace
in their luxury,
only deep despair.

~ Jack Donaghy

November 4, 2009

Keep hope alive, and hope will keep you alive.

pedro zin

In it to win it. Let's go Fightin's.

P.S. - Baseball in November. Great season for the Phillies that could have been that much better. ABTY