Monday, March 23, 2009

reality check

A and I like to watch our reality shows, including The Bachelor, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and Celebrity Apprentice. We were both strangling Jason through the TV when he chose Melissa, and we cheered when Molly agreed to give him a second choice. We did NOT like Melissa in The Bachelor. Now she's on Dancing with the Stars, and we like her! I totally want her to win, and she's good! My picks for the final three are Melissa, Shawn Johnson, and the naked guy from Sex and the City who is partners with Cheryl Burke. Oh, and Dennis Rodman totally should have been sent home on the Apprentice!

Friday, March 20, 2009

home again home again jiggity jig

We arrived home from Las Vegas today. If you want to see pictures, look here. I provided kind of a lot of commentary, but here are some highlights.

Monday: drove to Vegas in our rental car. It was a Chevy Cobalt, silver. Checked into our hotel, Harrah's. Our room had separate beds. A was happy about that. Walked around Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio. Thought it was silly that all the casinos try to make you feel like you're outside. They must do that because the actual streets in Vegas are so terrible. Ate dinner at Mama Depalma's, best pizza in Sin City. Their fried mozzarella is a must. Then went to Coldstone. I had coffee ice cream with Reeses as a "mix in." I highly recommend it. This was before A found out he had high cholesterol and drastically altered the rest of our culinary experiences on the trip.

Tuesday: St. Patty's day. Everyone was drunk all day. Ate breakfast at my beloved Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian. A had a ham sandwich, the best in the world, I had a cheese danish, also the best in the world. We went to Hoover Dam and avoided many of the drunkards. The damn was big. It was a beautiful day, with a pleasant cool breeze coming off Lake Mead. A found out he has terrible cholesterol. We then ate at Buffalo Wild Wings. I had wings, A had a veggie burger and salad. Did the Eiffel Tower Experience, took some cool pictures. Was informed that the restaurants at the Paris "ooze continental charm." Didn't get pinched.

Wednesday: Walked down the strip, through the mile-long mall, where we purchased tickets to "Scarlett, Princess of Magic" for only $16. Then continued on to M&M and Coke worlds, and the MGM Grand. Enjoyed iced herbal tea while waiting to review a TV show for NBC at TV World. We ended up seeing Gary Unmarried. We both gave it a six, and were asked to come back the next day for a focus group, for which we'd be paid fifty dollars each. Hustled buns to see Scarlett. We were late. She was pretty bad but still baffling. I like magic. At dinner at the Venetian. A had salad again. I had pasta with probably ten cloves of garlic. Yum.

Thursday: Breakfast at Starbucks, fruit for A. Watched the lions at the MGM Grand for a long time before our focus group. Went to focus group, made 50 bucks. Walked to New York New York. Went back to hotel, called Lotus of Siam, asked if they had low cholestorol food. They said no, but that you could substitute tofu in any dish. Drove to Lotus of Siam. Ate delicious delicous Thai food. Found a Marshall's (at last!) A went to Barnes and Noble and bought a lower-your-cholestorol cookbook. Went to Blue Man Group. It rocked.

Friday: Breakfast at Denny's, A had salad again. Then we were off for home. We stopped at UFood Grill in Draper. I had a veggie cheeseburger with unfries. Delicious.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

berry buckle

I made a delicious raspberry buckle today, recipe courtesy Martha Stewart's Everyday FOod. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures. It was good enough that I think I'll be making it again this summer when I have some fresh berries, so maybe I'll take a picture then.

Anyway, I hear that buckle really just means coffee cake, but either way it was great! Here's the recipe for what I made. It was super easy and very delicious.


•1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking dish
•1 cup granulated sugar
•3 large eggs
•1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•2 containers (1/2 pint each) raspberries (2 3/4 cups)
•Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
•Whipped cream


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart oval or square baking dish(I just used a square pyrex dish). In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to combine. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt(I decreased salt to 1/4 teaspoon since I only had salted butter), and baking powder; with mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture until incorporated.

2.Spread batter in baking dish. Scatter raspberries on top (I used rasberries I had frozen from last summer's crop. I measured them out this morning and put them in a strainer over a bowl so any excess water would drain off. By the time I sprinkled them on top, they had decreased in volume a lot, but it still worked out really well!) Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean and top is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes (I was short on time, so I checked it at 40 minutes and it was done). Let cool 20 minutes; dust with confectioners' sugar. With a large spoon, scoop out onto serving plates(or cut into 12 squares like I did); serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Some of you may already know about Pandora Radio. If you don't go there. Right now. It is pretty much my new favorite time waster. I'm familiar with Rhapsody, but this one is free, that's right, FREE. So you enter in an artist you like, and it creates a radio station that plays music from that artist and similar artists. For example, I entered John Pizzarelli, and have listened to Chet Baker, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett so far. If you don't like the song they play, you can give it a thumbs down and they'll never play it again. I am so addicted! You can make different stations for different artists, and switch back and forth whenenver you want, and like I said, it is free! I'll never buy a cd again.
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