Posts made in January, 2012


Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

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Ah, cheesecake! This cheesecake is the reason I am unable to eat cheesecake in restaurants. Once you’ve had it… that’s it.

Topped with a decadent sour cream topping, it is the only way to eat cheesecake. Lots of vanilla, Perfect creamy smoothness. And the graham cracker crust compliments without asserting itself.

Today was my hubby’s birthday, and he asked for the cheesecake. Which I usually don’t make unless it’s for his birthday… I probably haven’t made it in a couple of years. It’s not hard to make, but it is a bit labor intensive. It’s also my grandmother’s recipe!

Simply fantastic!

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments



Saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at the Westhampton Theater (in Richmond, VA) today. It was great!

I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I last saw a film that assumed intelligence on the part of the audience. It’s a very quiet film, and lots of information, clues, hints, etc. about the goings on in the story are given briefly in visual moments, mentioned in very short conversations, etc. You have to pay attention and make inferences where appropriate.

Gary Oldman is spectacular. I’m not sure he says a word for the first 15 minutes of the film, to be honest. His presence demands attention – his silence commands it! His George Smiley is played perfectly… it makes me want to go back and watch the miniseries that was made in 1979 with Alec Guinness in the role of Smiley just to compare interpretations.

Two fairly important characters in the story (Smiley’s wife and Karla) are never even seen face-on — which I loved. Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job in the complicated role of Peter Guilliam. Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux is another effective performance. I have to admit, I find John Hurt is “John Hurt” (i.e. the same sort of character) in so many films that I find his presence in this one rather distracting.

And the sparse use of Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds and David Dencik, was, I thought, really well done. I think it’s pretty rare that you bother to put actors with a lot of face recognition into a film and then use them sparingly.

Gary Oldman was interviewed on Fresh Air last week and mentioned a couple of scenes that were not in the film that I saw. I hope this means there will be a director’s cut that puts back in additional content. I hope to see him in the list of nominees for Best Actor at the Oscars!!!

Super big thumbs-up from me on this one!

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

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I had never been to The Black Sheep on West Marshall in Richmond (VA) before last night. Some friends suggested going to get a drink after a baby shower we all attended.

Now, we were all full to the brim after eating all afternoon at the shower, so the intention was just to go get a beer (or a cider in my case) and be social. But, as they say, the best laid plans of mice & men…

As it turns out, we had all seen the episode of Man vs. Food that was set in Richmond, and The Black Sheep was one of the locales visited because of their enormous sandwiches (called Battleships). But oh, what sandwiches they are…

Despite being full, after seeing the food on the tables around us, we all decided to order sandwiches to take home and have the next day.

Hubby & I ordered the USS Brooklyn – jerk barbecue chicken on a FANTASTIC baguette with roasted banana ketchup and peach chutney. Wow, oh wow. Spicy, sweet, crunchy… gods such a good sandwich!

The couple with us ordered a CSS Shenandoah – crabmeat, pollock, bay scallops & potato/veggie/cheese hash baked with mornay sauce & roasted red peppers on another one of those marvelous baguettes. The sandwich looked delicious. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t eat seafood.

So, consider this my high recommendation to check out The Black Sheep. It was a really great meal, and we plan to return!

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Food | 0 comments



Mmm homemade Mulligatawny soup!

Recipe from here:

The awesome thing about soups like this is that you’ll find a thousand different recipes online and each one will taste distinctly different.

I served ours with the recommended almonds (which I toasted), a dollop of plain yogurt, and some naan I’d picked up a while back at the local Indian grocery. The only thing I did differently from the recipe was using Garam Masala instead of the coriander/cumin/peppercorn/cinnamon stick recommended.

It was very spicy – which kind of snuck up on you. I also needed a bit of salt with mine, but my hubby enjoyed his without. I think it turned out just slightly thicker than I would have preferred – but the naan compensated for this by being a dipping soup-conveyance.

Overall, excellent. However it made enough to serve 8-10, not the 4-6 the recipe claimed! I’m going to try another variant in a couple of weeks that also includes potato and apple into the mix.

I love soup when it’s really cold outside!

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