Lindsay

One of my favorite blogs is Love and Knuckles. Kate, the blogger (and my blog hero), is a fantastic writer, witty and hilarious and mean, but in the best possible way. She posted a Daily Beast article today, “‘Mean Girls’ Turns 10: Why the Modern Classic is Still So Fetch”. How perfect as I totally owed you a post on Lindsay’s new show. To this day (and I cannot believe it has been 10 years), I love this movie. I loved Lindsay Lohan in this movie (and Rachel McAdams and Tina Fey and, and, and). I frankly loved Lindsay Lohan in everything from the Parent Trap to this. Who didn’t?

Now, she’s a full fledged trainwreck. I have been watching her 8 part docuseries, which debuted in March on OWN, and although it does give me massive anxiety, I have to keep watching. The show starts right after she leaves rehab in Malibu and follows her through a move to NYC. This girl is literally sabotaging her career right in front of the camera and I don’t know how she comes back after the documentary. Her behavior is so erratic, she has limited opportunities these days and she just blows them off. Mind boggling.

When I first started watching, I thought, OK, she’s not an idiot like Britney Spears, she’s actually intelligent, maybe I’ll like her. Well, she may not be an idiot, but she’s 100% delusional and in denial about the state of the union. It’s impossible to like her. She is up her own ass so far about being an amazing actress and her agents not fighting for her. Linds needs to take a hard look in the mirror, if she can see past those gigantic, restalyn filled lips, to see who she is now.

Her parents are disasters, both of them, so I guess it’s not rocket science that she turned out this way, especially in conjunction with her Hollywood lifestyle. I thought I was going to want to root for her. I don’t. Not in her current state. It’s really, really sad.

Here’s my point. TV is slim pickins right now. This is on demand. You should watch it. Troubling, but fascinating business.

 

 

Just for the Halibut (with Pesto)

OK, so I have been feeling a little self conscious after last night’s dinner post. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen someone else blog about making a shitty meal, so I guess I’m a pioneer in that arena. I needed to make something delicious and pretty tonight in order to redeem my ego and my food cred.

The weather was calling for something fresh & light, it was 75° and gorgeous today. I went back to one of my old faves, Grilled Halibut with Pesto and Arugula from Epicurious.  The problem was Oliver. He doesn’t eat fish, wouldn’t like arugula and I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to dig the pesto. I am not the mom who makes multiple dinners, we have a rule that he has to try something, even if he doesn’t like it and spits it out. I made a slight dinner modification and got him chicken breast tenders, but  prepared both the halibut and chicken the same way. Olive oil, salt, pepper – baked at 400°. 12 min for the halibut, 15 for the chicken. I served with quinoa and steamed green beans. Healthy , delish and on the table in 30 minutes, a winning combo. Also makes a lovely summer dinner to serve for guests.

He tried a little bit of the pesto on his chicken, hated it and spit it out. He ate the rest of the dinner, good compromise. And the best part is I got to eat exactly what I wanted for dinner.

Halibut with Pesto

Grilled Halibut with Pesto and Arugula courtesy of Epicurious

Ingredients

  • 4 8-ounce halibut fillets
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup Classic Pesto (recipe to follow)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups arugula leaves

Preparation

  1. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush each halibut fillet with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until just opaque in center, about 4 minutes per side. Spread each fillet with thin layer of pesto, dividing equally. (NOTE – as I said, I prepared mine in the oven. I had 1lb halibut cut into 2 fillets, cooked at 400° for 12 minutes)
  2. Whisk lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in medium bowl to blend. Add arugula; toss to coat. Divide arugula among 4 plates; top with grilled halibut

Serves 4

Making pesto literally could not be easier. And it tastes so good. If you haven’t made your own pesto, you will kick yourself for not doing it sooner. Mini Cuisinart, 7 ingredients, boom, done. If I was smart(er), I would have made like 6 times the recipe and stuck it in the freezer, it freezes beautifully. Another day…

Classic Pesto  courtesy of Bon Appétit

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves (from about 3 large bunches)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino Sardo or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Preparation

  • Combine first 4 ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until paste forms, stopping often to push down basil. Add both cheeses and salt; blend until smooth. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Top with 1/2 inch olive oil and chill.)

Makes 1 cup

My Sh*tty Dinner – Defeated by a Rump Roast

I consider myself to be a pretty decent cook. For the most part, I follow recipes and it all works very well. I am choosy about the recipes I pick, I only make stuff with a 4+ star rating. I read the reviews carefully and take the other comments into consideration before I make a dish. I am a thoughtful cook.

GFY Rump Roast  Rump Roast Dinner - it looks pretty

This doesn’t happen to me very often, but last night’s dinner was an abysmal failure. Like really, really bad. That roast beef was such a disaster, I had to throw it away. I hate throwing food away. I had visions of choking, this beef was so tough. I tried to get Oliver to eat it (after cutting it into the smallest pieces ever) and he said he didn’t like the “crunchy” meat. Yeah, I don’t blame you honey. Me either. He also didn’t like the rice. He loves rice! Part of the reason I made this recipe was the rice! It was long grain, white rice cooked in chicken stock, butter and salt – I mean, what’s wrong with that? It was actually pretty good, especially with the gravy from the roast, which did turn out deliciously. But he wouldn’t eat it. He did however, eat the roasted kale, so I got that goin for me.

Look, I’m sure the recipe is actually great, I just totally f’ed it up. I think things broke down with the cooking time/temp. The recipe called for cooking a 3 – 3.5lb rump roast at 275° for 1.5 – 2 hours, until the internal temperature reached 130°. I bought a smaller roast, 2.5 lbs, used my oven’s temp probe, and made the decision to cook at 325° (other roast recipes cook at that temp, it wasn’t that crazy) since it was getting a little later than I anticipated. The internal temp got to 130 in about 40 minutes, but the meat was clearly just not done and I had to continue putting it back in the oven. Meat no worky.

Please, please send me a recipe for your favorite Sunday roast. I need help. I figure I should be honest with you about the failures so you know I don’t just say everything I cook is amazing. It ain’t and this wasn’t. Just keepin it real.

 

 

Slacking

What up. I’m sitting in my kitchen while Oliver is upstairs napping about to get my Sunday dinner together. Today, I am in need of a red meat fix and have never attempted to do a roast myself, so I decided it’s time to give it a try. I found Emeril’s recipe for Sunday Night Roast Beef and Gravy with Easy Rice on the Food Network and thought it sounded perfect. Post coming tomorrow.

I know I have totally been slacking on posting. I thought after I was done with my move I’d be more focused and ready to write. But I’m not. And I want to be. Getting used to living in a new space and making it your home takes a bunch of energy and even though the house is amazing and I am so happy, it’s just starting to feel like home and after 3 weeks.

Thanks for cutting me some slack on my slacking. I’ve been thinking about lots of things I want to share with you, just need to get my shit together and do it!

Here’s a little list of what’s on my mind:

  1. Linday Lohan’s show on OWN – I mean, she is a self destructive, delusional train wreck. I can’t not watch.
  2. Game of Thrones – I know, I’m like 3 years late to the party.
  3. Stella & Dot – Again, nothing new here, but my friend Renee came for a visit on Friday and she lent me a bunch of her samples. Obsessed.
  4. MIHS Class of 94 – 20 Year Reunion – I took over planning it. Could not be more excited.
  5. House Pics – I need to show off my digs…I am so proud of how it turned out! My friend Jenny is an amazing photographer and we are planning a house shoot
  6. RHONY – One word. Aviva.
  7. Daytime Dresses – I just ordered 7 from Piperlime. I hope I find 2 that work.
  8. FRAME Denim – love this perfect denim specimen

Now that I’ve told you, I have to follow through and write.