Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: Home Edition

How is everyone doing these days? Hanging in there? It's certainly weird times we're living in, but we're all in it together and we'll get through it. I've been doing a lot of cuisining and screening at home (you should be, too!) and thought I'd share a few recipes and films I've enjoyed lately.

I have finally mastered the art of oven-baked salmon. The trick? A meat thermometer! Truly, it is the best kitchen gadget I own. It takes all the guesswork out of cooking meat. Below is an incredible topping for salmon (though it would be fabulous on just about any fish, or even chicken and pork):

-Mince equal parts flat leaf parsley, garlic, capers and anchovies, then squirt with a bit of lemon. It's a flavor BOMB and really addicting. I usually start with about 1/4 cup parsley, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 TB of capers and 3 anchovies. I cannot recommend enough!!

Green Rice is a recipe that's been in my family for over 100 years. It comes from my great-grandmother on my dad's side. It makes a TON and is really satisfying:

-1 cup uncooked rice (don't add salt)
-1 beaten egg
-1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
-1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
-1 green pepper, chopped
-1 cup milk
-1 TB salt
-1/2 tsp pepper

Cook the rice. Then add milk, eggs and all other ingredients. Stir to combine. Put this in a buttered casserole dish (1 quart) and bake for 45 minutes, uncovered, at 350.

Salmon with Anchovy topping, Green Rice and Brussels (I ate all my roasted ones before remembering to take the picture!)
I also have been living for Rachael Ray's Korean Sloppy Joes, and I baked an old-school recipe, Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Icing, and it's nearly impossible to stop eating. (I added craisins and subbed sweetened condensed milk for the cream in the frosting because it was all I had!)

I love a good Netflix binge, but I also love watching old films. Here's a few you might enjoy if you can get your hands on a copy:

-Funny Girl - the Babs Streisand classic, and she won an Oscar for it

-Moonstruck - Cher was fabulous, as per usual, and won an Oscar for this

-Urban Cowboy - not a feel good John Travolta musical but entertaining if you like Honky Tonks and Texas (like me)

-Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - only worth watching (kind of) if you were a fan of the first one

-Lawrence of Arabia - widely regarded as many famous directors' favorite film, and it was absolutely stunning, rightfully winning the Oscar for cinematography, but being 4 hours long? I just can't.

I hope this provided you with a little bit of humor and that it was a brief distraction. Now y'all seriously need to go try my anchovy topping. It's a showstopper!!

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