Friday, September 11, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: Home Edition, Part 21

For me, summer isn't complete without a trip to the beach. This summer however, it proved to be quite difficult to try and figure out when and how to get to one. Finally, I booked a few days at Carolina Beach, and it was amazing to get a change of scenery, and one that included the ocean. There were very few people on the beach, and we had some pretty terrific weather. And I came home just in time for some 59 degree mornings, prepping me for fall!

My favorite view


CUISINE
I've always loved a Vodka Cream Sauce, and had never attempted one until recently. Homemade pasta sauce might be best, but a doctored up jar of tomato or marinara sauce also works just fine.

-1 jar tomato or marinara sauce
-a splash (or 2) of vodka
-a splash (or 3) of heavy cream
-1 box linguine or other long noodle
-protein, optional

Heat your red sauce in a large skillet and stir in your vodka. Let this simmer for a bit, so the alcohol cooks off. Meanwhile, cook your noodles according to package directions, and if you want to add a protein, get that ready. I sauteed some raw shrimp with olive oil and garlic, and then stirred that into the sauce, but you could also add in some cooked chicken, or even something like Kielbasa might work? Go crazy. Add the heavy cream, noodles and protein to the sauce and get everything coated. And then be prepared, it will be hard to go back to plain red sauce. 

Linguine and Shrimp in Vodka Cream Sauce

SCREEN
The Searchers - A friend and avid reader suggested that I watch this film, and I'm ashamed to admit, that it was my very first Western. This movie introduced me to the iconic, commanding on-screen presence that is John Wayne, and he does not disappoint. Wayne and a fellow cowboy head into the wild west, in search of his kidnapped niece. There are certainly some corny moments (it was filmed in 1956!), but there are several endearing ones as well. At times this film might leave you "searching" for depth, but it's a quintessential American Cowboy classic that will certainly entertain.

Desperados - Another Netflix rom-com that presents a silly plot, but wins you over by the end. Nasim Pedrad heads up a trio of gal pals who jet set to Mexico, to delete a manic email that accidentally got sent to her new boyfriend. This movie will make you want to be somewhere tropical with your friends, but about an hour and change in, you'll probably start to zone out. It might be a bit too long for its own good, but it's a welcomed escape from the real world. 

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