Friday, October 16, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: Home Edition, Part 25

I thought I'd shake things up and forego the usual orange pumpkin this year, and found these beautiful Cinderella pumpkins! I guess technically you COULD carve them(?), but they're just too pretty.

Love my Cinderella pumpkins!

I love Cacio e Pepe, the traditional Italian pasta dish that makes its own sauce essentially from starchy pasta water, Parmesan Cheese and Black Pepper. Because I can never leave well enough alone, I found a recipe for Pumpkin Cacio e Pepe, and while the pumpkin flavor isn't overpowering, it adds a luscious, velvety creaminess and produces a beautiful hue. And since pumpkin is a fruit, this dish counts as one serving of fruit in my book. I could not get enough of this and will be adding it into my rotation. Here's the recipe I used!

Antebellum - Yowza. This one starts at 100 and doesn't really slow down. It's in the vein of "Get Out", "Us", and "12 Years a Slave" and presents a horrifying world - one that is happening underground, right under our nose. It dragged in spots, and while the reviews have been generally negative, I thought it was a brilliant premise, profoundly disturbing and have thought about it long since having watched it. Janelle Monae reminds us of her kween status and Jack Huston's nefarious antagonist was the perfect catsing choice. Outstanding production and costume design. 

Dances with Wolves - Another yowza. The film clocks in at 3 hours and 1 minute, but won just about every Oscar known to man. It's Kevin Costner's pièce de résistance, telling the tale of a Civil War soldier who befriends a tribe of Lakota Native Americans. They learn each others' culture, language and values, and he falls in love along the way. Of course. The cinematography is beautiful, and the story really is touching. A heartbreaking reminder of those who came before us.

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