I don't know what it is about the 1940's, but some of the brightest and best films ever made were produced during America's darkest days. I'm not talking exclusively about saccharine-sweet sentimentality (finger wag at you, It's a Wonderful Life).
No, there were plenty of witty, insightful, inspiring and laugh-out-loud films that stand up seven decades after they were made. I'm betting there are several here you've never seen.
During the holiday season I urge you to search Turner Classic Movies, Netflix streaming, Hulu or Apple TV for these gems. Trust me, they'll put you in the Christmas spirit and won't leave you with a sugar hangover.
Many--myself included--view dessert as the jewel in Thanksgiving's crown, and I believe that any serious holiday buffet requires several. If you feel overwhelmed, it's easy to purchase desserts or delegate them to others. If, however, you plan to prepare only one sweet treat yourself, make sure it's the Candied Pecan Tart. The recipe is adapted from a drop-dead delicious walnut tart I used to adore at March, Wayne Nish's now closed restaurant on Manhattan's Sutton Place. Unlike traditional pecan pies, it is almost pure nuts and contains no starchy filler.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...unless it's streaming on Netflix. Then, there's a good chance it's everything you remember and a whole lot more. Coming November 25th, you'll be able to judge for yourself when it releases Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
I don't 'bout you, but I'll be deliriously happy when this election cycle is over.
You know what I mean internets, we've been gnawing this campaign bone for almost two years...and there's barely enough left to make a decent prison shank. And from the look of things we're gonna need it.
Here's the problem. Some of you see our candidates as half-guilty, while I see them as half-innocent. Call me a cockeyed optimist (and I'll remind you that my glasses are on backorder and I won't be cockeyed when they arrive) but, everybody running for office is deeply and eternally flawed.
Before you think this is one of those Rodney King-why-can't-we-all-get-along stories, lemme stop you right there. It's not.
If there's one thing this election has taught me, it's that there's no way in H-E-double-hockey sticks we can agree on anything in this country.
What ingredient makes every dish better? Bob probably thinks I'm going to say "ketchup" because I'm such a huge fan. But my vote actually goes to cheese.
Cheese takes everything from burgers to beef stew into extraordinary territory. Somehow, biting into that gooey goodness makes the world seem a better place. And nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorous and others mean it can be healthy. (As if I needed an excuse to eat more of my fav!)