Tuesday, February 12, 2008

baby spinach w/ mandarin oranges, cajun spiced pecans, dried cherries, goat cheese & caramelized onion vinaigrette
Again, Eleven Eleven is HEAVEN. Yup, that rhymes!

Heaven on a plate...I will figure out the dressing and live off this all summer!
Ah, summer.....

Sunday, February 10, 2008

You think it's easy?

Well, I'll tell ya boys...it's not!

1. hour in curlers

2. Shirley Temple
3. Brush it out

Illusion ain't easy.

EKK! I forgot to flip the middle 2 photos!! Hear of a nonaC?

Crazy Parents!

It's Lunar New Year in Korea...and my folks are celebratin in style!
The pink and purple vest on dad makes me giggle.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Fabulous Fox

!!!I Love the Fox!!!

I was looking up the history on our local theatre and ran into a press release in 1929 declaring the Fox to be ‘the newest, most exotic temple of amusement’! Sadly it closed in 1951. Locked up tight, this beautiful building was lost to St Louis until 1981. A truly fabulous couple, Leon and Mary Strauss, found the old building, and with flashlights in hand, discovered this long neglected treasure. For those who have not been inside, you MUST go to Fabulous Fox to view photos.

Anyhow, now you know the venue…just going is a thrill. Even if the show you see is, well, kinda lame. Dear Tim took me to Jesus Christ Super Star on Saturday, and we both agree, the show was mediocre at best. In fact, other than being at the Fox, the real entertainment has been Tim researching the actor’s backgrounds in hope of finding some redeeming value in the play. I’M SORRY JCSS LOVERS! Those who know me, know I love my musicals… I will find something I enjoyed about the production… so the fun thing about this production???

The leading men!

Ted Neeley played the title role in the 1973 movie extravaganza. Add to that his 1980’s hair band worthy screams, and an album release titled “1974 A.D.”. Hmmm, well, you gotta give the man his due for playing a 33 year old for over 34 years.

Corey Glover played Judas (for those who are not familiar with the production, it was based on Judas’ view of Christ’s last days). Now he was spectacular. More so now after Tim informed me of this (you don’t have to watch the whole thing to know how nifty it was to see this guy in person!):

I know!! Plus, as a little added bonus, that clip was from Arsenio! Like, I know!! Do you love the orange spandex?!? I was just a wee-one when this first aired, but I can totally appreciate how freakin cool he is!

I would have rolled my eyes less if I knew Judas was really Living Colour’s lead rocker!

So, on your next trip to St Louis, save your pennies for a production at the Fox...where even a mundane theatre production, turns into a Time Traveling Adventure. Yay!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Super Bowl!

For Christmas I promised my buddy Aaron team themed sugar cookies! So here they are... before they were gobbled up by the boys!

Because they taste so fantastic, I'm posting the recipe. My Aunt Phyllis is one of the best chefs I know. Her AMAZING and simple sugar cookies have been a fam tradition for years.

Aunt Phyllis' Sugar Cookies

pre-heat 375
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Combine remaining ingredients. Chill over night (VERY important). Roll out, cut and bake. Bake for 6-8 min. Yield 2-3 dozen cookies!

Mary's not-too-tart Cream Cheese Frosting
(Finally perfected!)
16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened but cool
1/4 cup of cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whole milk
pinch of salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
Combine all ingrdents. Add more sugar for thicker frosting (if you want your decorations to hold shape!)


Roll em out

Helmets, players and footballs

Helmets ready to be baked. If you're a baker, you MUST have a Silpat non-stick liner.

The cookies slide off easy and cook evenly. MAGIC!

Giants vs Patriots. Was anyone else torn on who to cheer for!? I was completely impartial..then I was kinda bumbed the Patriots lost.. then annoyed the coach stomped off the field and left his team to the final play.. ah football.

Edible players. I had a special request for a Redskin's player! Kinda out of place..but equally as yummy!

After a close game, it went to the Giants! Thanks guys for a great Super Bowl eating party!