This & That: No. 184

Nov 13, 2015

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~My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Life Easier by Alice Waters

One aspect of cooking that can be daunting to amateur home cooks is the inclusion of the homemade ingredients such as chicken stock and tomato sauce. After all, it would seem it is far easier to just pick up what we need at the market. However, when we do get the opportunity to try homemade, it solidifies why one spend the time doing so.

Respected organic cook, Alice Waters takes readers into her kitchen and shares her recipes for homemade staples that will make a world of difference in everyday cooking.


~Inslee’s 2016 Classic Calendar

Inslee has just made available her 2016 calendar and there are options! Choose the classic stylish woman starring each month a botanical twelve month calendar, each are available in wall or desktop versions.



Based on Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name, this historic period drama has been receiving glowing reviews. Following the journey of a young Irish woman, Eilias Lacey in the 1950s as she navigates Brooklyn, New York, Lacey at first homesick, quickly finds remedy is love.

~Love the Coopers

Diane Keaton and John Goodman head up the family of the Coopers, and with those two at the helm, I think I may have found my new favorite holiday comedy film to watch each year. Being released today (November 13th), the Coopers strive for the perfect annual holiday gathering, but as expected chaos ensues. From their daughters, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde dealing with the law and pretending to have the romance schtick completely figured out respectively, to their son who is a single father juggling responsibilities and expectations of being a parent, Love the Coopers offers a delightful reminder to simply take the holiday season in stride. Have a look at the trailer below.


~The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show, as it’s known in the states, or The Great British Bake Off in the United Kingdom, premiered in August of 2010. And so yes, admittedly, I am a little behind. Now having wrapped up Season 6, Season 2 is currently airing each Sunday night on PBS at 7pm. A few weeks ago, I included Edd Kimber, aka The Boy Who Bakes, in the weekly This & That, and you may remember that GBBO helped propel him to his baking success story. Needless to say, the show is quite popular and continues to shine a brilliant spotlight on the best amateur baker.

The hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins add an extra dose of fun to each episode and the two judges, cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood, bring their expertise and forthright commentary to the tent of confections. If you are looking for something different, as well as a inspiration for your baking desires and a dose of British humor, I highly recommend having a go at this series (all episodes are available on Netflix).

~Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon is again inviting viewers to determine which television shows they will produce into an entire series. The list is long, but one that immediately caught my eye was Christina Ricci starring as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in the bio-series Z: The Beginning of Everything. Remember as a writer, future wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and iconic feministist of her time (famously and infamously), the pilot begins the night before she meets her future husband. Have a look here and be sure to vote.

frenchappletart ~recipe for French Apple Tart or the same recipe from TSLL here~

Turkey day is peeking around the corner wondering when we’ll leave our everyday routine and kickstart the holiday season, and I for one am more than typically ready for the festivities to commence. Perhaps because it means such delicacies as the French Apple Tart seen above will be more readily available, but also because I will be experiencing the holidays in a different locale and under different circumstances due to choices I’ve made over the past year.

But before the long holiday season begins, tonight I have been patiently waiting for Elizabeth Gilbert to arrive in Bend. She will be speaking this Friday at Bend HS’s auditorium (7pm)-9, and after reading her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, I know the evening will be special.

Basically, this weekend is the last weekend before all the commotion begins, and I for one am going to savor it. The simple, relaxing weekend is something I sincerely look forward to after every full week of work. No need for big gatherings or events, just hand me a fresh paper, offer a long walk in the wilderness, please don’t forget to include a warm croissant and I am a very happy girl. However you plan to enjoy the last “everyday” weekend, I do hope it goes swimmingly. Below are a few articles you might enjoy reading, and until Monday bon weekend!

~The holidays may be coming, but we still need to keep up the top notch job at work. View these 10 Commandments for Work and see if you agree.

~The New York Times columnist David Brooks comments on The Evolution of Simplicity 

~A recipe for updated comfort food over this weekend . . . Thai Style Shrimp Fried Rice

~Speaking for food, A Savvy Guide to French Cheeses

~And last, but well worth the time to read . . . 20 Things You Gradually Learn As You Let Go of The Uncontrollable

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