Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jay-Z & Beyonce Perform "Young Forever" at Coachella 2010

I love this song and more so I love me some Jay-Z and this is at a whole new level.  I am not the biggest fan of Beyonce, but man she sure belts it out on this one and for some reason it makes me want to be her friend.  And on a side note, they are kind of cute together and I love her little shorts and her random shirt.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Who's Idea Was This?!?

I'm just going to say it... What is this and why did ANYONE think it was neccesary?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Baked Artichokes with Gorgonzola and Herbs

I figured that it was time to try something new and ran across this recipe in my Giada De Laurentiis " Giada's Kitchen " cookbook.  I have often wanted to make artichokes, and though I am not certain I think that I made them at some point but nothing that I would serve again.  This time I was determined to make something that was edible and fun.  So here is the recipe for yummy, baked artichokes.

Makes 4 Servings (though I made only one)

4 artichokes
3 lemons
10 ounces of gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons of heavy cream
2 teaspoons of chopped thyme leaves
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 garlic glove, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons plain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add salt when water starts to boil.  While water is coming to a boil, trim the artichoke.  Cut the stem at the bottom close to the base of the artichoke and so that it can stand up.  Then cut about an inch from the top and trim all the spikes off of the leaves.  Drop the artichokes into the boiling water.  Halve the lemons and squeeze the juice into the water, and toss in the lemons.  Cook artichokes until tender, or about 30 minutes.  Drain the artichokes upside down on a clean kitchen towel.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the gorgonzola cheese, cream, thyme, 2 teaspoons of the parsley, the garlic, salt, and pepper.  In another small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and the remaining tablespoon of parsley.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spread the artichokes open with your fingers and use a small spoon to scrape out the center choke.  Stuff the cheese mixture into the artichokes and arrange them in a baking dish.  Sprinkle the artichokes with the bread crumb mixture and drizzle them with olive oil.

Bake until the artichokes are heated through, the cheese is melted, and the bread crumbs are crisp and golden, about 25 minutes.  Move the artichokes to a serving dish and serve.

It was so good and now that I know how to make it, I will be doing it again and again!

** As a side note, I realized half way through that I was missing like 3 ingrediants, so my loving husband ran to the store and got them for me.  Sometimes in the most unexpected ways, I am reminded that I am a really lucky person to have such a wonderful person in my life. **

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Earthquakes & My Anxiety - Totally Best Friends

I have a history with earthquakes and I don't mean that I have gone through them and they are great and no big deal to me.  No I mean that I hate them, no matter the scale they are awful to me.  I hate the feeling that the room is going to either shake off of the structure or that we are going to roll out into the road.  But most of all I hate sitting there letting my anxieties get the best of me, convincing me that it will never end and we are all going to die. 

Today was no different.  I was sitting in bed on the lappy and then I felt it start, tried to stay calm, thinking I must be wrong but it got stronger and kept going.  So I took off under the table with Paul in tow and once sercurely under the table I look up to see my cat Moe sitting on the bed looking at us like we were the crazy ones.  What!?!  Aren't animals supposed to be all senses and feel stuff before it happens so that they can warn you, clearly Moe is no Lassie.

So instead I sat under a table for 5 minutes, paniced, cried and then finally moved all my stuff under the table, since I was convinced that we were going to have another one.  I am a mess, I don't pretend to hide that fact.  I hate earthquakes and once I popped a little pill and made a fort under the table, I think that I am on my way to feeling much better.