Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Stopping by the woods (well, kind of) on a snowy morning on my way to work
I just noticed I wore mismatched boots to work. I guess in the wardrobe malfunction scheme of things it's better than wearing, say, an inside-out shirt, but it's still embarrassing. I need a snow day. And a big ol' square of lasagna. What's your favorite recipe to enjoy on chilly winter's day? I'll post mine tonight if I can connect to the Internet. (Fingers crossed.)
Yay! I've got Internet.
It's been snowing like you wouldn't believe around here. Seth and I were so excited about it last night that we took a nice long walk in the middle of the storm and looked like a couple of abominable snowmen by the time we got back to the 'bush. (That's Seth in the top picture and me in the bottom one.) Then, after we went to bed I woke up every hour on the hour to check how deep the snow was. Cars and trucks and buses were slipping and sliding all over Flatbush Avenue like mad all. night long.
Anyway, this is my favorite lasagna recipe. It's my mom's recipe, more or less (she uses cottage cheese, I sometimes use ricotta). It's the one I've been making ever since I learned to cook and it's perfect for a day like today.
Prepare lasagna noodles and preheat oven as indicated on the package.
Meanwhile, in one bowl mix equal parts tomato sauce with tomato paste (I like Hunts), chopped marinated artichoke hearts, chopped Spanish olives, dried basil, and Parmesan. In another bowl mix ricotta or cottage cheese, shredded cheddar, shredded mozzarella, and more Parmesan.
Alternately layer noodles and tomato and cheese mixtures, sprinkle basil and Parmesan on top, then bake according to directions on lasagna package.
Serve with Pasta House Salad minus the onions (if you're me!).
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Checked out the new Martha Colburn stop-motion animation Dolls vs Dictators at Saturday night's grand reopening of the Museum of the Moving Image.
Other highlights included Real Virtuality, which consists of Marco Brambilla's Cathedral (pictured above), a video artwork with moving images that resembled a giant kaleidoscope, as well as a circular 3-D movie called Into the Forest. The neat thing about Into the Forest is that viewers step into a spotlight projected onto the floor in front of the screen and their images are incorporated into the video.
Seth and I finally spotted the elusive (well, elusive to us) monk parrots which nest in the Gothic gate at the 5th Avenue entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good shot of them with my camera. Legend has it, these pretty tropical birds escaped after being shipped to JFK airport from South America back in the 1960s. Now they can be spotted at various locations in the city. Read more, much more, about it at BrooklynParrots.com.