Sunday, January 30, 2011

Narnia? No, just Prospect Park.

"As he stood wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, he heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward him." --paraphrased from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

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.

Mom's Lasagna
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

Experiencing technical difficulties...

Will be back as soon as my home computer is up and running again.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Grand Reopening of the Museum of the Moving Image

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.

Green-Wood Cemetery after the snowstorm

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

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Home for the holidays, Christmas 2010. Mom and Dad's backyard after the snow in the early morning light. No trick photography here. Everything really was this beautiful shade of blue. See more photos here.