6/9/08

Amuse Bouche and Puppet Master Time

Look at this picture carefully... look at the bottom. Those are my feet and I am standing on a Dr. Pepper 12- pack to try to get this picture. Yeah, I am short, 5 feet nothing to be exact.

Hey! There's a picture of a young Valerie Bertinelli. Thanks for stopping by, Valerie. I know many people think you are the Yoko Ono of Van Halen, but I disagree. I think Alex and Eddie Van Halen, like many great artists, are temperamental and therefore you get the bad rap because the fan boys can't hate on their man-crush heroes. Oh, by the way, people say I look like a young you. I think it's because of the brown eyes, hair, and big cheeks.

Yes, this rambling has a point, I'm short and rather youthful looking, if I do say so myself. So last night shouldn't have surprised or aggravated me in the least.

Katie was participating in our local Relay For Life for The American Cancer Society. She does this every year with her school. They stay up all night walking around a pathway to raise money for killing cancer.

raising money+ walking laps+ remembering cancer victims+staying up all night+ having fun = killing cancer

Well, teenagers need chaperones. I volunteered. First, I was harassed by one security guard because he thought I was a teenager. Okay, cool, I get it. I was wearing jeans, cons, and a t-shirt. The uniform of teens everywhere. It was dark but there was plenty of lighting and you were being a hard ass. Hmm, way to treat people who want to help kill cancer. Good Job Rent-A-Cop.

Later on, around midnight, leaving to go home from my chaperoning duties. Another security guard says,"we're checking all juveniles." as I am walking toward him.

My first thought is, okay cool... whatever you said makes no sense to me, and I keep walking.

Then he says it a second time.

I just look at him puzzled and keep on walking, now passing him, by maybe three feet.

Then he yells at me,"we're checking all juveniles."

"Okay, for what?" I ask while still walking away.

"Id. How old are you?" he yells. "You need to be with an adult to leave!"

"I'm thirty-four." I, sort of yell back.

"Oh, sorry."

"It's okay. I get it all the time."

By this point, the other security guard is laughing and I just want to go home.


*Puppet Master Time! In the comment section leave your ideas for main courses. You don't have to write the recipe just give me your ideas, lots of ideas. I need to have enough for voting and seven days worth of meals. Don't let the sous chefs starve! Matter of fact... don't let Valerie starve!


22 comments:

noble pig said...

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Rib-Eye steaks with a Blue-Cheese Butter

A full Thanksgiving Dinner..yes I swear!

Roasted Corn Chowder

Pulled Pork with a Rootbeer BBQ Sauce

Chicken Picatta

Mental P Mama said...

If a cop thought I was a teenager, I would walk right up and give him a big kiss;)

Pork tenderloin, spinach/artichoke casserole, sweet potato casserole.

Kristin said...

Hmm, well, in summer I tend to stick to grilled meats, because no air conditioning+turning on the oven=suffering. A favorite of ours is London Broil--cheap and tasty as long as it's not overcooked. I would suggest cooking the London Broil on the grill along with big chunks of bell pepper and onion, skewered if necessary to keep from falling through the grate of the grill, and then slicing everything thinly to make fajitas. You can also do this with chicken. My other favorite summer fare is a pasta salad made with multi-grain pasta (though you could use regular), raw spinach, red onion, walnuts, and feta with a mustard vinagrette. Easy, yet filling for a main course and also very healthy. And, very good, of course. :-)

Lisa said...

Hey I'm 5 feet tall too! I feel your pain...once day I was home sick from work...hair in a pig tail, no makeup, sweats...the recycle bin was blowing down the road so I went out to chase it and a cop pulls over and asks me why I'm not in school?? Ummmm cause I'm 28 years old! I was pissed at the time, but now that I look back I take it as a compliment!

Ok dinners. The latest that my kids went nuts for was Mexican Lasagna. It does require an oven tho, so that may not be the greatest idea for you in the heat, but they loved it! After the last bites were gulped down I heard "when can we have this again?". A winner at my house!

Mayberry Magpie said...

You know, ECM, I used to really, really like you. But I hate you now, because I hate any mid-30's woman who gets mistaken for a teen. When I was a TEEN, I frequently got mistaken for an ADULT. Great when trying to booze it up but it sucks now. I'm sorry that our friendship must end. You seem like such a likable person.

I nominate Spaghetti Bolognese (I love it and need a good recipe); smoked brisket (who doesn't love brisket?); and bean soup (any kind of bean soup!). My theme here is economical main dishes that don't require an oven. Can't wait to see the chosen ones!

cook eat FRET said...

ok - i am officially caught up. phew. lotso reading about your world, young lady. the wedding looked lovely and i voted and everything...

ps - i love you for not making me type in a FREAKIN' distortede code every time i comment...

asthmagirl said...

I'm with NP, pulled pork in the crock pot!

re: age... I got carded in the local bar (not the pub) on my 40th birthday. It's a blessing, not a curse. That baby face will age well. When you're 50, you'll love it!

asthmagirl said...

I'm with NP, pulled pork in the crock pot!

re: age... I got carded in the local bar (not the pub) on my 40th birthday. It's a blessing, not a curse. That baby face will age well. When you're 50, you'll love it!

Snooty Primadona said...

WoW! I can't believe I'm taller than someone... by 3 inches.

Okay, here are my suggestions:

Bloody Mary Steaks w/ Dried Tomato Horseradish Butter

Shrimp Diablo in Chipotle Cream Sauce

Garlic Stuffed Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Shrimp Boil w/ Corn-on-the-Cob, Polish Sausages & Red Potatoes

Fajita Bar w/ All The Trimmings

Potato Crusted Tilapia w/ Hollandaise Sauce

Thin Crust *Build-Your-Own* Pizzas

By the way, I was never carded... ever... until I was in my 30's, lol. Enjoy it while Ye may.

me again said...

I have one idea right now ... I'm sure others will come to me. Do you like bell peppers? Chicken? Not having to turn on the oven? If the answers are yes yes and yes, then how about Grilled Chicken Calzones? Yup, done on the grill. All made from scratch too, even the dough.
--Lennie

me again said...

I knew I'd come up with more ideas that didn't involve turning on the oven!

If you like clams, then I'd suggest my linguine with white clam sauce. Personally, I don't go for the red clam sauce at all. But if you don't like clams, we'll just move on.

If a crockpot is available, I have 3 ideas to put it to good use:

1) Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya -- yup, you can knock off a pretty decent jambalaya using a slow cooker.

2) Stiffado -- basically, a greek-style beef stew. With feta cheese. A nice hearty dinner without heating up the kitchen.

3) Pulled BBQ Beef -- just like making pulled pork, really, only you use a chuck roast instead of a pork butt. A nice change from "the other white meat".

And I have another pasta idea -- penne arrabbiata. It's made with genoa salami and lots of fresh basil.

--Lennie

Meg said...

First, I got carded for an R-rated movie a couple of months ago. I'm 28. So, I feel ya.

Second, I'm going to suggest food I love, love, love. And if you could post easy recipes for those of us who are kitchen impaired that would be fabulous. 'Cause sometimes I just read your posts and cry in envy. And then I order a small pizza with extra black olives from Jets.

Main Course
-Middle eastern: Kabobs or chicken/lamb schwarma
-BBQ Spare Ribs
-Homemade pizza
-Taco salad
-Tuna pasta salad
-Chicken salad
-Any kinda of yummy salad

Maybe you could come over to my house and cook and I'll tell everyone it was me. I can hire you! How does that sound?

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

You asked for it:

Meal 1: Grilled dry-rubbed tilapia or mahi mahi with chilled Latin quinoa salad.

Meal 2: Mango Sriracha Ribs with FMC Fresh Mango Salsa and steamed jasmine rice.

Meal 3: Cornell Sauce (New York Specialty- loads of garlic, vinegar, Old Bay seasoning, oil, emulsified with egg- kind of like a Caesar salad marinade!) Barbecue Chicken with Salt Potatoes.

Meal 4: Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes and Billy Joe-Joes (Billy Joe-Joes are mild loose meat sandwiches... they please the picky eaters) with assorted pickles and a super thick Blueberry Smoothie.

Meal 5: Cold Soba Salad with Peanut Sauce and Chicken. It's a one pot wonder and uses the rest of your leftover barbecued or grilled chicken.

Meal 6: Cuban-style Slow Cooker Pork or Chicken (or both!) with Fresh Pineapple Salsa and (again with the rice- sorry, I love it!) steamed jasmine rice.

Meal 7: Japanese Salmon over Linguine.

Meal 8: "Krabby Patties" (In this case the 'crab' is actually haddock or cod fish cakes. I love these things!) with The-World's-Best-Tartar-Sauce.

Meal 9: Oh-My-Ganache Cake (dark chocolate cake layered with raspberry preserves topped with killer dark chocolate ganache and served with fresh raspberry coulis.) What? You've never had cake for a meal on a hard day?

In case you care, the only one of those meals that requires firing up the oven is the cake. And all of these meals have been road-tested and approved by my five little XYs and the big XY.

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Also, regarding age... I was proofed at the grocery store last week with all five of my sons (who are ages 11 and under) with me.

At first I was flattered but then I had to question the intelligence of the check-out clerk. I mean, really...

Please tell me how many under-21-year-olds gather up 5 little boys to take to the grocery store with them!?!

melissa said...

For some reason, I would never have guessed you were a shortie. Same height as my sister. I'm 5'4" and I feel short at that.

Main dish... something I recently discovered. Marsala. I bet Katie would enjoy making it. Chicken, pork, veal, take your pick. But that's some good stuff, it's pretty easy and, when served with a little pasta, filling but not heavy.

White On Rice Couple said...

That's a huge compliment to be mistaken for a juvenile! I wish that happened to me. I'd probably go give the guy a hug! Now I get mistaken for being my employee's Mother.

Here are some main dishes:
-Vietnamese fried pork springrolls (eggrolls or what ever you wanna call em)
-Pineapple chicken and fried rice with pineapple/cilantro chutney
-Beef dumplings with sesame soy

me again said...

Okay, one more idea. If you'd like a creamy pasta dinner, then this one's a winner. I have used it for family dinners and for guests, with stellar results always. It's rich though. It's a luxurious creamy bacon-mushroom sauce tossed with bowtie pasta (farfalle). It's so, so decadent. How can you go wrong when you've got bacon for dinner? You can go easy or light on the mushrooms. It's not low-cal, low-fat, low anything. Well, maybe low-priced. Bacon and mushrooms aren't expensive, right? It's a restaurant quality dinner with not much effort.
--Lennie

Leah said...

Oh ECM, you are just too funny.

I only beat you by 1" on height; except for during the mid 80's when my hair required a building permit and added a good 2 inches!!!

My favorite main course (summertime, that is) would have to be bbq'd baby backs and cheesy potatoes (yeah, I'll admit it, I use my mother in law's recipe from 1978 -- it has the dreaded Cheez Whiz in it but once a year, mmmmmmm!!!). We just had this meal last night and my kids asked today, "when can we have that again?!?!"

I'm not sure we can be friends, because I'm turning 40 in three weeks and I'm bitter toward anyone who's still in their early 30s. It's been fun!!! ;-)

Lisa said...

I almost forgot! Cheeseburger Pie! If your kids like cheeseburgers they will love this. We make 2 pies at my house so there's not fighting about seconds, and they will ask for seconds I guarantee it!

KitchenKiki said...

I second (if I can do that) the Fish Tacos. I was a skeptic, now I make them once a month in the summer.

Beer Can chicken. It is super easy and moist and delish.

Can I nominate my grilled pizzas? they can be an app or a main dish and really are easier than they sound.

With the left over chicken, you can make shrimp and chicken Thai noodle salad.

That is all I can think of today.

Familia Cazorla Wood said...

How about chicken salad for dinner one night? Some folks can have it on sandwiches, and some folks can have it over lettuce, for a more salad-y experience?

We also like shrimp scampi around here lately, as well as breaded chicken fillets.

And this isn't my recipe, but I have been wanting to try it for dinner for my guys. And a crockpot shouldn't heat up the kitchen too much in the summer!

http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/05/crockpot-falafel-recipe.html

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