Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Open Letter To My Girls

Dear Girls,
This letter is a long time coming. I may have felt this for years, but you deserve to see this is writing. Sometimes knowing isn't enough. I'm putting this out there because you're worth it.
I'm sorry that I haven't always been kind to you. Having you as a teenager made me feel less popular, less attractive. I can say that I was young, but it still doesn't take the sting of the harsh words I used about you away. I wasted a lot of time resenting you, a lot of time on the whole hating "your very existence" teen agnst bullshit. I should have respected myself more, respected you more; instead I was embarassed and hid you!
It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I finally "got" how great you are. How perfect you are. How perfect you "both" are! I know, I know, you're twins but you're not the same!
You've been unwavering in your support. When I feel down, you're still perky. You're flirty in a Mae West "come up and see me" kinda way. You hold yourself up high. But most of all you girls are healthy!
So, thank you, ladies! I am proud of you! You may be a 'B' but to me you will always be DD's!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Es sind nicht all Koche, die lange Messer tragen- German
(They are not all cooks who carry long knives)

As you all know, I am a big fan of the Caesar salad; and with the weather finally getting its proverbial head out of its proverbial ass, it's time to get our grill on!
I sumbit for your approval a most fantastic grilled Caeser salad. Yeah, I just said grilled. Don't give that look, I'm willing to bet one of my kids that you'll love it! (those who know me, know that means little, because I am a degenerate gambler-but, I digress)

(don't freak about the "process" it just seems like alot-soooo worth it!!)
Salad (serves 4)
1 md head Romaine lettuce (leaves about 8-9" long)*1
2 md cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt

3 lg cloves garlic 4 canned anchovy fillets
3/4 cup mayonnaise 6 tablespoons Parm/Reggiano
2 tablespoons e.v.olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
freshly ground black pepper

Prepare salad: Remove any old leaves, wash, shake dry (can be done ahead) If the leaves are especially wide slice in half.

In small bowl, whisk garlic, olive oil, and salt. Let stand 1/2 hour

To make dressing, process all in a food processor or blender till smooth.

Oil grill rack, arrange so its about 5" away from heat source. Use reserved garlic oil to lightly brush lettuce leaves. Grill about 2 minutes or so, till they get slightly brown. (slightly cooked but still holding their shape)
Arrange on plate, brush leaves w/salad dressing and then drizzle w/ more dressing. sprinkle w/cheese and fresh cracked pepper.

Perfect as a main course or dish. To die for with some crusty bread, but what isn't!

*1: you may want more than 1 head of lettuce (i tripled the recipe and could used 2 more heads, easy-it's that good)
*2: if you don't want the hassle of making homemade dressing, just use your favorite-i like Sal & Judy's Caeser, but hey....


Fuck & love & love & fuck.
I'm listening but not too hard.
The commericals are exposing themselves to me in my living room,
those exhibitionists.
Would you like a drink?
Let's get drunk and overanalyze Woody Allen movies.
You'd be a smart looking psuedo-intellectual.
For Christmas everyone get's their own t.v. show!
Let's go to the mueseum and really get to know one another.
We could take off our shoes and feel the dark, damp earth on our toes.
Or navigate the ocean with the help of some friendly stars.
Do my eyes tell the secret that I'm drunk?
Is the movie starting yet?
Is this the movie in and of itself?
Don't get too deep,
not everyone can swim with the sharks.
It's a gentleman's agreement to act like a bastard.
Do you want another? One another?
I can't tell if you're pretending to be drunk,
or drinking to pretend.
I'd like to tell you everything;
But what else is there to say?