Today while driving home, the Newsies soundtrack came on my satellite radio. I will be completely honest, I belted out the entire thing. I probably looked like a fool. I’m certain I looked like a fool. Not that I cared. I was listening to the melodious voice of one Mr. Christian Bale.
Hottest man on the planet. Yes, folks. I have a serious love for him. Since I saw Newsies when I was 8. Even during his weird American Psycho days. I stood by him when he won the supporting Oscar for The Fighter. I think the Batman suit fits him to a T. And his cockney, curse-laden rant is even acceptable in my book.
Because really, everyone needs some Christian Bale in their lives.
And everyone also needs this sandwich. Crispy, fried green tomatoes. Sweet and tangy basil mayo. Crunchy bacon. All the makings of the world’s greatest sandwich. You really can’t do without this one. Promise.
Well, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We were still in somewhat recovery mode. I didn’t have time to whip up much for the holiday this year due to the fact that my fridge is still 3/4 of the way empty. We’re without some pretty important basics. But slowly, we’re recouping!
One thing I’ve enjoyed so far this summer is basil. I don’t think I’ve ever realized how great it is but basil is now my favorite herb. (ERB or HERB?) I saw this sweet basil mayo on Kelsey’sEssentials a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head (same goes with the Billy Ocean song “Get Out of My Dreams”…). It is a perfectly sweet yet tangy sandwich spread, essential for the summer season. I now keep a jar of it on hand in the fridge at all times. Well, not this week but you get my point, right?
So, who else lost power from the massive, unexpected storm that popped up on Friday night? We lost electricity from Friday night until sometime late Sunday afternoon. Not half as long as a lot of our friends and other people scattered across Maryland and Virginia. But it was 104 degrees on Saturday.
You know, I know that people used to live without electricity. They didn’t have iPhones or air conditioning or refrigerators filled with awesome food (fresh mozzarella!). It’s just really hard when you are so used to having those little luxuries. And let’s all be honest when we say no air conditioning in scorching temperatures really bites.
We lost pretty much everything in both of our fridges and freezers… I tried to recoup some of that loss at the grocery store today. But it just pains me to buy another bottle of Hoisin sauce when I JUST bought one last week.
Either way, I did manage to make on delicious thing during our fun little…experience. And it really paid off. Starbucks has a really tasty passion fruit lemonade iced tea. I recreated it in my very own kitchen and tossed in the few ice cubes I had left before they melted. It was refreshing, light, sweet and tarty all at the same time. Even if you don’t lose all of your power and abilities to cook or bake or even heat up water, try out this drink.
I did something amazing this weekend. Lego and I signed up with Pets on Wheels and this weekend was the first outing. We visited a group home for people with Alzheimer’s. I’ll admit, I was nervous going into it. Lego is a sensitive little buddy and I am socially awkward so I really wasn’t sure how it would go.
It went so absolutely amazingly. Lego was a champ. He wasn’t shy or scared at all. And you could tell that the residents were so happy to see him there. One gentleman grew up with dogs. I held Lego for him, since my buddy is still working on putting his feet up. The smile on this man’s face was worth a million bucks.
If you’ve got a dog, I highly recommend checking out a therapy dog group in your area. Knowing that my pup could make someone feel happy, it was fantastic.
Anyway… now that I’ve bragged about my boy, let me share this recipe. Stone fruit hand pies are a really fun treat. They’re easy enough that you can grab one and go. The peaches and the cherries really complimented each other. And the brown sugar on top of the pies really gives it a little something extra. Perfect for a summery treat. But hurry and make them now before cherry season ends!
Around this time last year, I posted a recipe for fried green tomatoes. Once the summer hits, I really can’t get enough of these little babies. They can be a bit of a pain to make due to the dipping process. But the taste makes them worth every painstaking moment of preparation.
Since last summer, I’ve found a few tips to make these tasty morsels even better. First, be sure to set up an easy dipping station. Grab two large plates and a wide bowl. Fill your first plate with flour. Do your egg wash in the shallow bowl and have your breading mixture on the third plate.
Be sure to coat your tomato thoroughly in flour but tap of the excess so you aren’t left with big gobs of flour on them. It’s important NOT to skip this step. Tomatoes are very juicy and watery. The flour will absorb some of the water and make them crispier when fried.
Try getting the timing of the frying down. Too short in the pan and you’re left with somewhat soggy, wimpy tomatoes. Too long and you’ve got them burnt to a crispy. Medium high heat for a good minute ought to do it. And while they are still hot, sprinkle them with salt and pepper. It really brings out the flavor. So yum!