Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sorry for the disappearing act, guys - I have an excuse note from my editor!

I have sooo let the blog go unattended - you should see the cobwebs.

I have been working under a "Christnas Rush to Print" deadline on three books.  Two by of the books (the cookbook and the spice guide), and will be published, printed, and promoted directly by Amazon, and also sold directly through my website, given to friends and family...

The last book is called Roadside Distractions, and will be funded by, where people interested in our project pledge money in trade for special gifts, from T-shirts, mugs, special addition, handmade copies of the book, and even guest blogger spots.  There will also be A LOT of funky Seattle stuff - if you don't live here, maybe this book will send you up for a visit.

The book consists of photos of strange highway odd-spots by both of us as kids, usually taken through the back seat windows.  We're recycling books destined for the shredder, recovering, tearing out the insides, then putting our book inside.  We're about a day from launch, so if you want to this week (or up to a month), check it out, and if you want to, pledge.  Read up on how it works.

I've found some spectacular projects, including the best film short I have ever watched.  "Chloe and Attie" is 8 minutes with no sound or or dialogue, about aging telepathic twins, one completely paralyzed, while the other takes care of her.  Very good, but twisted.  Lou pretty much cried like a little girl.

Anyway, that's what we're doing these days, at least when I wasn't bortching into the toilet.

More news to follow.


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Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves