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Can you tell George Bush is out of office? January 27, 2009

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This was taken in San Francisco this past weekend…

Can you tell Bush is out of office?

homemade chicken pot pie! January 26, 2009

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one of pk’s favorite foods is ‘chicken pot pie.’  it such a great comfort food.  especially when it’s chilly outside!

i used whole food market’s recipe as a template for mine:

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 medium leeks, thinly sliced (*i only used 1 medium leek.  i also used a 1/2 cup of diced green onions and 1/2 cup of diced red onions)
2 large carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2 pound button mushrooms, quartered
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (*i used a yellow bell pepper, diced)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups turkey or low-sodium chicken broth (*i used vegetable broth)
2 cups chopped cooked turkey (*i used two chicken breasts, which i browned each side in a skillet with a little olive oil)
1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme (*i used fresh thyme, a little dried cumin, and paprika)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 (9-inch) frozen whole wheat pie shells (in pie pans)

Method

Preheat oven to 400°F. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large heavy skillet. Add leeks, carrots and celery (onions and yellow peppers) and cook over medium heat until softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and set aside. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. Add mushrooms and cook over medium high heat until they have given off their moisture and are tender, about 10 minutes. Add leek mixture to skillet and toss to combine. Add flour, stir well and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add broth while stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until very thick. Add turkey (or chicken), all but 1 tablespoon of the cream, thyme, (and any other spices) salt and pepper and stir well. Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl and set aside to let cool.

Remove pie crusts from the freezer and set one aside to let thaw. Fill remaining pie crust with cooled turkey mixture and moisten the edges with a bit of water. When remaining pie crust is thawed but still cold, invert pie pan on top of turkey mixture so that pie crust falls over the top of the pie. Press down on top crust gently, then crimp the edges with a fork or your fingers and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Brush crust all over with remaining tablespoon of cream and bake until golden brown, crust is cooked through and filling is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Set aside to let cool for 15 minutes, then cut into slices and serve.

enjoy!

❤ katie

fake tiffany’s for valentine’s day! January 24, 2009

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i have ALWAYS been a fan of Tiffany & Co.  what girl isn’t?  it all began when i was a girl, probably 7 or 8 years old, and i saw the infamous Audrey Hepburn movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  not only is Audrey a classic, sophistacated starlet.  but she lived a girl’s dream! she was a sexy party socialite with a handsome mad trying to win her affection!  and her mascot was Tiffany’s!

years later, Hollywood released another film, which further reassured my obsession with Tiffany’s.  the flim, titled ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ starred Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey.  in this love comedy, Dempsey’s character surprises Reese by closing Tiffany’s and letter her choose her engagement ring.  AMAZING!

so with that being said, it’s our society’s fault for luring innocent women to the expensive hands of Tiffany’s.

although i have never owned ANYTHING from Tiffany’s, the hunger still holds strong.  i was head over heels excited when i came across this website that sells exact identical Tiffany’s replicas, which comes with the box and all!  i thought to myself, perhaps someday i can get my own Tiffany’s, even if it’s not 100% real!

so all you men out there, now is your chance to surprise your lady for this Valentine’s day!  and truly, she won’t care if it’s not real.  it’s the thought that counts! (hint, hint pk!)

plus, we are in a recession!

❤ katie

Bridget’s got a new gig! January 22, 2009

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one of my favorite of the three, Bridget Marquardt has her shit together!

she is officially working on her new TV show, hit to air Thursday, March 12 at 10PM ET/PT, called Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches.  the show will follow Bridget along her journey from beach to beach in search of the best beach fashion, sample local cuisine, uncover each region’s beach biography, and find the best place to party.

“We are thrilled to work with Bridget as she embodies the sense of freedom and escape that truly captures the entertaining spirit of the Travel Channel,” said network executive Michael Klein.

“She has the unique ability to bring out the best in people while fully embracing the moment. Her humor, sense of adventure and passion for new experiences makes Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches one of our most anticipated series this year.”

apparently, Bridget will also be working with a legendary group of young women known as the Meter Maids who prevent parking tickets while wearing bikinis!

the Travel Channel sure knew when to scoop in on something that’s hot!  i think i am definitely looking forward to this show! anything by Bridget is sure to be a win!

Nine ‘Lost Questions We Need Answered January 21, 2009

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(This comes from MTV Multiplayer)
Forget the four-toed statue or the secret to Hurley’s never-slimming physique. There are other, more important mysteries of ABC’s hit drama “Lost” we want answered in season five, which premieres tonight (at 9 p.m.ET). Instead of Stephen and I messaging our thoughts to each other, here’s our questions to you.

Spoiler Warning: While we know nothing about season five, the rest of this post will gleefully spoil events from previous seasons.

1. Did Charlie die in vain?

Here’s the problem: The emotional crux of season three was the death of the beloved Charlie. But season four appeared to undermine it. By season three, Charlie had fallen in love with Claire, overcome his addictions and begun to play the role of father to Claire’s baby, Aaron. He’d do anything for Claire and Aaron. Enter Desmond, who can see the future and has a vision of Charlie dying while pushing a button. He declared that this event must happen because it relates to a vision of Claire and baby leaving the island on a helicopter.

So, Charlie pushed a button, allowed himself to drown and die (we think he could have escaped if he wanted to), all in the hope of fulfilling the vision. That’s how season three wrapped up. Then we got to season four and Claire appeared to die or simply get stranded on the island, while Kate left the island with Aaron. This is a problem, because seemed to disprove Desmond’s vision of the future. So was Desmond’s vision wrong, or is he a liar?

2. How did Jin survive that boat crash?

There’s no way he died in that season four finale. We think.

3. Who is pulling the strings on the island?

As the series has progressed, it has become clear that someone — or something — is manipulating those who can and cannot come to the island. The show has made several references to the unknown timeline of the island — the four-toed statue Sayid spotted at the end of season two, the moment when Ben sent his people to “the temple” as season four closed, etc. But whatever founded the island (does Jacob answer to anyone?) it seems to still be there without any motivation outside of sheer survival.

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4. Did Desmond and Ben know about each other?

This is a head-scratcher. In season two we learned that Desmond lived more or less alone in the Swan Station, pushing a button, believing he was the only remaining member of the Dharma Initiative, and assuming he was the keeping the island — and the world — safe by his actions. But in season three, Ben showed up and we began to learn that Ben didn’t just wipe out the Dharma folks when he was younger. He replaced them and kept track of (all of?) their bunkers and stations for years.

So Ben must have known about this guy Desmond pushing that button in the Swan, right? Did Ben purposely allow Desmond to think he was alone? Shouldn’t these guys have had a conversation about this already? Shouldn’t they have some sort of strong reaction to each other existing? Instead, we’re not sure they’ve ever even talked. Very weird.

5. Is there a rational explanation for the numbers?

This is, unfortunately, a mystery that might never be explained. The infamous “Lost” numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 — were referenced over and over again in the first two seasons of the show, but have since fallen by the wayside, mostly to reappear as Easter eggs for fans paying close attention. The show’s creators have said that not all of the mysteries will have complete answers.

6. Why does the island have healing properties?

Locke’s ability to walk and Rose’s magical recovery from cancer is yet another one of those unexplained mysteries from show’s beginning. The island is able to cure people of seemingly impossible ailments. Some have speculated that this is due to its intense magnetism, which has also been associated with the island’s time manipulations. Just because the island can heal your Earthly diseases, however, does not mean you can avoid death — or can you? Death is not as it seems on the Island — evidenced by Charlie’s apparition in season four and Jack’s dad rising from the dead. Are they really alive, or is the island playing tricks on people?

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7. What’s up with Libby and Cindy?

The deceased Libby was once a patient in Hurley’s asylum and also gave Desmond the boat he used to get to the island. Seems important. But we barely know anything about her. Where has Cindy, the flight attendant who wound up joining the others, been since season three? She seemed important too.

8. Does the old woman Desmond encountered while time-traveling really exist?

When “Lost” first started playing with time travel, Desmond encountered an old woman who explained that there was no way for him to change the future, and he had to break up with his girlfriend, Penny. The woman showed up in a photograph in a later episode, when Desmond attempted to become a monk. Is she important?

9. Who is the woman from Daniel Faraday’s first flashback?

The first time we saw Daniel Faraday’s past was during an early season-four flashback that showed him in tears as he heard the news that Oceanic 815 had crashed. A woman who was with him tried to comfort him, but we never actually saw her face, as if the show’s producers were trying to hide something. Like what?

‘Lost’ is coming back! January 21, 2009

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obviously, pk and i are HUGE fans of Lost! we are going over to our friend’s house to watch the premiere 3 hour episode tonight.  of course, because i am addicted to cooking, i will be preparing some themed foods to go along with the festivities.

in the past, i have made themed cakes for pk’s birthday, which usually is pretty close to the Lost season premieres.

this devils food cake came with its very own dharma initiative logo, which i hand painted on.  unfortunately, when i went to take the plastic cover off, the top of the cake came with it.  made for some good laughs at least!

this devils food cake came with it's very own dharma initiative logo, which i hand painted on. unfortunately, when i went to take the plastic cover off, the top of the cake came with it. made for some good laughs at least!

living with pk made it a bit more difficult to sneakily make a cake.  i had to go to a bakery instead. but i think i did a pretty good job, Hurley & Kate toy figures included!

living with pk made it a bit more difficult to sneakily make a cake. i had to go to a bakery instead. but i think i did a pretty good job, Hurley & Kate toy figures included!

this year, i have a week or two before pk’s birthday.  because Lost is premiering sooner than usual, pk will not be enjoying another Lost themed birthday cake.

searching the internets, i came across some other great ideas to inspire me for tonight’s appetizers.

*Hurley’s Dharma Initiative chips and ranch dip

*Peanut butter anything, because Charlie & Claire love that PB!

Neatorama.com had a bunch of clever ideas.  here’s a few of my favorites:

*Order (or make) fried chicken, and change the labels to “Mr. Cluck’s Fried Chicken.

*Miniture alcohol bottles and airline peanuts.

here’s a really cool place to find Dharma Initiative font

you can get even more crazy by decorating around the house! turn your front door into a hatch. hang black mist all over the walls, on the floor, etc. get a stuffed polar bear or put up a poster.  there are endless ideas!

i really enjoyed this drinking game, courtesy of The Park Bencher blog:

Take a sip every time:

* Hurley says “dude.”
* Ben says something nonsensical…and menacing…and semi-rodent-like, possibly about cheese.
* You notice Future Jack’s beard looks like a small bear is getting sexy with his chin.
* Kate waffles between Jack and Sawyer and then Sawyer and Jack and then Jack and Sawyer…and wait for it…Jack and Sawyer some more. Egads, woman!
* Desmond says “aye” in that saucy way that makes you wish he was your yes man
* Locke goes crazy, does crazy, exudes crazy, says “crazy,” acts mildly wacky or kills a guy.

Chug every time:

* Claire actually has a line.
* Claire aggravates you because she actually has a line.
* You get misty-eyed when Bernard and Rose are together.
* Sayid kicks ass…and reminds you of how Naveen Andrews was the only good part of “The English Patient.”
* Sawyer grimaces and/or furrows a brow…and you want to tell him that if he keeps making those faces, it’s going to stick. Didn’t his mother teach him anything?
* You feel compelled to call shenanigans because Jin said something way too complicated for a guy who just learned English. Although let’s face it, when Jin’s on screen, are we really listening to what he’s saying or are we just staring? I think we’re just staring.

Pour entire keg over your head and dance around chanting, “I knew it! I knew it! You can’t fool me, Lindelof, with your fancy fooling ways!” if:

* Jacob turns out to be played by the ghost of Anthony Perkins.
* Charlie turns out NOT to be dead…in the future! Also, he is now a polar bear.

i promise to post some of my creations for the post party blog tomorrow.

❤ katie

post inauguration party pictures! January 21, 2009

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howdy folks! last night seanalyn and i got together to celebrate the historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama! we put together a delicious ‘American’ themed meal.

we started out with some creative appetizers made by seanalyn:

‘Red, White, and Blue’ Tomato Mozzarella appetizer:

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the red, white, and blue tomato mozzarella appetizers.

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the 'red, white, and blue' tomato mozzarella appetizers.

creatively, seanalyn thought of a great ‘OBAMANATION’ appetizer. with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a blackberry mixed with fresh basil and balsamic reduction, this appetizer was completely festive and flavorful!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn’s Salmon Cakes with a Spicy Aoli sauce sure hit the spot after the light ‘red, white, and blue’ appetizer!

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

i made the entree, which consisted of a Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

simmering to perfection!

simmering to perfection!

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kt’s Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small onion, diced (i used a food processor)
  • 1 orange pepper, diced (or food processor)
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (i used the food processor)
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can vegetarian baked beans
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, orange pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown. In a small bowl, combine spices and hot sauce together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey mixture. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans. Simmer on Medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions, and sour cream.
to quench our American thirst!

to quench our American thirst!

to wash that all down, seanalyn found these incredible ‘white trash’ and ‘red neck’ wines from Bakersfield, California, while visiting her parents. not only are they completely humorous, but they were quite tasty as well.

while enjoying the feast, we watched Independence Day on blu-ray! it was a great, AMERICAN day!

❤ katie

Presidents of the United States free single January 20, 2009

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to celebrate this historic day, inaugurating the first African American, Barack Obama, as the 44th president, the Presidents of the United States released a single for free download.

check it out!

Barack Obama is our 44th President January 20, 2009

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inauguration day is here! January 19, 2009

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it’s finally here! inauguration is tomorrow, and loving themed meals, i couldn’t think of anything better than searching for Obama recipes.

due to the fact that Obama is from Illinois, Chicago style hot dogs are a must! broil, boil, or steam some all beef hot dogs. make sure to keep all of the toppings accessible so your guests can add whatever their hearts desire. add some waffle fries and you’ve got a perfect lunch!

not a big hot dog fan? you can substitue the all beef hot dog for a tofurky dog or turkey dog!

another great idea is Obama’s Family Chili!

OBAMA’S FAMILY CHILI:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey/beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Grated Cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sour cream, for garnish
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown.In a small bowl, combine spices together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey or beef mixture. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

i found this delicious dessert, titled ‘Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler.‘ i am pretty sure that Michelle Obama had nothing to do with this recipe, but it’s definitely a Midwestern treat! what i love about this recipe is that it goes great with some vanilla ice cream, it’s moist, and perfectly sweet!

MICHELLE OBAMA’S APPLE COBBLER:

Filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced [or a bag of frozen peeled apples]
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white flour

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.

Crust:

  • 3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin — as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).

Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.

Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours — that’s what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn’t burn.

need something to wash all of this delicious food down with? here are some great themed drink ideas:

OBAMA MAMA: Vodka, Kahlua, Coconut Liquer,and Milk over ice.

OBAMA EXPRESS-O: Expresso, Vodka and Baileys.

WASHINGTON APPLE: Apple Pucker, Cranberry Juice, Sprite, and Crown Royal.

TEAM OF RIVALS: Kahlua, Cocoanut rum, Baileys, layered in shot glass.

OBAMA MAMA II: Vodka, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Blue Curreco, Cherry Garnish.

HOPE FLOAT: Baileys, Butterschotch Schnapps, float Creme de Cocoa on top.

of course, with all of my themed ideas, there is a drinking game included! sip on some of the above mentioned drinks while playing this game:

The Inauguration Day 2009 Drinking Game

Drink Every Time Someone Says:

  • “Historic”
  • “Monumental”
  • “Kennedy”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Change” (as a noun)
  • “Most anticipated inauguration in history”
  • The name of a celebrity who thinks their opinion matters.

Drink Every Time:

  • Joe Biden’s hairplugs are awkwardly noticeable.
  • You see Oprah crying.
  • W glances at his watch.
  • You see a mediocre looking chick with political aspirations in the crowd.
  • Chris Matthews appears to get a boner.
  • You see Obama’s face on a t-shirt.
  • A white guy pretends to know the words to a Black Eyed Peas song.
  • Keith Olbermann comes off as a smug, pretentious asshole.
  • Someone in the crowd passes out.
  • You see a bearded hippie.
  • Jesse Jackson takes credit for Obama’s campaign.
  • A Fox News correspondent speaks in hushed tones with an air of faux patriotism.

hope you enjoy the inauguration as much as i will!

❤ katie