Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lollappleooza Day 4: CHG Favorites of the Week

Blog of the Week
Dabbles with Apples
Located way up in Alaska, Monika is a crack photographer, fellow Office fan, experienced traveler, and from the looks of it, a primo cook. (ASIDE: When was the last time anyone used the word "primo"? I say 1987.) Her Thai Spring Rolls and Jam Cookies make me want to go vegan – perhaps her first step in the quest for world domination.

Book of the Week
Comfort Me With Apples
Former New York Times food critic and current Editor in Chief at Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl has some really neat stories to tell about her upward culinary trajectory. I haven’t had the pleasure of checking this one out yet, but I did read Garlic and Sapphires and liked it very much. Give her a shot if you get the chance.

Game of the Week
Apples to Apples
Perhaps the funnest game in the free world, Apples to Apples only becomes MORE entertaining when you A) have some wine, and B) insert your friends’ names on the blank cards. Hours of merriment, guaranteed. There are even kid, bible, and jewish-oriented versions. (Maybe don't drink so much wine with those.)

Organization of the Week
Orchard House
Located in Concord, Massachusetts, Orchard House is the former home of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. Every year, it hosts a plethora of Girl Scout troops, local school groups, and plain ol’ visitors interested in 19th Century education and culture. Unfortunately, foot traffic and age (317 years young) have taken their toll. The site has more detail, but essentially, the House could use help funding a major facelift.

Organization of the Week #2 (non-apple-related)
The Lisa Kuligowski Memorial Geography Fund at SUNY Geneseo
My friend Lisa would have been 31 tomorrow. She was a good egg.

Quote of the Week #1
“I like fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appearing insane. Like, if someone just mailed you an apple you'd be like, 'Huh? What the hell is this?' But if it's in a fruit basket you're like 'This is nice!’” – Demetri Martin

Quote of the Week #2
“You know, most people don't know the difference between apple cider and apple juice, but I do. Now here's a little trick to help you remember. If it's clear and yella', you've got juice there, fella. If it's tangy and brown, you're in cider town.” – Ned Flanders, The Simpsons

Untried Recipe of the Week
Apple Spice Mini Bundt Cakes from Coconut & Lime
Adorable AND portable.

Video of the Week (Food Division)
“Across the Universe” – Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple covers the dreamiest tune from Let it Be, which the Beatles released in 1970, two years after starting Apple Records, the company that sued Apple Computers 16,000 times over the next three decades.

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VixenOnABudget said...

Wine goes well with all games...

Monika K said...

Ha! You are so awesome! Thanks for the spectacular mention on your page, it's totally primo! (ASIDE: I just used exclamation points, a lot!)

P.S. Did you see the Office tonight? Jim and Pam are so steamy!