Thursday, February 28, 2008

CHG Favorites of the Week

Blog of the Week
Motherload: The Mom Advice Blog
Beautifully designed and wonderfully informative, Amy Clark's parenting blog reminds me of a grassroots Real Simple in the best possible way. AND, it doesn’t just apply to Mommas. The kidless can still find it very handy to have around.

Comedy of the Week
I Drink Your Milkshake
This is one of those polarizing SNL sketches that half the world will love like its their grandma, while the other half decries it as infallible evidence the show is on the decline. Either way, Bill Hader’s Daniel Day Lewis impression is scary good.

Organization of the Week
Partners in Health
Last year, I read the best biography I’ve ever laid my eyes on, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. It’s about the life of Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.S. physician who’s dedicated everything to providing health care for the poorest of the poor around the world. Partners in Health is his baby. It’s done wide-scale wonders in Haiti and Russia, and is now moving on to Rwanda with the help of TED and Bill Clinton. If you’re interested, volunteering and donation information can be found here, and I can’t recommend the book highly enough.

Quote of the Week
CRYSTAL: How do you like your marshmallows, Roseanne?
ROSEANNE: Like my men, crispy on the outside and stuck to the end of a fork.

Tip of the Week
If a recipe calls for a broken chocolate bar, don’t unwrap it first. Simply break it while it’s still packaged, then use as directed. It’ll save an extra plastic bag and a big ol’ mess.

Untried Cheap, Healthy Recipe of the Week
Alton Brown’s Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
At first glance, this doesn't look like it would work, but the reviews have been uniformly 5-star. Combining two great tastes in a single glorious dish, Mr. Brown scores again. Well DONE, sir.

Video of the Week
“Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast
Boy, I love this song. Featuring the late, great “L&O” cop/eye donor Jerry Orbach as Lumiere.

(Photos courtesy of and Flickr member Infinite is Temporary.)

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Jaime said...

"Featuring the late, great “L&O” cop/eye donor Jerry Orbach as Lumiere."

I had *no* idea.

Did I mention that I work in theatre and knowing this stuff is my job?

Frugal Dad said...

I'm a big fan of Get Rich Slowly and finally made my way over here after reading several articles related to your gardening/canning projects. I plan to start a small Square Foot Gardening project with my kids this spring and am looking for inspiration. I've really enjoyed reviewing your recipes here!

Hops said...

Thank you for the Beauty & the Beast link. I have an inordinate amount of affection for that movie and for Lenny Briscoe.

Liz Tascio said...

I agree -- Mountains Beyond Mountains changed the way I think about what's possible in the world. I'm so glad you loved it too!

Jason and Beth said...

Got some homemade pumpkin gnocchi in the freezer...yum! thanks for doing this blurb on gnocchi my hubby has a "relationship" with gnocchi like you and it's good to see there are others.

Also, Alton Brown's chipotle mashed swt pot's...awesome! I made them last year for something and a few times since, recommended for sure.
take care!

Amy said...

Oh wow! What an honor to be listed! I really appreciate it, and to be compared to Real words :) You made my day!

(PS- My last name is Clark, but I don't even care because I got a mention :)

Kris said...

Jaime & Hops - I didn't even mention Baby's Dad from Dirty Dancing. Total oversight.

Frugal Dad - welcome! Glad to have you.

Liz - I LOVED that book. Plowed through it and handed it off to my dad.

Jason and Beth - Sweet! So glad you guys tried the AB recipe and liked it. It's definitely going on the list.

Amy - Oh, man! Sorry about the last name oversight. I really dig your blog, too. The design is super well done.

Kristine said...

I had to comment today... I love MotherLoad! I check it every day! And Mountains Beyond Mountains is my favorite book ever. It's awesome to see that it's still possible to make a difference in the health of the poorest of the poor. Thanks for your blog - I love it!