Thursday, March 6, 2008

CHG Favorites of the Week

Blog of the Week
100% pure, unadulterated food porn. (Note: “food porn,” meaning “close-up pictures of baked goods,” not “woman-on-broccoli action.”) Seriously, this is the Doritos of cooking websites. You can’t click on just one. Thanks to Rachel for the link.

Comedy of the Week
“Chopping Broccoli”
22 years ago, SNL was just kicking off its late-‘80s salad days and Dana Carvey was king. This is one of his early highlights. Check out a young Phil Hartman and an Aliens-era Sigourney Weaver, who sports the hugest set of shoulder pads ever seen outside the Meadowlands.

Organization of the Week
Americans for Fairness in Lending
Okay, this isn't so much a food link, but it does tie in (intimately) with yesterday's somewhat long-winded CHG essay. AFFIL is a consumer advocate group that "exists to raise awareness of abusive credit and lending practices and to call for re-regulation of the industry." Their website is up to its eyeballs in useful information, including gobsmacking stats on how minority-heavy neighborhoods are specifically targeted for high-interest loans.

Quote of the Week
"I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants." – A. Whitney Brown

Tip of the Week
This one comes from The Boyfriend's mom: when you buy a head of romaine, wash it when you first arrive home. Then, line the leaves up on a few paper towels, roll the whole shebang up, and stick it in a sealable plastic bag, squeezing as much air out as you can. You'll have instant romaine whenever you like it, and the lettuce will last much longer.

Untried Recipe
Chicken and Mushroom Marsala at Smitten Kitchen
Wow. How can something so ... brown ... look so dang appetizing? And those mushrooms. They’re like gorgeously earthy playing cards. (Side note: I might cut down on the butter, but with six servings, I’m not sure it’d be necessary.)

Video of the Week
“Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright
Rufus’ voice is kind of an acquired taste, but once you’re in, you’re in. I got to share an elevator with him about three years ago, and it took everything I had not to “EEEEEE!” and smooch his delicious, Judy Garland-loving face off.

(Photos courtesy of, and Flickr member Kevin P. McManus.)

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Buzz Stephens said...

Speaking Of Rufus, eh, er, I mean Judy Garland, this week over at the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience beloved entertainer from the 20th century, Sammy Davis Jr, takes a crack at the Judy Garland songbook. Sammy sings ‘em all, including The Man That Got Away, Over The Rainbow, But Not For Me, and many other Garland classics. He even sings two duets with the great lady herself, as well as one with her daughter Liza.
This kind of show biz, and this kind of entertainment doesn’t exist anymore!

Another great file posted over at the Yahoo Judy Garland Experience is a radio program that features an interview with a talkative flight attendant who recounts an adventurous red eye flight she took with Judy and her hairdresser, Orville, back in 1963.
This one is a real hoot!

Other new files over at the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience include two episodes of the Charlie MCCarthy radio show. One is from June 7, 1942, and the other is from December 7, 1941, better known as Pearl Harbor Day.
This nerve wracking broadcast which featured Judy, along with Abbott And Costello ,was constantly interrupted with news of various countries making declarations of war!
Nevermind that Judy rises to the occasion and offers up some great entertainment, this was history in the making!
Even if you are not a Judy fan you might want to check out this broadcast for it’s historical significance alone!

And if that isn’t enough several parodies of the song The Lady Is A Tramp, as sung by Frank Sinatra have been posted over at the Yahoo experience. Frank salutes his friends Orson Welles, Maureen Starkey, and Spiro Agnew, as well as remarkable duets of the song with the great Ella Fitzgerald which were recorded over the span of 33 years. There is even an ultra rare rendition performed by Frank with Buddy Greco!

There are also tons of other rare audio files by Judy and others.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Judy Garland Experience it is an exciting group on yahoo that features lively and informative discussions, and the rarest audio, video, and photo files of Judy anywhere! The membership includes Garland family members, people who knew and worked with Judy, other celebrities, authors, film makers, and fans of all levels and persuasions. The only one missing is you.

Please stop by The Judy Garland Experience and check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Anna said...

Regarding Tip of the Week with romaine:

I basically do the same, but instead of using paper towels, I use clean linen or smooth (not terry looped) cloth kitchen towels. Same result, less consumption and waste.

Hops said...

My old roommate discovered Rufus right around the same time you were sharing an elevator with him. After that, she would not play anything else for a solid month. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting AFFIL as your fav organization of the week! I'm glad you found our website informative and helpful. We love your blog - mostly because we love food, but we've been known to talk finance once in a while ;)! Thanks again,

Jessica Wheeler
Americans For Fairness In Lending

beth said...

Love Rufus! and now I love Tastepotting, true food porn.

Kris said...

Buzz: whoa. Thank you. Garland fans, get on it!

Anne: nice! I didn't even think of that.

Hops and Beth: I love the guy. He's much shorter than I thought he would be for some reason.

Jessica: hi there! So glad you could stop by. I'm just starting to research buying a house, and your site's super-helpful.

VixenOnABudget said...

I made the most absolutely divine steak ever Tuesday night. I had a flatiron cut from Trader Joe's (no hormones, antibiotics, etc) which is a cheap cut. I slathered it with black pepper, a bit of rosemary and coarse ground salt. It was placed in a bowl and marinaded with 1/3 cup of good cabernet sauvignon for forty minutes while I whipped up a reduction sauce. When it came time to cook, I threw it in a pan with olive oil at high heat (4 minutes each side). It came out so perfectly med-rare and by far the juicest cut I've ever had. The reduction sauce came out as planned along with some balsamic green beens.

I felt compelled to share this with you. I seriously told my boyfriend at the moment that I wish I had my digital camera on me. It was pure food porn. Something out of a book. :-D

Kris said...

Vixen, that sounds DIVINE. Red wine does wonders, doesn't it? (Note: coincidentally, I'm having a glass of Shiraz as I write this. Sweet.)