Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review x 2

We're having a duo of reviews today.  First off, a Pinterest recipe gone right, followed by a highly anticipated movie that doesn't disappoint.  I don't know why I'm writing like a waiter announcing the menu specials.  It just started happening and I decided to go with it.

The recipes on Pinterest are hit-or-miss for me.  They look so good in the picture and seem so easy to make, but they often taste pretty "eh."  This one's going on the success/make again list.  I should've had more faith since it comes from one of my favorite recipe blogs, Framed Cooks.  It's no diet food, so if that was one of your resolutions, don't even bother.  It is, however, easy, delicious, and made with natural, simple ingredients.

Shortcut Fettuccine Alfredo:

You can find it on Pinterest here.  Original recipe and picture by Framed Cooks

Adapted to please my carnivorous, broccoli-loving family.

1 lb chicken breast tenderloins
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme, or whatever you have on hand (optional, you can use a pinch of dried too)
1 garlic clove, crushed,
Few tbsp of olive oil
1 bag steamer broccoli
8 oz fettuccine noodles
1 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Season chicken with salt, pepper, and herbs.  Pour olive oil into a non-stick skillet.  Cook chicken on low-medium heat  until browned on both sides and done in the middle.  Approximately 10 min on each side.
Cook the broccoli according to the package directions.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Put pasta into water and cook for about 7 minutes.  You want it to be very al-dente.  In the meantime, bring the cream and butter to a simmer in a deep pan.  Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the cream/butter mixture.  Add the cheese and stir constantly until the pasta is done.  Stir in the broccoli and serve.
Yep, that's it.  It makes a ton of rich, cheesy, alfredo pasta that tastes good enough to be served in a restaurant.  Delizioso!

Silver Linings Playbook Movie Review:



Nominated for:  4 Golden Globes, 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 10 Critics' Choice Awards

I've been thinking a lot about this movie since I saw it on Sunday night.  First of all, it's a modern day marriage of "Benny and Joon" with "Garden State."  There are many story lines going on, all centering around love:  heartbreak, dysfunctional marriages, love between parents and children, love between friends, and new love.  All of the characters are "crazy" in some way or other.  It was funny and relatable because we all experience different forms and phases of love and we all have our own version of "crazy."  

The cast was top notch, including: Bradley Cooper (he's always brilliant), Jennifer Lawrence (I liked her so much better in this than in "Hunger Games"), Robert De Niro (no explanation needed), Chris Tucker (funny guy), and Julia Stiles (unfortunately she doesn't dance in this one). 

Overall, it was a great movie and I highly recommend it!  I saw it with my girlfriend, Melissa, since it was a bit "chick-flicky" for Mr. BMJ.  Melissa got weepy at the end because it has a sweet, touching ending.  I was strong as usual and didn't shed a tear.  Oh wait, it was the other way around!   I cry at every movie...even "The Little Mermaid."

1 comment:

  1. Aww :-). I have never been referenced in a blog :-). Lol :-). I feel special! The movie was a bit long, but I really enjoyed it too! I still want to see the 40 ?? Movie! Same actors as Knocked-Up. Date night soon!?


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