Happy holiday.

Pie of the weekend: Strawberry rhubarb:

Yeah, yeah, to be absolutely correct it should be a lattice top crust, but I didn’t want to screw around with lattices when there was solar radiation to be frolicked under. And if Nick Malgieri says it’s OK to put a crumb crust on strawberry rhubarb pie, well, I ain’t gonna quibble.

Have a great holiday.

Posted at 1:06 am in Same ol' same ol' |

23 responses to “Happy holiday.”

  1. Dexter said on May 31, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Ah! And I like it without the strawberries just as well. I am making it a mission to find a gooseberry pie this summer, also…it’s been 50 years or more since I had a slice.

    Glenn Beck is a moron…here’s some old news from a couple days ago:

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  2. Deborah said on May 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Your pie looks better than my strawberry rhubarb tart. It was a rustic tart for sure, that looked more like pink mush. It tasted good though. It still tastes good, still eating it.

    I watched Breaking Bad for the first time last night, mainly because the title of the Episode was “Abiquiu”. The only thing that referred to Abiquiu was in the beginning when Georgia O’Keefe was discussed. Having not seen any of the previous episodes of the season, it was like walking in on the last 15 minutes of a movie so it’s hard for me to have an opinion. I’ll have to watch the whole season on DVD to get it.

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  3. Joe Kobiela said on May 31, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. Please take time out whether your a Conservitive, liberal, red state or blue, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to be able to peacefully banter back and forth like we do.
    Pilot Joe

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  4. LAMary said on May 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I do a crumb crust on strawberry rhubarb but it’s more like the top of a cobbler.
    On another note, the LA cops went after some Critical Mass protesters who were promoting a BP boycott. There’s a video on YouTube.

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  5. LAMary said on May 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    More California news: Carly Fiorina is running an ad quoting Sarah Palin,
    “I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most left-wing members of the Senate.”

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  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Pie and grilling and Taps — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38wx8C7VmB4&feature=related

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  7. MichaelG said on May 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Boy, Nance, that picture looks kind of like a pizza.

    Mid eighties here which is avg.

    Several things, Dexter.

    I am entirely with you on Ashley Judd. She’s a beautiful woman. I watched her yesterday after the race. Laughing, crying, sweating, happily running barefoot down the pit lane totally being herself and totally not giving a shit that she was on national TV. I can’t think of very many women who would behave so wonderfully. Dario’s a very lucky man and not a half bad race driver.

    I was in the service from Jan ’66 to Jan ’69 so the Angela Davis etc. stuff all happened after I got out.

    Other than basic, AIT and jump school, my entire army career was spent in the 82d Abn and the 101st Abn. Race relations in both units were very good. We got along and we talked about it. Whites were called “Aces” and blacks were “Deuces”. The 82d was called the Eighty Deuce because of the high proportion of black troopers. We used to share Oreo cookies. I shit you not. We kidded back and forth about a lot of things, food, sex, urban vs. rural living and all learned a lot about each other. It wasn’t any Garden of Eden but it was pretty good for what it was. My first trip to the RVN was with the old 1st Bde of the 101st. It was an all Regular Army, all Vietnam volunteer unit at that time and a very professional outfit it was. Maybe it was the collective feeling that we were all airborne first and whatever else second that was a major factor. A very real shooting war also has a way of focusing things. I know that race relations deteriorated badly after the sixties. Too bad.

    My father served during WWII, I went to Vietnam twice, my son in law will be leaving for his second trip to Afghanistan in July and my daughter will be a single mom again for a year. I am righteously offended by fatuous assholes who have never served urging me to “remember the troops this Memorial Day”. Sorry. I’ll get off my soap box now.

    And yes I’m a liberal Democrat and yes the various Republican candidates here in CA have been saying some remarkably stupid things in their campaign ads and, sickeningly, people are eating it up.

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  8. paddyo' said on May 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Deborah, last night’s “BB” was deeply referential to major episodes from last year — brilliantly so, I might add — but your comparison to the last 15 minutes of a movie is apt. Tons of history and context behind all of that . . . I know you came looking for something on Abiquiu, but I hope you’ll go back not just to the beginning this season, but to the previous two seasons some day. The show is that good, and that disturbing. And it will make last night’s episode all the more meaningful.

    My dad, a retired F.W. Woolworth store manager, used to bring home strawberry rhubarb pie leftovers from the store’s lunch counter. I was never a rhubarb fan, but those things tasted damned good — and they were baked right there in the kitchen, not trucked in from somewhere else.

    Happy Memorial Day to all. I’m one of many who over the years hasn’t paid enough attention and homage to this holiday — but listening to the first hour of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” this afternoon, there were several fine and touching remembrances from regular folks phoning or texting in to recall lives in the service and comrades who fell beside them. One in particular said he was relating, for the first time ever, his story of the guy who saved his life — and gave his own — as they walked together on patrol in Vietnam.

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  9. Deborah said on May 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Paddyo’ I have every intention of watching BB from the beginning after your recommendation. We have thoroughly enjoyed Madmen and if it’s anything as good as that, I’m all for it.

    Just a lousy day in Chicago, rain, rain and more rain. It was fun watching a big storm roll in this morning with lightning and thunder but that’s about it on the fun today (so far). I’ve been spending the day cleaning. It’s good to have a day like this so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything outside. We had our place painted while we were on vacation last week and so there’s a lot of dust everywhere. At least I didn’t have to go into the office at all for anything so that’s good too.

    I finished reading “True Confections” which I had started on vacation. I had read “Spoon Fed” and “Tinsel” when I was in Abiquiu. After finishing all of those I have started reading Laura Lippman’s “Every Secret Thing” which I am enjoying between bouts of cleaning.

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  10. moe99 said on May 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    My father used to make rhubarb wine from a patch of rhubarb in the backyard in Defiance. I thought it was pretty good. It was quite sweet.

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  11. Dexter said on May 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I put on my VFW cap and drove ten miles north to Montpelier, Ohio for the open house at the veterans’ memorial building. It’s quite an impressive hall they have there, a rotunda with paintings and engravings depicting US war history, then today the open house consisted of tables set up in the great hall with memorabilia from all the US wars. Someone had set up flintlocks and bolt action rifles on a table. Others has many photos and uniforms, medals and dog tags, helmets and ammo pouches, lots of ammo displayed as well. Someone drove a real functioning WWII Jeep inside, too, with a .50 cal. machine gun mounted. A jolly good show of war, perfect for a Memorial Day. A tape , on a loop, was playing and a grizzled veteran was saying “…but there is no glory in war, it’s awful…”. I am glad I heard that part.
    The Williams County War Memorial is the real deal, a beautiful monument to sacrifice.

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  12. Holly said on May 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Ashley Judd is very pretty. She is not a good actress.

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    • nancy said on May 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      I liked her in “Heat.” Liked Val Kilmer more. But she was OK. And didn’t she earn a Strange New Respect award for “Ruby in Paradise?” She needed better guidance on choosing roles, however. It doesn’t take too many “Kiss the Girls” before you’re on your way to Lifetime Originals.

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  13. MichaelG said on May 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Who cares?

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  14. brian stouder said on May 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Just the other night on IFC, I watched most of a movie called “Bug”.

    It’s a genuinely terrible movie; well made, and compelling, but increasingly hard to watch, as it progresses (I came in about 15 minutes late); the sort of movie that causes me to wince, even despite years of NN.c training to the contrary.

    But Ashley Judd has several nude scenes in it (including at the really wince-inducing climax), as well as a convincing personification of a very particular kind of woman, and so I watched it all the way to the end.

    Sort of like staying with No Country for Old Men because I liked Josh Brolin (and Tommy Lee Jones)

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  15. nancy said on May 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    The problems with “Bug” are related to it having started life as a play. Plays, even more so than novels, are tough to adapt. And plays like “Bug” are pretty metaphoric and work well as theater, but less so in film, which is under pressure to look more like real life.

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  16. LAMary said on May 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I watched most of De Lovely the other night with Ashley Judd playing Linda Porter and Kevin Kline as her husband Cole. It was about half again too long as it should have been and wasn’t really doing much for me, but I was sewing on buttons and hemming pants while I sort of watched it. Ashley looked beautiful.

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  17. Julie Robinson said on May 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    …as did Kevin.

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  18. jcburns said on May 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Ashley Judd looked really quite shipshape in a Starfleet uniform, and I thought her acting has a nice naturalistic thing going on.

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  19. MichaelG said on June 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I didn’t mean to sound dismissive with my curt “Who cares?” a while ago. It was just that Dexter and I were only agreeing that she was a beautiful woman and I was expanding that into an observation on her reaction to her husband’s success in a most difficult endeavor.

    With Ms. Judd, as with any other performer, there are detractors and those who would praise her. I’ve seen her in several movies and have always thought she was more than competent without being the greatest actress who ever lived. People can argue either way.

    What else do we want? I am still taken at her unbridled joy the other day; the pure, unselfconscious Ashley Judd she revealed. Great actress or not, it was a wonderful moment and I loved her for it.

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  20. Dexter said on June 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Damn straight, MichaelG. It’s hard to explain the joy that welled up inside me as Ms. Judd was running barefoot towards her husband in Victory Lane at the Indy 500. She gets excited like that at UK basketball games , too.
    At Indy, it was just one of those special moments that I would think had to be seen on live TV to appreciate it fully.
    I liked her in “High Crimes”, too. I especially like seeing her at University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball games in those UK tee shirts. TV cameramen and directors make sure we get our Ashley-fix.

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  21. Catherine said on June 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Guy over at Daily Kos is channeling a different Ashley with an entertaining *and* enlightening rant about the oil spill/apocalypse, specifically oil booms: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/5/11/11558/1890

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  22. Jolene said on June 1, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I want to live in your house, Nancy. There’s definitely more pie there than there is at my place.

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