Watched a few good movies...
- 13 Conversations About One Thing (thoughts still pending)
- Bertie & Elizabeth (Well done, tells the story in a compelling way, but doesn't feel "Hollywood" at all)
- Bella Martha (a German movie in subtitles, translated into English as "Mostly Martha," which is dumb. I watched this at Andrea's several years ago and remembered it when seeing a preview for No Reservations, which appears to be an American remake. It's really a good movie, and among other things it inspires one to do some gourmet cooking...)
Speaking of gourmet cooking, I was inspired by Bella Martha and a book called Heat that my brother gave me and that I've been enjoying immensely (it's about a restaurant in NYC called Babbo and its flamboyant chef -- you may have seen him on "Iron Chef" sporting shorts, orange crocs and long red hair -- and the author does a great job of weaving in history, politics, personality, culture and the science and art of cooking into a fun story). So, based on that inspiration, I tried out cooking some fun new food (results of some are still pending)....
- Fresh basil fettucini with a fresh tomato-basil sauce (sauce recipe was online, but the pasta recipe was from my trusty Better Homes & Gardens cookbook ... TL, that means you can make it, too!).
- Butternut squash ravioli (I made these tonight and we'll eat them tomorrow -- with pine nuts instead of hazelnuts and spelt pasta so my mom can eat it-- but the filling is fan-tastic!)
Found some fun new music (it plays twice in Bella Martha): Via Con Mi, by Paolo Conte ('swonderful, 'swonderful).
Had a good time with several friends ...
And took a drive through the newly opened Beartooth Pass -- to be reminded what an amazing part of the world God's blessed me to live in!
It's hard to see perspective in this picture, but if I were standing next to this snow cut, I would only come up to the first line that you can see -- less than 1/3 of the way up!
And this is the machinery that they use to make those snow cuts -- the SUV I was driving was about as tall as this puppy's tires.
Speaking of puppies, I think they had a good weekend, too :)