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December 2009

Black Eyed New Year’s Rockin’ Peas con Queso

December 31, 2009

This is a total repost, but I’ve had some requests…so here goes.

I wouldn’t say we’re traditional, but we firmly believe that some traditions are sacred. Case in point: the New Year’s peas. So if you cook nothing else this year, you only have a few hours left to cook these. It’s silly simple.

The Peas Stand Alone
Black Eyed Peas
Cooked bacon
Worcestershire sauce
Red wine

Soak 2 cups of Black Eyed Peas overnight in H20. (Or buy them pre-soaked from Whole Foods or whatever). Rinse off and put in large pot. Stir in at least 6 cups of H20, 1 cup diced/lean cooked ham (or bacon) (or bacon + bacon drippings, if you’re feeling really crazy), 1 chopped onion, 1-3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce (and/or a very generous glub of red wine!), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper. Cover, simmer for 2 hrs.

Then eat them for good luck, for goodness sake! I’ll be eating them in this lovely red bowl.

Tomorrow we’ll be eating them with queso. Why not? It’s so 2010. Trust me.

The 100 Best Songs of the 00s

December 31, 2009

Last week, Rolling Stone published its list of the top 100 songs of the decade. And I must say, even though it is the greatest music publication in all the land, I think they’re crazy. If only for their number one pick. And, okay, also for lots of others too.

To be fair, this isn’t an easy thing to do. List making is a fallible business. And as questionable and strange as the last 10 years have been, man, our artists created some amazing music. Plus, this probably is the first decade that most of us can actually remember with sane, measured, adult-brain memories. So, sure, there’s a lot of sensory data to sort.

But still. I think I can do better. Because I think I’m smarter than Rolling Stone or something. And, reading through the list again, um, I think I might just be on this one. So here’s my version. Of course, the order might shift depending on the day, but I think we’re getting closer here.

My Picks for the Best 100 Songs of the Decade

Tell me I’m wrong. What’s not to love? And what’s missing? What?

Actually, looking back, I already think I’ve already changed my mind on some of this. See, list making is a dumb idea. At least I’ll have a great running mix for all the tiarathon training.

On a serious note, here’s hoping our future decade matches the excellence of our artists. I’m feeling very optimistic that it will.

So Happy New Year to you and yours!

And here’s to what sounds like it could be a very happy new decade!

The 12 Songs of Christmas

December 15, 2009

I’m in the up-to-my-eyeballs midst of a somewhat tedious project right now, so engaging in procrastination in the guise of motivation, I’m finally letting myself tune in to tunes of yule. And while this duet in this brilliant album will probably always remain my favorite, here are the top 12 seasonal sounds I’m playing on a loop this year in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You: Mariah Carey. Okay, I’ll admit it, Mariah isn’t all bad.

2. Sleigh Ride: Ella Fitzgerald. Mmm, can’t you just taste the gin?

3. What Christmas Means to Me: Hansen. Honestly, I hate my own guts that I love Hansen’s version of this song the very very most.

4. Winter Wonderland: Ray Charles. Yes. Perfect.

5. Hark the Herald Angels/Angels We Have Heard: Straight No Chaser. I love the poetry of the phrasing.

6. Oh Holy Night: Kelly Clarkson. Gorgeous.

7. All Is Well: Micheal W. Smith. Let there be peace.

8. Christmastime is Here: Tony Braxton. When I grow up, I want to be Tony B.

9. 8 Days of Christmas: Destiny’s Child. You go, Houston girls!

10. Christmas: Jon Bon Jovi. Come on, admit it, we all totally dig New Jersey.

11. Joy To the World: Whitney Houston. Crazy can sing.

12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Diana Krall. From my house, to yours.

Christmastime is Here

December 1, 2009

We celebrated last night by putting up the tree. At one point, Harry said to me, “Mommy, I’m really good at Christmasing.” And I quite agreed. It’s going to be a great month.