Archive for August 6th, 2007

Underdog!

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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Today I did something spontaneous and unplanned that turned out to be a real treat. After an optical appointment and some shopping I took our youngest son to see the movie Underdog. Seth and I both love verbal humor such as puns, plays on words, and alliteration. All are to be found in this movie, plus a doggie hero who speaks in rhymes. Seth laughed and laughed over, “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a frog! NO! It’s . . . UNDERDOG!”

One of the bad guys, Cad, was hilarious as he kept referring to his thesaurus in an attempt to impress his mega-smart bad guy boss, Simon Bar-Sinister. Peter Dinklage did an awesome job playing the mad scientist Bar-Sinister. He has such an expressive face!

The very beginning of the movie was so nostalgic for me. The clips from the original cartoon version reminded me that I watched that cartoon when I was a kiddo! The show ran from 1964 to 1973. Does anyone else remember how funny the penguin Tennessee Tuxedo voiced by Don Adams was? Now I want to see some episodes of the old cartoon. 🙂

Joe’s Special

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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(This recipe is from the Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, printed in 1978. Sunset says of this recipe: No one is quite sure of the origin of the one-dish meal called Joe’s Special. A staple of several San Francisco restaurants, it has been popular in that city for at least two generations.)

2 pounds ground beef chuck, crumbled

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced (or more to taste)

½ pound mushrooms, sliced (optional)

1 ¼ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon each nutmeg, pepper, and oregano

1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained; or ½ pound fresh spinach, washed, drained, and chopped

4 to 6 eggs

(1/4 to ½ cup Parmesan cheese, if desired)

Brown ground beef in oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; drain off fat. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms; reduce heat and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft. Stir in seasonings and spinach; cook for about 5 minutes longer.

Add eggs; stir mixture over low heat just until eggs begin to set. Stir in Parmesan cheese at this point (if used).

Makes 6 servings.

You could add other vegetables and use different seasonings to alter this basic recipe to suit your family’s tastes. This is how we like it, though. Also, we serve this in large flour tortillas, with shredded cheddar cheese and salsa.

As I searched for an image of Joe’s Special, I came across an online recipe which is almost identical to mine at Howstuffworks.