I have been eating my Mom’s 5-Hour Beef Stew my entire life. I’ve been MAKING it almost as long, as you can tell by the handwritten recipe-card Mom made for me when I moved out. Take a look at this: Continue reading →
I met Jasmine Sadry 10 years ago when she took over my old position at the Edge in Dallas.
It’s hard to describe how I felt about Jasmine at the time. Is there a word for how you feel when you’re replaced by someone ten years younger and ten times hotter than you? It would have to be a combination of anger and envy, like “Engravy” maybe? Whatever the word is, I was FILLED with it so you can imagine my disappointment when Jasmine ended up being great on the air. She’s also so sweet that no matter HOW hard I’ve tried to dislike her, I simply can’t. Best of all, she has a mouth on her that would embarass the saltiest truck driver and honestly, that’s a direct line to my heart. Continue reading →
I’ve been chatting about movies with Gene & Julie Gates recently, which is wild for MULTIPLE reasons. I’ve known these two since they were just boyfriend-girlfriend (believe it or not, they were not BORN married) and we were all living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They’re doing a morning show in Raleigh, North Carolina now and asked me to join them occasionally. It has been a BLAST! Here’s our segment from this morning. Thanks for having me on, guys!
How you feel about the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will all depend on how you felt about the books.
If you read and enjoyed them, you’ll be happy to know that the movie is actually BETTER. That’s not saying much though. I think I could have written those books after a few wine-coolers with my girlfriends back in high school. The story is ridiculous but in the hands of talented Hollywood screenwriters it becomes polished, a little humorous and the dialogue becomes slightly less hokey (but just slightly).
Voracious “Fifty Shades” readers will enjoy seeing the characters fleshed out on screen but our FAVORITE parts of the books (duh, the sex scenes) have been totally dumbed down. It’s disappointing but book-fans have the benefit of KNOWING what’s happening, even if it’s only implied onscreen. Those who have NOT read the books will be rolling their eyes and wondering when the smut is going to start. Continue reading →
Lucy was apprehensive when I posted “Lucyisms Vol. 1,” but she ended up being its biggest fan. I think she felt a little famous when friends approached her at school and quoted their favorite lines, like “You play your OWN bongos!”
She even tried CREATING Lucyisms but thankfully realized they sounded goofy when forced. She would spout off something especially strange, then shake her head and say, “No, that was terrible.”
Despite this, Lucy has unintentionally gifted us with some outstanding bon mots recently and I’ve been dying to share them. Then I discovered the NOTES she’s been leaving on my iPhone. Continue reading →
If you weren’t watching the Today show this morning, you missed two local folks getting engaged on live television. Nick Marino got his girlfriend Halie Gibbs in front of cameras by telling her they were part of a “Couples Who Make a Difference” segment, but we back at home knew the truth. See, Nick called me a few weeks ago to tell me about his plan so when the deed went down, I was sitting in front of my TV & crying like a baby. Nick was too as he got down on one knee & asked Hailey to marry him. Pretty sweet stuff so if you missed it, just click the link below & get ready for the happy tears!
My tour of DFW Hiking Trails took me south of Dallas today to Cedar Hill. The GPS said I had an hour-long drive ahead of me but it was much shorter than that. Cedar Hill State Park is actually only 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth (according to their website http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill). We made it in about 40 minutes and I say WE because I got to bring a buddy today! Several friends have asked to join me on these hikes (Come on! The more the merrier! Plus I’ll need someone to carry me when I inevitably step on a rattlesnake). Today Shannon made the trip with me. Shannon is tons of fun and a fast-walker (Dang woman, SLOW DOWN!) but she also brought along a weapon, “Just in case.” It was a heavy black stick on a key-chain so I renamed it her “Bitch Stick.” Continue reading →
It wasn’t the movie itself that changed my life forever.
No, it was a Poltergeist teaser-trailer that came out several months before the movie. It featured stills and a few clips from the film that was coming out that summer, but it also showed interviews with supposed “Paranormal Experts.” They explained what a poltergeist actually was and my young mind was BLOWN. I found the first trailer on Youtube but it’s pretty crude. In fact, think it was taped by some dude sitting in front of his TV. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan of chicken, this is tastiest and easiest recipe you are ever going to try. It’s from Thomas Keller and I can give you the link but it’s so easy you almost don’t even need it. You just buy a good chicken and truss it, add loads of salt & pepper and then bake it at 450 for about an hour (until it reaches 165 degrees). Don’t check it. Don’t baste the bird. Don’t do ANYTHING. Just back away from the damn oven. You will be left with the juiciest, tastiest, nom nom nom chicken you’ve ever had. You might not even have time to Instagram a picture of it but you will WANT to because it LOOKS incredible too.
There’s almost no way to mess this up…unless you cook the bird upside down. I did this once and couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t any meat on the breast (because it’s the BACK, dumbass). We laughed about that for ages. I remember smirking about it the NEXT time I made roast chicken. I double-checked and laughed thinking, “Surely I won’t make that mistake a second time!” Continue reading →
Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.
Benjamin Orr of The Cars was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO, so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars Drive video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →