Wednesday, April 27, 2011

10 Years of Blogging- what?!

Ten years and three days ago, I wrote my first blog entry. I didn't know they were called blogs at all. Not sure the term had been coined yet. Susan Ploetz had just returned from one of her many exciting and exotic trips around the world and said: "Everyone is keeping diaries online, it's cool. You should do that."

So, I got myself on Livejournal and started documenting my ups and downs of making Tammytown, which I continued to do spottily all the way through 2008- overlapping with this here blog. Reading those posts from back then is kind of embarrassing, heartening, fun and silly. You can see the internet was a different thing (at least to me) just ten years ago. I certainly wasn't as "branded" as I am now. None of us were. There weren't blogs about blogging and how to do it. Uploading photos was either impossible or really hard to do, too. But Livejournal was f*cking awesome and fun to use from my hot pink, er strawberry, iMac!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kale, Chard, and/or Hearty Greens Salad

Around here, hearty and delicious greens like kale aren't out of season just yet, and chard is booming! The rainbow chard at the farmer's markets is lovely right now! And, it's great to do something different than cook the greens down. This salad allows you to have zingy raw greens that eat like a meal (hugely thanks to the bacon ends!) Also, the recipe could be made with pine nuts or something else crunchy instead of or in addition to the bacon.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Greens, etc.:
  • head of kale, chard, or hearty lettuce
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped or diced cooked bacon ends

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, syrup, mustard, salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper in a nonreactive bowl. The dressing can be prepared one day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature 30 minutes before using. (I actually made a double recipe of the dressing as a single recipe didn’t coat the leaves very well.)

Tear or chop the greens into bite size pieces, or to your liking.

Place the dressing in a salad bowl and whisk well.  Add the kale, cranberries, and bacon ends and toss to coat greens thoroughly with dressing.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two Heavy-Hitter Veterans of the German New Wave Release 3D Documentaries

Wim Wenders' "Pina" is a 3-D documentary that explores the legacy of the late modern-dance pioneer and Werner Herzog has directed "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," an exploration of ancient paintings in the Chauvet caves of Southern France.

Wim Wenders' writing were an early inspiration to me when I was young and just becoming interested in filmmaking, and Herzog was as an artistic father to Kidlat Tahimik- my ultimate inspiration in filmmaking! So interesting that these filmmakers choose to embrace 3D, and for documentary no less! I'm not even a little bit sure of how I feel about it.

Check out the trailers: