What a way to kick off the summer! I watched the Disney Baseball trilogy Angels in the Outfield, Angels in the Endzone, and Angel’s in the Infield. Nothing says summer like baseball and….hot dogs! I grew up with the first two but had never seen the third one. In fact, I didn’t know a third one existed until this project of mine. Honestly, the third one lacked what the original and sequel had; and when I say lacked, I mean Doc Brown was not a part of the film. Christopher Lloyd brings a delightful spark of magic to the screen that Disney is known for. Not that David Alan Grier is deficient in the magical spark department, but when I remember Angels in the Outfield as a kid, Lloyd’s smile and delightful encouragement to believe that anything is possible makes the film memorable and magical.
I know hot dogs don’t exactly require a complicated recipe so I thought I’d just share the ingredients I used to make my super spicy concoction and the recipe I created to make a kind of failed potato chip. I say failed because I meant to make a chip but they never got crispy enough so it turned out as just potatoes which were still delicious.
Ballpark Gourmet Hott Dogs
BBQ any hot dog of your choosing
Toast an onion roll for your hot dog bun
Carmelize onions in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil
Cut fresh jalapenos – making sure to de-seed them
Spicy brown mustard
Cut potatoes as thinly as possible
Toss in a bowl with three minced garlic cloves, tablespoon of olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic salt and seasoning salt.
Let’s talk about the breakdown of the family unit. Yeah, I’m going to talk about the things you aren’t supposed to say. We live in a very different world than we did only twenty-some plus years ago. Homes are broken, no one talks to each other, and most parents don’t parent. Instead family members are more like cohabitating individuals rather than a connected unit.
The film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is a nod to what the family unit used to be and what it should be. The Coopers battle children’s book miss-prints, wardrobe malfunctions, car wrecks, and an unfortunate event concerning cough syrup all in one day. However, the most memorable, most endearing part of this no-good tale is this family’s love and support for one another. They aren’t just individuals existing; they are friends and genuinely care about each other’s successes. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that if families still kept the same Beaver Cleaver 1950’s values as the Coopers, our society might be far more peaceful.
A majorly iconic dish made in this film is the crustless quiche created by Papa Bear Cooper. I decided to replicate the dish with some minor adjustments. First of all, I’m not a fan of egg yolks so I decided to double the amount of eggs the recipe calls for, but only use the egg whites. I also used reduced fat cheddar cheese as my cheese of choice to cut down on the fat content but also still get the golden brown on the top. Lastly, the milk in the recipe calls for whole, but I don’t drink or use whole milk often enough so I went with fat-free. The result? Delicious.
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ onion, diced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
6-8 oz. spinach
8 egg whites
1 cup fat-free milk
½ cup heavy cream
Salt and ground pepper
1½ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 3500 degrees
Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish OR 10-inch pie plate.
Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Stir in onion and sliced mushrooms and cook until soft, stirring occasionally.
Add spinach and continue cooking until moisture evaporates. Set skillet aside.
In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, milk, salt, and ground pepper. Add cheese, spinach, onion, and mushroom.
Pour mixture into the greased baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden and center is solid. (~30-35 min; you should be able to insert a knife cleanly in the middle)
So I’ve been unbelievably busy the past two weeks; I feel like I’ve forgotten about by blog – not purposely of course, just a lack of time to put into watching my films and cook. I think it was good to take some time off though because it gave me some more perspective on not only this blog, but also my life. When it comes to the blog, I realize I’m still finding my footing with what and how I want to post. My project is definitely taking precedence, but I realize that what I write doesn’t always coincide with what I initially wrote about in blogs one and two. I’m not great at being candid and personal, so perhaps if my idea of finding myself and exploring Alice Lea being in a relationship with Alice Lea, I really need to take that seriously.
In my personal journey reboot I watched all three Aladdin films: Aladdin, Return of Jafar, and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Rather than creating an edible concoction I decided I would write a small tribute to the Genie himself, Robin Williams. Everything about the Genie represents laughter, caring, and the whole hearted ability to not only accept others, but accept yourself – which is my overall goal: to accept myself. Robin Williams’ ability to make others feel good and feel as though they can be and do anything is a gift that not everyone in the world can possess. He understood the necessity of being comfortable being you and that everyone has a little spark of madness that needs thrive.
I need to relight my spark of madness. Perhaps that means I need to take myself on a date instead of wishing that someone else would. I need to go spend a day at the beach with myself instead of hoping my girlfriends will text me first. I need to go sing Karaoke to find out maybe that I should never sing Karaoke.
No matter what I do right now, it needs to be for me so that I too can be free.