A “simplified” version of Korean cuisine flavors (lacking kimchi!), but fast, tasty, and providing for several days worth of leftovers.
Flickr hosted all my photo-needs for 11 long years from 2005-2017. But because of its sharp decline and poor usability, I decided to leave Flick last year and move all my images over to SmugMug. A year later: my Flickr Pro account has now expired, all 10,300+ photos have been moved to SmugMug, and re-categorized by year! To celebrate, here are 14 photos, selected purely because of cold, hard facts from Flickr.
I saw exactly 100 films during 2016. That’s double my self-imposed limit of 4 per month (oops), way more than my mother (“I don’t think I saw 4 movies this entire YEAR!”), and way less than my film-critic boyfriend (who watched more than 300). While I certainly have personal favorites from those— including the usual “Best Films of 2016” list — here are 15 of the most memorable times I had going to the movies, this year.
A lot of reviews (from critics or otherwise) like to talk about whether or not a movie “held a child’s attention.” I completely understand the idea, but there are also SO MANY factors involved: parenting, pacing, other in-theater distractions, what they just ate, what they’re in the mood for, what other movies they’ve seen, how that kid in particular responds to sitting still for two hours, and on and on and on. It’s hard enough for a film critic to put aside whatever else is going on with them and force themselves to be a blank slate, so I can’t imagine what sort of surface-level, constant emotions are bouncing around (internally) at every second to distract kids.
Adam & I see a lot of movies either very late at night or stupid-early in the morning, often by ourselves (or nearly). So it’s the rare occurrence, nowadays, that we’re in a theater packed with KIDS. We both like kids, we try to be respectful of them and their parents (going to the movies is costly! and dark! and chaotic!), and we know they’re going to chatter and kick the seats. But it can also be a lot of fun (for us) to watch a film in an audience filled with kids, when it’s clearly made FOR kids.
Case(s) in point: As soon as the lights went down for our preview screening of “Pete’s Dragon” and the Disney fireworks began to pop (3D!) a kid in front yelled “WOW!” Characters on screen called for “Grace! Grace?!” at one point, a boy in the audience loudly chimed in to help, and a girl in the back responded “Yes?” The theatre erupted in laughter (parents and kids alike) when a character fell down, and the small children in front of us (surprisingly) bopped in time to the folk music. Good times.
A Tex-Mex appetizer dip, closer to pico de gallo than salsa. It’s lactose-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, requires zero cooking, and makes a giant bowlful in less than 20 minutes. Since it’s a dip, it’s forgiving and adaptable to whatever you have on hand (I have canned corn, not frozen corn!) and your taste (don’t want cilantro? use parsley! want to add black olives? go for it, crazy!). Feeds a party, fast. What’s not to like?
Lessons learned from this one: (1) Gnocchi can be pan-fried, instead of boiled, and (2) field greens can stand in for baby spinach, in a pinch, but aren’t quite as good. Anything advertised as a “30-minute meal” always takes me longer, so I’ve listed this as a “45-minute meal” — your results may vary, depending on your chopping speed. In any case: gnocchi, ground turkey, beans, tomato, basil + spinach — with a beat of heat from some red pepper flakes — made for a fast and very satisfying one-pan meal that was even better for lunch the next day.
Adam’s a big fan of potpies, so during my cookbook-buying spree in the early 2000s I picked up Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish by Elinor Klivans. Trained in France, and known primarily for her pastry recipes (she’s got entire books dedicated solely to chocolate chips and donuts) Klivans has had a long and varied career as a chef and writer. Which explains two aspects of her potpie book: (1) everything we’ve made from it has been delicious and (2) her personal anecdotes that begin each recipe sound like she’s amassed the recipes over the course of several years, from traveling all over the world. Between the cookies, the potpie, and the travel: the woman seems to know her comfort food.
This is the recipe we make most-frequently from her book: a tasty pot of this chicken-and-gravy, herb-y stew with drop-dumpling corn muffins. Over the years we’ve tweaked the recipe to our liking (it’s a bit saucier this way, and makes more: leftovers!) and now the version here is our default. We cook this in a wok with the lid from a large saucepan; the tapered, wider top works well for adding the dumplings in the finals steps. While I’d stick with a wider pan rather than a taller pan (because of the aforementioned dumplings), really any pot large enough to hold all the ingredients will work.
We’ve also removed a couple of the fancier, more time-consuming elements of the original recipe as well: pre-cooking your own whole chicken while making your own homemade broth (amazing! but time-consuming), cooking the sauce a day ahead of time (fine, but not necessary), and also using different herbs for the sauce and dumplings (we found that one bunch of chives was the perfect size for both parts). Both photos are from times I’ve cooked this, six years apart, and it continues to be an easy, warm and tasty dish for the thick of Winter.
After 10 years with Flickr, I’m finally jumping ship and moving my online photo archives over to SmugMug. It’s going to be a challenge over the next year (when my Flickr Pro expires), but I think SmugMug will suit me better, and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of its cool features (GIFs-support! Custom gallery layouts!). To start off, I’ve uploaded everything I shot in 2015, from both my iPhone and my DSLR. Below are 60 of those images from the last 12 months, a really fast flip through an incredibly packed year.
No one updates anymore, so I’m retiring the blogroll widget and archiving the links (that still work) here, for posterity.
Simon & Ivan – The leading blog run by dashing hedgehogs
Life Without a Lenscap – Todd’s LiveJournal
The Amazing Adventures of Adam – Adam’s blog
Captain Anndor’s Adventures – Anna’s LiveJournal
Process + Color – Kara’s blog