Eileen Brennan isn't the first name you think of when you think great Hollywood celebrities, but at least in my mind, she always caught my eye.
She died this week at the age of 80. I always found her roles to stick out in the films she was in. Her most notable role was the tough talking Drill Sergeant in 1980's Private Benjamin, for which she received a Oscar Nomination. You'll also remember her from The Sting and playing Mrs. Peacock in the 1986 movie version of Clue. RIP.
Here she is doing her rendition of La Vie en Rose in Neil Simon's, The Cheap Detective.
I'm guessing not a lot of people can say 'Journey' played their wedding...unless of course you're a band member.
Neal Schon, who has been the only consistent member of Journey throughout the years says he's going to tie the knot later this year with a Z-List celebrity. The celeb in question: Michaele Salahi. Remember her...the White House Party Crasher from 2009. She's no longer married to the guy she was with at the time of the party crashing, but the status she gained from the incident was apparetly enough to get her a meeting with Neal Schon...and we now know how that's ended up.
She also made an appearance on the extremely short lived Housewives of DC. As for me...I'm not sure why anyone watches those shows.
Oh well...any bets that Faithfully will be the wedding song?
Another Meat Free Monday, you won't miss the meat a bit with this delicious dish!
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) Italian diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz uncooked ziti
1 cup (8 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, green pepper, carrots and garlic until crisp-tender. Stir in the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, broth and pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Stir in vegetable mixture, ricotta, provolone and basil.
Transfer to a 13-in. by 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake uncovered at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Ever wonder why people sing Happy Birthday before eating cake? Or propose toasts prior to a round of drinks? Well, new research suggests it may be because these and other pre-meal rituals actually make the food taste better.
The recent psychology study, led by Professor Kathleen Vohs at the University of Minnesota, asked subjects to perform a ritual prior to eating the food that they had been given. In one of the experiments, subjects were given a chocolate bar, were asked to break it in half without unwrapping it and eat it before eating the second half. The results found that subjects found the chocolate tastier after having performed the pre-chocolate ritual. A similar experiment was done with carrots. Finally, the researchers showed that watching someone else methodically mix powdered drinks does not make it taste any better, suggesting that personal involvement is key.
Vohs and her team cite what is called “intrinsic interest” – the idea that rituals get people more involved in what they are doing – as the main reason for the elevated tastiness. Vohs says that she hopes to expand her research on rituals to other facets of life, looking to study rituals performed before surgery and their influence on postoperative pain and the recovery process.
So the next time you’re sitting in front of a heaping plate of spaghetti, say a quick grace and enjoy it to the fullest.
You can take poppers to a picnic with this easy dip recipe!
2 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup canned chopped green chilies
1/4 cup canned diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Sweet pepper pieces and corn chips for dipping
In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended; spread into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with bread crumbs. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with peppers and chips.
When asked about the last time they felt really good, 8% of women said it was when someone did THIS.
Incorrect Guesses: when the hairdresser washed their hair, gave them flowers, paid them a compliment, complimented them behind their back, say I Love You, tell them their children have good manners, ask them for advice, told them they're beautiful, complimented their cooking, whistled at them, flirted with them, say they look like they've lost weight, smiled at them
Correct Answer: told them they look younger than they actually are.