Monday, January 09, 2006


- Best: House of Sand and Fog. Kind of a sleeper for me. It's an actor's movie and I usually hate that, but the characters are so compelling and the script is written in such a way that there are so many new revelations at each turn that you can't help but wish it would keep going.

- Favorite: Black Dog. I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Nobody puts Randy Travis in a corner!" So terrible, but so good. Rent it and laugh.

- Worst: Heaven. Maybe not worst, but certainly the boringest movie of the year. A woman's family is destroyed by a drug trade aided by the police, so she takes matters into her own hands and accidentally kills several innocent people when attempting to murder a key drug dealer. Sounds like a good setup, right? Too bad they went nowhere with it. Seriously, this movie had no point or purpose or plot or anything. Just terrible.

- Why would Ted Kennedy name his dog Splash? Was "Dead Broad in an Oldsmobile" too long to fit on the tag?

- For next time I'm camping in a cannibal infested jungle:

- Looks like I'm now one of the girls.

- And on that note, tonight's recipe:

Mexican Lasagna

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken breast (or beef, whatever)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 (14-oz) can stewed tomatoes or fire-roasted chopped tomatoes
1 cup medium heat taco sauce (or salsa)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
2 scallions, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add stewed tomatoes or fire-roasted chopped tomatoes and taco sauce. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.

Coat a shallow baking dish with remaining extra-virgin olive oil. Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.


Blogger Nicole said...

I don't see how that automatically qualifies you as one of the girls.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

what if i braid your hair?

6:52 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I'd be seriously impressed. Especially since my hair isn't long enough for that.

I see through your ploys .. you're just trying to get an in for the naked pillow fights.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

so you admit there are naked pillow fights? I KNEW THEY WEREN'T JUST AN URBAN LEGEND!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Darlin' I was in a sorority (don't laugh!) Pillow fights are our bread and butter. They're the reason I took 5 years to finish school. I was exhausted and never made it to class!

6:06 AM  

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