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December 5, 2009

Julia Child creates beef tartare au gratin on David Letterman

I was feeling a little down yesterday afternoon until Midnight Sun Sam sent me a link to this video. I'm posting it here as a great way to start the weekend and as an antidote to the weather forecast.
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:42 AM | | Comments (30)
        

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Nice Saturday morning pick me up. Thanks.

Great stuff! The offstage MOOOOOOOOO was an especially good touch.

This clip makes me chuckle at that old joke:
Q: "What's the national dish of Poland?"
A: "Pork tartare"
(My Polish grandmother says I can tell that one.)

The clip also demonstrates how narrowly traveled Letterman was at this point in his life. He reacts to Childs's fallback recipe like a twelve-year-old.

And he certainly hadn't been to an old-time Baltimore bull & oyster roast.

captcha: communities prosiest

(My computer STILL doesn't remember personal information! What's up with that?)

Really? Snow is depressing to you? I love it. I was happy that the weather forecasters were wrong about the "wintry mix" and we just got snow instead. (Ice = bad; snow = good).

I made a big pot of lentil soup this afternoon, which I'll be eating tomorrrow night while I watch the Ravens beat the Packers (I hope).

Snow is fine, it's the snow mixed with rain, which is what we got in the city, that I find both messy and ugly. EL

Sorry - I'll be watching the Ravens MONDAY.

Sorry to be nit-picky, but isn't it Julia Childs?

Carol - You'll be watching the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Sunday though, right?

Nope, not watching the parade. It was kind of fun the first time; not so much now/

the folks who live in Hampden have my utmost respect and admiration. They so graciously deal with the limited parking being cannibalized by tourists constantly for at least 2 months out of every year!

Carol in Hampden, all the cookbooks on my shelf say Julia Child (not Childs)

Dahlink, you are absolutely correct, as usual.

I promulgated the mistaken terminal "s" with my post, sorry.

It's like saying "John Hopkins" around here.

captcha: bethesda train (sounds like a bluesy George Strait tune: "I watched you walk away in the rain, but you didn't get very far, 'cause we was on th' bethesda train..")

Wait, it was raining *inside* of the train?

I finally got to watch this, and loved her response when he asked what illness you got from eating raw beef.

"You get healthy."

Dang it, Cleatus. Now I've got George singing in my head.

"Sittin' here soaked on a Bethesda train
My heart is a tattered subway car
that Metro just don't maintain."

Think I'd better keep my day job.


Lissa:
No, actually, that's pretty good. How about:

Chorus:
"You busted my heart--
So I hit you in the head with a frying pan."

captcha: ment patient (all that's missing is the "al.")

"I thought I was being smart
But I was just being a macho man."

I'm really sorry, folks. It just stuck in my head, and I had to get it out. Hope this does it.


I was trying to make it up to you,
After yet another sin,
By taking you someplace special,
A little bistro called Vin.

Ask you to put on that little black dress,
The one that always messes with my mind,
I put on that awful suit
with that tie that always does bind.

We had reservations
As we always do.
We both knew from the start
We were likely to go kerflu.

Chorus:
I did my best to make it up,
Guess it was it was too much of the same.
I watched you walk away in the rain
But not gettin' all that far.
The doors just weren't ready to open yet
On that Bethesda train.

The only way to keep me straight,
Is to make sure that I ride.
The rhythm of the subway tracks
Allows me to keep my pride.

But you got tired of watching me
End up on Fail Blog.
And in the end you knew I was
Just another hog.

Chorus:
I did my best to make it up,
Guess it was it was too much of the same.
I watched you walk away in the rain
But not gettin' all that far.
The doors weren't ready to open yet
On that Bethesda train.

Should call the place and cancel
Since we don't need that top for two.
But foie gras and duck fat fries
Are what I need when I am feeling blue.

Chorus:
I did my best to make it up,
Guess it was it was too much of the same.
I watched you walk away in the rain
But not gettin' all that far.
The doors weren't ready to open yet
On that Bethesda train.

Amazing. This is a Country Music Award-winner for sure. When you go up to accept, we'll get RoCK to run up, grab the mike, and tell why Joyce W. ought to have won. Then you can hit him in the head with a frying pan.


captcha: 1/8 played (believe it or not...)

"I put on that awful suit
with that tie that always does bind."

Pure genius.


captcha: bilking Schenectady (what Bernie Madoff did after he got through with Wall Street)

:-)

Lissa--awesome!

I came out of hiding just to add my applause -- brava, Lissa!

I am blown away! Between you and Laura Lee, I am in awe. See, it's the little things like this that will keep me from straying to the other blogs!

We miss you Yum!

Hi, YumPo!

"The only way to keep me straight,
Is to make sure that I ride. The rhythm of the subway tracks Allows me to keep my pride."

- I love this Lissa!

Almost up there with another country fave: "
Well, I was drunk the day my Mom got outta prison.
And I went to pick her up in the rain.
But, before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
She got runned over by a damned old train." (David Allen Coe)

Joyce, "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" was written by the late Steve Goodman.

you are right, of course, Hal. But, DAC's version is the one I was referencing. I think John Hiatt also did a version.

brought me to tears. thanks for the vid.

Grazie, Trixie.

Hi, Darlink!

Grazie, Trixie.

Hi, Dahlink!

Captcha: Sunday mariachi -- what about the rest of the week?

The macarena?

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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