Skype-tini Anyone?

Jul 18, 2011 by

About a year ago I made a major change in my life and moved from upstate New York to Maryland.  I hated leaving my country home and friends, but work was limited in Cambridge and most of my free-lance clients were based in the Washington D.C. area.  I started working a 4-day  week for the School Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute, which gave me some steady income while still working my free-lance gigs for Discovery.  Anyway…., a year goes by and I return to Cambridge to visit with some friends, check on my house (it’s rented right now), and attend my friend Jayne’s art show opening at the Small Gallery. I really love my friend Jayne.  We share a great deal of the same interests and have the same quirky sense of reality.  She...

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New Twist on Cobb Salad

May 27, 2011 by

The weather in Baltimore has been really crummy lately.  Between bouts of intense thunderstorms we’ve had the 3 H’s– hazy, hot and humid.  The saving grace is that our backyard comes equipped with a pool and hot tub. So on a perfect Sunday evening I decided to host an impromptu dinner and swim session for some friends.  But what to make to beat the heat?  I found the perfect hot weather salad that works just as well for dinner as it does for a picnic.  So thanks to Maureen Callahan and the May 2011 issue of Cooking Light, you too can impress your friends and delight your stomach all at the same time. Here is what you need to create a wonderful Memorial Day treat.   INGREDIENTS: 4 slices center-cut bacon (I used microwave...

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The Best Gift I Ever Got

May 7, 2011 by

Most of my life has been spent traveling and moving from place to place and job to job.  The one constant was my mother’s house.  My dad had built the house and when he passed away (I was 16) it was like time stopped.  The place looked exactly as it had for all my life, right down to the avocado kitchen cabinets and gold wall-to-wall carpet.  But it was home and Mom always gave me a place to land.  The number of boxes stored in her garage, including the darkroom I’d built right after college, was enormous. I’d just returned from one of my “moves” and landed a job with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and decided to go back to graduate school for a Master’s degree.  Limited funds and apartment rents in NYC made...

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Just Google Me?

May 4, 2011 by

I heard a really interesting report today on NPR’s Morning Addition.  Seems that Google has re-configured its search algorithm in an effort to further control how something appears in their search listing.  Here’s the link if you want to read the whole story: Google Search Tweaks Puts a Company at Risk. What that got me thinking was, what happens when I say, “Just Google me for my info.” Since I haven’t updated my website or kept up with my Linkedin, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, pick your social site lately, will I no longer exist on Google.  And if I don’t exist on Google, do I exist?  If I don’t exist, then who am I?  Oh it all comes back to me now…Who am I, why am I here and all those wonderful existential questions we...

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Girls on the Grill – It Ain’t Just for Guys!...

Apr 8, 2011 by

Have you ever been to Greece?  I love the people, countryside and the food. I was  looking for new ways to put a twist on an old favorite when my sister turned me onto this wonderful version of the hamburger.  The saltiness and earthiness of the feta makes a nice change from the usual hamburger accoutrements.  It’s easy to fix, can be prepared a day ahead, and on top of all that, it’s low in fat.  Serves 5 Greek-flavored Burgers with Feta Aioli. Aioli Ingredients: ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (about 2 ounces) 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise 2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt The Aioli will have the consistency of mayo. Burger Ingredients: 5 slices red onions, 1/2-inch thick Cooking spray 1 lb. lean ground beef (90% works best) 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs (used unflavored...

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Adam’s Ribs?

Mar 25, 2011 by

Now that we’ve crossed into spring and the weather seems to be easing it’s grip on winter, my mind turns outdoor entertaining.  One of my favorite things to make on the grill are dry-rub ribs. First you need a great combination of spices for your dry rub.  Here are my favorites to include: ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, white pepper, brown sugar. I combine equal amounts of the spices in a large bowl and then add about 1/2 cup of brown sugar.  Make sure you mix it really well. Next you need ribs.  It’s important to choose good quality ribs.  Personally, I prefer pork ribs, but you can use beef if you like.  Look at both sides of the ribs, you want to...

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It’s Grillin’ Time Again!...

Mar 18, 2011 by

Spring starts this weekend and that means it’s grillin’ time in the northeast. Truth be told, I grill all year long. I’ve been told my dry rub ribs would give Bobby Flay a run for his money (can you see a atsGf smack down?)!  But you don’t have to cook meat, chicken, or fish to turn on the BBQ. As the garden gets planted and the goodies ripen, I’ll post a variety of recipes for outdoor cooking. To start us off, I’d like to share a great way to make Pizza. Yes, pizza! Here is a vegetarian delight for the most discriminating. I can’t remember where I got this recipe, so if it’s from you …. Big Thanks! Grilled Pizza with Fontina and Arugula Prep Time: 10 min. Total Time: 25 min. Serves 4  ...

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How I like to do yoga

Mar 11, 2011 by

Over the years I’ve tried many ways to stay in shape. Lately, I’ve been yoga in the therapy pool at my gym. But I found a much better and faster way to achieve the perfect downward facing dog. I can’t really describe it in words, you’ll just have to watch the...

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Guilty Pleasures

Feb 28, 2011 by

Last night I read a great tweet…”I’m not watching the Oscars – I’m watching Twitter watch the Oscars.” – @ChrisPirillo#Oscars.  It came from Social Media Insider and I thought, “yup…that’s    about right.” I just got a smart phone, thank you, and am finding my way around Twitter, Facebook and other social media that I use.  Watching the Oscars was the first time I tried my had at Tweeting an event while it was happening.  I received tweets from Toby, Jen Bonet, Liz Straus and other tweety-birds. My phone-typing skills are still not great so I want to take a moment to give you my take, as a filmmaker, on the Oscars.  First of all, I love award shows.  I sit and put on my best Joan Rivers dis of the fashions, listen to inside...

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Baby, baby, baby oh!!!

Feb 15, 2011 by

On our inaugral podcast someone brought up the question of children.  I had to jump out of the conversation but managed to get in my two cents, “Kids, never wanted them, ever, ever , ever!”  Why does eveyone think that if you are female, you are not fullfilled if you do not have children.  Do they think it is not by choice? Most of my single girlfriends that wanted children, have them.  Either they were in a relationship which ended or they actively sought donor sperm and made a baby.  If they were unable to conceive, they adopted.  I also made an active decision (at about the age of 10) to never have children.  I used to say, in response to my mother’s “I can’t wait until you have your own children!” “Not me,...

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Valentine’s Day for 3 Please...

Feb 14, 2011 by

I am a freelance filmmaker.  I live alone, work from home–alone and can go days without hearing a human voice.  Sometimes I like this, sometimes I don’t. When I’m on a project, I find that I immerse myself to the exclusion of everything and everyone else.  Do any of you do that?  I get so caught-up in my own drama that I forget to live a little. And now it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m wondering how to celebrate.  Well, last night my sister and I made a fabulous dinner — fillets and lobster tails with herb grilled baby carrots, Caesar salad, mixed grains and an amazing bottle of Shiraz.  Never mind that my brother-in-law was also at the table, I was celebrating Valentine’s Day my way, with good friends. It doesn’t matter that I’m...

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