Wednesday, February 26, 2014

JEFF BRIDGES OSCAR




GREATEST PERFORMANCES NEVER GOT An OSCAR





JEFF BRIDGES
The DUDE

THE BIG LEBOWSKI

Yes, Bridges won an Oscar for 2009’s Crazy Heart. But for playing the immortal Dude for the Coen Brothers in 1998’s iconic The Big Lebowski,  Bridges got snubbed for one of the great comic performances in cinema history. Whaaaat!  All together now: “Are you effing kidding me?” Close your eyes and you can see and hear Bridges: “I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.”  More shame: This was the same year that Roberto Benigni won the gold for hamming it up in Life Is Beautiful. Oscar, you’re not living this down.







BOOGIE NIGHTS

L - R: The Late-Great PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
MARK WALHBERG  and JOHN C. RILEY



It’s possible that the Academy didn’t yet know what Wahlberg had in him in 1997 when he played 1970’s porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. But why be forgiving in the face of the actor's breakthrough performance as a kid who rises to X-rated fame on the size of his dick. Moving from naive teen to cynical burnout, Wahlberg is on fire as Dirk, fueled by drugs and arrogance, lashes out at anyone who tries to control him: “You’re not the King of me!” It’s a blazing performance that's mercilessly honest and mercifully humane at the same time.




SEAN PENN

as "SPICOLI"
Jeff Spicoli

in

FAST TIMES at RIDGEMONT HIGH



The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Keith Richards Rolling Stones

The ROLLING STONES



KEITH RICHARDS

Stones Play Abu Dhabi





EARLY STONES With BRIAN JONES

L to R:  Bill Wyman, Brian Jones,Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards


Sunday, February 23, 2014

PASTA PRIMAVERA ALFREDO TOO





FETTUCCINE ALFREDO 

 Excerpted from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke's "SUNDAY SAUCE"  When Italian-Americans Cook


   In the 60’s and 1970’s Fettuccine Alfredo was one of  the great favorite dishes on Italian restaurant menus throughout the country. It was in the late 80’s that the popularity of the dish started to wane for a couple of  reasons,  one being  the Genesis of the health movement in  The United States and two being the start towards more authentic Italian dishes and  the almost  total  disdain of the so-called cliché dishes, Fettuccine Alfredo being one of them.
    Being in the restaurant business, I have people request this dish to me several times a week. Let me tell  you, “this is the sign of a great dish, regardless of  what  anyone thinks otherwise.” Fettuccine is quick and easy to make. Once you know how to make the sauce,  you  will be able to make  a number of  other  dishes simply by changing or adding different ingredients.
    You can make Tortellini Panna by substituting tortellini for the fettuccine, add a few cooked veget-ables like mushrooms, peas, carrots, and broccoli florets and you have another hugely famous dish of the 70’s and  80’s,  “Pasta  Primavera”,  supposedly invented at Le Cirque by Sirio Maccione and still a popular dish there.
    It’s not on the menu and you have to be an insider to  order it. When I was a Sous Chef at Caio Bella Restaurant, one of the hot trendy restaurants of the late  80’s,  I used to make a dish called “Fettuccine Lemone” that only the regulars knew about. It was not on  the menu,  but if you were in-the-know  you could get it. I used to make this dish for a rich Oil Baron’s daughter from Kuwait and you can make it too simply by adding the zest from a couple lemons to the basic Fettuccine Alfredo recipe, and a few leaves of Fresh Basil is nice addition as well. Buon Appetito!



Daniel Bellino-Zwicke



 RECIPE for FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

1 lb. fresh Fettuccine
1 pt. heavy cream, ½ stick butter
1 cup grated Parmigianno
2 egg yolks, salt & pepper

1. Put the cream in a large frying pan. Bring to the boil,  lower the flame and let  the cream cook. Season the cream with salt  and pepper to taste.  Reduce volume by One-Third, this will thicken the sauce.

2. Cook the fettuccine and drain it. Put the fettuccine in to the pan with the cream. Add butter and stir.

3. Turn the flame off. Add egg yolks and Parnigianno and stir. Serve and pass around extra Parmigiano.


Note: You can make Fettuccine Lemone by adding the zest of two lemons to this recipe. Fresh basil is also another nice addition for the Lemone Sauce.










LE CIRQUE'S ORIGINAL SPAGHETTI PRIMAVERA 



3/4 cup heavy cream
1 - 10 oz. Box Frozen Peas
3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese or more heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 cup white mushrooms, caps only, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 cup zucchini, split lengthwise then sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 cup very small broccoli florets
12 pencil-thin asparagus, green part only, cut in 1-inch segments
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, peeled and finely chopped
10 to 12 leaves basil, chopped or shredded
1 cup canned, peeled plum tomatoes in 1/2-inch dice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add the peas and boil for 3 minutes. Drain in a strainer. Run under cold water. Set aside.
In a small pot over low heat, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir well and let the sauce bubble gently until it thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
In an 8 to 10-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the pine nuts, toss them in the oil, and toast until very light brown. Be careful not to burn them.
Add the sliced mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus and toss for 5 to 7 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil and add a heaping tablespoon of salt.
While the water is coming to a boil, in a small skillet, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive. Add the garlic and basil and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Do not let the garlic brown. Add the diced tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a few grinding of black pepper. Stir, then cook gently for 3 to 4 minutes.
Put the spaghetti into the boiling water. Stir and cook at a full boil until slightly underdone. Drain in a colander, then return the spaghetti to the pot it cooked in or to the pan you will be tossing it in at table. Place over low heat.
Add all of the cheese sauce, all of the chives, and half the peas, half the sautéed vegetables, and half the tomato sauce. Toss well for 2 minutes over low heat. Add a little more Parmesan if the sauce needs thickening (or more to taste), or a few tablespoons of hot water if the mixture gets too thick. There should not a lot of sauce, just a coating.
To present the dish, pour the dressed spaghetti into a warm serving bowl, or divide it between individual pasta bowls. Top with the remaining peas, sautéed vegetables, and tomato sauce. Garnish with basil leaves. Serve with more grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on the side.






Pasta Primavera alla Le Cirque






Sunday, February 16, 2014

BODE MILLER ROCKS



BRAVO BODE !!!!




BODE MILLER Flys Through The Air

SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS


BODE MILLER WINS A BRONZE MEDAL
in SUPER G
at
SOCHI OLYMPICS

Then a Dumb Reporter Christin Cooper wouldn't leave Bode alone and kept prying
about the sensative subject of Bode's Brother's death until Bode starting shedding tears .. Bode Rocks ! The whole country is proud of you Bode.You've been a great athelete with quite a list of accomplishments, including; being named to 5 U.S. Olympic Teams and competeing in 5 Winter Olympic Games, winning 6 Olympic Medals and 2 overall World Cup Skiing Championships .. Well Done Bode ...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beatles 50 Years Ed Sullivan






THE BEATLES
On THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW
NEW YORK, NY
February 9, 1964



WATCH The BEATLES VIDEO

PLEASE PLEASE ME








BEATLES 50th ANNIVERSARY
of
ED SULLIVAN
APPEARANCE



It was 50 Years Ago Today ! "No Seargent Pepper didn't teach the Band to play .. Well not yet anyway. That came a few years later .. 50 years ago today the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show for one of, if not the greatest moments in Rock-N-Roll History .. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, The Fab Four as they later came to be called, were a sensation in England and Euorope when 







Sunday, February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffaman SHUT UP



R.I.P. PHIL


PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
Punch Drunk Love


"SHUT UP" !!!







SHUT The FUCK UP !!!!

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies New York Age 46

FAREWELL TO A GREAT ACTOR
And
I'm Sure a Nice Human Being





Philip Seymour Hoffman

1967 - 2014

R.I.P.




As "BRANDT"

In The BIG LEBOWSKI

"A lovely woman . We're all very fond of her."




THE BIG LEBOWSKI


The DUDE To BRANDT (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
"He thinks Carpet Pissers did this" ?



BOOGIE NIGHTS


As SCOTTY
with MARK WALHBERG & JOHN C. RIELLEY





HOFFMAN In His OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCE
as TRUMAN CAPOTE
In
CAPOTE





At His Favorite Italian Restaurant
in GREENWICH VILLAGE
BAR PITTI




Very sad on this Super Bowl Sunday, to lose Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was a phenominal actor, but more important, I'm certain he was a nice human being .. It's sad that he was not able to ocercome drugs ..
Hoffman was one of the greatest actors of his time and a favorite of mine .. He talent and range were incrediable .. I see some great actors turn in lots of great performances but often some great actors play almost the smae similar rolls .. Not the case with Hoffman, who as I observed myself over the years that most of his rolls were very different and he was able to portray different varied charactors and personalities with great aplomb .. Take for examples hsi rolls as Scotty in Boogie Nights, the smug kid in Scent of a Woman, Brandt in the Big Lebowski opposite Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, and his Oscar Winning performance for Best Actor portraying Truman Capote in Capote .. Hoffman was always marvelous, witness his roll in Charlie Wilson War, Pirate Radio, and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead ...

I saw Philip around the neighborhood on occasion in my local cafe, at Bar Pitti, adn walking the streets of our beloved Greenwich Village ..
 I had a nice little encounter with Phillip once. I walaking into my local cafe and philip was walking out with a coffee .. I just told him that I loved his work, and he  nodded and sincerely thanked me .. And I do beleive it was sincere, that it was just a little brief complement that he did appreciate, he was on his way, and I was on mine, and happy that I got the oportunity to just let a great artist know how i enjoyed his work and the artistry in it, and that all. 
Philip Seymour Hofaman,  "Rest in Peace" sorry you left us too soon ....