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Coffee Break with Liz and Kate » Archive

Liz’s rant: Marsha’s favorite way to enjoy her coffee break

I realize this is hard to believe, but do you know there are regular readers of Coffee Break with Liz and Kate who don’t even drink coffee? Amazing, isn’t it? OK, so it’s probably not all that amazing. In fact, Kate doesn’t drink coffee either. But as you well know, I drink coffee – and I love it – especially if it’s CaffeMarco, the best coffee I’ve ever had, hands down. But I digress. Anywho, Marsha, my dear friend, and gardening and cooking mentor, doesn’t like coffee either. She’s usually reading Coffee Break with an ice cold Mt. Dew. But lately, she’s decided to shake things up a bit. Every morning, she fixes two pots of coffee – most of which gets poured into a thermos and sent to work with her husband … Read entire article »

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Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011

Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011

Solve this word problem. If you’re someone who has… a love of movies a fascination with celebrities a hobby of photography where might you be found??? a. at an airport working as body scanner technician b. at Disneyland documenting your trip with snapshots of you and Mickey c. on the sidelines of a Patriots game working as the video assistant taping the opposing team’s cute sign language d. at the Sundance Film Festival playing paparazzi e. all of the above If you picked … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies

Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies? What in the world is a Waffle Iron Turtle Cookie? It’s exactly what it sounds like it is…a cookie that looks like a turtle, cooked on a waffle iron. Crazy, huh? Who knew you could make cookies on a waffle iron? Apparently my friend and neighbor Linda did. I found this recipe she submitted in our neighborhood cookbook. It sounds just kooky enough that I HAD to give it a try. Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies Ingredients: 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces) 2 eggs 1 cup flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 cube) 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla melted peanut butter chips (or chocolate chips or whatever other kind you fancy) Directions: In a pan, melt chocolate squares and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and then stir … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: The “D” Word

The white-knuckling began on the steering wheel last Friday. I like to refer to it as practice for the big event known to me as a trip to the dentist. Because of all the things in the world I could be doing, one of the things I’d least like to be doing is sitting in a dental chair. With a toothache. It all started weeks ago (that’s right, I said weeks ago) when I lost part of a filling (and maybe a piece or two of the tooth to which it was attached). But other than feeling weird for a few days, it didn’t hurt. So I operated in the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mode. Of course it was broken, though. But that’s neither here nor there. Flash forward … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Oscar Nominations 2011

Normally, I have to pry myself out of bed on cold middle of January winter mornings like today. The alarm clock screaming at me at 6:20 comes way too early. The house feels way too cold. The thought of prying grumpy tired kids from their warm cozy beds seems way too daunting.  That’s how it is on a normal Tuesday. Today, however, is no normal Tuesday. Today I popped myself right out of bed. I’m not sure, but I may have even had a smile on my face. Why?  It’s “Oscar Nomination Tuesday”, of course.  (See how I capitalized, italicized and quotation marked that phrase? That will give you some sort of clue about my Oscar fascination, which may be bordering on the unhealthy.) Don’t tell my husband, but I have a … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Sundance Film Festival 2011
(or what I like to call “Paparazzi time”)

(Sundance update: Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011) It’s Sundance Film Festival time once again. I should tell you right now that just typing that sentence made me giddy. If you’re not familiar with the Sundance Film Festival, here’s the gist of how it works. Independent filmmakers make low budget, innovative, and often quirky movies, without the backing of big studios. They premier these flicks  in the beautiful ski resort town of Park City, UT., (one of the all time coolest places I’ve ever been), in hopes of getting their films picked up by major studios. (Think…Precious, Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, and Blair Witch Project, all recent Sundance movies). That’s the “official” purpose of the film festival. The reality of it, though, is that it’s a place … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Today’s recipe is one of my family’s all time favorites – Easy Cheesy Potatoes, more commonly known as Funeral Potatoes around these parts (these parts being Utah, of course). I suppose the name stems from the fact that it is a requirement that this potato dish be served after every funeral in Utah. Not baked potatoes, not mashed potatoes, not even potato salad or potato chips will do for the after funeral meal. I think it’s one of those strange Utah laws kind of like the one where it is illegal to fish while on horseback, or the one where daylight must be visible between dancing couples. Anyway…the great thing about these  cheesy potatoes is that they are yummy beyond words, super inexpensive and simple to make, and can easily be … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Iranian heartbreaker

Well, just when you think you’ve heard everything, get a load of this. Iran has banned Valentine’s Day. Yes, you read it right. What does this mean? No chocolates or cards, no flowers or gems. No cute little candy hearts that say “Cutie Pie” or “Real Love”. No nothing that could even remotely resemble anything having to do with Heart Day. Heaven forbid you wear a shirt with a heart on it. (I wonder if the color red will be banned, too??) The reasons for this ban stem from the fact that this day of love has gained in popularity over the last few years. Imagine that. People expressing their love and affection, store owners making bank because their business booms more than a beating heart – one day of the year where, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: My quest to simplify supper

You guys know me well enough to know that cooking is not my forte. It’s not that I can’t and not that I don’t like to on occasion. It’s just that it seems senseless to struggle away over a meal only I will end up eating. Because Colton is way too picky for his own good. But recently, I’ve been thinking about really going healthy with my food choices. This decision is made even easier since I’m determined to eat from my own garden, expanding on the tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and herbs and taking things to the next level. I’d probably even get egg-layin’ chickens, a cow and a pig if I thought I could get away with it. Some of you may think it’s too early to think about gardening. But … Read entire article »

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The Green Hornet (2011) – movie review by Kate

The Green Hornet (2011) Reel reviews for real people Plot: Driven by the murder of a close friend and the realization that his media empire is infested with ruthless heroin smugglers, Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet and his human weapon Kato jump into action on a heart-pounding quest to rid the city of this mob once and for all. Rating: PG-13  for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz Director: Michel Gondry Running time: 1:48 Kate says – Well, folks, I’m on vacation at Disneyland at the moment so I haven’t screened The Green Hornet yet. I’ve collected a variety of reviews to help you decide whether this one is worth your while. Ebert says – 1 star “The Green Hornet” is an … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Corn Bread Sloppy Joes

Here’s a fun and easy twist on the old standby Sloppy Joe recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the kiddies and adults, alike. I’m betting it will also be a hit with the head chef in the house, because, like all of my recipes, these Corn Bread Sloppy Joes are super quick and easy to prepare. Corn Bread Sloppy Joes Ingredients: (The ingredients in the photo are doubled because I feed a small army at my house.) 1 package corn bread mix (81/2 oz.) 1 egg 1/3 cup milk 2 lbs ground beef 1/2 up chopped onion 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce 1 cup corn 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies 2 packets Sloppy Joe seasoning mix 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Prepare and bake corn bread according to package directions, using the egg and milk. In a large skillet, brown … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Playing parental favorites

Enjoy the last few weeks of “mom and dad” while you can, because as of Feb. 1, parental units will become just that – at least where passports are concerned. That’s right, under the infinite wisdom (insert large dose of sarcasm here) of Hillary Clinton, passport forms will now require you to pick a favorite as it were. Here’s (roughly) what the new form will look like: 1. Parent One__________________________ 2. Parent Two_____________________________ In other words, no more references to mom or dad. Because God forbid we offend those parents in same-sex marriages or their kids. Dropping the maternal and paternal references is “in recognition of different types of families. ” Isn’t that special? But apparently, it wasn’t quite special enough to be the lede news. According to a story in the Washington Post, … Read entire article »

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The King’s Speech – movie review by Kate

The King’s Speech Reel reviews for real people Plot: After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Creamy Spiced Apple Dip

Here’s a really yummy new recipe for apple dip. It’s super easy and super delicious. All you need are some sliced apples and a few basic ingredients and you’ve got a great snack or appetizer. Creamy Spiced Apple Dip Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme Apple wedges Directions: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice until creamy and blended. Fold in marshmallow creme. Serve with apple wedges. Enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Liz’s recipe:Easy Bacon Cheesy Frittata

I know, I know. It’s something of a miraculous nature when I post a recipe, but this one is so easy, I couldn’t resist. This is another perfect dish for breakfast or brunch. And if you’re anything like Kate and I, chances are, you have breakfast for dinner once every week or so – and it’s perfect for that too! Now, on to the recipe! Bacon Cheesy Frittata: Ingredients: 6-8 eggs 1 pound cooked bacon, crumbled 1 c. milk 1 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper 2 T butter 1-2 cups shredded cheese Directions: Melt butter in baking dish Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper Pour egg mixture into baking dish Sprinkle bacon and cheese over eggs Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until center is set. This recipe is very versatile, too. You could substitute (or add) sausage, cubed ham or other meats in place … Read entire article »

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