Friday, May 8, 2009

Reality And A Request

Recently, my dad and I had a discussion about the TV show MASH. We both really like the show, but my dad doesn't think it very accurately represents what it was like to serve in the army during the Korean War. My dad served in Korea just after the war ended, so he speaks from personal experience. Of course, he isn't a doctor and wasn't assigned to a MASH unit, so you have to take that into account. I asked him what a typical day was like while he was in the army and he told me. In many ways, it was a lot like a normal work day for most people. Get up, eat, do your job, eat, go to bed. Okay, there was occasional artillery involved, but other than that......If they had based the show on those things it probably wouldn't have done very well in the ratings.

How many people can say that their life is interesting enough (without fabrication) to be a movie or television show? Not many, I'd say. Everyone has some funny stories that would make for a good sitcom episode, or took a vacation that would be worthy of a segment on the travel channel. But who could pull in viewers week after week with their daily routine? Not me or anyone in my family!

Okay, then, if you could spend a day as a part of the cast of your favorite movie or television show (as if it were your reality), what would you choose? It can be a comedy or a drama, action/adventure or horror. Even reality shows qualify for this silly question. Myself, I think I would be tempted to hang out with the gang on Scrubs or travel with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations (as long as I didn't have to eat what he eats!). Leave your choice in my comments, if you'd like. I can't wait to see what others choose!


Most of you are foodies like me, so I have a request from all of you! I'm in search of a spectacular brownie recipe. I've searched Allrecipes and other food sites and blogs, but haven't found quite what I want. I have a great recipe that I normally make, but it produces brownies that are thinner than what I'm looking for. That seems to be the problem with most of the recipes I've tried. It's not a matter of using outdated baking powder/baking soda, since most brownies don't rise much to begin with.

We used to have an ice cream shop/cafe in town that made the worlds best brownies and I'd love to replicate them. They were about an inch to an inch and a half thick and very fudgy and dense, but still moist and chewy. They were not at all cakey. I guess you would call them gourmet brownies. I'd like to be able to make them for summer cook outs. If you've got a recipe that you think fits the bill, please let me know! I don't have a prize to offer you, but I'd be forever grateful!

I'll be back this evening to open the bar. See you then!!


Purple Flowers said...

I have "the best brownies recipe" ever. If you e-mail me, I reply w/the recipe (I don't see your e-mail listed).

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Purple Flowers said...

My e-mail address is:

L.B. said...

Oh man, if I got to spend some time on any show or movie, wow, um.... lemme see... off the top of my head I'd have to choose Bizarre Foods. I love to travel but don't get to do as much traveling as I'd like to and I'm a bit more adventurous in my eating prowess-ness since I started watching that show (I realize there is no such word as prowess-ness so work with me). Just the other day, I tried a scallop without thinking twice about it; for me, that's a big deal.

I like the idea of trying squirrel brain in West Virginia or a longneck turtle in Australia or donkey meat in Beijing... or at least going to those places.


Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

If I were to choose a reality-type show it would be No Reservations; sitcom-type show I'd say Bones. I love being around crazy-smart people...and hot FBI guys :)

Heidi said...

When you find the perfect recipe be sure to post it because I want a good one too! I made some last week that were really good, but not exactly the "perfect" recipe. The ones I made were actually better the next day. They seemed more fudgy.

Raoulysgirl said...

Any "grown-up" show would be fine with me! No silly songs, tights, pink hair, fuzzy monsters, etc. Just REAL people...that's all I ask!!!

As for the brownies, I use Ina Garten's "Outrageous Brownies" recipe on They turn out just as you described, and my family LOVES them!!! They truly are too DIE for...but takes some time (and a little more work than others). Be sure to let us know which ones you try!!!!

Donna-FFW said...

My fav brownie recipe is the one on the back of the Bakers box.. if you need brownies for a crowd, I use Sara Fosters brownies.