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Today we had a big departmental all-hands meeting at the Four Seasons hotel. Very swanky on the inside, though the building is an abomination on the outside. After three and a half hours of corporate cheerleading, we got cocktails and hors d'ouevres. I unfortunately had to pee, and the rest rooms were on the other side of the floor, so when I was done, I figured it was just as easy to grab the elevator and head home.

Steve made dinner. Pork cutlets, dipped in beaten egg and mustard, breaded with ground almonds and fried, served with a little couscous and a lot of salad. Delish, and totally no-carb-friendly (well, South Beach, anyway). Steve's lost 16 lbs and I've lost 11 since the beginning of January. I love this diet.

We just finished watching The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, thanks to the magic of DVD. Steve was only 3 when it aired in 1964, but I was 8 and clearly remember lying on the living room floor watching while my 16-year-old sister Judy screamed like crazy. My parents just shook their heads. I recommend the DVD--the entire show is on it, including Frank Gorshin doing impersonations, weird European acrobats, an as-yet unknown Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger in a scene from Oliver, and vintage commercials for Aero Shave, Cold-Water All and numerous Pillsbury products. The doughboy hadn't been born yet--still a bun in the oven, I guess.

It takes a man from the South to know how to cook a pork chop.


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Jan. 31st, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
Fascinating to see the other acts on the bill with the Beatles -- the card-trick magician, the tumblers, the big brassy British woman with the wig and the false teeth who sang a medley of show tunes and played the banjo ukelele. Looking at them, the time could be 1950, or 1940, or for that matter, 1930. Only the Beatles seem to belong to the modern world. No wonder they made such an impact.
Jan. 31st, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
now and then
Your were a cutie back then and a hottie now Jack.
And Steve just can't get any more handsome.

and you both cook. WE never got a chance to have a meal at your place, but we do use your cook book.

you guys are great, I do so much miss you guys. (and the flirting)

Jan. 31st, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: now and then

We miss you guys too. Next trip to Palm Springs we should definitely hop over to see you. And you're always welcome to stay with us in SF, ya know.

Jan. 31st, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, your cook book is SO much better than that "other" bear cookbook!
Jan. 31st, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jim...ours was first, though we never got around to publishing it. We still might....
Jan. 31st, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
DVD IS magic, isn't it? That and Jello. Or so the comercials would lead us to believe...

The last memory I have of The Ed Sulivan Show is Peggy Lee, singing "Fever" I think it was. There was
snapping of fingers, and huge sunglasses...fab!
Feb. 1st, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
Pork Cutletts
Is this recipe in the book. I just bought the book and haven't had a chance to start reading yet. But i'm planning on starting this diet very soon. If this recipe isn't in the book. You should post it. And any others you make up on this diet. I'd love to get some ideas for meals that you may have to share
Feb. 1st, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Pork Cutletts
No, Steve made it up--but I think he just pounded the chops till they were about 1/2 inch thin. Then he beat a couple of eggs with a few tablespoons of Dijon mustard, dipped the chops in the egg mixture, rolled then in ground almonds, and fried in olive oil till golden, probably 4-5 minutes on each side. We got the ground almonds at Trader Joe's, though I'm sure you could make your own from whole almonds using the food processor or a blender. Don't overprocess, though, or you'll get almond butter.
Feb. 1st, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Pork Cutletts
cool... i'll have to give that one a try
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