"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Dinner and a DVD - Tuesday Pam Night

Tuesday Night is Pam Night. It's one of the rare evenings I'm home so I fix a good meal, pop a DVD in and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

I'm constantly on the lookout for good food that's ready in a jiffy. And since Basil Orange Chops requires one pan and little work, I give this flavorful dish high marks. It' a delicious main course that comes together easily when time is short.

From Pam's Kitchen: Basil Orange Chops - Ready in 30 minutes or less
Boneless butterflied pork chops
Onion, sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water

In a large skillet, brown pork chops and onion in oil. Add the orange juice, peel and basil. Cover and cook until meat juices run clear. Remove chops and keep warm. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over the chops.

Tonight's Feature Attraction:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet. A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
"How happy is the blameless Vestal's lot!The world forgetting, by the world forgot.Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign’d."-- Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard.

Pam's Review: I liked it. This movie gives us what we all secretly wish for-- a chance to forget something that's hurt us in the past. The viewer can almost live vicariously through the two dysfunctional characters that are remarkably just like ordinary people. The relationship problems are the same. The little fights and bickers are things we all can relate to.
The acting was amazing- throughout the movie, I actually forgot that I was watching Mr. Ace Ventura himself. Carrey and Winslet pull off a great performance, both ditching the typecasts that they've been shackled with. Not only did the film give us the opportunity to see what it was like if painful memories were erased, but it also gave us the opportunity to see that everything deserves a second chance.
The way it ends leaves the viewer to imagine how the characters' lives will end. The idealist may say that they lived happily ever after; the pessimist may say that they just reverted to disliking each other again. Either way, it leaves you to imagining your own ending; a characteristic many films leave out. Basically, this movie makes you think, "What if...?" It truly gives new meaning to the phrase "You never know what you've got until it's gone."

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