Saturday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Summers in Brooklyn can be humid and taxing, especially when one’s favorite months are from October to March. But despite the season, I can’t help it when I get a hankering to bake! So this morning, I set out to make my mom’s cinnamon rolls.

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Gone are my midewst days of expansive kitchen islands and endless counter space so I did some googling and found that if one used a pastry cloth (like this one), you can roll out your dough on just about any hard surface. Challenge accepted!

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I followed the instructions better than most would and made a substitution for shortening as I did not have that readily in my pantry. Apparently using the same amount of butter usually does the trick.

In the end, my rolls came about a bit dry and crispy. I might reduce my baking time next round and perhaps be more generous with the butter and cinnamon.

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However, when the roommate strolled in sleepy-eyed, half awake making coffee, I took joy in the fact that she reached for a roll and then quickly asked for a second ;DCinnamonRoll-1

A New Year, A New Day

Two days after arriving back to my room in Brooklyn, a good college buddy of mine named Georger decided to come for a visit.

After counting down to 2014 in Rebecca’s living room with a view (fireworks shimmering over The Statue of Liberty anyone?) we slept for a good nine hours before embarking on our New Year’s Day adventure.

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10AM
Morning subway trip to High Street to walk the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.

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12PM
Georger’s first time out on the ice. I’ve never had to teach anyone to ice skate before and it was quite the enjoyable challenge having to put the physics of ice skating into words.

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2PM
Lunch break in Korea Town. We had some lovely barley tea and I discovered (and ate!) a little something called black rice. For dessert I found myself munching on a rice doughnut and hunted down some old favorites in a Korean bookshop.

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7PM
We ended the night with Georger’s friend Jason at Smalls jazz club. It was the first time for all of us. The drummer introduced himself to me and I slipped comfortably into the rhythm of the music as G + J chatted quietly in Chinese behind me.

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Previously on ER: Part 5

Happy Thursday everyone and you now that that means…Throwback!

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While it seems forever ago, in the winter of 2009, January to be exact, I called up my BFF and told her I was taking her on a trip to Burbank, California in an attempt to experience “ER” first hand before it shuttered forever. After all, April 2009 marked the end of an era but I needed to travel to my personal mecca before I could properly say goodbye.

So with our bags packed, Katie and I descended upon Los Angeles with only hope in our hearts. There were some minor hiccups, and close calls, but in the end, Katie and I found ourselves on the ER set watching the likes of Archie Morris (Scott Grimes) shoot a scene outside County General with fake, potato shavings snow falling around us.

I bested him with my ER knowledge and wit, talked with Stephanie (aka the nurse with no lines) and we soon found ourselves walking the hallowed halls of County General. It was in a word: surreal.

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Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of ER’s premiere and I’m so happy to have been apart of such a groundbreaking and culturally significant show despite what pop culture may think today.

Oh yeh…we also visited the Warner Bros. prop department where they had staged the likes of Central Perk in a storage room. Our tour guide encouraged us “to play,” and so we took full advantage of the opportunity. We weren’t allowed to “play” on the ER set because they were already set for future scenes scheduled for later that day.

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NBC Emmys vs. MTV VMAs

I love award shows. No question about it. Sunday nights I’d whip up something fantastic, create a spread that I’d be proud to pin on Pinterest, and would invite my friends over for the merriment and excitement.

However, this year, NBC decided to host the Emmy Awards on a Monday night. Why? For one, there’s football. But I didn’t believe that to be a solid reason. After all, in the year’s past, the Emmys would simply follow the Sunday Night Football broadcast which would give the award show a considerable lead in.

As it turns out, and reported by Deadline, the move to Monday night has something to do with the VMA’s which will be held the night before on MTV. Apparently, NBC, despite the increase in ratings in year’s past (and differing demographics!?) has decided that it doesn’t want to compete with the likes of Miley Cyrus grinding on Robin Thick’s man parts.

First, does NBC really think MTV is actually a rival to contend with? That’s like people still thinking that KU and Mizzou are rivals. Like these two midwest schools and the states they reside in (ignoring the deep seeded historical rivalry involving slaves of course), MTV and NBC are playing in different television categories. Network vs. Cable. A highly respected and revered award show ceremony vs. an often times salacious show geared toward mindless entertainment standards. Is there really a competition?

If anything, I’d think NBC would actually lose in ratings given the Monday night move. Especially in LA when people are still at work or engaging in extracurriculars during the still, early evening hour of 5PM. Even on the East Coast, 8PM is usually the time for an after work drink or getting the kiddos prepped and ready for school the next day.

I wish I could compare and contrast the market share and ratings numbers by network but apparently such information isn’t as readily available on the internet as one would think. At this point, wanting to delight in statistical, network data, it looks like I ought to be working for TV Line or The Hollywood Reporter. Having given a call up to Nielsen, apparently I’ll be contacted within one business day regarding numbers – we’ll see if that actually happens.

Bottom line: No one is going to want to attend an Emmy party on a work night, especially on a Monday, and I now have to sneak out of the office early just to get home in time to see Julianna Marguiles possibly win for The Good Wife.