I doubled this recipe and used about 8 tbsp of margarine. Never be afraid to add extra butter to soup.
2 tablespoons butter 4 ears of fresh shucked corn 1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced 1 quart (4 cups) of water Two large handfuls of chanterelle mushrooms Splash of olive oil 3-4 tablespoons creme fraiche 1 tablespoon snipped chives Salt to taste
1. In a prep bowl, hold a shucked ear of corn upright and remove the kernels with a small, serrated knife. Repeat with the remaining ears of corn.
2. Melt the butter and cook the onion over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed pot for about 15 minutes. Do not allow the onions to brown. Season with a healthy pinch of salt.
3. Add the corn kernels to the onion/butter mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes. Cover with 1 quart of water, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
4. While the soup is cooking, clean and slice the chanterelles. Heat up a splash of olive oil in a small frying pan and cook the chanterelles with a pinch of kosher salt for about 3-4 minutes, or until they are soft.
5. Puree the soup in batches. Waters suggests passing the puree through a mesh strainer, but this step is a little too “restaurant-y” for my style, so I left it as is. Salt to taste. I added about three more pinches of salt.
TO SERVE: Place five or six mushrooms in the bottom of a bowl and spoon over about a cup of soup. Then add a generous dollop of creme fraiche and scatter some chives over the top. Some fresh cracked black pepper is excellent here.
What’s your opinion on relationships with older men? Particularly men 15 years older. Yeah, I really love him, but I wonder if I’m wasting my time because I’m not sure if relationships like this can actually last etc etc. I don’t know whether to follow logic or my heart. Help a girl out.
I don’t believe that age differences are always an impediment to love, but I do think that they can cause considerable compensations. With wide age and experience differences it can be much easier for the relationship to become emotionally unhealthy for one or both of the parties. I think the hardest part of a wide age gap though is when it becomes long term. So keep in mind that he will always be in a different stage of life than you. Even if you build a life together the older he gets the more noticeable the age gap becomes. Relationships like this can last if you are both willing to commit, but while it may start happy it may produce a situation you will bitterly regret later in life.
“My goose bumps fell asleep waiting to be roused…. Haplin, Minnesota is a place where aggressively quirky eccentrics say things like “You’re cuter than a mouse’s pocketbook.” You begin to wish the murders would happen at a faster pace…. You might gag, depending on how dominant your snore reflex is…. Happy Town just lays there like a pretentious blob of unkneaded yeast.”—Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine, in regards to Happy Town (via tvcriticinsults)
“Playful disorder is fine if you want a show that rapidly evolves and convolutes itself like some highbrow, irony-laced telenovela, with subplot piled upon subplot, deaf to all the story-line bombshells that relentlessly keep detonating around the characters. But enough. American television writing now needs its own equivalent of the slow-food movement, an antidote to all the OMG! pills we’ve swallowed each time someone turns up dead or divulges some sordid secret…. This is either an amazing feat of operatic storyboarding or a ludicrous mess. HBO probably wants us to regard it as brilliant layering. [But] even the actors look alternately confused and pooped, empty shells of the characters they used to play…. There’s no acting to do, only the most opaque style of explaining, which explains not much at all. Margene (the always electrified Ginnifer Goodwin) must draw out details of her husband’s political ambitions during their panting, spoon-style marital relations. “Not now, Margie,” Bill tells her, in his perpetual rush to complete each of his scenes, none of which lasts longer than a page or so.”—
I have to agree with this. A whole lot went down in season 3, but that was nothing compared to season 4. What used to be a really compelling character drama had no time for character exploration this season, it was too busy forcing 3 storylines a piece on each of the characters - all of them moving in different directions with few (and usually ridiculous) connections to the others. The writers need to rewatch the earlier seasons and try to remember what was so great about this show.