Cooking · Dining · Food

Thinking About Food

For those of us who live to eat, food is a predominant topic of thought, if not action. We contemplate flavors, textures, indulgences, and, most importantly, what we are making for dinner. 🙂

Recently McCormick Kitchens released their Flavor Forecast 22nd Edition. Check it out here: https://www.mccormickforchefs.com/2022-flavor-forecast.

You will find an interesting collection of recipes, along with some rather refreshing (no pun intended) ideas about ingredients.

If you are looking to change up your summer cooking you will find a lot of ideas. I know I have. 🙂

Enjoy!

Classic TV · Cord Cutting · TV

How To Watch MeTV and other Nostalgia Channels on Roku

I love TV channels that carry classic TV shows! These are usually the ‘extra’ channels that came along after the shift of over-the-air signals to digital from analog. You might know them as Antenna TV or MeTV. There are loads of others, too.

For those of us who use an antenna, however, watching these channels can be a bit of an issue if you don’t get a clear signal, if the weather is impeding the signal, or if you aren’t in an area where a local affiliate is available. In my case, weather has a huge impact on accessibility.

The other day I came across an article titled: ‘How to Watch MeTV on Roku‘. I checked it out and was thrilled to discover that I could get not only MeTV but quite a few other channels – many I had no idea existed. And, best of all, it was an easy load on my Roku device. The article explains it all.

This discovery was quite timely as we are in the middle of May Showers which in my case means heavy rains, wind, and thunderstorms. All of which impede over the air signals. I had the pleasure of being able to watch Decades TV’s Weekend Binge – which just happened to be ‘The Flintstones’! FWIW, we don’t get Decades TV in our area. 🙂

It also means that I can now watch COZI TV anytime I want without having to deal with signal drift. Lots more ‘Frasier’! 🙂

Check it out and see what other tidbits of information might be handy for you even if you aren’t a Roku user.

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Audiobooks · Books

From The Reading Table: Death In A Blackout

Death in a Blackout by Jessica Ellicott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really wanted to love this book. I love the Beryl and Edwina series from this author. That might be a bit unfair to the author, but there it is.

I didn’t dislike the book. There is potential with the setting and the characters. The solution to the mystery was quite unusual and actually interesting. No cookie-cutter construction which is a blessing for those of us who abhor those kinds of books.

The first issue I encountered was the development of the foundation of the series for the reader. Necessary, yes. A bit too long for me, however. If memory serves it took 11 chapters before our two protagonists were in the same town. I understand the requirement to set the scene, but … This leads to the second issue I encountered; our female protagonist seemed to magically acquire abilities that were not even mentioned previously in development. I have to wonder what might have been edited out just to get the book ready for publishing.

All that being said, I will keep an eye out for the next addition to the series and see if I’m inclined to listen in. Speaking of listening, the audiobook reader did an excellent job, so no issues there!



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Classic TV

Appointment TV: Perry Mason

One of my earliest memories is curling up in the daybed at my Grandmother’s home listening to (or occasionally watching) Perry Mason. The bed was in the dining room right next to the living room where the TV had pride of place. Perry Mason was a regular visitor to that home, my parent’s home, and as I left my parent’s home, my own home.

I can’t recall how many times I watched the original series with Raymond Burr, let alone the remake with Monte Markham, but I do know that I’ve seen all the original show’s episodes and when the Perry Mason Movies debuted, that was a cause for celebration.

Recently MeTV added the Perry Mason Movies to its Sunday lineup and, once again, it is appointment TV.

Check out THIS for more information about the original Raymond Burr series along with information about the subsequent series and the films.

Mason originated via books written by Earle Stanley Gardner. There was a radio series, too. The radio series was serialized, think soap opera, which portrayed Mason and company quite differently than the TV series. HBO Max has also created a prequel series, if you will that takes place prior to the time period in the 1957 series.

Perry Mason is intelligent TV. It is well written, well performed, and provides a high quality experience. It set the bar for the type of legal drama I watched over the decades.

I will be honest, I’ve never read the books and have limited knowledge of the radio series, so I don’t know how well they do, or don’t, hold up over the years. The Burr version of the series, including the movies, might be a tad dated, but they are a true reflection of the time they were produced.

Frankly, I’m just happy to have something to look forward to each week that is engaging, familiar, and a pleasant thing to watch that is family friendly.

Enjoy!

TV

A Visit with “The First Lady”

You might have heard about a new series on Showtime called “The First Lady” which focuses on several trailblazing first ladies in our history. The ladies in question are:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt played by Gillian Anderson
  • Betty Ford played by Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Michelle Obama played by Viola Davis

And those are just the Ladies. This cast includes some stellar performances played by some stellar performers, not just the three mentioned above.

The concept is interesting, putting each in her own time and place but all three at the same time; at the beginning of her role as First Lady of the United States.

The times might have been different for each woman for a variety of reasons but the underlying theme of all three was ‘hope’.

I had the opportunity to watch the first two episodes via the Showtime Select channel on PlutoTV. This free platform gave me the opportunity to dip my toe, as it were, before I forked over any cash. Note: to watch all episodes in the series, you will have to subscribe to Showtime.

The platform is free, you can use it pretty much anywhere, so if you are inclined, check it out.

All that aside, ‘The First Lady’ brings an interesting perspective on a difficult position in times that were anything but calm and comfortable. Granted, as stated at the beginning of each episode, the writers did take some creative license with the subject matter and time period, but the end result is captivating, amusing, interesting, and occasionally wowing. Things you don’t always find in what could be termed a ‘docudrama’. Some complain about the bouncing from one time frame to another, but I found it interesting. I was able to compare and contrast rather than focus to the exclusion of the other stories.

Enjoy!

Movie Night · Movies

Death On The Nile

I love a good mystery! I love a good story! I love a movie that brings both and mixes them with beautiful photography and interesting twists and turns.

I had the opportunity recently to sit down and watch the 2022 version of Agatha Christie’s Death On The Nile. I’ve long been a fan of the 1978 version (pithy lines and all) so when this newer version was announced, I was intrigued.

The casting was interesting and made use of many a familiar (or unfamiliar) face. The setting is astoundingly beautiful. The story – including the backstory – provided context in ways that the original Christie story might not have.

And, to be honest, I simply can not read Christie. I can watch her. I can listen to her, but I gave up reading her decades ago. Part of the joy of audio books is the ability to have the stories told to you (luxury).

David Suchet will always be my favorite Hercule Poirot. He set the bar quite high. While this current cast is excellent, his is the only presence I really missed. But then… 🙂

If you get a chance to see the film, don’t let it pass you by. And, if you are really lucky and get a chance to see the 1978 version, don’t miss that, either. Maggie Smith is awesome!

A word of caution: Don’t expect the two films to be a copy of each other or of the original book by Christie. They aren’t. Each of the films takes poetic license from the book. Each has its own vision of the story. Enjoy them both!

At this point in time, however, I’m reflecting on beautiful visuals. Beveled glass windows. Stunning colors. And a love story that astounds.

Classic TV · Cord Cutting · Media · TV

Rediscovering Old Favorites

Are you a fan of classic TV? It could be dramas, mysteries, comedies or any combination in addition to other shows that don’t quite fit those categories.

I have a fondness for quite a few classic TV shows. Some going back quite a few decades. 🙂

While I understand TVLand was one of the pioneers in what I call the formal rerun network programming, since I don’t have cable, it was never a possibility for me to watch. However, thanks to MeTV, Antenna TV, COZI TV, and various other networks, it is now possible to revisit old favorites without the expense of cable or streaming.

In my neck of the woods, and not having cable, over the air programming tends to be at the mercy of weather. In other words, when weather is bad, signal is bad. This is where streaming platforms come in to play and are very helpful.

I recently rediscovered ‘Murder, She Wrote’ along with several other favorite shows on COZI TV. They have a great line up with lots of great programing. The problems arise when weather isn’t great. After being caught in the middle of a two-parter, I found myself searching to find the second half of the two hour season finale. Turned out that I was able to not only find the episode guide (IMDB.com) but also find the series for free – and all the seasons – over on the Roku Channel.

Now I know that not everyone has a Roku box in their home. But this does not mean that they won’t be able to take advantage of free streaming services. It just means that there might be a bit more research involved.

For the record, I do wish that all the classic (rerun) networks/channels would have a streaming platform for those who can’t or don’t have access, but <shrug> …

In the meantime, I’m checking out all my options to determine what I can find and the best way to access it.

FYI: If you subscribe to streaming services like Paramount+, AcornTV, or any other service, be sure to check all their programming options. And do it regularly. Why? Because these services add movies and shows often and you never know what you might find that you already have access to.

But don’t limit the check to just those subscription services. Check all your platforms to see what is available. IMDB.com adds a lot of programming (new and old) quite often. You might score the entire series of a classic show that you can binge to your heart’s desire. You might also find shows or films that you forgot you wanted to watch.

I’m on the lookout for my Summer Binge. This is the series I want to deep dive into during the summer months when the rest of TV is up to its collective ears in reruns.

So far, I’ve found ‘Julia’ over on HBO Max, which has quite an array of other programming that I haven’t seen yet. I also have a lot to catch up on over on Disney+.

I do spend a lot of time over on PlutoTV where I can binge on some old favorites and discover new shows, too. And, it is free!

So, what are you looking to curl up with? Let me know!