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House Rules

We had a lot of rules in my family when I was growing up–things like:

Don’t get fresh with me, young lady.

And:

No, you can’t keep that box turtle.  Or that frog.  Or the crawfi—wait, where are you even getting these things?

And:

Oh my God what are you doing to your brother? WE DO NOT BITE PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE.

With a few exceptions, my parents ran a pretty tight ship.

Cursing was one of the exceptions.  When I was ten, my father got a speeding ticket in a known speed trap while driving my brother and me home from the movies.  As he pulled the car over,  he let loose an uncharacteristic torrent of profanity, and within seconds our obscenity portfolios quadrupled in size.  (Until then, the most controversial things my brother and I said were “take a chill pill,” “gag me with a spoon,” “as if!” and “eat my shorts, man.”)  The incident did some damage to my father’s position on the moral high ground, and my brother and I were soon able to get away with the occasional well-placed Jesus H. Christ.  As in, “Jesus H. Christ, dad, these fish sticks are delicious.”  Or “Jesus H. Christ, mom, that’s a great dress.”

Another exception was black and white movies.

Let me back up for a second: Weeknight television was usually off-limits.  My mom worried that we’d rush through our homework if we were allowed to watch TV when we were done, and she was probably right.   Weekend television was allowed in limited quantities until she saw me watching Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games video on a Saturday afternoon.  Do you remember that video?   I just watched it again and  it is definitely 4 minutes and 3 seconds of medium-core porn.  We’re talking generous side boob, fingers in mouths, grinding up against a palm tree.  No wonder she banned MTV and four channels in either direction.

The one channel we were allowed to watch anytime was Turner Classic Movies.  Sure, the actors smoked and drank from the opening title to the closing credits, but that was the worst that was going to happen.  You might see a sword fight, or a punch to someone who had it coming, or a closed-mouth kiss, but you could count on it that Ginger Rogers would be wearing a brassiere and Fred Astaire wouldn’t try to hump a tropical plant.

I’m telling you all this because I want to get you in the mood (G-rated, people) to watch my favorite movie scene of all-time.   Bringing Up Baby is my favorite film, but my favorite scene is from The Philadelphia Story, which was released in 1940.  Katharine Hepburn plays Tracy, the socialite ex-wife of Cary Grant.  The day before she’s supposed to get remarried to a man named Kittredge, she flirts shamelessly with both Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, who is hanging out at the festivities because he’s a reporter.  That night, after getting drunk with Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart shows up at Cary Grant’s house.  The two of them never rehearsed the scene, and Jimmy Stewart improvised a lot of it.

Watch:

Isn’t it awesome?  My favorite part is where when Jimmy Stewart starts hiccuping and Cary Grant looks down at the table because he’s about to crack up.

I read somewhere that Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the Army in 1940 but was rejected because he was 5 lbs. under the weight requirement.  He doubled down on the good stuff and started lifting weights, and in 1941 they let him in.

In honor of his heroic decision to start eating delicious food, here’s a photographic list of what we’ve been eating around here.

doughnuts from the Donut VaultDoughnuts from The Doughnut Vault! I got up early and waited in line for an hour for them to open, and I got a parking ticket in the process.  Worth it.strawberriesI’ve been soaking strawberries in balsamic vinegar and sugar and eating them in a pool of cold yogurt.grilled cheese with olivesIf you like olives, you should try a mozzarella and green olive grilled cheese.   If you don’t like olives, maybe try one with capers?seymour and lambI made my mom’s recipe for lamb marinated in lemon and dill the other day.  Seymour was into it.

chardI’m giving swiss chard and kale a break in favor of more summery greens.  Enter the Boston lettuce!boston lettuce

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T&S behind front door

And finally: Thunder and Seymour are not fans of the rule that says dogs have to stay inside unless they’re being supervised.

We’re off to the park.  Happy weekend to you all!

 

 

 

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  1. Love Seymour just sticking his nose in – ha! – love the last photo of the pups too 🙂 Some delicious eats indeed. Happy Weekend!

    May 30, 2014
    • Yeah, we don’t eat much lamb over here, but it occurred to me that they’re food is lamb flavored so they were probably like SURELY THIS IS FOR US.

      May 30, 2014
  2. I just watched The Philadelphia Story for the millionth time yesterday, Katherine! My absolute, all time favorite. 🙂

    May 30, 2014
    • No way!!!! I just cannot believe how flirty Katharine Hepburn was to Jimmy Stewart in that scene before he leaves to go to Cary Grant’s. I mean, she was like 2 inches from his face the whole time. Amazing. What are some of your other favorites? I want to be sure I’ve seen them.

      May 30, 2014
      • For Hepburn/Grant, I love Holiday in addition to Bringing Up Baby. I’ll watch any movie that they’re in though… for Cary Grant I love Houseboat and The Awful Truth. For Hepburn, it’s has to be Desk Set. 🙂

        May 30, 2014
        • Oh yay–thanks for these recommendations. I think Houseboat just came up in my suggested movies on Netflix. I don’t remember it. I’m on it!

          May 30, 2014
          • His costar is Sophia Loren, let me know if you approve!

            May 30, 2014
  3. Bringing Up Baby is one of my favorites too–and ever since I saw it as a kid, I’ve secretly wanted a pet leopard of my own. I’m going to have to revisit The Philadelphia Story when it’s back on Prime because it’s always been one of those movies I’ve meant to watch but never think to watch when it’s a lazy, cloudy Sunday afternoon.

    May 30, 2014
    • Elizabeth, when I was a kid my brother and I used to go around saying “At the sound of the tone. . . the time will be. . . 9 o’clock and one quarter. . . . “

      May 30, 2014
  4. “Ginger Rogers would be wearing a brassiere and Fred Astaire wouldn’t try to hump a tropical plant” LOL I just about snorted soda down my nose – being a Ginger and Fred aficionado myself – I wholeheartedly agree 🙂

    May 30, 2014
    • I think one of the best afternoons I could wish for would be an afternoon with a bottle of champagne (which they’re always drinking at those fancy dinner clubs they go to!) and the Fred & Ginger box set. I just love her dresses, don’t you? Check out this one: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/The-Gay-Divorcee-Fred-Astaire-Ginger-Rogers-1934-Posters_i9340616_.htm

      May 30, 2014
      • you know the story about the famous dress from Top Hat, right? She helped design it with all those ostrich feathers and it drove Fred insane in rehearsal since they came off all over his tux – he demanded she change it – they argued badly – but she insisted and the dance sequence turned out beautifully – he nicknamed her “Feathers” after that apparently 🙂

        May 31, 2014
        • Kate's Mom #

          If you look closely as they dance to “Cheek to Cheek,” you can see some of those feathers floating under their feet. Fred took some hits from Ginger’s dresses. She wore one beaded one that hit him in the mouth. No wonder they quarreled over them!

          May 31, 2014
  5. Did you hear the squealing sound when I read Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story in the same sentence?!!! Also two of my favorite movies! And now I have to make myself a grilled mozzarella and olive sandwich. Maybe I’ll have some champagne with it as well…

    May 30, 2014
  6. ibreatheimhungry #

    All you literary people be like “Oh I love classy old black and white movies – my favorite is ” “, and I’m all like “oooh I loved that song Wicked Game!” (and MTV was banned at our house as well but I managed to fuel my teenage hormones with Chris Isaak rolling around in the surf at a friend’s house!) In other news I’d stand in line for an hour for some of those donuts any day…

    May 30, 2014
    • I did the same thing, Melissa. Whenever I went to my friend Kate’s house she’d be like “let’s play outside” and I’d be like “NO LET’S PLAY NINTENDO.” She’d say “do you want a sandwich?” and I’d say “YOU HAVE CANDY HERE, RIGHT? I’LL JUST HAVE A BAG OF THAT.” In the immortal words of Janis Joplin, you’ve got to get it while you can, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju9yFA1S7K8 (check out that hairdo. Wowzers.)

      May 30, 2014
  7. Amy #

    Hahaha, I think my grandma used to tell me not to get fresh with her. I kind of love that expression. Curses weren’t used in my house and led me to use other silly words instead, that I regularly get made fun of for. But apparently Nate grew up with both parents cursing like sailors regularly…leading to he and his brother using inappropriate words at wee ages. Unfortunately since curses from young children lead to adult amusement, this only encouraged them. Today he curses regularly, though not offensively, but it kind of bothers me. I told him he better try to cool it because I don’t want him cursing around our soon-to-be child…Jesus H. Christ would be acceptable, however.
    In other things…I NEED those donuts, and I will be trying that grilled cheese idea this weekend!

    May 30, 2014
    • I’m so excited for your growing family! I can’t wait to hear about the birth (will you tell us?) and see photos of the wee one.

      I want someone to invite me to a picnic so that I can make your caprese pasta salad. My friends need to GET ON IT.

      May 30, 2014
  8. I’ve never seen that movie, but based on the clip I think I have to. Also, the thought of Fred Astaire humping a tropical plant is now forever implanted in my brain. Thank you very much.

    May 30, 2014
    • Yay! I’d recommend watching Bringing Up Baby first. I like it way more than Philadelphia Story.

      May 30, 2014
  9. I love Jimmy Stewart. I love how gawky and awkward he is, but it’s never played as hindrance. I love watching him in The Little Shop Around The Corner. He’s just so….guh.

    May 30, 2014
    • I haven’t seen that movie! I will, now that you mention it.

      May 30, 2014
  10. Making that sandwich! As soon as I’m off the low carb thing 😦

    May 30, 2014
    • Ah yes. Do they make low-carb bread? Because if not, I’m thinking this might be good on a low carb tortilla.

      May 30, 2014
      • I’m in Ireland – they look at you funny when you ask for such things. But actually it’s my hubby, who does all the shopping, who is doing low carb. I go along with it, but I think I look pretty awesome already!

        May 30, 2014
  11. I grew up eating cream cheese and stuffed olive with pimento sandwiches.

    May 30, 2014
    • Man, that sounds good. My mom used to put ham and cream cheese together–either on a sandwich or just rolled up together. I don’t remember adding olives but it’s a shame. How delicious that would be!

      May 31, 2014
  12. First time I’ve read your blog, recently subscribed to it, and boy, what a wonderful read!

    May 31, 2014
    • Oh hello! Thank you for the kind note. I’m so glad you found it!!

      May 31, 2014
  13. I LOVE The Philidelphia Story and since then I have been in LOVE with Jimmy Stewart…..I mean which girl can ever resist his subtle ernest charm?

    May 31, 2014
    • You put it perfectly. I need to watch more of his other movies. It’s been so long!

      May 31, 2014
  14. C.K. Dexter Haven! I named a cat that once. It fit him perfectly.
    Is Bringing Up Baby the one where Kate loses the back of her dress and Cary goose steps behind her into a restaurant? That cracks me up every time.

    Okay, let’s talk about The Donut Vault. Sounds like The Fort Knox of Diabetes. Similar in tone to The Dress Barn (i.e. Husky Fashions R Us). Obviously, I don’t get advertising.

    May 31, 2014
    • I just emailed my mother to tell her you once named a cat C.K. Dexter Haven. She will love it.

      Also, OF COURSE YOU DID.

      Yes, Bringing Up Baby is the one that has the scene you mentioned in it. I watched it again on youtube yesterday. Here it is! Check out her amazing veil/hair thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jm9EUvwFj4

      May 31, 2014
      • YES! I want a twirly head-mobile to match MY gold lamé gown!

        May 31, 2014
  15. Kristi #

    Awsome! Will watch that movie soon and try your olive and grilled cheese sandwich! Scratch the pups behind the ears for us!! 😉

    May 31, 2014
    • Aw, I will, Kristi! I hope the shop is doing well. We just found an independent doggy store near us, thank goodness (it’s been 8 months)! It’s not the same as yours, but it’ll do. 🙂

      June 11, 2014
  16. jenny_o #

    I think my favourite part of the clip is where Jimmy Stewart goes to the mantel and does a double take at the stuffed animal head 🙂

    Re your sandwich, ever since I boarded with a retired dietician one summer between university years, I’ve made my grilled cheese with green olives – and mustard – like she did, and they are divine.

    May 31, 2014
    • It would not have occurred to me to add mustard, which is crazy because mustard makes everything 40% better!

      June 11, 2014
  17. vee1331 #

    Great post – and I love The Philadelphia Story. Such a good movie! (that scene is one of my favorites too!)

    June 2, 2014
    • Isn’t it just great? I haven’t watched any black and white movies since writing this post. I need to get on it.

      June 11, 2014
  18. C.e. #

    I loved this post, as it brought back silly childhood memories, the food looks delicious, and your “babies” are absolutely adorable ~

    June 4, 2014
    • The pups really do have a way of raising the cuteness factor, don’t they? I’ve had Thunder for 3 years and Seymour for 2 and I still can’t get over the fact that I get to live with them.

      June 11, 2014
  19. Gotta love the classics. Mmm, Boston lettuce. It’s so tender and buttery. Doughnuts are always worth the wait. I must have eaten half a dozen down at the ocean this past weekend. They’re my weakness.

    June 4, 2014
    • My favorite kind of doughnut is a sour cream doughnut, I think. Or a cruller. You?

      June 11, 2014
  20. First, bringing up baby is amazing. Amazing. You will love it. Also, I am thrilling to the grilled cheese-capers idea. I’ve been really into capers lately. We’ve been having a pasta salad with capers, edamame, roasted red peppers, and a lemon Parmesan vinegarette that I could eat every day!

    June 4, 2014
    • Mmmm, I need a recipe for lemon Parmesan vinaigrette. Is it from a bottle (no shame there) or have you been making it yourself? I must look into this.

      June 11, 2014
      • Girl, I make it. You could do it one, better, I have no doubt. Evoo, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, chunks of Parmesan (must be chunks in the salad, not grated), and some of the caper juice. Mwah!!

        June 17, 2014
  21. I love the last photo. So cute.

    June 10, 2014
    • Yeah, Mimi–they just melt my heart!

      June 11, 2014
  22. Oh my, you’ve made me so hungry! Those doughnuts look like a work of art. I came across your blog via Oh Comely’s website, and I’m very glad I did! x

    June 15, 2014

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