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I hate cleaning my cast iron skillet...so I stopped doing it. Every, oh, two to five days, I deglaze it with chicken stock and various kinds of alcohol, and it makes the most awesome pan sauce ever. Vegetables also taste awesome when you cook them in a dirty cast iron skillet. Hello, best seared green beans in the whole entire world! I know it's unsanitary, and I have to keep a lid on it so the fiance does not figure out what I'm doing. The taste is so worth it though.

Also, I just got the most awesome wine app ever on my iPhone. It's called Delectable. You take a picture of your wine labels, and it identifies them. Then you can rate it, write comments, and share it with your friends. It keeps track of what countries' wine you've tasted, right down to the subregion. It even managed to identify the wines I brought back from Greece, even though the labels are written in the Greek alphabet.



I tried to like it, I really did. There just wasn't much to like. I found the Peru situation exploitative, and the action scenes were just gratuitous. I could watch Melinda May fight all day, but I don't really need exploding cars and jeep chases to be entertained. And the dialogue was SO WOODEN. I'm trying to like Skye because I don't want to be That Person who hates female characters, but I find her so...constructed. I mean, no one who lives in a van has such perfectly coifed hair. Mostly, I feel like this show is trying to be a small version of a Hollywood blockbuster, so there's nothing creative or original about it. I'll probably keep watching it because mindless TV is useful sometimes, but I'm not impressed.


Sleepy Hollow reminds me so much of Buffy. It's campy yet also creepy. There's an apocalypse and some demons, and a mouthy girl trailed by a really serious British guy. Some of the show is seriously ridiculous -- like, I really question whether there's a secret tunnel convenienty connecting two sealed police buildings, and I question even more that this tunnel would be filled with gunpowder from the Revolutionary War that you just might need to burn a witch. But that doesn't really matter to me because I think the show has just the right amount of time travel humor, John Cho is creepy as hell, the two lead characters are interesting as well as attractive...anyway, I think you should try to the show out if you like strong female leads or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I barely even know where to start on last week's Elementary. I love that Sherlock gave Joan the money. When she asked for the advance, I cringed a little inside because I thought Sherlock would say her behavior was unhealthy and refuse. But he didn't -- even though he thought it was a terrible idea, he respected that Joan is a free woman who can make her own mistakes. I think that support helped Joan realize she needed to draw the line and find a compromise she was comfortable with. And how much do I love that Joan was willing to take all the money? It takes a close friend to offer $22,000, but I think it takes an even closer one to accept $22,000. So I had all the feels even before we got to the part where Sherlock wanted to visit the grave with her. I think he wants to support her, but I also think he knows that Joan wouldn't be in his life if she hadn't made this mistake, and he wants to pay tribute to that. I love how the show acknowledges that both Sherlock and Joan have mistakes in their past, and that makes them compassionate toward each other.
I barely even know where to start on last week's Elementary.

It was so good!

It takes a close friend to offer $22,000, but I think it takes an even closer one to accept $22,000.

Yes. All of the money he could get his hands on and he willingly handed it over to her. And she was going to take it!

I think he wants to support her, but I also think he knows that Joan wouldn't be in his life if she hadn't made this mistake, and he wants to pay tribute to that. I love how the show acknowledges that both Sherlock and Joan have mistakes in their past, and that makes them compassionate toward each other.

Yes, yes, yes.
I like AoS, but I'm sad I don't LOVE it. But ... Coulson! My other favorite character is May. I'm willing to give it a few more eps to get rolling, there's a lot of canon to bring in. It needs more Joss ... but since he's tied up with the movie I don't think he has time to give to the show to give it the love.

I am very fond of Sleepy Hollow, but it too needs some writing love.

I thought this week's SHIELD was better. The characterization was more interesting, and the dialogue was snappier. Also, it looks like they may have set up a recurring villain, which I think the show needs. The mystery-of-the-week format is bogging it down.

Haha yes, Sleepy Hollow could use some writing help. I mean, do you really have to take off your shirt to fight evil in a dream? I think the difference is that the campiness on Sleepy Hollow is entertaining, but SHIELD isn't even campy...it's just flat.
I'm with you on Agents of SHIELD. The dialogue is terrible, the jokes unfunny, the action sequences dull and the characters are woefully flat. I'm giving it one more episode to grab my attention.
Yeah, SHIELD feels very mass-produced to me. I think they're aiming for a blockbuster hit, not a fannish show. This week's episode was a little better, but I'm a long way from sold.
Omg, Agents of SHIELD is really not good and it's so sad. It's just...dull, and the only character I'm really interested in knowing more about is May. I really don't quite understand how it turned out this badly - I'm giving it one more week, and if I'm still bored, I'm out.

Thank god for Sleepy Hollow, indeed. It's ridiculous in all the ways you pointed out (and I question even more that this tunnel would be filled with gunpowder from the Revolutionary War that you just might need to burn a witch made me giggle), but at least it's entertaining, which is the whole point anyhow.
I did like this week's SHIELD quite a bit better, but I'm a long way from sold. I think it came out poorly because they're trying to make an action-adventure blockbuster. They want mass appeal, not nerdy fannish appeal. Unfortunately, that seems to have sucked all the originality out of the show.
I'm on the opposite spectrum with AoS. I find it works perfectly as an MCU tie in which is what it is supposed to be. Whereas while I like Sleepy Hollow, it has way too many continuity/historical accuracy errors to make it lovable for me

you're cleaning the cast iron skillet the right way, btw. They should never be washed, just heat/fire/booze :D
I liked Agents of SHIELD a lot better this week! I felt interested in Skye and Ward for the first time, and I like the bit of vulnerability in Coulson.
I agreed with you that Agents of Shield felt so contrived. I'm really sorry about it.

I am continuing to fully enjoy Elementary. I only have one quibble. It seems to me to be so unlikely that a busy New York surgeon would take time out to get to know an adrenal gland procedure patient. Surgeons are different from PCPs in that they are more like technicians -- they have something to remove and they go in and remove it. It doesn't take a lot of getting to know the patient. ...? That aspect just really confused me. Possibly it serves to indicate that Joan really wasn't happy to be a surgeon, that it was just something her family expected, so that even when she was a surgeon she didn't fit into that mold. ...?
When I had surgery last year, I spent a lot more time with my surgeon than I expected to. We had to do three or four consultations because of some complications, and she was a very hands-on person. I imagine Joan might be the same way -- breaking the mold a little bit, and also being hands-on because the type of tumor was rare and the surgery wasn't typical. Maybe he stood out in her mind because she didn't usually get to know her patients so well.
That really heartens me to hear that some surgeons do take more time. I guess I'll allow it in Joan's case, because she does seem like a very caring person.

I am really enjoying Elementary this season. Last night's ep was good again -- three out of three. :) It was funny how the perp was clearly meant to be Julian Assange, who is currently being portrayed in the movie by JLM's good friend Ben Cumberbatch. JLM and BC are constantly crossing their projects for some reason, which is kind of fun. And then JLM's other good friend, Jude Law, plays Watson. It's so weird. :)
I'm loving Sleepy Hollow so much, even if I do have to watch the scarier bits through my fingers. I can't wait for this week's episode - I hope we get more Jenny!
The dirty cooking secret intrigues me since I am looking for ways to get more iron. What kind of fat do you use to fry vegetables/meat/whatever? I am wondering if it would work with olive, coconut oil or margarine... :D
Also, it makes me giggle that previous commenters strongly tended toward the fandom topics whereas I am only interested in food, glorious food. XD
In our kitchen we use only steel for deglazing and cast iron for non-deglazing recipes.

The secret with using olive oil is that you turn down the heat under the cast iron before it gets really hot. Cast iron retains heat so it does no good to turn it down after it gets too hot. :)

You can use a tiny amount of oil in a well-seasoned cast iron pan, and you should NEVER EVER wash it with soap. Just rinse it with hot water, or leave it if you like.

I also like butter on cast iron when I am cooking eggs. A merest amount of butter is sufficient to fry an egg without sticking as long as the pan is NEVER WASHED WITH SOAP. The more you use it the better it will work.

Acidic recipes pick up more iron from the pan, and some will even turn black. Too much iron can be toxic, so you might want to watch combining the pan with iron supplements?

Iron def. works with coconut oil as well. It is good with tofu. :)
I think you can use any fat you want. The only potential problem with olive oil is that it's not good for high heat cooking, and cast iron gets very hot. Real butter is nice in the skillet - it's easy to brown it a little, which gives veggies a nice nutty flavor. I use bacon fat sometimes too, when I'm feeling indulgent and want something extra crispy. I've never tried coconut oil, but I've heard good things about it.