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.