Food on Friday: Creamy shrimp pasta (aka ‘carbo loading for Large Item Pick Up Day’)

first_imgBy Julia WesthoffFun fact: Large Item Pick Up Day is one of my favorite days of the year. What’s that? You, too?Oh, how I adore getting rid of junk. Almost as much as I adore finding old furniture for free on the street. Sadly, I have an out-of-town commitment this weekend that precludes me from fully partaking in this year’s festivities. (A weekend at the lake with my best girlfriends, eating cookie dough and watching Ashton Kutcher movies? I’ll be going reluctantly…)But if you’re lucky enough to be staying in town hauling your old toilet to the curb, consider loading up with this pasta. It’s yummy, it feels a little fancy, and it’s on the table in about 15 minutes.I’m not usually great at improvising, but I’ve never had a problem throwing together a great pasta dish with whatever we have around. I encourage you to do the same – I’m sure this would be delicious with chicken instead of shrimp and perhaps even tomato sauce instead of pesto. And of course, don’t go out and buy linguine just for this – any shape will do. Just promise me you’ll think of me, sleeping in and drinking chardonnay when I could be with you in Prairie Village, picking through giant heaps of dusty junk…Check out the recipe here.last_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 56

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with patchy smoke in the air and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

DSV freight volumes grow

first_imgThe growth for the period is mainly attributable to DSV’s acquisition of UTi, which was completed at the beginning of this year.DSV Air & Sea’s net revenue for the first nine months totalled DKK23.7 billion (USD3.5 billion), compared to DKK16.5 billion (USD2.4 billion) in the same period of 2015. This growth is despite revenues being negatively affected by low freight rates and exchange rates.Meanwhile, the DSV division posted gross profit of DKK6.3 billion (USD941 million) for the first nine months of the year, compared with DKK3.9 billion (USD582 million) in the same period of 2015.www.dsv.comlast_img

MovieBob Reviews Mandy

first_imgFor more Moviebob, check out his reviews of Assassination Nation and The Predator. And if you’re curious about where Nic Cage’s axe might end up, look at the craziest movie props people actually own. Stay on target Is Mandy good?Yes.What’s it about?Nicolas Cage is a lumberjack living in the wilderness with his wife Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) when they are terrorized by a drug-fueled religious cult led by a maniacal failed folk-singer (Linus Roche). Cage, implied to have been some sort of soldier, grabs a crossbow and battle axe to take his revenge.Sounds like fun!Yeah, it’s being sold as sort of a “just for fun” Midnight Movie experience that you’re meant to gawk at the absurdity of it all and cheer when the famously mercurial Cage says or does something “crazy.” Just ride the high like some kind of tossed-off Sharknado experience. However, it’s tonally closer to a stark, melancholy mood piece than heavy-metal horror show.How so?Don’t get me wrong, you do get terrifying body-mod biker gangs, crossbow killings, drug-trips, villain monologues, battle-axe blacksmithing, tiger-uncaging and chainsaw-fencing. And nearly all of it is rendered in either through the neon haze of a blacklight poster or the high-contrast primary hues of an airbrushed van. But director Panos Cosmatos aims for an emotional tone that’s more about pain and darkness.Cage gets his moments of fury and anger, but for the most part he’s playing a very human, very tired, and not-at-all young man. He’s someone who’s lived a difficult and mostly unhappy life, does a hard physical job for a living, and had only just thought he’d managed to carve out a measure of actual happiness in the world. Only to lose it.So it’s not played as a joke?No, it’s not doing the mock-exploitation thing. Audiences who’ve seen Cosmatos previous film, Beyond The Black Rainbow, will be familiar with the aesthetic: Long slow takes, long slow scenes, long slow builds (the title card doesn’t appear until an hour and 15 minutes in), eerie synth-rock scores, and tight medium-shot compositions. This all drives home the feel of being packed into characters’ heads, helped out by the cheeky conceit of the camera only ever pulling back out for “fantasy” shots that ground us suddenly in animated sequences or pulp-fantasy matte paintings.So it’s… sad?It’s less “sad” than it’s about sad people. Despite how stylized everything is, there are only a few very subtle allusions to the notion that anything authentically “supernatural” is at play. For all the dream sequences and blissed-out visions, everyone is thoroughly (and in most cases, pathetically) human. They’re also miserable and desperate to escape into a mind-altering headspace.Like with Beyond The Black Rainbow, it seems that Cosmatos has something of a bone to pick with back-half history of the New Age pop-psychedelic movement, even if he isn’t making “message movies. For Roche, it’s the ego-trip of lording over his followers. For his, followers it’s religious fervor (and the actual drugs). And for Cage, it progresses from booze, to whatever healing effect Mandy’s presence had (which Roche in turn wanted to possess), to thrill-killing for revenge.Interesting. And you recommend it?Absolutely. The violence will put off a lot of people, the fact that you’re not supposed to laugh at it will put off others, and the fact that’s much more of a “take it in and talk about it after” movie than the “Nicolas Cage live-action Metalocalypse episode” it’s being sold as will likely feel like a bait-and-switch. But I was really into it. I think Cosmatos is a fascinating new filmmaker, and I’m glad to see it finding its audience. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more