11:19 pm, Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

I know I said I was going to have a frozen burrito last night, but Brett convinced me to cook something instead. So I baked this nice pork tenderloin with a peppercorn crust and drizzled a pomegranate reduction over it. Unfortunately, the meat was too hot at the time and the reduction kinda soaked in (which hurt presentation a little). But it was delish. The sweet/tartness of the pomegranate really went well with the peppery crust. I also threw some cottage cheese on the plates and did up a couple monster baked potatoes with everything on ‘em.

Pork tenderloin with pomegranate reduction    Two-cheese pork/bacon quesadilla

The tortilla stuff on the right is the quesadilla I made for lunch today using the uneaten, slightly dried out “butt ends” of the tenderloin (finely chopped). Other ingredients: Sour cream, mozarella, extra sharp cheddar, bacon, and a teensy bit of cumin. It doesn’t look like much, but it was pretty keen.

This past Sunday Ebert & Roeper had my favorite guest critic on: Michael Phillips. The guy’s a little too mellow (seems half-stoned most of the time) and can’t look directly into the camera, but I love his cynicism and wit. He’s a great foil to Roeper, who’s been getting more and more complaisant since Ebert left (but especially in the past six months, IMHO). Isn’t it strange how Roeper’s sort of morphing into Ebert in the latter’s absence? I think there are two reasons for this: One, it’s a natural reaction to the guest critics (who are more likely to find fault with films as they adjust to the temporary boost in fame). Roeper’s greater mercy is necessary for the show to maintain a certain balance and make the reviews as a whole appear objective to some degree. Two, it may be a kind of homage to Roger — a way for Richard to keep him in the show vicariously during his illness.

(Tangent: How sick does a guy have to be that he can’t sit in a chair and talk about movies for 22 minutes a week? I wonder if the radiation therapy made him lose his hair and he’s too embarrassed to be seen bald. Or maybe the thyroid tumor made his voice overly raspy or something. In any case, I’d like to see him back on the show; raspy voice, bad skin, and baldness be damned.)

Actually, now that I think about it, I have to amend my previous statement — Michael Phillips is my favorite professional guest critic. Kevin Smith is my favorite guest critic overall. But, realistically, Phillips is hundreds of times more likely to agree to replace Ebert. He even lives in Chicago, fer cryin’ out loud.

5 Responses to “#883”

  1. Krunk:

    Kevin Smith is pretty awesome. I got a chance to see him live when he did his college tour when I was back in Berkeley. Unfortunately I don’t think he included Berkeley’s evening in either of his An Evening with Kevin Smith.

  2. Chuk:

    I think Ebert apparently can’t talk at all. Tracheostomy, plus part of his jaw bone was removed. More details here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/355049,cst-nws-ebert24.article

    But he does do some writing nowadays, I saw something from him not too long ago.

  3. hjo3:

    Re: Krunk: Lucky you! I love the “Evening with” DVDs.

    Re: Chuk: Yikes, I had no idea it was that bad. That’s an awesome article though — he’s a lot tougher than I ever gave him credit for.

  4. Peter:

    If there’s one thing I’m proud out with respect to the IMBC, it’s not my third place finish.

    It’s the fact that you got the idea to use “Tangents” from me :P

  5. hjo3:

    Haha, yep! And that sort of thing is one of the main purposes of the competition IMHO.