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Foodie Post: New Cookbook DESIGNED FOR ONE! 120 DIABETES-FRIENDLY DISHES JUST FOR YOU

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Easy recipes that allow you to stick to your diabetic diet
Tinsel & Tine's Interview with

Chef Nancy S. Hughes

Author of DESIGNED FOR ONE!

120 Diabetes-Friendly Dishes Just for You


by Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Gratefully, I've not been diagnosed with diabetes and God willing, despite the fact that if you prick me, I'd bleed dough and ice cream, I never will. Still, I am single; and I mean, STILL I'm single! And tend to look on Pinterest for recipes good for one person. So when I was approached about interviewing bestselling author, chef and leading food consultant, Nancy S. Hughes about her new book Designed for One! 120 Diabetes-Friendly Dishes Just for You, I was on board, hoping to find easy, tasty, budget-friendly recipes, and if they're healthy too, well, I'd be the first to admit I could use a bit more balance in my diet.

Nancy also guides readers through the process of shopping, storing, measuring, and preparing ingredients — including advice on how to pick out fresh ingredients such as asparagus, tomatoes, pork loin, avocados, and loose herbs without letting anything go to waste.

I wrote this book to provide both those living with diabetes and those just looking for healthier meals with easy-to-make recipes using everyday ingredients. No unwanted leftovers. No unnecessary work. Simple comfort for ONE! — Nancy S. Hughes


Designed for One Diabetes Friendly Cookbook Recipes

What sparked the idea of a single serving cookbook? It dawned on me when I was walking up and down the bookstore aisles that there wasn’t much out there for single people with diabetes. People, especially those with diabetes, really need to have healthy meals, balanced meals…but affordable and not a lot of leftovers!!  

The book seems to have great variety, would you give a little more detail? There are 120 recipes to enjoy for every night of the week! They cover all the categories from salads and sides to entrees and desserts! There are stovetop dishes, baked and roasted recipes plus hearty soups and main salads and sandwiches. Tons of variety in the ingredients, too, with a wide range of choices from Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Thai to All American!  

Everyone loves ways to shave time off when preparing a meal, what are some of your favorite tips?
  • Did you know you can freeze leftover rice? Freeze in 1/2-cup portions in small, resealable baggies to have on hand…great for portion control, too.
  • When measuring something sticky, like peanut butter or honey, lightly coat the measuring spoon first with cooking spray. This prevents the ingredient from sticking to the spoon and allows it to be released/pour easily, too.
  • Always pull you ingredients first, then prep them before you start the recipe. The recipe will run smoother, faster and with best results.
What are some of the go-tos?  Well, to start...the Frozen Banana-Pecan Sandwiches (you’ll want to keep those on hand!) Then the Red Pepper-Mushroom Skillet Pizza is a must...skillet, yes, and it’s great for the weekend with a good movie! And the No Stir Skillet Corn...the less you stir, the richer in flavor it gets.

What kind of surprises can we expect from this book? How easy and how DOABLE it is...even on a Tuesday!

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Nancy S. Hughes is a bestselling author and leading food consultant. She has written 19 nationally-published cookbooks as well as developed recipes for 58 additional cookbooks with over 7,500 published recipes to her credit. Nancy has been honored to work with clients across the United States and Canada. She works with major corporations, health-focused organizations, magazines, and web-based clients including: American Heart Association, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, Del Monte Foods, Canola Council, National Processed Raspberry Council, Rice Federation, eMeals, and Nestlé. NancyHuges.com | Nancy's Demo Reel

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The 75th Annual Golden Globes Round Up 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Golden Globes RECAP 2018. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Tinsel & Tine's

RECAP of the Hollywood Foreign Press

75th Annual GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS


by Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Well, I think we can all agree the 2018 Golden Globes was not the good time party we’re used to at this affair. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association celebrated their 75th year in the shadows of the sexual misconduct aftermath and the #Timesup women’s activism movement.

75th Annual Golden Globes Best Bling on Black
Dakota Johnson Best Bling on Black & on Back

The varying shades of black dresses, some with bling and spots of color - Allison Williams (Get Out) being my favorite, followed by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Trilogy), all made a statement and an elegant affair, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the designers who wait all year to dress a celebrity, so in turn that celeb will give them a shout out on the all-important red carpet. I don’t think that’s shallow or sexist, it’s business. But it was taboo this year to say who you were wearing. Will this trend follow us into the Oscars red carpet? (March 4th).

75th Golden Globes Red Carpet Best Looks with pops of color
Allison Williams, Mandy Moore, Allison Janney

As a woman, and particularly a woman of color, at a time when our current Administration is trying to take us back 50 years, and a time when powerful men are being brought down by their sexist misdeeds and crimes; it was an understandably perfect opportunity for women to seize the moment and dominate the evening with attention on change and inclusion… I did cheer for every well thought out, female empowerment driven speech. And like everyone, was blown away by not only the words & sentiment in Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille acceptance speech, but her delivery was impeccable and deserved of the attention she rightly received.



Yet, it's wild that Oprah’s speech got people seriously thinking of her as a Candidate for 2020.
Here’s my relationship with Oprah - it’s always been impossible not to admire her and her accomplishments, but I didn’t like people who considered her a Guru, thought that was overrated. Then, in the last 2 years she and Deepak Chopra started offering these FREE 21 Day Meditation courses, a couple times a year, where Oprah starts with a personal take on her own spiritual journey and Deepak leads you into meditation. I’ve gotta say, these have been a boon to me. Highly recommend them. And Oprah’s a big part of it, she IS very inspiring.

But even Oprah’s magic can’t fix Washington. She’d be a good president if we dismantled everything (keeping only the Constitution, but updating the 2nd amendment to what it really means, and not the gun lobbyist false interpretation). But trying to play politics in this establishment, Oprah's hands would be tied just like Obama’s; he had great ideas for social change, but the opposition is always too strong...

All that being said, the Tinseltown, movie lover in me, missed the sense of fun and playfulness that usually marks The Golden Globes.

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Red Carpet Picnic
But it didn't stop me from having my Annual Red Carpet Picnic: This year, I made a chilly run to Qdoba for Burritos (love the shredded pork with the queso sauce and corn salsa), first time trying spicy, yellow lentil hummus, and I'd try it again. Also got a selection of micro brews from Fresh Grocer. This White Aphro by Empire Brewing Company (Belgian style white ale with essence of lavender, ginger & lemon peel) was remarkable - 4 Tines. And for dessert Pillsbury cutout sugar cookies!

MOVIE WINNERS!

I can't believe this year I only predicted one (1) correct winner on my Golden Globes ballot:

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
• The Disaster Artist
Get Out
• The Greatest Showman
• I, Tonya
• Lady Bird –Winner

I thought Get Out had this on lock down as it's not often a movie keeps momentum going all year, this came out last February and people have not stopped talking about it!  But seeing as the tone of the evening was toward the feminine, guess I should have seen Lady Bird coming.

Best Director, Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water - Winner
• Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
• Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
• Steven Spielberg, The Post

I'm very please with del Toro's win, as The Shape of Water is one of my favorite movie of 2017, but Dunkirk is the only epic type, large scope movie out of all these, so I figured it for the winner.

I feel a little bad for the men who looked sheepish, when Natalie Portman spoke her epic "All-male nominees" comment, but it was true, and on time! After all, how could Greta Gerwig's movie win, along with her lead actress, her supporting actress nominated, along with her screenplay; but not her for directing???!!!


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
• Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
• Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
• Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird - Winner
• Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Just figured it was Margot Robbie's year!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture 
• Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
• Hong Chau, Downsizing
• Allison Janney, I, Tonya - Winner
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
• Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Honestly, I knew it would be Allison Janney, but there was this part of me that said it will be a better story if Laurie Metcalf won, you know a TV actress, no longer in her heyday, in a well received movie and the Roseanne reunion and all...

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
• Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
• Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -Winner
• Meryl Streep, The Post
• Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

I thought they might choose Sally Hawkins because of the whole acting without speaking thing. Of course, you can never count out Meryl Streep. But Frances McDormand was a strong contender too. It was a shame they kept prematurely censoring her, thinking she was going to curse, but I don’t think she ever intended too. The first time she just said Fox Searchlight, then shiite, and tectonic.

Michelle Williams, Zoe Kravitz and Kate Hudson all sported pixie hair cuts with panache.  But the Best Hair of the night went hands down to Viola Davis!

Side note: Williams brought activist Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, instead of her usual awards date, BFF Busy Philipps.

This is my dream hair do!
        
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
• Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
• Tom Hanks, The Post
• Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour - Winner
• Denzel Washington, Roman J. Esquire

Call Me By Your Name seems like this year's "Moonlight" it's been bandied about with praise for months. And often a young newcomer gets in there and takes home a statue, but not this time for Chalamet. Let's see what happens at the Oscars.

Denzel was such a long shot, that Susan Sarandon started to read the winner's name before announcing Washington as a nominee.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
• Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
• Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
• James Franco, The Disaster ArtistWinner
• Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

I chose Kaluuya for the same reason I thought Get Out would win in Best Comedy category.

Catherine Zeta-Jones sheer gown

This look was not appropriate for Catherine Zeta-Jones: 1) she took herself out of the sexy starlet realm a long time ago. 2) her practically naked crotch was eye level to her 1000 year-old father-in-law Kurt Douglas, on stage in a wheel chair.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
• Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
• Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
• Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
• Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Winner 

I chose Willem Dafoe because he's been around for a long time, and he's such an interesting actor, but he's never won a Golden Globe, so I think I hoped he'd get it.

Animated
• The Boss Baby
Coco - Winner
• Ferdinand
• Loving Vincent
• The Breadwinner

Duh, this was the only one I got right. There was an outside chance of the more serious-minded, The Breadwinner winning, but figured Coco had this sewn up.


Best Motion Picture, Drama
 • Call Me by Your Name
• Dunkirk
The Post
• The Shape of Water
• Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Winner

Well, I wasn't the only one who thought The Post would be the big winner, Seth Meyers predicted it in his monologue, so I don't feel so bad about getting this one wrong.  Let's see what happens at the Oscars!

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Movie Blog Post: I, TONYA

Sunday, January 7, 2018

I, Tonya film discussion

Tinsel & Tine Welcomes Back Guest Blogger Terri L. Heard

Smashdance: ‘I, Tonya’ Revisits the

Crash-and-burn Celebrity of

Figure Skater Tonya Harding


by Terri L. Heard

At the climax of the film I, TONYA, Margot Robbie, starring as infamous figure skater Tonya Harding, graces us with a rictus grin - both horrifying and heartbreaking - as she applies her makeup before taking to the ice at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Staring at her, you can’t help but think of Glenn Close’s disgraced Madame Merteuil at the end of Dangerous Liaisons or the late Kurt Cobain’s psychotic grin at the end of his video for the song Smells Like Teen Spirit. All three scenes seem to depict a psychic shattering which it's easy to believe couldn’t have been too far from the truth of Harding’s internal experience at that moment. Before that night was over, she would see her once promising - even electrifying - figure skating career crash and burn in front of the whole world.

The Ladies Figure Skating free skate program at the 1994 Winter Olympics still remains one of the most watched television programs in history. Estimates put the TV viewing audience at over 100 million, placing that broadcast ahead of everything except the last episode of M*A*S*H, Dallas' "Who Shot JR?" episode, part 8 of the original Roots, and two Super Bowls. And Tonya Harding remains one of the most notorious figures in modern sports history - on a par with OJ Simpson. Like Simpson, a crime and the investigation that followed catapulted Harding from mere celebrity into notoriety. In 1994, Harding’s then-husband Jeff Gillooly (played by Sebastian Stan), his friend Shawn Eckhardt (Paul Walter Hauser), and Eckhardt’s associate Shane Stant (Ricky Russert) were convicted of conspiring to and attacking figure skater and Harding rival Nancy Kerrigan. According to court records, Gillooly and Eckhardt planned the assault and Stant carried it out.

During a skating practice in Detroit, Stant hit Kerrigan with a collapsible police baton, deeply bruising the muscle and ligaments above her knee. The assault was the conspirators' attempt to clear the field for Harding. With Kerrigan unable to compete, Harding did win the 1994 US National Championship. But Harding was later named a person of interest in the criminal investigation. And although the US Figure Skating Association (after being sued by Harding’s attorney) and the US Olympic Committee allowed her to skate at Lillehammer, she was eventually convicted of conspiring to hinder prosecution of a crime after the fact. The USFSA stripped her of her 1994 national title, expelled her from the organization, and banned her from it for life. It was figure skating's equivalent of a professional death sentence.

Clearly, Robbie means to channel the anguish Harding must have felt before coming face to face with her fate. And she succeeds in this brash, rowdy and rollicking film that traces Harding’s unlikely rise and, apparently inevitable, fall as a champion athlete. How you see this story depends on whether you cheered for Kerrigan - who rallied spectacularly to an Olympic silver medal placement and lucrative endorsement deals - or for Harding who placed 8th and later was given three years of probation, sentenced to 500 hours of community service, and slapped with a $100,000-plus fine. (Full disclosure: I was old enough to watch the whole saga in real time from the news reports of Kerrigan's knee-whacking to Harding's disappointing skate at Lillehammer; I was cheering for Harding.)

Margo Robbie Learns to Skate for I, Tonya movie

Flashdance becomes smashdance

This wasn’t how the story was supposed to go. On paper, Harding had everything she needed to be a real-life, rural, sports-themed update of the film "Flashdance".

She had the gritty, working-class background of no money and dirty, backbreaking jobs. She was raised in rugged Clackamas County, Oregon, in the vicinity of Portland, then a distressed industrial city rather than today's haven of hipness. Her mother worked as a waitress. Her father taught her to hunt, shoot, fish, and strip a car engine. The adult Harding worked a drill press at a hardware store among several other dead-end jobs.

She had the standout skating talent. She is the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel - the sport’s hardest jump for women - in competition. To this day, over 20 years later, while male figure skaters have moved on to routinely completing quadruple axels, only six women have mastered the triple axel.

Most of all, she had the one big chance that could have catapulted her into the social and financial safety of Olympic gold medal celebrity and, presumably, a pile of money-making endorsements. She could have been America's sweetheart. Unfortunately, there was a whole other set of unsavory elements around Harding that turned this potential Cinderella tale into a tragicomedy. And the whack on Kerrigan's knee transformed Harding's story from Flashdance to smashdance.

The movie explores these destructive elements with gusto. Before tackling this unruly story, screenwriter Steven Rogers interviewed Harding, Gillooly, and Eckhardt. The location of Harding's mother was unknown at the time. Because the principal players' accounts were so contradictory, Rogers has said he treated this fictionalized version of Harding's life as a documentary. The film presents multiple perspectives in all their messy, hilarious, and horrifying glory and lets the audience distill the truth.

The result is a funhouse ride/horror show anchored by Robbie's bravura performance as the film traces Harding's life from childhood to the Lillehammer games and their aftermath. Robbie's ballsy and bruised (literally and figuratively) Tonya endures a childhood darkened by her father's abandonment and her hard-edged mother's alleged alcoholism and abuse. In one horrifyingly hilarious scene, LaVona (played with deliciously dry wit by Allison Janney) nonchalantly kicks her pre-teen daughter out of a chair. In another, LaVona ends an argument by throwing a knife at Harding that - oops! - manages to land in Harding's arm. Harding's mother denies Tonya's allegations of abuse and alcoholism.

At 15, Harding drops out of high school (she did eventually earn her GED) and at 19 escapes her mother's tough rule by marrying Gillooly. Wedded bliss quickly gives way to chronic physical assaults from Gillooly in an alternately volcanic and vulnerable performance by Stan. Gillooly, who has since changed his name, denies Harding's domestic abuse allegations. To accommodate the clashing versions, Rogers' screenplay doesn't hesitate to break the fourth wall as in one scene where Harding fires a shotgun at a fleeing Gillooly then stops, faces the camera, and delivers a deadpan "I never did this."

The film is wildly entertaining and the slickly shot ice skating sequences are a standout. Robbie trained for months to gain competence on the ice and turned to a stunt double for the tougher jump sequences. However, as Robbie explained during one press junket, they still had to CGI the triple axel because they couldn't find a female skater who could do it. Again, only six other women have successfully landed the triple axel in competition since Harding, so there was no stunt person who could sub in. That's how good Harding was and that's what the skating world lost in this whole debacle.

I, Tonya Movie Review Tonya Harding with Nancy Kerrigan

She could've been a contender - couldn't she?

However, it's not clear that the official skating world feels the loss. The skating establishment seems to have always had an ambivalent relationship with Harding. It's an expensive sport that is often accused of being elitist. Skates, rink time, skating lessons, private coaching all add up, creating barriers for athletes from Harding's economic strata. In addition, the quasi-unspoken rules of skating further work against the cash-strapped.

The movie conveys this beautifully as Harding's coach, Diane Rawlinson (Julianne Nicholson) frequently swans into the rink in her full length fur coat. Of course, that coat is way beyond the Hardings' means - until the film cuts to a scene of Harding's father, still at home at this point, skinning rabbits, followed by a shot of pre-teen Tonya walking into the rink wearing her own rag-tag version of a rabbit fur wrap. It's simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. As a teen and an adult, Harding was frequently forced to sew and bedazzle her own skating costumes due to lack of money. And in a sport that never officially states it is, but seems to function as if it is, a beauty pageant on ice, the judges duly marked Harding down for her homespun look.

Watching Harding battle back and forth with skating judges and officials who gave her the technical points that were her due but lowered her overall standing with low artistic impression scores makes you start to wonder what the hell is going on. Just how rigged is this system? Are we looking at a sport or a charm contest? At one point, Harding skates up to the judges after yet another low artistic score and demands to know what she has to do to catch a break before telling them to "suck my d---!" Harding may not have said those words in real life but she did skate up to the judges at one point and demand an explanation. The nitpicking the judges did may seem to be trivial but they had powerful real life effects for Harding.

The most fateful impact is depicted during a chilling parking lot scene when Harding catches up to a skating official during the period she is training for the 1994 Winter Olympics. The stakes are sky high for her. It's the first Olympics after a schedule change that set the next winter games for 1994 instead of 1996. Harding knows she's gotten a lucky break to try to win that gold medal again so this time she toes the line. The old rebellious Tonya, who smashed skating conventions with her homemade outfits that showed too much skin and skating routines set to ZZ Top and Tone-Loc, becomes the new compliant Tonya. She wears better quality, less risqué costumes and skates to genteel selections from the Jurassic Park soundtrack. In the parking lot, she asks, this time respectfully, what she needs to do to improve the judges' image of her. The official tells Harding, now divorced from Gillooly, that they want to see a "wholesome family image" from her, to which she plaintively replies "I don't have a wholesome family." Onscreen, Harding interprets the official's words to mean she should reunite with Gillooly to improve her image, which she does. In real life, Harding has allegedly claimed that a skating official actually told her to reunite with Gillooly. This has not been confirmed. Whatever the truth is, both onscreen and off, Harding reunited with Gillooly and the die was cast for the destruction of her career.

Yet in light of all the barriers she faced when she was with Gillooly, it's not entirely clear she would have gotten the artistic score she needed to win the gold anyway. Yes, she did win the 1991 US National Championship and retains the title despite being stripped of her 1994 title. Yes, they did send her to the 1994 Olympics. However, although attractive and even photogenic, Harding never had the lithe, swanlike limbs and movements of the judges' preferred skaters - like Nancy Kerrigan and 1994 Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul. In fact, it was Baiul's performance to music from the ballet Swan Lake that knocked American favorite Nancy Kerrigan down to a silver medal finish. If even the elegant, long-limbed ladylike Kerrigan couldn't convince the judges to give her the gold, it's hard to believe Harding could. Harding had a powerful body. She had an athlete's body - in a sport where apparently that wasn't enough. She was never going to be a fluttering flower on the ice. She was going kick your ass all over it. If she were a man or in another sport, her attitude might have gotten a better reception.
Terri Heard has been a writer and editor for TV Guide, for whom she’s interviewed Chris Rock, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera and more. Based in Philadelphia, she’s currently working on her first novel, Dirty Lens and has started her own TLHeardblog.
Check out Terri's past guest posts: KEANU, FREETOWN, THE WEDDING RINGER, BEYOND THE LIGHTS

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A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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